Country-style Pork Ribs with Onions, Apples and Sauerkraut

So as promised, I wanted to share the recipe we developed but were unable to enter into our family picnic’s “Kraut Competition.” Because I had just started my job, we weren’t able to finish the recipe in time, and well, I’m kind of perfectionist — at least when it comes to something that might be […]



A few observations from the newly working-from-home

Sorry for kind of disappearing this week. I was out-of-town for my first work retreat, staying in a beautiful lake house. Pinch me right? Once or twice a year, they rent a house and spend 4-5 days meeting, working through new ideas and spending time together. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was […]



Reviewing Michelob ULTRA Light Cider…after a half-marathon?

It’s no secret that we really don’t review a lot of products around here. We talk a lot about the equipment we’ve purchased for our various hobbies, as well as the rationale for how we came to select them, and sometimes we stumble on something we end up loving, but when it comes to randomly […]



Sometimes the best laid Sunday plans…

Sunday morning. I had an easy three miles planned. I pad into the kitchen to find that Neil had eaten the last banana (not bitter). I check the temperature, and it’s already far hotter than I’d anticipated, so I scrapped the run. I decided to make it a slow morning and bake my breakfast. I […]



DIY: Wedding Rehearsal Bouquet…

…or alternatively titled, “putting my BFA to good use.” I resisted calling this a “how-to” because I completely failed to take any process shots and only pulled out my camera at the end as we were packing it for transport. Yesterday, my friend Christina “Chris” came over and we made a rehearsal bouquet for Ashley’s […]



Paleo Crock-roasted summer vegetables

I’ve had this lofty idea in my head for the past few weeks. That taking this new job and working from home would allow me the opportunity to return to regular, or at least somewhat more frequent food blogging. Things were so jam-packed at my last job that I barely had time to think or […]



55th Annual Mecklenburg Picnic

We are back from a whirlwind weekend in Minnesota for the annual Mecklenburg family picnic (that I shamefully haven’t attended in nearly 20 years)! My mom’s side of the family is huge, so while its difficult to keep up with everyone, I definitely try to take advantage of every opportunity I can find to see […]



Redneck landscaping: How to remove old shrubs without digging

That title may be a little offensive, but honestly, I don’t know what else to call our little Saturday morning project. We’ve hated the hedges in front of our house since day one. They are spindly, misshapen and overgrown and looked dated and boring. In simple terms, uglier than shit. We’ve been mulling removing them […]



“Living the Dream”

I had a bittersweet happy hour with my coworkers girlfriends after work last night. We had originally planned the occasion to celebrate my fellow designer Ashley’s wedding in a few weeks, and we did, but with my last day being tomorrow and Ashley announcing this week that she is moving to New York, it kind of […]



Larousse Gastronomique

While at my parents house for dinner on Sunday, I ran across an older edition (1961) of Larousse Gastronomique in the study. My mom has no idea where she got it or how long she’s even had it, but was kind enough to lend it to me after noticing my wide-eyed stare and fan kid […]