Behind The Butter

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In exactly 10 days I’ll be on a plane headed to the Baptiste Power Flow Immersion in Colorado! I’ve never been to Colorado. I gave up a trip to Austin with my man and a free ticket to ACL for this. What did I get myself into? Help.

All I can think about lately is coffee! Cappuccinos, lattes, espresso, french press….with a side of pumpkin cupcake, please! (I’m not highly caffeinated or anything, why do you ask?). Speaking of pumpkin cupcakes, the batch I made yesterday is almost gone. I’ve cut each cupcake into half and hidden them in the back of my fridge. Then, when the craving strikes (pretty much every hour or so), I’ll eat half a cold cupcake. Didn’t you know that cupcake halves are calorie-free? Same goes for bacon crumbles, brownie batter and bread crusts.

I stayed up late last night reading this! I really think I was born in the wrong era. But then again…I really love my laptop. And my kindle. And my electronic tea kettle. I have a constant internal battle about it all.

What’s for dinner in your house tonight? We have our couples small group tonight and I’m bringing more of this! It’s cooking right now and smells fabulous.

I just registered for the Foodbuzz Conference in November! Are you going?? I would love to meet you if you are! Let’s be friends. Just don’t let me hold your camera, your expensive camera lens or your trendy glass water bottle because I’ll probably drop and break it. Just a warning.



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  • Emmy (wineandbutter)
    September 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Dont even talk to me about caffeien hyper activity. Or addiction for that matter! give me a strong coffee, an i-pod and send me to the park and im in 7th heaven. for about half an hour.

    I just made your channa masala! I think I messed up the recipe a bit but I still really enjoyed it (and im not normally a big Indian fan) and my husband went crazy for it!!


  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    September 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Wow I would love to go on a Yoga Immersion. Sounds amazing!
    I bet you will feel so good after

  • Sweet and Savvy
    September 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I wish I could attend Food buzz ! 🙁 It sounds like a wonderful time!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    September 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I just told myself this morning that I should probably cut back on the caffeine…

    and here I am 4 hours later, drinking a pumpkin latte. oh well, it’s delicious! glad you’ve had a chance to enjoy the flavors of the season!

  • Abby
    September 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    You’re going to LOOOOOOVE Colorado. It’s beautiful, especially now. Say hi to my Rocky Mountains and enjoy the fresh air and glorious scenery!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    September 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    “Didn’t you know that cupcake halves are calorie-free? Same goes for bacon crumbles, brownie batter and bread crusts.”

    This made me smile so wide. 🙂

  • kate
    September 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Im excited to hear about your immersion with Baron!

  • Christie Inge
    September 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I did a one day immersion with Baron and it was nothing short of amazing. It is going to be so awesome for you!!!

  • Anne
    September 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Look forward to hearing about this yoga immersion !

  • Ash Bear
    September 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I wish I could attend Foodbuzz but it’s always the same weekend as the NYC Marathon! 🙁

    Are you going home for Thanksgiving or Christmas? I’d love to spend a day doing yoga, baking cookies, and sipping lattes over great conversation 🙂

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    September 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Food Buzz in SF? Yay! Just up the Bay from me. I have to check out the info to see if I can afford it but I would love to go.

  • Cait's Plate
    September 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I’m pretty sure I would drop and break those things before you even had the chance, so you’re good 🙂

  • KatieG@ Just Roll With It
    September 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Have fun! Foodbuzz sounds like fun…one day I hope to make it! …now I want a coffee and a pumpkin cupcake….especially if they are calorie free

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    September 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Hey Jenna! I’m in Boulder, CO, and Estes Park is my favorite place in the entire world. Literally. Thank goodness it’s only about 40 minute drive away 😉 Let me know if you want any Colorado info, etc! xo.

  • Kelsey
    September 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Sad that you are missing out on a trip to Austin! However, you will love Colorado. Can’t seem to get the beautiful weather and mountains out of my head. Have fun!!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    September 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I’m excited to hear about your yoga retreat.

  • katie
    September 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    The Yoga retreat sounds awesome!!! How amazing that would be!

    I am going to Foodbuzz! Excited to meet you Jenna!!

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    September 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    gave up acl…hmmm im sure u will love your colorado trip…it will prob be too hot in Austin anyways… have fun girl!

  • Kelly J. R.
    September 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love your book selections. Can we be friends on Goodreads? I’m “Kelly JR” if you’re interested.

