Behind The Butter



Currently blogging from Christie’s house, aka my “old house” since I lived here for four months last year during culinary school…..and practically lived here while I was in high school! Memories galore. Before I left for my drive I had a simple lunch of an egg + cheese sandwich (1 egg, 1 slice cheddar cheese on whole wheat bread) with some Pacific brand tomato soup.


And then I hit the road! I LOVE road trips and I also loving driving alone. I blasted all my favorite cds and did tons of deep thinking. Sometimes a three hour car trip is all you need to feel refreshed and anew.

Right when I got “home” Christie and I immediately went to check out the new cupcake store in town. Our friend from high school’s little sister opened the store up and it was SO CUTE. It seriously looked like a cupcake dollhouse and Christie almost had to drag me out.


However we did get a cupcake to share!! This is a Reeses cupcake……omg….the peanut butter frosting could possibly have been one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. It tasted almost like straight peanut butter actually!


We thought we had died and gone to cupcake heaven. After such a wonderful experience we put on our bikinis and laid out by the pool. Ahhhh I love my hometown. 🙂


Cocktail hour at 5:30 (christie wants to add she usually doesn’t wear pajamas to dinner)—



Christie made a cheese plate—

And her mom made my favorite meal—Mediterranean salmon with rice and asparagus

About to relax and catch-up! See ya in the morning! 🙂

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  • kay (eating machine)
    August 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    oh man, a chocolate peanut butter cupcake? yum!
    i love cupcake stores so much…

  • Jil
    August 20, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, all of that food looks amazing! Salmon is one of my favorites.

  • Spotty Prep
    August 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I want that cupcake!! It looks like ya’ll are having a blast 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    August 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    THAT CUPCAKE!! Holy yum perfection.

  • runjen
    August 20, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    How fun! A girl night just makes everything better. I am insanely jealous of that view from the pool! Beautiful!

  • Whitney
    August 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    That cupcake! It looks amazing!

  • katey
    August 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Aw! looks like a good time, with awesome memories! 🙂

  • Andrea
    August 20, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Jealous, so jealous…I wish I had a pool for my black lab! 😉

  • Lizzy
    August 20, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    How were you able to share that cupcake! OMG that looks amazing!

    I totally agree with long road trips! such a stress reliever, when your the only one in the car and your able to just jam out to your jams and think! Its the best medicine! 🙂

    Hope your having a wonderful evening back at home! 🙂

  • Natalie (Will Jog for Food)
    August 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Holy Moly! That cupcake looks in-freakin-sane! I want it now 🙂

  • angieinatlanta
    August 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Reese’s cupcake?

    *Dies of a foodgasm*

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    What great food!

    Glad you’re having fun!

  • Nina
    August 20, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    what a cute little store. and what a gorgeous pool/view!! wow!

  • Madelin @ What is for Breakfast?
    August 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    That pool looks awesome, as does the salmon!! Any chance of releasing the recipe!!!

  • Errign
    August 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    That cupcake looks AMAZZZING.

    Road trips are so much fun!

  • Rebekah
    August 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I agree! I absolutely looooove solo road trips, choice of music blasting and wind in the hair!!

  • Sarah R
    August 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    All the food looks so delicious! What I wouldn’t give for a bite of that cupcake. And I’m still jealous of the Mediterranean salmon. Does she share her recipe?

  • Shannon The Healthy Beach Bum
    August 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    that cupcakes looks sooo delish 🙂 Glad you girls had fun!

  • Rebecca
    August 20, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    That dinner looks amazing!! And that dog is adorable! Have a great time!! I love driving alone too!

  • Louise
    August 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Wow wow wow – that dinner looks to DIE FOR. And the cupcake! I am so envious of you right now!! Living in Australia anything by Reece is hard to come by, let alone a cupcake! Hope you are having a wonderful time xxx

  • Jenna
    August 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    that cupcake store looks super cute 🙂 it looks like you and christie had a fun time together today!

