Behind The Butter

hits of the party

Like I was saying, last night we had a bunch of friends over from church for a barbecue. I made these watermelon mojitos and Ashley brought some berry margaritas that were to die for. At times, I felt like I was running a full bar out of the kitchen…that’s how us church folks roll.


Regardless, I totally thought I could do it all—cook, mingle and take photos for the blog but….that didn’t really happen. What really happened was I drank one of the above mojitos, stuffed sixteen jalapeno peppers with goat cheese and herbs, stuffed portobello mushrooms with more goat cheese and herbs, laughed with my friends, and failed at making sweet potato fries all while keeping an eye out the window at Adam to make sure he ate his veggie burger (he ate two and loved them!).

Ashley made cake pops!

And I surprised everyone by busting out Angela’s Chilled Double Chocolate Torte!

This torte was….ridiculous. Not only is it vegan, but it’s avocado based! And no one knew the better. It was gobbled up at a rapid rate, especially by Adam, who claimed it was “one of the best chocolate desserts ever”. The filling was, hands down, some of the creamiest mousse I’ve ever worked with and it rekindled my love for vegan baking.

Heh heh heh

I think at this point, I had either stuffed one to many jalapenos or there was a hunk of bread in my mouth. Please disregard my scary grandmother smile and observe the obvious bar in the kitchen.

I feel the need to tell you all that after everyone left, Adam and I settled in the couch to watch the last two episodes of Grey’s. That’s right—it took us three full months of obsessive tv watching, but we finally made it through all of season seven.

And then I cried.


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  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    May 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Everything looks great!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    May 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    love the recap! Glad to know even you can’t do it all πŸ™‚ That chocolate dessert looks amazing!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    May 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Moderate booze + friends + chocolate torte = win. Nicely done. πŸ™‚

  • Aileen
    May 31, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Everything looks amazing Jenna! I can’t wait to try some of these. Do you know how your friend made the cake pops? They look so good!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I was wary of avocado in desserts but might need to try it.

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl)
    May 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    What a wonderful way to spend a day! The vegan chocolate cake looks amazeballs & I’m imagining goat cheese stuffed everything now. I love having people over, it’s so much fun to mingle and cook and eat all at the same time.

  • Mom
    May 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    LOVE your dress!!

  • Daisy
    May 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Sounds like fun!!

  • Mellie
    May 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    The torte looks amazing!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows)
    May 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    So glad to hear you enjoyed the torte! I just got a huge craving for it now…I hope you shipped me a piece. πŸ˜‰

    No shame in a creepy grandmother smile… I often do that after drinking a smoothie and I have kale and chia seeds in my teeth. Sexy!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    May 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Angela’s Chilled Double Chocolate Torte looks amazing!

    I just made avocado banana ice cream and relinked my posts to my “chocolate mousse” which is avo, cocoa powder, and enough agave to think you’re probably going to drown in a flood of sweetness…but no one EVER suspects it’s raw, vegan, GF, or made from avos. I need to try Angela’s recipe, stat.

    I love the last pic of you. The full bar says it all. The mojitos look divine. And cake pops. And time w/ friends.

    AWESOME πŸ™‚

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    May 31, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I would be all over that watermelon mojito, my goodness!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    May 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Sounds like a fun night! I can relate to the obsessive TV thing. We are currently CONSUMED by Lost on Netflix.

  • Lisa
    May 31, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    ooooh how delightful!

  • Evan Thomas
    May 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    The end of Grey’s made me sad, too. I wish I had some of that cake to drown my sorrows in.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 31, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I want to try that chocolate torte — it looks so rich and creamy. Delicious.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    May 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    My only question is when is the next one? I want to buy my airline ticket πŸ˜‰

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    May 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I must have your dress. It’s SO cute.

    And four watermelon mojitos. Mmm.

  • Whitney @ My Life.My Heart. My Journey.
    May 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Those mojitos look amazing and I love your dress!!!!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    May 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Watermelon mojitos? Those stole the show for me!!

  • Diana
    May 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Looks like a really fun time!

    Please divulge where you got that adorable dress!

    • jenna
      May 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Old Navy on clearance!

  • French Heart
    May 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Veggie burgers & watermelon mojitos=healthfood πŸ˜‰

  • Moni'sMeals
    May 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    great recap!

    look at you …Love the hair, the dress, so cute!

    I too would dive right into that chocolate torte and noone needs to know about the avo…it is best that way!
    I will have another mojito too please. πŸ˜‰

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    May 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Jenna you are a party host queen now! looks like fun!

  • Kristin Murdock
    May 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Yay parties! Love your belt, and I am sure your friends loved everything you made! Goat cheese stuffed jalapeno poppers? How on earth could life get better?

