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i’m here, but not really

I’m in California this week with several good people. We are busy, exhausted, elated, amazed. I’ll have to tell you all about it next week. In the meantime, check out a few quick pictures…

a toast

famous fried chicken


not a bad place to rest the brain and body

it’s the little touches i like so much


plenty of wine glasses for plenty of wine

21 nibbles at “i’m here, but not really”

  1. Nate says:

    You were at the Festival? Super bummed we weren’t able to go.

  2. amylouwho says:

    OH! Petit Ecoliers for smores!?? GENIUS!

  3. Kristin says:

    Holy cow! Is that a hotel room or someone’s guest room?! Whichever, I want it!

  4. Margie says:

    It is a shame that you do not know how to use a camera!

    Seriously, you have me spellbound.

    I’m very, very happy for you. :)

  5. Adrienne says:

    SERIOUSLY. Petit Ecoliers are the perfect solution to the s’more’s ratio problem. I love it. Love it!

  6. Lindsay says:


  7. Allison Arevalo says:

    I can’t believe I had to turn down the invitation to this event! So jealous – but happy that you’re enjoying yourself :)

  8. Melissa says:

    Famous fried chicken, eh? I’m supposed to go to his book signing this morning, not sure yet about getting away.

    You’re in serenity and happiness, no doubt. Enjoy.

  9. Ruth Ann says:

    Photos are entrancing! What a good idea to use petit ecolier cookies for smores. Will need to try.

  10. Whitney says:

    The smores pic makes me smile so very very much.

  11. Allie says:

    Wow. I agree with previous commenter – Spellbound!

    I really want to do anything I can to eventually have your life. It seems so perfect. You were a scientist and now you live a life of total leisure. I want that life! Spas, cooking all the time, photography, a great husband and dog?! And you’re still so young. How the hell did you do it?!

  12. Laura @ Hungry and Frozen says:

    Looks like an amazing time. Those s’mores! The chicken! The little touches! Have fun :D

  13. Jennifer says:

    Yes, it’s been a fun trip and meeting you in person was certainly one of the highlights. You’re a fun and super sweet gal.

  14. Karna says:

    welcome to a town north of windsor, south of cloverdale?
    [aka, where I grew up :) ]

  15. Nichole says:

    Yay! I totally forgot about your trip and I had been wondering why it been so quiet on the Jen front this week. Thanks for the wonderful teaser and I hope your week continues to be fantastic. I can’t wait to hear more about all the food, people and places. I bet the coming photos are going to be just amazing. Sending you a big squeeze from Luke and me!

  16. Eat. Travel. Eat! says:

    Amazing smores for sure! Never thought about using Petit Ecoliers with marshmallows :). But where was the fire? The fireplace?

  17. Jessica Nunemaker says:

    I have had a serious S’Mores craving for the last TWO weeks.

    Your photos don’t help! Not one bit! ;)

  18. Loan says:

    Hey Jen, I had a question regarding cakes I dislike overly sweet cakes and it just seems like every cake recipe I find seems to be so sweet. I was wondering if it is ok to cut down on the amount of sugar in a recipe without altering how the cake will turn out? I know its such a silly question to be asking but I thought I’d ask an expert before trying it and ending up with a bad cake . Thanks

  19. jenyu says:

    Nate – no, I didn’t attend the festival. I think this trip was MUCH better tho! :)

    Kristin – it was my hotel room! Can you believe it!?

    Lindsay – Healdsburg

    Allie – do you really? My life is a complete package, you can’t pick out just the good stuff. I work hard, I play hard. I had/have cancer. I lost my only sister 5 years ago. My PhD was a miserable experience. It may seem like total leisure, but it isn’t. It’s a lot of work. You don’t see everything going on in my life on urb… no one does.

    Jennifer – likewise, sweetie. Great getting to know you!!

    Nichole – oh!!! xxoo *warm fuzzies*

    ETE – the fire is in the upper left corner. About 8-10 pit fires going in total.

    Loan – I’m sorry, but I couldn’t really tell ya. I don’t have enough experience with baking to tell you if it makes a difference. Sorry!

  20. Steph says:

    You never fail to impress me with your amazing photography.

  21. Kristin says:

    First hotel room that’s made me consider redecorating. Of course the windows could be a challenge!

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