Behind The Butter

wednesday notes

Last night for girls night I made Angela’s whole grain carrot cake loaf! However, instead of spelt flour I used pastry flour…and instead of walnuts I used pecans…and I totally didn’t measure my raisins. It was so good that instead of being a good guest and leaving the leftovers for my friends to enjoy, I swiped the other half of the cake and totally ate it for breakfast this morning.

I hope I still have friends next week.

This morning I planted my second ever garden consisting of spinach, swiss chard and peas. I don’t really know how to do it. The last time I planted a garden I was nine and wearing a red checkered bonnet. However, I simply couldn’t wait for my radishes (or carrots) to grow, so I did what any impatient pioneer-wannabe kid would do: I dug everything up and ate it all too early. True story.

I’ve rekindled my love affair for juicing! I figured my juicer was taking as much space hidden down in the cabinet with all the pots and pans that I might as well leave it permanently out on the counter so I would actually use the thing. And my strategy worked! Having that huge metal appliance stare at me every morning has inspired me to make different delicious concoctions daily. So far, in the morning before breakfast I’ve been enjoying green juice (cucumber, apple, pear, parsley, romaine lettuce, lemon) and in the afternoons I’ve been drinking red juice (beet, apple, carrot, celery).  Now the only problem is cleaning the thing.

I have hair extensions. Happy now? I told Adam that buying them was “the best $85 I have EVER spent” and he got mad because he’s been bugging me to spend $80 to replace my car battery. I told him that now if I get stranded on the side of the road I’ll at least have cool hair.

At least I have my priorities straight.



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  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    June 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    What made you decide to swap to long hair?

    • jenna
      June 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      just for a change!

  • Catie
    June 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hair extensions.! So that’s what it was! I thought your hair grew awfully long since you got your hair cut. And tell Adam we all agree that you have cool hair!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    June 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    You look fabulous with long hair! Much better than a battery that no one can SEE. Bake Adam a carrot cake loaf and maybe you’ll magically find a new batter in your car next week :).

    • jenna
      June 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      I like the way you think…

  • Shannon
    June 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Where is your shirt from? Love it!

    • jenna
      June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      banana republic 🙂

      • Shannon
        June 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        P.S. Love your hair! Looks amazing on you!

  • Emily
    June 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Love the hair! Totally worth being stranded 😉

    I am so on the fence about buying a juicer…. mostly because of the cleaning aspect…. Plus it seems kinda pricy to be juicing all those veggies? no?

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Your extensions look awesome on you and I have spent what you’ve spent, plus add a zero to the end, on hair before. Hair can be pricey…but so worth it! More worth it than car batteries 🙂

    And my juicer is a doorstop. It’s in the box from the last time I moved and I havent taken it out to juice. I really ought to try your strategy I’m thinking.

    That last pic of you…just awesome! Lovin’ the hair!!!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    June 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I need to make that cake. Can any flour do? Quinoa maybe?

    I was going to get extensions once…when I had the worst haircut of my life…sobbed for, well, I’m sobbing about it. But extensions not in my budget here.

    Juicing? This blog has “GONE GREEN” it seems! 360! I don’t really get juices though – isn’t is eliminating all the fiber and nutrients? Or not…? Anyone?

    • Jaime
      June 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Yes, if you use a juicer you leave behind all the fiber from the veg/fruit but keep all the (natural) sugar. Not to mention the juicer is a single function appliance. I got a VitaMix which is a very powerful (but really expensive) blender that liquifies pretty much ANYTHING so you can make anything you can make in a blender, juicer, or food processor all in one appliance…which helped me justify the price! haha!! Not to mention it is super easy to clean.

      • Baking 'n' Books
        June 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

        Thanks Jaime! Yay an answer 🙂 So the Vita-Mix juices too? I thought it was more for blending as the blades are short no? Does it blend well even? It seems so “deep” I don’t know how people get stuff out of that thing! 😉

        I would imagine the blender would keep more nutrients though.

