Behind The Butter

Savour The Journey


Busy day over here at Camp Vero. Christie and I baked our daily cupcakes…


Salted caramel cupcake with pretzel pieces on top!!!


Ashlee is the owner of Frosting and is the big boss-woman! This girl is only 20 years old and already owns a fabulous cupcake store. How awesome is that?!


Our friend Kayla stopped in to say hi….Christie, Kayla and I were inseparable in high school!


No day would be complete with frosting shots…..


Or roasted almonds for a snack so I don’t eat the entire shop…….;)


We raced home for a late lunch after work. I had a turkey, hummus and cheese sandwich on whole wheat with an apple!


And then we went shopping at Ross and Marshalls for affordable dresses. When I packed to visit Christie I only packed for, errrr, two days….not a week and a half. I’ve been wearing a lot of Christie’s clothes and the same jeans and t-shirt to work everyday (don’t judge), but we actually are going out to dinner and drinks tomorrow night so I thought I could attempt to look acceptable. I found a lovely $12 dress at Ross! 🙂

I snacked on half a Pro Bar—-


And once the sun went down a little bit, I super taped up my blisters and went out for a FAST 2 mile run. 2 miles was all I could do with the blisters, and to be honest, I think I’m going to take the next few days off until they totally heal now. Regardless, having blisters actually made me run FASTER and I averaged about 8:15-8:30 miles. My speed is finally coming back!!!!

Dinner was some lovely sushi! I started with a seaweed salad—


And ordered 1.5 rolls. The “big” one is some special roll with three different kinds of fish in it, avocado and asparagus. The other more normal looking roll is just a plain spicy tuna…my fave!


Fortune cookie!!!!


(Pause for deep thoughts)

Since it was still early when we got home, we sat out on the dock and had a glass of Cab. The sunset was GORGEOUS!!!!





I focused a lot on enjoying the moment. This trip has been such an expected joy and exactly what I needed. Sometimes life moves at such a fast pace that you just have to slow down and savour the journey. (another deep thought for the night)


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  • Amanda (modernation)
    August 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Isn’t sitting in front of the ocean and just thinking and being the best? I am moving away from the beach (West Coast) in a week and know that I will miss going for a run and stopping at the ocean for a few minutes to enjoy being alive. Okay – sorry to be so sappy. Glad you have had such a great trip!

  • kristina
    August 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    It looks like you are having the time of your life! Oh how I wish I could go on a vacation! Good job on the cupcakes too, they look delish!!!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    August 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    What a great day and week it sounds like you’re having! Ugh, your friend’s sis – owns a cupcake shop @ 20 years old – living the dream…my dream! 😀 Have an amazing, relaxing night!

  • Maria
    August 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    So glad to hear that this trip was just what you needed!

    Wow, only 20 years old and an entrepreneur of a cupcake store! Amazing 🙂

    The sushi looks absolutely delicious, as usual!

  • angieinatlanta
    August 26, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I love your perspective! I think we all need to slow down every now and then and just enjoy! I’m glad you’re getting the opportunity to do so!

  • Rachel
    August 26, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Love those shots of the vino sur le l’eau! I just came back from a much needed vacay away on the ocean and took about a billion wine glass/ocean backdrop photos haha. C’est la vie, non? Glad you’re enjoying the moments. 🙂

  • Lauren
    August 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    This trip sounds positively lovely. I am sure this is just what your heart and soul needed. 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the moment and taking some well deserved time to relax and heal (in all senses). Take care love!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    August 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    You’re killing me with these cupcakes. They look impossibly good! 🙂

  • Leianna
    August 26, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I would love to own a bakery kind of shop, what ambition at 20! Love the sushi!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    August 26, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    The salted caramel cupcakes look so so good! I’ve never seen that combo before. Its great to hear such a happy post. We all need a little unexpected joy from time to time. Glad you’re having a great escape.

  • brandi
    August 26, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I’m so glad that you’re having a good time and enjoying this little vacation. and those caramel cupcakes?!? good gosh, I need one right now 🙂

    enjoy the rest of your night!

  • peabody
    August 26, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Oh, I am so making a version of that Salted Caramel with Pretzel Cupcake!!!

  • Sara
    August 26, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Sounds like your day had a little bit of everything: work, play, treats, good eats, and calm reflection. 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    August 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    A true joy, indeed 🙂

    Does Frosting have a website?? I can’t really find anything via Google…

    • jenna
      August 27, 2009 at 7:10 am


      They are working on it right now..they just opened last week!

  • Cynthia (It all changes)
    August 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    All that yummy food is making me drool. And please tell me we can order those cupcakes to be shipped…Please!?

  • Valerie (College Girl Eats)
    August 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Wow, I wish I could sit on the dock and drink wine after a long day! Can’t wait to see this $12 dress!

