Thursday Things

  1. I am on day five of my cheesy advent calendar and this is so much fun.
  2. Speaking of cheese (again), as of now – my upcoming Holiday Cheeseboard class is SOLD OUT. I cannot believe it. I’m in awe. And so excited to make some cheeseboards!
  3. Seth and I started watching Sex Education on Netflix and it’s quickly become one of our favorite shows. Yes, it’s raunchy and full of inappropriate words. But it’s also full of heart and humor and a deeper meaning. Season two starts in January and we are so ready!
  4. I got my mom a Nicholas Cage Pillow for her birthday. She loved it even more than I thought she would.
  5. Got these bibs when Seth and I went down to Chicago for our early anniversary trip. They’re my new favorite. They can be paired with a Christmas sweater or worn when I’m on location. Highly recommend.
  6. Seth also picked up a new coat…for Edgar! “For chores.” (Find the photographic evidence on my “Edgar James” story highlights on IG!)
  7. We were all clad in our Carhartt-ed best when we went in search of a tree. Turns out! All these lovely, quaint, small-town cut-your-own Christmas tree farms are closed Monday – Thursday! So, we got our tree from a local, beloved plant shop. We brought it home, put it up, and watched it promptly topple over when I tried to water it. Thank goodness it wasn’t decorated yet!
  8. Dots Pretzels. Seth and I had them as a car snack a few days ago and ohmygosh I cannot believe how good they are! Makes me want to do a fun seasoned or spiced pretzel/snack mix for the holidays!  

Thankful Things

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all enjoying time with your family and friends, eating food that was made with love and filling yourself up with carbs and the comfort that comes from gratitude.

I just wanted to take a minute out of all the pie and pilgrims to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart. For all of you, any of you, who have ever read, commented, followed along, or made a recipe. For any of you who have supported me in any way. I wouldn’t be where I am, doing what I am, without you. So, thank you.

There’s one reader in particular I want to give my utmost thanks to – my husband. He is the reason you’re reading more posts, seeing more pictures. He’s the reason I’m following my dreams. He is steady and strong. I am eternally grateful for his love and encouragement. Thank you, sweet Seth.

May today kick off the happiest holiday season for you and yours. As for me and mine, I’ve already donned a Christmas sweater and mulled some cider for an evening of Elf viewing. May our gratitude flow like maple syrup over spaghetti <3

Thursday Things

Everything you never knew you didn't want to know about me ;)
  1. Your girl got her first magazine cover! How amazing is that?! I wrote and photographed four recipes for the Winter issue of Edible Door County and they wound up choosing one of my photos for the cover!!!! I’m on cloud nine. It feels so surreal. I cried.
  2. I hosted my first cheeseboard making class on Tuesday night and it was an absolute blast! I know a boutique owner in town who also has an adorable AirBnb with a full kitchen. I got to spend my evening playing in it and showing six lovely ladies how to make beautiful cheeseboards for their upcoming holiday parties.
  3. Seth and I are headed to Chicago tonight to see Jamey Johnson and eat some really, really good food. Because I am who I am, I’ve made dinner reservations for us before the concert…and after. And then for lunch the following day. #noshame
  4. My friend Sam came to visit this weekend with his girlfriend Phan and I took them to Horseradish, naturally. If you’re ever in the area of Princeton, WI do yourself a favor and GO! Twice.
  5. Also, I made them biscuits and (venison) gravy. It’s one of my best recipes and at some point, I promise, I’ll share it.  
  6. Seth and I are rewatching Harry Potter and last night we got through Order of the Phoenix. I like to think of the movies as a sort of ramp up to Christmas movie season.
  7. Speaking of Christmas movie season – Chex cereal sent me the SWEETEST care package full of ingredients to make recipes inspired by beloved Christmas classics. I can’t wait to get into the holiday spirit and make something delicious!
  8. I’m going to make some kind of bruleed sugar cookie situation with all the toasted sugar I have from making two pies last week. Stay tuned!
  9. Adrianna is who I want to be when I grow up. Pretzel Tot Queso Fundido?! Are you freaking kidding me?!

