Behind The Butter

Cocktails & Tacos


Whewwwww Texas!


Thank you so much to all who came out to my little shindig last night. I had a blast meeting all of y’all! We took about three hundred and fifty photos, but I think these can pretty much best sum it up. There were new friends, old friends, puppies, champagne, cowboy boots, chocolate chip cookies and sweet tea vodka. I couldn’t ask for more.















Thanks for such a warm welcome, Austin! I feel like I’ve come home….at least home to the heat and humidity. I hope I didn’t drip sweat on anyone too much last night; this misplaced Southerner has been away for way too long!


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  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    September 2, 2010 at 9:13 am

    That taco looks awesome!

    This blog meet up looks like it was a lot of fun–love the carryout cookie boxes 🙂

  • Rachel
    September 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

    What a fun get together! Still bummed I couldn’t come down from Dallas. Hope you got some good southern Texas hospitality. 🙂 And some good eats!

  • Rachel Wilkerson
    September 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Awww everyone looks so great! So bummed I missed it — have a great rest of trip!

  • Madison
    September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Suuuuuuuuuuuper cute picture of you and the boy!

  • Elizabeth
    September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Love that dress Jenna! Where’s it from?

  • Kristiana
    September 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Love the puppies oh and the take out boxes! Very clever.

    Your dress is the cutest!

  • Vicky @ eat live spin
    September 2, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Looks like a fun time! Love your dress.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    September 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

    What a fun meetup! Cocktails and tacos are 2 of my favorite things.

  • Tracey
    September 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I love seeing pictures of you with Almanzo – the happy looks on your faces makes me smile, too! Stay happy!

  • Tricia
    September 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Had a great time, thanks for arranging it!

  • Andrea
    September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

    LOVE your dress. LOVE green! That looks like so much fun. Wish I could have joined you all!

  • BethT
    September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

    The dress looks faboosh – and wrinkle free!

  • crunchy granola gal
    September 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    tacos, puppies, cocktails and pink chinese food container gift bags? how adorable. and fun. a+ meet-up, I’d say!

  • Chrissy (The New Me)
    September 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Love the party favors! Wish I could have joined you, but I’m four hours away and it’s a bit of a hike in the middle of the week. Maybe next time! I do love Austin.

  • cara
    September 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

    It was great meeting you last night! and the cookies were absolutely amazing!!

  • Erica
    September 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

    What kind of sweet tea vodka did you use, may I ask? My friends had a bad experience with some kind of it, but it still sounds genius to me.

  • Tasha - the clean eating mama
    September 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

    What a fabulous time! Thank you for sharing!

  • Angharad
    September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Donde esta? I feel like I recognize this bar and was there last Autumn but I couldn’t be sure…what’s it called??
    Also: I dripped sweat on everyone for a year straight when I lived in Austin. Summer there is not for the faint of heart. Love your dress!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up
    September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Looks like so much fun! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Austin!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I love Almanzo’s face in that photo. Looks like you hosted a great shindig. Enjoy Texas s’more!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    September 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    oh my gosh, i’m so jealous! you guys look like y’all had a great time 🙂 next up is denver, right? 🙂

  • Michal
    September 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Looks like a fun night! Kind of funny to see Almanzo being the only guy. And was that drink just way too sweet for him?
    I LOVE the chinese takeout boxes and am still looking for an excuse to buy a gazillion of them.

  • AngelaOSG
    September 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I love your dress!

    Oh and doilies are so charming!! I love using them to put a recipe on. So cute. 🙂

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy)
    September 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

    It looks like you had a good time. Cute dress!

  • curious
    September 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Love the dress! Is almanzo your bf? I used to see tons of pics of u and another guy, so now I’m really confused! 😉

  • Lisa
    September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

    The shredded meat in the taco looks delicious!

  • Liza (Health Nutting)
    September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Looks like so much fun! And I love your dress!

  • Rebeca
    September 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I had such a great time meeting you, Adam, and all the ladies. The cookies were wonderful! I hope the rest of your trip is just as wonderful for you.

  • Chels @ Just Gotta Tri
    September 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Looks like a blast. Your hair is getting long. It looks great!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    September 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Jenna, you look so happy. Whatever changes you’ve made in your life, on this blog, etc, seem to be perfect for you. Love seeing these pictures!

  • Janna
    September 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

    That looks like so much fun!

