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….

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…

Lettuce and onions

If I say “lettuce and onions” that likely means the start of a salad, or maybe toppings for a burger to most people. Where I’m from in Yadkin County, NC, it means something a little bit different. This time of year, in the early spring, lettuce and onions is a special treat. When that early…

Snow day link roundup

We are getting hammered here in Yadkin Valley Wine Country with snow and sleet. I’m really more of a warm weather gal, but I have to admit the snow is pretty. Now we’re just hoping it doesn’t turn to freezing rain. So on this snow day here at The Lush’s Blush headquarters, here a few…

My Korean cooking adventure

I heard a really interesting segment on NPR not long ago about kimchi. I know next to nothing about Korean cuisine, but I do know the word kimchi. My dad served in the army and was stationed in Korea from 1965-1966. He was not a fan of Korean food and doesn’t speak highly of kimchi….

Super simply spicy enchiladas

You can certainly make enchiladas all the way from scratch, even making your own sauce. They are delicious. But sometimes, you want something a little easier and a little quicker. My husband and I made these super simple spicy enchiladas last week and they hit the spot! Super Simple Spicy Enchiladas Ingredients: 1 to 1…

Red wine braised roast

I can take absolutely no credit for this recipe. This is my husband’s culinary creation and it is amazing. I’ll spare you a long and drawn out post describing exactly how good it is and just give you the recipe and some photos. I promise it is amazing and you’ll want to make this as soon…

Wicked chicken

I know there is a big push these days to eliminate all pre-made, processed foods from one’s diet. I get it. Pre-made stuff is just not as healthy or good for us. Le sigh. . . But sometimes you just want a meal that you can throw together that doesn’t take all night and dirty…

I’m dreaming of a warm Christmas

Conch shells in Key West Oh, the weather outside in the Yadkin Valley region is lovely. And I hope it stays this way until summer. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say they can’t get in to the Christmas spirit because it’s not been cold enough. Well, bah humbug I say to that. People…

The great Christmas tree adventure

Black Friday shopping is just not a holiday tradition I can get in to. The only reason at all that I ever get up before dawn is if I’m headed to the beach. Putting up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend is, however, a tradition I can get behind. And so it was that reason,…