Behind The Butter

the plight of living alone

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  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    February 16, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I could not be left alone with something like that. I would eat it all. It would be bad.

    • Amber K
      February 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Same here!

  • Tamara
    February 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    wait…you have to live alone to pick a dessert apart with your fingers and lick the icing off your fingers….whoops….i do that in my home with hubby around…kinda legendary for it actually…….

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    February 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

    It used to be safer baking when I lived with my parents and brothers because they would eat my baked goods… Now it’s me and the hubs and I always get to the goodies first 🙂

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage
    February 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The cake would be safe in my house just for the basic fact that I don’t really enjoy sweets.

    That chicken pot pie would be a different story…

    I could currently feed myself for 6 months with all my leftovers in the freezer.

    If only I could master cooking for one 🙁

  • Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect
    February 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This post was so cute! My boyfriend is going to hate me when I move in next month. He says he’s been on the foodless fridge diet for the past year. His fridge is literally without any food and is stocked with water, soda and beer. This diet of his will be over in about a month. 😉 At least now when I bake there will be someone else to help me out. He has family that lives right down the street, which will help as well.

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    February 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    At least no one is around to see you eat it all 🙂 hahah ENJOY IT!!! you deserve it!!

  • Liz
    February 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Aw, I thought for sure you and Adam had moved into the little house together! Boyfriends are the best to pass delicious treats off to. Or not. What’s wrong with living in yoga pants?!

    • jenna
      February 16, 2011 at 11:49 am

      hehe no! I’ll be living by myself again. It’s rather lovely, actually!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    February 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I live alone too and have been slowly polishing off leftover Valentine’s Day brownies. Straight out the pan. Every morning before breakfast. It’s a tough life we lead, living alone!

  • Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    February 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    And isn’t living alone just the best?! I love it too, but I try and pawn off as many sweets as I can!!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    February 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    This is definitely a major hazard of baking…whenever I whip something like that up, I have to bring in it to work to share. Otherwise, I will eat the ENTIRE thing (cake, pie) etc. in no time flat.

  • Amy
    February 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I seem to be able to finish off the yummy baked goods in my house… and I live with my husband & 2 cats (admittedly, the cats aren’t much help with anything other than tuna… but….) I don’t know how I got to be so lucky… but somehow my hubby “forgets” about the brownies on the counter or the cake in the fridge. SERIOUSLY?! They have this irresistible siren call for me….. “Amyyyyyyyy……”

    I think a piece of cake *may* be calling to me as we speak 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Oh there are worse plights…but I wish I could help you out with your plight b/c it looks delish!! 🙂

    Thankfully I have a hubs and small child (both of whom are bottomless pits) so they handle any “plights” I have…sometimes a little too well! But I’m glad they like what i make 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    February 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Haha, that looks so good!!!

  • Baking N Books
    February 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I could have written this. I cannot however bake that. I can bake something quite similar – or buy something quite similar though…

    and I can, will (and do) eat it all. It’s really quite serious actually and not funny. I love to bake but come night time – if it’s there, there is NOTHING I can do to prevent just totally tearing it apart….and yet I continue to do it. I need a solution. Seriously.

    (Gulp) 😉

  • cathyb.@brightbakes
    February 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    see, here’s the thing jenna…I’m not even living alone…but with just me and my Mister the above scenario STILL happens…sad but true…the life of a food blogger is a perilous thing indeed…
    cathy b

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    February 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    That icing on the sides wouldn’t stand a chance around me. I would probably eat that part even before the cake! How pathetic is that?!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    February 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    You can send some my way:-)

  • Christie {Nourishing Eats}
    February 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    hahahahaha….thank you for the afternoon chuckle.

  • Rachel S
    February 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I have zero control around sweets, so I just pick at the things I make when no one’s looking:) I love the ‘candid’ shots of this cake….it looks so delicious I feel like I can almost taste it!

  • hippierunner
    February 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I made this for Valentine’s but halved the recipe! It is insanely delicious and I knew my boyfriend+ I would eat ourselves sick had I made the entire thing. Miraculously we have been pacing ourselves and have a quite a bit left still. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  • Chicago Cuisine Critique
    February 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing. It would be gone in a flash at my apartment.

  • amy
    February 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Yum yum yum!

    That looks totally delicious!

    Please visit my blog sometime!

    Love from

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    haha. pretty sure i’d have no problem doing that even though i do NOT live alone ;).

    • Lindsey
      February 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      glad I’m not alone! 🙂

  • Lindsey @ Morningstar Project
    February 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    So I might have eaten a whole tray of your mint chocolate smore brownies…and I definitely don’t live alone. These things happen when chocolate is involved 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    February 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    What plight? I see nothing wrong with these pictures… 😉

  • michelle
    February 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    ok. i get the whole “portion control” and “i usually eat healthfully” and the fact that jenna says she is quite active. but does anyone else not quite understand how she can eat this way and still maintain her size? and yes, maybe i am just jealous.

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    February 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I think you’ve shown remarkable restraint! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    February 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I can sympathize. I really can.

  • Kerri Beth@tinybuttons
    February 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Love the pink icing!!! Makes it even more delicious, right?

