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Hi there! I’m Ashley. I used to be a terrible cook. My husband likes to joke that he suffered through quite a few awful meals when we first started dating (heck, even after we first got married). Baking was always my strong point, but cooking? Not so much. After a few particularly horrendous meals (you don’t even want to know), I decided it was time. I’d had enough. I’ve been in the kitchen ever since, learning, trying new things, having a blast, and generally making a giant mess in the process. I’ve never had any formal training in cooking or photography, just a lot of trial and error.

About the blog. While this blog started as simply a creative outlet, it has become something that means so much more. I hope that it inspires you to try out new recipes and cook more at home. I believe in approachable, everyday recipes with real ingredients – eating healthy but with some indulgences thrown in here and there. I believe in cooking from scratch as much as possible. Trust me, if I can do it, you can too!

A little about me. After living in DC for over 7 years, I relocated about three years ago to the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina, where I live with my wonderful husband and our awesome beagle Emma. I love coffee, sweet and salty desserts, snowy winter days, watching old episodes of The Office (and The Walking Dead – latest obsession!), snuggling with our dog, all things Pottery Barn, the mountains and spending time with friends and family.

You can also check out the FAQ page, Work With Us page, and Press page for more information about me and this site!

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Photos by Elizabeth Tate (<— she’s super awesome!) from Nancy Ray Photography