Behind The Butter

June Favorites

Okay, good. We’re all here.

Sorry—I know it’s only June 1st and all but I couldn’t wait another day to share my favorites list for this month. I just love this month! Why? Because it’s my birthday month! You have to love your birthday month. You want to know what else I love? Those “adult” milkshakes and double chocolate madeleines in the above photo. I snapped that photo during one of our dinner dates a couple weeks ago and sometimes, just find myself staring at it and drooling during the day. No big deal.

Thanks for letting me write these “favorites” posts for y’all. I really enjoy sharing what I’m loving now!

First up are these measuring spoons!!!!! I adore these spoons. I mean, how could you not?! Another thing I like to stare at during the day. It’s the simple things in life, people.

And, speaking of simple things, can I let you in on a little dirty secret? I buy these pad thai frozen meals in bulk and enjoy one a week (okay, fine, some weeks I eat two). I discovered these in college and never grew out of them….they really are the best frozen dinner I’ve ever tried. And, I’m going to be super lame for a second and tell you that my idea of a perfect evening involves taking a yoga class then coming back, pouring a glass of wine and heating one of these bad boys up. Then reading and going to bed. I am 87. So what?

This sweet little bag in this sweet little pear print!!!!!! My new friend, Gussy, aka Maggie, makes them. She pretty much rocks the house and is one of my fellow community leaders for Influence. Basically, she does everything I dream about doing but don’t dare to try since, let’s be honest, I don’t have a single crafty bone in my body. One day I’ll sew a pillow! One day! (yeah right)

This goes without saying, and is certainly not a new thing, but I really love stripes. Oh, do I ever love stripes! In my ideal world, my kitchen would have black and white striped wallpaper, my couch would be striped and I would be wearing a little striped top while I cream some butter and sugar together.

I wore this outfit the other day…unfortunately I sort of failed at my attempt at fashion blogging last summer (it’s hard when you don’t have someone to take the photos of you, are awful with the self-timer and can’t afford to go shopping every hour). <—-I learned all this.

But, here’s a mini fashion post for those that miss them. I’m wearing some jeans that I got from Nordstrom Rack spring 2011, a t-shirt from target, a cardigan from JCrew outlet, a belt from Banana Republic (sale) and some Tom’s ballet flats. It felt nice.

This sweet mug from Urban Outfitters. I’m really not exaggerating when I say I drink tea all day, and mugs as cute as this one just make me happy.

I am currently reading this book by fellow blogging, Kelle Hampton. I don’t really want to get too into it here right now, though since this book deserves a whole post of it’s own. Let’s just say I started crying on page three and haven’t really stopped. It’s powerful and gets right to your heart…I can’t wait to finish it!

And while we’re talking books, let me mention how much I adore Alice Currah’s new cookbook! She was sweet enough to send me a copy and I immediately made her Watermelon Feta Salad. Amazing!

There ya have it! June is going to be a busy month—next week I’m headed up to Seattle for BlogHer Food (yay!), followed by birthday celebrations, finishing up my yoga teacher training program and then flying to Anaheim to speak to 300 librarians about my book at ALA (gulp-so nervous). I’m also putting the final touches on the ELR redesign that I hopefully will be launching soon!

Also…I’m making this soup! Like, today. You should, too.

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  • Brittanie @ Three Bracelets
    June 1, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Love your June Favorites!!! I adore those spoons and recently finished Bloom! I loved every word and every page! Happy June 🙂

  • Lisa
    June 1, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Is there going to be a book tour when your your book comes out? Cause I would like so come to that!!! 🙂

    • jenna
      June 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

      Yes! I will be announcing that soon, too, I hope!

      • Lisa D
        June 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

        I hope you come to NYC!!

        • Sara
          June 2, 2012 at 1:48 am

          And to WI! 😉

          • Shari
            June 2, 2012 at 7:19 am

            And to MD! 🙂

      • Dana K
        June 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        If you can make it up to Toronto I would be so happy! 🙂

      • Jenna | The Paleo Project
        June 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

        and Boston!

  • Kim | At Home With Kim
    June 1, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Love posts like this where we get to see other’s fave things! That tea cup is adorable… and may find it’s way home to me upon my next trip to the mall. 🙂 And with the lovers of watermelon in my home ~ that salad is going on the menu. Happy Birthday Month!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    June 1, 2012 at 4:16 am

    No frets-I’m on old soul as well who’s in bed early and loves it.
    I’ve been toying with buying TOM ballet flats for a week now. I must!!

  • Atti
    June 1, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Love the Favourites! The spoons are cute. I got a set of measuring spoons for Christmas – although mine are not cupcakes but … *drumroll* black cats!