  • Lizzie
    September 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Why didn’t you ask the dinner question last night? Would have been so much more interesting and made me seem like I actually cook! 🙂 Tonight, I am out for a girls only run/walk event for Luna and so my American boy will be fending for himself (lucky for him I just picked up some shrimp on special with a lime chili marinade – ha!). But (if you must know) last night was salmon patties with corn on the cob and spinach salad with farm stand tomatoes, red onion, farm stand cukes, avocado, feta, and homemade vinaigrette. Sadly it can’t compete with your Babaganoush soup, which he’s still requesting be made soon!! 🙂

  • French Heart
    September 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    What’s not in the SF pix is planted seemingly 24/7 for at least the last decade at the end of the Cable Car turnaround just before Nordstrom–is a crazy religious guy always wearing shades and with signs of nutty slogans–shouting angry rude things about fornication to passersby–mostly shocked tourists from Tulsa.

    But I digress. I have always thought was born in exactly the right time for me, living in exactly the right place, at every stage. Weird, huh? Don’t know why–just is.

    Have a terrifically fun/successful trip! Wow, you are dedicated!

  • Moni'sMeals
    September 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    You will LOVE Colorado! I grew up there and that is where I learned and competed in snowboarding. Have a great time, it will be Fall Follage there too when you go.

    On another note, Coffee and Cookie, yes please asap!

  • Heather
    September 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Colorado is awesome. And I’m not just saying that because I live here. It’s one of the best places on the planet. You won’t want to leave! 🙂

  • Beth (Well I'll Be)
    September 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I knew as soon as I saw the title to this post I would like it. I wish I was going to Foodbuzz, but I’m in a wedding that Saturday. Next time!

  • Jillian
    September 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Hi! I’ll be going to foodbuzz as well. I live in SF so if you want a tour guide let me know. 🙂

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    September 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Yes, cupcakes halves do not have any calories! And mini-cupcakes too for that matter, which is why I eat multiples at a time 😉 Too bad I can’t make it to the Foodbuzz fest, it sounds like a blast!

  • mary @ what's cookin with mary
    September 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Loved this post. No offense, but I def wouldn’t hand you my camera 😉

    Dinner tonight = Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Sausage Enchilada Casserole w. Spicy Grilled Corn & Spag Squash.

    What a mouthful! ’tis in the oven as I type and boy does it smell good. Can’t wait to share the recipe. Yep, I totally have the oven on when it’s almost 90*. :l Yikes.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I went to FB last year. Probably won’t go again this year b/c I am going to a photography workshop right around then. And you’ve never been to Colorado? Neither had I until last month when I went on a…you guessed it…a photography workshop with White on Rice and a few other awesome teachers.

    Have a great time at the Baptiste event. He’s wonderful and the energy there will be awesome!

    Good luck replacing your lens, too. Ouch.

  • Coco
    September 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Cool cool — I just registered for FoodBuzz too. Was nice to meet you last year!

  • Lauren Grier
    September 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Jenna! I swear it’s a small world. I live in Denver, but will actually be in Estes Park that weekend for a wedding. So random. If you need any info/ideas on what to do while you’re in Colorado let me know!

  • Lara @ TresLaLa
    September 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I’ll be in SF the weekend before Foodbuzz; can’t justify a 2nd trip, I’m afraid… Frankly, I’m not quite sure I’m cool enough for Foodbuzz yet. Maybe next year!
    I have a TON of things that are completely non-caloric. The last cookie? Non-caloric. Anything eaten while coooking? Non-caloric. Shared desserts? Negative calories (you’re doing someone a favor, right?) Ahh, wonder where I got this spare tire?!?

  • Shut Up and Run
    September 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Where in CO will you be? You will love it. I live near Boulder.

  • Kandyce
    September 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Nooo!!! You gave up ACL? I’ll be there this year like I have been, I get free VIP tix for the weekend every year. I love it!!!

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    September 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    it was going to be chicken nuggets and honey mustard sauce for dinner tonight but it will have to wait until tomorrow sans chicken lol!

    xoxo <3

  • Leslie Means Her View From Home
    September 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Oh – you will LOVE Colorado. I am a Nebraska girl – but the hubby and I fell in love in Denver 🙂 We spent the summer of 2003 there – and have THE BEST memories. It is my second favorite state for SURE! I agree with Heather – you may not want to leave.

  • Ashley
    September 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    10 days in Colorado? You are going to l.o.v.e. it!! I’m up in Ft. Collins, CO and can’t imagine being anywhere else! Have fun!

    • Charles
      September 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Ashley!

      Another +1 to loving Colorado. (Except the wind sometimes. I could do without and be happy.) Estes Park is such an beautiful place!