  • Jen
    May 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I just want to eat a bowl of the chocolate filling and call it pudding.

  • Michelle O
    May 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I am totally trying all of those things! Your hair looks awesome by the way. I’ve been irritated with my hairstylists ability to make my highlights as blonde as I like. Do you just have them do all over color? It looks so good! !!

    • jenna
      May 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks! I used to get highlights all the time but now my stylist just colors my roots instead. I’m naturally blonde but my hair is more ashy that the bright color I like.

  • Blair
    May 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Everything looks amazing! We had margaritas at our last sunday school dinner too. πŸ™‚ Is there an update on your book? Can’t wait to see/read it!

    • jenna
      May 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      My book will be released in august of 2012! Slowly but surely… πŸ™‚

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    May 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    LOVE your hair! And the last 2 episodes of Grey were so freakin sad!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    May 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Everything (that is pictured) looks lovely. I’m a huge fan of mojitos. I’ll have to try those.

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    May 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I love your hair!! It looks so light! And that dress is gorg too! Where did you get it!?!?

    • jenna
      May 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks! That dress was literally $11 on clearance from Old Navy. I think it might be a nightgown actually that I stuck a belt on…

  • jenn from Much to My Delight
    May 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Yeah, when I host parties taking pics for the blog are pretty much on the backburner. Much more important to have fun and get crunk on tasty things like watermelon mojitos.

  • Shutupandrun
    May 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    You look so pretty in that picture!!

    The line, “that’s how we church folk roll” made me laugh out loud. Love that.

  • Baking N Books
    May 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I could cry looking at your kitchen. I just moved into 600 sq. feet and am thoroughly depressed – especially for the amount I’m paying! Should have went bigger…

    Bah. Can’t win.

    You look beautiful in blue though!

  • Corey
    May 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Love that dress!! You look so pretty Jenna – did you lighten your hair? Maybe I’m just crazy but it looks lighter than some of your other recent pictures. Anyway, it looks fabulous! So does that dessert:)

    • jenna
      May 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you! I did lighten it a little bit for summer πŸ™‚

  • Natalie @ Will Jog for food
    May 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    You would never think there were avocados in the torte! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    May 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Avocado based chocolate torte?! That is something I am going to have to try!

    Love the full bar in the kitchen! πŸ™‚

  • chelsea
    May 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Sounds yummy! Your hair looks really cute by the way! πŸ˜€

  • Karen
    May 31, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Ha…your scary grandma smile?! You are one crazy-funny girl!

    The avocado based torte looks amazing…hooray for Adam’s commitment to his health – and to you for keeping him in-line.

    Love the blue dress on you and the bright blonde hair looks lovely for summer…your hair grows so fast!

  • Natalie @ Point the Weigh
    May 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    You make entertaining look so easy….and delicious, of course!! πŸ™‚

    Seriously, my dinner plans may be cancelled now that I’ve seen that chocolate torte!! YUM!!!

  • britt
    May 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    that torte looks SO good! and you look SO pretty πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      May 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      thank you!!

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    May 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    OMG! That watermelon mojito looks so delicious. I need to make that. STAT.

  • rebecca
    May 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Where did you get that cute outfit?

    • jenna
      May 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      I got the dress from a clearance sale at Old Navy and the belt is from…Urban Outfitters, I believe?

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
    May 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Definitely going to bookmark the chocolate torte! Now I’ve gotta get my boyfriend to try a veggie burger πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsey Morningstar
    May 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Watermelon mojitos and berry margaritas?? Why was my Memorial Day party not quite as cool. Apparently I need to start hanging out with church folks more, God has taught you how to make some good drinks!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    May 31, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Your hair is getting so long! I love it – and I want that drink.

  • Arianna @ Laughter & Linguini
    May 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Watermelon mojitos? Yum! Will definitely be trying that.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    May 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Your hair looks awesome – and those mojitos sound to.die.forrr

  • Danielle
    May 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Sounds like a phenomenal party. I’d like a mojito and a mini-chocolate torte, please! πŸ˜‰

  • Em
    May 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Great post. Church friends and mixed drinks and desserts – this is the life I love! πŸ™‚ Although, most of my church friends are in their 80s! Still they can make some AMAZING desserts and some amazing drinks; let me tell you!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 31, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Looks like such a fun night!!!

  • Ashley
    May 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Your watermelon mojitos far outshined my lil’ ol’ cake pops. Not to be cheesy, but I am so glad that we have become friends… you have no idea! Can’t wait for our next excuse to hang out!

  • Katrina
    June 1, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Delish! Love dinner parties πŸ™‚

  • Gina (Yogattude)
    June 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm


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    Wow, that looks so fun!

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