Behind The Butter

january favorites

Right now, I’m really loving this eye shadow and concealer primer from Benefit.

This margarita recipe after falling in love with palomas in Austin over New Years (tequila and I are friends once again! yay)

This store!! I don’t currently own anything from it but am obsessed with it nevertheless. It’s like JCrew’s younger sister.

This “cake”…it’s so creative! I never in a million years would have thought of that. Thanks, Pinterest.

I’m drinking immunity tea (fresh ginger, lemon juice, hot water and cayenne pepper) like a fool to ward away any lingering sniffles from my massive flu/ear infection/sinus infection downfall last week.

I’m loving chicken and dumplings more every day.

And this yoga mat! I’m starting teacher training next weekend and absolutely love my blue Jade mat.

This guy!!!! This guy right here!

This blog! I’m getting used to carrying my laptop into the bathroom to watch Kate’s video hair tutorials as I get ready….although my hair never turns out like the picture. Sigh.

Mrs. Meyer’s products in Basil.Β  It makes washing ten loads of dishes by hand almost doable.

I’m snacking on pomegranate seeds, oranges, grapefruits, kiwis and pears. And homemade fig newtons! I like to keep a tupperware container full of them in the fridge at all times.

Oh, and lastly—I’m REALLY loving farm fresh eggs! My neighbor left some on my doorstep last weekend and I don’t think I can ever go back now. They taste nothing like grocery store eggs and the yolks are bright, bright yellow. I’ve been hard-boiling them and keeping them in the fridge (next to my cookies) for afternoon snacks!

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  • Emmy (Wine and Butter)
    January 14, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I’m falling more in love with Margarita Pies like these ones!! πŸ™‚

    AND pulled chicken!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    January 14, 2012 at 5:21 am

    hmmm fig newtons….want…. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    January 14, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I dunno about that sandwich cake.. creative for sure though! I am loving the fresh farm eggs they make such a difference!

  • mom
    January 14, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Love this! Happy day to you sweetheart πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies
    January 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

    I love hard-boiled eggs but have been having trouble choking down the grocery store ones lately – I’m going to have to get my hands on some farm-fresh ones, but am not quite sure how until the farmers’ market rolls around again in the spring…

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    January 14, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I SO shouldn’t have looked at that puppy picture!! I want one!! πŸ˜‰

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    January 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

    i love madewell… just bought a scarf from there that i wear pretty much every day.

    good luck with teacher training!! how exciting!

  • Jen
    January 14, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Jenna- get a dog. πŸ™‚

  • Laura @ A Healthy JalapeΓ±o
    January 14, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Yum, there is nothing like farm fresh eggs. We get about a dozen for free a month from a close Army friend that we built the chicken coop for and they are out of this world. All natural is how it was meant to be.

  • Michelle | Gold-Hearted Girl
    January 14, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Madewell is my weakness. I walk into the stores in awe of EVERYTHING.

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    January 14, 2012 at 6:40 am

    farm fresh eggs are the absolute best things ever!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  • katie @KatieDid
    January 14, 2012 at 6:41 am

    That “cake” is brilliant WOW! How has this not caught on in the blog world yet?

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    January 14, 2012 at 6:46 am

    I totally want those fig newtons! I grew up on a farm and only knew farm eggs as a child.. Now, however, I have limited access to farm eggs. It makes me cringe to spend such a high dollar on eggs at the store. I make my parents bring me several dozen each time they visit!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    i want a neighbor who brings me farm-fresh eggs? where does a girl get one of THOSE?! πŸ™‚

  • Ashley L
    January 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I love Madewell. Its expensive like Jcrew but younger and more modern there jeans are great too.
    The preschool where I work has chickens and we take home their fresh eggs every now and again and there is such a difference between fresh eggs and the store bought wanna bes.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 14, 2012 at 7:24 am

    A sandwich cake…how awesome is that!?
    My mom’s boss in her previous job had a farm and would bring her eggs (which she’d split with me). I think I was more sad than her when she left that job! There’s no comparison of a farm egg to a store bought one.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    January 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Ooh…great post Jenna! That sandwich cake is unreal! LOL

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel
    January 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Your photos always make food look so beautiful! It’s an art. Also, I’m making your chocolate chip/apricot scones today! Soo excited, making scones is on my bucket list if you can believe it.

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    January 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I’m excited for you to begin yoga teaching classes. I think it will be so interesting to read about.

    That pink grapefruit marg looks so great!

  • Holli
    January 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I love the Jade Mat! I’m on my 2nd one and soon will be needing my 3rd!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    January 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I recently fell in love with Madewell too! Everything is so cute that I have to restrain myself from ordering it all.

    Farm fresh eggs are the way to go. We have a friend that has chickens and supplies us with organic eggs for $2/dozen! I would pay quadruple that just for the better taste.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    January 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

    How exciting that you’re starting your teacher training next weekend! I’ve never practiced on one of those Jade mats but as long as you love it, that’s all that matters. I am really loyal to Manduka. I’ve had mine for over 10 years and it’s been around the world with me on various yoga retreats, trainings, and events and shows zero signs of wear or tear or damage.

