I’m taking a brief break from recipes today to share a special Mother’s Day post that’s been on my heart for awhile. Do you ever feel like you have a mean girl in your head? Sometimes I feel like Regina George is resting on my shoulder, pointing out my flaws, and reminding me of all the ways I don’t stack up. The things we say to ourselves in our heads are often far worse than anything we’d say to another human being. And you know what? I’m tired of listening to the mean girl in my head. I hope this post will spur us to treat ourselves with kindness, patience, and grace even in the midst of our failures. You are precious, friends. Thanks for reading along and I’ll be back with more recipes next week!
Baking is my love language, and one of my best expressions are these Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins. When I feel helpless or can’t find the words to say, I make these simple, hearty, nourishing muffins. They’re an offering, another way to let the ones you love know you care.
The annual Gifts that Give Back Guide is one of my favorite posts of the year. This year, I’ve included loads of ideas for meaningful, unique, and lovely gifts for everyone on your list. The organizations included are doing amazing work to transform lives and communities throughout the world. I hope you have as much fun reading the guide as I do making it, and even more fun using it to shop for the ones you love!
I’m bringing a tender heart and these Red Wine Baked Mushrooms with Crispy Parmesan to the table today. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and join me.
Alright, y’all, I promise we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled recipes next week, but I had one more baby related post to share as we wrap up this first year of parenthood. We are decidedly less-is-more parents on the whole. I remember looking at the giant baby checklists offered by baby stores and feeling Read More
This week I’m taking a brief break from recipes to share some of our favorite moment’s from our little guy’s airplane themed first birthday party! Plenty of cute baby smeared with frosting pictures ahead!
Looking for a lovely place to getaway? Nestled in the Hocking Hills, Athens, OH is a beautiful spot for adventurers, nature lovers, and foodies. Today I’m sharing some of our favorite places in Athens!
It’s been nearly a year since I shared a leftovers post, but I’m back today with a little glimpse of our life outside the kitchen, including highlights from the first 9 months with our son, book reviews, and the most popular post of the year!
Merry Christmas from my little crew to yours! As always, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you who read, comment, and make the recipes from this blog. You are my tribe, and I’m thankful each day that I get to do what I love–share great food and conversation with folks like you. I’m going Read More
When I began assembling this collection of gifts that give back a few weeks ago, I had no idea how many inspiring businesses and organizations I would find. I had to cut myself off eventually, because I could’ve spent weeks researching, pinning, and admiring the amazing products and work being done by socially conscious businesses and Read More
Here’s the truth. Today’s post was supposed to be a recipe for using up Halloween candy, particularly those mini chocolate bars we all love so much. Then, an article popped up in my newsfeed. Hershey’s, Mars, and Nestle were in the news again for accusations of child labor in their chocolate supply chain. I’ve heard and even Read More
Many, many months ago, I dreamed of an adventure themed nursery with hot air balloons and airplanes, vintage maps, and suitcases. And after many months of planning, hammering, painting, sweating, sewing, and fixing, Baby R’s room was finally (pretty much) complete! At times our progress felt painfully slow, but it has been so rewarding to see Read More
Can we all just take a collective big breath in and say a little prayer of thanks that warm weather has finally and officially arrived? I know I’m about to be seriously pregnant and that by August I’ll be waddling around in a pool of my own belly sweat, but I am just so happy it’s Read More
I’m on vacation this week in Charleston soaking up some beach time, savoring these moments with the Mr. before the baby comes, and eating ALL THE HUSHPUPPIES. In my mind the perfect vacation involves two things: good food and good reads. If the weather’s bad, the hotel kind of sucks, and the beach is crowded Read More
My goodness. Another month has disappeared before my eyes. Where is the time going? And why do beautiful, sunny days seem to go so much faster than dreary, rainy ones? And why aren’t all jeans made like maternity jeans? I never want to see another zipper in my life. Stretchy waistbands FOREVER! Here we are on Read More
I know I’m a food blogger so I should be doing this gender reveal with some adorable heart shaped cupcakes or extravagantly decorated cake pops. But we already know I don’t really do cute food, and the truth is, I’m way too excited to share the news to mess with all that fancy schmantzy stuff Read More
Winter dealt out its worst for us in February, but despite the less-than-ideal weather, this month FLEW by around these parts. In this month’s leftovers post I’ll recap our trip to Dallas and Austin, share some great reads, and throw in a few of my other favorites from the month! We started off this month Read More
I’ve been keeping a little secret the past few months, and I’m about ready to bust! I’m so happy to finally be able to let you all in on the very best news. We are expecting a baby! We are thrilled, terrified, excited, anxious, and overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. I’ve been itching to talk Read More
