Behind The Butter/ Lunch

I Sort of Want to Bathe In It

Thanks for all your tips on camping! We are thinking of going over 4th of July weekend (along with the rest of the world) and I’ll definitely take your tips to heart. Also, don’t forget to enter in the California Wine Festival ticket giveaway–you have until Friday night to have your chance to win two tickets to the event in Santa Barbara.

Today was very productive and a good mix of work and play. I got a bunch of writing done, phone calls I had to make, paperwork and emails. In the midst of all that I also found time to do biceps, triceps and elliptical (via Summer Shape Up) at the gym AND lay by the pool for an hour and read my book. I can’t help it; I’m just one of those people that thrive off the sun! I need my daily dose of Vitamin D and the pool at my apartment was definitely a main selling point.

Now, take a look at this:

And then this:

A vanilla siggi’s and my heart has completely swooned. Best yogurt I’ve ever had, hands down. Yeah, these are expensive little puppies but you really do get what you pay for. Look at how THICK this guy is! I’d rather put back a few random impulse purchases at the store next time and instead spend $5 to get a few of these for treats during the week. So, so, so good.
The rest of my lunch was comprised of tomato soup and cherries. Sort of boring but whatev.

And then I snacked on this guy during the afternoon:

And threw together an easy Jenna-meal of baked tofu, sweet potato fries and a spinach salad.


After dinner I decided to wander from my hole and experience the Wednesday night farmers market, which takes place only about three blocks from my house. Every Wednesday I tell myself I’m going to go down there and I never do. Tonight I did. I don’t know if it was me or the market, but after about 10 minutes I felt sort of meh about the whole thing and found my way first to Barnes and Noble and then to the library to pick up a book that I had requested and that was now on hold for me.

And then I found my way home. And ate more Siggi’s. This time with this.

Please don’t hate me, but I’m way more of a caramel girl than a chocolate girl. Actually, I really don’t even care for chocolate sauce all that much. There, I said it. Blasphemy, I know! I love anything and everything caramel and was anxious to try out my new caramel sauce that had been sitting in my pantry for way too long. Sitting. Waiting. Waiting for Siggi’s!
Please reference above picture for caramel topped Siggi’s goodness. It’s available in my OpenSky store, if you were wondering. From what I gather, this caramel sauce isn’t available in any stores.I haven’t tried the caramel cream or the topping, but the syrup alone is worth it to me.
I sort of want to bathe in it.

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  • Amanda
    June 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I love caramel! Whenever I get an ice cream sundae it MUST have caramel…. chocolate would be a bonus…..

  • Kyle
    June 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Could you strain a cheaper greek yogurt to become more thick like the Siggi’s?

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I’m way more caramel than chocolate too. I can eat anything caramel but chocolate has to be special.

  • Gina G
    June 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    my cousin Carol LOVED that book, she said it was forsurely a favorite! 🙂

  • giordin
    June 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    mmm spoonful of caramel with a sprinkle of sea salt…heaven!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    June 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Siggis looks sooo good – and caramel done right is suuuch an amazing thing.

  • Jenna (Hello, I Love You)
    June 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I am totally with you on the Caramel thing. I am glad I am not alone!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    June 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I have got to try that yogurt! I love the sun too- I feel like it energizes me.

  • Alison
    June 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I LOVE caramel sauce. I like chocolate in candy form, but will always choose caramel over hot fudge.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    i’m a sugar kind of girl 🙂 caramel, chocolate, whatever 🙂

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I purchased my first siggis today…blueberry was on sale because it’s shelf live was almost to date..whateves I’ll eat it 🙂 and I can’t wait to!

  • nickee
    June 23, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Thats the book I’m reading right now! i have about 60 pages left and plan on finishing it tonight… i really liked it 🙂 I have to try Siggi’s!! I never picked it up becoz for some weird reason I thought it was a runnier form of yogurt…wha? You can imagine how shocked I was at seeing how thick it is in actuality 😀 And caramel sauce over choc sauce..ummm yes please!! 🙂

  • Kaz
    June 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I’m a caramel girl, too! Burnt sugar = mmmm.

    That yogurt looks so good.

