Behind The Butter

what i’m loving now

1. Ribs. Ever since last Friday when we had ribs marinated in the most finger lickin’ dr. pepper barbecue sauce, I just can’t get them out of my head! If you have a really great rib recipe, please send it my way!

2. Mangoes! They’re on sale right now 5 for $5 at whole foods and I can’t get enough. I see mango salsa and mango crisp in my future…what about you?

3. Smashbox creme eyeliner in Midnight Purple. Last week in Austin, my friend Morgan (who is an amazing make-up artist!) introduced me to using dark purples and plums on my eyes. Purple is a lot more forgiving than black and gives a nice, soft look that makes blue eyes pop (note: it doesn’t really look that purple when it’s on…I promise!).

4. Old Navy. Did you snag some sweet deals at the 30% off sale that went on at Banana, Gap and Old Navy last week? I got a cute pair of sandals, two dresses and a skirt for only $50! Now the sun just needs to come out so I can wear said sundresses.

5. MAC eyeshadow in swiss chocolate. Going back to eye make-up, Morgan used this color on my eyes all last week and I fell in love…then immediately ordered some from the MAC website when I got home. It’s the perfect shade of pinky-brown (and looks great with the midnight purple eyeliner).

6. Eggs. Would you believe me if I told you I literally eat an egg and cheese burrito every day for lunch? Because I do. I really, really do.

7. Casual long dresses.  I got this one two years ago on sale at Macy’s, but have seen some super cute ones at Anthropologie, Old Navy and Nordstroms.

8. Chicago style pizza. I may never actually have had it in Chicago, but I tried it at a restaurant in Petaluma two weeks ago and fell completely in love. Oh, the crust!!!! Thin crust is for sissies.

9. Farmer’s markets. While ours is open all year, I’m just now getting in the habit of going . It’s the most relaxing part of my entire week and I love all the fresh produce that is popping up everywhere!

10. Nature. I’m having a serious Yosemite itch but need to wait till May when the weather’s nicer. Nature is where I can reconnect with God and myself, and where I do all my thinking and relaxing.

Note that this photo was taken 12 hours before Adam busted his shoulder on the slopes. He should have listened to me when I said stay in the hammock…

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  • megan @ blackberries for jam
    March 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    What a kiss!

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes
    March 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I LOVE that casual long dress…I need to get me one for this summer!
    I also LOVE this post…I think everyone should do a post like this!

  • Jen
    March 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    When I toured the culinary school I’m about to start at (next Monday, yay!), I got to go into one of the classroom kitchens and watch…and there were trays of ribs everywhere. The entire room smelled like barbecue sauce. It was an amazing moment.

  • Haley
    March 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Imma have to get me some mangoes from Whole Foods now, thanks!!!

  • Jessica
    March 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    LOVE the dress/kiss pic! Also, I am buying that eyeliner… purple makes brown eyes pop, too!

    • kristin
      March 25, 2011 at 6:42 am

      I’ve always been told that purple liner would make my GREEN eyes pop….is this like the miracle makeup or is somebody pulling our legs?! 🙂

      • Amy
        March 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        I’ve been told the same thing about making brown eyes pop. I think Seventeen magazine in the mid-90s taught me that purple shadow/liner + brown eyes = POP! It must be a miracle color. 🙂

  • Christina
    March 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! I know the dresses you’re talking about from Anthro. Absolutely beautiful. Although, sometimes it’s best if I just look at the clothes and not the prices.

    you’re incredibly lucky that your farmer’s market is open all year. mine starts next Saturday!

  • Kiran @
    March 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Seriously craving mangoes now that you’d mention it 🙂

  • Ameena
    March 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I love Old Navy because even though their quality is suspect their stuff lasts long enough for the summer season and it’s cheap!

    I love that photo! Gorgeous dress.

  • Anne P
    March 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Glad to see that Adam still knows how to dip a woman with one hand in a sling 🙂

    Miss you! xo

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL
    March 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m loving that dress and adorbs picture of you guys kissing. Very Gone With the Wind.