    I love the juicy shot of those pom arils. Mmm, so good. Even though those little buggers take awhile to get out of the shell πŸ™‚

  • Moni'sMeals
    January 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    awesome! thanks for the info…I need all the help on my hair I can get. πŸ™‚

  • Donna
    January 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Madewell is awesome…I’m also addicted to Anthropologie, especially the kitchen stuff, it’s the best! In fact, I may need a support group or a 12 step program with the cute kitchen stuff!

    If you get a chance, I could really use the directions/proportions of your immunity tea – we’ve had some of the worst cooties in the world in our house since before Christmas…help a mother out, gotta get my family healthy so I can get on with my blogging!! thanks so much!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    January 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I’ll take the puppy out of all of those favorites!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    January 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Fresh farm eggs. Yup. Once you have them, you don’t go back. Or at least, you don’t wanna. We are so lucky to have access to them. I believe in eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And snacks. Amen.

  • Rika
    January 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I love farm-fresh eggs too! I love that not only are they treated humanely but they taste delicious! But, Jenna, did you know that it’s not recommended to hard-boil fresh eggs? I forgot the technicality behind it but I heard it’s easier to peel older eggs!

  • Missy
    January 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I love Kate’s blog too.
    Homemade Fig Newtons? I gotta try.
    Thanks for sharing

  • AJ
    January 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I love Madewell! There is one in the domain in Austin if you ever in town again!

  • Kathy - Panini Happy
    January 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    So glad you liked my sandwich cake! Thanks so much for including it in your roundup. πŸ™‚

  • Em
    January 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Congrats on teacher training; that is so exciting, Jenna.

    Hey, have you read The Paris Wife? I heard the author speak here in Minnesota, and it sounded like a book you may like.

  • Keely (Sky Blue)
    January 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I. LOVE. MADEWELL. it’s my favorite, that and Free People.

  • Kristen @ semihealthy
    January 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    what a fun list! I try to replicate the hair blog as well!

  • The Healthy Apple
    January 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I love Meyer’s soaps and cleaners…they are amazing and smell so delish…The actually make me wanna clean!

  • Irina G @ Fit Flexitarian
    January 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    1. That puppy is ADORABLE! 2. Those farm fresh eggs look AMAZING! I haven’t had any since my grandmother kept chickens when I was a child, but I remember visiting her once in my early teens and thinking the same thing about the yolks being SO much brighter than those from eggs found in grocery stores. I thought I was the only one that ever noticed that!

  • Cait's Plate
    January 15, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I just passed by Madewell yesterday and had the same reaction. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  • Kristina @ Appetite for Instruction
    January 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Also love Jade mats, Madewell, and Mrs. Meyer’s products…now plotting where to find farm fresh eggs!

  • Janna
    January 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    If you like Madewell and JCrew you should check out EmersonMade..the model is the designer! She also lives on an organic farm with her photog husband..pretty much the life

  • Tara
    January 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    There is nothing like farm fresh eggs! My parents live next to a family with a real chicken coop and every time I go home we have the freshest most delicious eggs ever. Wish I had your neighbor! πŸ™‚

  • Simply Life
    January 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Oh I’ve loving all these fresh ingredients!

  • Megan
    January 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Wow! That cake is crazy! I have never seen anything like that!

  • Tasha
    January 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Farm fresh eggs are everywhere in Portland! You’re actually allowed to raise chickens within the city limits. I absolutely love them, and I can’t ever go back. By the way, I tried your slow cooker chicken tikka masala today, and it’s totally going on my January favorites list!

  • Atti
    January 16, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Hi Jenna – I know this is totally off topic. I’m looking for a yoga DVD for beginners and was hoping that maybe you could recommend one?

    • jenna
      January 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I don’t know about DVDs, but have you tried podcasts? YogaDownloads makes some awesome ones, and a bunch that are geared for beginners.

      • Atti
        January 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

        Thanks! I’ll look into that!

  • Anna
    January 16, 2012 at 5:45 am

    my sister has been houses some wonderful houses with chicken coops, which means that she brings home very fresh eggs that she harvests herself. I don’t think we can ever go back to those dinky store bought eggs either!

    and I swoon over Madewell until their seasonal sales and snatch a few things up. everything I have from there is so cute and so well made!

  • Alyse
    January 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Please, please, please poach one of those eggs or cook it over easy. The yolk is so thick and luxurious and amazing. My parents have chickens and I don’t cook those eggs in any way that makes their yolks not runny. Sooo good. I’m kinda obsessed with the runny creaminess. I’m slobbering, excuse me.

  • Diana
    January 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Oh, I’m late but I love madewell!

  • Kacee
    January 20, 2012 at 6:36 am

    We have a farm and get about 1 dozen egg/day right now. We sell them for $2/doz which is really cheap for free range in our area. Did you have any trouble peeling your hard boiled eggs? I have to let them sit in the fridge for a few weeks so they separate from the shell a little bit or else I take half of the egg whites with the shell!