This week felt like an eternity. A hot, humid, knock-my-head-against-the-wall eternity. It’s because I am all kinds of keyed up and tightly wound, ready for this flipping Ina project to start already. There comes a point where the planning, the preparing, the organizing, the promoting, the thinking…it all has been done, and it is time to act. I am ready to act. Hand me a prep list, and get out of my way. You might say my brain is fried, my emotions are running hot, and my opinions are a bit spicy this week. Thank you for bearing with me. Monday can’t get here fast enough.
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Roasting a chicken is a life skill I think everyone should master. There is something earthy yet elegant about the finished product, and no matter the occasion, a roast chicken is always lovely.
Would you like to hang out in the kitchen together and learn how to roast a chicken? Awesome! Let’s begin by answering a few chicken-related questions…. Read More
In preparation for the Ina In A Year project, I recently cleaned out my home kitchen. It was a long time coming, and the exercise proved beneficial to my head and my heart. I love being in the kitchen, but it’s been a long time since I have loved being in my kitchen.
When I ran Hurley House out of our home kitchen, every shelf, every drawer, every cabinet was in ship shape with no room for excess. Efficiency was paramount, and there was no room for fluff or exception. I quickly learned what was worth keeping, and what I could live without.
You might say the experience of running a growing small business out of my home kitchen for three years, coupled with my recent reorganization endeavor has been a good reminder of what can stay and what can go. Today I am sharing eight of my non-negotiable kitchen tools that I cannot imagine living without…. Read More
Compliments are gifts we give to other people. Our words are powerful expressions of inward feelings and thoughts, and compliments can be a tiny slice of sunshine on a cloudy day. Compliments are kind to say, and they are a delight to hear, but so many times we mess it all up with what we say in response to a compliment. Read More
As I sit here, writing the last post before the project launches next week, I have a confession to make. I’m nervous. The nerves arrived on Friday afternoon. I couldn’t really catch my breath. My heart began pounding, my hands started shaking. It came over me like a cloud, and I couldn’t shake myself free.
It is Monday morning, and after a weekend with my family, a good night’s sleep, and all the healthy coping strategies in my toolbox…I am still nervous. Read More
Ring the bells. Crack the champagne. Cue the ticker tape. Timm returned home safely, and we are so very thankful. Our children are basking in the emotional warmth of having their dad back, and I am thrilled to be reunited with my favorite human in the world.
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Quiet is not a commodity I find in abundance. There is noise all around. Literal noise of those I live with, work with, and play with, as well as figurative noise found in media (social or otherwise). Screens and tablets, episodes and updates, comments and threads. Endless dings and alerts await me around every corner. Flashes of sound, light, and other stimuli lurk at every turn.
The Quiet is where I find a change of scenery, a respite, something refreshing with which to occupy myself as a means to cultivate creativity. The Quiet is where I lean into a redundant, repetitive flow of activity that keeps at bay, if even for a few minutes, the chatter and clutter churning around me on a tireless loop…. Read More
If you saw the Roast Beef Sliders post last week, then you may have noticed this golden beauty in the backdrop. A few of you even emailed and asked, wondering about the side dish in the shot. This is none other than Sweet Corn Pudding, and she is fantastic…. Read More