So … welcome to my blog! I spent a lot of time thinking about doing this blog. Something funny would happen and I would say “oooh, I should write about that in my blog!” Every time I talked to my sisters on the phone, I inevitably brought up the future blog that all 3 of us would contribute amazing recipes to. Even my husband eventually said the sentence “You should put that in your blog.” Never mind that “my blog” actually didn’t exist. Except in our minds. Until the fateful day of June 8th, 2010. So welcome.

I thought long and hard about how to introduce myself, to be personal without spilling my guts all over the world wide web, but also relevant and thought-provoking. What would make me stand out from the million-bajillion other blogs? What if no one liked my recipes? What if I posted a picture that wasn’t perfectly exposed and sharp? And then I realized that probably only my sisters would ever look at this, and I laughed hysterically. And decided that I would write about whatever I felt like. So this is not a food blog per se, though I love cooking and plan on posting many recipes … it’s not a photography blog, though hopefully it will motivate me to learn how to use my Nikon D5000 and do some mean Photoshop … and it’s not my online journal, though I may wax personal and reminisce about my wonderful and ridiculous childhood. A lot. You can feel free to skip those parts.

I have 2 wonderful sisters, Erica and Heidi, who I talk about kind of a lot. We grew up in Spain as MK’s (missionary kids) and all moved back to the States to go to college, where all three of us double majored in French and something else. In fact, to give you an uncanny detail, we all (during different years) lived in the exact same dorm room at Indiana University, Forest A #418. I got married in 2005, a year after graduating, and have been working full time in sales/office environments since then. Both of my sisters have also encountered the love of their lives, and married the lucky guys straightaway. A small nephew named James has recently joined the world via my sister Heidi.

Right now my husband and I live in Chicago. We love the city and love our apartment. We go to a great church. I work in an office for a fantastic boss. The future is rich with possibilities, including small and cute alien-type beings otherwise known as children (though I’m only thinking of having them because they will generate hilarious blog posts).

I love hearing back from readers, so feel free to leave your thoughts in the “comments” section, or email me at jennaseverythingblog@gmail.com. Every comment is read and appreciated!

Have fun perusing!

55 Responses to About

  1. Heidi says:

    This is fantastic. Congratulations on success in creating your blog!

  2. queenie says:

    hah! aka Susan here (don’t tell anyone) – glad to see your blog! Looking forward to your recipes and your photos. Oh – and I love the heading photo! Very cool.

    Signing in with my blog so perhaps you’ll come visit over at the greenwood as well. Love to you!

  3. Paula Menn says:

    I like your blog! I hope to visit more often.

    I’ll see you at Erica’s wedding.

  4. Kay Heritage says:

    You are the one with a great blog and wonderful photos!! I have a very special place in my heart for MK. My best friend is a missionary currently serving in the Philippines! LOVE classical guitar music. Love your chicken stir fry!

  5. Sarah says:

    Hi Jenna! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I just wanted to say that yours is super cute! I love how you include printable recipes… I may just have to work on that for my blog if you don’t mind me stealing your idea.

    • Jenna says:

      No problem! My ‘printable recipes’ are just a link that opens a Word document . . . a ‘shabbier’ solution since I can’t figure out how to do it the fancier way like I’ve seen other bloggers do. =) If you figure out a better way, let me know!

  6. i love how your blog existed in your mind at first. exactly how i started mine! my boyfriend kept telling me to do it for an outlet, since i’m stuck at home all day. i figured who cares if no one reads it, it gives me something to do.

    your pictures are so pretty. i need to just bite the bullet and get a dSRL. i considered the nikon 5000, but how do you feel about it’s flip out screen? i fear i might not like that feature so much.

    • Jenna says:

      I love the flip-out screen–it can stay put just like with any other camera, but you can turn it face-in to protect it, or twist it about so that you can see what you’re taking a picture of when you’re say, holding the camera above your head to capture a parade or something.