    I immediately thought of you and Dexter 😀

    • jenna
      June 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

      AHHHHHHHHHH where have these been my whole life? I need them!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 1, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Happy Birthmonth Jenna!!! Sounds like it’ going to be a busy but fun one. I was planning to go to BlogHer food this year but another trip came up instead, so I’m very interested to hear about how it goes. Oh, and any chance there’ll be a recipe re-make for those adult milkshakes you had at the restaurant? 😉

    • jenna
      June 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

      YES. that is all.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    June 1, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Happy Birthday month!! 🙂 And those measuring spoons are adorable. They would make me pretty happy, too!

  • Rachel Cooks
    June 1, 2012 at 5:28 am

    You are a busy lady! And for the record, I’m thinking not a lot of 87 year olds do yoga. I’m sure you will up until the day you die, though! Happy Birthday month!

  • jenna
    June 1, 2012 at 5:31 am

    i love favorites posts! they are so fun!i’ve been wanting to read bloom for awhile. it looks really good!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    June 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hooray for birthmonths! Mine just ended so I’m totally with you on the loving. 🙂

  • kacia
    June 1, 2012 at 6:03 am

    smooch you.

    i totally need to make that soup again – especially considering it’s rainy + cold here today!!

    Come over for coffee + hot chocolate?

    Okay! :o]

  • katie @KatieDid
    June 1, 2012 at 6:10 am

    busy month coming up for you, all such exciting stuff congrats! I used to read Kelle’s blog and love her way with words so much.

  • Jenna
    June 1, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Love fav posts!!! Gonna have to keep a lookout for that frozen meal..looks nummy!! I need something easy in my arsenal!!!!!!

    Enjoy your birthday month!!

  • Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables
    June 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

    birthday months are the best! And those measuring spoons are so cute 🙂

  • Christine
    June 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I knew I loved Eat, Live, Run, for a reason, I’m a Junie too! Those measuring spoons are adorable, maybe they’ll go on my birthday wish list!

  • Allyn
    June 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    June is my birthday month too! And my husband totally teases me about having birthday month. But it’s kind of a big deal.
    Oh, and I need those measuring spoons.

  • Samantha
    June 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I love your list of Favorites ! Bloom was most excellent! Have a Fantastic birthday month!

  • elizabeth locke
    June 1, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I LOVE your June favorites. Happy birthday month 🙂

  • d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo
    June 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

    YAY FOR JUNE BIRTHDAY MONTH!! I think we actually have the same birthday – June 11? The best day of the year!!!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers
    June 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

    happy allllmost birthday! 🙂 and that makeup bag really is too cute!

  • Cait's Plate
    June 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Love the measuring spoons and the “be mine” mug – so cute!

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    June 1, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I love that mug! I drink tea every morning, and cute cups make me happy. I’ve also been wanting to read Bloom since it came out. I’m waiting for someone to return it to the library!

  • Carissa @ ChoiceSustenance
    June 1, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I love these favorites posts! That mug is super cute.

  • Moni Meals
    June 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Happy June to you too! Love the favs list. I need those measuring spoons and I adore the WHOLE outfit. Amazing.
    I have the mug covered, have one similiar…love Urban Outfitters. 🙂

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    June 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    So much good stuff to love..and sounds like a lot of good stuff yet to come! Rejoice.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Adult milkshakes, cute measuring spoons – love!!!

    Who’s the cute doggie that you are snuggling with?

    • jenna
      June 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

      that’s jaden’s (steamy kitchen) dog—Coco!

      • Jenn
        June 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

        Who is Jaden? That pic is adorable!

  • Danielle
    June 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Ah Bloom is amazing! I’ve followed Kelle for years and was surprised by how much I still didn’t know about her story. June’s my birthday month also. Gonna be the big 2-8! Need to start thinking of party ideas!

  • Jamie
    June 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    cuuuute spoooons! those type of things make me happy 🙂 also love the casual/chic outfit.

  • Coco
    June 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    My birthday month too! LOVE June 🙂

  • Mel
    June 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I always look forward to these posts! Also, I HOPE YOU LOVE SEATTLE! I pray that you have beautiful weather (summertime in the PNW is the BEST), good eats, and lots of inspired photo taking. If you want any recommendations I’d be happy to supply you with a few! I feel like such a nerd for saying this, but I cannot wait to see your photos and read about your time in my home! I haven’t been back in awhile, and I really miss it. Safe travels!

  • Kim @ The Family Practice
    June 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Love the makeup bag! Have fun in Seattle – can’t wait to see your photos of my hometown when you do a recap. Missin Seattle like crazy these days!

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac
    June 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Those adult milkshakes look wonderful! I love every about adult milkshakes! There’s a restaurant in downtown DC called Ted’s Bulletin that has an entire adult milkshake section of their menu!

