A Bob Dylan Kind of Day

Some other things I am loving today:

Mama Pea got a book deal! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do. She is hilarious, a great mom to 2 beautiful girls, and an amazing vegan cook!

Anthropologie’s collaboration with Nathalie Lete!

Cynthia Vincent for Target Gladiator Wedges–so comfortable I wore them all day at Disneyland!

The Buttermilk Truck in LA. They are coming to my town on Saturday and I fully intend on waking up early to be the first one in line. Holla!

xo,

Jenna

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I am back… and I brought cake!

I had every intention of posting more often but I spent the last week in bed sick with the most debilitating flu. I literally slept all day and had no appetite–and for a woman whose entire day is spent pondering her next meal, this is a big deal. Needless to say, I rejoiced when I woke up this morning and my first thought was “pancakes…mmmmmm.” I’m baaaaaaaack!

The best part of being healthy again is that my family is visiting from New Hampshire. I am so thankful that I am healthy enough to spend time with them this week. My Aunt Cindy is an avid baker and she brought a recipe for one of the most unique cakes I have every seen: Gum Drop Cake. Imagine a rich vanilla-cream cheese cake studded with whole gum drops. Or better yet, try it for yourself!

Gum Drop Cake

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups gum drops, floured (otherwise they will sink to the bottom)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Combine the wet ingredients (butter, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla) in a separate bowl. Mix well.

Combine the dry ingredients.

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.

Fold in the gumdrops.

Pour batter into bundt pan and bake for 1 hour (or until toothpick comes out clean)

Allow to cool completely then ENJOY!

xo,

Jenna

P.S. I posted some new earrings on my etsy shop (including some psychedelic mushroom earrings that I LOVE). Check them out and let me know what you think.

Hello I Love….Ramos House

Ramos House, for me, defines whimsical, cozy charm. I love it so much that if Reggie and I could have gotten married there, I would have. My family did have my bridal shower there, which was definitely a highlight of the wedding events.

Built in 1881, Ramos House is located in the Los Rios Historical District of San Juan Capistrano on the oldest residential street in California. The owner lives in the house (which also houses a commerical kitchen) and his constant presence is part of its charm. My initial impression of him is that of a no-nonsense foodie who cares about the details–the things that make people happy. You are always greeted like an old friend. Plush blankets are available to keep you warm on chilly days. During my bridal shower, he opened the windows to the residential part of the house and played my favorite type of music. Did I mention that the food is exquisite? Because it is, truly.

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It also happens to be located right next to a train station…I know, I am in love too.


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Checking out the menu, which changes seasonally. Really simple concept-you choose two courses and a beverage. More on that later…

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Complimentary amuse bouche-I believe it was toasted pound cake with homemade cinnamon hazelnut butter and fresh banana.

The heart next to the amuse was quite serendipitous—and describes my feeling perfectly when it comes to this tasty bite.

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An array of brunch beverages. The white mug on the left is an Adult Coffee (Espresso, Baileys, Homemade Whip Cream). A pomegranate mimosa sits on the right and up front is a Grapefruit Fizz ( a sassy grapefruit mimosa with huckleberries and grapefruit sorbet). Get the Fizz, trust me.

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Cinnamon-Apple Beignets. Not a traditional beignet but these are INCREDIBLE. They are surprisingly light with the perfect amount of doughiness.


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Since I ordered the beignets, Reggie ordered the Strawberry Pound Cake. It was buttery and, for lack of a better word, moist. (Side note: I really hate the word moist.) But it really was. The strawberries were in a light vanilla cream sauce that added the perfect amount of sweetness. Come to think of it, we pretty much had dessert before our meals. I heart brunch!


My family and I each ordered an entree that we all wanted to try so we could try several different dishes. The menu had changed since the last time we visited and we are a sharing family, what can I say?


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Corn Bread Pain Perdu with Huckleberry Sauce, Homemade Lemon Curd, and Fresh Whipped Cream. Rich and delicious.

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Spring Vegetable Scramble with Mushroom Risotto Cakes. This dish was probably my favorite entree. The asparagus was so fresh and the eggs were cooked perfectly with a hint of creaminess (marscapone?!) that set it over the top.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Vegetables. In addition to the flavorful vegetables, there was some definite truffle butter action here and I was loving every minute of it. Keep in mind that I am a child that spent the majority of her youth eating nothing but macaroni and cheese (I was an incredibly picky eater as a child) and now spends the majority of her adult life eating the same, slightly fancier version (I just really like mac and cheese, okay?). This just might be my favorite.


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Almost every dish is served with a homemade buttermilk biscuit and cinnamon apple butter. The biscuit was perfectly flakey and rich without being too dense. I wish I could eat one of these every morning. Who is with me?

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My father provided the entertainment. Love this shot of him mid-story.


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And just because he is so cute, I had to include a picture of my husband. ❀


It was the perfect Sunday brunch with my family, minus my beautiful sister Molli who goes to college in Colorado. I can’t wait to take her when she returns home for a leisurely Sunday Brunch at my favorite spot.


Have a beautiful day everyone!


xo,


Jenna



“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

-Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story



Fangirl

I am not going to lie. I am an Apple fangirl. For example, when I opened my fortune cookie from lunch the other day and it proclaimed that I would soon receive an unusual gift, I immediately thought “Please be an iPad, please be an iPad.” Now you may be thinking that is not unusual, per se, but my husband laughs hysterically every time I claim I am going to buy one so yes, receiving one would be quite unusual. πŸ˜‰

To distract myself from my early adopting Apple addiction (that was some fun alliteration), I have become quite addicted to Words with Friends. Over the weekend, my college roommate Melissa came to visit. She is a pretty epic Words with Friends player so we decided to spend our lazy Saturday playing the OG version of Words with Friends (Scrabble), drinking several bottles of wine, eating our body weight in cheese, and grabbing dinner at one of my favorite spots in the South Bay. Twas the perfect day.


As a joke, we call each other our lobsters because of a certain Friends episode.

β€œIt’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what, you can actually see old lobster couples walkin’ around their tank, ya know, holding claws.”

(Phoebe, Friends, Episode 2.14)

Delicious Blue Cheese Haystack from Simmzy’s in Manhattan Beach.

My handsome husband.

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Peach Sangria=heaven!

Great times with my best friends.

I paused for a moment this weekend and looked around at my life. I am so lucky for all of the wonderful positive people that surround me on a day to day basis. I joke about my desire to purchase a silly material possession but really the things that matter the most to me are the people in my life. They give me the strength to make it through the days when I am filled with doubt and fear.

I am incredibly lucky.

Thanks for being my biggest fans. I love you all.

xo,

Jenna

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

-Audrey Hepburn

New Chapter

So, recently I left my full-time job with an amazing company. I have nothing but amazing things to say about my experience at lululemon but it was simply time for me to move on focus on my jewelry and my family. I learned so much about the life I wanted to live and they gave me the tools to live that life every day, albeit away from the company but not without their blessing. How cool is that?!

Anyway, today was my first full day away from my old job and it felt odd but mostly exciting. I feel a certain freedom to pursue my goals but also miss the people I work with immensely already. To celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in my life, today was filled with some fun activities…

-Traveling to the Jewelry District to pick up some jewelry making supplies for a class I am taking at UCLA

-Target run to get some essentials (I heart Target a lot)

-Photographed some new jewels for my etsy  store

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Made (& devoured) an amazing spinach, bacon, goat cheese salad with balsamic fig dressing

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and LOST is on tonight!

I have to go to bed early tonight too–I teach a 6:15 AM barre physique class!

Good night friends!


“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” -John Lennon