  • Lizzy
    August 26, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    takin in the moment. i think we should all try and do that more!

    Loving those frosting shots…total delish i’m sure!

    I can’t wait to see what your dress looks like. I’m sure its super cute girl! enjoy the rest of your evening! 🙂

  • Trish (GirlatGym)
    August 26, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    YAY for the cheap dress!! Gotta love a bargain!! 🙂

    And you’re too funny – “pause for deep thougths.” Nothing like a philospohical snack.

    I totally want a frosting shot. When I was a kid I used to always eat frosting right out the can. BUt how cool that she owns the shop at such a young age. She rocks! Love it!

  • Natalie (Will Jog for Food)
    August 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! It looks like such a great day! Cupcakes and Cab…the perfect beginning and end to every day 🙂

    The cupcakes with the pretzels look so good, I love that idea!

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    August 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Cupcakes, sushi, wine and a great view? I don’t think your day could have gotten much better! That’s awesome! Glad to see you are taking in the moment and enjoying every second of it!

  • Nicole
    August 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I love that you took a picture of your fortune from your fortune cookie. Glad you took the time to reflect and savor the moment – sometimes we move too fast to remember to do that.

  • Evan Thomas
    August 26, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Shots of frosting sounds so delicious.

  • Meg @ Megzz Wins At Life
    August 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    You look like you are really enjoying you time away! You look so happy in those pictures.. You really are glowing 🙂


  • Stephanie
    August 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I just think that your trip looks as though its been fabulous, and I am so happy for you 🙂 The dock scene is just beautiful, such a peaceful moment it seems… !!

  • Sarah
    August 26, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Pretty sunset shot! It’s so cool that those “vacation” looking photos are from someone’s house! So beautiful!

  • Jolene (
    August 26, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Sounds like a great day!

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    August 26, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    frosting shots? yum-o! I’d like a double shot of that 😉 Gorgeous sunset pics!

  • Anne
    August 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Yikes, I’m just catching up – sorry about the nasty blisters. I never hike without Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions They’re amazing! You won’t even know you have a blister (well, ok, maybe a little!) They feel much better than moleskin. I’ll use mole skin in a pinch, but cover the blister with gauze or a bandaid first so there’s no screaming 🙂

  • Marissa
    August 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Holy cupcake!

  • Taylor
    August 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I am wanting some frosting shots right now! I love your fortune cookie- I sometimes need to trust myself more…….. and spicy tuna is my all time FAV! Which I wanted sushi so bad tonight!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    August 26, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I’m so glad you are having such a relaxing and restorative trip. Sometimes we all just need to get away and be in new surroundings to find our ground again.

    So happy you have taken this time for yourself =) Enjoy your last bit of time…I know you will!

  • Susan
    August 26, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    First, gorgeous picture of you on the deck, and an awesome shot of the water through the wine glass! Second, salted caramel cupcakes with pretzels?? Drooool. I’m happy to hear this has been a good trip for you 🙂

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    August 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I so wish I was sitting on the dock drinking my wine!

  • Madelin @ What is for Breakfast?
    August 26, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I love your fortune cookie message, it is so true. This post was just what I needed. Time to stop and just be in the moment :).

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    August 26, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I LOVE that wine glass picture! And the one of you sitting on the dock! So cute 🙂

    I’m so glad you had such a great trip Jenna – you deserved it! 🙂

    And PS – I really want to go to that cupcake place!!!

  • Whitney
    August 26, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    It looks like you are really having a great time this week! Keep enjoying yourself dear!

  • Run Sarah
    August 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Your cupcakes look amazing! What a gorgeous view from the dock too, wow.

  • kay (eating machine)
    August 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    oh man, those salted carmel ones sound AMAZINGGGG

  • Katie
    August 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Dinner and drinks on the dock look fab! I made your split pea soup tonight and it was amazing! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Nicole
    August 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I love all the cupcakes! They look delicious. I want to eat them all!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Those cupcakes look great! And what a lovely way to end the evening. You look gorgeous on the dock, sipping your wine. 🙂

  • Hangry Pants
    August 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    The cupcakes with the pretzels look amazing!

  • Katie
    August 26, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    That last shot of you is a great pic!

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    August 26, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Love this post. It looks like you’re really coming into a good time in your life. I’ve found there are these random weeks, days, even hours where life just clicks. Seems like you’re there. Enjoy it! 🙂

  • Jenna
    August 26, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    salted caramel cupcakes w/ pretzel toppings look out of this world!
    It is so funny how you packed for 2 days and then you ended up staying for more than a week, it is funny how somethings end up!

  • rhonda
    August 26, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    It truly looks like shining in that final picture.

  • Johanna
    August 26, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Can I just note– you look absolutley breath-taking by the water. I am soo glad you are taking time to “breathe” — you deserve it.