        So – why would anyone just want to drink sugars then? Hmm…need to ponder this some more I think 😉

  • steph
    June 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    the extensions look great !! and i may use this quote in the future..
    “I told him that now if I get stranded on the side of the road I’ll at least have cool hair.”

  • Nicole
    June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    What kind of extensions did you get? I would love to get some myself and at $85 it seems like a great price!

    • jenna
      June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      The brand is “Euronext” and you can get them at Sally’s.

      • Sarah
        June 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

        I bought the same extensions for my wedding! I totally agree that they’re the best $85 I’ve spent (in a while.) I’ve clipped them in a few evening after the wedding… I have the 18 inch and although they don’t add a lot of length to my hair- they make it looks so much more voluminous!

      • Holly
        June 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

        I got the hair for my extensions at Sally’s too, then sewed the clips on myself to save a little $$. I think I ended up paying around $55 total for my hair + clips. I get compliments on them all the time. Here’s how I did it if you’re interested:

  • Kamaile
    June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Love the hair, work it gurl.

    I’m the same way when I leave a party I’m all “can I take my vegan __________ that I brought with me if your’re not going to eat it?” LOL 🙂

    • Ashley
      June 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Totally would’ve eaten it if she left it. She’s a brat but her extensions look so awesome I was totally distracted 😉

  • Laura
    June 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Jenna I gotta say, you’ve been looking so, so stunning in your latest pictures (as always) and I’m loving the healthier recipes you’ve been posting! I hope I see more of them in the future!

    • jenna
      June 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      thank you!

    • Rebecca
      June 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      I agree. I love the healthy approach. You’re glowing from eating all of those greens and drinking that beet juice…

  • Gina @ running to the kitchen
    June 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love your long hair! Cars can always be jumped 🙂

  • mary (what's cookin with mary)
    June 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I knew it ! I was thinking… holy heck, her hair grows FAST ;P

  • Angela (Oh She Glows)
    June 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the loaf!
    I go through juicing phases too. In May, I was ON the bandwagon every. single. morning.
    In June, I can’t even bring myself to look at the beast. It’s sad! I just despise cleaning it.

  • thehealthyapron
    June 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Wow! Love the hair! Looks 100% natural!

    I have been meaning to try Angela’s recipe! I have never struck out with her recipes!! Looks tasty!

  • d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo
    June 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I thought your hair was looking long. I always thought it was so adorable short and wished mine looked that cute short! But the long is really pretty as well 🙂

  • Ellen
    June 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Hope your garden grows well! 🙂 I love gardening! There’s something about it that just calms the soul! Today is my birthday but I’m dissapointed that I can’t have garden fresh tomatoes yet. (they’re not ready here in MO yet) I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Summer birthdays rock! 🙂

  • Kim
    June 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I literally laughed out loud when you said at least you’ll have cool hair if you’re stranded on the side of the road. Hilarious! Amen to that!

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    June 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    That shirt is GORGEOUS. I want.

    • Ashley
      June 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      2nd this! Where is it from?

  • Katie
    June 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I love the hair and must try the bread. Probably healthier than the carrot birthday cake I demolished. True story: I had my hair colored (more blonde!) last week and my hair stylist made it all pretty and fluffy and voluminous. I walked out to my car…. and my battery was dead. My cool hair resulted in really fast assistance to jump my battery (and I had jumper cables, didn’t have to be too damsel-in-distress-y). So it DOES work.

  • Lizzie
    June 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I like your shirt.

    And I wondered about the hair… I was like, wait… did I miss a few months of pics? Where’d the hair come from? It’s crazy how much it looks like your own hair!!!

    You have a recipe for a vegan carrot cake I remember trying back in the day that pretty much kicked ass, but I’ll try this carrot cake bread. I’m not picky. I’m a carrot pastry whore, pretty much.

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    June 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Your hair looks great!

