Behind The Butter

this week

1. I gave up booze for 40 days as a part of the yoga program I’m doing.

2. Then salivated last night as Adam washed down his buffalo chicken dip dipped buffalo wing (got that?) with a glass of La Crema. I chugged water instead.

3. I went through the three pounds of cheese in my fridge and discovered that if you grate enough cheddar, its an excellent tricep workout.

4. I almost booked a flight to Hawaii.

5. Instead, I drew a picture of the sun and hung it on my fridge.

6. I came ridiculously close to baking chocolate chip cookies but then remembered my promise and ate an oatmeal cookie instead.

7. I told Adam that I was the boss. He agreed.

8. I reluctantly (and secretly) cheered for Auburn last night, only to keep the BCS title in the SEC.

9. I ate an entire dark chocolate Toblerone bar, piece by piece, out of my purse in public.

10. I used buffalo chicken dip in a very naughty way.

Is it really only Tuesday?

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  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    January 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Wow sounds like a good week! 40 days of no booze! That is impressive. I don’t know if I could do that because I just love wine! And I’m curious how you used the buffalo chicken dip naughtily…

  • Holly
    January 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    this week, i vowed to take back my evenings after work by doing something fun. instead, i volunteered for more work. #fail

  • kristen
    January 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’m not sure we want to know about the buffalo dip?

    This week I will be cooking dried black eyed peas for the first time. I have usually relied on canned (i know…dried are better) but couldn’t find any so I’ll be using dried for the first time as I try your black eyed pea stew! I can’t wait.

    • jenna
      January 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      oh yes you do!!! Just wait until tomorrow.

  • Current Instincts
    January 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    #5 was very responsible.

  • foodandfarm
    January 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Please give us info on the dip….. 🙂 la crema…. yum

  • Rochel
    January 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Looks a lot like my kitchen… I’m pretending that if I hide in a different room the mess will disappear.

  • jenna k
    January 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    yeah girl! i watched the game in a bar by tennessee’s campus, and there were several bama fans (very quietly) cheering for auburn. oh course, there were others decked out in bama gear, cheering for the ducks. but we’ve gotta keep the title in the best conference in the world!
    ps send me some buffalo chicken dip, stat!

  • Stephanie
    January 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    On Day 11 no wine. Not that there’s no whine. 🙂 Good luck!

  • Hilary
    January 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I wish I could go 40 days with no alcohol…but seeing as it is my last semester in college that would be near impossible 😉 Can’t wait to see what you did with the buffalo chicken dip

  • Lisa
    January 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    The bf and I had a discussion about Hawaii recently too. Anything to escape the winter/rain in the NW!

  • Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    January 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    #7 is priceless.

  • Suzanne
    January 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    No wine for 40 days!!!????!!!!

    You are a rockstar!

    I just promised I wouldnt drink during the week anymore.

  • elizabeth
    January 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    buffalo stuff be damned, what’s that last pic? it looks sweet!

    • jenna
      January 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      chocolate walnut torte!!! sooo good.

      • Kristin
        January 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        I have to just bite the bullet and finally make this torte….I’ve been avoiding it because I know I will eat the whole thing. Well you know what? Bring it.

  • Paige @ Moxie & Marmalade
    January 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Abstaining from alcohol for 40 days? Well done, you! Can’t wait to hear what you did with the buffalo chicken tip…you’ve got me very intrigued!

  • Sana
    January 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Bahaha how naughty?

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun
    January 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Even at the mention of that Buffalo Dip, I drool. 😉
    Sounds like a pretty good (sweet!) week so far. Enjoy!

    January 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Sounds like a good week so far 🙂

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    January 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Quite a week already! You know, I have never eaten Toblerone. I’ve seen it in the package in stores, but I really don’t know what it is. Hmm…

    • jenna
      January 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      it’s heaven! Dark chocolate with tiny bits of vanilla nougat inside..go find one today and thank me later!

      • Kristin
        January 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm

        It is SO GOOD.

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
    January 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I don’t know how one gets naughty with buffalo chicken dip…but I am imagining the possibilities.

    And I kind of like it.

  • Kelli H
    January 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I almost booked a trip to Hawaii last night but just couldn’t decide on what island.

  • Michelle
    January 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    War Eagle! I cooked your mom’s enchiladas last night and they were a hit. Even my picky daughter liked them. Thanks for the great recipe (and thanks to your mom). My husband will love the buffalo chicken dip.

