salmon two ways


every where you turn someone else is telling me how amazing salmon is for you…i get it folks. i just can never remember which kind is the right one, wild, farm-raised, pacific, atlantic, etc. and then when I get that part down I cry an omega-3 tear at the price. but alas, this past saturday we were able to eat our salmon thanks to the fresh market’s half off deal. new tradition in the making…salmon saturdays! this slab gave us enough for two delicious recipes. time to eat like (bear) kings!


Maple Salmon (via All Recipes)


1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound salmon


In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper. Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).  Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.

Salmon Cakes (via Melissa d’ Arabian on Food Network)


1/4 cup chopped onion (can sub onion flakes)
1 egg
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 lemon, zested
1-2 salmon filets
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil


Heat 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon fat in a small saute pan over low heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Cool the onions for a bit.  Mix the onion, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, and lemon zest in a bowl. Add the salmon and mixing gently after each addition. Form the mixture into small patties. In a shallow dish, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and pepper, to taste. Coat the patties in the bread crumb topping. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, and cook the salmon cakes in batches until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add more oil, as necessary. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.  Extra tasty with a squeeze of lemon right before you take your first bite!

Ps. If you’re using leftovers from the Maple Salmon recipe or a different recipe, make sure you get as little of the marinade when using the salmon for the cakes…I couldn’t form patties the second time I did this recipe because there was too much liquid.



What a nice month it’s been so far…minus the occasional monsoons and 80 degree days, it’s really starting to feel like autumn! I finally got out my mom’s old ceramic jack-o-lantern that’s broken from it’s base but still lights up and Olive will be spending her early-release afternoon tomorrow making a pumpkin garland with me and eating “Ghostbuster” donuts!

Here’s a little taste of what’s been happening in Posy-land this week:

Sarah Foster’s Oatmeal Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips (hearty little buggers that will keep you feeling full thanks to the oats!).  Ps. If you don’t have buttermilk, but do have a lemon, put 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a measuring cup, top it with a cup of milk, and let sit a few minutes. Give it a stir and use as a substitute.  

Oatmeal banana muffins

Oak leaf ornaments getting prepped for Deco’s handmade holiday: 

Oak leaf ornaments

Mixing up blues and metallics for the latest round of Posy napkin sets! 

Blue napkins

Ps. One of Posy’s “happy day” embroidered hoops made it into Deco’s ad for the next issue of Walter Magazine! I’ve got 17 tea towels washed, ironed, hemmed and ready to go for their holiday-themed embroidery to come. Speaking of 17, that must be the magic number of late, as I spent this past weekend knocking out 17 bright and festive Christmas stockings ready to be divvied out to ELF Fair, Deco and Simply Serendipity in North Wilkesboro.  It’s so nice looking back at a week…especially when it’s not done…as it helps me see how productive it’s been as a whole, even if there were chunks where I wasn’t getting more done than changing diapers!

Hope the rest of the week is good to you friends!



I’m totally digging this new trend of subscription boxes and gift ideas. I already gifted a couple of Batch sets to my sis and brother-in-law for birthdays. (Sidebar: totally in love with Batch! Another brother-in-law will be gifted by them soon!).  Who wouldn’t love a box centered around breakfast foods or southern treats like biscuits and waffles?!  I love giving a gift I know the person will use and won’t just sit around collecting dust…or even worse, be something that they keep around just because it was a gift. Life’s too short…and our drawers too full…for more stuff. What’s even better is that a lot of these subscription services support local businesses or maybe folks you wouldn’t normally hear about. You don’t have to actually do a subscription…it can be a one-time purchase if you’d prefer.  And my last plug for this idea is that you can tailor it to the person you’re shopping for…tech, food, alcohol, beauty, craft, etc. So cool!

Here are a few I’ve recently learned about and will be using this coming holiday season:

Batch is focused on celebrating locally made (Nashville, Charleston, Memphis) items. (They recently partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank for a line of exclusive gifts that will help their cause!)



Quarterly has a fun selection of “curators you care about” picking out items like this one from Pharrell Williams (Grace Bonney from Design Sponge just got invited to be a curator!): 


Kiwi Crate allows you to “give the gift of hands-on fun and learning” monthly: 


Birchbox ships out 4-5 deluxe beauty product samples, some of them tailored to you: 


Umba Box introduces handmade goods to you monthly:




To say that Carter and I are obsessed with America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country would be an understatement. There was an afternoon when Mun was a baby, passed out in the car, and me stuck with him in our driveway because it may be the only sleep we get that day. I had to go to the bathroom like mad, but what was really bugging me, was that I was missing an episode of Cook’s Country. Carter, watching inside, kept texting me with updates…”they’re making tater tots!” We’re giving serious thought to celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary in 2016 up in Vermont, with host Chris Kimball and a taping of the show.

