For the Love of Frosting

To those who I may have offended: I’m truly sorry. I have nothing against Russia, Russians or fur trapping in general. Really. Please don’t be mad at me! What can I do to make it up to you? If you were closer to me I would bring you a cupcake with italian buttercream….or a couple, since I now have twenty five of them in a big plastic bag in my freezer along with a tupperware of icing. I’m setting one out to thaw for myself for later though because I just feel like that might be necessary.

But good news, the boy liked them! Or, at least I think he liked them. He ate it so fast in the airport yesterday and the only words I could make out were:

Mshhhhhhhhh mshhhh mahhhh mmmmmmmmm

I gathered that meant he was hungry. 🙂 And he didn’t even mind the fact that while I was driving through the windy streets of downtown San Francisco my purse flew forward and smashed into one. Yes, I liked the frosting off my purse. Obviously.

This morning I worked at the yoga studio for a few hours and then came home and had an open face turkey sandwich for lunch. I’m just loving these Trader Joe’s whole wheat flatbreads. They’re just so chewy!
On my sandwich was hummus and laughing cow. While I was eating it I realized I forgot something….yes, this definitely needed some hot sauce. 😉
Time for a RUN!

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  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    OH my… I would KILL for one of your cupcakes!!!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    April 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I’ll bet the boy loved the cupcakes. They look (and sound!) fabulous! 😀

  • Shannon
    April 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I miss the way you use to write. 🙁

  • Lauren
    April 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t understand all the comments about your last blog being “racist”. Tell a Slovak joke and I’ll be the first one to fall on the floor laughing (that is, if it’s a good joke 🙂 )

    Oh and I don’t see why your blog style is being called weird or different lately. It’s nice to read things that are fun and funny and don’t just center on food. I know I know it’s a food blog, but there ARE other things in life!

    End rant.


  • Lauren
    April 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I don’t understand all the comments about your last blog being “racist”. Tell a Slovak joke and I’ll be the first one to fall on the floor laughing (that is, if it’s a good joke 🙂 )

    Oh and I don’t see why your blog style is being called weird or different lately. It’s nice to read things that are fun and funny and don’t just center on food. I know I know it’s a food blog, but there ARE other things in life!

    End rant.


  • A @ Please Don't Eat Me!
    April 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    i kinda caught up on all the action from the last week or so and wanted to comment (always reading never commenting.. lol)
    my hair.. is long (down to my waist) but when it was your length i colored it black and it was definitely STRAW for a lonnnnnnng time.
    may i recommend, no blowdrying or flat ironing, shampooing only on the roots, using a dry shampoo spray every other day, and deep condition with what everyone else said! especially the morocan oil. then … don’t process your hair for like six months.. and dont use a brush or your fingers to detangle, only a wide tooth comb…seriously!!!! long hair rant over, i feel for you!!!!!!!!

    i wouldnt worry too much about the attack on diversity claims.. we all say things that aren’t “politically correct” and i think as long as you aren’t directly talking about ONE particular person or splattering a nasty agenda all over the place, you’re fine. i haven’t seen anything on this blog that would make me thing you were racist or trying to put someone down because of their nationality. im white, my friends are either spanish or black and you know what they call me?

  • Angharad
    April 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    YUM. Can we have a demo on how to make frosting look so pretty? I have a boy with a birthday too…

  • Evan Thomas
    April 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Oh, OK, I thought the thing you forgot on your sandwich would have been frosting, but now I understand it’s hot sauce. LOL better call

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    April 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I love the TJs flatbread, too!

  • Irina
    April 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Oh, all right, I forgive you 🙂 for taking a crack at Mother Russia 🙂
    But I still demand a cup cake – can it be mailed? It will only be travelling to Sacramento – a courrier perhaps for a bargain price? Have fun blogging!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Gosh, I want to reach through the screen and grab those cupcakes!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    April 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the TJ’s flat bread thoughts – that sounds like a product I’ll have to try for sure.

    I empathize with you about the tax stuff. I always owe lots and lots of money. This year I WILL be better about paying my estimated taxes. Really.