  • hippierunner
    March 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Sounds like what you are loving right now is LIFE! 🙂

  • Sandy
    March 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    You just might like Pioneer Woman’s Dr. Pepper BBQ Shredded Pork that she introduced this week.

  • Cathy
    March 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Jealous that your farmer’s markets are open year round! Though I’m in Chicago and can get deep dish pizzas year round. But I don’t think it’s a fair trade off. Anyways, if you’re looking to make a deep dish pizza at home, use a springform pan. Put down your pizza crust, add toppings, and bake in the oven at 475* for about 30-40 minutes.

    • Baking 'n' Books
      March 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      I know – I want FM’s too!

      What a kiss! That one popped up out of nowhere! 🙂

  • Julie
    March 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Seriously, have deep dish pizza in Chicago at a reputable place. You won’t regret it and its worth it!

  • Missy
    March 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    You two are TOO cute!! Would you consider giving a little mango tutorial? I LOVE eating sliced mango. YUM. But hate buying it whole and dealing with it. I end up with a sticky mess and minimal fruit. Just a thought… ;o)

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I adore that picture of you and Adam! It’s a keeper, as is the dress, of course!

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    March 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    You definitely need to have deep dish in Chicago! I had had it before in other places that called it Chicago-style pizza before I lived here and I have to tell you, it does not compare. You have to find the right spots to go to though. If you make it out this way in the near future we will have to discuss. Adorable photo of you two smooching. Happy Thursday!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    March 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Jenna, I love this post!!
    First, the makeup talk….love makeup discussion and MAC. I am actually on my way to the MAC store…in like 10 mins! I have to exchange some powder. Some of the MAC eyeshawdows in plums and purples are so vibrant and have so much depth of pigment, if you love purple on your eyes, check out some of the Mac shadows too. I dig Smashbox, also. Also if you want a really pretty shimmery-ish brown, check out Amber Lights by Mac. Love.It.

    Love Anthro clothes, too. Who doesnt!

    And that kiss photo…omg it’s just awesome! Such a great shot, frame it!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    March 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    What a gorgeous dress (and picture!). I absolutely LOVE Anthropologie and shop there as often as the bank will allow. 😉

    Completely agree on Nature. There’s such something about getting outdoors, getting fresh air, and truly RELAXING with no agenda.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Mangos at my grocery store are $10 for 10!!! So excited!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Mangos at my grocery store are $10 for 10!!! So excited!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    March 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    We have Dr Pepper barbecue sauce at home!

    Pork ribs. It’s now on the shopping list.

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    March 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I want that MAC shadow! I have blue eyes as well and I usually stick to deep blues, but I want something outside of the box. I’m obsessed with mangoes as well, they’re amazing in everything!

  • jen @ taste life
    March 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    The one and only time I’ve been to Yosemite was in 2010 – in late January! It was gorgeous, wonderful, and quite empty. Don’t wait until May!

  • Megan @ Loving the little things
    March 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Yum! I too, love mangoes!! So delish!

    MAC does make good makeup. Good choice!

    For as big of a foodie as you are, I’m surprised that the farmers market isn’t somewhere that you go regularly. Silly girl!

  • Megan
    March 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Ahhh, why don’t my comments show up??

  • Emily (Comfortable Home Life)
    March 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    OHH that picture of you and Adam is absolutely precious. Love the long dress! I can’t wait for the farmer’s market to start back up here in South Carolina!!

    March 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    oh, I LOVE this post. such cute pics of you and your boyfriend. good stuff 🙂

  • taylor
    March 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I LOVE this post. you and adam are so cute together. good stuff 🙂

    • taylor
      March 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      i didn’t think my first comment went thru.. oops!

  • Cheri
    March 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Is the Chicago-style pizza you had from the restaurant by McNear’s Mystic Theatre? It’s my absolute favorite! Every time my boyfriend’s band plays a concert in Petaluma, that pizza is our pre-show ritual.

    Sometimes I think I tag along more for the food than the music, heehee.

    • jenna
      March 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      yes!!! Holy amazing!

