Behind The Butter

twenty things about me

1. I can’t sing to save my life and was the only one of out all my friends to get cut from 9th grade chorus.

2. I shattered all the bones in my wrist in a roller-skating accident when I was ten.

3. I haven’t set my foot in a roller-skate since that day.

4. I also haven’t sat my butt on a bike since this day.

5. I’m a “little” accident prone.

6. I try to read the bible every day.

7. I could eat French toast for every single meal.

8. I’m completely obsessed with the leaves changing color right now—we never had that in Florida!

9. The Boxcar Children’s Cookbook and The Little House on the Prairie Cookbook ignited a passion for food in me when I was seven. I’ve never wanted to do anything else but cook.

10. I wear slippers everywhere.

11. I’m about to start yoga teacher training in January.

12. I lived in five states before the age of ten.

13. My favorite place in the whole world is Miraval in Tucson, Arizona.

14. I would love to live abroad for a year.

15. I don’t have a garbage disposal, dishwasher or television in my house.

16. I hate beer.

17. I roasted my very first turkey a few days ago and fed all my friends!

18. My book officially has a title (!!)….but I’m keeping it a secret for now.

19. And yes, I’m still writing a book. It will be on a bookshelf near you come September.

20. I love flying on planes.

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  • jenny
    November 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

    i love this! wow, i was thinking no TV was tough, but no dishwasher?!?! wow! πŸ™‚ you rock!

  • Meagan
    November 19, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I admire you for having no garbage disposal and dishwasher because I’m not sure I could live without mine. I love the brown hair by the way!

  • Maria
    November 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I LOVE the Boxcar Children Cookbook. I remember making the eggnog recipe for my family at Christmas when I was a wee little one! I am also with you on the French toast! And YAY for your book! Fun post Jenna! Happy Saturday!

  • Khushboo
    November 19, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Not sure whether you’ve discussed your book’s content but I am definitely excited to read what’s in store!

  • Molly @RDExposed
    November 19, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Number 16 saddens my heart.

    • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
      November 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

      haha, it saddens me too!

      Congrats on the yoga teacher training though! I really think you’d make an excellent instructor!

      • jane
        November 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        it saddens me too. how can you hate beer?!

        • Ingrid
          November 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

          i know! no beer?? it is so delicious and necessary on so many occasions, as is wine πŸ˜€

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    November 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Love this list! I can’t believe you don’t have a garbage disposal or dishwasher either! Crazy. And I’ve never had beer, but I hate the smell. πŸ™‚ I love flying too! Great list! Happy weekend!

  • Kristen
    November 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I haven’t had a garbage disposal since I lived with my parents and I don’t miss it at all. A dishwasher though? I’ve now been living with one for a year after 5 years without and I love it.

    The yoga training sounds wonderful! Have fun!

  • Anne
    November 19, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Jenna – your list is great!!! I remember the roller skating accident – – though, I was not there!!! And, you KNOW we are still eating Sea Biscuits!!!!

  • Alysa (InspiredRD)
    November 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I am totally inspired and will be doing my own list now πŸ™‚

    Isn’t Tucson gorgeous? We just moved from Tucson to Phoenix and it’s just not the same at all!

  • Emily
    November 19, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I love learning new facts about people!! You’ve flown a plane?

  • Melissa
    November 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I will for sure be picking up a copy of your cookbook. Can’t wait! Also once you become a teacher, if you should ever put up podcasts of your yoga flows for your far-flung readers….that’d be A++. Just throwing that out there πŸ™‚

    Oh, and I think I might adore you completely. No biggie.

    • jenna
      November 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

      that’s an awesome idea!!

  • Mary
    November 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I don’t have a garbage disposal either!! How do you keep your sink from stinking??