February totally snuck up on me this month, so I’m a bit late with the Leftovers. I’m still scribbling 2014 on documents, and the first month is already gone! Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been reading, eating, and doing lately. I’d love to hear what the highlights of your January were. Hit me Read More
Ah, December. Christmas lights, presents, the Pentatonix Christmas album, and SO MUCH FOOD. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. We had a great time with family, and even managed to capture this picture where we’re all (mostly, kinda sort of) smiling and have our eyes open! Huzzah! The Mr. and I decided to Read More
I can hardly believe it’s already time to wrap up another year of blogging. This year has brought big changes in my life, the most notable one being quitting my job to pursue food blogging full time. It’s been a crazy ride since then, but I’ve loved every minute of it. Thank you for being Read More
Wishing you a Merry Christmas from my crazy sweater-clad family to yours! Thank you so much for reading along, commenting, and letting me be a part of your kitchen adventures. It is a joy and pleasure to share recipes with all of you. Whether you’re making a giant feast or ordering Chinese takeout, I hope Read More
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family and pie, stretchy pants and a side of gravy. Today I’m here to wrap up some of my November favorites! I’ve got a slew of funny, inspiring, and holiday spirit-filled links to share with you, plus a peek into what I’ve been reading and Read More
Today, we’re shouting our love from the roof tops! Ten food bloggers are sharing the tools, gadgets, cookbooks, and equipment they can’t live without in their Top 5 Kitchen Must Haves! I’ll admit, I’m kind of a snooper. I love seeing what other people order at restaurants, peeking at my airplane buddy’s reading material, and getting Read More
Not many things could convince me to wake up before the sun, but massive quantities of cheese, the chance to meet fellow bloggers, and cow selfies is one of them. Today I’m so excited to share some photos from my trip to Cleveland in October. The trip was hosted by the American Dairy Association Mideast and Read More
October 15th was National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, and it also marks the one year date of our miscarriage. Last year, this month was marked by excitement and planning, quickly followed by disappointment and grief. A whole lot of grief. I spent the rest of 2013 going through the motions, doing what needed to be Read More
Ah, October. The leaves are changing, I’ve broken out my plaid shirts, and there is a distinct rustling in the air. As hard as it was to let go of summer, I’m embracing fall with open arms now. But I can’t let September slip away without giving you some leftovers! Here’s what’s been happening in Read More
Hey friends! Just popping in to give you a brief rundown of my 2014 Reader Survey results! First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to give me feedback! So many of you shared such kind words. I actually got a little teary reading through your responses. Thank you for letting me Read More
It is NOT already September. Okay? We’re not even going to talk about it. We’re just going to pretend these are June leftovers and move along. Good? This month I’ve got a lot of serious Internet reads, for what was, in my mind, a pretty serious month. Isis militants, a war over Gaza, a crisis Read More
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graze.com. All opinions are 100% mine. If your snacking could use an upgrade, read on! Today, I’ve got a review of Graze, a snacking subscription service that delivers nutritious goodies straight to your door. Read on to learn more and try your first box Read More
Today, I’m sharing this simple summer appetizer made with sweet roasted cherry tomatoes and a mound of warm tangy goat cheese. Plus, I share why I believe in the power of neighbor food. Friends, I have to be honest. My heart has been heavy the past few weeks. The weight of the news coming out of Iraq Read More
I’m just going to warn you up front, these summer leftover posts are going to be heavy on the books, because that’s what I’ve been using every spare minute I have to do. Okay, maybe not every spare minute. I’ve also been catching up on reruns of Brooklyn 99, which, by the way, may be Read More
Let’s talk about June. June is like that guy you dated for a hot second back in college. There were a few blurry weeks of thrills, and then it died faster than you can say “single again.” I was just starting to get to know June and now it’s gone. I really would have loved to see Read More
Tell me friends, when it comes to grocery shopping are you in the love it or hate it camp? For me, it entirely depends on where I go. There are certain stores that make me think pulling my hair out a single strand at a time would be more enjoyable than attempting to buy a Read More
I now interrupt your regularly scheduled recipes for pictures of the beach. I promise we’ll be back to the food on Sunday, but I hope you’ll stick around to gawk at some photos from our Cape Cod vacation. The truth is, I hardly ever take pictures of anything other than food. I’ve learned a lot Read More
Friends, I want to thank you so much for all your kind words after I shared my post about my miscarriage. I am so grateful for this supportive community. Your love, prayers, and kindness have encouraged us more than you know. Now, it’s time to recap May! I know, I know, it’s already June 2nd Read More
This post is completely outside the realm of the norm here at Neighborfood. It has been languishing in my drafts file for weeks, waiting until I get the guts to hit publish. As much as I love sharing all of my happy foodie experiences with you all, I also want this to be a space Read More
