The Best of 2020

It feels strange to write a ‘best of 2020’ post when this year was anything but the best. In fact, it’s really been the absolute worst. But we made it through, and we feel all the more fortunate for it. I saw something recently that said that 2020 wasn’t the year to get everything you […]

It feels strange to write a ‘best of 2020’ post when this year was anything but the best. In fact, it’s really been the absolute worst.

But we made it through, and we feel all the more fortunate for it.

I saw something recently that said that 2020 wasn’t the year to get everything you wanted, it was the year to appreciate everything you have, and that is certainly true.

From the tornado back in March to the Christmas morning bombing and everything in between, Nashville has been through a lot this year and us along with it. On a more personal note, we lost our cat Kalypso back in April and that is probably the thing this year that hurts us the most. We miss you, sweet girl.

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New Items in the Shop!

It’s a perfect time to get a jump on the holiday shopping season! In lieu of a recipe today (last week was… less than productive and I wasn’t able to get a recipe finished for today, though I do have a sponsored recipe scheduled for Thursday that I think you’ll just LOVE). But I wanted […]

It’s a perfect time to get a jump on the holiday shopping season!

In lieu of a recipe today (last week was… less than productive and I wasn’t able to get a recipe finished for today, though I do have a sponsored recipe scheduled for Thursday that I think you’ll just LOVE). But I wanted to pop in here anyway to quickly share a few new items I’ve made available for sale recently in the L&OO shop!

Peachy pattern dishtowel on a marble background

This adorable peachy towel is based on the design from my Drunken Peach Jam labels. It’s printed on a super-absorbent microfiber towel (we are super picky about our kitchen towels, and this one definitely makes the grade).

Buy it now on Zazzle.

Peachy pattern dish towel hanging on an oven door

It’s my intention to add some additional designs in the future to make an entire fruity series! Thinking… lemons? Maybe some figs? Stay tuned!

Additionally, I’ve added two sets of original photo greeting cards, one fruity, one jammy (featuring some of my favorite images from That’s My Jam). I only have a limited number of each set available, so don’t wait too long! The cards are all blank inside which would make them perfect for holiday cards or any other occasion (I always like to have blank cards on hand when the need arises).

These will ship directly from me… so why not save on shipping and add a set of fruity notepads too while you’re at it? We use these notepads all the time for our recipe notes and weekly grocery lists. They’d make great stocking stuffers or holiday gifts for friends and family!

Speaking of holiday gifts… I probably won’t be doing any gift guides this year, but if you’re looking to get a jump on some holiday shopping, my past gift guides and kitchen essentials posts are a great place to start!

As always, a huge thank you to all our readers for your continued support!

Beyond the Kitchen: Not so Far Beyond, Actually, Edition

Hello, friends. How are you doing? I mean, truly. How are you? Hanging in there? March was a month, I’ll say that much. First a devastating tornado ripped through Nashville, mere blocks from our house, leaving us with a broken window and no power for 5 days (though we feel extremely fortunate that the contents […]

Hello, friends. How are you doing? I mean, truly. How are you? Hanging in there?

March was a month, I’ll say that much. First a devastating tornado ripped through Nashville, mere blocks from our house, leaving us with a broken window and no power for 5 days (though we feel extremely fortunate that the contents of our fridge and freezer were our only major losses).

We were actually in New Orleans the night of the tornado, and were planning to spend a few days there for my birthday. But as soon as we woke up to dozens of messages and texts from friends and family, we quickly realized that home was where we needed to be. So we cut our trip short and headed home.

And now? For different reasons entirely, home is where we still need to be… for as long as necessary.

With the exception of fewer trips to the grocery store, our day to day schedule honestly hasn’t changed much at all, and yet, everything just feels different. We’re still working, carrying a mostly full workload, or trying to at least (please tell me I’m not the only one having trouble focusing).

We feel extremely fortunate to be able to work from home, to have a safe and comfortable place in which to isolate ourselves, a stocked pantry to nourish ourselves, and some friendly felines who are relishing the extra attention.

In times like these community is more important than ever, and I consider you all part of mine. As scary as things are, I can’t help but smile seeing you cooking and baking for your families. I’ve been tagged in countless instagram stories from folks making my recipes, and it makes me smile every time.

I know a lot of you out there may be in unfamiliar territory suddenly having to cook for your family every meal. If you find yourself in a pickle (or in search of a recipe for pickles lol), please reach out to me in the comments, send me an email, post in our Facebook group, or DM me on Instagram or Facebook. I will do my best to answer each and every one to the best of my ability, or direct you to appropriate resources when my knowledge falls short.

We’re all in this together and I’m here to help from afar in whatever way I can.

If anything I’m optimistic this experience will make us better. At least I hope it does. I hope these new habits we’re developing now out of necessity will become a permanent part of our futures, from reducing food waste to simply being more kind and caring for one another.

Tell me… what do you want to see in these coming weeks (or, gulp, months?) I’m here for you, so please tell me what kind of content I can put out that would be the most helpful to you during these times!

Anyway.

If you’re looking for something to cook…

I put all my favorite pantry recipes in one place for your convenience. These are recipes that rely mostly on shelf-stable ingredients, with little to no fresh perishables. Out of over 1000 recipes on this site… it’s surprisingly… sparse… and has truly made me realize just how much we rely on fresh, seasonal produce for our weekly meals. But don’t worry, we’re cooking from our pantry right now just like you are, so you can definitely expect to see some new, pantry-friendly recipes real soon.

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The Best of 2019

Another year come and gone, another batch of delicious recipes tested, shot and shared. I’m really proud of the recipes we put out this year, both the recipes themselves as well as the photography. The past few years have really seen a shift from quantity to quality, with fewer, longer and more thoroughly tested posts […]

Another year come and gone, another batch of delicious recipes tested, shot and shared.

I’m really proud of the recipes we put out this year, both the recipes themselves as well as the photography. The past few years have really seen a shift from quantity to quality, with fewer, longer and more thoroughly tested posts and recipes. I still can’t figure out how I used to post 3-4 times a week (now I’m lucky if I get 2 recipes published).

What’s in store for 2020? Well, if my list of recipe ideas is any indicator, it’s going to be a tasty year!

(Also, because I don’t mention it here often enough, be sure to join our facebook group if you haven’t already! It’s a friendly community and fabulous resource and for anyone looking for cooking tips and recipe inspiration. Join us, won’t you?)

2019 by the numbers:

  • Posts published: 75
  • Comments received: 587
  • Words written: 74,042
  • Average post length: 987 words
  • Photos taken: 19,475 (622GB worth!)
  • Most liked: Chocolate Maraschino Layer Cake (14,050 likes!)
  • Most pinned: Strawberry Cake Roll
  • Books read: 64
  • Countries visited: 5

Without further ado, here are most popular posts from 2019 and from the past decade (be sure to click through to see all of them, including the most popular images from Instagram!)

Your Favorite Posts this Year

These were the top visited posts published this year according to Google Analytics.

The Most Popular Recipe Posts of 2019

1. Sourdough Crackers with Olive Oil & Herbs / 2. Reverse Sear Steak / 3. Strawberry Cake Roll / 4. Crispy Oven-Roasted Broccolini / 5. Matcha Amaretti Cookies / 6. Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cloud Frosting / 7. Chocolate Amaretti Cookies / 8. Chocolate Pistachio Cream Thumbprints / 9. Homemade Cheese Crackers

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