Cornbread, A Love Story

“Happy Valentine’s day, here’s some cornbread!” is hopefully what you’ll be hearing tomorrow.

skillet cornbread

skillet cornbread

 

In case someone forgets to deliver your cornbread though, it couldn’t be easier to make your own. Read More

New Year Outer Banks Tour

sunrise at Cape Hatteras, New Year's Day

Sunrise at Cape Hatteras, New Year’s Day

A few days after Christmas, we loaded up the car and the dog and headed to Eastern North Carolina, where I grew up. We visited family the first couple of days, then took off for almost a week to explore the Outer Banks. We spent New Year’s Eve there (and had a wonderful 5 course dinner to ring in the New Year at Cafe Pamlico), and woke up to catch the first sunrise of 2015. We saw lots of sunsets and lighthouses, did some bird-watching, went to Kitty Hawk and Jockey’s Ridge, and loved having our dog along for the ride. It was very cold, but it was pretty spectacular. I prefer the Outer Banks in the off season, when it’s nice and empty. Many of the restaurants were closed for the season, but we still managed to eat really well. Another favorite little hole in the wall we stumbled upon was Pop’s Raw Bar in Buxton, where we stayed.  We cut our time in Hatteras a day or two short after learning that some good friends of ours, Pete, Angela, and Luke, would be just South of us in Harker’s Island for the next few days. One of the highlights for me was going out to Shackleford Banks by boat to see the wild horses there. I spent lots of childhood summers with my grandparents near Morehead City, and that is something I’ve always wanted to do. Huge thanks to Pete and Angela for making that possible.
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Looking Forward

2015 brings with it lots of personal goals, visions, and inspiration to embrace the things I’m deeply passionate about. In an effort to channel creativity and to do more of what I love (taking pictures, going on fun adventures with my husband and our dog, cooking), I’ll post a little more regularly over here. I’m not much of a blogger, so the pictures will do most of the talking. This week I finally started an instagram account for this page and will be posting over there, too. Go give it a follow, and thanks in advance! What are you working on or excited about this year?

First Day of Fall and Beef Stew

Fall in SC / stonostories.com

Fall in SC

“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

I awoke on this Autumnal Equinox to the sound of steady rain, making it extra hard to get out of bed as early as I do. When I let the dog out and immediately felt the new chill in the air, I started thinking about a comforting meal I could make for dinner tonight: something that welcomes the first day of Fall, embraces the drizzly cold and ushers in the new season. I love these transitional periods, the change of seasons, so very much. I was born on the Vernal Equinox and fall and spring are my favorite times of the year, because there is this tangible energy of either the rushing forward of spring or the slow, steady easing into fall. I’m grateful for autumn’s easy-going pace, because this year has almost felt too fast. Many amazing things happened for us this year but in a blink we’re already two-thirds of the way through it, scratching our heads and wondering what happened to September. Well, that was fun! But let’s sit down together and eat some warm beef stew with bread. Here’s the recipe:  Read More

Oregon – Food!

Oysters //stonostories.com

Pacific Oysters

One of my favorite parts of traveling is experiencing wonderful meals in new destinations. In Oregon, and especially in a culinary destination such as Portland, there was no shortage of recommendations or amazing restaurants, and we did not have one bad meal the entire time we were in the State. Keep reading for some of the places that we fully enjoyed.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

Portland

We arrived late on a Sunday, so we stumbled to dinner at a place around the corner from our (really great!) Guest House. We were so weary from travel and SO hungry, I don’t even remember the name of the place we ate that night. All I know is that they had beer and food. Not helpful, I know. PS: Alaska Airlines is THE BEST domestic airline, and I only ever want to fly Alaska from now on. Too bad they don’t really service the East Coast … that’s kind of a problem.

Monday morning we awoke rested and refreshed, and the air was cool and crisp – a welcome change from the hot Charleston summer. The friendly staff at the Hostel and guest house recommended Fuller’s in the Pearl District, so we walked there and enjoyed a simple, delicious and filling breakfast while sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air. I had the corned beef hash and G ordered the blueberry pancakes with big, fat local blueberries, bacon and eggs, and we both had coffee. Grand total: $18.

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