  • Lindsey
    April 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Have you tried chipotle hummus?? Made some last weekend – SO DELISH when you’re cravin some spicy!

  • Picnics and Peonies
    April 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I am sooo addicted to hot sauce. We go through a BIG bottle of Tabasco about every 2 weeks in my house. No lie 🙂 Not to mention chili flakes, siracha, colon cleanser (yes, it’s a hot sauce!), and more!
    My fave salad these days: romaine lettuce, peppered goat cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, diced tomato, and bbq’d chicken breast, topped with 15-20 shakes of tabasco. YUM.

  • Snowflakes and Sunshine
    April 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Jenna, how do you fancy sending one of those lush-looking cupcakes all the way to the UK? Ta 🙂

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I still want one of those cupcakes.

  • Holly B
    April 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I just cannot get enough of your blog posts, lately. I know it must take some extra effot…but I cross my fingers every time I come back that you keep it up! Is your book written so thoughtful and creative in style?

  • sarah
    April 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Peeps can take a chill pill! Goodness. You’re a writer, and a good one. Write where your passion takes you! And everyone can handle a little not-PC humor. It’s good for the system sometimes.

  • SallyH @
    April 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Not understanding all the criticism in the previous comments. I think it is unfortunate that comments about race or ethnicity can’t be made without those comments deemed “racist.” And I think there will always and forever be debates about what artists (writers) “owe” their audiences and such, but you should be allowed to explore different ways of writing without being accused of superficial motives (for ex: you were flattered because you got rave reviews).

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    If I pretend I’m Russian and pretend you offended me, can I get five of those cupcakes? Thanks.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Oh…I so SO want one of those cupcakes, darn it!! Bah. I need to bake 😛

  • Sharon
    April 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I guess some people thought the Russian fur trade references totally came out of left field?….being an area resident I enjoyed the gentle joke about our local history. Anyway, I didn’t find it offensive, but I’m not Russian. I doubt if I was i’d have found it offensive anyway. But feel free to poke fun at the Irish or Germans a bit, ok? So long as it means I’d be getting one of those cupcakes out of it, I’m totally ok with it…

  • Diana
    April 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    People take the internet wayyyyyyyy too seriously.
    Glad your boy liked the cupcakes, they do seem delicious 🙂
    Have a great afternoon!

  • Liz c
    April 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Urgh!! Typo, typo – “liked” instead of “licked”

  • Mama Pea
    April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    But can you see Russia from your back porch? 😉

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    wow, just reading other comments… it seems like whatever writing style or jokes are made, someone will be offended. You’re a talented writer, keep doing what you’ve been doing and make yourself happy. Anyway, the important thing: the cupcakes look like perfection!!

  • Cristin
    April 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    OK. I might have to do something about the cupcake craving that just hit me.

    I think you sound really happy in your recent posts! Love that!

  • Laura Georgina
    April 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Uh-oh, I just bought a muffin pan today and seeing your cupcakes again might lead to a baking fit… Must.resist.

  • Katia
    April 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    I have been reading your blog for more than a year now and I absolutely love it. But I have to say, I miss your old writing style. 🙁

  • Kait
    April 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    You seriously need to stop putting up pics of those cupcakes, it just keeps reminding me how tasty they look and how I don’t have one!! haha, enjoy your run!

  • rori
    April 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I was thinking the same thing as Tracy, I was totally surprised at people being offended, but when I saw cupcakes being offered. I’m totally willing to go back and be offended like that…they look soooo yummy!

    April 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    love!! i must go make cupcakes now…

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I would have licked it off, too. You can’t waste italian buttercream!!


  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I would have licked it off, too. You can’t waste italian buttercream!!


  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 19, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I would have licked it off, too. You can’t waste italian buttercream!!


  • Erin
    April 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Just keep writing like you always do. We all love you & your writing, or we wouldn’t come back to your blog day after day. I adore you! Thanks for making me laugh, and keeping me inspired. Don’t edit yourself just b/c some people can get offended. If anyone is a true fan of your blog, they know you are a great, Christian girl – who would never insult anyone or make racist comments. xoxo.

