Cooking, Fall Recipes, Recipes, Virginia

Virginia Skillet Cornbread

I never know how to address complicated and potentially emotionally charged issues. Political garbage happens. Living just outside D.C., I feel like while we're not at the epicenter, we're definitely on a fault line for all the garbage infesting the news lately. I spend most of my day mired in it and trying to influence… Continue reading Virginia Skillet Cornbread

Adventures, Little Adventures, Virginia

A Very Vineyard Birthday Celebration

A little while ago, as I was getting set to celebrate my 39th birthday, my mom suggested that, since she'd be out our way for a conference and visiting us anyway, Scott and I take the opportunity to go have a date night out on the town and she'd stay with Marcus. Initially, it sounded… Continue reading A Very Vineyard Birthday Celebration

Adventures, Little Adventures, Virginia

Bluemont :: Great Country Farms

When I was growing up, my family spent a lot of time on my grandmother's ranch. While it was primarily a working ranch, she had her own tiny orchard by her house on top of the hill. It was a small collection of orange, persimmon, cherry, and flowering pear trees. And I have vividly fond… Continue reading Bluemont :: Great Country Farms

Cooking, Recipes, Summer Recipes, Virginia

Buttery Breakfast Biscuits

Let's start with a little bit of trivia - today is the day our Baby Bean was actually scheduled to make his appearance! But now he's already three weeks old, eating tons, putting on weight, and thriving! I'm excited for the day when he can be an additional taste tester around here! Perfecting the breakfast… Continue reading Buttery Breakfast Biscuits

Adventures, Family, Living, Virginia

Maternity Photos with Rachel K Photography

Every day I get up out of bed, I know I should be grateful. My baby is a healthy, wriggling little guy, I escaped without morning sickness, I avoided swelling until last month, and I healed from a nasty subchorionic hematoma that kept me terrified through my whole first trimester. I should be grateful for… Continue reading Maternity Photos with Rachel K Photography

Adventures, Virginia

Seven Oaks Lavender Farm

Summer is lavender season to me - lavender and lemon verbena candles, lavender shortbread, fizzy ginger lavender lemonade, sprays of lavender tucked into just about every bouquet for a little bit of on the spot tranquility aromatherapy. We always pick up a bunch at our farmer's market and have been looking for spaces to work… Continue reading Seven Oaks Lavender Farm