Hinkle-Garton Farmstead

February 16, 2014

Hinkle-Garton Farmstead

The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead is a nineteenth century farm that was donated in 2003 to Bloomington Restoration Inc.(local preservation non-profit) by Daisy Garton, a long-time resident of Bloomington. I’ve been told by some locals that Ms. Garton was a staunch preservationist in town and was responsible for saving many of the cities most impressive landmarks. Hinkle-Garton Farmstead now serves as the BRI headquarters and as a museum for the community.  READ MORE

Olive & Sinclair

February 12, 2014

Once home to HG Hills Food Store in the early 1900s, an Archway Cookies factory, and a woodworking factory, 1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, Tennessee is now home to one of my favorite chocolatiers, Olive & Sinclair. 

Olive & Sinclair

via Olive & Sinclair

Nashville-based DAAD Architects under Nick Dryden were brought on this project to ensure the circa-1890 building’s historic bones would be preserved, while creating a functional factory. The updated space features elements such as glass deco-lighting from a 1930’s schoolhouse, a gothic communion table from the early 1900‘s serving as the factory’s retail counter, factory pendant lighting was repurposed from an army barracks outside Atlanta , even repurposed wood floors sourced from a neighboring house in Lockeland Springs.  READ MORE

Friday Five: Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2014

Friday Five: Valentine’s Day gifts perfect for friends, your love, or just you.

5. Unlimited budget: Valentine’s Getaway to Paris

Valentine Paris
via Pinterest

One day I will make this happen.  READ MORE

Ideal Bagel: Athens, Georgia

February 6, 2014

Ideal Bagel

Photo: Ryan Hines

There is always a new spot to try in Athens, Georgia. The past few visits to the Classic City,  several local friends raved about a new bagel shop that opened up on Broad Street. One morning over the holiday break, in need of big breakfast sandwiches, Ryan and I decided to give Ideal Bagel a shot.  READ MORE

Treat Yo Self

February 2, 2014

treat yo self Regardless of relationship status, the month of February has always been my splurge month. It’s hard not to with chocolate and other goodies literally everywhere you turn. So this month, “treat yo self.” You deserve it.

Pictured (from top left): Cacao Atlanta macrons, champagne, Chocolate South truffles, tea roses, love birds (rug), champagne advertisement, hearts, Sea Salt Chocolate Bar by Olive & Sinclair. For details on products click here.


Friday Five: Food Blog South Takeaways

January 31, 2014

Five takeaways from Food Blog South 2014.

Food Blog South

5. ”The difference between someone who is a writer and someone who isn’t, is writing. Write everyday.”   - Verna Gates

4. ”Don’t confuse productivity and creativity.” -Susannah Felts on Cultivating Creativity

3. ”Do Your Homework. Pick a favorite blogger or writer and study them. Study not Steal. -Javacia Bowser on Blogging Head to Toe a la Tyra Banks

2. ”Let your work speak for itself.” -Molly Wizenburg of Orangette

1. “Stay curious.” Susannah Felts on Cultivating Creativity

Bonus takeaway: Caught up with some old friends and ate myself silly with tasty Southern food.

Food Blog South




January 30, 2014

White fluffy clouds of sugary goodness… I had no idea that marshmallows could get any better. Turns out, they can. Thanks to my #tscsummit friend and native Hoosier Jill, I was introduced to 240sweet in Columbus, Indiana. I finally made it their sweet shop and was invited to participate in a marshmallow making class!


240sweet is the brainchild of Chef Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick. Caterers by trade the pair started making marshmallows for their catering clients and the response was so positive they decided to have a go at the craft marshmallow biz.  READ MORE

Travel Tuesday: Snow Day Down South

January 28, 2014

Birmingham Snow Day No traveling today…enjoying a quiet snow day in Birmingham, Alabama. Stay warm y’all!

Drink Good People

January 26, 2014

Beer that is… Food Blog South is a wrap! Good times had by all at Good People Brewing Company.

Good People Beer

Good People Beer


Travel Tuesday: New Orleans, Louisiana

January 21, 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana Craving some beignets and a trip to the Big Easy.

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