Behind The Butter

what i’m loving now

Where am I? What time is it? Why isn’t a fresh pot of coffee brewed and every flavor of Chobani greek yogurt available in the fridge?

I’m at a loss.

I don’t have a new recipe for you today because currently I don’t have any flour, butter, sugar, chocolate or even bread in my kitchen right now. I know..the horror! I got home from the East coast late last night and have a major grocery shop in store for this morning, along with picking up my furry beast from the pet hotel! I had fun with his cousins, but now it’s time for bonding once again. If he remembers who I am, that is.

So instead of my usual Thursday morning butter and sugar laden recipe, here’s a short list of what I’m loving now! Don’t judge.

1. my kindle.

I know I ranted and raved about how I would never EVER get one, but now that I have one I can’t imagine life without it.  It pretty much saved my life yesterday between my four hour layover and six hour flight back home, and so far, I’ve read a total of six books on it (since Christmas). Don’t hate.

2.  Baron Baptiste’s 40 Day Program

Remember when I hurt my shoulder? Well, I’ve let it rest for a month now and am excited to participate in my studio’s 40 day program! Basically, I’ll be doing yoga 6x a week for 40 days…a great way to start off the year and go deeper with my practice! The program kicks off this Saturday and I’ll keep you updated with how it (and my shoulder) goes.

3. skiing.

Okay so I’ve never actually tried to ski, but after my snowboarding incident (crying and yelling at Adam to leave me on the mountain) last month, I think I’m going to give it a shot. God help me.

4.  mint.

Mint in brownies, mint in oreos, mint in candy….mint!

5. flat shoes.

Especially when they’re mom’s…and especially when mom gives them to you! Oh, and because heels are overrated.

6. college football.

Because I watched so much of it last week I thought my brain would burst, because Ohio State won the Sugar Bowl, and because I miss my dad.

7. the pioneer woman’s pistachio cake

[photo courtesy of the pioneer woman]

Using packaged pudding sounds so dirty…and I like it.

8. proverbs.

because a little heavenly wisdom is always a good thing.

9. beef.

it’s what’s for dinner. And it’s darn tasty.

10. the simply breakfast blog

I’m kinda addicted to reading what Jen eats for breakfast every morning and I’ve gotten some great ideas for myself there, too!

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  • Baking 'n' Books
    January 6, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Do you download books by buying them on a Kindle? Hah – it would be great if you could it for free – the trick is you have to pay for the books right? 🙂

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
      January 6, 2011 at 6:38 am

      Most of the classics are free to download.

    • Marg
      January 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

      I know the Nook is compatible with most libraries that have digital check outs and you can keep it around 14 days. (If you need longer don’t connect online to finish).

      Not sure other differences between the two, but really wish the Kindle would offer this too.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    January 6, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I loe your ‘what i’m loving’ list. I’m loving much of the same things. Flat shoes, check. Simply Breakfast Blog, check. Mint, check. Yoga, check.

    I could sure use a kindle in my life too. 😉

    Have a great day! 😀

  • megan @ blackberries for jam
    January 6, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Ever since you posted about the Kindle, I’ve felt that I If only I had identified this need before Christmas! Dear Santa, please come back.

  • Katie D
    January 6, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Proverbs is fantastic! Check it out in The Message, it will hit in the heart and make you laugh!

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    January 6, 2011 at 5:16 am

    The yoga program sounds really cool! I bet you will build some great strength!

  • Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    January 6, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I adore my kindle sooo much too. I had to goto court yesterday for my divorce and I brought my kindle and read almost a full book while waiting for the trainwreck of a couple who was taking up sooo much time.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    January 6, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I love college football but as a diehard Wolverine, I cannot agree about the results of the Sugar Bowl!

  • Whitney
    January 6, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I’ve been seeing some of these “What I’m Loving Now” posts and I “love” them! Haha! You’ve inspired me to write one today. Thanks for sharing the breakfast blog! I love it! Have a great day!

  • blog is the new black
    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 am

    DYING to make the PW’s pistachio cake!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I’m with you on the beef, college football, and yoga. Those things all make me happy. I can’t believe college football has come to the end!

  • Marie @ PeoniesnCupcakes
    January 6, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Jenna, what a great list! You are actually the one who got me hooked onto Pioneer Woman & I love her recipes too 😉

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 6, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Welcome home!!

    I’m so jealous of your yoga studio! I wish mine had a 40 day program… maybe I can just do one on my own 🙂

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    January 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Heels are definitely overrated, even if you are short like me:-)

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    January 6, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Heels are definitely overrated, even if you are short like me:-)

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 am

    oooh, I’ve never seen that breakfast blog before! Thanks for sharing!

    And yes, I’m totally into flat shoes right now too. although in Michigan in the winter, i’m realizing it’s just not practical. I need boots.

