I Don’t Belong Here

Today is a fun day…..Daisy is coming to visit!!

I haven’t seen Daisy since the summer of 2003, when this wonderfully awkward photo was taken.

There are so many great things we could talk about in this photo, such as the fact that we are posing in a summer camp outdoor shower stall, are wearing matching hemp friendship necklaces, and most clearly have “God Rocks” tattoos on our arms. We could delve further, but why?
On another note, thank you for voting for my Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf! I discovered that cold “loaf” was quite tasty when sandwiched in a wheat sandwich thin with swiss cheese.

Very filling, too. I might just go have me another forkful right now, actually.
When Daisy gets here we are going to go somewhere fun for dinner…..I’m not sure where that may be yet, but it will be fun and there will most likely be wine involved. In the meantime, tell me about your awkward stage. You know, the-hemp-necklace-wearing-fake-tattoo-bearing-mullet-and-bushy-eyebrows stage.
As for me, I used to dress up in pilgrim garb on daily basis and believed I had just gotten off the Mayflower.

This dress never should have gone out of style. Ever.

Can someone please transport me back to where I belong, which is clearly 17th century Salem?
There’s not much else to say. I need to go iron my lace.

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  • kristen
    June 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    ok, you are as cute as a bug in those pics! your mom looks exactly the same…so young!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired
    June 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    hahaha…those pictures are classic! My awkward stage was in middle school. I had the worst bangs, I wore soccer shorts and t-shirts every day and I probably had the worst unibrow ever. It was awful and I hate looking at pictures of myself during that time period!

  • Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets
    June 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Your mom looks gorgeous in that photo! And honestly, she looks exactly the same as the photos you recently posted of her. And as for your dress AND glasses – I’m pretty sure I had the same exact getup at that age. I thought those glasses were SO cool. And braces. Glasses and braces. How did my mom let me leave the house?!

  • Krista
    June 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Glasses. Braces. Lace. Check…had all 3 too 🙂

  • Kelly
    June 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    beautiful pic of you and your brother…..cherish!!!!

  • Lisa
    June 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Very large-framed glasses really helped my awkward stage!! However, your camp picture is just adorable! My sister and I sported Samlem-ish dresses, too!!

  • Emily
    June 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Now THAT is cute! Umm, and awkward? I don’t think so! You should’ve seen ME at the age, just sayin’ 🙂

  • Stacey@
    June 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    That is a funny outfit, love the dress and the glasses are a nice touch. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    June 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    haha aww that dress is simply adorable!!!!!!! too cute!!!

  • Jennu
    June 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    LOL, I love it! You should totally bring that style back:)

  • Sarah R
    June 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    My awkward phase included over sized nike t-shirts with big baggy athletic shorts. It was hideous.

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
    June 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Ahahaha, wow, thanks for sharing some bits of your awkward past! Love it.

  • Carly @ Happy Healthy Foodie
    June 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Bahahah! OMG Those pictures are hilariously adorable. Love it. I would say my awkward stage was when I was about 11. Right before I had braces so my teeth were crooked, I had a really weird short hair cut that the stylist tried to fix but made it even worse and I wore a lot of sporty clothes that were not cute by any means.

  • s
    June 17, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    haha so cute 🙂 i dressed like a total nerd as a kid. eek. still do 😉

  • M.
    June 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Such sweet photos of you with your brother.
    Thank you for sharing them with us all.
    Very touching and lovely to see.

  • Jamile
    June 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    LOL! Iron that lace girl! Loves it!

  • adrienmelaine
    June 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I just made your lentil loaf- I figured I should know what I was voting for! It’s delicious!

  • Paige
    June 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Bahahhahahaha iron your lace. Awesome. I had a boy haircut at one point, and then glasses that pretty much looked like yours at another time in my life. Always styling.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    HAHAHAHHAHA!!!! You are adorable! Especially love the glasses. I recall an embarrassing picture that my mom has of me playing “college”. I had fake plastic yellow glasses, a Harvard Law hat and light up sneakers. I thought I fit the part.

  • Stacey
    June 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Jenna, I made the lentil walnut loaf last night (except I didn’t have enough walnuts so I used a mix of walnuts/sunflower seeds/almonds) and it was SO GOOD! I was so excited to eat it again tonight, and I’m so excited to try it in a sandwich tomorrow!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    June 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    When I was 6, I went to a consignment shop with my mom and found this dark green taffeta dress with black velvet bows down the front and a lace collar. I thought it was gorgeous, but it was a size 10. Someone I convinced my mom to buy it for me, and we have pictures of me wearing it that Christmas…I look like I’m being swallowed by green taffeta. I’m surprised I didn’t trip and kill myself!

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    June 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Just like Little House on the Prairie. 😉

    Thanks for sharing photos of you and your little bro. Such a handsome sweetie.

  • Camille
    June 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Hahaha, oh my gosh, how adorable are you!?