  • Anna
    June 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Hey, Jenna! I’m in the middle of reading the same book. My friend suggested it to me. So far it’s really good and kind of sad. I think you’ll enjoy it though! Let us know what you think about it when you’re finished.

  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    June 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Just had caramel on a delish apple crumble! Mmm I can live off of it!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    June 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    ooooh I am such a caramel girl too!! LOVE LOVE LOVE 🙂

  • Kerri Beth
    June 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I agree! Caramel rocks the socks off of chocolate sauce!

  • Christina
    June 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Hey Jenna!!
    I have always seen the Siggi’s brand yogurt when I shop at Whole Foods but never wanted to shell out the extra bucks for an unknown surprise. Now I’m super excited to try it! Thanks for the suggestion.
    On the note, I can’t tell you how excited I got when I saw the caramel drizzle you put on top. I am slightly addicted to iced soy lattes (but ONLY with caramel drizzle on the top). It’s my daily drug. LOVE love love it!!

  • Kate
    June 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Just had another (possibly controversial) idea for camping. Try to learn to pee squatting in your shower. Your own urine, to you, is sterile, so there is no danger of sickness. Also, learning to not pee on your own foot is better done in the shower than… on your foot in the forest.

    Just try it.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    June 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I soo love being within walking distance to a farmer’s market!! Sorry that yours was just meh, but at least Barne’s & Noble was close by. 🙂

  • Kellie
    June 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I am going to go buy Siggis tomorrow. It looks so creamy and delicious.

  • Stephanie
    June 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I’m with you Jenna – totally a caramel girl. I don’t really like chocolate sauce either. Not a big fan of chocolate icecream -would rather have vanilla any day.

  • Laura (Starloz)
    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I’m going to try baking tofu, that sounds yummy!

  • Julia (Taste of Living)
    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Yeah for caramel! A sundae with caramel just is the best:)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    June 24, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I don’t like chocolate. There I said it.

  • Cassie @ Tasteful Tales
    June 24, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Love caramel too! Siggis is very good and I like that they have some unusual flavor combinations 🙂

  • Sarah @This Is It
    June 24, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Did you bake the tofu and sweet potatoes at the same time? Just curious if they take about the same amount of time…

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    June 24, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Nothing beats Siggis!

  • eatmovelove
    June 24, 2010 at 3:53 am

    The yogurt looks like Ice Cream…so it must be good.

    I put “sauce” on everything…Maple syrup goes into all my yogurts…whether they’re already sweetened or not…;)

    • Lindsay
      June 24, 2010 at 6:15 am

      I agree about the ice cream…that’s what I thought it was at first!!

  • Stacey
    June 24, 2010 at 4:08 am

    I told you that you would love the Vanilla, but with caramel wow that’s a whole new level.

  • Ashley
    June 24, 2010 at 4:37 am

    i’ve always been a caramel sundae girl too. whenever we used to go to McD’s and get an ice cream sundae i’d be the only one without chocolate sauce. When I went to Costa Rica for a yoga retreat this past Jan, they had dulce de leche… and i about died. the BEST Caramel you could ever imagine!

  • style'n
    June 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Love the pics of the food. Makes me want to eat healthier too. would love to exchange some tofu recipes with you!

  • Britt
    June 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

    That book is amazing! I found my copy the other day and I want to read it agin. It’s such a great book.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    June 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Damn, I wish we had Siggi’s in Canada! I LOVE caramel sauce, and think it is better than chocolate sauce too! I love my chocolate, in the form of chips, cake, bars and cupcakes… but caramel is a MUCH better topping 😀


  • Veggielady4life
    June 24, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I love caramel-flavored things, too. I remember when I was younger… at Easter… I always wanted the little caramel chewy candies! They were so good!

  • Allie
    June 24, 2010 at 4:57 am

    mmm, i am totally on team caramel. i think if i had caramel sauce in my kitchen i would put it on everything.

  • Kelly
    June 24, 2010 at 4:58 am

    I love chocolate AND caramel haha.
    I like the Siggis yogurt too and I’ll pay for good yogurt 🙂

  • Laura
    June 24, 2010 at 5:07 am

    You are going to LOVE that book! I read it as part of a book club last fall and it was amazing. I recommend reading the second half of the book in private as tears may be streaming down your face. So good!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    June 24, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I’m a chocolate *and* caramel fan. Why choose? Oh, and you mentioned writing. How’s the book coming? Are you still writing it or is it off with your editor?

