Gearing Up For Tacos

Happy Friday!

I forgot to include this picture last night….good times!


Julia (the real Julia) was a debutante gone mad. I loved that costume idea! 😉

This morning I had an oat bran photo shoot on my floor, per usual.



I used 1/2 cup bran, 1/2 cup milk, ~1 cup water, 1 banana, almond butter and maple syrup.

Maybe this weekend I’ll go find a toaster. I love oats but would kill for a waffle sandwich or an ezekiel english muffin!!


Today is a pretty busy day at work (Fridays usually are) and then after work, we have our employee “after harvest” party. Harvest 09 is now totally done and tonight we throwing a big party for our awesome vineyard crew that has worked so hard all season. We have even rented a taco truck….yes, I’m totally stoked about my first California taco truck experience!!!

Food Writing For Thought:

New Health grocery list + recipes!

New True/Slant article on my first month in the wine industry!


Enjoy your Friday!

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  • maria
    October 30, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I think your costume was CUTE! 😀

  • Michelle @Eatingjourney
    October 30, 2009 at 1:25 am

    lovin’ the hair woman. Happy Halloween. We just have 40 trick-o-treaters rummaging through the residences here..they’re too cute. I am converting Australians to the best holiday.

  • Diana
    October 30, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Glad you had fun! 🙂

  • christie, honoring health
    October 30, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Aw, I think you made a super cute Julia!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 30, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Perfect Halloween idea!

  • Matt
    October 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

    You have a sweet job!

  • Lauren
    October 30, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Jenna! I LOVE IT!!!! 🙂 Perfect fit for you. 🙂

  • Kate
    October 30, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Who cares if your costume is simple? It was perfect for you, and it looks great!

    Glad to see the party was fun. Happy (early) Halloween!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    October 30, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Adorable costume! Good thing you didn’t do the Dan Aykroyd impersonation of Julia Childs, that could’ve gotten messy:

  • Ellen
    October 30, 2009 at 4:05 am

    isn’t it funny how everyone always ends up in the kitchen? i love your costume and the party looks like it was a blast! i want your job 🙂

  • Katy
    October 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I second the “want your job” comment! You looked adorable! Your hair looks great. I just started reading Julie & Julia, even though I have seen the movie! 🙂 Did you go around saying “Bon Apetite” the whole night? 🙂

  • Hangry Pants
    October 30, 2009 at 4:21 am

    I kind of love your costume!

  • Susan
    October 30, 2009 at 4:33 am

    No way, Julia Child is an awesome costume idea!! The rubber chicken is what makes it 😉

  • eatmovelove
    October 30, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Great costume. I actually wrote up a post on my blog about “Julie & Julia” the other day – I’m currently reading the book – if anyone wants to share their thoughts, check it out!
    Love pitas and hummus, yum – it’s my new header! …and I’m eating Cinnamon Puffins now 🙂

  • Felicia
    October 30, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Super cute costume! Now, did you just have a rubber chicken lying around? Because that would be amazing!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 30, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Cute costume! Looks like a fun party 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 30, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Your costume is adorable!Sounds like a blast of a night. Your job rocks:D

  • Andee (LAEasyMeals)
    October 30, 2009 at 5:13 am

    How creative! that costume fits you so well 🙂

  • Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats)
    October 30, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Cute idea.. Im also loving the man in the last pic dressed in the toga.. he looks fab!

    Happy ALMOST Halloween. 😉

  • Lu
    October 30, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I love your costume idea. Perfect for a food bloggie. Any party is a good party when it ends in the kitchen with a great red.

  • megan
    October 30, 2009 at 5:37 am

    looks like a fun party! Your job is so cool 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 30, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I love that you have a rubber “poulet”. 🙂

  • Lauren
    October 30, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I think your costume was adorable! Such a cute idea, and very fitting!

  • MelissaNibbles
    October 30, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Great costume! Who needs to spend tons of money on costumes when you have great stuff right on your closet?! Very clever Jenna.

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    October 30, 2009 at 6:03 am

    HAHA! I love it! I always love seeing what other people are for Halloween. I LOVE YOUR COSTUME! And your hair looks so cute like that too 😀 Glad you’re having such a great time over on the West Coast. I hope the year brings many more fun times for you!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 30, 2009 at 6:03 am

    awww, I love the idea of being Julia Childs! I am super tall so I thought that would be a great costume for me this year. I never got around to creating one, but I think yours is adorable!!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 30, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I think your costume is awesome and it suits you!!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 30, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I love your costume! Perhaps tonight you can go as the blogger haha

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    October 30, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Oh I wish we celebrated Haloween here in Australia but alas we don’t :(. Looks like a really fun night!

