Behind The Butter

this weekend you should…

Bake some chocolate chip cookies for your cute neighbor (or boyfriend, or husband, or kids, or grandpa or…yourself!). If nothing else, it will make your house smell amazing!

You should also make a fun pink cocktail and go dancing. Even if it’s just in your living room.

Maybe tomorrow night, make a fresh dinner with veggies from the farmer’s market…

[finish dinner off with a cookie]

And on Sunday, take a hour walk outside. If you’re not snowed in, that is. If you are snowed in, make these instead:

And don’t forget to read! Always read.

Happy Friday, friends!

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  • jen @ taste life
    January 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I want to do it all! Can i make the brownies even if I’m not snowed in?

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm


  • Jess
    January 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I adore those brownies.

    I want a COOKIE.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    January 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Friday!!

  • Dani @ Body By Nature
    January 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Love this! And conveniently I have a very cute neighbour πŸ™‚

  • Baking 'n' Books
    January 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Just made Banana-Choco-Chip Mookies (cross b/w a muffin and cookie) – but they are nothing compared to that first picture.

    So now I will go make those. And I forsee the brownie in ice cream…

    Darn you (in a good way…;) )

  • Evan Thomas
    January 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I will definitely bake on your recommendation πŸ˜‰

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    January 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I hope that you’ll have a wonderful weekend too!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    January 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Well… if you insist! πŸ˜‰

  • Running Seal
    January 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    That made me really want a cookie!! Happy Friday!!

  • Brittany
    January 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Ooh! I just recently read that book. It was one I stayed up way too late for a couple of nights. Loved it!

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      good! I actually haven’t started it yet but I’m about to tonight!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Happy Friday! I want those brownies.

  • J.
    January 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Yep, I’m snowed in. And like you (I think) my only form of cardio is typically a very short, leisure walk outside. And even thats impossible. Oh well, just gives me an extra 30 minutes to eat and sleep πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      a walk is a walk! Better a short one than none at all πŸ™‚

      • J.
        January 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

        One short walk for 365 days/year. Repeat. I am a very short walker. I guess you’re right, its something. Even if it is my only thing everyday for a long, long time.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    i agree…reading is a top priority for this girl over the weekend! well, that and baking cookies…obviously.

  • megan @ blackberries for jam
    January 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I think it’s almost time for a pink cocktail right now.

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      I wish it was almost time for one here…except it’s only 1:00 and I’m not supposed to be drinking for 40 days. #fail

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    January 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Sounds like the makings of a beautiful weekend! Those cookies are so tempting.

  • Erin (Travel Eat Repeat)
    January 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Tomorrow is my birthday so I’m celebrating all weekend and THIS is exactly how I want to spend my time. Love it.

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      happy birthday!

  • Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses
    January 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I only WISH I could bake these things this weekend!!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    January 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Oh boy–should I ever!

  • Laura
    January 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I love your advice, especially when that advice involves cookies and books. My book list just keeps getting longer and longer!

  • amy
    January 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    those brownies look amazing!!! im pretty sure i should stay in all weekend and eat those..

  • Kati @ Living Well
    January 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Ah…I still need to make those brownies! They’re on my mental to-do list.

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      you should probably scratch off everything else on your to-do list and just go bake these brownies…just sayin!

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    January 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I’d love to do all those things! Maybe i’ll start on the cute pink cocktail first πŸ˜‰ followed by the veggies! <3

  • Naomi S.
    January 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I love your blog. It always makes me smile. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions…especially the cookies. πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      thank YOU! πŸ™‚

  • Juliann
    January 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    That is pretty much my weekend plan but with a little football thrown in on Sunday.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    January 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    This weekend you should fly to the east coast and visit me so we can do all these things. We can even listen to the Little Women soundtrack, read excerpts from Little House, wear pajamas all day, and constantly refill our wine glasses. Just sayin’…

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      sounds AMAZING!

  • Erinn
    January 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I just started that book about 2 days ago and can’t put it down! Off to go make some cookies. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jess (Sweet Potato)
    January 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for the weekend suggestions. Cookies are definitely on my list!

  • Holly (Food, Make-up, Hair)
    January 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    So what’s in that pretty pink cocktail?? Would love to make it…

    • jenna
      January 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      creme de cassis and champagne with a blackberry!

