appetizers

sausage stuffed mushrooms {updated}

sausage stuffed mushrooms {updated}

So we are are officially in what is perhaps the favorite time of year in our house: football season.  Auburn football.  Tailgating.  And of course, family College Football Pick ‘Em (allow me to brag for a minute and say that I have won the past two years…the pressure is on).  I also have the goal … more

rosemary roasted chickpeas

rosemary roasted chickpeas

Can I tell you what the hardest thing for me is?  Being present.  I always feel like I am trying and I always feel like I am failing.  I always feel like I am waiting for that next thing or looking back at that past thing, and it all seems better than the right now. … more

edamame with soy sauce and sesame seeds

edamame with soy sauce and sesame seeds

I am so into edamame (aka soybeans) right now that it is kind of embarrassing.  Like, I know it’s a super food and maybe a little bit trendy, but for someone who absolutely cannot stand the taste of green peas, it is like a vegetable sent down from heaven just to remind me that not … more

mini mushroom pizzas with goat cheese

mini mushroom pizzas with goat cheese

My birthday was a couple of weekends ago, and while, when I was younger, I used to be mostly excited about birthday presents, my favorite thing now is that my birthday has become an excuse to go out to eat.  My parents took Gerrit and I out to eat on the Friday before my birthday, … more

cheese straws

cheese straws

In the middle of the day last Monday, when I emailed Gerrit to ask how his day was going, his response was, “Well, it can’t be bad when I’ve packed cheese straws with my lunch.”  No kidding.  Cheese straws, those typically unexciting, sometimes stale, often times off in flavor, Southern wedding reception staples–cheese straw–were making … more