Confessions of a Food Blogger

Confessions of a Food Blogger, Part III

I believe nutella and graham crackers can be a perfectly acceptable dinner.

Last week when I was on a hike, I thought I heard a mountain lion so I sat down on a rock and pretended to be invisible for nine minutes. Turned out, it was just a squirrel.

I eat the skin on both kabocha squashes and kiwis. Sometimes it feels weird, but I just go with it.

After drinking two large glasses of wine and watching four episodes back to back of Mad Men, I created a verb form of Don Draper. An example would be “Gosh, you’re really don drapering that, aren’t you?”

If I were a boy, I would eat fried chicken and waffles every single day. I also would grow a mullet and go alligator hunting. Just kidding. Sort of.

Lady Gaga scares me. There. I said it.

Read Part I and II here.

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  • Lina@GreenLivingNY
    September 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

    LOL LAdy GAGA scares me too!!!! and definetely agree with the : if I were a boy part 🙂

  • Brittney
    September 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

    More please 😉

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day
    September 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Nutella should be acceptable for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in my case, the occasional 12am snack.

  • leslie
    September 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    can we please please get “don drapering” added to the dictionary!? i want to start using this verb.

    i eat the skin on almost anything. it’s got extra nutrients, right? i’m also too busy (um, lazy) to peel.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    September 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I can’t handle kiwi skins! You are brave.

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie
    September 23, 2010 at 11:06 am

    LOL A mullet? Really? Thank goodness you’re a girl hehe
    Lady Gaga annoys me more than she scares me.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    September 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

    hahaha love this. I agree with most of it – especially the nutella and graham crackers part. I also love that picture of you!

  • Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth)
    September 23, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Excellent. But why would you have to be a boy to eat fried chicken and waffles? Unless we’re delving into the complexities of social acceptability/propriety. 😉

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    September 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

    If I were a boy I would eat Nutella and graham crackers every day.

  • Tina
    September 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I don’t quite get Lady Gaga. I like her music, but she is just out there. And nutella + graham crackers sounds amazing now.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    September 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    jenna, you’re beautiful and all, but i just don’t see you as a boy with a mullet. maybe the chicken and waffles thing, but probably not the mullet.

    that is all 🙂

  • kate
    September 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    nutella with a spoon is a meal in my opinion!

  • Liz
    September 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I have to say, Lady Gaga might be out there, but I love her music and she puts on one hell of a show. Also, you know mullets are available for ladies also. I think it could be be a new chapter of your blog – the hair chronicles.

    • Carrie H
      September 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      its called the femullet! (pronunciation guide: fem-mullet)

  • Nicole
    September 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I love the squirrel/mountain lion confusion, I think I would have done the same thing 🙂

  • amber's notebook
    September 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    That first picture is amazing.

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    September 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    How have I never tried Nutella with graham crackers??
    How is it that I AM in possession of graham crackers and NOT in possession of Nutella?!

    My world is so upside down these days.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    September 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Let’s just say, I’m glad you’re a girl. And Nutella is acceptable for all meals.

  • Angharad
    September 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

    My favourite part of this post is that its tagged as “awkward humor, random musings”

  • erin m.
    September 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    These posts brought a much needed smile to my day! Boy or girl… do what you want! I think girls have a better appreciation for the bliss Nutella brings to one’s life.

  • OC2Seattle
    September 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Wait, someone actually thinks nutella and graham crackers is not an acceptable dinner! Personally, when I need extra protein I favor pecans dipped in Nutella 😉 You’re on your own with the mullet though . . .

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    September 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I would eat nutella and graham crackers for dinner any day. Love these confession posts!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Haha, oh man. This was funny. I love these confession posts. Can you have, like, eighteen parts??? lol

  • Dani
    September 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

    That mountain lion/squirrel story is just about the funniest thing ever! Sounds like something I would do!!

  • Shenan @ iambs and ales
    September 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Hmmm let me try to develop a dictionary definition for “Don Drapering” or “to Don Draper”…how about: “to steal one’s heart by being the most perfect, handsome, dashing, and studly male creation ever to exist despite numerous shortcomings in the dealing-with-emotions and respecting-women departments (because I can separate those realms, can’t you), with apologies to all boyfriends, husbands, and men who are not Don Draper out there”?


  • Kim
    September 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Yesterday my husband and I were hiking in TN and heard A LOT of noise. I froze, thinking it had to be a bear or a mountain lion. I was pretty sure Reader’s Digest “Drama in Real Life” was about to become my life. No, it was too fuzzy little deer who bounded off all white-tailed.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    September 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Love your confessions! I just want your boots though. So badly!

