Behind The Butter

I Ride My Bike With The Handlebars


I love riding my bike!!!!

I did feel like super nerd 2008 though with my clunky helmet, CAMEL BAK (!!) and snack on board


Actually I didn’t care at all what anyone might have thought. Its just like me to go pedaling down the road with a larabar (in a vera bradley clutch) in the front and this strapped on back—


Okay. I bet yall are on the ground laughing right now. Its okay. Go ahead and laugh. It was quite humorous. So happy that I can finally get another use out of my camel bak though. Clearly my legs aren’t meant to run races but they sure can pedal the bike (and do crazy fun yoga poses). My ride in total today was about 7 miles….that’s pretty good, right?! I rode down to Ryan’s, ate my larabar and picked up my cookbook, strapped the book on back with a bungee cord, then rode on home. No falls, breaks or sprains…the worst that happened was that I almost ran over an old man in the middle of the sidewalk. Don’t ask.

When I got home I made some carrot-orange juice in the VitaMix—


An orangy concoction of 2 organic carrots, 1 cup water, 1 orange and 2 tsp fresh lemon juice. It made about 2 cups or so but I only had this one glass and gave the rest to my mom.

And then there was the bread……………


Gahhhhhhhhhh I really don’t want to talk about it. I know I’m a perfectionist when it comes to this stuff, but I really am NOT happy with the final product. Its all my fault…..I didn’t add enough salt. I HATE it when I make little mistakes like this that really do affect the bread. Of course everyone else in my family thinks I’m crazy and that the bread tastes fine, but I think its super bland and although we will eat all this, I want to re-make it again next week or something. I’m planning on making homemade garlic croutons with some of it tomorrow. Blah.

I was in a blah mood from my bread tonight and just had a sunshine burger for dinner with a slice of the bland bread and a babybell cheese:


With an apple—


And then later, for dessert, I wanted to ride my bike to the ice cream place but my mom said I shouldn’t because I was alone, it was already dark and I would have to ride on the street, not the sidewalk. I know, I know….I’m six years old….but I listed to my mommy and instead I made more “ice cream” in the Vitamix. This time I mixed 1/3 cup reduced fat milk, 2 tbsp organic sugar, 2 cups ice and three of my favorite special French cookies.

Here’s my cup with another cookie as a topper—


This recipe made a ton of ice cream. I ate about half maybe? It was yummy.

I also had some of the special tea that santa brought me 😉



I chose the raspberry nectar one—


I’m going to bed early tonight because tomorrow will definitely be a late one!

edited to add: my mom just came home with frozen yogurt for her and my dad (I know…after I made my own ice cream because I couldn’t bike there…gah) and I had a few WHOPPING spoonfuls of her coffee yogurt with hot fudge and pecans. It was a two dessert kind of night I guess!

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  • nicole r.
    December 30, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    hey jenna!!

    sorry about your sourdough 🙁 im a perfectionist too. but! i did just make some fabulous pitas, and i thought you might be interested in knowing how EASY it is!! i probably wont buy pita bread anymore, because INCLUDING rise time, this took ABOUT 3 hours. prep? no more than 5-10 minutes—no kneading needed really, minimal flouring, and you just need to roll to form the pita circles. super basic recipe: oil, salt, sugar and/or agave/honey, flour, yeast, h20. try it out, maybe it can be a consolation prize for your sourdough 🙂

  • Meg
    December 30, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    You look so cute with your bike and accessories!!! I want a Vita-Mix just so I can make “ice cream” treats. Looks delicious!

  • bee
    December 30, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    jenna, i completely feel your pain!!! i hate forgetting to add the salt; and especially with a baked good, because there is not chance of getting the salt back in! but, hey, lemonade from lemons, right? those croutons will be delish, no doubt.

  • lora
    December 30, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    do you have to freeze the ice cream? Im trying to make more things at home and this is a great idea! would it work with normal blenders?