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
    January 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Cookies and a hike are on my list of things to do. Enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Sahar
    January 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I love this post! Sounds like a plan πŸ™‚

    Happy Friday!

  • Errign
    January 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Any advice on “recipes” for pretty pink cocktails?! I think I would like one, today! Perfect relaxing treat after skiing in Montana powder all morning!

  • Brooke
    January 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    One of my new favorite things about your blog is that you show us what you’re reading! Have you considered reviewing any of the books on your blog? Are you on

  • Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    January 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve made the brownies before, like the weekend after you posted them… I think it’s about time I make them again!!! And I’m not even snowed in!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    The cookies.
    The brownies.
    The pink drink w/ a blackberry!
    Oh…I want it ALL!

    Enjoy your weekend, Jenna! πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey
    January 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    here here to pink cocktails and dancing in your living room. I may even make it more of a workout and turn on the pussycat dolls workout DVD haha : )

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Mmm – it’s been a while since I’ve made CChip cookies from scratch…might be time to…

  • Moni'sMeals
    January 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    will do! this is how every weekend should be, eh!?

  • Sonia
    January 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Veggies from the market, a hike out in the South Bay and curling up with a good book is on the agenda this weekend. Perhaps the cookies could make an appearance too.

  • Hannah
    January 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I’m so bookmarking this page so I can always look at that chewy gooey cookie!!

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary)
    January 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    YES ! Sounds like a perfect weekend!!

    As a side note… the best place to make a friend a gift basket is def World Market .. love that place!!

  • Michelle
    January 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Wonderful ideas!! I plan on working on the cocktail as soon as my husband gets home. πŸ™‚ Have a lovely weekend, Jenna!

  • Katie (Life Discombobulated)
    January 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I JUST started that book! It came highly recommended, so I can’t wait to get into it. Have you read Love Walked In (by Marisa De Los Santos) or The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? I recently read and LOVED both!
    Happy weekend!

  • The Healthy Apple
    January 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    What a fabulous Friday post, hehe… Enjoy your weekend Jenna!

  • Jessie
    January 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Crazy you should mention it. I just did make Chocolate Chip cookies. I’m really loving Malibu and Dt. Cherry 7-up (it’s pink) but there are NO open farmers markets in MN during the winter. This morning we started out at -28 and climbed to -1, so I think I will be making the smores brownies!

  • Laura
    January 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I LOVE this weekend plan!!!

  • Karen
    January 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    What a joyful note on which to start the weekend! This freezing , snowy weekend is designated for cooking and reading for sure!

    Have a cozy one, Jenna!

  • Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    January 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Cookies are on my agenda this weekend for sure!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count
    January 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Jenna~

    I Loved “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”! Have you finished it yet? I’d be curious what you thought. It’s one of my favorites that I read in 2010. Have a great weekend!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    January 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Those brownies are too good to be true!

  • Maria
    January 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I *adore* this post. Happy Friday!

  • Michelle @ a whole lot of life
    January 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Such a cute post! Makes me so excited for the remaining 90 minutes of my workday to be over so I can KICK BACK! Your photos are so gorgeous.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Good plans! I think I’ll do those. Especially the chocolate chip cookies idea. πŸ™‚

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    January 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I love your posts like this!! I know I definitely plan on doing some baking this weekend πŸ˜€

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    January 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    This sounds like the recipe for the perfect weekend. I love having the time to cook, bake and read!

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    January 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I’m def going to make some chocolate chip cookies. Sounds amazing right now. πŸ™‚

  • Jen
    January 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I need to go shopping for most of the ingredients for those snowed in recipes, lol. What do you think of Hotel On the Corner Of….??? I was thinking of downloading it but I’m still making my way thru some real (as in, hand held) books so it’s on the backburner. You need to read Trudy’s Promise…I think you’d love it. It made me cry in a good way.

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    January 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    what a good weekend plan… .i’ll do it all in between running 12 miles, getting a new kitchen table (well, a new-to-me kitchen table), and making 100+ cheesecake cupcakes. seriously. πŸ™‚

  • Megan
    January 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I loved this post! If only I had the time, or made the time, to do all that. Sounds like a pretty amazing weekend, indeed.