  • Sarah
    September 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I agree with some of the other commenters, you are going to love CO! I’m in South Denver and this time of year is gorgeous, especially in the mountains! The husband and I were just up in Estes Park a few weeks ago for our anniversary weekend 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Dinner tonight? YOUR channa masala! We need something quick and vegetarian-perfect with TJ’s garlic naan!

  • Michelle
    September 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Pumpkin lattes have been pulsing through my veins and I couldn’t be happier!! Colorado is amazing, you’ll love it 🙂

  • Michelle Fritzler
    September 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Promise you will love Colorado and all it has to offer! Estes Park is so beautiful especially this time of year too. I live in Denver and love being so close to all the beautiful things this state has to offer! Have fun at your event.

  • Jenn B
    September 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    If you’re a margarita girl try and hit up the Colorado chain The Rio… killer margs!! But if you’re in the yoga state of mind and are curbing alcohol try Hacienda for their Tortilla soup. It’s life changing and delicious!! Hope you have a great time! I get to go home next Friday, Colorado holds a special place for me 🙂

  • megan @ foodie cycles
    September 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I LOVE PUMPKIN ANYTHING.. this latte looks amazing. I’m so jealous you’re going to CO, I’ll be sure to keep reading and hear how it was, I’m going in November as a tag-along.. just to go and see. I’ve always wanted to go, get out of MA!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    September 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Haha this post was great! Hmmm I have a healthy/constant craving for cupcakes, the cold never stops me 🙂

  • Shayla @ The Good Life
    September 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I wish I was going to the Foodbuzz Festival since I live right next to SF… But I’m not a featured publisher yet, need to get self hosted! Hopefully they’ll have some extra tixs! 🙂

  • Lisa
    September 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I grilled hot Italian chicken sausages and made Giada’s Tomato Vegetable Casserole (a meal in itself). It was actually in the 50’s in GA this a.m. so I can heat the kitchen up. Wine was Menage a Trois.

  • Katie
    September 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    You are going to LOVE Estes Park! So gorgeous, and I am not just saying that because I live in CO. Let us know if you’re planning on having a meetup while you’re here!

  • Kelly
    September 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I just wanted to say a big thank you: I joined your 21 yoga challenge & I’m still going! Next I entered a competition to win a free 30 challenge at my local bikram hot yoga studio – and I just found out I won! I hurt my leg back in June & haven’t been able to run since, so I’m hoping this will help me on the road to recovery!

    Thanks again:)

  • Sana
    September 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I wish I were going to foodbuzz, sadly I am STILL IN COLLEGE!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    September 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I always say when you share or break a cookie/candy bar/cupcake all the calories leak out:)

  • Anne P
    September 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Jealousssss! I heart Colorado. Wish I were coming too so we could play. I miss you!

    Sadly I don’t think Foodbuzz is in the cards for me this year… too far and too expensive, plus the agenda looks exactly the same?! We’ll see…


    • Jenn
      September 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      That’s a lot of traveling this fall. The Baptiste weekend sounds insanely awesome -but holy hard! I don’t think I could keep up with his pace at all. Is it a learning experience or are you looking to teach?

      • Jenn
        September 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

        sorry – i didn’t mean that as a reply.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    September 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I love that you always tell me what you’re reading – that book is now on my wish list. I love everything you reccomend.

    And I am going to Foodbuzz! I’ll make you use the safety strap on my camera.

  • Hannah Brantley
    September 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Jenna! Hey I’m Hannah. I moved to Boulder a couple of weeks ago, so let me know if you need a tour of this awesome town if you’re close. You won’t find better coffee anywhere else. If you’re here on a Saturday, make sure and stop at the Boulder farmers market. Overwhelming in the most blissful way imaginable. If you organize a reader hang out, let me know!

  • Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well.
    September 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I always tell my honey that I was born in the wrong era! I wish I had been alive in the ’20s and the ’50s- mainly for the fashion 🙂 I’m definitely going to check out that book!

  • Brittney @ Brittney Breathing
    September 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Ahh so jealous that you’re going to Colorado! It is my dream to live there some day and I think you’ll fall in love with being there. For dinner I actually made your chicken pot pie….YUM!

  • Amanda - Mother of Ambition
    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Oh my gosh! I almost did the YJ conference again this year! I’ve gone every year but last year because I was 8 months pregnant! This year, I’m still breastfeeding full time and didn’t think it would be convenient to lug the pump around with me all weekend! Ha! I hope you have a great time. Fair warning though, you’re going to get hooked and want to return for the conference every.single.year. It’s incredible! Everything from the food to the weather to the classes to the people! Enjoy!!

