Behind The Butter/ Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

Everything is a Competition

Hey guys!

Sorry about being MIA today….it was a totally craaaazy day and I barely sat down for 10 minutes!

But first, here is how we started our morning:

Oh yes. One big happy wine family. I sort of feel like I’m living a reality tv show right now……hah

Post-amazing grass, I had another bowl of oatmeal for breakfast with the usual fixins’–-apple, banana and almond butter 🙂


Lunch was AWESOME because I got to eat leftovers from one of our Harvest Luncheons at the winery, catered by the amazing Zin! I ate at Zin last weekend and loooved it and actually will be going to the chef’s farm next week to do an interview and shoot some video for y’all. The chef owners, Jeff and Susan, actually grow all of their own food that they serve at the restaurant for a very “farm to table” feel. Today I got to try some beef brisket and butternut squash soup….it was faaaabulous!



Get this: they even roast their own chilies for the soup! How crazy cool is that?! I LOVED this!

But this was even better…..


Oh yes……..this is caramel apple cake and it might have been the best dessert I’ve had all year. I don’t take that lightly either. This was just fabulous. I work so hard, can’t you tell??!

I was stuffed after lunch, naturally, but ran around all afternoon between tastings and tours so it was all good. I really wanted to run tonight when I got home but I didn’t end up getting back to the house until almost 7:00 and by that time, the boys were home and had just opened a bottle of St.Supery Cab so…….no run. The Cab was good though! 😉

We contemplated dinner for about 45 minutes until finally I told them I would just make do with whatever I could find in the kitchen and produce something…interesting. I have to earn my keep here somehow! 😉 I ended up doing this Asian-inspired shrimp soba dish that I think turned out pretty well, considering I had no plan whatsoever and just threw everything into Rocky’s wok!


This was so easy. Basically, I just threw some garlic, ginger, bok choy and mushrooms into the wok with a bit of olive oil and then just threw in the shrimp at the end. I served it atop some soba noodles that I had drizzled with sesame oil….and then doused the whole thing with sriracha. Delicious.

Get this: I just got served a glass of champagne and am about to jump in the hot tub for a bit. These boys know how to treat a girl right, huh?! I might never leave! 😉 (just kidding)


I really should be studying the 500+ page binder of wine information I brought home from work today…..but that’s what the weekend is for, right?!

Hope everyone had a great Thursday….see you early in the morning!

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  • kay (eating machine)
    October 1, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    random dinners are the best sometimes!
    and you get to taste at work? funnnn

  • Jocelyn
    October 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    LOL cuteeeee i love the chugging comp

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I want your job. And life. And that apple-icious dessert.

    That is all.

    Seriously, though, congrats on it all! You are living LA vida

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Wow – leftover catering meals are where it’s AT! I love when I can enjoy a nice meal after the artists have had their go at the serving line 🙂
    The apple cake looks delicious!

    Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness

  • susan
    October 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    sounds like you’re having a great time!! cute boys too. =) that apple cake looks amazing.

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too)
    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    500 pages- HA- that’s just for SONOMA county!! Good thing you’re a smart cookie and you can memorize all of it! 🙂

  • J @ whole body love
    October 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Boys! It’s always a competition lol

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I am CRACKING UP right now! Hahaha those guys, the music, the glasses, the Amazing Grass- absolute hilarity.

    Your job seems like it’s amazing! I have to admit I’m supah jealous of this fab new lifestyle! It seems as though you’re loving it! Yayyy!

  • Sarah
    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I’m convinced you have the best job. Where do I sign up?

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous
    October 1, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Love that video!! Too funny. It looks like your roomates are treating you right!

  • amber
    October 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    omg I want to see more vids!! those boys are FUNNY! Looks like you are having SO much fun!! Good for you!

  • Marina
    October 1, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    It looks like that living with those guys is really something! I’m glad that they are treating you right 🙂 Why shouldn they, when you cook them meals like this 😉
    That caramel apple cake looks great! Can we get the recipe? 😀

  • Ellen @ peaceinmotion
    October 1, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    That bowl of oats look awesome. I need your job homegirl. Wine&food all day! sounds amazing thank you very much

  • Julia
    October 1, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    What a freakin blast! Can we trade places for a day haha!
    Have a great Friday!