    • Megan
      June 4, 2012 at 5:08 am

      The Ted’s milkshakes are pretty fantastic!

      I think our book club is doing Bloom soon, very excited for it. We just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain which was really good as well.

  • Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats
    June 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

    OMG how adorable are those spoons??? Ineedthem Ineedthem Ineedthem.

  • Mary Pryor
    June 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Really, really nice photo of the book with the kitty. I lived in Seattle for 11 years and miss it like crazy. Enjoy it for me. If you get a chance, get to the area of the city called Ballard – if you’re there on a Sunday, Ballard has the best farmer’s market! Safe travels.

  • April
    June 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Congratulations on your book! That’s so exciting. I just had to chime in about the Indian meals. There’s no shame here–my favorites are the Tasty Kitchen ones 🙂 But there’s something to be said about taking the time to create a nice homemade Indian dinner. (Your baingan bharta, channa masala, and naan are regular favorites over here!) And my family loves you for that. 🙂

  • Val @ Tips on Healthy Living
    June 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Adorable! Happy birthday month! I want to hear more about those adult milkshakes. Have you tried to make them at home?

  • Cait H.
    June 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Whose puppy is that? Such an adorable picture!

  • Cait H.
    June 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

    ALSO – those measuring spoons remind me of the teacup-esque measuring cups my mom got me for Xmas. LOVE!–Set-of-4/Default.aspx

  • Margarita
    June 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I am so jealous of the fact that you live in CA, so close to good deals on clothes and shopping! Is that a good thing or a bad thing? 😉

    After I read Joy Wilson’s post about giving a talk at the BlogHer Conference, I was wondering if you were going there too. Then this post confirmed it. Dang, I wish the school year ended on June 7th, then I could go and maybe get a glimpse of you, Mama Pea, and Joy. But because of freakin snow day make-up, last day of school is on the 8th.

    Next time, when you get the chance, come over to the East side of Washington and visit our wine country. I know you live close to good vineyards over there in California but it’s pretty great here too! You can wine taste and move from winery to winery on horseback rides! 🙂

    I hope, hope, hope to meet you someday because you are a great inspiration to me!

    • Margarita
      June 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

      P.S. Check out “Alibi Room” across the gum wall at Pike’s Place market… it’s dinky in a really cool way… good beer, great food, and good atmosphere.

  • Michelle
    June 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

    That pie in the top photo is just too cute!

  • vel
    June 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    tandoor chef meals are “da bomb”. Personally, I can’t get enough any one of them that has the paneer in it.

  • brandi
    June 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

    see you at BHFood!

    yay for June birth month 🙂 mine’s the 24th!

  • Sahar
    June 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

    You’re coming to Anaheim?!!! Yay! Hopefully you plan a blogger/reader meet-up!

  • Sahar
    June 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Oh, and June 11 must be a popular birthday! I can’t wait 🙂

  • Ashley
    June 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Yay! 🙂 I always have the delurk for these….These are my favorite posts… which is fitting since it is ‘favorites’ ha! 🙂

    Love seeing the gal behind the lens… !! 🙂 you keep rockin’ You!! all my friends and I think you are an inspiring person!

  • Lindsey
    June 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I’ll join the choir and say I love birthday month too! Mine’s the 8th. Also, I plan to do your perfect night (yoga, frozen pad thai, wine, book and bed) tongiht. My husband and I are off camping tomorrow!

  • Bethany
    June 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Oooh what’s the font you’re using to caption your pictures? I need a new handwriting font in my life. Lol.

  • em @ simplypresent
    June 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Such an exciting June in store for you! Savor every minute! 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Your travel schedule and adventures to Seattle, speaking for your book, and blog revamp….any and all can be exciting (but a little stressful)…but congrats on all this big & fun stuff.

    And I want those spoons!

  • Urban Wife
    June 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Love this post! Such a cute outfit, too. 🙂

  • Teri
    June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    June is my birth month too, but I’m a plaid person rather than a stripes person. Then again, isn’t plaid just overlapping stripes? I hear you with the watermelon and feta salad! I braved that last year and fell in love with it! I got watermelon on the weekend only to find out that we’d run out of feta while I wasn’t looking. The salad just isn’t as good with cheddar, I need to get some feta this weekend.


  • Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee
    June 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Those are the cutest little spoons! And no shame for frozen meals. I eat Amy’s all the time, though I now really want to try the Pad Thai thing cause the box says gluten free and sometimes that’s an issue with Pad Thai!

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  • Sarah S.
    June 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I love that coffee mug! I always joke that I have two obsessions: coffee cups and stationary. I am also 87 🙂