  • Melissa
    November 19, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Same here, no tv or dishwasher. My mother never trusted the work of a dishwasher and prewashing/rinsing defeated the purpose. I’ve been hand washing since I could stand on a stool.
    We also do not have a tv, and I have a 3yr old who isn’t addicted to tv like other kids his age. Instead of sitting in front of the tv when he’s not in pre-k during the week, we play, he helps me with chores when he can, looks at book, and we go to the park/nature trail about everyday and enjoy fresh air. My son loves trees and knows a couple by name.
    People cant understand how we can live without them like it’s punishment. Lol We are normal and i keep up with the important news, we just dont sit down in front of a tv for fun. Oh, but the garbage disposal came with the house.

    • katie
      November 20, 2011 at 7:53 am

      I hope I can raise a child like this!

    • Jenny
      November 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      What an awesome thing you are doing for your son!

      • Ingrid
        November 22, 2011 at 7:26 am

        we have tv, but my sone doesn’t watch it a lot either… so good for them to learn to use their imaginations for play. most days the only thing that we watch is CNN and wheel of fortune and jeopardy πŸ˜€

        • Ingrid
          November 22, 2011 at 7:28 am

          *son* and he is 3 too… people are always astounded by his vocabulary and social skills… something to be said for real interaction… though i am not above plopping him in front of the tv so i can get a break/take a shower in peace too.

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    November 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I hate beer too. But I love a good cocktail. I hope you are enjoying your time with your family, snuggled up in your pjs.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count
    November 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Congrats on the Book! I hadn’t heard about it!

  • MacKensie Gibson
    November 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I hate beer too! Everyone thinks it’s so weird. I love your list & your blog. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read your book.



  • Blog is the New Black
    November 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Ahhhh, cannot WAIT for this book!!!

  • kirsten
    November 19, 2011 at 9:36 am

    i envy you on not having a tv! i am sadly addicted to mine.

  • Rachael @ FreshlyMinted
    November 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

    1. I had no idea the boxcar children had a cookbook- Must. Find. Immediately.
    2. I am beyond excited for your book- my bday is in September. Perfect!
    3. You’re a brave woman to wash all of those dishes by hand….


  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    November 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    How cute! I hate beer too πŸ™‚

  • Juliane @ C'est moi Γ  Paris
    November 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    So great that you start the yoga teacher programm! One day I might, too…
    I also neither have a dishwasher (oh the horror!) and nor do I watch tv. I know that you understand that there are more important things to do while being in Paris πŸ™‚

  • AnneW
    November 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’ve been wondering about the book!! I’m excited for it! Also, Boxcar and Little House were what I was raised on- Dad read me Boxcar, Mom read me Little House- great memories!!!

  • Lisa @ Life in Green
    November 19, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Great list…Keep us updated on your yoga teacher training. I’ll be doing a 200 hour intensive this June.

  • Claire
    November 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

    LOVED the boxcar children cookbook. I never got very adventurous with it…thought that egg salad was great and the coke-orange juice drink…genius! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle
    November 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I love Boxcar Children and Little House!!!! I used to have all of them lined up on my little bookcase in my bedroom, cookbooks included!

    Also, I can’t imagine being removed from 9th grade choir!! Our 9th and 10th grade choirs were for anyone who wanted to participate and then the director picked who moved on to the 11th/12th grade choir.

  • Laine
    November 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I am in love with my dishwasher, but I haven’t had a TV for years now. People think it’s weird, but it’s not. I think it’s weird that people’s furniture is all pointed at the TV.

    • Jen
      November 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Honestly, I think to “each his own”. I don’t have a dishwasher, but don’t ‘knock’ people who do.

      While I respect and appreciate the value of not having a TV, I feel that people who don’t (but tell others) sometimes have a superior attitude about it. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. Some people choose to spend hours on the computer reading blogs, websites and “pinning” stuff on Pinterest. Other people like to go shopping frequently or to coffee shops and buy expensive drinks. And then there are still more people who simply choose or prefer to sit down and watch a couple of episodes of funny TV or a movie. There’s no harm in it and different strokes for different folks.

      Sorry for the long comment(!), I just feel that TV gets a bad rap sometimes when really watching a sitcom, drama or movie is actually a great way to relax or to think about different situations in life. (Note: I am NOT talking about Jersey Shore or Real Housewives stuff…hours of that is not good for anybody).