    The photo of you is awesome, too!


  • Emily
    September 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

    When you hear a mountain lion, you’re supposed to make yourself as big as possible, not small! I googled it on my way to camping in Big Sur once. It suggested getting on a friend’s shoulders and flapping your jacket like a giant totem-bird monster. Seriously.

    I eat kiwi skin too!

  • Charise
    September 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Once when my husband was out of town I woke up early to quiet voices in the living room and had myself CONVINCED people had broken into my third-floor condo. You know, so quietly I didn’t hear them but they then proceeded to talk in hushed towns for several minutes. I was TERRIFIED and couldn’t move. Finally, I got up, and it turns out my TV had turned itself on and the 5 am news was on. Our first flatscreen would do that sometimes before a firmware update. Still creepy to have a self-turning-on TV, but we laugh about it now. 🙂

  • Lauren
    September 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Haha you’re so awesome! 🙂

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy)
    September 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

    What a fab post! 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    September 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Nutella is the best!! Lada Gaga is so strange… but she’s great to workout too 🙂

  • Shannon @ freshman yr
    September 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Lovess it!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    September 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Glad I’m not alone! Lady Gaga gives me the heebie jeebies. :mrgreen:

  • Sana
    September 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Nutella and graham crackers are acceptable ANY time of the day 🙂

  • jenna
    September 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

    hahaha…my five year old baby thinks that lady gaga is the coolest thing since sliced bread because “shes a rock star mommy! she can wear whatever she wants {even if its real slabs of meat..niccceee} ‘!! …dont judge my parenting skills on this one please!

  • Camille
    September 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    There is a street by my house called Draper Pl. I always think of Don Draper and how I plan to make him mine some day. Actually, not Don Draper, but Jon Hamm.

  • anonymous
    September 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    lady gaga is the shiz. (:

  • Amy H
    September 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Nothing wrong with eating the skin of kabochas…but do you eat the skin of acorn squash also??? I am baking one tomorrow night and I am trying to decide if I should leave the skin on or not (I cannot remember if I have eaten the skin of one before.) Any thoughts?

  • Amber K
    September 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    LOL! I love it.

  • Andrea
    September 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Yes….I thought so…may as well try the rind along with the kobabocha! Thanks! ha!

  • hippierunner
    September 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    haha, would the sight of Gaga nearby make you want to be invisble also?

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    September 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Yay! Thank you for bringing this back! Love it <3

    AND i'm pretty sure I hold Nutella in it's own food group. Right next to awesome and peanut butter. Yup, they're definitely some shining stars. My kind of soul food for sure!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    September 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    i really enjoy these posts!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    September 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Being a fellow Californian, I understand the mountain lion fear. It would have been funnier had it “just been a kitten” lol.

  • Aimee
    September 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Is the “read more” feature a permanent one? Not a fan. Feels likes you’re just trying to eke out more page views (ie once for just going to ELR dot com and once for the ELR dot com slash xyz). Just my opinion.

    And no reason you can’t do the chicken/waffles/crazy haircut/alligator thing as a female… no need to have man parts for that, no ma’am.

    • jenna
      September 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      I think it might stay….blogging is my full time job, so like any business woman, I try to maximize certain aspects of my job that, in turn, pay my bills. I don’t partner with any companies anymore and therefore, my only source of income is the revenue earned from this blog. The design you see right now though is temporary as I work on launching my new redesign…and I’m not sure exactly what that new design will look like yet.

      • Ella
        September 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

        That’s the best justification I’ve seen for this feature yet – I respect that explanation, Jenna. While I normally find the “read more” button annoying for some reason I have not felt that way yet with Eat Live Run. I think it’s because the beginning of your posts are interesting enough that they grab me and I don’t mind clicking the button!

        • amber's notebook
          September 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm

          I don’t have a problem with it either way but I will say that I thought you were having shorter posts or something I didn’t even notice the read more button at first and didn’t realize there were more to the posts. But i’m blonde so I may be the only one who though that.

        • Karen
          September 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

          I, too appreciate your candor, Jenna. Personally, I wasn’t aware of the reasons behind the double-click feature, nor did I find it annoying, but thanks for the open dialogue. Honesty is always best in my view. (Love this “confession” series!)

      • L
        September 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

        Just curious – do you get revenue from Google Reader posts?! Not sure how this all works!

        • jenna
          September 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

          No, I don’t.

      • Aimee
        September 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

        Thanks for the reply– I definitely see your point from a money-making standpoint.

        • Christena
          September 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

          I also think “read more” is annoying, but you know what, I totally respect your honesty in this answer. Makes sense & not that big of a deal anyway.