      • Kelli H
        March 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

        mmm…i haven’t been to old chicago in probably 2 years. I miss it. : ( My friend and I used to go often and share a pizza w/ olives and each get a small salad. YUM

    • Susan
      March 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Old Chicago is good. You should also try Zachary’s in Berkeley. They have a good deep dish. I love the make-up talk. I have a serious collection going on.

      Oh, and I do think The Hunger Games is that good. I finished the 2nd book in one day and the BF just got me the 3rd for my Nook.

      • kate
        March 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

        I was going to mention Zachary’s, too.
        Takes me back to my grad school days…

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)
    March 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve been seeing Dr. Pepper marinades all over the place lately! I really need to try it with something. It sounds so delish!

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef
    March 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    i just had dr. pepper bbq chicken tonight, so great!

  • rebecca lustig
    March 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    ahh mangoes instantly remind me of mango water ice!! Oh summer, where are yoU/

    Have a good one,

  • Jenn from Much to My Delight
    March 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I’m a new follower of your blog, and I have to say I love your spirit, positivity and down-to-earth vibe. And now I need to start lovin’ on some Dr. Pepper ribs!

  • marla
    March 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Are those blue eggs for real? If so they are so pretty. Now I am craving ribs. Fun list!

  • Heather
    March 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I love this post Jenna. I wrote about things that I love today, too – weird! Your dress is beautiful! Happy anniversary 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    March 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    You’re right – chicago pizza is the best pizza in the world.

  • Lesley Lifting Life
    March 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I love that dress!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    March 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I’m with you on the eggs. I can’t get enough of them right now!

  • Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)
    March 24, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Love the cute picture AND the dress! I can’t way to wear some long, flowy summer dresses with flip flops 😀

    Our farmers market just opened up this past weekend! Hooray!

  • Kay, The Church Cook
    March 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Love when you do these posts! Those fresh eggs look so beautiful Jenna! My 12-y-o son raises 18 free-range hens and sell fresh eggs to friends and me. There is nothing like farm fresh eggs!

  • sarah
    March 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    i’m on a mango kick as well.. i’d love to see some new mango recipes!
    as well as egg and cheese burritos. mine just happen to be for breakfast as of late 🙂
    anthropology and farmers markets. looooooooooove<3.

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage
    March 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Oooh, I love makeup recommendations!

    The photo of you two in the hammock looks so peaceful.

  • laurie
    March 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    would love to see a close up pic of the eyeshadow colors on you–i do not know how to apply eye makeup!

    • Susan
      March 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Go to youtube and do a search. There are lots of great videos.

    • Susan
      March 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Go to youtube and do a search. There are some really makeup application videos.

  • Conni
    March 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    What I’m loving right now:

    That picture of you and Adam when you’re in that dress.

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables
    March 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I love purple eyeliner! It’s so unexpected and pretty! A good alternative to black 🙂

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday)
    March 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    we share so many favorite things! we should be friends. Especially farmers markets. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow, but mark my words, I will be there!

  • Colleen
    March 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Just so you know, I’ve read your blog daily for years and this has to be my first comment. You make that dress, that hammock and chicago style pizza all look good!! Good for you and thanks for the heads up on purple eyeliner, I’ve been wearing it at night for a while and think daytime may be more ‘foregiving’. Either way loved this post!


    P.S. Get some chicago style pizza, it’ll change your life 🙂

  • Lola
    March 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve never tried Chicago style pizza. Is it the deep dish pizza?
    I love the dress!!! 🙂

    P.S. Giveaway on my blog!!! please check it out!

  • Vanessa @ Project Zen
    March 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    You’ll love mango salsa. I’m thinking of making quesadillas this weekend and my favorite organic brand (Wild Harvest) makes a good mango salsa!

    Oh, that sounds like a great sale but fortunately (or unfortunately) I’m about to pay off the tab on my last Gap shopping spree! (Got two cardigans and an entire new outfit for Spring in the sale)

    I love eggs too…. I really should switch to egg whites but I like the egg yolks just as much especially for dipping… Have you made dippy eggs with soldiers yet? I may just post the recipe shortly on my blog soon.

