Behind The Butter

These Boots Are Made For Pettin’

Yep, I could get used to waking up to this view.

I set my alarm this morning for 6:30 because I knew I had to be at the Equine Experience at 8:00 and wanted ample time to take photos and eat. However, when 6:30 rolled around I simply was stuck in the bed. It sucked me in with its billowness. Billowness is not a word but I’m making it one today because I just don’t know any other way to describe it.
After rolling around in the whipped cream comforter for a few minutes, I finally pulled myself out, got dressed and wandered to breakfast.

Another wonderful memory of Miraval from seven years ago—-the BREAKFAST! Everyone here knows (if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile) that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And, although I do love my oatmeal, I love options. I love buffets. I love seconds. And thirds.

The breakfast buffet at Miraval could win the award for healthiest breakfast on the face of the earth.



They had steel cut oatmeal, of course, but since I can make oatmeal whenever, I chose swiss muesli instead.

With lots of fresh berries:

And grapefruit juice. And organic tea.


And a chicken sausage that I ate on my way back to my table.

The muesli was perfect and I topped it with a little brown sugar and a few walnuts. Still pondering how it was made because it didn’t taste like it was prepared with yogurt. I’m guessing it was rolled oats mixed with dried fruits and nuts and soaked overnight with skim milk. But I’m not for sure on that. I will research and then post my findings because it was THAT good.
I was pretty full from my breakfast but I still debated getting a smoothie just because it was there. Is that a problem?

I didn’t get a smoothie but I plan to later today. I shall report back.
I’m going to write a full post on my Equine Experience because it’s just too much to include in this one. But….here’s a preview:

Let’s just say my experience with the horses this time was completely different than my experience seven years ago. It was intense…, really intense.
But more on that in a little bit.
On another note, these boots were calling to me in the gift shop:

But then I saw the price tag. There’s no charge for petting though, right?

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  • Jocelyn
    July 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

    So glad you are enjoying yourself! The bfast options look incredible! Can’ wait to read about your experience with the horses 🙂

    July 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

    yea, definitely visit back there for a smoothie! that would be yummy <3

    awe the pic of u and the horse is so sweet! interested in hearing about the intense experience!!!


  • katie hery
    July 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

    i need those boots. how much?

  • kelly
    July 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

    That place looks like heaven on earth!! Please continue to share every detail!!!! LOVE IT!!!

  • Janna (janna's keeping it real)
    July 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

    That place looks dreamy! Like a complete escape! I hope you are having a great time!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    July 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Those boots are too cute! I would love a pair.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    July 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Okay that breakfast is 100x better than the place I worked at last summer (one of it’s competitors). There ain’t no thing better than breakfast buffetttttts! Reminds me of hotels in Italy.

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
    July 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Ooh, those boots are gorgeous. Say hi to them for me? 😉

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    July 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    oh my gosh those boots are beautiful! no harm in petting!

  • Caitlin
    July 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    “Whipped cream comforter” is the most beautiful and delicious phrase I’ve ever read!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day
    July 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Cowboy boots are a necessity in everyone’s wardrobe. Especially those.

    This place looks like pure heaven. I look forward to hearing about your intense horse experience. I had one break my foot once and I’m still getting over that trauma…but nonetheless, I love those animals!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    July 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Aghghhh, those boots are so cute!!!! I’m such a sucker for cowboy (cowgirl?) boots!

    I love how they post all of the nutritional stats!

  • Lindsay
    July 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    That place looks so wonderful! Glad you got the chance to go back!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries
    July 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Ahhhhh!!! Those boots!! LOVE THEM. That breakfast buffet sounds like Heaven. Slightly disappointed in their use of reduced-fat pb, thought 🙁

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    July 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    So glad to see you’re enjoying yourself! Those boots are gorgeous!!

  • Mom
    July 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I am in your pocket…

  • alex
    July 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time. I love how they put the calories for each item. Everyone needs to be more conscious of what they are consuming.
    How are you doing being on vaca alone? I have always wanted to do that, as I feel like you could get a LOT of thinking accomplished!

    • jenna
      July 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      I secretly really am enjoying it. It’s really nice to just be quiet and be alone for a little bit to really think and enjoy the moment. I do miss Almanzo though! 😉

  • Rachel
    July 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Oh my gah that breakfast buffet looked splendid.

    I’m so used to scrambled eggs, sugar cereal, and an assortment of enriched flour baked goods at the breakfast buffets I’m used to at the hotels I frequent.

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    July 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    We’re those rice crispy treats I saw in one of the photos? 🙂

  • eatmovelove
    July 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Continental breakfasts are crazy…I’ve taken it ALL in the past few weeks…not good…

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    July 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    WOW what a view!!! and that food looks amazing!!! Looks like a great place to be!

  • Dorry
    July 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    What a gorgeous place! I want to go there. 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    July 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    They are cute boots, but how much would they set you back exactly?

    This solo vacation must be the most relaxing thing ever.

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    July 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    WOW what a view!!! and that food looks amazing!!! Looks like a great place to be!

  • Anna
    July 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Ahhhh it’s so crazy to see you here in Tucson at one of my favorite places in the universe!!! I wish you had time to venture outside of Miraval (although, I don’t blame you for never wanting to leave. I didn’t), but it would’ve been nice to meet you in person!!! Enjoy your time here in the beautiful sanctuary. I’m hoping all the fun you’re having is taking your mind of the blistering heat (and humidity now, thanks to the monsoons).

  • Jessica @ Rawtumn
    July 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Gorgeous view! Seems like you’re having a wonderful time, so glad!! Can’t wait to hear about the Equine Experience!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    July 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Ezekiel toast at a breakfast buffet??? Now, that’s my kind of place!! So happy you’re having such an awesome time.

    I just read the description of the Equine Experience. I didn’t realize that you would be “getting a chance to notice personal patterns of learned behavior that may be holding you back from the life you want to live”. I think that is just so awesome!

  • Amber K
    July 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    What an amazing time! The breakfast looks fantastic and although I’m not a fan of horses, I can sure admire them from afar!

  • Nadine
    July 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, those are some boots. I feel drawn to them from the picture….and I don’t wear boots like that, and I don’t need boots like that. But I really want them.

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    July 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I love breakfast too! Glad there were healthy options.

    The boots look awesome. 😉 I can’t even imagine the price though.

  • Sara
    July 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I will be (sort of) patiently waiting for your findings on the museli.

    Horses scare me – I think they’re amazing animals from afar, but I don’t really like to ride them…I’m chicken like that.

  • Leanne
    July 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Sounds like such an amazing experience. Those boots are adorable, I would snuggle them too.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    July 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I really love breakfast too. I’ve never seen a breakfast bar like that! Was it free? That would top the cake, for real.
    I’m not a “cowboy boot” kind of girl, but those boots are super cute. I can only imagine the price.

    • jenna
      July 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      All meals are included in the rate you stay per night…it’s awesome!

  • Erin
    July 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Nice! I’m actually a big fan of restaurants that label their calories. It helps me make good choices and lets me try new things.

  • Katie
    July 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Hey!! Is it pretty expensive to stay here?? I would love to do it myself sometime. It looks so peaceful!

  • Maura
    July 23, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Oh those boots are delightful. I <3 them!

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