  • Erin (Travel Eat Repeat)
    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 am

    I always said I would never get a Kindle either but now that my parents each have one, I find myself lusting after it. Plus e-books are becoming more available at the library…

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    January 6, 2011 at 5:45 am

    I love skiing! I feel so good knowing that my feet are not both stuck to one board, too. And I am with you on beef being pretty darn good.

  • Jessie
    January 6, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I have been going back and forth on buying an e-reader (I am considering the Nook)! I am so torn!

    And I completely agree that heels are overrated.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 6, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t think I will ever love flat shoes. Ever!

  • Ali
    January 6, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I LOVE to ski! It is so much fun and I think easier to learn than snowboarding. Good luck 🙂 Also–I want a Kindle so bad. I, like you, said I would never ever get one but after hearing so many great things about it from my friends & on blogs I really want one.

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    January 6, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I was also a kindle hater…but now I have an ipad and read all my books on there. I feel bad for real books now 🙁 They are gonna be lonely.

    LOVE flat shoes…maybe a little too much.

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!)
    January 6, 2011 at 6:01 am

    That looks scrumptious!

  • Tami
    January 6, 2011 at 6:02 am

    where’s that recipe for the croissant french toast? i have been thinking about it daily since you mentioned it.

    • jenna
      January 6, 2011 at 7:18 am

      hmmm I’ve gotta email mom for that one!

  • Lindsey @ Dishes'N'Diapers
    January 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I think we all get caught up on whats going wrong in our lives, or what we’re wanting to improve. It is so great to read positive things, and that you appreciate what you have in your life. No matter how simple. Well done!

  • rachael (peace, kale, and yoga)
    January 6, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I am still anti-kindle. But I have nothing but love for Baptiste yoga and flat shoes.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 6, 2011 at 6:18 am

    If it makes you feel better, skiiing is ten times easier than snowboarding. 🙂

  • MJ
    January 6, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Ooh – please do blog about your feelings on 40 Days. My studio here in upstate NY is also running 40 Days starting next week and I’m finally participating this year. I’d love to hear your thoughts as it goes along.

    • jenna
      January 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

      I will!

  • Kristin @ Mugs & Pugs
    January 6, 2011 at 6:20 am

    You are seriously making me want a Kindle…I have been on the fence now for at least a few years but I think I’m going to bite the bullet and get one in 2011. I just have to read the actual books I got for Christmas, first!

  • Cynthia
    January 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I used to say that I would never, ever get a Kindle either. But then my husband decided to let me try his out. I have been reading a book on it for the past few days an I love it! I now want one of my very own. By the way, “The Hunger Games” is a wonderful book. Best book I have read in a long time.

  • R Chandra
    January 6, 2011 at 6:35 am

    1) those shoes are a-dor-a-ble !!, 2) you’ve made me want a kindle, 3) take me skiing! .. if you can snowboard, you can totally ski. i am the most uncoordinated person ever (i run, but i don’t consider myself athletic) but for some reason i took to skiing on my first try. i mean, you have these large wooden strips to stay balanced on. snowboarding is wayyy harder & i will not dare attempt that 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 6, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I know I’ve said it before but I adore your flats!! As well as your collection of yoga tops 🙂

  • Jen
    January 6, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Dating an Aggie and showing a picture of the Longhorns’s field? The horror! 😉

    • jenna
      January 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

      bahahaha i know i know…I realize that now (after an early morning text from Adam himself) but the irony is that that photo was actually taken by ADAM on Thanksgiving when the Longhorns played the Aggies!

      • Jen
        January 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        Well since the Aggies whooped the Longhorns that game, that makes it better. 🙂 Gig’em!

  • Daisy
    January 6, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Skiing is way easier than snowboarding! (But, Adam could have told you that, right?) No, I know it is a matter of opinion but from someone whose done both a majority of her life, I’m a full time skiier these days.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 6, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I always feel so frazzled whenever I come home froma long vacation!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    January 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

    What a beautiful, balanced, pretty-looking list! Good luck transitioning back into life in Cali!

  • Amanda (Eating Up)
    January 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

    That beef looks delish! I’m loving it too.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 6, 2011 at 7:03 am

    i’m still so wary of the kindle…but you make it sound ok! good luck with the yoga thing…that’s going to be a great way to workout and do something you enjoy 🙂

    and you’re going to LOVE skiing…it’s so much easier than boarding!