  • Jolene (
    October 30, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Fun night!!!! The costume works 🙂 I like the evil Julia!

  • Tina
    October 30, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I love the outfit! I kind of wanted to be a chef for Halloween, but didn’t really feel like spending money! Sooo I’m going to scrounge up some stuff and be a hippie 😛

  • Lizzy
    October 30, 2009 at 6:41 am

    i love the idea of being julia child! how fun! 🙂

  • Jenna
    October 30, 2009 at 6:42 am

    glad you had a fun time!

  • Sarah
    October 30, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Jenna, what type of camera did you buy? I know it’s a canon, but I’m not sure on the model number?

    I’m looking for a new camera, but I can’t decide on which kind to buy. 😀

    • jenna
      October 31, 2009 at 7:49 am


      I bought the Canon Rebel Xsi…so far, so good…it’s amazing!

  • Megan
    October 30, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Jenna, this post just made me SO excited for you all over again for your big move to California and your new job…you are having the time of your life, and it shows!!!
    And, I love your Julia costume…you make a great Julia 🙂

  • Gabriela
    October 30, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Such a cute costume idea! I think the idea can often beat the costume- it’s unique without going overboard.

    Enjoy your day!

  • Jil
    October 30, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Love the costume idea! Looks like such a fun night. 🙂

  • Kati
    October 30, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Fun times! Your hair looks pretty curled 🙂

  • Denise
    October 30, 2009 at 7:38 am

    I agree…the costume fits you!! Looks like a fun evening for a “work” evening! I recently started waiting tables in a fine dining restaurant (family owned – cute italian couple!!) two nights a week…and though it can definitely get “crazy” in the kitchen, it can be fun!! I never thought I’d be back in the restaurant biz, but it’s kinda fun getting out of the house 2 nights a week “putting on a persona” when I have 3 girls I homeschool at home!!

    It’s an identity different than “mom” at home, and the tips are GREAT!!! I constantly sneak peeks on how they do things in the kitchen, and learn new ingrediens etc. We even had a wine tasting the other night!! Fun being paid to sample and learn about the different wines we have. I thought of you 😉

  • Marina
    October 30, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Sounds like you had a great time! And an awesome job! You look beautiful on the pictures 🙂

  • mary ann
    October 30, 2009 at 7:40 am

    you are the CUTEST JULIA!!

  • Olga @ Healthing It
    October 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Love the Julia costume 🙂 It’s SO you! The party sounds awesome too, have a great Halloween weekend!

  • Caleb
    October 30, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Halloween parties are always fun! Great idea for the costume too. Tonight I will be White Trash! Even shaved my nice full beard into a mutton chop – handlebar mustache. Oh, and on the food side of tings made a nice raw desert to share.

  • Becca
    October 30, 2009 at 9:02 am

    hey 🙂 so I saw a tattoo on your wrist in your pictures from Halloween….you should do a post on your tattoos and what they mean!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    October 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Great costume idea. Still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows)
    October 30, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Taco truck??? lol. That is awesome. Enjoy sweetie!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    October 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Oh man, California has the BEST Mexican food. I’m a real snob about authentic, quality Mexican food, which is hard to find on the East coast. You’re in for a real treat.

  • Kristina
    October 30, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Ah, the “real” taco truck experience: Randomly stumbling on a taco truck late-night because you’re suddenly hungry after being out and about with friends. Nothin’ like it! And I will say that this is the one area where Southern CA trumps northern CA!

  • megan
    October 30, 2009 at 9:33 am

    your oat bran is very photgenic…or maybe it’s the amazing camera and excellent photgrapher. looks like you’re learning fast!

  • LeanGreenLiving
    October 30, 2009 at 9:35 am

    If you are near a Costco, the Oster Toaster Oven is affordable and fantastic. I like it so much better than the loyal toaster I used for so long. . . never thought I’d betray it. It’s quick for reheating things, too. Much healthier than using the microwave.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    October 30, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I think the costume is great- who doesn’t love Julia?! Did you see the movie, btw- it’s great!