        • jessica
          September 24, 2010 at 4:13 am

          If you click over from Google Reader, you can skip the whole “read more” and go directly to the post. I read in Google Reader but always come over to comment and/or read comments.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    September 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Your blogger confessions are my favorite posts!

  • Heather
    September 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Is it just me, or is having a stiff drink while watching Mad Men a requirement?

  • Allie
    September 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    bahahaha. love the don draper verb.

  • Caleb
    September 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I also eat the skin of kiwis, as I also do with most all fruits. About the only time I don’t is if I am dehydrating them.

  • MMiller
    September 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Need to buy some Nutella….can you believe I have never had it?! I think Gaga is just strange! Music is catchy, but she is just too out there for me! And can’t picture you as a boy with a mullet! (Only have girls please!) If you love Fried Chicken and waffles, eat it every day! You eat enough good stuff to counteract the bad! I can eat some skins but not all! I can do Kiwi, don’t think I would do squash!

  • Kelly
    September 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I eat on the skin on kiwis and squashes too….glad to know I am not the only one. My husband thinks it is gross! What does he know.

  • Alyssa
    September 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Lady Gaga IS terrifying!

  • Coco
    September 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    i feel like you and i would be really great friends.

  • Vanessa @ The Weekly Yogi
    September 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Lady Gaga is a character, to say the least… but I have to agree with you. 🙂

    – Vanessa

  • RhodeyGirl
    September 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    mountain lion story just made me laugh. thanks, i needed that!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    September 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I think I would have that same facial expression if I were sticking my fingers in bison’s nostrils! I will eat the skin of the kiwi as well–it is just easier!

  • VeggieGirl
    September 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Next time I visit, let’s have nutella & graham crackers for dinner instead of going to Millennium.

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)
    September 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Love the socks sticking out of the boots 😉

    Come on… you didn’t like the meat dress?!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    September 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Loooove this. Nutella is just amaaazing. It’s a socially acceptable way to eat candy for breakfast. haha Also – loooved Mad Men…more specifically, John Hamm…so adorable!!

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    September 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I also eat the skin of kiwis….not a bad thing! And Lady Gaga IS frigtening!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef
    September 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    lady gaga is creepy! not a fan. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    September 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Haha love that squirrel story! It reminds me of the time I was home alone and heard a noise, so I crept around holding a lamp as a weapon. It turns out it was just my door creaking. 😛

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    September 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I love your confessions of a blogger posts – they crack me up and make me love you that much more!

  • Laura (Starloz)
    September 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    lady gaga is odd but sure can she sing.
    i love your confessions, sooo much.

    i always eat kiwi skin, no shame!

  • Christena
    September 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I like Lady Gaga, actually, although she is really, really weird. She can definitely sing and I appreciate her creativity even when I don’t “get” it.

  • alison
    September 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Nutella and graham crackers reminds me of the times my mom would buy a can of chocolate frosting which we’d spread on graham crackers. Yum.
    Lady Gaga scares me, too.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    September 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    LOVE this series!

  • Emma
    September 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    This may be the best edition yet!

    My boyfriend and I totally say things like, “That’s so Draper.” <3 Madmen. We don't have cable, so we are anxiously looking forward to the time when our Netflix Queue has Mad Men Season 4 in it.

  • Corinne
    September 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I used to dance and sing to gaga’s music in the privacy of my own car and home. After seeing her perform at Lollapalooza this summer I now stop and pray an angel didn’t lose it’s wings when I hear her voice.

  • Erica
    September 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    My dinner tonight? Graham crackers smothered in peanut butter and chocolate chips for dinner. Healthy? Not so much. Yummy? Absolutely. And hey, it’s not actually my fault… A certain blogger said it was okay 😀

  • Shelley
    September 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Graham crackers with Nutella is amazing. Pretzels dipped in Nutella are pretty darn good too. Tastes sort of liked chocolate dipped pretzels (one of my favorite treats) without the work of melting/dipping/waiting for them to dry.

  • Lynna
    September 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I am a big fan of the Don Draper verb– definitely going to have to find some way to put that one to use. As a character, I find him so interesting because he’s a sort of anti-protagonist with surface likeability (because of his good looks, intelligence, and high level job) yet so many deeper aspects that make him loathable. Definitely keeps me watching!

  • Moni'sMeals
    September 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Yes, lady gaga scares me too.

  • Peggy
    September 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Nutella+graham crackers+marshmallow roasted over a gas burner on a wooden skewer=indoor s’mores. And dinner tomorrow?

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run
    September 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

    haha I love these posts!! And Lady Gaga scares me too. I honestly don’t see what all the fuss is about.