Behind The Butter



Eating ~

Smitten Kitchen’s Winter Fruit Salad

The Pioneer Woman’s Pan-Fried Rib Eye Steaks

Shauna Niequist’s Flourless Chocolate Brownies {from her book, Bread and Wine}

Bon Appetit Spicy Pork and Mustard Green Soup

Fish Tacos from Gwyneth Paltrow’s book

The Pioneer Woman’s Chipotle Steak Salad

Avocado toast with goat cheese, sea salt and chili sauce

Lots of farm fresh eggs, pasture butter, grass fed beef, almonds, waffles, whole fat organic Greek yogurt and FRUIT! Berries, mandarins, grapefruit, oranges, pears…

Drinking ~

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Greenbrier Peach Iced Tea {the BEST}

Raspberry Leaf Tea

Spinach Smoothies

Starbucks Hazelnut Lattes

Reading ~

The Goldfinch

Baby Catcher

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method

Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

This post from the If:Gathering

This post from Naptime Diaries

This post from Young House Love – yes, we are planning to cloth diaper! I’ll write more about that decision and our plans soon.

Wearing ~

New maternity jeans!

Toms…all day, every day

Target maternity t-shirts

This skirt

Enjoying ~

Time with my family! My parents are currently out visiting us for a week.

Soaking up all the quiet time with my husband that I can before the baby comes.

The California sunshine!








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  • Nicole
    February 19, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Pan-fried steaks? Yes please.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    February 19, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Beautiful Flower! 🙂 Sounds like you have had a wonderful time as of late!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 19, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Oooh yes I have It’s All Good as well and it’s one of my current fave cookbooks! Love all the photos, and just the overall clean, fresh look of it. I haven’t made many of the recipes yet (more just drooling over the thought of what they’ll taste like lol!) but I think I might do a few this weekend. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    February 19, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Gosh, I love seeing your bright and sunshiney pictures!

  • Chicago Jogger
    February 19, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Pretty flowers! The Goldfinch is next on my reading list, and I’m excited about it. Sounds like you are having a great week:)

  • Whitney @ Yoga All the Time
    February 19, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Lovely flowers. I’m jealous you’re wearing Toms. I was on vacation last week and now I can’t find mine. They’re somewhere between Montana and my house.

  • Heather
    February 19, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Avocado toast with goat cheese, sea salt and chili sauce sounds like something I would get addicted to and eat every day! Curious question– can you get goat cheese from farmer’s markets? Come spring, I’ll be relying on them for a lot of our local produce and honey 🙂

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    February 19, 2014 at 6:19 am

    i’m not going to lie, i am bookmarking every post where you talk about maternity clothes…i don’t need them yet (come on, i’m 15 weeks, give me a bump!) and also have no idea where the good spots to buy are, so this is making me excited to get some stuff! also, goat cheese on avocado toast was one of the only things i could willingly get down in my first trimester, so much love for that meal.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    February 19, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Loved this post – and especially love that you are soaking up all the time you can with Adam before Baby B comes. It’s a game changer and this exciting time before baby is really special. Enjoy, you two!

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health
    February 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I love this 🙂 happy to hear you are enjoying family time and all the special hubby time. Coffee pics always make me happy and I love latte art <3

  • Katie
    February 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

    loved this post!

  • Catalina @ Baby on Board
    February 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Watermelon Agua Fresca is my favorite, so fresh, it reminds me of summer!

  • shelly@ohshellsbells
    February 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    it seems like every blogger i follow is reading the goldfinch. did oprah put you guys up to this or is it just really really good?

  • Lani
    February 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    It is so fun following your pregnancy posts as we are a week or so apart, both with little boys. 🙂 Bless you for craving lattes ( me too). Are you going to post pics of the nursery? Hope all continues to be well!

  • Kendra
    February 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I’m also due in May (11th) with a boy and have enjoyed your recommendations for things your doing. I’m very excited you’re looking into cloth diapering since I am too, and will be anxiously awaiting your post on what you decide to go with :).

  • Amanda
    February 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    We cloth diaper and love it. Little babies wearing cloth are just so cute!! It’s really not hard…just a bit intimidating with so many options!

