Casseroles for Christmas Morning

When the holidays roll around each year, I have these grandiose visions of cooking a big breakfast for everyone. (Just call me Clark!) It never really works out quite right, though. I end up a little more stressed than I wanted. The timing on our food is rarely right. And, somehow, the kitchen is messier than ever. But this year I finally figured out how to work smart, not hard.

2018 Year In Review

It’s the end of the year. I have a few year-end rituals. Do you? One of my favorites is the year-in-review blog post. I like taking the time to stop, reflect, and appreciate all that transpired over the last 12 months. I find that filling my heart with gratitude for what happened – both the good and bad – gives me strength for the new year. (Related: Read my 2017,

My Baby Registry Must Have List

Samantha just turned one. I am still having a tough time believing she’s a toddler. But now that a few friends and family are expecting the arrival of their own littles, I find myself reflecting on pregnancy and our first year with a baby. Holy moly, it’s been a wild ride. There are a few things that made that first year much easier. If you’re expecting and feeling overwhelmed by

Our 5th wedding anniversary in Durham, N.C.

Durham, N.C., is so close to Raleigh, N.C. I’ve loved Durham for years – mostly because of the time I’ve spent downtown for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival each spring. It’s one of my favorite places and times of the year. I lovingly call Full Frame my film school because it has taught me so much. (Random side note for out-of-towners: there’s no such thing as Raleigh-Durham. They’re very