  • Liz
    February 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    You know I have been meaning to ask… on almost a daily basis, you make what I assume is a full batch of something – usually a dessert. What do you do with all of it? Give it away? Surely you don’t eat the whole batch of every single thing, or even eat half of it… if you did, you’d weigh 300 pounds! (Or maybe you’re on something like that Twinkie diet that was recently in the news… as long as you don’t go over your allotted calorie count, it’s okay, even if you eat nothing but dessert!)

    If you find you are burdened with all this food, I would be happy to take some off your hands.

    • jenna
      February 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      lol! I really hate to waste food so I usually plan a dessert around an event or give it away! Also, I rarely ever make a full batch of anything. I usually feature full batches on the blog because it makes recipe-writing easier, but when I test recipes I tend to make a quarter of a batch at best! I try everything I make and my freezer is full…and I have a hungry boyfriend!

      • Mom
        February 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm

        1/4 th of a batch is LOVELY!!!!!

      • Baking 'n' Books
        February 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

        Do you bake every day then or multiple things on one day? Freeze for later? And then just post it as you go along? Or is it baked and posted on the same day?

  • shortskirts
    February 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    haha i do that sometimes, hence why after i make a big batch of cookies i take them over to the bf’s place so he can enjoy them / i dont eat them all!

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    February 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    one word – yum!

  • Tracy @ Commit To Fit
    February 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Yum! I love it!

  • Kath
    February 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    HA! Love this 🙂

  • krista
    February 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Any sign of frosting would vanish on sight were that to be in my dorm room, haha :

    And.. agreeing with Emily.. I <3 chicken pot pie.

  • Abby
    February 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    You can also look at it as an advantage, seeing as you don’t have to fight over the last piece of anything 😉
    The real plight of living alone is when the toilet won’t stop running, the garbage won’t take itself out and the dishes won’t do themselves (not that a roommate guarantees these things will be done, but at least you can stay hopeful.)
    In other words, take out the trash and then reward yourself with that cake 😉

  • Elisabeth
    February 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Haha… Love it. My problem is kinda the opposite. I live with the boyfriend, and tell myself that I am being an awesome girlfriend by baking him goodies. Yeah… About that… I ALWAYS end up eating more of them than him. The problem is that he’s perfectly happy to eat one treat a day – I am not. So three days after I make something he wonders where all the brownies went, and the answer is always in my mouth. Lol.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    February 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    This is why I don’t bake nearly as much as I used to! haha

  • briana
    February 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    That wouldn’t last with me either, but I have been sick all week so there is yogurt and cheesecake from Valentines Day waiting for me to be better!

  • stacey-healthylife
    February 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I can’t be left along with things like that. Even if it’s in the freezer and frozen solid.

  • Luyi
    February 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Wow, Jenna. All of those finger marks in the chocolate…

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist!
    February 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I totally hear you. Quite a plight it is… only don’t know how to bake like you do which I am sure is a good thing since I can eat a whole cake, batch of cookies, or pan of brownies in 10 sec flat 🙂

  • Kelly
    February 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    You have more self control than I do. I would defintiely need to pawn that off on Adam or neighbors or the mailman…someone! haha!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    February 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with that! 🙂

  • Errign
    February 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    That’s a frosting & chocolate hangover in the works for sure. 🙂

  • Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)
    February 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I felt like that when a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms was left behind unopened at my classroom’s Valentine’s Day party.

    I may or may not have finished most of the bag myself.

  • Alleigh
    February 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Hahahaha you just made my night! I polished off a box of chocolates and thought it was just me 🙂 phewww!

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    February 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I will gladly help.

  • Stephanie Rose
    February 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    hehe i enjoyed this post. but i was wondering how all these desserts taste after you freeze them? do they taste just as yummy as they are fresh?

  • Camille
    February 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Such a terrible life you lead! Poor girl! 🙂

  • Molly
    February 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    which is why I rarely make treats! ugh if only I had an army of hungry people who I lived with.

    That looks great Jenna!

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher
    February 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I lived alone until I got married about two years ago. My now husband and I lived about a mile away from each other. Living alone has its advantages, though…as does living with your lover, especially when you’re married.

  • RoseRunner
    February 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    ahahaha, are those cute little finger-swipes of frosting? Proof of the best way ever to eat a frosted dessert. Well done, you don’t need any help at all

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    February 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Wish I could help! 🙂 I’d probably have to take what’s left to work to get devoured.

  • Cara
    February 17, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Too funny! I can’t say I’d complain….. my roommates eat all the sweets before I get what I really want!

  • lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner
    February 17, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I also could not be left alone with such a thing! Thankfully (or infuriatingly, depending on my mood) my husband is always willing to eat more than his share of things like that.

  • Annie D @ Annie's Simple LIfe
    February 17, 2011 at 4:09 am

    HO-LY COW.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 17, 2011 at 5:00 am

    That frosting looks amazing. Thick and deep, deep chocolate. Yum! I’m thinking that I may have to celebrate another Valentines Day just so I can have an excuse to make it. 😉

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
    February 17, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Sounds like someone needs a room mate.

  • Sarah
    February 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I just had a similar experience with a Chocolate Guinness Cake. Cake for breakfast? Yes, I think so!

  • Kris
    February 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    LOL. Love it. We had a similar experience today with frosting. We made sandwich cookies and had gobs of frosting left. I’m kinda done with frosting for a while. ugh.

  • Sam
    February 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

    This is way too funny! That would last about 1 hour in my apartment. Tops.