Behind The Butter




I am absolutely loving everything about Everlane, an online shop carrying beautiful basic wardrobe staples at fair prices ($15 for super soft and comfy basic t-shirts that you’ll live in!). The BEST part though is that for each piece, they give you information on the factory it was produced in and guarantee fair labor. I just love that. And those new loafers? Swoon.

I am cooking exclusively this week out of David Lebowitz’s new book, My Paris Kitchen. So far, I’ve made the French-style pot pie (topped with mashed potatoes!), the caramel pork ribs, the celery root puree and the raw vegetable slaw, which I am currently noshing on right now as I type. Tonight I’m making his stuffed vegetable recipe and tomorrow I’m doing his version of chicken under a brick. It’s the best cookbook I’ve cooked out of in awhile and is just so gorgeous. Highly recommend!

I’m trying to commit to doing two yoga classes (podcasts or power classes on the weekends) a week and some short barre3 videos during naptime. It really improves my whole day when I can squeeze in a short workout…even just 20 minutes is a game changer!

I’m mourning my grandpa, who passed away a few days ago. Thank you all for your sweet comments regarding that! I am thankful that his passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by his wife and daughters. I’m happy my brother will have a friend up in heaven now!

I am so excited our fall tv shows are back on! We are super addicted to Parenthood, Homeland, Modern Family and New Girl. What about you?

I am loving weekly farmer’s market trips, MOPS meetings every other Tuesday, Waldorf baby class every Monday and early evening stroller walks with Grayson. I truly can’t believe he will be five months old next week!

I am looking forward to a family trip to Yosemite at the end of the month! We’ve rented a little cabin for the weekend and can’t wait to get away and disconnect.

I am canning hot pepper jelly (above photo!), apple butter and applesauce. Loving fall produce!


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  • Mina
    October 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    HI Jenna! I would love to try some barre3 videos but get so overwhelmed when i go to their site. Can you recommend any videos? I’m a hardcore runner and do yoga. I would love to add barre classes and unfortunately there are no studios near me.


  • Laura @ SheEatsWell
    October 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I am so excited for The Blacklist and Scandal…both are so good, though Scandal is a bit ridic. Thanks for sharing these tidbits, I love these posts, Jenna!

    • K
      October 7, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Ah funny! I just discovered the blacklist and love it…..too true about Scandal but I keep watching because of tony goldwyn..(just a wee celebrity crush there).

  • Suze from OR
    October 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Hi! Jenna-
    I am enjoying my Temple Spa products (mentioned in your Skincare Faves). They smell so good!!!!
    I joined a MOMS Club when my oldest was a few months (she just turned 13) and that club was my lifeline to sanity!!!Advice, support, friendships! I am still friends with many from those early days and we still have a book and a bunco club.
    As for TV- love The Good Wife. I wanted to love the new Debra Messing show but it has an identity crisis- comedy or mystery?
    Can’t wait to see which French dishes you feature!
    Happy Fall!

  • Linda G
    October 6, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Try David’s salted caramel sauce, it is amazing over vanilla ice cream and super easy!!

    • Dana
      October 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

      oh man. salted caramel…dip a dirty sneaker in it. I’d probably take a bite! 😉

  • Teri
    October 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Jenna, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather passing away. It’s amazing what a huge hole grandparents can leave in our lives when they leave us, isn’t it.


  • Alyssa
    October 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I’m checking out Everlane right now – I love basic clothing staples (not a huge fan of frills). I’d LOVE to know your recipe for hot pepper jelly. I love it.

  • Lindsey @ SimplyLindsey
    October 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I love hot pepper jelly, especially when it’s served over a block of cream cheese with crackers! 🙂

  • Malinda
    October 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I love the Barre3 classes! Also, you should definitely add The Mindy Project into your line-up. I watch New Girl as well, but Mindy Project has much wittier writing and better story lines. I believe you can watch from the beginning on Hulu Plus. 🙂

  • Heather Mason
    October 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Is homeland back on?? I love that show! Must start watching now!

  • Katie @ Live Half Full
    October 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I love these little glimpses into your life! I’ve been loving fall weather, the return of my crockpot, my Monday work lunch yoga classes and fall TV! My favorites are Homeland, Red Band Society, New Girl, Mindy Project and Parenthood!

  • Susanne
    October 6, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Oh that cookbook sounds good!

  • Dana
    October 7, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Pumpkin butter, iced skim mocha’s’, and the month of October are on my list of loves! October celebrates my wedding anniversary, my birthday, Halloween, love it!

    side note: your next breakfast: toasted English muffin/pumpkin butter and drizzle of honey. You’re welcome.

  • Emily @ Fit as a Mother...
    October 7, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Sorry to hear about your grandpa. Barre3 online is such a great low-cost, convenient workout option!

  • SBlair
    October 7, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Jenna, you ARE getting back to your old self – in many ways! Look how far you’ve come from 5 months ago…and how much becoming a mommy has caused you to grow and change in such a great way! You are doing it! God has blessed you in all your challenges. You persevered and he’s making you even more beautiful! :o)

  • AshleyL
    October 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Barre3 has been such a god send for me as a mom of a newborn. I have my body back just three months after she was born. I feel strong and energized. I love ever lane too. I just bought some new clothes from LOFT. I’m loving there new Lou & grey line. I love new girl too. I’m also watching minds project, castle and Greys. I’m bee a fan of Greys forever. I even watch reruns while I nurse. 🙂
    A random question… What bath tub do you use. Our baby is outgrowing her newborn tub.

    • jenna
      October 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

      We’ve always just bathed Grayson in the big person bath tub…since week one! 🙂 I hold under his head and place a washcloth on his belly to keep him warm. It’s worked well for us.

  • Elisabeth
    October 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

    So sorry to hear about Grandpa, but glad he’s at peace now with your brother.

    I’m loving the fall shows being back, too! I’m watching The Voice, Blacklist, Person of Interest, Forever, Parenthood, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0. I’ll be watching Elementary just as soon as it comes back at the end of the month! Can you tell I love procedural dramas? Ha.

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama}
    October 7, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Oh please share pictures of your trip to Yosemite. I dream of family vacations like that. 🙂

  • Stacey
    October 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I feel like a Mindy Project disciple… I want to convince everyone I know to watch it! Soooo funny!

    • Stacey
      October 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Oops…meant this to be a reply to Malinda!

    • jenna
      October 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      ok that’s it! We are going to start watching it tonight. Enough people have told me how awesome it is! 😉

  • RWM
    October 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I love Everlane! Have you checked out their travel gear? I’m really into the backpack; you should check it out since you travel quite a bit!

    • jenna
      October 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      I’ve been lusting after a weekender forever. Good to know about the backpacks! I’ll check it out!