  • Allie
    June 24, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Caramel on yogurt?! Genious!

  • jassy
    June 24, 2010 at 5:32 am

    ps…i’m curious about the book…looks interesting 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 24, 2010 at 5:34 am

    I go through phases of loving caramel more than chocolate and then I reverse this love and go for chocolate. It’s strange.

    Let us know what you think of that book! I’ve been eyeing it for a while now. 😀

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 24, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Me want Siggi’s with caramel sauce.
    Me want it so badly, me revert to caveman-like talk.

  • Nikole
    June 24, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I loved the book! It is so well written and took me through all of the emotions a good book should. Plus it really makes you feel that there is more we all could do in this world to make it just a little bit better.

    I am definitely a caramel girl too. I really only crave chocolate once a month 🙂

  • Tami
    June 24, 2010 at 5:50 am

    OMG…that caramel on the Greek yogurt was a WONDERFUL idea! I was sitting here trying to figure out a good birthday “treat” for myself and there it was! I can’t wait to dig in!!!

    Also…I am almost done with American Wife and have hardly been able to put it down. I suggested it for our book club book for July after you had it on your blog and I am so glad I did! Thanks for the great suggestion!

  • MMiller
    June 24, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I too need to try that Siggi’s yogurt! And a plus would be the caramel sauce! Speaking of caramel….I just bought caramel VODKA yesterday! Very good!

  • Rachel @ Balance and Blueberries
    June 24, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I’ve heard great things about that book. I started it and fully intend to finish. August=vacation time. Can’t come soon enough!

  • Camille
    June 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Oh man, everything looks so delicious today!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    June 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Caramel definitely tops chocolate in my world too! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 24, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I totally agree that good yogurt is worth the splurge!

  • Lindsay
    June 24, 2010 at 6:17 am

    I always thought I was more of a chocolate syrup topping girl myself…and then I started eating more carmel. Just call me a convert!

  • kristin
    June 24, 2010 at 6:19 am

    i’ve been eyeing that siggi yogurt in the store for a while, and am going to take your recomendations and get some on my next trip. i’m a huge greek yogurt fan, and think i need to broaden my yogurt horizons with iceland. my BF and i might be going on a camping trip this weekend, his friends are planning one, and i really want to go, but i think he is nervous! we’ll see. you will have so much camping for july 4th weekend!

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie)
    June 24, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Jenna, I LOVE caramel!! I would choose caramel over chocolate any day. It’s the chocolate in the box I always search for. You’re a woman after my own heart, no hate here!

  • Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks
    June 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Chocolate is my crack. But when it comes to sauces, caramel will win everytime. I’ve never had a chocolate sauce that I liked. Unless we’re talking about chocolate fondue….Mmmm.

  • Katherine
    June 24, 2010 at 6:44 am

    you would like flan with the traditional caramel syrup haha have you ever had it? it must be the true kind; no fake non-ethnic imports

  • jenna
    June 24, 2010 at 6:54 am

    siggis is one of my absolute favorites. It’s so thick and creamy!! mmmm….i bet it’s amazing with caramel!

  • amy
    June 24, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Meee toooo!
    My grandma and I were always carmel sundae girls, not hot fudge. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, but I definitely enjoy the real deal more than chocolate-flavored things. To me, hot fudge doesn’t taste like chocolate. It tastes like… Hot fudge. And Hershey’s syrup? Blech!
    You’re not alone! 🙂

  • Molly
    June 24, 2010 at 7:25 am

    As a dietitian, I am asked what is my one weak food. The answer is always caramel!!

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 24, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I also love caramel! I would eat a piece of caramel over chocolate any day!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    June 24, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I didn’t know Siggis made vanilla!! I’ve never seen it at my Whole Foods. I LOVE the orange ginger flavor though, so subtle and matches well with most any topping 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople
    June 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

    While I do like chocolate, I am with you. Caramel is WAY better than chocolate sauce. In fact, while I love actual chocolate, I HATE chocolate-flavored things (chocolate cake, frosting, ice cream, sauce, etc). Even if they are that flavor because of real chocolate!

    Caramel is amazing!