    LOVE the dress – good choice 😉

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    September 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

    What great photos! And what a great boyfriend for taking them for you!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    You+man=so damn cute!!!

    I would LOVE to go to Texas some day. Don’t you love that no matter where you go in the world, you’re going to “know” someone because of blogging? I just think that’s amazing!

  • Therese
    September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Is that an Aggie ring I see on Almanzo’s hand? My husband is obsessed with his, too. I didn’t know what I was getting into with a guy who was so fiercely loyal to his school like those boys are!

  • Ellie
    September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Love the last picture. Such a cute couple! My best friend just moved to Austin and I can’t wait to visit

  • Tina
    September 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Looks like so much fun! And those boots are so cute on them. I don’t think I could pull off the cowboy boots…even though I’m a born and raised Southern gal.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Loooooooove your dress !! What a fun night. Wish I coulda been there 😉

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
    September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Wow, I look so awkward in that photo with you and Mr. Almanzo in the focus…ay caramba!

    It was fun 🙂

  • Lauri
    September 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Adorable photos and I MUST know where you got that dress!!!!

  • Taysa
    September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Love all the boots and that green dress!

    September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

    oh your green dress is so pretty!!
    of course i expected cowgirl boots <3 so cute!
    please tell me you did some square dancing hehe. mmm shredded meat tacos, swoon <3

  • Sally
    September 2, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Maybe it’s the man, the natural light, and the cute new dress, but you look extra gorgeous in those pictures girl! Texas suits you apparently!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    September 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Sounds like so much fun! And I LOVE your dress!

  • Christine
    September 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Looks awesome! As a Northerner the first thing I noticed about Texas was (I came back from Dallas 3 weeks ago) everyone is SO NICE! People are not that nice in the NYC metro area.

    And all I did down there was eat tacos and drink margaritas. Yeah, It’s not so bad down there.

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    September 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Nothing like a nice refreshing glass (or jug) of Sweet Tea vodka….delish! Looks like a fun evening!

  • Jillian
    September 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Thanks again Jenna it was so much fun! And it was really great to meet everyone!

    I love these pictures! I was to busy talking to take any!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged
    September 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    What a gorgeous dress! I <3 Anthro!!!

  • Kelly
    September 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Love your new dress! And the puppies!

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    September 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Your dress is super cute- I love anything green!
    Looks like your party was a huge success- love the pic of you and almanzo 🙂

  • kristin
    September 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

    your dress is too cute! and in the last pic of you and your man – you both look genuinely happy. makes me smile.

  • stefanie
    September 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

    You’re so beauiful, Jenna! and the two of you look so happy together.
    I’ve never commented here before, but I love reading your blog and really respect your relationship with food and life. Cheers!

  • Daisy
    September 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I have the same dress!! It’s from anthropoligie for everyone who’s asking!

  • Deanna
    September 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Looks like so much fun! Love that last pic of you two. And I’m super jealous you gave away cookies. I think your next adventure should be an Eat Live Run national tour! Perhaps surrounding your book launch? (Sorry, I’m in PR and think this way 😉 )

  • Brittney
    September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Great picture of you and Almanzo at the end there 🙂

  • Katryn@rampantcuisine
    September 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Looks like a blast! Wish VA was closer to Texas! 🙂

  • The Healthy Apple
    September 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Fabulous pic of you and Almanzo!!!!! So cited to see the rest of your Texan travels in Austin!!! I hope you get to visit the Whole Foods Market there too!!!

  • Lauren @ 40Apples
    September 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

    What FUN!! And your dress is super cute 🙂

  • Sharon
    September 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

    How fun! and that taco looks fantastic. Love the new Anthro dress too.

  • Sarah R
    September 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Oh my goodness–you’re hair hasn’t gotten so long! It’s so pretty. You and Almanzo make a smashing couple 😉

  • Paula
    September 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I just might need a life…I couldn’t wait to see a Texas post. lol Just another place I’d like to go someday. Two things:

    1) Where were your cowgirl boots?
    2) I immediately added tacos to my menu for next week!

  • Doc
    September 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

    What a beautiful dress and you look amazing in it! Love the pics!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    September 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Cutest party ever!

    Oh and seeing these pics of you verifies how out of touch with my google reader I’ve been in August because I just thought “man her hair is realllllly long”

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    September 2, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Looks like you had quite the turnout at the blog event! Not to mention delicious tacos. I think Texas is worth visiting for the vairety of speciality hot sauces alone.

