Behind The Butter

First Book Signing at Copperfield’s

You guys came!!

Thank you so much for showing up last night, eating my cookies and bringing your spatulas for me to sign. WOW. I love you all so much! It {in my opinion} was a fabulous event despite my first reading jitters. I was so nervous! But then when I looked out and saw all your smiling, encouraging faces I felt right at home. You guys rock.

{hi Emily! You have beautiful hair!}

{this is Marcy and without Marcy the book would never be possible. Marcy was my writing buddy and we met once a week for months and months, going over each other’s work and giving valuable feedback. I pretty much owe her my life…or just a ton of cookies}

{serious face}

{hi Rachel! Your mom is so sweet and showed me photos of your beautiful family!}

{hi Sara! Your mom is also so sweet! Thanks for sending in the troops}

{these beautiful girls drove all the way from Oakland I am so thankful they did!}


What a night! After my signing I discovered the harsh reality that it’s virtually impossible to watch back-to-back seasons of Homeland and then expect to fall right asleep after.

I hope you guys have a wonderful Saturday! And a huge thank you again to Copperfield’s for hosting me and every one of y’all that showed up for support. I can’t wait to meet more of you next weekend at Omnivore Books in San Francisco!


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  • Erin
    September 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    YAY! Sounds like it was a terrific and successful first book signing! Congratulations!! I just started your book last night and saw that your mom is from Milwaukee! Any chance you’ll be doing a signing there anytime soon? I live here and would LOVE to finally meet you after all this time following your beautiful journey! Take care and have a blast with this! You deserve it after all of your hard work!

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Maybe in the Spring! I would love to visit Milwaukee again.

  • Alisha
    September 8, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I just finished your book and loved it! I hope a sequel comes out, but in the mean time I can’t wait to explore your blog. Congrats on all your success so far.

  • Kim@hungryhealthygirl
    September 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

    So glad everything went wonderfully for you!! Can’t wait to get my hands in that book. I tried to download it on, but it isn’t available yet.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Congrats! I can’t imagine the feeling you had walking into the room knowing that those people came to hear YOU talk about YOUR book. So happy for you!

  • Alicyn
    September 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    That’s so great! Congrats!! Do you have a schedule for your book signing? What cities you’ll be going to.

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Yep! It’s right on the sidebar listed as “follow me on the road” 🙂

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    September 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Amazing! Congratulations! You looked beautiful!
    I also find it ironic that you were standing in front of a No Food Allowed In Bookstore Sign! =)

    • Barbara
      September 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

      I saw that too…hee-hee 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    September 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Congratulations again! It’s so exciting, I’m sure!

  • Wendy
    September 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Please come to Louisiana! I can’t wait to read the book.

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    September 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

    you look so cute and professional. come to the east coast!

    • Betsy
      September 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Yes! I second a trip to the East Coast is a must!!! Charlottesville? Charleston, DC or NYC? COME!!!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    September 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Wow, great turnout. Love the outfit. It’s fun to see ELR readers.

    • Suzanne de Cornelia
      September 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

      PS…dumb me…forgot to say. LOVED the book.

  • Becky White
    September 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Will you be coming to Southern California at all? Orange County or San Diego? We’d LOVE to see you 🙂

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Maybe! That would be really fun!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    September 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Congrats, Jenna! Looks like it was a great event. Way to kick things off! 🙂

  • Jenna
    September 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Those cookies look so good what recipe did u use?

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Recipe coming in a few days 🙂

  • Poetesswug (Deb)
    September 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

    How great!! :-]

  • Lisa
    September 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Wow Jenna you look fantastic!! Congrats on such a huge accomplishment!!

  • Katie
    September 8, 2012 at 11:21 am

    You look so pretty! Love the blazer, where is it from? I got your book in the mail yesterday and finished it last night. It was so good, I loved it! Cheers!