Is it just me or does time craaaaawl during the winter and sprint during any season where the average temperature is above 40 degrees? The closer we get to summer, the faster time seems to fly by. Already, our schedules are filling up with weddings and garage sales, camping trips and vacation. Don’t get me Read More
You all know by now that we really love eggs around these parts. Eggs are what I make when I don’t have a plan, when the fridge is nearly empty, and when all I want to do is crash on the couch and watch Arrested Development until my brain leaks out my ears. Even when Read More
Can you believe it’s been a whole month since the last leftovers post? Where the heck did March go? Not that I’m particularly sad. After all, each day is getting us a little closer to summer…and cookouts…and outdoor concerts…and bonfires…and strawberry picking…and…did I mention I’m excited about summer? Still there was plenty to love in Read More
I know this may be hard to believe, but I actually do have a life outside of making food and talking about my issues with laundry. I read stuff. I stalk food blogs. I spend way too much time perusing the humor section of Pinterest. Sometimes these things are interesting. Sometimes they’re maybe only interesting Read More
Shop with a purpose this holiday season! Whether you’re shopping for your kids, your dad, your husband, or your sister, I’ve got a collection of fantastic fair trade products that not only make great gifts, but also support low income farmers and artisans around the world. With the holiday season fast approaching (read: coming at Read More
This classic recipe delivers a subtly sweet, cinnamony Custard Pie. It’s my mom’s specialty and it simply wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. For today’s #SundaySupper, my friends and I are celebrating Thanksgiving just like you do–by gathering around the table, giving thanks, and sharing great food. I’ll admit, this season hasn’t been the easiest for Read More
Fluffy cinnamon spiced apple pancakes stacked high with pecans, bacon, and sweet cider syrup. I know things have been a little quiet around here this week. I didn’t really plan on disappearing from the interwebs for five days, but sometimes life happens. Or, more accurately, sometimes life slaps you in the face, sets your butt Read More
Today I’m super excited to be guest posting over at Everyday Liturgy, a blog which seeks to incorporate faith and spirituality into the nitty gritty of our everyday lives. Here’s the beginning of my post: I have never considered myself a cook. I came to the kitchen through cookies and pies, measuring cups and pastry Read More
You may recall The Great Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment of 2011. With the help of the Mr, I conducted a serious side by side comparison study of two of my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipes. We were thorough in our approach. Each cookie had to be baked on the same pan, in the same Read More
Image courtesy of Mihai Tamasila If anything characterized the first 6 years of my adult life it was change. Movement was a rhythm of sorts, as sure as the changing seasons. Each fall and summer of my college days, I would pack my little Honda Accord so full of stuff I couldn’t see out the Read More
It feels like it was just a few months ago when I finally quit writing 2011 by accident. Now, here we are, with another impending date change upon us. It feels so terribly old to say this, but time really does fly. I remember people telling me that when I was younger. I would laugh Read More
These Pumpkin 7 Layer Bars are ridiculously easy to make and gluten free! I’m going to be honest. It’s been a rough week around these parts. The Mr.’s been working crazy long hours at a stressful job. The living room has been “in process” for over a month, which basically just means the furniture is Read More
So today I’m a wee bit, tiny little, tad nugget excited. I can’t really share exactly why I’m excited just yet, but let’s just say it has something to do with a little ol’ blog called Bake. Eat. Repeat. getting a brand new home (eep!).We’re working hard behind the scenes to make the new home Read More
Today is my birthday, and this…. …is my birthday cake. It doesn’t have sprinkles. Or frosting. Or a scripted “Happy Birthday” swirled across the top. It doesn’t even have chocolate. And you know what? I wouldn’t ask for anything else on my birthday. This, my friends, is my all time favorite (FAV-O-RITE) cake. I know Read More
Last month I had the pleasure of teaching a cooking and baking class for a group of young people involved with the Transit Arts program at my work. (If you’ve never heard of Transit Arts, check them out! They are a fabulous organization that provides a range of artistic opportunities for youth.) Over the course Read More
People used to tell me time goes by faster as you get older. I never thought about it much, but the older I get the more I’m beginning to understand what they meant. This weekend my niece graduates from high school, and suddenly I find myself wondering, “where in the heck did the time go?” Read More
A very Merry Christmas to you and yours! I pray on this day you will be immersed in the story of a baby boy, born in the humblest of places into a poor family…a baby who was both flesh and blood and the very Son of God. May you be awed. stunned. amazed. by this Read More
This morning I woke up too early. And it was all Oscar’s fault.I know, I know, he’s a cutie. But I don’t really see cute at 6:30 in the morning. I see a bleary figure with dog breath. But it just so happens, having an extra hour in the morning isn’t all bad. Instead of Read More