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Garlic Grater From Kyle Smith Pottery

Garlic Grater From Kyle Smith Pottery

One of my favorite Christmas season traditions is attending Crafty Feast. I end up with as much stuff for myself as for others, but I swear it's worth it. As I did a slow stroll by Kyle Smith's huge pottery spread, my eyes honed in on this thing that looks like a...

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Blogging Updates From Seven Years In

Blogging Updates From Seven Years In

I’ve been blogging here for seven years this month. In some ways I feel like I’ve come a long way, and others not so much. Last year was a pretty slow blogging year for me. I wasn’t feeling inspired and I was doing several freelancing projects, plus my day job. But...

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Lightlife’s New Frozen Entrees

Lightlife’s New Frozen Entrees

When bloggers quit their jobs and go full-time, sometimes they forget about the trivialities of real life, where most of us don't have time to cook eggs for breakfast or assemble a salad from the garden for lunch. No, the rest of us are jockeying for space in the...

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Getting Our Hardwood Floors Refinished

Getting Our Hardwood Floors Refinished

It's been a little over a week since our floor refinishing journey really started and everything is settling back in to place finally as it comes to an end. They look amazing, and I am happy that we got it taken care of. But it was quite the ordeal to get here. For...

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Home Goals 2018

Home Goals 2018

We are in the midst of one of the most annoying home renovation projects that one can have done — getting the floors refinished in a house we're currently living in. Three fourths of out home is original hardwood floor, which is awesome, except that it means basically...

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Saluda’s in Five Points

I don't often go to fancier restaurants because it's hard to take good food photos when the lighting is set for ambiance. But the ambiance was nice at Saluda's on a random weeknight that Patrick and I went ahead of Restaurant Week Columbia, which starts today, January...

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Hoppin John and Other Lucky New Years Foods

Hoppin John and Other Lucky New Years Foods

Have you ever had putting effort in just backfire on you? Such was the case for me on New Year's Eve day, where I had a long list of things I was going to Accomplish Before The New Year. That ended abruptly when I got slammed into from behind, so hard it shoved me...

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Looking Back at 2017

Looking Back at 2017

It's almost time to leave the year 2017. I love looking back at these reflective surveys each each and seeing what I was thinking, feeling, and experiencing at the time. Some things never change, and some things do, radically. Here are ones from New Year's Eve...

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Cooking from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbooks

Sometimes serendipity brings things together to have both books you wanted on similar topics ready at the library at the same time so it only takes one trip there. So it was for me recently when I reserved both of Deb Perelman's books at the library the other week to...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.



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