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      It’s from Gap, thanks! 🙂

  • Heather @ girlyeverafter
    September 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I die for your boots, too cute! I always watched Homeland the day after bc of the action and it keeping me up too!

  • Becca
    September 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Urgent question: where did you get that jacket???

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 11:29 am


      • Becca
        September 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm


  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Jenna this is awesome! I am so happy for you! I love your boots – they are beautiful! And so are those cookies – perfect. How exciting for you and you look like an old pro at this 🙂

  • Courtney
    September 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it–yay for you!

  • Kahea
    September 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations! Hoping to make it to your SF event next weekend!

  • Jill
    September 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Looks like a great time was had by all! I can’t wait to read your book!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    September 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    SO cool – looks like a success (and how could not be when cookies and cowboy boots are invovled?!). 🙂

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    September 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    See you in San Francisco!!! Can’t wait!!

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    September 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Congrats on a successful evening! And you looked absolutely gorgeous!

  • Sharon
    September 8, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I am so excited and proud for you. Enjoy every minute!

  • Jessica
    September 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    So exciting! Can’t wait to read it! 🙂 Will be next on my list!

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    September 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    How fun! I’m so excited for you! 😀

  • Margarita
    September 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Love your super chic outfit and the boots! Your book is en route and I can’t wait for it to get here!

  • rachel
    September 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    where is your necklace from? love that color

    • jenna
      September 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I got it from Francesca’s last year–it’s my favorite

  • Megan
    September 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

  • Lauren C
    September 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Yay! Good for you! I’m sure it went great & your boots are awesome (so how can you go wrong, right?) You will be 2 hours away from me in my lovely home state of NC on the 24th but I unfortunately can’t make it that night. All the best as you hit the road! BTW, I love that bag on the girl on the right — in the next to last photo 🙂

  • Melanie
    September 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I am so bummed I missed it!!!! I live right around the corner… I’ve been too wrapped up in my teacher and mom world these past 3 weeks. I will be getting your book though!

  • Emily
    September 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Last night was so much fun and I am sure the rest of your book tour will be just as exciting! Your reading was engaging and entertaining, and your cookies were scrumptious! Congrats on your wonderful book! I started reading it as soon as I got home last night and I am loving it. (And I am loving the pic of us, thanks for putting it here!) Congrats again Jenna!

  • Peggy
    September 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Jenna! I’m one of the girls from Oakland, and I just wanted to say it was wonderful meeting you! I can’t tell you how much fun it was to be at your first book reading. You have friends in Oakland now, so look me up if you ever venture south. (Although every time I go to Sonoma County I wonder why anyone would ever leave…) Good luck with the rest of your tour, and congratulations!

  • Marcy Gordon
    September 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Congratulations Jenna–
    Such a great turn out for you first ever book event, so gald I could be there. Thanks so much for the writing buddy shout-out. I know how hard you worked on the early drafts. It was great to work together–But you made this happen!
    And, um, about the ton of cookies…maybe just some wine instead?

  • Sarah
    September 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    THOSE BOOTS. Swooooon. Congrats 🙂

  • Alicia
    September 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    You coming anywhere near the LA area? I just got your book for my nook! Hope you come closer to my area!!

  • Amy
    September 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Agree on the boots – double swoon! Haven’t read the book but can’t wait for the kindle version… Or will I be waiting a long time? Congrats to you!

  • Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    September 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Looks like a great time. My hubby watches Homeland so I usually catch some of it.

  • Grace
    September 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    love the “serious face” picture….. you look amazing! Congrats on the first book signing – looks like it was a great time…..I’m not surprised! 🙂

  • Hannah
    September 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Love that you baked everyone cookies! (especially that you snuck them past that sign that says no food or drink in the bookstore 😉 )

  • Candice
    September 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Jenna, congrats! I’d love to see a guest post from your Mom with her perspective on your success, the book tour and the book itself. I can’t get past thinking, “Her Mom must be so proud!” Can’t wait to read the book. Wished you were coming to Chattanooga!!!