  • Jess in NYC
    August 20, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Sounds like you had a great day! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • K
    August 20, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Glad you made it!! Looks like you’re enjoying some delicious eats and a lot of girl time 🙂

    By the way, I love that bowl you had your soup in!

  • Amy
    August 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I went to school in Philly, and would love the times that I could go back and forth with my car for holidays, etc. Other than the occasional jams on the NJ Turnpike (I usually picked good times to travel), I loved the 4 hour drives, gave me time to pick good music, really groove by myself, and think what I really wanted to think through.

    And I’m not a generally a fan of chocolate cupcakes, but now I want one!!

    You are always an inspiration, and your beauty in life continues to amaze me.

  • Bec
    August 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    looks like you are having a blast, enjoy the rest of your time there!

  • emily - eatventures
    August 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    You are in foodie heaven! Is that pimento cheese on the cheese plate?

  • Maria
    August 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Wow awesome pool, pb cupcake, and salmon! I love your hometown too 😉

  • Leslie
    August 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    That salmon looks amazing. Will she share the recipe?

  • chandra
    August 20, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Aww… how fun! You make me miss my bestie. 🙂

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    August 20, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    It’s nice that you have good friends.

  • WholeBodyLove
    August 20, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    The cupcake shoppe looks like such an adorable place to be!

  • adria
    August 21, 2009 at 12:05 am

    lucky… drinking wine with a good friend while in pj’s.

  • Jessica
    August 21, 2009 at 12:18 am

    looks like you had a fun day! cute cupcake store!
    the salmon dish looks tdf!
    i am so jealous of the pool. i want to lay out but alas i live in the apt and am too busy to get out!

  • Caroline
    August 21, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Looks like you’re having a great time at home! That cupcake store is too cute for words.

  • Michelle T
    August 21, 2009 at 12:48 am

    hehhe my favorite picture has got to be the one with your scrunched nose! It looks like either the cheese was a little too smelly or Christie was stinking up your room! hehehehe 🙂

  • Jamie
    August 21, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Hi Jenna! I’ve never commented in the past but I saw this post and had to say something. I live out in Cali at a toy company and we actually are the ones that make that Girl Gourmet Cupcake maker!! In fact, I’ve tested it out in the office several times! How funny 🙂

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    August 21, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Hi Jenna! I’m on vacation with limited Internet access, so I’ve really missed your blog (and blogging.) I’ve thought of you all week with the wonderful restaurants we’ve visited (Circa 1922 in Wilmington, NC is right up your alley!). I love the cupcake store! How adorable! I’d love to know if she ships to other states in the country! Have a great time in your hometown!

  • Jolene (
    August 21, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Wow!!! That cupcake store looks ridiculously awesome! I would be in heaven!!! And I also love driving alone … there is something so relaxing about it!!

  • anna
    August 21, 2009 at 1:28 am

    seriously, that cupcake?? yum!!!

    and the salmon…looks divine!

  • Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection)
    August 21, 2009 at 1:52 am

    That salmon looks sooooo delicious! And that is adorable that you guys went to a cupcake store. I am sure that PB frosting seriously tasted like heaven!

  • Manda
    August 21, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I couple mintues ago I was working at my desk job and thinking I would definitely die from boredum, but I reread your post and the *foodgasm*(love that word btw and am going to steal it) comment above and am now liberated.. Thanks for the pick-me-up 😉

  • Emily Eats
    August 21, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Your home town does sound rather fantastic, as does your dinner 🙂
    I couldn’t agree more about the driving trip either.
    Enjoy your time in Vero (I wish I had that pool today!)
    ~ emily.

  • Kellie
    August 21, 2009 at 6:16 am

    wow. cupcake heaven. reeses pb cups are the best so i can only imagine a whole cupcake of chocolate pb goodness.

  • Lauren
    August 21, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I’m craving that cupcake at 7:11 in the morning! Looks fabulous.