    • jenna
      January 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      awesome! So glad you liked them!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    i love that not only do you share fabulous recipes with us, but amazing arm workout secrets as well. Lord knows my triceps need all the help they can get!

    • jenna
      January 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      I try!

  • J-
    January 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    My dairy and cheese consumption is a bit extreme. Multiple servings per day. I don’t think its normal and yet, I just don’t seem to learn. I take the recommended servings and triplexx it. Oye.

    • JC
      January 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      And what does that have to do with anything?

      • J-
        January 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

        Hello again, stop harrassing/stalking me…and stop giving false names…I do know who you are and this is getting ridiculous. I’ve heard you lament your tendency to overeat also…I’m only human. Stop analyzing my comments or anything to do with me.
        Thank you.

      • M
        January 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        I think she’s just mentioning cheese addiction since Jenna is talking about the gallons of cheese she bought…and I have the same issues JC!
        Once I start on cheese I can’t stop-I hear ya! 😉

  • Dorry
    January 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I gave up booze for January as part of my 30 before 30 list. Maybe longer…we’ll see. 🙂 Let’s cheers to chocolate!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Love this! haha Good for you … 40 days without booze! And the walnut torte looks divine.

  • Fi
    January 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I love toblerones! Kudos to you for staying off the alcohol! X

  • Lisa
    January 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    my that’s a lot of cheese 🙂

  • joann
    January 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Love your blog…………….yes 40 days with out wine/alcohol is a bit much, taking it one day/night at a time. I guess i will just go and bake some cookies 🙂 See you on Sunday!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    And did the dishes?


  • Nikki
    January 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I am DYING to know about the buffalo dip, lolz!

  • Kelly
    January 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Toblerone bars are my favorite!!! YUM!

    • Baking 'n' Books
      January 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      LOL – that’s the big thing that stood out to me too 🙂 And buying the bar or Mini’s makes no difference – if it’s there, it’ll be ate 🙂

  • Chicago Cuisine Critique
    January 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    40 days with nothing to drink? That’s what I call willpower. I don’t know how I would get through my weeks without a glass of wine here and there.. But don’t worry, even with the wine, yes it is still ONLY Tuesday.

  • Candice @ ChiaSeedMe
    January 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Probably a good decision on Hawaii I’m guessing, but I so want to go there too!! Maybe I need to put the sun on my fridge as well…

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Giving up booze for 40 days? You are a strong, strong woman.

  • Raya @ RayaRuns
    January 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Ummm…WAR DAMN!!

  • Elizabeth
    January 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I got a jumbo-sized Toblerone in my Christmas stocking, and have been so proud of myself for just eating one piece a day. It sure is good!!

  • Laura
    January 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    So did the sun on the fridge help at all? Might have to try that, have to find room on the fridge amidst the Southern slang magnets.

    Which leads me to my next thought, I also was reluctantly (sooo reluctantly) and secretly cheering Auburn along for the same reasons. I plan on making myself feel better about this fact by making your vanilla cupcakes. Can’t wait!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    This is a classic list! Booking a flight to Hawaii (almost)…you should have done it!

    Or baked cookies 🙂 But that buff chicken dip is seriously gonna score me major points with the hubs.

    And giving up booze for 40 days for yoga. Namaste 🙂

  • Maria
    January 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Omg, that buffalo chicken dip looks amazing. And I’m not above cheering for an SEC team just because I want the SEC to reign!

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns)
    January 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    40 days of no booze? i’d have a hard time without wine! i’m excited to see what happened with that chicken dip…

  • Alycia [Fit n Fresh]
    January 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    That torte looks amazing!! Great job 🙂

  • Katie
    January 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    War Eagle! So glad you were cheering for Auburn! 🙂
    That dip looks ridiculous. I ate about half a pan of rotel dip last night during the game, but I may just have to make that dip soon!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    January 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    No alcohol in wine country! Good for you. Let us know how you feel–better? fresher? more energy? or just craving wine??

    • jenna
      January 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      yeah…I’m not quite sure what I was thinking.

  • Jessica
    January 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    “Is it really only Tuesday?” – my sentiments exactly!

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    January 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    the week is still young; more cheese grading to do?