    • mom
      September 9, 2012 at 5:50 am

      You are right Candice! I am over the top with happiness and pride for my daughter! God has blessed me with Jenna and I am so thankful.

  • Whitney
    September 8, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Where is the blazer from? So cute!!

  • Jenn
    September 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Is Marcy a writer?! I’d love to hear that story. How did you meet?…and good God, you are photogenic!

  • Rachel Spriggs
    September 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Jenna – my good friend texted me that she saw my mom (Debra) on your blog. I yelped with excitement to get a shoutout 🙂 So random that you know Sarah R.!

    Anyway, love your musings and recipes. Know that you have loyal little following here in SLC! If you are ever passing through, I’d love a margarita meet-up!
    <3 Rachel

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    September 8, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats and God bless your journey!

  • Andrea
    September 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Amazing! Loved the book and love your outfit!! Random question- where did u get your wrap bracelets??

  • Kelly
    September 9, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Good. For. You.

  • Christena
    September 9, 2012 at 7:33 am

    So excited for you. With your book tour and Kath’s baby, this week has been a week of vicarious excitement for me. Ha! I live in Alabama & get Birmingham magazine…there was a little side article about you in my most recent issue announcing your visit to B’ham!

    P.S. You are so lovely. I do wish you would bring back the fashion posts. Glad to see you revealed where you found your jacket above – I was going to ask the same question!

  • Jessica
    September 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

    CONGRATS Jenna!! You look beautiful and I’m sure you rocked it! How exciting!!

  • Leslie Means
    September 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Yea!!! I talked about your book on our website 😉

  • Casey
    September 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

    whoa! love your outfit! ELR fashion post soon?

    congrats on the book signing! Been reading the blog for years and its really cool to see how far you’ve come 🙂 rock on

  • Em - Wine and Butter
    September 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Big congratulations! I would love to write a book, but totally never get past paragraph one. :)… I massively respect your work ethic and cannot wait to read the book!
    AND you should definitely stop by London on your book signing tour.. we have the best cream doughnuts in the world!!!

  • Grace
    September 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Oh my goodness Jenna! I could have SWORN you were Kate Middleton with blonde hair in these pics. You look STUNNING! As much and as often as you say you hate public speaking etc.. this is obviously where & what you are meant to be doing in life. You’re absolutely glowing! x

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    September 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Congrats! Looks like the event was a success – and cute boots!! Love them!

  • MB
    September 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Jenna, I am so excited to get my hands on a copy of your book! I am a senior in college and I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now. This sounds silly, but it’s always a great escape from school to take a few minutes to check out your blog every day. You seem to be such a genuine, curious, COOL girl and I love reading about your adventures.

    You definitely look very cool in your pictures from your book signing too – love the outfit 🙂


  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Yay!! Congratulations Jenna…I’m so very excited for you. I finished your book yesterday night and I just looooooved it.
    Love these photos and your outfit (that blazer is fantastic!). It looks like such a great event ; )

  • Kiran @
    September 10, 2012 at 12:12 am

    You need to return to Florida, at least for a book tour 🙂

  • Floey
    September 10, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Are you coming to Los Angeles? 🙂

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture
    September 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Hooray! It looks like it went so well! Congrats again!

  • Cindy Robinson
    September 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Is it weird I feel like we’re friends and I know you? ‘m just so excited for you!! You look beautiful and so kind. Best wishes to you virtual friend 🙂

    September 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    wow1 wow1 we love you
    grandma and grampa

  • Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    September 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I love that you’re sharing pictures of some of the individual fans who came out to see you. So cute! And ALMOST as cute as the above comment! 🙂

  • Sonal
    September 11, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Looked like a great success! 🙂 You look beautiful Jenna!

  • Christa @ Edible Balance
    September 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    So well-deserved, of course people would love to support you! Can’t wait to read the book 🙂