  • Ambersnotebook
    September 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

    How fun! I love the cowboy boots shot!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    September 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

    How fun! Looks like a great turn out and that a good time was had by all.

  • Charise
    September 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

    That taco looks aamaaaaaazing! Austin is on my list of cities to visit – very jealous and looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
    September 2, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I love your dress Jenna! Where is it from?

  • Katie P
    September 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I know it has already been said, but adorable dress and love the last picture! Have fun on your trip. Yay for football in the South!!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    September 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Hahah! Almanzo among all those girls!! 😉

    Wish I could have been there!

  • Megan
    September 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Austin is the best and it looks like you had an amazing time!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    September 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Love those little pink takeout boxes! Want that taco! 😯 Yum


  • Nicole, RD
    September 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I miss the south…and my cowgirl boots!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    September 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

    great pictures and i love your dress!

  • Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries
    September 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I am in LOVE with every single photo in this post. I have a golden retriever and think they are amazing! Also.. does that dress happen to be from Anthropologie?! 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    September 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Awwww–that is just adorable. The WHOLE thing. From the Golden Retrievers, to all the beautiful ELR readers (fun to see!), to the pink gift boxes, pulled-pork tacos (wrote down the ingredients I saw for shopping list–lime & cilantro I’m in) and you and Almanzo look GORGEOUS!! How FUN!!

  • Allison K
    September 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I know this is going to sound wierd…but your hair is getting soo long soo fast!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    September 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Looks like so much fun! Love your cute little dress!

  • Kacy
    September 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Looks like a really fun event! I love Austin! (Just don’t become a Longhorn fan haha).
    Your dress is beautiful btw.

  • Jenny
    September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I want to go to Texas…
    looks lovely!:)

  • Kelly
    September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    LOVE your dress! You are so pretty!! 🙂

    I’ve always wanted to visit Austin!

  • Jen
    September 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I wish you and Almanzo the best for always. You two are very cute together. 🙂

  • eatmovelove
    September 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I love your dress. Green looks nice on you!

    I like how all the photos focus on people! – friends and loved ones.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats
    September 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    aw i am obsessed with the cowgirl boots shot!!!!!!!

    the south missed you!

  • Maura
    September 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Loooove the cowboy boots. I need to own a pair. Looks like an amazing time 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    September 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I might be the millionth person to ask, but where’s the dress from? I LOVE it. So cute!

  • Stacey
    September 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Almanzo captured some good pictures of you. I love his pink cookie boxes he was carrying.

  • chelseY
    September 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    It looks like you had SUCH a great time!!!!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    September 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Looks like an amazing time, and you look gorgeous!


  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
    September 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I love the last picture, it’s so sweet. 🙂

  • Christie - Honoring Health
    September 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    The pictures are so pretty, it looks like everyone had a great time!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    September 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Ummm… that last pic of you and A is the cutest thing EVER!! <3

  • Catherine
    September 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    That dress is adorable, I definitely stared at it in Anthropologie a few weeks ago haha
    It looks great on you 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    September 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Looks like so much fun! I hear Austin is a fun city but I have only been there when I was a young girl and barely remember it!

  • Sahar
    September 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I LOVE your dress. You look gorgeous and glowing! Is the secret chocolate chip cookies? I hope so, because I want to get on that ASAP 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Aaaww, adorable last picture!!! It looks like you all had a wonderful little shindig 😀

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    September 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    What a great evening! You guys all look so relaxed and happy!

  • Caitlin
    September 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I love all the cowboy boots! I have always wanted a pair, but it seems so out of place in the Bay Area, California.

  • jessica
    September 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    it was so nice meeting you! and thank you SO much for the best.choc.chip.cookies.everrrr…twas so sweet of you to make them for us. hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation 🙂

  • Paige
    September 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    So glad you bought that dress from Anthro – I’ve been lusting after it for a while but strapless dresses just aren’t my thing. I’m glad it found a good home. 😀

    Looks like you all had a great time! Lots of cowboy boots.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    September 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    That looks like such a fun night! And your Anthro dress is adorable! 🙂

  • Rachael
    September 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I love it when photos convey joy! And I’m hankering for my cowboy boots now…wonder if I could rock them in Cape Cod this weekend… 🙂

  • MoniMeals
    September 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    VIBRANT! Great pics. I actually want a pair of cow(girl) boots!

