Rain? In California?

Gooood morning!

Check out the lovely rainy backdrop for my oatmeal this morning—


Yes. Apparently it does rain in the state of California. Who knew?! This is the first rain I’ve witnessed since moving here and before this, I was convinced we had perfect weather all the time. Good thing I can wear jeans and boots to work!

Oatmeal was probably the best bowl I’ve made in a really really long time. I used:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup soymilk
  • sea salt, cinnamon
  • 1 banana
  • few dried bing cherries
  • spoonful of trader joe’s pumpkin butter
  • BIG spoonful of almond butter

The almond butter literally melted and made a “blanket” over the whole bowl. It was awesome.


It’s definitely a ponytail, jeans day around here. I’m not sure who in their right mind wants to hike up through the valley when we are experiencing heavy wind and rain but we’ll see….I actually think I’ll be behind a desk for the good majority of the day so at least I’ll stay dry and warm there.

See you tonight!

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  • jen trinque
    October 13, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Can you tell us what you actually do at your new job? It sounds like a little of everything, but I want to know more!

    Good luck staying dry today.

    • jenna
      October 13, 2009 at 8:30 am


      I do do a bit of everything! I do most of their social media (running their facebook and twitter pages), I work in the tasting room and give tours and I also am an event coordinator and party planner. So yes…basically I do it all.

  • HeatherBakes
    October 13, 2009 at 8:28 am

    That looks like every day around here for the past two weeks! The rain needs to GO.
    Have fun at work today! The oats look great… mmm, pumpkin butter…

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises)
    October 13, 2009 at 8:32 am

    It’s raining here in Boston as well.
    Those oats look delicious – I like the dried cherries idea. I hope you get to stay inside today!

  • Stephanie
    October 13, 2009 at 8:32 am

    rain rain go away! i guess the real wine lovers will make their appearance today 😉

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 13, 2009 at 8:33 am

    You job sounds so fun! I hope you are enjoying it. Breakfast looks delish. Try to stay dry. 🙂

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life
    October 13, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Have a good day at work Jenna!

  • Diana
    October 13, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Have a good day at work 🙂

  • Kristie Lynn
    October 13, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Do you put the dried cherries in with the oats or at the end when everything is cooked? I put them in at the beginning and they plump up and are so, so delicious… I don’t think I could ever eat my oatmeal without them now 🙂

  • Weekly Bite
    October 13, 2009 at 8:35 am

    That oatmeal picture looks soooo good! Especially with the rain in the back drop. Have a great day at work! Hope it doesn’t rain too much!

  • Callina
    October 13, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Ha ha–welcome to Northern California! When you think about it, CA is a huge state and NorCal is SO different than sunny SoCal. Where I lived it rained a TON and it was gray and foggy a lot. I still loved it though.

  • Amanda (modernation)
    October 13, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Get ready for the winter, Jenna. Winter in NorCal equals rain. We are in Sacramento and it is pouring here this morning. But I think in a couple days it will clear back up again! Good luck today – about to go make some oats myself!

  • brandi
    October 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Your job sounds like so much fun – at least you’re not doing the same thing all the time!

    I love when almond butter gets all melty like that.

  • Jenna
    October 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

    love rainy days 🙂

  • christie @ honoring health
    October 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

    That is the best part about nut butter and oats, the melty gooiness of it all 😉

    Have a good day, stay warm and dry!

  • Stacey
    October 13, 2009 at 8:50 am

    NOM NOM NOM that looks yummo! Stay dry today 🙂 It’s been raining really heavily here for a few days, but today there is a hint of sunshine YAY! Enjoy your day 🙂

  • Julia
    October 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    That oatmeal looks fabulous! It’s raining cats and dogs here in Sacramento. I just hope it clears up before tomorrow so I can run outside, otherwise it’s going to be a treadmill kind of day : (

  • Julie
    October 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    It’s raining in my neck of the woods too.

    I find that martha natha peanut butter is the meltiest (for me) when it comes to oat topping! Love it.

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    October 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

    It definitely rains in CA, but not too badly! Seattle, where I live, on the other hand has nothing but rain and cold. Time for flannel sheets!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    October 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Your oats sound amazing!
    Boo to rain! Hope it clears up for you!

  • amber
    October 13, 2009 at 9:03 am

    LOL I agree you must be thinking SoCal weather, expect lots of rain. And this year more then others it is supposed to be an El Nino year. Expect a cold wet winter.

  • Kelly
    October 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hang in there with the yoga studio. I tend to be a snap decision kind of person but I also think it helps to try out different instructors and classes. I went from taking yoga in a dedicated studio to at a gym and I thought I would not like it at all. The classes seemed very athletic focused and not at all zen, I had to get used to treadmills going outside, but now I love it and have a favorite instructor I connect with. I try to rarely miss her class.

  • Kelly
    October 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hang in there with the yoga studio. I tend to be a snap decision kind of person but I also think it helps to try out different instructors and classes. I went from taking yoga in a dedicated studio to at a gym and I thought I would not like it at all. The classes seemed very athletic focused and not at all zen, I had to get used to treadmills going outside, but now I love it and have a favorite instructor I connect with. I try to rarely miss her class.

  • Kelly
    October 13, 2009 at 9:07 am

    SF Bay area has roughly 2 main seasons: wet and dry. We will literally go all summer without a drop of rain, but get some major storms from Nov usually (starts up in Oct) through April or so. The first year I lived in Berkeley, it rained 25 days in April! We were beating Seattle!

  • Jane
    October 13, 2009 at 9:19 am

    love the blue color of the sky behind your breakfast. stay cozy today!

  • alex
    October 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

    mmmm- ponytails, jeans, fleece sweaters, and boots would be my perfect work attire. add in a cup of tea and I am set.
    too bad i am a country bumpkin stuck in city coordinates!