    Especially after the day I’ve had today.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Happy Friday! Thanks for those weekend tips – they look great!

  • Dana
    January 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    This weekend you should see Sarah’s Key if you can find it near you. It was such an excellent adaptation of the book, and I remember that you liked the book. It just came to Australia (where I am), so it’s probably in wider release in California. Enjoy (if you do see it!).

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    January 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Haha, it’s -10 here right now so I like the idea of dancing in the living room and making S’more Brownies instead of hiking! πŸ™‚

  • Samantha
    January 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I have a post request for you —
    I am currently a college student trying to eat a little healthier but have a VERY VERY limited budget. I have struggled with disordered eating and finally have made a promise to myself to get my eating under control and get back to a healthy normal. Do you have any quick/cheap recipe ideas for lunch/dinner?
    Thanks and keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea
    January 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Hmmm… Those are all excellent ideas! I am making a four layer cake tomorrow simply because I want to! Hahaha. Aren’t those the best kinds? I love “just because” cakes! πŸ˜€

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise
    January 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I could go for a pretty cocktail for sure!

  • Robyn @ Bliss in Print
    January 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I received not so very good family news this evening. I am grateful for all of the small things we can do to add a bit of fun to our lives, even if things are going rough!! Thank you for the sweet reminders!!

  • Heather
    January 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    From the looks of this itinerary, we’d make great friends! Hope you have a great weekend Jenna! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Rose
    January 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I can taste cookie dough every time I see that picture. Beautiful photography, Jenna!

  • Michelle
    January 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I feel confident that I can achieve all of those things. πŸ™‚

  • Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    January 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Any advice for someone who is not a writer but wants to be better?

    • jenna
      January 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

      keep writing!! Set aside 30 minutes a day where you just journal. And read, read, read!

  • Cat @ YoungHungryFoolish
    January 22, 2011 at 8:34 am

    That cocktail looks so refreshing! Makes me crave summer!

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    January 22, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I feel so fortunate {as I’m sure you do as well} to be experiencing ‘spring like’ weather here in northern CA. Definitely an outside day for us on the farm:) Enjoy your weekend Jenna:)

    • jenna
      January 22, 2011 at 10:45 am

      I know! Where did this sun come from?! And almost 70 degrees today?? Love!

  • Jessi
    January 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I just finished reading that book! I loved it!!!!

  • Stephanie
    January 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Hi! Those chocolate chip cookies look A-MAZ-ING! I must make them. I just found your blog last week via The Pioneer Woman. I have to say that I love your writing voice, your photography and your food!
    I made your curried butternut lentil soup the other day….mmmmm nice. My hubby loved it.
    I love making cookies most of all…have been baking since I was 10.
    I love healthy eating.
    I love hiking at Mt. Rainer.
    I love pretty cocktails and dancing in my living room.
    I love staying in when it is yucky out.
    And I love reading, and I read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
    So, thanks for the post. You made me smile!

  • Claire
    January 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Definitely just made the brownies with my mom…already half of the pan is gone thanks to the boys in my family.! SUCH a good recipe…you never let me down girlfriend!

  • Jess
    January 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Lovely pictures!!

  • Katie
    January 23, 2011 at 7:18 am

    The second picture looks sinful… no need to waste that goodness by baking it.

  • Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog)
    January 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Hi Jenna! I made your chocolate chip cookies last night, and they were absolutely delicious!!!

    • jenna
      January 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

      awesome!! Glad you liked them!

  • Emily @ Write Twenty Eleven
    January 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I picked up the ingredients for CC cookies tonight so I can make them tomorrow. I’m prepared, and I can’t wait! I might peek at that second recipe though… πŸ™‚

  • Stef
    January 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Ooo, thanks for the book rec! I’m always looking for new ones to read.

  • Katie
    January 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I read this book a while back. It was a really good book.

  • Stephanie
    January 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Your description of what to do one the weekend sounds absolutely perfect. If only, if only.. (I can’t drink, nor bake in my dorm, AND i’m snowed in)

  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    February 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I took your advice and read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing what you are reading. I’m not very good at choosing books, but I sure do love reading them! πŸ˜€