snacks

peanut date snack bars

peanut date snack bars

I know I mentioned that at the beginning of each year I always get a renewed inspiration for cooking dinner and meal planning and trying to make that work in the most efficient way possible.  But this year, I feel like I have a renewed interest in food in general and how our food culture … 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

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

boiled peanuts

boiled peanuts

A couple of weeks ago, Gerrit and I bought a new painting for above our mantle.  We’ve been searching for the right piece of art to hang up there ever since we moved in, and several weeks ago when we were down in Auburn we pulled into a parking space downtown, right in front of … more