  • Jil
    April 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    haha I think it’s safe to say he liked ’em. 🙂 I think loosely translated “Mshhhhhhhhh mshhhh mahhhh mmmmmmmmm” means “OHHHHHH MY GOSH….are there more???” 😉

  • Adam
    April 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Love the fact that you licked your purse, i would do the same… Hmm.. Not saying i wear a purse or anything… It is more of a messenger bag, i swear!

  • CW
    April 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I guess I didn’t pick up on the offenseviness of your previous posts, and when I read the Russian thing I just shrugged it off…I didn’t think it was a big deal that there would be people speaking other languages. Multi-cultural communities rock!
    Anyway, writing to let you know that your blog has definitely seemed different lately….I like that you are experimenting with writing styles, but I hope you remember to relax and be yourself. I personally appreciate the amazing honesty that you have exhibited in the past….Keep it real Jenna.

  • Adam
    April 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    P.S. I realized that i have gotten a HUGE amount of traffic from your blog on my past few comments and i think the reason is absolutely hilarious… They probably think i am THE Adam that everyone thinks is your new boy… Haha.

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
    April 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Mmmmmm cupcakes!!!
    Enjoy your run!

  • Alyssa
    April 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    You can just send those cupcakes to MN please … thanks, I appreciate it 😛 I love your writing, no matter what “style” it takes on a given day. It’s just been about other things besides food and more about life, which is refreshing in many different ways. We’ll all (well, most) will still love your blog no matter what 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Wow, I missed that drama with the last post…guess I was too focused on the beignets. 🙂

    And now I’m focused on the cupcakes. Yurm.

  • Ashley
    April 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Geez, people need to CALM down…..your blog rocks!!!!….and yes send about a dozen of those cupcakes to Canada : ) : )

  • Juniper
    April 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I have been reading for a year and never commented before. I think your posts lately have one difference from before… your energy seems happier and you are more joyful. You seem to have put the ‘play’ back in life again. That… is. a. good. Thing. : ) keep on rockin’ You, what every that is, you’re doing great. : ) and OMG… frosting… cupcakes.. Yum….

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Yay for your run…I am so glad you are able to run again without pain! 🙂

  • Rosie
    April 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Can I also pretend to be offended for a cupcake please? 😉 I always enjoy your blog, whatever the writing style, but I do especially love the fun feel of your posts lately! (Can’t believe all the people with such strong opinions on it though!)

  • Jennie {in Wonderland}
    April 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I can see Russia from my house!


    I love how happy you seem lately. It’s … heartening to see that you’re able to smile and laugh again after all that you’ve been through over the past year. I hope no one tries to take that away from you.

  • Andrea
    April 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Ahh! All this cupcake talk in your posts is making me crave cupcakes!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    April 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    mmmm cupcakes – boy do they look good 🙂

  • Jenny
    April 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I totally missed the drama- now I’m tempted to go back to read it! I’ll say it again, you have a lucky guy- those cupcakes look to die for!

  • Hillary
    April 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I’m going to look for those flatbread today!

  • Cyclist Kate
    April 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    You know what? You’ve gone through some serious, painful, scary stuff over the past year. If this new writing style (which I like, by the way, but apparently since I’ve checked your blog about five times a day for the past two years, I like the blog, period) is the writing style that comes with a happier Jenna, I’ll take it!

    And I agree with the comment above–your Russian/Japanese comments had not one lick of a disparaging tone/implication to them–to me, they were just observations. Um, HELLO, there are people who come from different countries who speak different languages and live in different cultures. Talking about it does not a racist make. If I comment on the fact that my neighborhood is about 50% Latino so I hear a lot of Spanish, does that mean I’m racist? I don’t get it.

  • lola
    April 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Of course the boy liked the cupcakes, those babies look heavenly!!!
    And I didn’t get what was so offensive about the last post? I suppose since i don’t speak english I don’t get some of the jokes.

