Behind The Butter

five things you should never do

1. Wear brand new shorts and sandals to the lake.

2. Leave an open jar of fish sauce in the fridge.

3. Substitute baking powder for baking soda. It’s just a bad idea.

4. Put all your undergarments in a hotel drawer….and then promptly forget about them until after you drive the six hours home.

5. Get your laptop or kindle anywhere near a water source.

I don’t want to talk about it.

Thank God for these.



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  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    July 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    You are too funny!

  • Karen at Losing to Win
    July 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Did this all happen in one weekend!? You really do need some cookies STAT!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    July 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve done the baking soda/power trick however the rest sounds just awful. Especially the undergarment part.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    July 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Oh I hope your kindle didn’t drown or suffer and water damage.

    Fish sauce. Whoa. I bet things smell a little….hmmmm….in your house right now 🙂 Good luck with the aroma 🙂

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    July 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Amen to the baking soda, except I subbed soda for POWDER once! Let me just say that it was the most disgusting taste I had ever consumed.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    July 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Too funny!!

    Hope your kindle and laptop are okay 🙂

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    July 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Holy moly I hope this all didn’t happen this weekend! If so, I hope you brought at least one bottle of wine with you!

  • Cait's Plate
    July 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Ugh I’ve totally done the “leave the clothes in the hotel drawer” thing! It’s the worst 🙁

  • Mrs. Fish
    July 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Very helpful tips, hoping the cookies make up for whatever happened to your laptop and kindle!

  • Jill
    July 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Oh boy…. The fire looks nice. It doesn’t sound like anything fell in that. I hope you had fun other than the 5 things!

  • katie @KatieDid
    July 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I don’t know whether to laugh at this or possibly feel really bad for you…. sounds like it was an eventful camping trip to say the least! Can’t wait to see pictures.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Yikes — I hope your laptop and kindle are ok!

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    July 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Oh man! I hope your week get’s better 🙂

    I tried doing the baking powder/ baking soda thing once too…. i ended up with the WORST tasting cookie ever.

    • Baking 'n' Books
      July 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Well – it’s only monday – so there is lots of room for it to get better right!

  • Dani
    July 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Aww, man! Soo what are you baking to cheer yourself up?

  • Chelsey @ Chew with Your Mouth Open
    July 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Poor kindle and laptop. 🙁

  • Ingrid
    July 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    i sure hope your laptop and kindle are salvageable. or that you have apple care it it’s a mac 🙁

  • Kristen
    July 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Ahh!!! Hope the trip was worth it!

  • dragonfly180
    July 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    aw! so sorry your electronics got wet. i bought this kwik tek waterproof bag to keep my Ipod and passports in last summer when we went on a cruise. it’s great for taking my stuff to the water park this summer.

    as for the baking powder/soda issue, your walmart crack cookies have “powder” in the description under the picture but “soda” in the picture and on the ingredients list! talk about really confusing us! 😀

  • Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles
    July 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    OH NOOOOOO! ….Confused but feeling bummed for you!

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    July 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    One time, I didn’t have time to check my bag with ALL my undergarments in it, so I traveled with just the pair of underwear and bra I was wearing. I ended up having to make an emergency stop to Victoria’s Secret right after I landed.

    Hope your kindle/laptop is okay. :\

  • Mary @ stylefyles
    July 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Noooooooooooooooo! The fire thing is scary! Did something end up burning?

    • Mary @ stylefyles
      July 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Oh, I substituted fire for water in my mind. I think the fire photo underneath is what prompted the mixup. Wet can be just as bad though! I hope your laptop/kindle still work!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    July 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Oh man, none of these sound good. Sorry Jenna!

  • jenna k
    July 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    hotels are terrible at stealing possessions! once, when i was little, i got a new teacher barbie doll on the way to a vacation. i left her at the hotel, and i still haven’t gotten over it (that was at least 15 years ago haha).

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    July 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    there’s the total disadvantage to the Kindle! that’s why I prefer real books, don’t plan on ever making the switch 😉

  • laura
    July 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I always have this fear of leaving things in a hotel. I’m worried that someone else will be walking around in my things & this makes me sad!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    July 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Ouch! My heart goes out to you Jenna. Eat s’more of those cookies…it won’t change anything, but it sure makes life a little tastier. Hugs*

  • Rachael
    July 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Kindle support is amazing, even with accidents. Call them (not amazon support) and see if they can help you out. If they don’t overnight you a new one, they might get you one at a discount! Btw, they totally sell waterproof bags on Amazon. I don’t have one yet, I just put mine in a Ziploc bag at the pool and torment my son and husband by looking like a dork 🙂

  • Jen
    July 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Number 4 and number 5 sound especially bad. I’m sorry. Let cookies solve your problems!

  • MMiller
    July 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Oh Jenna! Hope they can be repaired easily and quickly!