    You should totally get a toaster- I never realized how handy they are until I moved and didn’t have one at first– suddenly all I wanted was toast every morning!

  • Jocelyn
    October 30, 2009 at 9:52 am

    That picture is sooo cute 🙂 Looks like you had fun!

  • Jenna
    October 30, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I personally love your costume. I have been searching for a cheap costume that I could throw together so that I don’t have to waste unneeded $$ on a costume that I’ll never wear again.

    I may ‘steal’ your costume idea. I hope you don’t mind!

  • Marge
    October 30, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I may have to go around the corner to my favorite taco truck for lunch now…

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    October 30, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Julia was the perfect costume for you! Looks like you had a blast!

  • Shannon
    October 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I love your photos that you have been taking on your new camera.

    I know that you are in need of furniture, do they have any good yard sales up there? When we goto southern california on our beach vacation, I always make a point to go yard saling there, I always find some great treasures.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 30, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I’ve got to start trying out some oat bran… I used to love cream of wheat as a kid, but haven’t had it yet as a grown up… something tells me it will be the perfect fall breakfast!

  • Ashley
    October 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I can’t see your post from last night and I’d love to see the costume, did it accidentally get deleted?

  • Lauren
    October 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Have fun at your Harvest Party

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 30, 2009 at 11:20 am

    The after ‘harvest party’ sounds like so much fun. I love fall themed parties – the food, the smells…I can feel it now. 🙂

  • amanda
    October 30, 2009 at 11:27 am

    yeah I never saw a recap party post either )= wahhhhh

  • Jenna
    October 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

    wow a taco truck! sounds intense! have funnn.

  • jenn
    October 30, 2009 at 11:49 am

    help! can you use regualar ground coffee (like you buy at the store) and be successful with a french press or does it really need to be something special?

    • jenna
      October 31, 2009 at 7:47 am


      You really should use coarse ground coffee for a french press. I buy my coffee as beans and then have the coffee shop grind it for a french press…most will do that for you!

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters
    October 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Toast your waffles/english muffins under the broiler! I have zero counter space in my kitchen so I am balking on buying a toaster oven or microwave, and I’ve found that I’ve adapted so well I almost don’t even miss them.

  • Cuts and Curves
    October 30, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Your pictures look so much better with your new camera! I got a new camera before I started my blog, isn’t fun learning how they work?! Great job!

  • Katie
    October 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Jenna, have you thought about going to a thrift store and getting a toaster (and anything else you may need at this point of moving : )? It’s an eco-friendly choice (less production) and also an econ-friendly choice (more money for you!). We recently moved, and it is amazing how much stuff we ended up giving away to thrift stores…like-new stuff, because we just couldn’t take it with us! Could be a sweet solution… Just a thought : )

    Happy Friday!

  • courtney
    October 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    O good, I’m not crazy–other people missed the party recap too. From today’s pic, it looks like it was a blast 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    October 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Love it! Enjoy your first taco truck experience. I have had the amazing Cali-Mexican food experience. Actually if you go the plaza with the super target, whole foods, and trader joe’s (I think that’s the one you may be shopping at…that was our staple plaza for our honeymoon we were there everyday). Anyways if you go to the end of the row of stores, past TJ’s to the right and that coffee shop and walk down to the end there’s a YUMMY Mexican restaurant! That was probably the most confusing set of directions. But you really should go! Super yum!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Love the oats pictures! I hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  • Fancy
    October 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Oh no, I want to see your costume!!! Like the other people said, I’m thinking that post somehow got deleted??? Your costume sounds so adorable, I really want to see pics 🙂

  • Brittany
    October 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Cute costume!!

    PS I love your wood floor photos.

  • eatmovelove
    October 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I don’t think I could ever get sick of your oats girl! Have you been eating them all your life? I never realized how popular they were until I entered the Blogging community…gosh, I remember my parents making me eat oatmeal when I was a kid or I couldn’t go to school (…which I didn’t see as a problem 🙂 )…we called it “Porridge” then and would put butter in it !! (Oh and I am NOT old…I’m only 28 …still 🙂

    Jenna, (OR ANYONE )— how much Almond butter/nut butter do you usually put in your oats?? Do you just plop it in or are you careful not to put too much in? …usually I eat up licking a spoonful or two myself 😉

  • Rebecca
    October 30, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    A taco truck!? That’s amazing! Hope you have a great night!