    • jenna
      December 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm


      No…you don’t have to freeze it because you blend it with so much ice that it just sort of produces a really thick milkshake-like consistency. Its not as creamy as ice cream but then again you can make it in about 30 seconds whereas typical ice cream in the ice cream maker takes two days. You could probably do this in a regular blender but you would just have to be careful to blend enough to get rid of all the ice yet not overblend because then it would start to melt. The cookbook that came with my VitaMix has about 30 different “ice cream” recipes in it! It makes for the perfect quick and healthy dessert!

  • Anna
    December 30, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Yay bike! I love biking here in the summer. Luckily, I have a grocery store, a library, and a Target (among other things) all within biking distance — sounds like you’re pretty well situated for biking too. And I’m glad to see you’re wearing a helmet!

  • Tamara
    December 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Jenna! Just wanted to wish you a very happy New Year!

  • Oh She Glows
    December 30, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    LOL…love the picture of the bike ‘gear’!!! So cute.


  • VeggieGirl
    December 30, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Great bike, indeed!!

    I LOVE ALL YOUR FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hang in there with the bread!!

  • Rebecca
    December 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Yummy! Making ice cream that was sounds so healthy and looks very yummy!

  • Shelby
    December 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Aww Jenna, you are too cute!! =)

  • Sharon
    December 30, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Wow, so much fun with the bike! I love it! And that is such wonderful weather out there. We are flooded with snow!

  • Jaimejoy
    December 30, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Jenna, chin up about the bread! I know how you feel, last week I made vegan Butterscotch Blodies from My Sweet Vegan, I was so excited! I thought they would be delicious, they smelled great, looked great………and tasted blah. Very dissapointing. I bet your bread still tasted good though, and I am SURE the croutons will be yum! Have a good night!

  • lindsay
    December 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    hahaha i loved this post. you are too funny, with your strapped on cookbook and no after dark rides curfew 🙂 lol

  • Mara
    December 30, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    It really is amazing that such a little thing can change bread so much. I once used 1/4 c. brown sugar instead of white in my challah, and it was NOT GOOD!

  • Angie
    December 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hiya Jenna,
    It’s been a while since I have been to your blog but I love the new header (hubs and I went to Jamaica and then holiday stuff). Anyway, I love your bike and I was not laughing. You look great and as long as you’re having fun it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks LOL

    Sorry to hear the bread didn’t turn out as you would’ve liked it.

    When I last left your blog, you still had a week until you moved home. Hope all is well.

  • K
    December 30, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying your bike!! Sorry the sourdough isn’t up to par – I’m sure it’s fabulous though 😉

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    December 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Oooh, homemade juice and ice cream! How awesome!

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 30, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Sorry you’re disappointed in the bread – I know how it can be to be influenced by perfectionist ways!

  • Marissa
    December 30, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    That is very smart of you to wear a helmet!!

  • Sarah
    December 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    And you thought I was kidding about the flower basket for the front of the bike…looks like it might have come in handy 😉

    Your tea looks beautifully packaged. It’s like opening your own little present each time you have a cup!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 30, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Never apologize for Larabars! Sorry about your bread but glad you are enjoying your VitaMix 🙂

  • Ashley H
    December 30, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I am sure at your new job you will learn how to make the best bread ever and you will laugh at your first attempt!

    I thought it was funny how you said that you couldnt run but you sure could bike because I am the exact opposite. I ran a half marathon last year and I run 4 miles most days but you put me on a bike and can barely make it a mile. hahaha.
    Lance Armstrong said the hardest thing he ever did was run a marathon and he’s a super biker! Our bodies are funny things!!
    I’m glad you found something that works for you! 😉

  • Priyanka
    December 31, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Hey Jenna! New to your blog and love it! I love your gourmet tea pack looks very stylish. I am a Tea girl and love trying new flavors!

  • runjess
    December 31, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I will eat that bread for you.