  7. Tickled Red says:

    Okay, you two are just too bloody cute!! :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I can’t wait to read more of yours…it sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

  8. Winn says:

    Thanks for coming by and visiting my blog. Your blog sounds like an intriguing place, and I’ll definitely be back! :D

  9. CityMom2 says:

    Followed you over from Tickled Red. Had to check out fellow bourbon fans! I do hope you’re talking sour mash (like Jack D.).

    I like your site. Really enjoyed the Family Vacay 2010. I could die happy in that house. In your “about” I realized my oldest son was born in the 80’s! (1985).

  10. Yasmina says:

    Wow! I’ve found your blog by chance and it’s amazing how life changes. It seems like it was just yesterday when we were playing cards (el guiñote) in San Braulio, and now… I’m Yasmina, from Spain. Do you remember me? I hope so. I am glad to know a little bit about you and your sisters now.
    I’ll keep an eye on your blog!

    • Jenna says:

      Oh my gosh, Yasmina! Por supuesto que me acuerdo de ti! It’s so strange and great how the internet can bring people back together. And your English is (of course) fantastic . . . I have such great memories of San Braulio. I was always jealous of your long blond braid–your hair was so thick and gorgeous =). Are you still in Zaragoza?

      • Yasmina says:

        Talking with you was a gift for me. About my hair… well now it’s short, very very short and spiky. What a change! ;D
        You’re just the same! I remember you playing the guitar… I’ve always been terrible with instruments… I’m only allowed to listen, never playing it!

  11. aimeetalks says:

    Great blog! Very interesting!

  12. Hi Jenna, Followed your comment at TKW—lovely blog. Although I live and blog in LA these days, I grew up in the city of big shoulders, so it’s nice to know about nice people living and loving there. Namaste

  13. Thanks for popping by my site and saying hi! Its great to connect, just loved your story so far and looking forward to getting to know you through the blogosphere :)
    Cheers Anna

  14. Morocco says:

    Go Hoosiers, lol, I’m from Indy and graduated from IU as well!

  15. Camille says:

    I love the name of your blog. I’ve been agonizing over a new name for MONTHS — trying to pinpoint that perfect “niche” name of a cooking, but not always a cooking, but also natural living blog. :-) So I love the fact that you just called it your “everything” blog! Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself!

  16. Christina says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I am so glad I have found yours, I absolutely love it! Love your pictures, too, I am a fellow D5000 gal.

  17. Joy says:

    Thanks for coming to our blog Jenna. I just love yours and plan to return. I also love the printable recipes and will try that. We do a recipe roughly every other day. I hope you come back to ours. We have a lot of fun.

  18. My brother lived in Chicago a few years ago in a beautiful apartment in Printers Row. For health reasons he moved to a warmer climate. Your gorgeous apartment reminded me of his place and the wonderful visit I enjoyed in Chicago.

    The rest of your blog is delightful, also, Jenna. I am enjoying browsing around. Great recipes, too! Blessings to you…

  19. Susan says:

    Hi Jenna – Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I am also new to blogging – started in July. I am not computer savvy so wasn’t sure just what I was doing. My husband takes all of my good pictures on the blog – mine are the not so good ones.

    I have three daughters – Jenna is my middle daughter!

    I loved reading all about you! Your blog is so fun and I look forward to visiting more in the future.

    Susan http://www.ugogrrl.com

  20. scriptorobscura says:

    You have a wonderful blog, so full of joy and happiness :)

  21. Lynne says:

    Hi Jenna,
    You live in one of my favorite cities-Chicago. Unfortunately, I’ve only experienced it in the cold month of December. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a fun blog to read with so many different and interesting subjects.

    • Jenna says:

      Thanks Lynne! Yes, the cold month of December is not the ideal time to visit–you should come in the spring or summer, when free music festivals and concerts are happening pretty much every weekend! It feels like a completely different city once the weather warms up. =)

  22. Great blog! Such beautiful photos that are so full of life! Thanks for coming by my blog today — I look forward to following along with yours.

