I turned 27 on March 6th and, as the best gift of all time, Dienesa and Brooke came to Nashville for a reunion and to be the inaugural guests in our second bedroom. I can’t tell you the last time I stayed up until 3:00 in the morning, but it’s never more worth it than…… Continue reading 27: birthday cake Oreos, the Staves @ 3rd and Lindsley, & wearing a black shirt.
For Christmas, my sister got Ben and me a Groupon for the NCAA Hall of Champions, so we finally scheduled a quick weekend trip to see the museum and hit some other fun Indianapolis sights. The day started with breakfast with my mom and dad, who were in Indy to take Kim to the airport…… Continue reading A day in Indianapolis: basketball, a mini food tour, and flurries.
Welcome back! It’s been awhile, and I wanted to jump back in to writing with a new blog layout and hopefully more recipes (because I have been cooking and baking like nobody’s business), more updates, and more fun life stuff. Ben and I are now Mr. and Mrs. Morgan (yay!) and we are having fun…… Continue reading After awhile, the most perfect turkey chili, all things new & my love of lavender.
Sometimes it’s fall and finally not 90 degrees outside every day and you just need some mashed potatoes. (Am I right?) I whipped up a version of a shepherd’s pie the other night and Ben dubbed it harvest shepherd’s pie. Stuffed full of fall colors and flavors, it’s the perfect filling meal for after a day…… Continue reading Fall in a pie plate: harvest shepherd’s pie.
One of my favorite soups to improvise is simple chicken soup. It was extremely easy to make low in calories, and it’s packed full of veggies and protein. Perfect for the beginning of fall! This recipe makes enough for 2 people to have about 4 ladlefuls each at about 500 calories total. It’s a soup, yes,…… Continue reading An easy weeknight soup: lemon chicken with rice and veggies.
Let’s be real, people. Food should taste good. No brainer, of course, but even when I’m on a calorie budget, I am not about sitting down to a plate of cauliflower. Or giving up everything I love. It may take some cooking gymnastics, but I’ve found ways to keep the flavors I love in my…… Continue reading How I’m reinventing flavors I can’t quit.
I finally got to see my wedding dress for the first time since January, and it was just as gorgeous as I’d remembered. It fit perfectly, but it’s crunch time, y’all. Time to make sure it continues to fit that way. I’ve been using a calorie tracker to make sure I’m in line leading up…… Continue reading Making food work: 10 things I’ve learned on a calorie budget.