    We are a little OCD about leaving things when we stay away from home! When we are done and packed, ready to drive away, my husband goes back into the room for a final check! And often finds something! And we have labels on our power cords and computers and such, so they can call us if we forgot it!

    Some retail therapy to buy new undergarments is in order! Did you call the hotel and ask them to send them to you, or put them aside for your next trip back?

    Enjoy your cookies!

  • Kayla @ Sprouty Buns
    July 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Love it! Pretty sure I could come up with a “5 things you should never do” list almost everyday – I make a lot of “oopsies” 🙂

    • Baking 'n' Books
      July 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      I was going to say the same.

      Like listening to the radio on blast while driving and forget that there are actually cars around you – slamming on your brakes within inches of the car ahead…not a good idea. Beside the obvious accident and money at risk – uh, it can induce cardiac arrest….

      I hope your electronics are safe! Y’see – you shouldn’t be having technology when you go on trips! 🙂

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    July 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    One time when I was little I wanted to make cookies but we didn’t have any brown sugar. Not knowing the difference I quickly made some with white sugar and cinnamon. Brown sugar, right? My mom was not impressed when she came down to supervise!

  • JJ
    July 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    yikes! exactly the reason I don’t put things in drawers at hotels, yet still check them all before I leave (just a little bit OCD). But those cookies look like Cake! and Cake! makes everything better (I hope!)

  • mom
    July 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Jennifer Ashley Web…

  • Aja
    July 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I’m always afraid of leaving stuff in hotels, so I always live out of my suitcase, even if I’ll be there for a week.

    I hope the electronics are okay.

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    July 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Sounds like a tough day ! Hope tomorrows a bit better!

  • Mellie
    July 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry! I’ve done millions of things that were even more stupid, trust me.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    July 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I hate it enough my the apt maintenance guys come in when I still have my folded laundry in the living room, including my unmentionables. I’d prefer housekeepers not to have to clear my chonies (picked up on that CA term yet?).

  • Michelle
    July 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Oh man sad! I wish there was a way to erase the dumb things i have done in my life. Glad to know I am not the only one who has those off days!

  • Kati @ Living Well
    July 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Oh no!! 🙁 That does not sound good…

    I did spot light you on my blog tonight. Maybe that will cheer you up a bit? :>

    Hope it gets better.

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  • Casey
    July 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve done many more stupid things, Jenna…I promise! 🙂

  • Grouchy Karen
    July 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    But now you can use the baking soda to get rid of the fish sauce smell!

    When life gives you lemons, you squeeze them into life’s big ol’ face.

  • Jane (Jane, Feeling Fit)
    July 12, 2011 at 1:31 am

    …. well at least you took some awesome pictures!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness
    July 12, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Haha, so funny how your phrased this! Ooopsidaisy! 😛 On a more serious note, I’m sorry for all those “issues!”…chin up and keep smiling! 🙂 xyx

  • Rebekah
    July 12, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I substituted baking powder for baking soda last night!! They were THE WORST muffins I have made in my life and I had to end up throwing out the batch (after blogging about it, of course).

    Thank you for your other words of wisdom 🙂

  • Julie - StressStories
    July 12, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Hahaha 🙂 I laughed so much when I read about the undergarment in the hotel drawer! That’s the exact reason I never unpack at hotels – I’m so afraid of forgetting it.

    Beautiful picture the first one!

  • corey @ Learning Patience
    July 12, 2011 at 4:48 am

    TOO funny — I traveled for years on the road and NEVER used the dresser in hotel rooms because you always forget the stuff in the drawers — my husband constantly uses them and constantly forgets stuff!! Thanks for the laugh ! 🙂

    • corey @ Learning Patience
      July 12, 2011 at 4:51 am

      opps…accidentally linked to the wrong blog – This link works..(sorry) 🙂

  • Jenny
    July 12, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Gosh I have substituted baking soda for baking powder by accident so many times and then am so confused when my desserts come out. usually it happens before my morning coffee has been consumed 🙂

  • Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen
    July 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Oh my gosh #2 makes me cringe. I can barely open a bottle of fish sauce to put in a recipe without gagging – can’t imagine if that smell hit me in the face when I opened the fridge!!!

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots
    July 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Seems like a tough weekend. However, I’m sure you guys had such an amazing time that it made up for all of the little snafus (spelling????).

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    July 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I sure all those things didn’t happen at the same time! That would be a BAD weekend! Hope things are getting better!

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  • Sam
    July 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Ugh Fish sauce is SOOOO nasty!! I know it’s a not so secret ingredient to delicious Thai food, but if I ever get a whiff of it, whether on its own or in a sauce, I just can’t do it. It’s like liquid butt. I can’t imagine what that would do to my fridge. I shutter at the thought!

    I’d also add about the electronic equipment: You should never NOT check your pockets for electronic devices before you jump in the pool…no matter how hot it is!