  • M.E.
    April 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    did you eat breakfast?

  • Danielle
    April 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    So if I pretend I’m mad… will you then bring me a cupcake?! 😉

  • liane
    April 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Can I just say that for the last few days I have not been able to rid my head of “Colours of the Wind” nor will I be able to stop thinking about cupcakes for a long time to come 🙂

  • amanda
    April 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I love cupcakes!! They look extremely delicious. I made one of my pitas with hummus and cut up cucumbers and yellow pepper on it. Of course with a dash red crushed peppers.

  • Ella
    April 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Jenna – write what you like and how you like! People enjoy reading about your life and your opinions. And if they don’t, they can just cancel their expensive subscription to this blog and write a letter of complaint to your parent company. Oh wait, they come here of their own volition and for free! How silly of me to assume they would just close their browser if they didn’t like something…

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    You are not racist…that’s just silly talk!
    And feel free to make fun of us Canadians-go for it!
    It’s true,happiness trumps everything……
    there is no doubt all your fans are happy when you find some happiness!

  • C h a n d r a
    April 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    hey jenna! you’re hilarious. and make some freaking good-looking icing. 🙂
    & I second everyone whose said they’ve been loving your recent posts, SO entertaining, pleeaassee keep it up! hehe

    thanks for your reply to my email, btw! my mom is headed back to Healdsburg to do some work for The Melissa Garden at the end of May and I want you guys to somehow meet! LOL

    happy monday! <3

  • AM
    April 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I liked your blog before…and I like it now. I also like cupcakes. It’s all “you” and your writing, and sometimes you’re contemplative and thoughtful, sometimes playful and fun. I like reading all sides of you, so I hope this new style is going to supplement, rather than substitute for, the old.

    I agree that your recent writing calls to mind Mama Pea, and that’s the ultimate compliment because her blog is amaaaaazing!

  • Jenn (
    April 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    That flatbread looks awesome. I love TJ’s naan bread. I want a cupcake now… 😀


  • eatmovelove
    April 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Oh my God …you had to show that icing again didn’t you?!!! grrrr ;)…I think people need to lighten up in general about comments – not everything has some ulterior hidden meaning or motive…:(

  • Kristin
    April 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I’ll have to try the TJ’s flat bread as a sandwich wrap. Great idea!

    As for the new tone, seems like you’re trying for a new style which is great, but it feels a little like you’re copying Pioneer Woman’s very ownable and authentic tone and style. I love your blog, and since people are chiming in on this topic, thought I’d add my two cents 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    i don’t understand why people are freaking out. i mean really, this is your blog and you can write what you’d like, and how you’d like! and there’s nothing wrong with changing it up from time to time. if there are issues with what you say then someone(s) need to grow up and choose to stop reading or be open to someone else’s style and opinions.

    OK, sorry, just venting 🙂 all that to say that i love how you wrote before, i love how you write now, and i think you’re just having fun! although i wouldn’t mind if you sent me a cupcake 😉

  • BethT
    April 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Perhaps my new business plan (airing your personal info via a raffle on my blog) could also include a raffle for your cupcakes. Please hire me as a consultant and we shall both be rich.

  • Jenn
    April 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t let the Political Correctness Man put ya down Jenna! Remember, it’s not your job to please everyone. Just continue to be yourself!

  • Stacey
    April 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I agree those Tj’s flatbreads are so universal and delicious.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Speaking of Russians made me remember the film, ‘The Russians Are Coming.’ HYSTERICAL. Never saw it. Was visiting a certifiable brainiac friend who has a Harvard MBA and said was her favorite–so we watched it. OMG. Couldn’t stop laughing. And the actress, Eva Marie Saint reminded me SO much of my mother when she was young. And, had been friendly with Jonathan Winters (the comedian) in Santa Barbara so was fun to see him when young, too, in the film.

