• Red velvet skull cake (and cupcakes)

    skull cake

    Happy Halloween, y’all! Are you dressing up this year? Toby and I are at the airport, on our way to Kentucky for homecoming festivities at his alma mater, Centre College, so I am not wearing a full-on costume, but I am wearing some leopard-print items and a leopard-ear headband. And I wanted to share a red […]

  • What works for work

    fashion math for work

    Dress codes are so easy for men. Whether it’s a suit, a sport coat, a tie or jeans, it’s always spelled out for them. That’s not to say that men always dress appropriately for work. I’m not sure which is worse: The fact that the coordinator for my post-college internship remembered, months later, that one […]

  • Pumpkin gooey cake

    pumpkin gooey cake slice

    We’re more than halfway through October and it’s starting to feel a little more like fall… and that means it’s decorative gourd season (don’t click that link if the F-word bothers you) and it’s time for some pumpkin recipes up in here. This pumpkin gooey cake is actually more like a cake-pie hybrid — a […]

  • Fab Fave Friday: San Clemente

    san clemente pier

    We have discovered a lot of fun and beautiful places since we’ve moved here, but one of my favorites so far is San Clemente. Several people actually told us we should look for houses in San Clemente, because it’s just north of the base and the town is so cute. But it’s a bit far […]

  • Sugar skulls

    When my friend Isabel asked if I wanted to take a sugar skull class with her, I immediately said yes. Then I tried to figure out what the heck a sugar skull is. Turns out, sugar skulls are skulls made of sugar (go figure) that are decorated and traditionally used to adorn the special altars […]

  • Buttermilk biscuits

    buttermilk biscuits | marshmallows and margaritas

    Many years ago — when I was young and single — I used to spend whole weekends reading. Or reading and talking to people on AOL instant messenger. Either way. Anyway, one of those weekends, I read “The Secret Life of Bees.” It’s a lovely book, and you should read it, if you haven’t. But […]

  • Camel + black

    camel7

    Growing up in Phoenix, it was normal for the weather to be warm — like, shorts and tank tops warm — until about Halloween. And Georgia and South Carolina don’t exactly get freezing cold at the end of September, either. But it’s still a little weird for me to see other bloggers posting autumnal outfits […]

  • Toasted coconut marshmallows

    toasted coconut marshmallows | marshmallows and margaritas

    I know: Making your own marshmallows seems like something that only Martha Stewart, a Brooklyn hipster or someone whose blog is named “Marshmallows and Margaritas” would attempt. Who has time for that? But I promise you — cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye — that they are not […]

  • Cheesy grits casserole

    cheese-and-grits

    As I mentioned, my good friend Melissa visited recently from Toronto. Melissa grew up in Atlanta, and we went to University of Georgia together, so we obviously had to have a Southern-themed football brunch for the Georgia-LSU game while she was here. These cheesy grits were the first thing I put on my list. If […]

  • Fab Fave Friday: Pink coats

    pink-coats

    Coats can be kind of a pain. You need one to go with everything, which is basically impossible for one garment. And since your coat may be the only item most people see you in, you want it to be cute. I tend to go a bit overboard with coats (and everything, if we’re being […]