Southwest Shrimp Soup

Southwestern Shrimp Soup

Nothing screams Happy Holidays like a hearty bowl of southwest shrimp soup, am I right? No? No? Okay, this chunky, flavorful bowl of soup doesn’t exactly scream Christmas cheer, but it is a great soup to whip up on a cold winter night when you’re looking for something warm and comforting that’s also packed with… 

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Weekend with Mom


I hugged my mom goodbye just before 6 a.m. this morning. I’m obviously sad to see her go, but Ryan and I will be heading to my parents’ place in Jacksonville for Christmas in two short weeks so I know we’ll be reunited soon. Our weekend was wonderful and a great balance of activity and… 

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Thanksgiving 2014

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Our Thanksgiving in Sarasota was fantastic, as always! My mother-in-law always hosts a beautiful gathering that includes some of my all-time favorite food,but it was the people who obviously made Thanksgiving extra special. Now that Ryan and I have to drive 11 hours to see my in-laws, we’re finding ourselves appreciating what little time we… 

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The week of Thanksgiving is upon us and I am already dreaming of a big plate filled to the brim with some of my Thanksgiving Day favorites. Like most families out there, our Thanksgiving features a handful of our favorite tried and true recipes, but we always seem to make a few new dishes every… 

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Competition Dining: Final Fire in Raleigh

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If I could summarize this weekend in one word, it would be delicious. Back in August you may remember reading a recap of my experience at an event called Fire in the City in Charlotte. It was part of a North Carolina-wide dining competition and the finals took place in Raleigh on Saturday night. The… 

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Easy Roasted Curried Butternut Squash

Roasted Curried Butternut Squash

Last night I threw together a side dish to serve with the salmon we were having for dinner and it ended up stealing the show! This roasted curried butternut squash is so flavorful and incredibly simple to make. You may already have most of the ingredients on hand in your pantry already! Coconut oil +… 

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