  • Kristina @goodnweird
    June 24, 2010 at 7:56 am

    that book is soooooo good. get ready for some long nights of reading.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    June 24, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I’m a caramel lover as well. I do love chocolate but when it comes to sauces I pick caramel…..or both. hehe

  • Kacy
    June 24, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I wish I could find Siggi’s around here! It sounds so dreamy.

  • Karen
    June 24, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Isn’t the point of the Open Sky Project to endorse products that you actually enjoy yourself? You are admitting to never have even even tried this product prior to this post. Clearly, you have no standards when it comes to potential to earn a buck.

  • Amy
    June 24, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Have you ever tried Liberte yogurt? My favorite is the Six Grains line, but the Mediterranee line is absolutely delicious, thick and creamy (you MUST try the coconut flavor, if you love coconut). They also have a dulce de lece flavor, which I’m sure is fantastic, but I’ve never seen/tried it. I’ve never tried Siggi’s but have been tempted, and your review is compelling me to go to the store TODAY to pick some up! 🙂

  • Britt
    June 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

    That looks heavenlllyyy. We don’t have Siggi’s in Canada (at least I haven’t come across it), but Liberte greek yogurt looks similar to that. Yum! I’m with you on caramel over chocolate sauce, too…:)

  • Stacey
    June 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Isn’t the point of the Open Sky Project to endorse products that you actually enjoy yourself? You admit to never having tried this product prior to this post, so why is it in your store? Clearly, you have no standards when it comes to earning a buck.

  • jaime
    June 24, 2010 at 9:54 am

    hey jenna,

    not sure if you remember me but we met on our flight to philly. we were headed to rome and other cities…just wanted to drop you a note to say hi and that i’m glad i got to meet you! 🙂 cool blog…i love food too…and love the fact that you snack!!!!! omg..i eat all the time too and random things as well.

    our trip was fun – just got back a few days ago…didn’t want to go back to work :/

    take care for now…until next time?? 🙂


  • Sharon
    June 24, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Have to agree on the meh-ness of the downtown SR Wednesday night market. We went last Wednesday but I doubt if I’ll bother the rest of the summer. Instead I’m thinking a walk around Howarth/Spring Lake followed by dinner at Mary’s pizza (or East/West, in spite of their crummy service) would be a better Wednesday night event by far.

  • Barbara
    June 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Best book ever.

  • Sarah
    June 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Jenna, I have been reading your blog for a while and I just love it! I studied abroad in Paris last spring, so I love to read about your adventures there.

    After reading this post, I went out during my lunch break and grabbed a vanilla flavored siggi’s. OH MON DIEU. So good. Thanks for the tip!!


  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life
    June 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I’ll choose caramel over chocolate every time!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    June 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I want to try Siggi’s – even if I can only afford it once ; )

    I have to say I’m a chocolate > caramel girl. To each their own.

  • Courtney
    June 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I borrowed a friend’s copy of “Same Kind of Different As Me” and finished it in about 1.5 days – it’s a good read, but if you’re a crier, then be careful!

  • Morgan
    June 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Can you do a post on how to bake tofu? I once tried to cook with it years ago and it was a disaster but yours looked soooo yummy in that picture!!

  • Bev
    June 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    That would be carmel porn for sure !!!!!!

  • Wendi
    June 25, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Forget the caramel…BEST book I’ve ever read. It will change something in you – it has to. Hope you love it.

  • sally kate
    June 25, 2010 at 9:08 am

    You are going to really like that book; I read it last fall when my mom sent it to me- I cried. So be ready.

  • L
    June 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area between July 26-August 1st this year, come check out the Bank of the West Classic. It’s the longest-running women only tennis tourney in the world, and SIGGI’S WILL BE THERE GIVING OUT YOGURT! Come catch some sweet tennis (Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, and Elena Dementieva to name a few) and get some sweet free yogurt 🙂

  • Kelli
    June 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I would like to think you are reading this book based on my suggestion several blog posts back, but either way I’m so glad you are reading it! It is sad and inspirational all at the same time! I hope you love it as much as I do.

    • jenna
      June 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

      I am!! Thank you for the recommendation–it was such a wonderful read!

  • Franciele Gassy
    August 14, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Oh man, everything looks so delicious today!