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…

A magical ride

I’ve always thought I lived in a beautiful place. This weekend I got to see that beauty from a very unique vantage point. A coworker of mine at my “day job” arranged for us to go on a hot air balloon ride. To be truthful I will say that it wasn’t exactly a bucket list…

It’s pickle time!

Remember the song Cookie Time from the movie Troop Beverly Hills? Well, this time of year, I’m singing this, only it’s pickle time instead of cookie time! And if you don’t know this movie, go look for it. It’s a 1989 classic. I feel like I need to learn this dance to do while I’m making…

Quiche: It’s what’s for breakfast

I bought a really big bag of asparagus at Trader Joes the other day. You ever notice that asparagus is one of those things typically served in smaller portions? We’d eaten it sauteed and in a pasta dish and I was in the market for some other venue for the last of the asparagus. I…

Shatley Springs: A step back in time

Growing up, one of my favorite summer treats was a trip to Shatley Springs. In today’s world of farm to table restaurants with fancy upscale versions of Southern fare, it fascinates me that this little place in the absolute middle of nowhere is still around. But I am certainly glad it is. Don’t get me…