April 12, 2011

my new job

I know it seems like I have fallen off the planet, but I promise I am still alive and well, better then ever actually. I am one week into my new job and loving it. (Hi, Aubrey!)

I work for my county's tourism office. We promote events, accommodations, recreations and restaurants for Sussex County through our website and other advertisements. I've been working on this website by adding events to the event calendar, adding buttons to the homepage and generally updating content.

Working in Marketing is totally different than working in finance. My new boss is encouraging me to dig into my passions and bring them out in the workplace. For example, we have talked about featuring a "Restaurant of the Week" on the homepage.

That "Come to the Culinary Coast" button is a new campaign designed to promote restaurants in our area, therefore increasing tourism. I have a feeling this campaign will become my biggest project and I can't wait to see how it all plays out. This summer, we want to focus on farm-to-table restaurants. There are tons of restaurants who work with our local farmers and cook with their fresh produce.

photo by michael beard photography

Delaware is kind of beautiful, huh?

Basically, I love the work and the people I work with. It's one big, huge blessing for Michael and I both.

rachel and jon - photo by latte da imagery

This transition has kept me very busy. Plus I've been packing, getting my bridesmaids dress hemmed, shopping and getting ready for this weekend in Arkansas to see those 2 get married. I fly out on Thursday and come back on Sunday. When I come back, food blog mania will continue.

I have so missed calmly stirring a bowl of cake batter... piping frosting on cupcakes... the smell of hot cookies in my kitchen... chopping up fresh veggies and garlic cloves...

See you soon, dear friends.


  1. FINALLY!! You know I have no problem stalking you, but the let down every morning of week-two-as-a-coffee-drinker was just torture. And my first highlight on JL - WOO! PS: Have I told you lately how excited we are to have you on board? ;)

  2. So happy for all your wonderful changes. Have fun at the wedding this weekend!

  3. I was missing you!! You will be in my neck of the woods this weekend! I live in Little Rock :) The weather is supposed to be beautiful so I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Jenna I am hoping you or someone who knows is reading this.. I want to make your raspberry swirl cupcakes, and I'm wondering if I can use an angel food cake mix instead of the scratch cake.. also should I reduce the amount of water the mix calls for if adding the raspberry jam??
    Sure hope you or someone who knows will see this as I hope to make them this afternoon!!!

  5. I think the cupcakes are best made from scratch of course, but I'm sure an angel food cake mix would work! I would say just follow the instructions on the back of the box (don't reduce the amount of water), whisk up the raspberry jam in a small bowl, then add it to the batter, swirl and bake! I hope it works! Let me know :)

  6. Hi Jenna.. Thank you for your quick response.. I shouldn't have waited until the last minute to research this, but that seems to be the way I do things that way the older I get~~ :) I did go ahead and make them.. reduced the water by 1/4 c. Box called for 1 1/4.. They aren't maybe as high as could be, but for taste they are SOOOO good.. Haven't frosted them yet.. also fudged with that.. using a tub of whipped cream cheese.. added the zest from one lemon, and maybe a big tsp lemon juice.. I tried one and walla!!! Never found your site before, but this is excellent, and looking around some of the other recipes look amazing.. Will be back trying more..
    Thank you for your help~~ Abd have a great weekend!!

  7. Hi Jenna! I was so worried about you since silence isn't like you ;) ...but figured you were swept up with your new job, etc. So glad to hear it's going so well! It sounds like a ton of fun, and the changes you've already made and the ideas you're cooking up are wonderful :) Have a great time at the wedding. Can't wait for your next post...

  8. Jenna, we miss you!! Come back!

    I love you :)