Behind The Butter/ Breakfast

Just Another Monday

Wheeww! Woke up a liiiitle groggy this morning. I just keep on chugging down Amazing Grass though….it gets me through (as well does reallyyy strong coffee…)

I’m so glad you all liked hearing about my first Top Chef experience last night! It was a BLAST and Kevin and Eli are probably the two nicest, down to earth chefs I’ve ever met. I mean, heck, they invited me to have breakfast with them this morning at their hotel because I gushed so much about Hotel Healdsburg’s amazing granola!!! Unfortunately I have to be at work early this morning so I had to turn down the offer but that just proves how awesome these guys are. Kevin…Eli…..tomorrow morning…..granola. I’ll be there. πŸ˜‰

Instead, I had to settle with pumpkin oatmeal


This was the same as yesterday—1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, cinnamon, sea salt and almond butter. Not as good as Hotel Healdsburg granola but it’ll do. πŸ˜‰


Today I’m working from 9-5 then heading over to Hardy’s for the backyard barbecue. I’ll be tweeting so follow our party there by searching #mgchef.

I leave you with more photos….since yesterday I took, errr, 375.






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  • Kat (kats daily plate)
    November 2, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Oh my gosh, I am so jealous that you met Kevin. I am a HUGE Kevin fan as I watch the season- he is so talented! He does seem really down to earth so I am not surprised he really was that way in person!
    Have a great day!

  • megan
    November 2, 2009 at 8:05 am

    you are so photogenic! It’s nice to see you in the pictures, rather than you just taking them πŸ™‚

  • Niki
    November 2, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Jenna- keep taking hundreds of pics. I love seeing them, it brings me back home πŸ™‚

  • Fitzalan
    November 2, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I loved all your photos yesterday. That new camera was a wonderful investment.

    And dogs always make me smile!

    Happy Monday!
    Happiness Awaits

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    November 2, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Hahah I secretly hate discovering amazing granola in hotels bc then I can’t have it again upon check out πŸ™ The best granola Ive everrrr tasted was from a hostel in Prague–and I seriously CRAVE it sometimes haha. Have a great Monday!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 2, 2009 at 8:12 am

    What an amazing week you are going to have!!! πŸ™‚

  • eatmovelove
    November 2, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Can’t wait to hear about the Barbeque! Great pictures! And still loving that oatmeal – I have to try Pumpkin already !!

  • marisa
    November 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Hey Jenna, GREAT necklace in your post from last night (the white one). Are they shells? Very natural and pretty!

  • J@ Whole Body Love
    November 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I loved the blog before. But, the new camera produces such crisp clear pics! I love it even more.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 2, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Haha your Amazing Grass = my coffee!

  • SnowKat
    November 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Dinner prepared my Eli & Kevin… WHOA JEALOUS! πŸ˜€ Loved those guys on the show!! I live in So Cal and totally wish I could drive up and join you… hehe

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    November 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Awww, cute doggies! Love the photos πŸ™‚

  • Kasey (Fit For Wellness)
    November 2, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Your photos make me miss Cali… It has been over a year since I visited ;(

  • Mama Pea
    November 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

    How did I miss your post last night?! My gosh, I LOVE Kevin and Eli! Kevin just has those twinkling eyes that make you know that he is just a super sweet person. Holy cripes, I sound like a stalker. But wowsa, I am so in awe of your amazing night!

  • Katie
    November 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Great photos sounds like a busy life πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley
    November 2, 2009 at 8:55 am

    You live in the most amazing place I’ve ever been. I can’t wait to get back to Sonoma! The landscape, people, food, and ocean are amazing. Nothing like the Flat Lands of Hades (aka Illinois) haha.

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    November 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

    How incredible, Jenna! We are all living vicariously through you, thanks for sharing your adventures!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 2, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Jealous of your BBQ weather – it’s quite chilly here on the east coast πŸ™‚

    I’m glad that I have a few more months to enjoy pumpkin flavored foods – I love me some pumpkin oats!

  • Evan Thomas
    November 2, 2009 at 9:14 am

    That tree is awesome

  • Tracy
    November 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I love Kevin and Eli! And they are both Atlanta boys which makes me happy! So happy for you!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    November 2, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Gotta get me some pumpkin oats – I have the ingredients, I just need to combine them. Have another wonderful day in Healdsburg!

  • christie @ honoring health
    November 2, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Awesome photos!

    Happy Monday!

  • Diana
    November 2, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Ahahah taking photos does get kinda addicting when you have an awesome new camera doesn’t it?
    Have a great day!

  • Betty
    November 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I grew up in and around Napa and am loving seeing your adventures through its hidden gems — such a special place πŸ™‚

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Re the Marin Headland 1,000+ year old trees–excellent book if haven’t read is ‘The Legacy of Luna’ by Julia Butterfly Hill….amazingly brave story penned by a tiny 23-year old girl, what she undertook and did to save the ancient trees required unbelievable raw guts…and it happened right in the vicinity where you were standing. So well written, too. Couldn’t put it down.