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    January 6, 2011 at 7:04 am

    ha…just before I clicked my computer on, I’d been perusing Proverbs also! Seems like a worthy place to spend some time in the new year…. 🙂
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Kailey @ Caffienated Nut
    January 6, 2011 at 7:05 am

    college football = my happiness. although i go to virginia tech and we lost in the orange bowl 🙁 fail. haha

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    January 6, 2011 at 7:11 am

    By some miracle I WON a giveaway at my local studio for a year and I am thinking about doing their 40 days program! I can’t wait to read more. Yoga is just one of those things I need more of in my life and I want to take this blessing and make the most of it. Can’t wait to follow your yoga journey!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    January 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I absolutely adore Jen’s blog. Glad to see it posted here :))))

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables
    January 6, 2011 at 7:14 am

    For what its worth, I think skiing is easier than snowboarding!!! Good luck 🙂

    Oh and GO BUCKS!!!

  • Jessica
    January 6, 2011 at 7:19 am

    The picture of the waffle with the egg on top looks TO DIE FOR right now. It’s about 7:15am and I’m about to get ready for school… and make a very healthy juice… but I my taste buds would MUCH rather a yummy waffle. Great “What I’m loving” list! =)

  • JenniferfromLaJolla
    January 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

    You kind of lost me on the Ohio State thing. I don’t always root for the SEC, but definitely did not want the Buckeyes to win. 🙂 Go Dawgs!

    Happy New Year!

  • Emily @ Write Twenty Eleven
    January 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I saw that recipe on the Pioneers Woman site, too! I’ll have to try it. And I love proverbs.

  • Amanda
    January 6, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I started out snowboarding…basically it sucked and I never wanted to see snow again. Now I ski…it’s heaven!! Try the skis, you’ll wonder why you even wasted time on that stupid snowboard 😉

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    January 6, 2011 at 7:32 am

    love your list. proverbs is one of my faves…and i can’t believe i’ve never seen that breakfast blog, because it is my fave meal of hte day! even had breakfast for dinner served @ our wedding. love. 🙂

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    January 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I’m a huge fan of that breakfast blog too! My friend suggested it to me as it has become a big joke that my blog ALWAYS features breakfast. At least Jen admits it :).

  • Tracy
    January 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    SO proud of the Bucks for beating an SEC team for the first time ever in a BCS bowl game! Woohoo!!!

  • Lauren
    January 6, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Share about your 40 day challenge! Hope your shoulder is okay during yoga. I’m jealous of your yoga wardrobe!

    • jenna
      January 6, 2011 at 7:53 am

      me too! no chaturungas!! I’m taking it real easy and slow!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    January 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    What I’m loving right now? Your blog. Except I’m pretty much always loving it 🙂

    • jenna
      January 6, 2011 at 7:53 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Vanessa
    January 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I’ve SO been eyeing up that pistachio cake from Pioneer Woman.. I totally forgot about making those peppermint patties! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Ella
    January 6, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I think I’m giving in and using my christmas money to order a kindle today (: !!!

  • Shelly
    January 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I learned to ski when I was 27 and I have some good advice for you. Take ski lessons! At least for a day. It is absolutely worth the money.
    I took a week of group lessons and while the lesson itself was really hard, it made me learn how to ski much faster than I otherwise would. It also made it a lot less scary!
    Everyone I know who learned to ski as an adult and took lessons now loves to ski, whereas I know several people who didn’t take lessons who HATE skiing. It makes a world of difference. 🙂

  • Michelle
    January 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I can’t help but love the first picture of your breakfast from Heidi’s.

  • Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    January 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I love my Kindle too!!!!!! And The Pioneer Woman and your white chicken chili. Oh my word. I made that last night and it was amazing!!!!!!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

    The Chanel shoes and foot tattoo. I have a Chanel purse and a foot tattoo (and many more!)…I love your style 🙂

    And the Lulu store that I thought was your closet. Got I got kinda jealz there for a hot second.

    I love Baron Baptiste! Maybe you are studying w/ him in person b/c I know he’s in the Bay Area a lot. Maybe it’s a podcost. Anyway, I have practiced with him once…have a blast. Glad your shoulder is healed!

    And i dig the red leather kindle case. Tres chic!


  • Errign
    January 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I love flats too, which is a little silly of me ’cause I’m so short 🙂 Glad you made it back safe to the left coast!

  • Jackie
    January 6, 2011 at 8:42 am

    My Kindle is coming in the mail today! Hooray!

  • Coco
    January 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.

    This is why I read your blog.

  • Rebecca
    January 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I was like you and swore against e-readers until I got my kindle and I love it so much! Reading on it feels so natural and I love how much less cluttered my house is. I have the same case as you too – love the flashlight!

  • Donna
    January 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

    BEEF! No more needs to be said. I love it too!

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side
    January 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    40 days of yoga sounds amazing. wish i had that sort of dedication… maybe one day!

  • Lu
    January 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Awesome. 40 days of yoga! Beef! Yum. I want an eReader now. I’m currently using my iPhone. I love that you added in the shoes from your mom. I’m constantly pilfering my mom’s shoes.

