Kitsey’s guide to the Crystal Coast

People are always asking me for my recommendations on things to do, and in particular, places to eat on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, so here’s the quick and dirty! About the Crystal Coast: I love its tourism slogan “North Carolina’s Gem.” It’s so fitting for this lovely area that includes Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Beaufort….

Drinking vicariously (a book review)

Mamrie Hart, a native of my small town in rural North Carolina, has just released her second book and it is a hoot! As a mom of a six-month old I believe my drinking days are long gone. My idea of an exciting drink choice these days is trying a new flavor of La Croix….

Pickles and pina coladas

“When are you due?” “Are you having a boy or girl?” These are some of the most frequently asked questions of pregnant people. People also want to know what crazy thing you have been craving to eat. I’m a little bummed to report that I didn’t really have any weird cravings while I was pregnant….

Happy New Year!

I’d like to say that my New Year’s resolution is to get back to blogging, but there’s a good chance that won’t happen. The reason I have neglected the blog of late is a good one though. I made a tiny human! Being a mother is the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, but gosh…

A pasta warning

I’m going to warn you about something. Don’t, I mean don’t, ever try homemade pasta. If you do, you will never want to go back to the pitiful dried up stuff in the box. It’s a sad dilemma, but one we now face in my household. My husband Morgan was given the pasta maker attachment…

Happy Fat Tuesday!

A holiday that involves the phrase “Fat Tuesday” is definitely something I can get down with! Though far from the parades routes in the famed Crescent City, I have been lucky to experience my own local version of Mardi Gras thanks to my dear friend Judy. Judy lived for many years in New Orleans and…

Snow day baking

We got our first winter snow here in North Carolina over the weekend. As protocol dictates here in the south, we all rushed out and bought bread and milk. Actually, truth be told, I bought neither of those things as we already had them. I did buy some other items so I could bake while…

Give me the peanut butter!

The holiday season is upon us and that means it’s time to make lots of yummy goodies to share, or to eat all by yourself while you binge watch holiday movies on Netflix. I don’t judge. What you do with you holiday goodies is your business! Last Christmas, my husband and I both were in…

Self care season is here

For those, like me, who are empaths or highly sensitive, these last few weeks have probably been extremely challenging. And, now the holiday season is upon us. While lots of fun, the holidays can also cause us stress, anxiety and even sadness. Let’s all just stop right now and take a big, deep, cleansing breath. …

Southwestern Kale & Sausage Soup

Life has gotten busy and thus the blog has been neglected. Morgan and I had a wonderful anniversary celebration in Asheville, which I have been remiss in posting about. I’ve also participated in one of my favorite events, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Atlanta. Just this past weekend, Morgan and I…