Behind The Butter

The Miraculous Power of Caffeine

Whew! Glad to say that my migraine has successfully vanished. All morning I felt like I should go to the gym, but when I walked into my bedroom to put on my running shorts, I fell on top of my bed and proceeded to lay underneath the covers with only one eye exposed for the next hour. The good news in all of this was that, in my caffeine induced stupor, I came up with my next book idea. Sometimes it just takes caffeine pills and a large cup of coffee to get your creative juices flowing, I’ll tell you. I was so excited about this advancement that I immediately called my mother and then hopped out of my warm cocoon and put on a face mask. Both my pores and notions of the gym quickly vanished into thin air.

Because I’m in an overly creative mood right now, and because you all make me smile, here are my favorite photographs of summer so far. Enjoy.














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  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    July 17, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Don’t you just love it when ideas come to you like that?!

  • Kate
    July 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Photos are gorgeous ! I love’m but the caffeine pills part I do not get.

    • jenna
      July 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

      By caffeine pills I mean in the form of Excedrin Migraine

  • Danica
    July 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Those are just beautiful Jenna! Perhaps you should do a photography book of food?

  • Evan Thomas
    July 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Beautiful photos

  • Maria @ A Healthier Maria
    July 17, 2010 at 10:48 am

    yay! That’s great that you got some writing inspiration! 🙂

    & great pics! I don’t know why but that picture oh y’alls feet in Yosemite stresses me out!

  • Katie
    July 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I think the cinnamon roll and lobster ones are two of my favorite photographs, the colors are fantastic!

  • Erin
    July 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Love all of these photos. I’m definitely not a photographer but I like trying to get interesting shots.

  • Heather
    July 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

    woohoo for creativity!!! i just had some great creative juices flowing yesterday…feels incredible, right?! thanks so much for the pictures 🙂

  • Jenna
    July 17, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Gorgeous pictures!! Looks like you’ve had a great summer so far… I hope it keeps getting better! 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    July 17, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Love the pics 🙂 Feel better!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    July 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Those pictures are perfect – love the one of the pup. 🙂

  • Marina
    July 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    wonderful pictures!
    That pic of your feet made me dizzy though! Looks scary 🙂

  • Courtney (Delightful Devours)
    July 17, 2010 at 11:24 am

    What a great summer you have had so far! And don’t you just love when ideas just spring on you like that?

  • Kati
    July 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Beautiful pics! Glad you’re feeling inspired :>

  • andrenna
    July 17, 2010 at 11:46 am

    your photography skills are really improving!!!! nicely done, lady. was the coffee of a his and hers? if yes, that’s adorable.

  • Camille
    July 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Congrats on the new idea!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    July 17, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Great photos and really speak to your summer so far.

    Sometimes just laying in the covers works so well.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    July 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    cafiene is occasionally the best thing on the earth. It not only helps migraines but REALLY helps with all the pregnancy headaches!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    July 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Lovely pictures! Glad your headache went away.

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales
    July 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Love the pics. Glad you had a moment of inspiration – how exciting!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I seriously LOVE your pictures!! My favorites were probably the two coffee cups and then the one of you and your boyfriend’s feet. It felt very weird to write that last part, btw. haha

  • Sara @
    July 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Great pictures! I love it when ideas pop in my head at random moments…usually the ideas I have aren’t really ideas, though. It’s kind of dumb, but I love trying to figure out other movies an actor has been in…like when I was watching Alice in Wonderland, I could not figure out where else I had seen Alice’s whacko aunt. Later than night, though, I randomly remembered that the aunt played in HP4.

    Long story short, sweet victory.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    July 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Jenna, your photos are gorgeous!!! My favourite is the dog one, but they’re all beautiful!

  • Jessica @ Rawtumn
    July 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Glad your migraine cleared up and you’re feeling better! <3

  • Susan
    July 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    The doggy with the bottom of his paw mid-air is my fav…

  • Michal
    July 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    The two things that drive me into insanity+creativity like nothing else: Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes and almost any black tea I brew at home. Enjoy the high!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    July 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Such beautiful pictures…thanks for sharing!!!

  • Lauren
    July 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Beeeautiful pics, Jenna! The Yosemite landscape makes me miss hiking in Cali so much!! Used to go up to Tahoe all the time before moving east. Great hiking there, if you’re so inclined (Alpine Meadows all the way!).