  • Amanda (two boos who eat)
    November 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Love the pictures. Makes me want to make the 8 hour drive over to Napa. I’m a Californian and I’ve never been!

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    November 2, 2009 at 9:49 am

    You photos look gorgeous with the new camera. I’m SUPER jealous of your brush w/ Top Chef fame!! Eli and Kevin both cracked me up…I’m glad to hear they were nice in person too!!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 2, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Nothing like 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies in a cup to get you charged for a long, exciting week! Beautiful pictures. Have fun at the smokin’ fun (pun intended) BBQ!

  • Sarah
    November 2, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Great photos! Great tales of your adventures in California! And great blog!

  • Liz
    November 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

    What a spectacular weekend you had! Can’t wait to see more!

  • emily
    November 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

    [I might have asked this in the last post but my computer is being funny]

    If you don’t mind sharing, where did you get that stunning necklace from the last post? It is too gorgeous!

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    November 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I am SO jealous you got to hang out with Kevin and Eli!!! Fabulous pics, too!


  • Lizzy
    November 2, 2009 at 10:44 am

    love these photos! there all so pretty!

  • Matt
    November 2, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I can’t believe you were invited to have lunch with the TOP CHEF CONTESTANTS! WOW!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Wow road trip pics are always so amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Courtney
    November 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Great pics…I LOVE the dog ones!! That is what I would snap pics of too!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Amy (One Thousand Steps)
    November 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Wow, your new camera is really going to good use! I love that shot of you inside the redwood tree. πŸ™‚

  • Mama J
    November 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Love that gray cardigan and am in the market for something like it! Do you mind telling where it is from? Thank you!

    Gorgeous pics!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    November 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Aw, how nice of them! I had pumpkin oats this morning, too.
    I don’t blame you for taking so many pictures – that new camera is bomb!

  • Gab*
    November 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I love exploring new places, it’s definitely the most exciting part of moving! The camera was definitely a worthwhile purchase!!

  • Melissa P.
    November 2, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Okay, does anyone else kind of want to be Jenna right now…? Holy exciting live!!!

  • Jil
    November 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    The California coast is just so beautiful. Jealous!

  • Jenna
    November 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    wow thats a lot of pics you took!

  • Danielle
    November 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I *love* your new camera! I’m so jealous right now…

  • Kristy
    November 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Your pictures look great. I really am jealous of your new camera! I hope to visit the California coast soon.. it looks beautiful. Jealous!

  • W @ lettersfromthebay
    November 2, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Jenna, I’m so happy for you. You looks like you’re full of so much joy these days, which you deserve. πŸ™‚

  • Naomi(onefitfoodie)
    November 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    amazing pics!! I am sure you are hearing this in every comment! but it is so true!! love your doggy!!

  • bobbi
    November 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    love the photos Jenna, I need to play with my camera more!

  • Cyndi
    November 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    You are in a great place right now on many levels. Enjoy enjoy enjoy! And, share the love, of course.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    November 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Jenna..Kevin..Eli..Granola..i’ll be there…in my DREAMS! πŸ™‚ Happy for you Jenna, glad you are experiencing life to it’s fullest and it’s so great to see God leading you to where you are feeling His true peace and joy. LOVE IT!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    November 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Your photos are incredible – keep taking them – it’s a lovely peek into Cali πŸ™‚

  • Jolene (
    November 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Lovely photos! And the oats look delicious too πŸ™‚

  • Jansy
    November 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Jenna, I love your sunglasses! Where did you get them and what brand are they?

  • Ilana
    November 2, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    just saw your picture in november’s self! congrats!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    November 3, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Wow – I seriously want your life! Haha. Especially as I’m bundling up in all kinds of layers over here in New England and you’re out there in the sunshine! πŸ˜€

  • skinnyrunner
    November 3, 2009 at 6:27 am

    just looking at your pictures makes me want to buy a new camera, they are so good and clear and beautiful!

  • MarathonVal
    November 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I love the redwood tree shot, so artistic!

  • Tina
    November 3, 2009 at 8:36 am

    That’s seriously SO cool that you met those guys. As the competition has gone on, I’ve liked both of them more and more. I think I underestimated them in the beginning.

    Your pictures are SO beautiful. I’m contemplating asking for a “real” camera for my birthday in a few weeks. Hmm…

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    March 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    […] If you don’t remember we pretty much became bff last fall when him and Eli came in town for a Murphy-Goode Top Chef event and I kept crashing their hotel breakfasts at Hotel Healdsburg (what, I love their granola!). […]

  • Einziger Hexe
    May 2, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Now I am ready to do my breakfast, once having
    my breakfast coming over again to read further news.