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    June 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Love the long hair, totally worth the moolah!

  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    June 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    The extensions are beautiful, are they clip in ones?

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl)
    June 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hahaha, priorities! That’s something I would say to my bf for sure 😉
    Now I want to bake….hmmm, maybe I’ll try out a loaf of banana bread.

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy
    June 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Okay, it all makes sense now. I was wondering in the past few posts “HOW did her hair grow so fast?” Now we know!

  • Kim
    June 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Love the hair! Looks so real! Work it!

  • Ashley
    June 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    You’re so cute! At first I was extremely jealous that your hair grows fast. It took me a year to grow out my hair long again and guess what? I am going in for a cut. 3-4 inches need to come off… I need change too! I wanted to start a veggie garden this spring too, but we over a overabundance of wild bunnies this year! XD

  • Ella
    June 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    The extensions look great, very natural!

  • Laurie @Simply Scratch
    June 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    You look beautiful Jenna!! Short or long hair … you rock them both! 🙂

  • betty@runbetty
    June 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Aha! I thought your hair looked longer!

    (I got them too, for my wedding back in October, and I LOOOOOVED having long hair!)

  • Kristin Murdock
    June 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Love it! Your hair looks great and honestly, those extensions look awesome — I feel like even when celebrities get extensions they don’t look real at all, but these look great. Nicely done!

  • natalie (the sweets life)
    June 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    only $85? you have me wanting to run out and get hair extensions!!!!

  • Sarah
    June 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    bahahaha I love this. Priorities are definitely in order. Hair looks great!

  • dana @ my little celebration
    June 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I knew it! Love the hair extensions!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh
    June 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    After paying $XXX for highlights the past few months, $85 sounds like a steal to me. Plus, the cuter you are, the more gentlemen will stop to help you on the side of the road…and that’s good for flat tires, dead batteries, and a whole mess of other car issues. Sounds like a much better deal than a dumb ol’ car battery.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    June 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    The extensions look great! I would have chosen hair over car parts, too.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    June 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    And my boyfriend will get all over me about fixing my car, too. They should take the matter into their own hands if they’re so concerned!

  • Melissa
    June 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    LOVE your hair! I kind of want to go short…totally forgot I can use extensions if I don’t like it 🙂

    Your juice sounds yummy! I need to bust out my juicer…and I really want to start composting the pulp. You could totally compost and feed your new garden!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg
    June 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Ok this makes me want to get extensions — my hair has become so thin over the years — the lady who cuts my hair told me that birth control pills will do that??? Anyway I’d love long thick hair but that just doesn’t seem to work for me!

  • Mellie
    June 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I like your hair! The cake looks amazing. I don’t really like juice that much, unless it’s orange or sparkling grape.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    The extensions look SO real!!!
    Boys. Psh.. what do they know about how high hair ranks in our priorities?

  • Aja
    June 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I love the hair. I can’t get extensions so I’m getting long hair the old fashioned way and it’s taking forever. Bleh.
    I love carrot cake. It’s my favorite.

  • katie @KatieDid
    June 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    i really love your hair! you always take risks with your hair but it always seems to work for you. you must be feeling so energized with all the juicy produce! yummmm

  • Monika @ Powered by Paprika
    June 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    What’s your natural hair color? the extensions look great!

    • jenna
      June 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm


  • Kay, The Church Cook
    June 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    It’s always important to have cool hair especially when your car breaks down. Do they have extensions for black hair with gray mixed, too?

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    June 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    You crack me up! Like everyone else, I lovelovelove the extensions!!

  • jen @ taste life
    June 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Yes, your hair does look amazing, and I was also wondering how in the heck it got so long so fast! You look gorgeous, so I’m quite sure you can persuade some guy out there to give you a jump if your battery dies 🙂

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    June 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I would’ve have totally ate that for breakie too!