      • Uma
        November 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

        Ellen Degeneres loves TV πŸ™‚
        She has good taste!

        • Jen
          November 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

          LOL – Ellen Degeneres knows not to take some things in life so seriously. Including ourselves.

      • Kelly
        November 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

        I agree with your comment 100%. I didn’t take the original post to have a superior attitude about TV, but agree that most times someone has said to me they don’t own one, it’s with this air. I honestly think both good and bad comment is channel agnostic. Yes, you can find crap on TV, but you can also find it in books, blogs, etc. Same with good content. Honestly, I think it’s all what you make of it and choose to surround yourself with. And sometimes, I will admit I need a little fluff in my life. Working a 50 hour a week job that is often intellectually draining it is sometimes fun to come home, turn on the TV and watch something mindless but funny.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)
    November 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Love this post. You are doing to do so well at yoga teacher training… how exciting! I also love that you don’t have a tv. Now I admit I have shows I love and we have 2 tv’s in our house, but I think that overall there is too much emphasis placed on tv these days which takes away from fellowship and relationships.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    November 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I hate beer too! I have tried so hard to like it. It just aint my thang…much prefer a nice smooth glass of Pinot Noir :).

  • Karen
    November 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Huge congrats on the book title and impending publication date, and on your upcoming yoga teacher training. I’d love to take one of your classes via a podcast!
    Go, Jenna!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    November 19, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Love these things! The no dishwasher is impressive considering all the cooking/baking you do!

  • Moni'sMeals
    November 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

    yes, I did learn some stuff! who knew!

    Lets talk dishwasher~Girl for reals, I just got a dishwasher last weekend after not having one for 3 years. I felt like I one the lotto!! you should really get one… it will change your life, I swear!! We both cook so much, it is so worth it. πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    November 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

    That’s so exciting about your book… congratulations! Doing devotions always puts me in the right mood and I cannot sing for my life, either. Perhaps the two of us could duet and cancel each other out?

  • Ilana
    November 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

    yoga teacher training was the best thing I ever did in my life. congrats, you’re going to love it.

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel
    November 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    This list is great. I love your candidness and admire that you read the bible everyday! I just picked up a bible study type book but need to make more of an effort to commit myself to reading it in the AM. Unfortunately sleep wins out more often then not for me!

    PS- Dishwashers are overrated. We had a dishwasher at the house I lived at in college, but it was broken all the time, so we hand washed our dishes ALL the time! Great arm workout!

  • Linda
    November 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I’m so excited for you to do the yoga teacher training. I just completed a 200 hour training where I live in Jackson Wy and it was the BEST thing I have ever done! It was also the hardest thing I have ever done on so many levels. I’m going to start teaching next month and am scared/excited! Good luck on this beautiful journey that is yoga.

  • Tessa
    November 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Jenna
    For no. 14 I think you should consider living in Africa for a year!
    I’m from Cape Town, South Africa and think you would love it here!!!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for the updates on your life and the fun facts…I can’t sing either, congrats on figuring out a book title, and that it will be on the shelves in the fall!

    And that you’re going to do yoga teacher training in January! I did mine 11 years ago in January. Jan of 2001 in Costa Rica. It changed my life and I know it will change yours for the better in soooo many ways…congrats, Jenna!

  • Michelle
    November 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    So maybe a little bias because I’m currently “expat-ing” in Munich right now, but come here for a year and you will take care of #14 and 16 in no time. I’ve been so spoiled I will never be able to drink beer in the US again!

  • Katrina
    November 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Ha! I like this. Sometimes little sentences are all you need to get to know someone. Cool idea!

  • DessertForTwo
    November 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I can’t sing, I read the Bible daily, I’m obsessed with Little House, and I used to teach yoga, too! πŸ™‚

    I recently re-read the entire collection of Little House books and loved them just as much now as I did as a kid. Would you want me to send you the box set to borrow? They’re so worth it! I especially loved reading Farmer Boy because it was all about her future husband. Did you know Laura’s daughter Rose also became a writer?