  • Brenda
    September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Estes Park is sooo beautiful! I was born in Boulder, CO and grew up there until I had to move a few weeks ago to NJ for grad school. I miss it so much. =( If you get a chance, stop by the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder- it’s beautiful, but full of hippies. Hehe

  • Kim
    September 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Estes Park is crazy beautiful this time of year! Hopefully you can get out and do a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Or stop by here in Boulder. It’s 30 minutes away and was named the foodiest town in America by Bon Appetit in 2010. 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    September 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I know the FB tickets are dwindling, i can’t decide if I want/can go though! It’s across the country and not cheap for me, but I would love to!

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Love Colorado! Have fun!

  • sally kate
    September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    you’re going to love it here in colorado 🙂 its a pretty time to be here!

  • Caitlin
    September 8, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I’m going to Foodbuzz! I would love to meet you 🙂

  • Lauren
    September 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Well I was going to tell you how much you’re going to love Colorado, but it looks like it’s already been said (x15). I live in CO and happen to think this is the best time of year 🙂 Get to Boulder please. Estes is lovely too and The Rio *does* have quite the margarita. Made with everclear and there’s a two drink MAX!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    September 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve been needing a new read! I’m loving the pumpkin cupcakes. I was just daydreaming about these pumpkin pancakes I like to make with skillet pears (cooked in butter). Can’t believe it’s already that pear/pumpkin time of year!

  • Laura @ Backstage Balance
    September 9, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I’m going to Foodbuzz – see you there! I don’t have a big fancy camera, the one I’ve got has been dropped from horseback a few times and is already broken in, so if you hold it there’s no way you could do any more damage! 🙂

  • Samantha
    September 9, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I saw a guy drop his whole SLR on a concrete floor recently and a bunch of pieces flew off. I cringed for him 🙁

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I was trained as a yoga teacher at a Baptiste affiliate studio, so I’m very familiar with the Baptiste style, the immersions, the bootcamps, and everything else involved. I know MANY people who have done his immersions and bootcamps, and they have all come back saying it was the best experience of their life. Be prepared for a butt-kicking, but also an AMAZING time! 🙂

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 9, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Haha….hilarious Jenna. Have a wonderful time at Power Flow Yoga :)))))

  • Sarah
    September 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Hi 🙂 We met briefly at the first Foodbuzz Festival in 2009. I missed last year because I was about to pop with my daughter Lyla. I’m going again this year, I hope to see you. I may be the weirdo with a baby in a carrier at the tasting pavilion if she’s upset about being left and I’m allowed…

  • Danielle Janecek
    September 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Holy Cow!!!! I love me some Yoga, but you gave up ACL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????

  • Carissa @ ChoiceSustenance
    September 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I wish I was joining you for both the yoga & FB trips. It seems like all the good stuff happens out west, and flights are pretty expensive from my area. Enjoy both!!

  • Carrie @ No More Tomorrows
    September 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve only lived in Colorado for 5 years, but I immediately fell in love with it when I moved here. I wondered what took me so long to discover it. And Estes Park is BEAUTIFUL. You will love it. If nobody has told you yet though, drink lots of water, more than normal. The elevation is no joke.

  • Sara
    September 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I live in Colorado–you will love it here!! Just drink lots of water, don’t want to get elevation sickness and if you do feel weird tell someone. Also, it’s drier here, moisturize! 🙂 Estes Park is beautiful, fall is coming (you’ll need a jacket for sure) and the elk are known to be everywhere in Estes Park at times. If you have time, go see the Stanley Hotel and take the Ghost Tour, pretty cool! Downtown is cute and my husband and I enjoyed the pizza at Bob & Tony’s there downtown. Have a great time!

  • Ilana
    September 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’m SO excited for you to experience the immersion! Have safe and wondrous travels!!

  • Ann @ Running With Chopstix
    September 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I’ll be heading to Foodbuzz for the first time this year! Can’t wait to talk food and photography nonstop with people!

  • Erin @ vie balance
    September 10, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I had a physics teacher that said the same thing about calories (If it is broken or halved all the calories escape!), so it must be true 🙂

    I have a YUMMY recipe for GREAT PUMPKIN COOKIES

    They have dark chocolate in them and pumpkin has lots of vitamins and fiber. Which means not only are these cookies calorie free once you break them in half, they are also made with ingredients that are good for you. Hmm… maybe I’ll make a batch today!

  • peacebeme
    September 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Colorado is the best state! Born and raised! 🙂