  • Lizzie
    June 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    My brother and his girlfriend spent $800 on a new puppy. They don’t have a washing machine, so have been round at my parents house doing washing every weekend. My dad couldn’t see the logic. He also doesn’t like dogs. Yet somehow he has volunteered to help walk the dog if they need it, as they both work. So clearly, the dog was the winning choice! As your hair extensions will be 🙂

    (Oh and the dog is VERY cute and VERY well behaved!)

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
    June 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    $85 is a steal! Totally worth it!

  • Vanessa
    June 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I for one love the extensions. I say they’ll pay for themselves 🙂

  • Mrs. Fish
    June 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Your hair does look amazing! I love it!

  • Kris
    June 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I laughed out loud when you said you brought the cake home (LOVE THAT) then laughed even harder at your hair story. Too funny. I’m sure Adam gets that a girl with great hair is so much better than a girl with a shiny new battery under the hood. Although if he tells you the car needs oil – the car needs oil. Take it from me. You don’t mess around with the oil.

  • Kaitlyn
    June 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    omg! i love the hair! looks so goood and so great on you!

  • Corinne
    June 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    And if that doesn’t sum up the difference between boys and girls I don’t know what does! Love love your hair! Adam loves it too…long beautiful hair trumps a car battery every day of the week. Especially birthday wk! 🙂

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    June 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I love your long hair, but thought I had missed something somewhere. I was confused when i saw your picture yesterday!

  • Dani
    June 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Cute hair!! I love it!

  • Jaime
    June 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Your hair looks AMAZING! Makes me want to bust out my extensions I havent worn since my wedding…

    For a delicious quick dessert I make a shake called Carrot Delight (from the health food restaurant I worked at out of high school) all it is is, fresh carrot juice, frozen banana and vanilla ice cream…seriously so amazing!!! YUMM!!! Might have to bust out my VitaMix tonite! 🙂

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    June 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Mmm, I love carrot cake, although I’ve never seen it in loaf form! I really like that you do these weekly girls’ dinner- I need to start that with my own friends.

    As someone who moved to a brand new city about 1.5 years ago, I’m curious how long it took you to build up a solid group of reliable girlfriends? I’ve of course made friends in my time here, but most are scattered or not all a part of the same group.

  • Moni'sMeals
    June 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    your hair looks great! That is a HECK of a deal for extensions, I have heard they can be LOTs more. 🙂

    Great color on you (your shirt) and glad you are juicing it up again.


  • kristin
    June 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Your hair is absolutely gorgeous ! Your priorities sound exactly like mine 🙂 My hair is WAY more important than my car…

  • Katrina
    June 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I want that carrot cake. Bad.

  • Rochelle
    June 16, 2011 at 12:22 am

    My mom bought me an older juicer at the thrift store for $2.00 and I.Love.It!!! Works amazing and the juice is to die for. Carrot/apple is my favorite. I use a firm bristle toothbrush to clean the juicer, it is so easy to do with that! The vita mix does sound better but for $2 and a toothbrush ill settle for what i have!

  • Katie @ peacebeme
    June 16, 2011 at 1:53 am

    LOVE your hair!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 16, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I totally agree with your priorities! Cool hair means you’ll have good-looking, mechanically inclined men stopping to help you on the road if your car breaks down… no need for that battery. 😉

    Juicing sounds like so much fun in the summer! So many combinations to play around with!

  • Anne
    June 16, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I knew it was extensions… hihi. I prefer natural hair, but it makes you look taller. Loving the new balance between fruit/vegetables and cake on your blog !

  • Lauren
    June 16, 2011 at 5:00 am

    It is funny how much sexier you feel with the extensions in. I bought a pair during the winter and I love wearing them out at night! They are the perfect pick me up!

  • Daisy
    June 16, 2011 at 5:20 am

    i thought they were extensions and i LOVE em! rock those blonde locks

  • Trisha
    June 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Your hair looks so stinking cute! And I love your shirt. And I love that cake. What is there not to love?!