  • Stacia
    January 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I loved your blog before, and then you go and mention the Buckeyes, and now I love you even more!
    I was reading through some of your old posts last night and while they were great, I love your current posts even more. Keep up the excellent work!

  • jenna
    January 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    🙂 i love simply breakfast blog too! it’s so fun!
    You might… just might.. be making me want a kindle! I’m still on the fence.

  • D
    January 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Not sure where to put this so I will just add it here.
    Takle us grocery shopping with you! I love seeing what people put in their carts at the store.
    You mentioned you had a big shop to do-let us know what you buy to restock.

    I am in Canada and am blown away by all the selection you have down there.
    So tell us where you like to shop for what and what you load up on!

    Please! 🙂

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Love this post! Glad your back safe and sound – and enjoy your bonding time with your furball!

  • Marg
    January 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I will be skiing on my upcoming trip, instead of snowboarding (I can wakeboard too). My issue with skiing is they start to cross for each curve, but I’ve heard way too many stories about the falls with snowboarding.

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    January 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

    how do you make your blog so crisp all the time; it looks wonderful each time I read.

    thanks for all the links and this post is great references to other sites. truly a good tribute to other blogs here!

  • Tina
    January 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Love this post, one of the many things on my to do list this year is to try out yoga. It’s just difficult to find a place offering it when you live in the middle of nowhere!

    and those waffles….I’m so not a waffle person but I want them in my life pronto. 🙂

  • Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    January 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My daughter just got a kindle, she’s only ten. Where’s mine?

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    January 6, 2011 at 10:43 am

    that pistachio cake is calling my name. i’m sure i’ll be loving it VERY soon too 🙂

  • Cely
    January 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

    You should use ski blades when you try skiing! They are shorter and much easier to maneuver around in. They make turning much easier and you don’t get tangled. Have fun!

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Great list, lots of good things here. The cake pic is making me hungry.

  • Betty
    January 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I was also one of those people that said I would never get a Kindle but I love mine now too. 🙂 It was a gift so I technically didn’t get it for myself…. LOL.

  • Sarah
    January 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I’m dying to try that pistachio cake from PW – looks so yummy and now I want a peppermint patty!

  • Candice @ ChiaSeedMe
    January 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Fun list, Jenna! I’ve never heard of that blog, but apparently a lot of people love it. Definitely am going to check it out!

    I can’t wait to hear how your 40 days of yoga goes. I wish I could do something like that, but I teach the only yoga class at my gym and my town doesn’t have a studio…sad, right?! I’ll just live vicariously through you:)

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    January 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    That’s a lot of yoga! I wish I could say I was doing half that much. Hope the shoulder cooperates.

  • Mansee
    January 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Wooo Ohio State!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    January 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    oooh have fun doing a big grocery shop – always a favourite, such fun! Have fun with your pup too. I’m also loving Jen’s blog. Yay for getting back into yoga too!
    Heidi xo

  • Lauren at From the Little Yellow Kitchen
    January 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Ok. Those waffles look amazing and now I’m totally inspired to make my own this weekend on my NEW waffle maker! Any ideas on how to spice ’em up a little??

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I’m LOVING college football, too!! It’s hard not to when your school’s rocking this year. Woohoo Auburn!! 😉 And that yoga plan sounds awesome. You’ll feel so so incredible after it all!

  • Michele
    January 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Have you ever done yoga on Its awesome… Kathryn Budig & Elena Bower are amaaazing!! They have all different yoga classes to pick from too… you should check it out!

  • Mabelle @ dance, love, dine
    January 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Proverbs and breakfast are on my list of favorite things as well 😀

  • Amy D
    January 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I just added the Simply Breakfast blog to my google reader! I wish I had that much variety in my breakdfasts! The pictures are amazing and I checked out her etsy shop too… might have to add some of her photo’s to my kitchen walls!

  • Fancy
    January 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Yay! I love this post 🙂 It’s nice to see more personal details of your life like you used to share everyday on your blog. I’ve missed reading these little details about your day to day life, this post was fun 🙂

  • carin
    January 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    i agree…i held out on the kindle FOREVER because i was a lit. major and love to write in books….but my boyfriend bought me a nook and i love it!

    how did you hurt your shoulder? my left shoulder is killing me so i’m thinking of laying off the yoga but that makes me sad.

  • jen
    January 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby
    January 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

    ahhhhh, love this list, lady. so so so lovely. and agh! please dont make me tempted to get a kindle! please don’t! because then i know i won’t be able to fathom buying lovely smelly old books for my collection. ah! say it ain’t so.

  • Heather
    January 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Anyone have an idea of which is better value? nook or kindle?

  • kirst
    January 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    yea skiing!! come ski colorado sometime, the food is great out here!