    I’ve had an experience like yours way up the coast in isolated tiny restaurant hanging off the edge of cliff over ocean on an rainy night. Many who haven’t been to California don’t appreciate how isolated many areas of Northern Ca are. It’s a huge surprise to be in the middle of nowhere–as 3 of us were in a fish dive with a pot belly stove and wood floors that sounded like a cowboy film sound effects when walked over them. 12 or so people people had many small tables pushed together near the fire and took us a while to figure out they were speaking Farsi. One of the young men spoke English, and turns out they were on a tour, driving up the coast. Always remember that night—so atmospheric.

    I love your writing…and blog. Always fresh and new. Particularly like that it is food and life mixed-in. If you write–someone always is unhappy–that’s just goes along with it. (As saw in film Julia and Julie). To thine own self be true.

    Re your hair. As my mother always says, ‘This too shall pass.’ Maybe check out ‘Prescription for Nutritional Healing’ next time in Whole Foods/Health Store for hair. Swear that book has some little unknown natural miracle remedy for everything.

    To pretty cupcakes! had an awesome looking Coconut cupcake recipe. Cheers!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances
    April 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I feel like I’m missing something… On this post and the one before, people keep acting like something is wrong in your life and that’s why you’ve changed your writing style – um, it looks to me like you are happy and enjoying life, and you’re just trying something new…? Anyway, I really enjoy your blog 🙂 and hope (in case I completely overlooked something indicating you are not okay…?) that you are doing well. I admire your ability to keep on keepin’ on when it seems like you are frequently criticized by some of your readers.

  • Anna
    April 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Agh sorry to hear about the blog beef. Everyone needs to chill the eff out. Can’t please ’em all, I guess. As my dad always says, “No matter what you do, someone, somewhere, is going to think you’re an asshole.” 😉

  • mi
    April 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    i have to agree with response #3… 🙁 not a fan of this new writing style. perhaps once in awhile, but every post now? hmm…

  • Ashley
    April 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Your last post wasn’t racist by all means. Anyone Russian would not find that discriminatory. I think some people were being extra sensitive and sought out a way to bring you down, chose that because nothing you say offends people, but there are those out there that gotta complain about everything! Anyways, on to your hair, because when it comes to my hair, it’s everything to me. If it doesn’t look right, I’m going to be depressed.
    I’ve found Terax Crema conditioner (about $22 for 6 oz tube that LASTS) works amazing for hydrating. Some people complain about it’s scent, but I happen to love it.
    Also K-Pak Reconstructor, a good protein treatment followed by a deep conditioning treatment will help.
    And just a warning about all the natural oils people are recommending (olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil) those are hard to wash out. Least for my hair, and I didn’t find them to be hydrating.
    Hope this helps!

  • Alice
    April 20, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I NEED that buttercream recipe! And how do you get such gorgeous swirls?

  • Ashley
    April 20, 2010 at 5:04 am

    nothing against fur trapping??

  • Louise
    April 20, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Don’t sweat it Jenna. I love your blog and wasn’t offended by anything you said. Anyone who reads your blog regularly knows you are a nice person. The problem with the Internets is that you are anonymous, so people can take out their problems on you because you have a blog.
    Also, I agree with Ashley (#74’s) post. Terax Crema conditioner is excellent.
    P.S. Thanks so much for the roasted broccoli idea. My husband loved it and he is generally adverse to anything green 🙂

  • eef
    April 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Alright, I don’t normally comment, but I just have to say:

    1) Don’t worry about your writing style; people will like it or they won’t, and you can’t make everyone happy all the time. Do what makes YOU happy, because otherwise you won’t enjoy blogging. People will either read or they won’t, don’t worry about it because I’m sure you’ll have a ton of readers who like whatever writing style you decide to roll with.

    2) Your comments about Russians and fur trapping was FUNNY, not racist. If people are THAT easily offended they need to get a life. You don’t see me throwing a fit every time someone mentions drunk Irish people–why not? Because it’s FUNNY. It’s not hateful, and neither was your comment about Russians. You shouldn’t have to censor everything you write because someone MIGHT be offended over a JOKE. A very mild joke at that. If they don’t like it, they can choose not to read your blog. Simple as that.

    Can I have a cupcake please?