  • Caroline
    August 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Mm I love pretzels with sweet things! I love them dipped in chocolate PB:)

  • WholeBodyLove
    August 26, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Frosting shots? I think that could be dangerous for me 😉

  • Lainie
    August 27, 2009 at 12:44 am

    What a beautiful sunset!!!! Your sushi looks’s my favorite food. And PS – I wish I could do a frosting shot right this very second.

  • Penny
    August 27, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I have a lot thoughts on this post….

    1. 20 year old business owner. My ego just took a huge hit. 🙂
    2. Frosting shots. Holy yum.
    3. Your photography on the dock is beautiful.

  • Tasha
    August 27, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Good for you, Jenna! It sounds like this vacation was just what you needed!

  • Jenna
    August 27, 2009 at 6:36 am

    those cupcakes look awesome!!

    What a wonderful day!! 🙂 seems like it ended perfectly!

  • Shannon
    August 27, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Old friends, sushi, cup cakes and sunset wine on the dock…. doesn’t get much better than that!

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    August 27, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Those cupcakes looks fantastic!

    I am glad you are enjoying this experience and feel so lucky that you are sharing it with us.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 27, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I’m all for *slowing down*…hence the name of my blog. 😉

    What a fun trip and I’m so glad you’ve had the chance to be with friends and working in such a cute bakery. Love it, and everything looks wonderful! 😀

  • Katie
    August 27, 2009 at 8:44 am

    That picture that makes it look as if I’m sipping your wine on the dock made me smile 🙂 What a fun angle. Love it!

  • Runeatrepeat
    August 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Love the sunset pics 🙂

  • Sarah
    August 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

    You sounded like Ferris Bueller toward the end there, hehe. But I love that pic of you sitting by the water! You look so relaxed and peaceful.
    Good for you for taking that trip and savoring it the way you did. Have a safe trip back home!

  • Melinda
    August 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Wow, running a cupcake shop at 20- that is amazing!

    Can’t wait to see the $12 dress- I love Ross & Marshalls! 🙂

    Love the picture of you sitting on the dock- you look so peaceful and gorgeous!! 🙂

  • kristen
    August 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Sounds like a fantastic day full of fun, friends and delicious food.

  • rhodeygirl
    August 27, 2009 at 11:13 am

    you look more happy and relaxed than ever. i am happy for you jenna!

  • K
    August 27, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Salted caramel cupcakes with pretzels!? I WANT!! I’m so glad that you took this trip – from your posts I can tell that it helped you a lot. A happy Jenna is a good thing 🙂

  • angharad
    August 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

    She owns a cupcake shop at 20. That is amazing! Living the dream! I love to be by the ocean and miss it so much stuck in the middle of the country!

  • dee (the apple hill adventurer)
    August 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    pretzel caramel cupcakes?! genius!

    mm .. i want sushi so bad! we have no sushi places where i live 🙁

  • Cara
    August 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    it makes me so happy to see you happy 🙂

  • Kate
    August 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Those cupcakes are gorgeous! I AM a bit jealous of the owner 🙂

    Nothing like red wine by the ocean to help you slow down and savor the moment…

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    August 27, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I would love to work all day in a cupcake shop. Truly! This trip sounds exactly like what you need!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats
    August 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    All weak I’ve been thinking about cupcakes! I think I’ll be making some this weekend!

  • Niki
    August 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Jenna, I want you to know that you inspire me to live the life I want to live and to chase my dreams. I feel that you do what you want and no one can hold you back and that you experience something new everyday!

  • Danielle
    August 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Deep, inspiring thoughts like these are actually just what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures and experiences with us dear Jenna. Hope you’re having another wonderful day you deserve!

  • Paige
    August 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Sounds like an awesome day! And scoring a $12 dress aint to shabby either 🙂 Those cup cake shots are unbelievable! lol

  • Ali
    August 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    WOW that is awesome that she owns her own shop at 20…amazing! The sushi looks good. I have recently fallen IN LOVE with seaweed salad!

  • Adel
    August 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    you are such a wonderful example of perseverance. You are my daily dose of inspiration. 🙂

  • Katie D.
    August 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Its so cool that the owner is 20 years old! How awesome to make a dream come true at such a young age!

  • Anne Marie@her new weigh
    August 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    It looks like you are having so much fun! I wish I could open up some kind of food-related store. That is so awesome that she is 20 years old!

  • Sonia
    August 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

    The cupcakes look so yummy!
    Your trip seems to be very relaxing! It’s always nice to go somewhere where you’re surrounded by positive people, beautiful scenery, and sweets of course 😀

  • Anais
    September 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I adore that last picture of you!! You look absolutely stunning 🙂 And it’s always good to have a glass of wine in hand 😉