  • Orla
    October 2, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I don’t know how you’re able to make alcohol (even a little) part of your daily life and never succumb to the munchies! If I have just one or two beers, I spend the entire next day craving chips or pizza! Or maybe you get the cravings but you’re just a million times stronger than me 😀

  • angieinatlanta
    October 2, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Oh, boys! They’re always so fun!

    Your thrown together dinner looks fantastic; woks make everything better!

  • Diana
    October 2, 2009 at 1:23 am

    That restaurant sounds like heaven.

  • Nicole
    October 2, 2009 at 2:03 am

    That dinner looks delicious! Boys are so fun, aren’t they? I am on my way back to the states as we speak, and I can’t wait to hit up a few wine bars for great seasonal food like you had today!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 2, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Hahahah that contest is great!

  • Cara (Cara Craves...)
    October 2, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Looks like one delicious day of eating 🙂

  • christie, honoring health
    October 2, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Cute video!

    Awesome dinner your threw together!!

  • Diana
    October 2, 2009 at 3:27 am

    I’ll have to check Zin out next time I’m in Healdsburg! I got some of their Zin jelly earlier this year and just cracked it open – it is awesome! I didn’t know about how they grow all their own food. I think that is great!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    October 2, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Caramel apple cake looks awesome!

    You did great coming up with a meal “on the fly”! Shrimp and soba noodles look delish!

  • natalie
    October 2, 2009 at 4:02 am

    great video! Looked like an awesome dinner too!

  • Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs)
    October 2, 2009 at 4:04 am

    lol. More videos please!! The pasta with shrimp looks amazing!

  • Lauren
    October 2, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Haha, now that is one impressive chugging contest! Sure they never experienced anything quite like that before.

    Look at you girl, livin it up with some very sweet boys that sure do take care of you. Wine and champange hand delivered… this is something you don’t see everyday! 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Stephanie
    October 2, 2009 at 4:21 am

    sounds like life is good 🙂

  • jenna
    October 2, 2009 at 4:52 am

    wow all your food looks amazing!! I want to move there just for the food!!!!!! goodness!! I’m glad its all going so well for ya! 🙂

  • Michelle
    October 2, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Looks like you’re having fun.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 2, 2009 at 5:31 am

    wow that was really fast, are you sure you can beat Adam???

  • Kelsey
    October 2, 2009 at 5:36 am

    hahha, that video is hilarious!
    hope you’re having a great time!

  • Erin
    October 2, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Jenna, keep up the good work because I am living vicariously through your Cali adventures! I can’t wait to learn more about the wine biz!

    Do they have MS wine all over the country?

  • Danielle
    October 2, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Sounds like you are definitely living it up! 500 pages of info on wine?! That’s a lot of reading!

  • Rebecca
    October 2, 2009 at 5:54 am

    That video is so funny! Your dinner creation looks fantastic!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 2, 2009 at 5:58 am

    That video cracked me up — I loved the background music!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    October 2, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I’m so happy for you Jenna – it looks like this adventure is already tons of fun!

  • Allie
    October 2, 2009 at 6:16 am

    That pasta looks great! I love throwing together meals with no preparation.

  • brandi
    October 2, 2009 at 6:18 am

    sounds like a fun day at work!

    that video was hilarious 🙂

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    October 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I can totally see you three on a Food Network reality show!

  • Jenna
    October 2, 2009 at 6:33 am

    i am so happy jenna that you are having such a great time with the boys in cali! good luck reading that wine book this weekend, well at least it will be interesting!!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    October 2, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Gah, I want some of that apple cake!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 2, 2009 at 6:49 am

    The video is great! It cracked me up!!

  • Leah @ L4L
    October 2, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Looks like you are having a blast with those boys!

  • amber
    October 2, 2009 at 7:16 am

    omg those boys are FUNNY! I want to see more vids in the future. Looks like you are having SO much fun, YAY!! Good for you. I want to come up and wine taste soon =)

  • sandhiya
    October 2, 2009 at 7:19 am

    I have had a location move (and yes, its a paradigm change from where I used to be before)..and I kind of realize what you must be going thru now and draw a lot of inspiration from your bounce back abilities. Change is good! right? Good Luck 🙂

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    October 2, 2009 at 7:24 am

    How fun! Can’t wait to see if your grass chugging skills win today! LOL!

  • Lindsay
    October 2, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I am cracking up! Those boys seem like so much fun! And boys that serve you champagne at night? Um yeah, keep them around! I’m glad you are having a good time. Your job sounds so perfect!