  • Kristin
    February 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Would love if you could post your thoughts on Goldfinch. I have heard mixed reviews and since it seems we have similar taste in books ( I get tons of ideas from your lists) I would love to hear your review!

  • Tracy
    February 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

    So many good things in this post 🙂

    Try fruit jam in place of the chili sauce on your avocado toast! I love the salty sweet combo!

  • Cara's Healthy Cravings
    February 20, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I have made that Bon Appetit Soup, it turned out really well!

  • Ashley
    February 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I cloth diaper too <3 Check out Cloth Diapering 101 on YouTube and the forum on BabyCenter Community. BumGenius is definitely not the only brand out there (and personally one of my least favorites!), so check other blogs and sources too 🙂

  • Kristin
    February 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I cloth diaper too. I am on baby #3 in them and still using the same ones I bought with my first baby. Good for baby, your pocketbook, and the environment! 🙂

  • Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
    February 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Bread & Wine is seriously the most amazing book ever! Tried a couple of her recipes but need to try that flourless cake one, anything with chocolate is a must in my book. 🙂

  • Jolie
    February 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Best. Decision. Ever. for us. I used cloth diapers, fuzzibuns on my baby
    and it was easy! They have the cutest colors and
    once you get in a routine, it’s a snap! I loved
    seeing the rainbow of colors drying on the

  • Lori
    February 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    We cloth diaper, too, and, based on YHL, bought Bum Genius. Not to throw a wrench in plans you may have, but I have been so disappointed. Our diapers have shredded to bits after only about 10 months of use. Not sure how they get away with having only 12, because you definitely have to wash them every single day if you have only 12, and I’m assuming that is why ours have fallen apart. Major bummer. I now have the old school prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers with Eco Bum covers. So much cheaper

  • Live Love Yum
    February 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Love these posts Jenna.

    May I ask how much coffee you typically drink in a day? I love a black coffee with cream frothed on top and have about 1-2/day…it’s a hard (expensive) habit to break!

  • michelle
    February 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    We cloth diaper and love it. Saving the planet, and looking cute while doing it. I will say this, just to show how everyone is different when it comes to preferences and fit with your baby,etc. we bought BumGenius and LOVE them. Their Freetimes and 4.0 diapers are half of our stash. We also love totsbots, Ella Bella Bums (you have to check them out. They are THE cutest diapers made and come from Canada!)…My diaper stash has definitely evolved over the past year, but one thing that I heard when I started was to try a rental kit so that you can see what works on your wee one and what doesn’t. For example, BumGenius fits better, earlier, on babies with chunky legs. Also – don’t be afraid to buy used cloth diapers. Especially when you’re trying to decide what you like. There are a ton of swap sites on Facebook. There’s also a program called VarageSale and they have a north american cloth diaper swap. Enjoy:)

  • Jess
    February 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Are you liking the Goldfinch? I just finished reading it and I found it really disappointing. I thought that it was way too long and I really never got into it.

    • jenna
      February 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      I sort of have a love/hate relationship with it. I’m a little more than halfway through and there have been a few times where I’ve wanted to put it down…but I really want to stick it out and make it till the end. I thought I’d never get through the Las Vegas part! SO long. It’s definitely different than what I anticipated…and it’s not my favorite.

  • Ellen
    February 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I love Baby Catcher. I’ve read it with each pregnancy, and I’m currently 25 weeks pregnant with my 5th child and getting ready to read it again.

  • Louise
    February 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I found the YHL info on cloth nappies (Australian here) so helpful. 2 years in using Bum Genius and I’ve never regretted it. Freetime have been much easier for us to use than the 4.0s but can’t complain about either. Have always used a disposable overnight though. For no particular reason other than I than it became a habit. I also use disposables if we’ll be out for a while despite my good intentions to carry around a dirty cloth nappy and clean cloth nappies and my homemade cloth wipes etc etc. Planetwise bags have been brilliant too. Good luck. It’s gross but you will be amazed at how second nature it becomes.

  • Lauren
    March 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    YES!! Target maternity tops/tanks are the best! So surprisingly soft and comfy. Love seeing your cute little belly here and there on instagram 🙂