The older I get, the more I want a simpler life. My desire is to learn more about the things I love and worry less about what our culture dictates as necessity. Southern cuisine is what I have raised my family on and the atmosphere good food creates around a table is tradition that I want to make sure is passed on to my boys.
I am Georgia born-and-bred. My family originates from middle Georgia, I went to college in south Georgia, and then I met my husband in east Georgia and that is where we have planted our family's roots. I met Crystal through my college roommate (they are sisters-in-law) and a lifelong friendship instantly formed. My parents swear that I was "born to talk" (as did most of my grammar school teachers) so this podcast is really my creative outlet for my two favorite things in life: talking and food.
When we aren't busy writing scripts and brainstorming content for this podcast, I work as a pediatric speech therapist. (Again, communication really is my life!) My husband and I have been married for 7 years and we have three young boys who keep us on our toes (and an old black lab who graciously tolerates our family's chaos). We both come from long lines of Southern families, each with their own very specific culinary specialties. I am so excited to get the chance to not only teach you about our families' dishes, but also to learn more about Southern food while we're at it.
I was raised on a small family farm in Georgia and have been surrounded by a large southern family my whole life. Since moving to college and eventually getting married, I have lived in almost every region of Georgia -- spending my college years in both the mountains and ten miles above the Florida line, in a small town in middle Georgia as newlyweds, and finally settling in East Georgia again in 2014. After living away for well over a decade, my husband and I moved to my neck of the woods to provide our children with the close-knit, slow-paced, country life I was raised with. I want my children to be able to play outside in wide fields, go fishing, plant gardens, and raise some kind of farm animal. And honestly, I needed to be closer to home so I could enjoy my Mom’s cornbread and my Mama’s biscuits on the regular!
This podcast is a great way for me to share my appreciation for the food and stories I have enjoyed from childhood and from the different places I have lived and visited. It’s also a fun way for me to try my hand at the Southern fare I love but have never made. When I’m not working in the local public schools as a Social Studies and Content Literacy Specialist, you can find me playing with my three kids, spending time with my husband of nearly 13 years, reading a book with a glass of wine, tending to my flock of backyard chickens, or enjoying a hot cup of coffee on a front porch.
Sarah is the method to our madness. She keeps us in line, on schedule, and always has fabulous ideas for content. Sarah's keen eye for color, light, and style have helped to make our podcast and website vision a reality. Plus, she grounds us when our ideas take flight (and keeps those flighty visions from burning up in the sun). Sarah is the best listener and gives the best advice. We would not have been able to undertake this podcast without her.