Scandinavian Gatherings Book Events

September 20, 2016
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Scandinavian Gatherings comes out 1 week from today!! That’s an exciting sentence to type. I leave on Friday for the first stop on my book tour, and then spend a crazy three weeks doing back to back to back book events,

Mom's pan-fried chicken is a quick, easy, and wholesome version of everyone's comfort food favorite!

Mom’s Pan-Fried Chicken

September 19, 2016
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This post was created in partnership with Foster Farms’ Simply Raised Chicken New Comfort Food Movement. My mom has always made the best fried chicken in the whole world. It’s deliciously crispy on the outside, and juicy and tender on the

5 menu ideas to help inspire your weeknight dinner menu planning!

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September 17, 2016
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    It’s been a few weeks since I posted a round-up of our favorite menu ideas. We finished out the summer with several casual dinner parties with friends, spent Labor Day weekend camping, and have been back in school

Make this galette, filled with fresh peaches and a hint of spice, and enjoy the last taste of summer!

Fresh Peach Galette

September 6, 2016
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I know, I know. It’s September. The days are still sunny and warm, but the evenings are decidedly chilly. It’s time to trade in sandals and bathing suits for boots and cozy sweaters. Pumpkin Spice Latte and Spiced Apple are the flavors

My newest obsession is painted cement or ceramic tile. In kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, and more, they look amazing!

Dream House Update: Painted & Patterned Tile

September 1, 2016
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I have a new house-related obsession: painted, patterned tile. Walls, backsplashes, floors, showers—if you can put tile on it, I want it to be beautifully painted with intricate geometric designs. We have a little, half-finished kitchenette in our basement, and

Use small cutting boards to create mini charcuterie boards or cheese plates for a casual-chic gathering.

Mini Charcuterie Boards

August 30, 2016
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At the end of June, I had the pleasure of working on a fun wedding photo shoot in Eugene. It was staged at a gorgeous home in the hills south of campus, in a beautiful, terraced garden overlooking the city. When

This Mediterranean Salad with Kale & Quinoa tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread. It's easy to make at home and is full of good-for-you ingredients like kale, quinoa, and almonds.

Mediterranean Salad with Kale & Quinoa

August 23, 2016
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Sometimes I feel like lunch is my enemy. I sit down every weekend and plan out meals for the upcoming week. Breakfast is easy and practically takes care of itself, and I put a lot of thought into dinner. But I

5 easy and delicious dinner ideas for your menu planning pleasure!

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August 20, 2016
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Happy Saturday! We are in the middle of a heat wave in Oregon, with temperatures soaring into the 100’s. With it being so hot outside, no one wants to spend hours in a sweltering kitchen, so we’ve been opting for weeknight dinners that are