    P.S. So excited for your book! Congrats! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    November 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I’m so excited for your book! How do you make it without a dishwasher??? You cook tons of food!

  • Bev Weidner
    November 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    This is INCREDIBLE.

    a) I’ll teach you to sing.
    b) I’m fah-reaking out about your book.
    c) You hate beer? It’s okay. I still love ya.
    d) I can’t wait to meet you.

  • Carley
    November 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Yes for french toast!
    Autumn is phenomenal!
    Book… wow how exciting!

  • Kath
    November 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    So glad you’re doing yoga teacher training! I’ve thought that you were destined to teach for years!

    • Kath
      November 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      PS. You need to give beer more of a chance!

    • M
      November 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Me too!
      I think Jenna will be an awesome yoga teacher!
      My fave teachers seem to be those that have experienced
      some traumatic loss in their past (as Jenna has)
      as they seem to embrace what is important in life
      and on the mat , and not taken with the “trendiness”
      of yoga!)
      Jenna- where will you take your Jan yoga
      teacher training ? At home or away at
      Baptiste training?

  • Ashley
    November 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I can’t wait till your book comes out, I am definitely going to rush out and buy it as soon as it does.
    I can’t roller-skate/ice skate/roller blade to save my life. I wish I could!
    I can’t sing to save my life either… good lord your should hear me try (and I do try, every single day in my car).
    YOU inspired me to try yoga (after a few months of reading your blog) and since April I try to do yoga daily, if not daily, at least 3-4x a week. I love it, and I have you to thank for it.
    Did you go brunette again? I love your hairs!

  • Kelly K
    November 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! Personally, I love my TV and will never give it up! I can’t do without my Masterpiece Theatre! I’m planning on making your paprika chicken tomorrow – can’t wait!

  • Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops
    November 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    No TV? Wow good for you! I don’t have a dishwasher either – it sucks.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence
    November 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    excited to hear more about your book, and i LOVE your hair.

  • Cait's Plate
    November 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I’m with you on the being accident prone and the eating french toast for every meal.

    YAY for having a book title!! I don’t blame you for keeping it a secret, I would too πŸ™‚

    And I wish I loved flying on planes. I used to and have since become a huge fraidy cat.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    November 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    always love getting to know you just a little better Jenna! Cheers πŸ˜‰

  • Tiffany @ texan on the run
    November 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    What?! You like tucson more than tahoe??!!???!!!

  • B
    November 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Hey! Greetings from Australia! Have been reading your blog for years and 7 months ago got to the offer to work down under for the year (im from new england:)- it has been a great opportunity but hard! Anyways if you are looking to spend a yr away working, do it. It will be a dream that will nag and nag at you, and while it is more challenging then I ever thought, I am so I have here. I truly believe if you want to make something happen, you can. Your blog has been something I still read daily here and reminds me of all things American. Also I hate beer, always have! Too much carbonation and fills up your stomach so there is no room for food! Last- I like the new direction of the blog, but miss the day to day activities or strange lunch combinations you used to show:) Bring some of that back, even once a week!

  • Tara
    November 20, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I love this list! I can’t sing, but it doesn’t stop me from singing anyway. Just out if curiosity, where would you choose to live abroad?

  • Nellie
    November 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

    What yoga training are you doing? I was thinking of going to the Baptiste level one in Feb….in Hawaii!

    • jenna
      November 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

      I’m doing a 200 hour training with California Power Yoga….similiar to Baptiste but not affiliated directly. I’d love to go to Bootcamp too one day!

  • martha@berrybliz
    November 20, 2011 at 7:46 am

    The box car children had a cookbook? I loved reading those with my kids…but didn’t know about the cookbook…we have the Little house on the prairie cookbook, though…

  • Emmy (Wine and Butter)
    November 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

    If I wrote a 20 things about me one of them would be

    ‘I ADORE cooking and am absolutely in love with food (as well as my friends, my family, my husband, my dog and wine). This love for food and cooking was partly inspired by great blogs like EatLiveRun who continue to spark my creativity and give me food for thought’.