  • Abbey
    September 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Cute picture of you two! Is his real name Almanzo? Seems like an alias.

  • Katherine
    September 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Great pics! Looks like it was a fun time.

  • diana@mymarblerye
    September 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    i missed it!!! But can I just say that You are seriously growing into a woman before my eyes…you’ve really changed in a year and it’s really amazing!! 🙂 Enjoy Texas!

  • Pure2raw twins
    September 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    What a fun time!!! Austin is one place I hope to visit.

    Love your dress!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef
    September 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    awww looks so fun! and i LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress. gorgeous!

  • Jaclyn
    September 2, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    WOw, looks like fun!! I love tacos…and especially sweet tea vodka!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal
    September 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    What a fun night! I agree with everyone else- adorable dress.
    Everyone looks like they’re having a great time:)

  • Sana
    September 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    You and Adam are sooo cute :)! Have a blastyyy!

  • Candice
    September 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Like everyone else – I love your dress and I seriously have to get some cowboy boots now!

    So glad you’re having a great time!

  • M
    September 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    So lovely to finally see a pic of you and Adam together!
    Sweet couple 😉

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim
    September 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    You’re gorgeous! I love your dress too!

  • Allison
    September 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I love Almanzo’s Aggie ring. I go to Baylor (just an hour and a half from Aggie Land) so I know all about those! Austin is one of my favorite cities in Texas; so many great places to eat with fun personality!

  • Rosebud
    September 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    You honestly have the best dresses!

  • amanda
    September 3, 2010 at 2:38 am

    It is funny because I didn’t even have to read the headline of your blog post to know you were in Austin, TX. I love Austin, TX and if I could I would so move back there in a heartbeat!

  • LisaR
    September 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

    You and Almonzo….adorable!!

  • Danika
    September 3, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Sooo adorable!!
    Now PLEASE take us all out of our misery and tell us where did you find that beautiful dress ?? !!

  • Stacey
    September 3, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Aw! Looks like ya’ll had fun <–I inserted ya'll because ya'll are in Texas and it's very Texas-like 😀
    Love the green dress BTW!!!

  • Marie
    September 3, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Looks like it was a success! Cute dress, cute man, delicious food 🙂

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    September 3, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Looks like a wonderful time! On a more superficial note, your hair looks beautiful–love the length and color!

  • Christina
    September 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful pictures! You and Adam make for a gorgeous couple!

  • Allie
    September 3, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I dream about going to Austin!! So glad you are sharing it with us so I can live vicariously through you!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    September 3, 2010 at 7:54 am

    This post made me smile from ear to ear. You look so happy and beautiful in all of the pics, and I absolutely love that last shot of you and your boy. Too cute! 😀

    So glad you had a blast!

  • Camille
    September 3, 2010 at 9:35 am

    What a lovely little party! I love the “Welcome Home” sign!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    September 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Yum! The tacos look amazing and it looks like y’all had a lot of fun!!

  • Ann
    September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Ohmygosh. I just discovered Arnold Palmers (sweet tea vodka and lemonade) last weekend. Sooo delicious! Deadly since you can barely taste the vodka haha

  • Jen
    September 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I wish I was in Austin! I went last summer with my best friend and the two of us are dragging the rest of our friends there to celebrate our 40th birthdays next year. If you have a chance, some of the best food in Austin is found at food trucks. Two that I highly recommend are The Mighty Cone (on South Congress), and Torchy’s Tacos. I dream about Torchy’s! You can’t go wrong with the trailer park taco and fried chocolate chip cookie dough! Enjoy your time in Austin 🙂

  • David
    September 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Your boyfriend is an Aggie, Gig ’em!

  • sassy molassy
    September 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Super cute Anthro dress selection, btw. Looks like a great partay!

  • Katie
    September 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Sounds so fun!! I love your dress too. Green is one of my favorite colors to wear!

  • ACH
    September 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I love that Anthro dress! Unfortunately it was a little big on me, and Anthro + alterations is a bit out of my budget right now!

  • Tori @
    September 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    You had me at golden retriever! Love it! Great pics too BTW!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    September 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Love your dress- looks like a lovely trip so far 🙂

  • Brittany
    September 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Austin, but now I really want to visit Austin. 🙂

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