  • Sonia
    January 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    11 days a counting on my own detox which includes, ahem, excluding alcohol. i’m giving it up for 6months, alternating depending on the months events 🙂 i wish you the best of luck for these 40 days and please tell us how the yoga is going. i’m slowly getting into yoga (cracking my toe on downward dog split into lunge warrior 1-yay!) but love it and would love to hear more about your experience.

  • Blog is the New Black
    January 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Someone a picture of a sun will not cure my desire to travel to Hawaii…

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    January 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    All that before Wednesday?! I’m floored by your productivity 😀

  • Marie @ PeoniesNCupcakes
    January 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I LOVE this post! You make everything sound naughty but in a really good way 🙂

  • Lindsey @ Dishes 'N' Diapers
    January 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Busy week! 40 days will fly by, you can do it! Just think about being pregnant and going 9 months… see? 40 days will be a piece of cake! 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    First of all..WAR EAGLE!! 😀 hahaha Glad you supported us. But anyway, you had an awesome day and have inspired me to bake some oatmeal cookies. Thanks!

  • Karen
    January 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I feel compelled to adopt your sun-drawing strategy; if nothing else it will bring some cheer to my face on this very snowy day in Chicago.

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise
    January 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    If it makes you feel any better it’s pretty stormy out here in Hawaii…..Aloha:)

  • Aleyta
    January 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve never been to Hawaii! I usually opt to go to Mexico when we go tropical.
    No booze is awesome. I haven’t drank for almost 2 years now…no specific reason, and it feels good! Congrats!

  • Whitney
    January 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    40 days of no booze?! I don’t think I could miss out on my weekly glass…ahem…bottle…of wine.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Maybe I am just a sick ticket, but I don’t even want to know what went down with that buffalo dip.

    You are the boss. I am the boss. All women = the boss. It’s just the way the world works.

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    January 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    4. I almost booked a flight to Hawaii.

    5. Instead, I drew a picture of the sun and hung it on my fridge.


  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    January 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    You should’ve booked that flight! I’m going to Maui the weekend. 🙂

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    January 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    that looks like my kitchen! husband is cleaning it as i type 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    January 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    You’re funny 🙂

  • Jen
    January 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Ha, I just realized I’m aiming to give up booze for 42 days as well! (till my b-day in Feb) Though I did crack and have 2 glasses of wine with dinner on Sunday, but otherwise I’ve not had a drop since New Year’s Eve. Go us!!!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    January 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    No wine for 40 days?
    I bid you good luck, my friend.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    January 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    That’s a lot of eccentricities for only being Tuesday! 🙂

  • Kaitlin
    January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    My yoga studio ( is doing a similar program this month- 30 in 30. I can’t do it because of logistics, but I hope to when they run it again this summer. Good luck!

  • Jennifer-Anne
    January 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Currently in Kailua, HI.
    Rain forecasted for the rest of the week.
    I hope they are lying.
    Otherwise, I’m drawing a sun too 🙂

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby
    January 12, 2011 at 5:35 am

    i am just sitting here, thinking this is a innocent jenna post, then i get to the “then i colored a picture of the sun and put it on my fridge” part and now i’m laughing so hard my dogs think there is something wrong with me.

    thank you for that. 🙂

  • zoe (and the beatles)
    January 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

    seriously, jenna, you’re my favorite! you’re so hilarious 🙂

    for the past week all i’ve been thinking is “ohmygodsomeonegetmetohawaii”. but obviously as a newly graduated-from-college-21-year-old i a) can’t afford that damn plane ticket and b) have a lame work schedule that keeps me from packing up and shipping off at a moments notice. so instead i made a sun on top of my tostada out of my yellow bell peppers the other night. i miss the sun and the warmth too :(!

  • Katie G.
    January 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

    This post made me laugh! I actually almost booked a trip to Hawaii last week! Somehow I got involved in a time-share deal where I had 24 hours to cancel….the boyfriend brought me back down to reality and rational thinking…thankfully. This week I gave up sugar…I know, crazy right? Well, I gave up anything over 8grams of sugar…do sugar free chocolate chip cookies exist?

    • jenna
      January 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      hahahahahaha adam brings me back down to reality quite often…it’s a shame! and sugar free chocolate chip cookies?! not in my book.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    January 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Does drawing a picture of the sun really stop temptation to book plane tickets to tropical places? If so, I need to give it a try!

  • Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    January 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Your a better woman than I. I thought giving up dessert four days a week for the month of January was going to be hard. Wine? For 40 days? I commend you.

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