Home: A Week in South Carolina


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”   -A.A. Milne in Winnie the Pooh Every time I fly home there’s one song lyric that always goes through my mind as those airplanes wheels touch down in Columbia – Alan Jackson’s “Home.”  The lyric goes, “Lord, there will never be another … [Read more…]

Banana Bread Muffins


  Y’all, this is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever tried!  These muffins have a cloud-like texture with just the right balance of banana flavor and sweetness.  My friend Lauren has been a little down lately, so to cheer her up I whipped up a batch of these muffins.  Both she and Stella (her adorable pit … [Read more…]

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars


      Hey y’all!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Let’s recap on the last few months! For starters, I completed my Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the end of March!  It was a long and painful year and a half, but I finally crossed the finish line.   Since then I’ve been trying to figure … [Read more…]

Oatmeal Whole Wheat Pancakes

Thick and fluffy whole wheat oatmeal pancakes are both delicious and healthy!

Don’t let the title fool you, these pancakes may be healthier, but they are also packed with flavor and are incredibly fluffy and satisfying! The struggle is real.  After a very gluttonous holiday season it seems like everyone (myself included) is trying to get back on track with healthy eating.  I absolutely adore pancakes, but … [Read more…]

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Homemade Jam, Merry Christmas!

Sitting here early Christmas morning watching It’s a Wonderful Life and drinking hot chocolate…George Bailey will always be the richest man in town.  “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter. Merry Christmas from Shug … [Read more…]

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake


              Cheesecake is one of my absolute favorite desserts.  In fact, I have yet to meet a cheesecake I did not instantly fall in love with.  Since fall (now winter) is finally upon us, I wanted to make something festive using seasonal ingredients.  When I think fall desserts, apple is usually one of the first things that … [Read more…]

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Growing up, we always had cranberry sauce with our Thanksgiving dinner.  Like many people, our cranberry sauce came straight from can, complete with the memorable ridges from being processed many months prior to the holiday season.  I was completely unaware people actually made cranberry sauce themselves until my sister made some one year for our family’s … [Read more…]