Fall Afresh

October 5, 2016


August (oh, August, you’re always so abrupt) was stagnant. I wasn’t present. In hindsight, a lot of hours were likely clocked sitting cross-legged in a chair well-suited for pondering or at a desk with my eyes wandering up and outside.

With a few creative hurdles jumped, I’m left with the glorious and well-packed calendar of the fall season and already wondering how this will be managed. I daydreamed back to our lake pace and have made a lot of calls based on what we were able to put first with ease while away from city life. I got good at margin there. Really good. Happy soul good. I floated, decked, read, adventured and napped weekends away. No one was waiting on me, and I was in no hurry.

Big dreams aren’t as friendly to margin, nor is life in a city with relationships and school and work, etc. I’ve had to make them learn to play together through trial of a few ridiculous formulas. A friend reminded me that amid what I considered a failure to achieve was simply the absence of a start. It was margin growing from the inside out. Us declaring time for rest and honoring play above work—because it’s what we needed, not always what we saw happening. Somehow that little heart prick sent me soaring into joy that big dreams and small living can co-exist. It takes margin, intentional downtime and choosing to be your best when it’s appropriate, not always (no matter your location.)

Fellow Southerners are rejoicing in slightly crisper air and I’m grateful to be back in a season of a lot of shower thoughts. Aren’t they great? Such gems of wisdom and creativity just waiting for you there where you’re held captive device- and company-free just long enough for them to surface.


#1 Breathe in a season of great smells.

#2 Reignite Bible study with peers.

#3 Dig into brand building and storytelling with great teams.

#4 Love the hard stuff.








A new contributor to

June 18, 2013

Tickled is an understatement when I tell you that today I have my first by-line on Apartment Therapy‘s blog. Little ‘ole me? Well, yes ‘mam.

Turns out your best friends (and husbands who know all about technology and absolutely nothing about shelter blogs) are quite fine cheerleaders if you let them be. After my awesome friend Melissa (have you seen From Scratch magazine? This girl is a homestead superstar.) tipped me off to this post on mentioning the search for new contributors, I promptly filed the idea into the “that would be cool” file. I did give it some thought but didn’t take much action. Days before that deadline, and with a few hours notice, my now famous, skinny cook friend opened her kitchen and family up for me to take a big leap and send off a submission.

Thanks to all the awesome cheerleaders that made this happen. I’m thrilled to show off the south and the overflowing wealth of fine folks and even finer cookin’ we have in our region.

Check out my first post on Bo and Lindsey’s kitchen here (bonus: a cute baby!) : my first post on!

I’ll be continuing to do tours of kitchens in our region. Send me a note of you have or know of a great kitchen to share.


Food styling for Kellogg’s

December 1, 2012

What a blast! I’m not sure you can call light this pretty and food this beautiful “work.” The big, fabulous windows of a neighborhood restaurant operated by chef Wesley True (yep, called True) were the perfect (how will I ever shoot food anywhere else?!) setting for a series of recipes I shot for Kellogg’s nutrition department. My oh-so-patient stylist and buddy Evan G. Cooper and a just slightly overcast day made the perfect combination. We sipped on coke zero, nibbled bites from thirteen recipes and shared a lot of laughs.

A couple of the recipes are also on
Flatbread Crisp Pizza Nachos
Apple-cheddar flatbreads



Delicious happens here

August 1, 2012

Watch this deliciousness happen. Another shoot for that I couldn’t resist devouring as soon as the shutter clicked on the final shot. I actually love these images as much as I do this super-simple recipe. All that sugary, nutty goodness against bright white. Do they make your mouth water too?

Hard work, folks. Luckily one very pregnant friend was just a phone call away and made no complaints when I decided a second batch was needed for additional shots. Now that’s happy hour!

Find the full recipe here.



March 9, 2012



It’s about that season, and hour. I love a good happy hour on a patio in some great, open-toe shoes in Bama (Or anywhere for that matter. Closer to the water the better). These shots were put actually for a sports-themed article for the ladies during football season last fall, but I think they’ll do quite nice to usher in some lovely spring weather as well. Enjoy (preferably with drink in hand)!







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