I hosted book club this week, which gave me the perfect excuse to light some candles, hang my new magnolias from Ruie & Grace, and step up my decorative gourd game. I hosted book club this week, which gave me the perfect excuse to light some candles, hang my new magnolias from Ruie & Grace, and step up my decorative gourd game. I hosted book club this week, which gave me the perfect excuse to light some candles, hang my new magnolias from Ruie & Grace, and step up my decorative gourd game. I hosted book club this week, which gave me the perfect excuse to light some candles, hang my new magnolias from Ruie & Grace, and step up my decorative gourd game. I hosted book club this week, which gave me the perfect excuse to light some candles, hang my new magnolias from Ruie & Grace, and step up my decorative gourd game. I hosted book club this week, which gave me the perfect excuse to light some candles, hang my new magnolias from Ruie & Grace, and step up my decorative gourd game.

I hosted book club this week, which gave me the perfect excuse to light some candles, hang my new magnolias from Ruie & Grace, and step up my decorative gourd game.

and, well, fuck.

  • Almost two years into this battle with infertility (and let's be honest, it's a battle wherein I've surrendered (no babies here, sorry parents/inlaws)) I can still be brought to tears by the simplest things. Tonight, it was:
  • Me: That sounds great, I think I’ll run the OBX marathon next year!
  • Someone else: No, you’ll definitely be pregnant next year!
  • Me: Nope, definitely not
  • And, end scene. Thank the good lord for stiff drinks.

This June I went up to Raleigh to cook with my Great Uncle Ted and Great Aunt Anne. Ted was my grandma’s brother, and I went up so that they could show me how to make my great-grandmother, Flossie’s pound cake. Flossie’s Pound Cake was my recipe for Wake Co in the Tasting NC series.

A few days after I posted it I got the comment above. It’s from a friend of my grandparents, a woman who at one time or another had a chance to try the very pound cake that Ted and Ann were teaching me how to make.

After six years of blogging, there are times that I want to throw in the towel and pursue other things. Blogger burnout is the topic of conversation on most of the blogs that I read, and it’s a real predicament. But everytime I think that I’ve had enough, something like this happens. I worked so hard on that post, pouring my soul into it, and the reward was something more incredible than I could have imagined. I love the idea that my grandmother’s friends, people she loved, are reading my work, all of which was inspired by her. I am so grateful to be in a position to preserve these family memories, to keep the legacy of their love for food going, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  

This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year!  This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 
We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 
What a way to start our sixth year! 

This year we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years!!! Can you believe it? It feels simultaneously like it was yesterday and 900 years ago. 

We were in Atlanta for our anniversary celebrating a friend’s wedding, and while we were there we decided to take advantage of an opportunity we’d be excited about for a long time- diving at the Georgia Aquarium with whale sharks! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The tank is 6.3 million gallons and includes whale sharks, grouper, other types of sharks, and rays that were bigger than we were! We spent 40 minutes in the tank and every moment was mind blowing. 

What a way to start our sixth year! 

Today marks six years of blogging on Biscuits and Such. On October 1, 2008, I posted my very first recipe- my grandmother’s Country Style Steak. Six years later I’m in a very different place in life- Dan and I are married, we’re back in North Carolina, I’m 100% less terrible at food photography, I know more about technique and recipe writing than ever. Starting that blog was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I can’t even begin to list all the ways in which it’s changed my life. 

If I’m being totally honest, the past year or two I’ve felt the constant pressure of what is being called “blogger burnout" all over the internet. I’ve been posting weekly for 6 years, and sometimes it’s too much. The blog has brought incredible opportunities- cookbooks, partners, travel- but the days I have spent up until the late hours of the night working on freelance have blurred together and I feel like I can’t take the burden of juggling it all. Actually, a lot of the time I feel overwhelmed and overworked. But your 20s are for working your ass off, so that’s what I’m doing. I’m working incredibly hard, and I’m seeing the rewards. And it’s all worth it.