  • Melissa
    October 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Glad to see you’re loving life in California. The guys seem like great roommates! Everything happens for a reason…and moving across the country totally seems to be working out for you.

    I’m a little jealous and I’m really inspired to make changes in my own life! :o)

  • Sonia
    October 2, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I am soooo jealous of you. Ur such an inspiration doing what you want in life.

  • Courtney
    October 2, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Chugging grass in a white dress shirt = brave brave man!!!!

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 2, 2009 at 7:49 am

    It sounds like a blast out there!! I don’t think you need to move into your own place – why mess with a good thing?? :O)

  • Nicole
    October 2, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Haha, I love the video! You guys look like you are having a blast!

  • Sarah
    October 2, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Loved the grass-chugging contest! Also, thanks for reminding me to work Zin into my next trip to Healdsburg!

  • Kristin
    October 2, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Those boys are cutee patuhtees!

  • beachplum
    October 2, 2009 at 8:16 am


    Oh my god–just saw your You Tube Ab Video on You go girl! What a riot!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ali
    October 2, 2009 at 8:49 am

    The video was so cute! Dinner looks great, I am sure they appreciate your cooking! Do you have to read the whole 500 pages of wine info? WOW!!!!!!! Good Luck! Looks like you are happy with the move! That’s great!

  • Sylvia
    October 2, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I like your blog a lot! I’ve been reading it for a little while…I have to ask, though: how many pictures of oatmeal are you going to take? 😀

  • Anais
    October 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Hey Jenna, I made your enchilada recipe last night… and it was SO GOOD!!!

  • Scott
    October 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

    That brisket looks awesome; I’d love to hear more about how they prepared/cooked it.

  • Kat (kats daily plate)
    October 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

    So glad you are finding so much joy in the many pleasures of your new job/ life!

  • amanda
    October 2, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i’m not sure where the boys live in santa rosa but the creek trail is a great spot to run. you can pick it up at several places so it’s pretty accessible. or you could go out to spring lake/howarth park…that is a fun little route too.

  • Organic Ashley
    October 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

    That dinner looks great. I think its funny that you had all those things in the kitchen just waiting to be turned into a fabulous dish.
    The video was classic but I wish they would have talked about how it tasted. That could have been classic.
    By the way, I cant believe Rocky is having a hard time finding a girl, he is really cute. 🙂

  • skinnyrunner
    October 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

    wine and champagne? um, can i move in??

  • WendyF
    October 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

    That lunch looks great , I passed up Zin for lunch last time I was there and now regret it. I have a 100 mile bike ride in Ukiah this Sunday so Monday I hope to stop at Zin for a nice lunch.

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    October 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

    It sounds like you’re having a ball! I bet those boys just LOVE having you around! ; )

  • BethT
    October 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Weekend is not for studying….it’s for exploring the bay area! 😉

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Live it up girl! I am just a bit jealous 😉 Enjoy!

  • Alicia
    October 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    You do look like you are living in a TV show! How fun!
    My husband and I call random dinners “found dinner” because we make it with whatever can be found in the kitchen. Usually they do turn out pretty good, and are always a fun experiment!

  • Ris
    October 2, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    The vid is priceless! … it all looks delish, especially that apple cake, that was always my grandma’s specialty!

  • Kasey @ Fit For Wellness
    October 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    My mouth is watering looking at your dinner… I love anything with shrimp!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    That soup looks AMAZING! It’s been such soup weather hear that I made black bean soup yesterday and will probably eat some of the left overs today. I actually had to turn on the heat last night :0(

  • nicole
    October 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    your job is amazing!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I think you’re going to have a good influence on those men… teach them to eat (drink!) their veggies! 😉

    All that food looks so good! I’m so glad you’re doing well Jenna.

  • Adi (
    October 2, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    That caramel apple cake looks so good. So good, that I’m tempted to travel internationally all the way to California to steal a piece!

  • Lizzy
    October 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    those boys really know how to tackle a competition! adam had that one with no trouble at all! 🙂

    you are such an amazing cook, the boys are not going to want you to leave EVER!

  • Alex
    October 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Your posts lately give me hope that there ARE guys out there like me!!! I just have to find them, as you did 🙂 Then it will be fun fun fun…

  • Therese
    August 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Today’s post randomly linked to this one, and I clicked b/c the bowl of oatmeal looks amazing. Anyway, is this “Almanzo” pre-boyfriend?!