  • chandra
    October 13, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Totally off oatmeal/rain subject here – this morning I was thinking about my race day Sunday… and I remembered you’re doing your half on Sunday too… and then I thought, “oh my gosh, her race will start at least an hour after mine (time zone differences) and she’ll still be done running way before me! What am I doing?!” lol Incase I don’t get a chance to say it between now & then – best of luck on Sunday! 🙂

  • Whit
    October 13, 2009 at 9:35 am

    And here I thought it was sunny in Cali ALL the TIME! 😀

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 13, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Here on the Monterey Coast the storm is Freddy-Scary this AM. Dark, spotty power, gale-like wind, falling limbs, sirens, wild waves, creaking door, sheets of swirly rain sheets and visions of a slasher under the bed. Yiiiieeow!

  • Lu
    October 13, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Your oats look so good. I wish I was able to wear jeans and boots to work. Hope you find a good yoga studio nearby.

  • Tay
    October 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Oh it definitely rains in CA! Especially in SF/bay area! All winter long – wait until Feb/March time!

  • ellen eats beets
    October 13, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I always loved when it rained in SF. It’s so calming hearing the rain pounding on the roof!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 13, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Boo to rain and cheers to yummy oats!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 13, 2009 at 9:53 am

    You could even put on a delightful scarf on a day like this.

  • Brittany
    October 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I’ve been having Tj’s pumpkin butter and nut butter on my oatmeal almost every morning – so good!

  • WendyLeighG
    October 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

    The view outside of your window reminds me of the chimney tops in Mary Poppins for some reason. N. California = London in my head??? 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • Kristen @
    October 13, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I’m loving the rain right now here in San Jose. There’s nothing like the sound of drops hitting your windowpane to lull you into late-morning nap.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Yummy oats! I must find some pumpkin butter 🙂 Tis the season!!

    Hope you have a good day at work.

  • Evan Thomas
    October 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Yuck, I suppose it had to rain eventually, right?
    Those oats sound melty and delicious

  • Stephanie
    October 13, 2009 at 10:11 am

    The genius of the pumpkin butter – it is so delicious! I enjoyed it on my TJ’s crumpets last weekend. I also put it on Caramel-Apple-Spice cupcakes – WAY better than frosting. 😉

  • Allison (Balance in Bites)
    October 13, 2009 at 10:13 am

    It’s pouring here in Boston, too! I was actually oddly excited about it, though, because I just bought these cute new rain boots. Finally, a chance to wear them!! When I got to work today, my feet were dry as a bone =D

  • Althea
    October 13, 2009 at 10:17 am

    How early do you eat breakfast?? It always looks like it’s still dark out when you post pictures! Oh and it’s definitely raining in upstate NY today. 🙁 Rainy and chilly.

  • Kara
    October 13, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Welcome to Northern California! We definitely get the seasons up here! Hope you are enjoying it here. I am about an hour and ten minutes from Healdsburg (Sacramento) and we will wine taste rain or shine!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 13, 2009 at 10:26 am

    That combo looks great!

    I’m sure you might have one nut or two who wants the tour because they are on vacation. I hope you get to stay dry though 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    October 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Oooooh yum! That looks delicious. Oats always taste better when it’s gloomy and rainy out =) Comfort food!

    Have a great day!

  • Kim
    October 13, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Yes, it’s rainy and yucky outside. I don’t love these wet days but I try to remind myself that it’s much better than the alternative. I’ve lived in CA my entire life and have experienced droughts before and hope that we can avoid that in the future. So if rain is what it takes, I’ll just have to dress warm and move some of my workouts indoors.

  • BethT @ Pretty By The Bay
    October 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Stay dry and drive safe! At least you don’t have to rely on stinky wet public transit… 🙂

  • kristina
    October 13, 2009 at 10:34 am

    yes, it does rain in California! at least i know it does during the winter months in the bay area… all other times though, it does not, so enjoy it while it lasts!! i actually like the rain because it’s mostly, like you were saying, perfect weather here.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Almond butter blanket?? I need one 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

    That oatmeal does look delish!! I really need to get some more pumpkin butter – so appropriate for fall.

    Hope things dry up for you!

  • skinnyrunner
    October 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    ive heard that there’s a huge storm front passing through the whole west coast and northern cali included. hope it passes before the San Fran/nike womens marathon this weekend! ok, officially talked about weather way too much….

  • Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels)
    October 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Ahh…when it rains it pours…..

    It figures, since I’m flying to CA to escape the TX monsoon season! I’m so happy you found this job….can’t wait to see all your new adventures. The food looks so YUMMY!!!!!!!!


  • on the rocks
    October 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Yes, we do get rain here. Finally! We are in desperate need of some rain here in cali.

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 13, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Ugh, the rain! Ah well. I, too, work at a jeans & ponytail type of office and LOVE IT.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Have fun today! I hope you don’t get rained on too hard! That’s great you can wear what you want, though.

  • Carrie @ I See Monsters
    October 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    All I could think of when I read this post is the song “It Never Rains in Southern California.” Having previously lived in L.A. for 8 years, this was pretty much true. I guess Northern Cali is immune to this phenomenon! LOL.

    Love those oats! I need to do a pumpkin oat combo, pronto.

  • maria
    October 13, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    The oatmeal looks lovely. I love the way pb and ab melt into hot foods. Makes them go great on toast!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 15, 2009 at 8:51 am

    It’s Friday AM. The fierce storm hit the Monterey Coast and dropped more rain in than in 50 years….the power was out for two+ days in Carmel, Monterey and Pacific Grove. Back to sun and lots of trees down everywhere. Two deer are outside my window munching on moss blown off trees…they love the stuff.