  • Ericka
    June 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Oh, Jenna Ingalls Wilder. lol. My most awkward outfit made one, and only one, appearance in 4th grade. I had this black and white sweater with a massive checkerboard pattern on the front. I think it said “I <3 boys." Or maybe it was "I <3 bears"? Not sure which is worse. Anyway. I also had two pairs of the same sneaker, one black and one white. I decided I would be super hip and creative, and so I wore my sweater – turtleneck underneath! – with black leggings, and…a white sock/black shoe combo on one foot, and a black sock/white shoe combo on the other foot.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Ahhhhahahaha, I am seriously cracking up over here…iron my lace?! Love it!!!!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal
    June 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I love the old school pics. You look exactly the same as you did when you were little!
    I had a feeling that loaf would double as sandwich innards:)

  • Allie
    June 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Love the pics! I totally went through the hemp necklace phase..I thought those and puka shell necklaces were the coolest 🙂

  • diana@mymarblerye
    June 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    your family HAD to have been on a cover of a magazine or some local social zine…PLEASE tell me you were!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Those photos are all extra wonderful. The lentil-loaf looks great. Salem/Marblehead is wonderful….have been there and friends live in Marblehead. My weirdness wasn’t hemp related but black skinny-minis, teased-up Jean Shrimpton hair, black eyeliner, more Parisian-Stylish-Semi-Goth. I don’t belong here either, but in Aix-en-Provence, and am rereading MKF Fisher’s ‘Two Towns in Provence’ (one being Aix) for the umpteenth time as probably feel the same way reading that as you do Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Hope you have a great time!!

  • bee
    June 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    love the family pictures 🙂 precious.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Middle school was definitely my awkward phase. Horrible fashion choices, MEAN girls, and developing early. Boys can be cruel too! So glad to be out of that!

  • Sarah for Real
    June 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    LOL I love your dress! My mom made me a hard core colonial dress that matched my Felicity doll and I loved it, apron and moppy hat included. Yeah for costume dresses!

  • kristina
    June 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    you look sooo cute in your little dress and glasses! you have such a cute family! thanks for sharing, very touching.

  • christina
    June 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    hahah holy crap, that dress is awesome. 17th century salem is right!! you are pulling it off like a champ though.

  • Susan
    June 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Back then did you know there would be something as amazing as the world wide web? And did you know you would have a wildly read, widly popular “blog”?
    Love the pictures…beautiful, sweet, funny and nerdy all at once.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 17, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I think it’s so wonderful that you open up your life to thousands of strangers. Pictures like this put smiles on my face =)

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    June 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    haha gotta love old camp photos. There’s really nothing much more awkward and endearing.

  • Marina
    June 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    aw you look so cute on that pictures!
    I can’t wait to make your lentil loaf, just a few more weeks until I get to my home with a functional oven 😀

  • mlt
    June 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    You and your brother look so sweet together. One day you should frame one of those.

  • Meg
    June 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    HAHAH love it Jenna! Got the biggest kick out of this post! How about Adidas sneakers with the 3 stripes, Butterfly hair clips (oh gosh my head was full of them) Those black or brown strechy plastic choker necklaces that sort of looked like a tattoo? Had the glasses / braces goin on too..they should have been the “it” thing since everyone had them!

  • Courtney
    June 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Wait, that dress is out of style…….?

  • Helen
    June 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Oh glasses, they definitely played a part in my awkward stage. So did short tops and odd dresses! Thank god dor growing up! Your sandwich looks delicious, very filling though!

  • Tasha
    June 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

    You know what’s amazing?? You still have the exact same face as when you were little! Some kids change a lot and you can’t recognize them, but you definitely look very similar. Adorable!! The pictures really brought a smile to my face =)

  • Heather Rose
    June 18, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Hahaha, great pics!
    I rocked the big bangs back in junior high (91-92ish)…oh so humbling to look back on those pictures now.

  • Kerri Beth
    June 18, 2010 at 12:44 am

    I miss my sky blue plastic frame glasses from 3rd grade and the hair-sprayed bang!

  • jenny (green food diaries)
    June 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

    “i need to go iron my lace” – haha. you look SO cute in the last pic. what age were you at this awkward hemp-bracelet-wearing period?

  • nic
    June 18, 2010 at 3:40 am

    You were (and of course STILL are!!) to cute!!!
    I had an awkward “everything-must-be-at-least-two-sizes-too-big” phase, where I wore really big ‘boy-shirts’ and huge pants! I believe I just didn’t wanna becom a GIRL! ;D Muaaha!!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    June 18, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Aww how cute you were, little Jenna!

