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Chit Chat Eighth Edition, Big Traveling Potluck


This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Big Traveling Potluck which is a food blog conference/event that was held in Temecula, CA. My friends Amanda and Angie flew down a day early and we may have had a dessert fest. See below, lol! Oh yah, what you see above is a chocolate chip cookie dough milkshake from the Shake Shack in Crystal Cove. It overlooks the beach. Such a fun spot.

Sweet and Saucy

Angie, Amanda and I decided we definitely had to go visit Melody at her “Sweet and Saucy Shop” in Newport Beach. Melody has some of the most beautiful and delicious desserts around. You can see we sampled our fair share. Party time!


Photo via Melody

Here we are doing what we love to do!! Take pictures of our treats…..then eating them of course ๐Ÿ™‚


Photo via Amanda

And more snapping photos of our desserts, lol!


Photo via Amanda

After we checked into our hotel Friday afternoon we hit up a mall in Temecula for a little shopping with Maria. Of course we spotted a cupcake shop that we HAD to try. It was calledย “Truely, Madly, Sweetly.”ย  How cute is that?


Left photo via Angie

ย You can see we ordered an assortment. Their S’mores was to die! A great little bakery.

Dinner night 1

Left photo via Angie

We showed up for dinner Friday night to the most gorgeous home on a hill with a backyard that opened up to an amazing view. It was a perfect place to catch up with old and new friends. I can not get over Diane’s ginormous lemon cream cake that she brought. It was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. Look at our faces, lol!! Right:ย  Lisa, Maria and I. Love these girls!


Here’s the scene of our breakfast Saturday morning. It was sunny and lovely. The food could not have been better. Fruit, yogurt, breakfast pizzas, muffins, breads, you name it we ate it, lol!

Bakerella and Picky PalateAngie and I at breakfast. We always have the same bright colors on. Love spending time with Angie. Soooo wish we were in the same city. Absolutely LOVED the KitchenAid mixers on display for our fruit. Lovely!


Photo via Sandy

More breakfast friends. Left: Maria and Caleb, Lori,ย Heidi, Ali, Me, Amanda and Sandy.

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After breakfast we went right into our speaker sessions. What a great group of speakers we had. So motivational and uplifting. This is Matt Armendariz talking to us about his journey through photography. Love him.


Spending a little time outside with my gals. Maria, Angie, me and Amanda.


Oh my goodness Whole Foods had the most gorgeous spread for lunch. Every kind of grain and topping you can imagine. It was heaven in a bowl.


Had a fun lemonade spritzer bar from Whole Foods. How refreshing does this look?!


Photo via Angie

Later in the afternoon before dinner we had a guacamole party with Gaby Dalkin in this most fabulous backyard. What a setting for us. Loved every second of it.


Ree was here too! It’s always so fun chit chatting with her. Fun Fun Fun weekend!


Our last morning together, we had a beautiful breakfast and said goodbye to our friends. Here we have… Left: Dara, Angie, Ethan, Amanda, Me, Lisa.



Photo via Brian

One more of more friends! Left: Cathy, Lori, Dara, Angie, Ethan, Brian, Me, Lisa and Rachelย 

A huge thanks to Maggy, Pam, Erika and the rest of the Big Traveling Potluck team that worked so hard for this perfect weekend of food and friends. Loved every minute of our time together in the California sun!

More Big Traveling Potluck 2013 Re-caps.

Kevin and Amanda
Two Peas and Their Pod
Reluctant Entertainer
Foodie Crush
Bake Your Day
A Thought for Food

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  1. 1

    I had to duck out early but it was great seeing you there, Jenny! I love all these pics! So bright, cheery, fun and reminds me of just how HOT it was there last weekend. Lol You look great as always and thanks for compiling this. Hope they do it again next year!

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      Jenny says:

      I noticed you were not there Sat and Sunday averie!! Glad to see you for even a few minutes. xoxo

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    Tieghan says:

    Look like so much fun and so beautiful! Wow, I wish I could have come!

    You girls look like a whole lot of fun!

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    Maria says:

    Loved hanging out with you girl! And I want another S’mores cupcake:) xo

  4. 4

    So fun to see you again. You are a gem, Jenny!

  5. 5

    Looks like it was a fun event!

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    marla says:

    Oh gee! I super wish I coulda been there with all of you. Such a wonderful + happy re-cap Jenny!

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    Armeen says:

    That spread of food choices and the whole experience looks amazing!

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    Gaby says:

    Loved seeing you this weekend girl!! xoxo

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    Heather says:

    You girls are all SO PRETTY! What a fun weekend!

    And I can’t believe you just had a baby not too long ago. Looking good girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 10

    you guys are SO cute!!! In every picture you are all head to toe put together and gorgeous! It was a fun weekend and wonderful to see you!

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    Liz Mackie says:

    Love your pics and article. You all had fun & it was nice to see a pic of everyone- all you good cooks. Have a super-duper weekend.

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    Carol says:

    I was so humgry after looking at all your beautiful pictures. I think I will get something decadent when shopping this afternoon!!!

  13. 13

    Looks like a great weekend full of friends and yummy food. Delicious cupcakes too!

  14. 14

    Looks like it was a beautiful and fun weekend! All those cupcakes look amazing! Cant wait to meet you ladies in a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 15

    I feel like if I went to one of these events I would totally be fangirling the whole time! Lol!

  16. 16

    Such a great weekend and alwasy fun to see you and your GORGEOUS shoes. Need! Want! xo

  17. 17

    This looked like such fun! I wish I went!

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    k says:

    how fun! and you so did not just have a baby! look at you! look at that food! i honestly don’t know how you do it. ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. 19

    What an awesome weekend, Jenny! Glad you had a great time!

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    Alyson says:

    You guys look like you are having so much fun!! I actually live in Temecula, so it was kind of fun to see these photos! I love your blog and all your photos! Thanks for sharing with us!

  22. 22

    Such a fun recap! I can’t get over how gorgeous the place is!
    And you guys are all adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amanda says:

    What a gorgeous recap, girl!! Love all your photos!! What a fun weekend. So excited Orlando is just around the corner!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

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  25. 25

    So great to see you again, Jenny! Gorgeous recap!

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    Michelle K says:

    That looks like such fun, and the food looks so fresh and Delicious!!!

    <3 love Temecula.

  27. 27

    what a fun recap of the weekend Jenny, thanks so much for including my “little” cake. LOL! Great seeing you ๐Ÿ™‚

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