  23. What a great blog you have here! You and the hubs are super adorable and I am jealous of your relationship with your sisters! I would LOVE to have a sister (instead I got 3 brothers lol).

    Look forward to checking out some of your recipes!

  24. This Italian Family says:

    I love this! I love your way of writing and I love that this blog is about the things you care about most and I love that you were an MK (me too! though, it was China for us). I also think it’s hilarious what you wrote about your sisters probably being the only ones who would read your blog because that’s about how I felt when I first started too. ;) So looking forward to reading more from you! :)

  25. Tatiana says:

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I can’t wait to sit and read up on yours =0)


  26. Tammie says:

    Oh I love it! Thank you for visiting my blog, thank you even more for leaving a comment!! You know those make a bloggers **DAY** :-) I love Anne of Green Gables books and read every single one of them… silly me never thought to look into other works of Ms. Montgomery… great idea! Keep bloggin’!!

  27. Hello fellow Hoosier blogger! My husband graduated from IU and I from ISU. We live in Indy now! Nice to “meet” you:)

  28. Ellie says:

    Hi Jenna! Woww I think it’s cool that your parents ministered in Spain! Nice to meet you, and I like how you write about pretty much anything and everything :D

  29. myblogject says:

    Love the blog Jenna. You are an inspriation!

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  31. raspberry surprise says:

    I love your blog! Thanks for doing the book reviews. I am a book-a-holic myself and always looking for something new. Now I wanna read the Zippy book :-)

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  33. Tanvi says:

    what a cute story behind the starting of a blog..I loved reading about our family.You have a fantastic line up of recipes & craft stories on your blg..I m sure I ll enjoy it a lot!
    Thanks for stopping by:)

  34. Is it my imagination or did you update your blog, it seems to have more tabs across the top or something to that nature. Anywho- I love reading your blog (not the first time I wrote this- i think;)

    You have such a great sense of humor in your writing, it is really fun- always makes me smile. Love your pictures too!


    • Jenna says:

      Thanks Kim! And I may have made a few updates . . . but not too many since last year. At some point soon I do want to move to my own domain name. . . we’ll see how soon I get around to that though. =)

  35. Simon Says says:

    So wonderful! I love how you said that you had a blog in your mind first! (:
    I too, found myself doing the same. Then I made a blog, and it sat naked for two weeks because I couldn’t make any further decisions. I look forward to seeing your future posts, especially about Chicago! My family is from Chicago (though I live in California) and I absolutely love visiting the city! One day I hope to move there myself! Great job on the blog, congrats!!
    Best wishes!

  36. sjnkon says:

    Congrats on being freshly pressed. I enjoyed the pictures on that post. Besides, I also discovered about your band through your blog. Listening to ‘Love is Home’ right now.
    Best wishes!

  37. loveanddust says:

    I love the way you write. You seem absolutely precious and I cannot wait to read your blog!

  38. Kristy says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I really like your site – it’s a little collection of everything! And your Chicago apartment reminds me so much of the ones my hubby and I have lived in. We’re out in the burbs now, but spent the first five years of our marriage in city apartments. I LOVED it and miss it so much! :)

    • Jenna says:

      Thanks Kristy! Yeah, we’re loving life in the city right now, but eventually we’d love a more peaceful setting–if we stay in the city, that would mean thicker walls, since we hear a goodly amount of neighbor-noise. But I’m definitely enjoying the present!

  39. Stephie says:

    I, too, sat around for quite some time thinking about starting a blog before I did. I would be cooking and mentally “writing” my blog post as I went along…and that was when I knew I had totally lost my marbles. It was also a sign that I should probably just bite the bullet and start the darn thing.

    Is it weird that I find it exciting that you are in Chicago because I recently moved just outside the city? Oh wait, probably just creepy……

    Anyway, great funny musings on life!

    • Jenna says:

      Hi Stephie! Not creepy at all. =) I live vicariously in the country through the PW (which I find exciting since I’m in the city), so there you have it.

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