    I had an awesome wannabe punk rock phase in high school. Pink and black plaid skirts, spike belts, black tank tops, the works. I still love my tattoos, but now I’m more of an earth-loving modern day hippie of sorts than an anti-establishment punk rocker. Ok, I’m still anti establishment. 😉


  • Katherine
    June 18, 2010 at 5:05 am

    you need to do a redo of the fake tats with Daisy! (maybe henna would be a better choice)

  • Maureen
    June 18, 2010 at 5:05 am

    “Can someone please transport me back to where I belong, which is clearly 17th century Salem? ”

    HAHAHAHA You, my dear Jenna, have me laughing out loud!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 18, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Those pictures are too adorable! I love looking back at the awkward stages of my childhood, but it scares me at the same time. Will I think the same of what I look like now, 10 years down the road? Haha… 😉

    The lentil loaf looks delicious by the way! 😀

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 18, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Those pictures are awesome! 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 18, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I think the ’80s were everyone’s awkward stage. And early ’90s. How I wish I never knew what it meant to peg your pants.

  • Cali
    June 18, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I’m pretty sure I need to make that lentil loaf, stat.

    P.s. You were a super cute colonial child. I’m sure I am guilty of worse. Scrunchies. Side pony tails (which are back with a fierceness). Hairspray crazy bangs. Matching outfits from Limited, Too. (In every color.) I know, I’m ashamed.

  • Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life
    June 18, 2010 at 5:54 am

    HAHAHAHA too funny!!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Muchkin
    June 18, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Hahaha my mom used to dress me in dresses like that! Except they were velvet. With matching bows. And lace bibs. Enough said. 😛

  • Becky
    June 18, 2010 at 6:01 am

    I love that in that second picture with your brother, you are all dressed up but he’s wearing shorts and a t-shirt! Classic! Do you remember the occasion?

  • Coco
    June 18, 2010 at 6:08 am

    hahaha i just need to say that i love your blog the most because of your amazing sense of humor!

    i had many awkward stages, like in middle school when i had braces & glasses and wore tons of tiny butterfly clips all over my head so that i resembled a martian. hahaha

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    June 18, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Love the dress. I used to have one just like it, except mine had a giant bib collar… My mom may or may not have dressed my sister and I head to toe in matching Laura Ashley… so very cool

  • kelly
    June 18, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Love it!! You made me smile this morning for sure!!!

  • Quisha
    June 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

    OMG I love it! Haha. And your face in the last pic is priceless. Very serious lol.

  • Shelly
    June 18, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I really wanted to be all Seattle grungy when I was about 13 years old, so I wore hiking boots, a floor length plaid skirt and a giant cream sweater that probably came down to the middle of my thighs (if not my knees) to Sunday School. All of the aforementioned items came from Walmart which made them so much better. I’m pretty sure that was also around the time that I had a pixie cut (which I loved). I’m sure I looked ridiculous but my memory of that outfit is a happy one because I thought it was so cool.

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 18, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Aww – I’m pretty sure I owned the same dress. haha

  • Jessica
    June 18, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Unfortunately, I did not just have ONE stage.
    When I was a child I would read incessantly and wore the large gold frame glasses and the dresses from the 1800’s. So looking at your photos was like looking at one of our family albums. 😛

    Then, in high school, I dated a little skater boy so I spent my afternoons at the skatepark. I was not a little skater groupie, but was dropping in, doing kick flips and board slids. I cringe when I see photos, but it was who I was then.
    And now I can have the pleasure of surprising little skater kids by doing an ollie in heels. 🙂

  • Brynn
    June 18, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Wow, your mom has not aged!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries
    June 18, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Woah! You look just like an Olsen twin in that last photo!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    June 18, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Ha! I have pictures VERY similar to your one from camp from my own church camp experiences — fake tattoos and body paint included. 🙂 Even though I don’t miss the awkwardness – I do miss all the fun!

  • Chandra H
    June 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

    you were the cutest little girl EVER – ! seriously, did you ever think about modeling? hehehe 🙂

    i went through this weird “rebel/teeny bopper” phase when i was like…9? and it made no sense. i hung giant posters of ricky martin and britney spears in my room, wore solely red and black and this silky leopard print scarf everywhere. ummmm.

  • Rosalie
    June 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

    With those glasses you totally look like Tavi Gevinson (the style rookie/13 year old fashion blogger). You were so ahead of your time!

  • Katherine
    June 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Stylish dress. Very Laura Ingles Wilder.

  • Claire
    June 18, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I still can’t wait to make the lentil loaf…sounds so good! Thanks for sharing the photos of you and your family, especially your brother.

  • Betsy
    June 18, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Where did you go to camp?! I miss summer camp so much!

  • KatieTX
    June 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    haha laughing out loud at this post. I loved little house on the prarie!

  • fernando
    June 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    hahaha… you look like a brainiac sitcom child in the last pic.

  • Nan
    June 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Very sweet pictures of you and your family! Very touching!

  • BakeMe
    June 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Jenna! You were so cute and pretty, even as a little girl.

    I’m so happy for you that in 7 years, nothing in your friendship has changed.

  • Abbey
    June 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    lolll you are ADORABLE and look the exact same <333 so sweet

  • Rebecca
    June 19, 2010 at 3:47 am

    The old pics are hilarious! I love the dress you’re wearing. I voted for your lentil meatloaf! I need to try the recipe right away!