Thursday Things

Autumn Spice Chex Mix Recipe
  1. That up there? Oh, just a recipe for Brown Sugar & Spice Snack Mix that I made for Webster’s a few weeks ago. I absolutely luh-huv how the recipe turned out and the photos too! And I’m not the only one! Chex Mix cereal saw them on Instagram and sent me the most wonderful care package ever! It’s full of holiday goodies and recipes themed around classic Christmas movies. I can’t wait to make treats!
  2. I just started watching the second Holiday edition of Great British Bake-Off and it makes me so stinking happy. And in the mood to develop a recipe for mulled wine.
  3. Speaking of mulled wine! The Christkindlmarket starts in Chicago tomorrow! Seth and I will be in town next week and I cannot wait to take him! He’s never been. Ever! Oh what fun (and wine) we’ll have!
  4. How behind the times am I in having just joined The FeedFeed? I have a little profile page that links to everything if you’re interested in taking a look!
  5. To that end – should I also be joining Food Gawker? Is that still a thing? Oy am I out of touch!
  6. Actually, I am aggressively out of touch. Because I just started watching Charlie Berens videos. His one on Midwest Nice?! Hello, my business model!
  7. We need more fried cheese on salads. Don’t you agree? I know Jessica over at How Sweet Eats does!
  8. This coat is ridiculously warm. And makes me look like Fran Fine! Gah. I love it! I got it on clearance at the end of last winter and it’s easily one of the best purchases I’ve made!

Thursday Things

  1. I’m still flying high from seeing Celine Dion this weekend! Some friends and I had a little girls’ weekend in Milwaukee for the occasion. We got a hotel room, had a nice dinner, and then openly wept as we sat FOUR ROWS AWAY from Celine. It was easily one of the best concerts I have ever been to!
  2. Know what else made me weep? Reading Shauna’s new book – Midwest Made! She hit the nail on the head in every single way. From photos to recipes to prose. It’s all perfection. I can’t wait to meet her and thank her personally next week!
  3. I’ve made some pretty fun videos for Webster’s lately. Like this one on seasoning a cast iron pan. Truly helpful for some upcoming recipes I have planned!
  4. I’m well into planning Thanksgiving (and a little bit of Christmas). Seth got a turkey fryer (brand new for $25!) that we are dying to bust out. Has anyone ever tried frying a turkey? I need success stories, people!
  5. My laptop is currently set up on a little stand to try and ease some neck and shoulder tension. I’ve started seeing a chiropractor in the hopes that it offers some relief. My X-rays and initial examination were enlightening to say the least.
  6. Because of the heavy snow and frigid weather, Seth and I had to move our garage fridge into the house earlier than expected. Now we have a basement fridge and it makes me really happy! I have a place for all my ingredients and “work food.” It may have taken over an hour to move, because our house is basically the Midwestern Winchester Mystery House, but we got it! Thank you, Seth <3
  7. This pillow has totally changed my bubble bath game.
  8. I’ll never not be amazed by Sarah’s photos.

Thursday Things

Mardis Gras beads

  1. Those beads right there? Smacked me in the face during a Mardis Gras parade. If you were following along on IG then you already knew that, and if you weren’t, then you missed out!
  2. Because I also met the Pen Pals! Ryan and I shouted “Saga!” as they went by on their float (it’s an inside thing, so you’ll have to just listen to the show). Then we ended up having a drink and chatting with them and it was truly a magical night. Only surpassed by the magic of the first live episode. This felt like a once in a lifetime experience – we were there! I’m still grinning.
  3. It’s flu season and anger season. Emotions are contagious, y’all.
  4. More social media stuff: I’ve turned off the notifications for all my apps and let me tell you – it’s been at once both liberating and illuminating. Even without notifications going off I’m still super addicted to checking my phone. Hello, time suck. I’m truly hoping to get better at that (while also still being engaged and growing my audience so that’s a fun catch 22). Does anyone else did with this? How do you combat the siren call of the screen when you’ve got work to do on these platforms?
  5. Even though Seth and I have only been married for 1 month (OMG), we’ve been bombarded with questions (and suggestions…) about when we’re having kids. This article from Julie pretty much sums up how I feel about that. Thank you, next.
  6. Finally started reading “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” and I’m in love. I haven’t been this engrossed by a book in ages.
  7. This weekend I’ll be officially moving in with Seth! About time, right? After all of the moving I’ve done in the last three years (including three moves in less than a year), I had kind of been dreading uprooting my happy home but I know that we’re going to be creating a happier home. So everything will be ok.