  • JessicaR
    June 16, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Are the extensions easy for you to clip in yourself or do you have someone else do it? I might just have to invest $85… I have been looking for a good brand!

  • Khushboo
    June 16, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Er carrot cake in your belly is defo more important than carrot cake in your friends’ belly! As for hair extensions, which look fab by the way, surely that trumps a car battery- public transport exists for a reason! Priorities fo sho!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    June 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

    You just tell Adam that long locks can go a long ways with getting a girl what she needs 😉 Carrot cake (please) included!

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables
    June 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Oh my gosh I LOVE your hair. Seriously, totally worth the investment. And if you ARE stranded on the road, you’d have no trouble getting some help 😉

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    June 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I agree. The extensions just add to your already glowing natural beauty. worth it.
    And yes, Anegla’s carrot loaf is amazing 😀 I would have brought it back home with me as well.

  • Lauren
    June 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    You look fantastic! The extensions look so natural and glamorous!

    I’ve wanted extensions for so long now. My hair is (finally) pretty long as is, but it could always be longer. 🙂 I’m now inspired to actually buy them.

  • Gina (Yogattude)
    June 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Ha, I love this…I’ve always been intrigued by hair extensions because I’ve never grown my hair past my shoulders (Truthfully…I can never get past the weird in-between stage!) It may be the only way I ever get to experience long hair!

  • Ashley @perfectleypeared
    June 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Jenna – that’s so awesome you’ve started planting a garden again. California has great soil and weather! I love to garden and my cantaloupe, watermelon and cucumbers have started sprouting finally! And my eggplants are overwhelming the yard! Congrats to fresh veggies and juice!

  • Emily the Lady Pastor
    June 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Lovely hair. Lovely you. Lovely gardening idea! We have our first garden at the church this year, and it has been a ton of fun. I’m waiting for the swiss chard to be ready to eat! 🙂

  • Shelley
    June 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    man, I am so getting extensions. My hair won’t grow past about an inch down my shoulders, and I’ve always wanted long hair!

  • Avery
    June 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Your hair looks great! I go through a lot of phases with my juicer. I love it when I do it, but I stop after a few weeks because I find it gets SO expensive to use so much produce so quickly! Do you have that problem at all?

  • Anna
    June 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    LOVE the hair!!!

  • Nicole
    June 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I just saw this recipe the other day and bookmarked it, looks so yummy!

  • Lisa S
    June 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Love the hair extensions!

    And way to go on starting a garden. I always get excited when I hear someone started one. Check out my site if you ever need some tips!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    June 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Hahaha!! I love your priorities! Kinda like mine right now are between buying an iPad or buying a road bike, when really I should be saving to move!

  • Carissa
    June 17, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Love the long hair. You got a great price on that!

  • Anne
    June 17, 2011 at 6:27 am

    LOVE the extensions, I have literally wanted them for 10 years (since my hair grows so darn slowly). You may have encouraged me to get them! Car battery? That’s what AAA is for!

  • Gabriela
    June 17, 2011 at 8:32 am

    hahahahha you hair is beautiful, and you are awesome.

  • ashley
    June 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Well your hair looks amazing! Im sure the hair questions are the last thing you want to be talking about on you’re food blog lol, I can tell by the way you stated it, oh I would be the same way! but it seems like people have so many questions since yours looks so natural and affordable. Would you mind telling us a little more about them? Are they clip in? Did you get them cut and colored at a salon to blend so naturally? I would really like my hair to be fuller and look natural at the same time and there are so many bad brands out there to take chances on. Thanks Jenna 🙂

  • Charles
    June 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Okay, so I’m catching up on my reader after a week vacation, so I’m late to the party. While I love your hair, I’m wondering why your relatively new car should need a battery already? That should be covered under your warranty, m’dear. At least prorated so that you’re only out $25 or so.

  • Gail
    June 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    They look really good, really good for $85. Follower from Vero Beach, friend of Betty.