  • cali
    August 21, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Girlfriends are the best.

  • Caroline
    August 21, 2009 at 7:51 am

    That salmon looks absolutely amazing!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 21, 2009 at 7:58 am

    What a fun time!! Lying in the pool is making me so jealous! 😀

    The salmon looks wonderful! 😀

  • Jenna
    August 21, 2009 at 8:06 am

    the cupcake, the POOL, the salmon looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo unbelievable!!!! what a deliscious time!!! Darn I want to come live Christie!

  • Shannon
    August 21, 2009 at 8:17 am

    There’s nothing like going back to the place that feels like home. And a Reese’s cupcake and a home cooked meal make it that much better! Have fun!

  • Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri)
    August 21, 2009 at 8:25 am

    There is absolutely nothing like hanging out with your best girlfriend. It is SO good for the soul! Enjoy your trip!

  • Jennifer
    August 21, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Omg Jenna!! That salmon looks amazing. What is the recipe?!?!

  • Sarah
    August 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

    You have such a great friend! Looks like you are already enjoying yourself, I’m so glad 🙂 Have even more fun today! That cupcake, wow!!

  • Ada
    August 21, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Holy yum, that salmon looks incredible! I hope you enjoy your trip and truly get to relax a little!

  • Emily
    August 21, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Yay, so glad you’re getting some good relaxing and friend time! 🙂

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    August 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

    It looks like you are enjoying yourself!! The pool looks amazing!

  • MelissaNibbles
    August 21, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Nothing beats time with good friends and cupcakes! What a perfect day. It’s nice to see you smiling Jenna. You look so happy!

  • Leianna
    August 21, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Reeses cupcake = Heaven

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    August 21, 2009 at 9:09 am

    OH MY GOSH! I want to go to that cupcake place! That would seriously be like my dream job!!


    It looks like you’re having such a fun stay 🙂 YAY! Enjoy the rest of your visit!

    • jenna
      August 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

      There is no “exact” salmon recipe……really all you do is cover the salmon with store bought pesto, grape tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, chopped red onion and feta cheese and then bake probably at around 350 for 15-20 minutes. Its soooooo good 🙂

  • brandi
    August 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I’m glad you got there safely. I agree about solo road trips – they’re great for lots of thinking and processing 🙂

    that cupcake looks amazing! I hope you two have fun today

  • angharad
    August 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

    What a fabulous time! I’m jealous already – I want to hang with my bestie! Although my home town definitely does not have a pool anywhere with a view like that! Haha.
    The cupcake looks like it wants to jump out of the screen and into my mouth….if only!

  • Ally
    August 21, 2009 at 9:46 am

    You look so cute and more happy/relaxed in these pictures than you have in a while!! It’s nice to see. Enjoy your trip!!

  • andmarie
    August 21, 2009 at 10:17 am

    It looks like a great time! That cupcake looks amazing. Actually, all the food looks amazing, but I’m a sucker for cupcakes!

  • Ashley
    August 21, 2009 at 11:00 am

    that salmon looks beyond perfection! i’ve got to make somethign like that soon!

  • Casey Leigh
    August 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    The cupcake and salmon look amazingly delicious. What’s on the salmon? Pesto, feta, garlic??

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    August 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Everything looks fresh and fun…would love the run, pool, salmon and asparagus. Love that oliv top with white shorts. How very
    ‘J -Crew’ of you!

  • Ali
    August 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    That cupcake looks PERFECT! Yay for old friends and favorite meals! Christie’s dog is adorable!

  • The Domestic Goddess
    August 21, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    That cupcake looks amazing! Anything with peanut butter and chocolate and I’m totally game. 🙂

    Love the house! Does it over look the water? Lovely!


  • britt
    August 21, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    i love the idea of a cupcake shop. how fun! that salmon looks so delicious. you posted a recipe for it when you lived there, no? i will look back at your posts to see what i can find.