  • Chocolate Lover
    March 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I agree with you on all of them except the ribs (vegetarian here!).
    And may I say love the photo of the kiss, oh I mean the long dress! 🙂

  • French Heart
    March 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    What a fun post & fantastic photos!

  • lissa
    March 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I am blonde with blue eyes too, and Swiss Chocolate is my favorite eyeshadow of all time (besides Stila shadow in Starlight, which I wear every single day I decide to wear makeup–the best slightly shimmery neutral for the blonde girls) . Also check out Laura Mercier eyeliner in black violet. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 25, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Love the long dress your wearing in the pic. Super cute!

  • Kristen
    March 25, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I feel in love with this cheap purple eyeliner from Ulta 2 years ago! When I moved to Spain I bought 8 of them…! I agree, purple is very forgiving 🙂

  • khushboo
    March 25, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Jenna, if you’re currently digging mangoes , you have got to come to Mumbai! They are so in season right now and have never tasted anything like this. Sorry but US mangoes don’t light a candle in comparison. I’m also loving eggs lately. My bowl of oatmeal isn’t the same anymore without 2 egg-whites stirred in!
    Adorable pic of u + adam, love the dress 🙂

  • Katie
    March 25, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Deep Dish Chicago is amazing!!!! My fiance being from chicago, has only love for that kind of pizza!

    Love the pic of you in that dress, the dress is beautiful and its the sweetest pic!

    Im loving that Spring will be here soon * I hope * it was still cold yesterday : p

  • Katrina
    March 25, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Beautiful dress! Love it!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    March 25, 2011 at 4:32 am

    The Boy was in Chicago a couple weeks ago on business and brought me back some Chicago deep-dish pizza. Heavenly. Greasy. Delicious. But not heavy. I fell in love with pizza alllll over again.

    And, I love Farmer’s Markets. I grew up in Athens, Ohio, and the market there is divine – local produce, eggs, meat, locally made cheese, bread, salsa, patries.. flowers. I miss is sooo much in the summertime.

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    March 25, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Cream eyeliner is THE best!

  • MyLifeandRunning
    March 25, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Intrigued by the purple liner & pinky-chocolate shadow. Any other eyeshadows used for the look?

  • Susan
    March 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I use purple eyeliner for my blue eyes too! I notice a big difference with it compared to my old black, and I get a lot more make-up and eye compliments when I wear the purple.

    And thin crust pizza is such a waste. When done well, the dough/crust is the best part!

  • Heather
    March 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Jenna! I have loved that maxi dress of yours since the first photo you posted of it two years ago. Care to share the brand? I’d love to try to find one on ebay. It is seriously a beaut! Thanks!!!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    March 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Love casual long dresses! I have a hard time finding ones long enough as I’m so tall but I did get one at BR last year on sale that was the perfect length. I feel so earthy in it :).

  • Debbie~
    March 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

    As much as I do love me some Chicago style pizza on occasion…I’m a New York girl at heart…..thin crust is where it’s at!!!!

  • Holly @ Food, Make-up, Hair
    March 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Smashbox and MAC, two of my favorites 🙂 I will have to try the two colors your friend put on you.

  • Naomi S.
    March 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I love short ribs too. Whose bear claws are those in the pic? Somebody was starving. 🙂

  • Maria
    March 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    LOVE that eye shadow color!!! Also, if you’re ever in Chicago, you MUST try Lou Malnati’s pizza. The best pizza in Chicago if EVER! You can also get it delivered and sent on dry ice if you ever want to try it!!!

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    March 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

    do you have a hard time finding dresses the right length? long ones tend to drag on the ground for me

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    March 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Those eggs look awesome. I love how farmers market eggs always slightly differ in size.

  • Kimberly
    March 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    AHHH! Did you go to Old Chicago in Petaluma? I LOVE Old Chicago! I love the old brothel feel to the building, and the pizza with garlic is out of this world!

  • jennifer
    March 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    quick question… you apply the purple eyeliner wet or dry?! Do you use the choco pinky color all over?!;)