August 2015

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pasta alla gricia

pasta alla gricia

For a long time I have wanted to be the kind of person who could have people over for dinner at a moment’s notice.  I have wanted to be spontaneous with my hospitality.  But to be honest, this goes against the core of who I am in one way: a planner.  I meal plan and … more

asheville, north carolina {restaurants + some things to do}

asheville, north carolina {restaurants + some things to do}

Five years ago Gerrit and I went on our little honeymoon to Asheville, NC.  We ate food, went hiking, went to see the Biltmore, and basically decided we loved that mountain city.  And at some point during our five years of marriage, we decided that we should make a point to return to Asheville every … more

evelyn’s first birthday party {pink ladybugs}

evelyn's first birthday party {pink ladybugs}

Truth: the idea of throwing a birthday party for a one year old kind of intimidated me.  I wanted to make it nice, but not extravagant.  I wanted it cute, but not pinterest crazy.  I wanted it to be enjoyable for both kids and adults alike.  I wanted a cute cake that wasn’t crazy expensive, … more

one year of motherhood

one year of motherhood

It was one year ago tonight that I got into bed and felt the first contractions.  I laid there for an hour, timing them and wondering if it was really it, because they didn’t hurt as terribly as I expected.  I woke Gerrit up and we watched Late Night with Seth Myers (which we never … more