    I love your recipes!

  • Catherine
    November 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Wow! I don’t have a TV either! Or a dishwasher! (Garbage disposal isn’t something we have in the UK) I have to say though, I’m longing for a way to cut out washing up, so once we have space I’ll be straight to the nearest electrical store!

    As for the biking, I rode my bike for the second time since my 100-mile ride yesterday, and I was flying – it was amazing! Sadly I did have to push up one hill though πŸ˜‰

    Amazing that you’re doing yoga teacher training and I can’t wait for the book – will it be available in the UK?

  • Michelle | Gold-hearted Girl
    November 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

    So cute! Love the picture and the list.

  • Jess
    November 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm


    I was introduced to your blog by a couple of friends and last night made your Pumpkin Mac & Cheese dish! I featured it on my blog yesterday as well! So delish!

    Loved learning more about you!

  • Greenbean
    November 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I have a tv but could go weeks without watching it. Everything is online! these days lots don’t watch have one. Now a dishwasher, thats another story πŸ™‚

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    November 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    The Boxcar Children had a cookbook?! I wish I’d known about that as a child.. I loved that book series! And I also cannot roller skate to save my life. . traumatizing. πŸ˜‰

  • Leslie Means
    November 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Love this! Don’t know how you LIVE without a tv – but know I would get MUCH more done in my life without one! Love that you have a book coming – (I will for SURE buy it)!!

  • Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama)
    November 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Fun post! No dishwasher?! Now that is crazy πŸ™‚

  • meghan@ struggle muffins
    November 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    YAYYY for yoga teacher training! (And I’ll raise my (wine) glass to number 16 – beer doesn’t do it for me either)

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    November 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I hate beer too, but I want to like it so bad!!!

    p.s. congrats on the book chica!

  • Libby
    November 21, 2011 at 12:39 am


    Look into a working holiday visa in Australia. If you’re becoming a yoga instructor, you can do that and blog from Australia. πŸ™‚

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    November 21, 2011 at 7:03 am

    after reading peoples comments, I had no idea that having a garbage disposal was so common?
    If you have always wanted to live abroad.. you totally should! even if it’s for a short amount of time it will be a one in a lifetime experience. i lived in Cuba for a year and Italy for a Summer… it was an incredible experience that I will always remember.

  • Irina G (Fit Flexitarian)
    November 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I love this list! Lists are always so fun to write, aren’t they?

    And I totally encourage you to live abroad. Do you know where you would want to go? I studied abroad in London for 6 weeks and would love to go back. But my big dream is actually to take a month and just drive through the countryside in Spain. I don’t have a particular place that I want to live, I just want to visit all of the cute little villages and explore the culture and just soak it all in.

  • Ashley
    November 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

    You’re truly inspiring me to sign up for the 200 hr course. Please tell us more about your decision! πŸ™‚

  • Erin
    November 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Yoga instructor, how exciting! And I cannot imagine not having a garbage disposal. The one chore I hate the most is sink/drain cleaning.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I can’t wait to get your book! Not only are you a great writer, but you have always been one of my favorite bloggers out of the many I read because you are unique, as we can see by the things you have listed here. I love that you had a childhood dream that became a passion and you have continued with that to this day. Looking forward to hearing more about your yoga teacher training if you decide to share πŸ˜‰

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    November 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I love that you don’t have a dishwasher! I thought I was the only one these days. PS- cannot WAIT for you book. So happy for you!

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  • Jenny
    November 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    No dishwasher OR garbage disposal? I think I’d have to move if I cooked/baked all the time and didn’t have either.

  • Pam
    March 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm


    I love the fact that you read your bible every day. You are just a sugarbaker! I love your blog!!

  • Sarah K.
    April 18, 2012 at 4:42 am

    It is awesome that you don’t have a TV in your house…I could go without, but my husband would never let me;-)

    What part of Florida are you from? I was referred to your site from a friend who lives in Jacksonville so I am wondering if we have a friend in common.