    That cinnamon roll is just tormenting me, btw. Staring at me and teasing me.

  • Stacey
    July 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Good pictures!!!!

  • Laura (B Foxy Fitness)
    July 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Sweet, sweet, sweet–Love your photography! Sometimes, I think caffeine can cure almost anything (depression, fatigue, pms, stress, creative block…you get the point) 🙂 Hope your weekend is as flippin’ fantastic as that cinnamon roll looks!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    July 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    LOVE the photos! Am in a creative mood too, writing a short story that takes sooo long, at someone’s request, while the beach calls–gorgeous day in Carmel.

    Had to share this vid excellent flat bread recipe from FB friends. And also because you might be interested for future as said may do vids later.

    Taking dancing breaks. Yes, I’m lame.

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    July 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Where were you guys standing at the edge of the cliff? Scary! I love the cinnamon roll from AZ.

  • Charlotte
    July 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Hooray for the light at the end of the ‘migraine tunnel’ AND the burst of creativity!
    I, too, suffer from migraines–sometimes static (more like buzzing and numbness in my head) and painful ones. Sometimes, in addition to, or in lieu of, medication, I have a shot of espresso/double short americano or a strong cup of coffee. It often helps to ease the tension; however, if I have too much, it hurts my tummy! Sigh…balance and moderation in everything. 🙂

  • Exercise and Eat
    July 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Glad the caff let your creative side flow!

  • Chelsey
    July 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    caffeine always does the trick for me too!!! Those photos are awesome – each one speaks “summer” in its own way!

  • ida
    July 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Congrats on the new book idea! And the photos are great, you are really baller with the camera these days:)

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    July 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Puppay Dog!!! 🙂

  • Laura
    July 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    How about the dog with the shoes?!!! I LOVE that picture 🙂

  • MMiller
    July 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    So glad you got rid of the headache! Now I’m wanting coffee! Love your pics! Love love love the his and hers coffee mugs picture! And love the feet one too, but that one is a little scary! You are certainly having a great summer! At least through your pictures! And it is only mid July! Excedrin migraine is awesome!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    July 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    The pictures are gorgeous, you’re such a good photographer and I am completely envious!

    Congrats on getting what sounds like a great book idea 😉

  • D. Patel
    July 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Sometimes a jolt or a pot of caffeine is all that is needed…Love your blog, it’s very inspiring and truly just what I need to get through the day!

    I recently started a blog of my own and any advice is greatly appreciated!

  • Kelly
    July 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Are you going to share it once your publisher gives you the thumbs up?

    • jenna
      July 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

      Nope..probably keep it secret for awhile!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    July 18, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Caffeine does wonders, doesn’t it? :mrgreen:

    The pictures are all so gorgeous! I’ll bet they each hold their very own story for you too. Love it. 😀

  • rachael
    July 18, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Gorgeous pictures!

  • Brynne
    July 18, 2010 at 4:59 am

    SO glad you’re feeling better! I bet looking at all of those great pictures of summer didn’t hurt either 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    July 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I love the photos and love bursts of creativity like that, too! I had to buy a couple notebooks so I could record ideas as they came to me. I have two big notebooks, and one little one my mom got me last year that I carry in my purse. You never know when inspiration is going to hit!

  • Rachael
    July 18, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful pics. Missing California a bit right now – Yosemite was my home away from home for a short spell.

  • dragonfly180
    July 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

    awesome pics! good luck on your next book idea!

  • Rosey Rebecca
    July 18, 2010 at 10:29 am

    That dog pic made me laugh SO hard for some reason. I saved it to my comp- that’s how much I love it! In fact, I love ALL of your pictures. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you are having an excellent summer so far!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged
    July 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Caffeine = life force 😉 Excited to hear about your new endeavor!

  • Cory Reese
    July 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Wow – those pictures are amazing!

    July 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    you are absolutely gorgeous in that dress!!!

    caffiene has magical powers, i swear <3


  • Pure2raw twins
    July 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Great photos! You have some of the best ones!!

  • Kelly
    July 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Well you can’t say your day wasn’t productive then, right?
    Love all the photos!