With my mom’s generous help, we’ve acquired two of their cookbooks/ cooking bibles. Every recipe we’ve made has been incredible. Sometimes we complain that something is “so America’s Test Kitchen” because the recipe will be riddled with details and steps, but they work. I love that they start out with the usual pitfalls about recipes for this dish and how they’ve corrected them. I like knowing that it’s been thought out…no surprises for my Wednesday night.  They give you pictures of the steps as well as the final product, which is always helpful for a visual learner like myself. Best yet, for someone on a budget, I love that their recipes don’t involve a lot of crazy, one-hit wonder ingredients we’ll never use again.

So, enough drooling over their cooking prowess, and time for drooling over some delicious pork chops! Here are two ways to cook up the “other white meat.” Fork salute!

(Since I can’t save a picture off the “Cook’s Country” site and I don’t want to use stand-ins for the deliciousness this recipe creates, I present to you my own little ham. Thanks for the pic Carter!)



Pan-Fried Pork Chops (Serves 4)

**This is my slightly altered version of the recipe. I use boneless chops instead of bone-in and I skip a step where they cook bacon in the pan first to season it. They don’t actually use the bacon for the recipe…it’s just for flavoring the pan.**

1. BBQ Pan-Fried Pork Chops

Combine 3 Tbl. light brown sugar, 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. chili powder (I’m a spicy wimp, so I use a 1/4 tsp.), 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. dry mustard. 1/4 tsp. ground cumin, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I leave this out.).

2. Herbed Pan-Fried Pork Chops

Combine 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram, 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, 1/4 tsp. dried basil, 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary crumbled, 1/4 tsp. dried sage (I leave this out as I don’t have sage on hand.), pinch ground fennel (ditto the omission), and 1/2 tsp. salt

Place 1 cup all-purpose flour in a shallow dish. Pat chops dry with a paper towel. Cut 2 slits about 2″ apart through fat and connective tissue on edge of each chop (helps it to lay flat instead of buckling).  Season both sides of chops with spice mixture, then dredge chops lightly in flour (do not discard flour).  Transfer to plate and let rest for 10 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup vegetable oil to pan and heat over medium-high heat until just smoking.  Return chops to flour dish and turn to coat chops again.  Cook chops until well browned on each side, 4-8 minutes (depending on thickness).  Serve.

mondays = coffee


although it took me a long while to develop my tastes buds for the stuff, i’ve always been comforted by the smell of coffee. i remember early days of my mom in her slip, curlers in her hair and a pot brewing. now, i’m lucky enough to have a coffee-snob for a husband who will bring me a perfectly made steamy, happy mug-full while i attempt to keep my eyes open on the couch, kid snuggled in on either side. when a non-morning person like myself has kids and is forced to not only talk before 9:30am, but also do extremely involved tasks like changing diapers and filling sippy cups at 6am, coffee has quickly become my best friend.

so in honor of this cool, cloudy monday, with a list of to-do’s longer than the great wall, i bring you a little coffee inspiration! (the first one’s for you sis!)

(click on photos for sources)







so, with my dwindling cup o’ joe, i toast to you and the start of a new week! cheers!

little rewards


last week sort of bit me in the butt. carter was out of town for a couple of days, so, of course the kids got sick…like out of school, crazy steroid-inhaler grouchy as all get out sick.  and then mice pooped on our stove. but the sole thing that gets me out of a bad week funk is knowing that it’s going to get better.  because it has to.  while i wrap my brain around what i want to accomplish this week…apply for ELF, mail out posy sales, more inventory for deco/bluegrass festival, clean the house for visiting family and finally, finally tackle the pile of broken/ripped/chewed-on items compliments of Monroe…i’ll give you a glimpse at the highlights of my days. it’s always good to have little rewards and motivators, especially when you are your own boss and co-worker!

reading (surprisingly relatable and not surprisingly, funny and brilliant):


listening (seriously, i could have “i will wait” on loop all day and not get sick of it):


working on (early ornaments for bluegrass festival…maybe get “raleigh” on there and smaller date…good keepsake for out-of-towners and felt ball garlands as i gear up for holiday markets):



eating (sarah foster’s chocolate chip espresso scones…baked heaven)


i hope you all have a really good week. my nana and aunt mary lou are visiting and it’s suzanne’s birthday wednesday…so much to look forward to! now time to get to work.