Behind The Butter

happy thanksgiving

This year, I am especially thankful for my faith that keeps me grounded, my family and friends and the love that they bring, my fridge that’s pretty much always full, the ocean, the mountains, cozy sleeping bags, good belly laughs, acorns, yoga, the fact that my iphone actually survived a bubble bath, my warm bed, Dexter’s paws, a beautiful place to call home, the great people that work at the Apple store, having a job I love, all of YOU (!), California sunsets, my newfound love for photography, fresh figs from the farmer’s market, a wonderful library around the corner, dating my best friend, my fuzzy leopard slippers, dungeness crab season, the fact that my job involves baking cookies and taking photos of them, cookies in general, long hikes, the fact that I’ll be in Charleston for New Years, the fact that my mom and dad are only a phone call away, lunges that make my jeans fit again, the entire five thousand people that had a warm meal yesterday, the passion to serve others, blog-friends turned into best friends, the fact that crumbs never count, heavy whipping cream and….nutella.

always nutella.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 25, 2010 at 7:12 am

    And a very happy blessed thanksgiving to you too! Thanks for sharing your life.
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    November 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

    This post made me smile. I hope you have a wonderful day Jenna! 🙂

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    November 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Wonderful picture and post.

  • Molly
    November 25, 2010 at 7:18 am

    so much to be thankful for 🙂
    Hope you have a happy one in Cali!


  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    November 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Love it! Blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Melanie
    November 25, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they inspire me! I have your cranberry orange bread in the oven right now 🙂

  • Camille
    November 25, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna!
    I am so thankful for all the beautiful words you share with us 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    November 25, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna!
    Thank you so much for all that you share with us. You take us through so many adventures and aren’t afraid to show the laughs and the tears, especially when wine and nutella get the best of us. 🙂

  • Becky
    November 25, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Great list (especially the nutella)! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Mama Pea
    November 25, 2010 at 7:55 am

    How awesome that faith is at the top of your list! We have been blessed!!! Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna.


  • Chelsea
    November 25, 2010 at 7:57 am

    That actually made me tear up a bit 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna! 🙂

  • M
    November 25, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Dating my best friend made my eyes start to tear.

    What a lovely message to give thanks ,from small things to the things that make your life fuller.

    I am thankful for having enough food to eat and living a good life in Canada(although on a low income),especially when I see the latest news on the continuing tragedies in Haiti. I am thankful I will choose to donate to a cause such as this rather than exchanging gifts with every singlke family member.

    I am happy for the joy and excitement my little nieces and nephews exude at the first snowfall .I am thankful I have the chance today to really live life as one never knows when our last day is here.

    Blessings to you all. I am not a religious person but consider myself spiritual and I am thankful for whatever another believes in that gives them hope, whether
    a god/goddess, karma, fairies, or just themselves 🙂

  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    November 25, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna!

    I’m glad your iPhone survived! And I love hearing all of the things your thankful for! Have a fabulous day!

  • Amber K
    November 25, 2010 at 8:24 am

    What an amazing list to remind me of all of the things we have to be thankful for. 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 25, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna. Your posts always make me smile.

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    November 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    November 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

    haha Yes – nutella!! Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    November 25, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Kudos to you for helping feed those 5,000 people!

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna 🙂

  • MB
    November 25, 2010 at 9:01 am

    This is so sweet. Let us not forget how blessed we are!

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    November 25, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Awwww, cute. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!!

  • Moni'sMeals
    November 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Jenna!

    I LOVE your pictures on this post.

    Thanks for having your amazing blog for all of us. 🙂

  • briana
    November 25, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for your upbeat attitude. I am away from my family and boyfriend this Thanksgiving as well (doing the long-distance thing with my bf for a year) and your positive attitude is so inspiring. So much to be thankful for!

  • Suzanne de
    November 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for being the beautiful, talented, courageous & inspiring human being you are. For creating the ELR community. All the gorgeous photos, recipes, book recs, laughs…for sharing your darling family–Dexter included~and Adam….what a charming guy. As someone I know used to say as high praise~you’re a ‘girl with all the trimmings.’ So glad those still include the IPhone 😉

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    November 25, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I love your list this year!! It got me excited for crab season 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    November 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Gina G
    November 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna! 😀

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    November 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

    BEAUTIFUL! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  • Karen
    November 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Thank you for sharing your joy with us, Jenna….you are one talented, lovely young woman. All the best this Thanksgiving!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    The weather in SoCal is absolutely picture-perfect with the sun shining and the heavens smiling down. Hope it’s gorgeous is your neck of the woods.

    Lovely post 🙂

  • Brenda M.
    November 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Wonderful post, as always. Thanks for your willingness to share you life with all of us. You truly inspire me with your faith, gentle spirit, love of family, love of friends, love of adventure, love of reading, love of baking and passion for life. I just purchased your “yellow bible” yesterday and look forward to sharing this next year with you!!! 🙂

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    November 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Fantastic post! Great to see many of the things you are so thankful for…big and small. There are so many things in life that we are blessed with. For me, the list goes on and on, but today, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am especially thankful for the Farmer that works through out the year to provide us all with the food we eat.
    Happy Thanksgiving:)

  • karent
    November 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Jenna. Thanks for sharing your life and all your recipes with us, you are quite lucky that your Mom instilled the love of cooking and baking when you were quite young. I have quite a collection which I will pass onto my daughter from you. Thank you.. Btw, the cranberry-orange bread was o-delicious.

  • stacey-healthylife
    November 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Those are good things to be thankful for.

  • Ahn Ei @ FlatironFlavor
    November 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!
    Happy Eating!!!!

  • CarrieBeth
    November 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    i just love posts like this! wonderful.

  • Jen
    November 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I like the list in paragraph format for this post, it suits it. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you got a turkey in somewhere, and I think it’s great you cooked for others. I plan on doing that for the Christmas holidays. I am drowning in debt – but, I am still alive.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    November 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna! Great list. I got some RAW whipping cream from the farm where I buy my yogurt here in NH. It is amazing- so thick it looks like eggnog.

  • kaila
    November 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    fabulous thanksgiving post! check out mine over at

  • Kelly
    November 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Jenna….I just left the A&M/Texas game and I sat right behind Adam! I went up and introduced myself and told him I followed your blog. He was so nice and he snapped a picture of us on his phone to show you! Haha!

    • jenna
      November 26, 2010 at 6:40 am

      he told me!!! That’s so funny and awesome!!

      • Kelly
        November 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

        It was DEFINITELY random…I mean what are the odds! But it was kind of neat! Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the leftovers!! 🙂

  • Ella
    November 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I’m happy to report that the only thing better than dating your best friend is marrying him 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Sarah
    November 26, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Hi Jenna! sounds like you had a lovely Thanksgiving….so Charleston for New Year’s? What a fantastic idea!!…do you have any insider tips/info on where to go/what to do there for NYE? I live in Charlotte NC and would like to organize a trip with friends somewhere for the New Year….enjoy the black stretchy pants and leftovers 🙂 😉

  • Dee
    November 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving Jenna! Loved this list!