Greg and I have spent most of this year in different time zones. We didn’t plan to be apart so long, but it turns out moving cross country (which we’d done twice before) is a lot harder when you’re selling a home. We drove our Honda Civic — loaded down with all the essentials of a dorm room and one very sedated dog — 2,208 miles from Sherwood, Arkansas to Oregon in early April. After a few days, Greg returned home to Arkansas to finish some house repairs and wait, and wait, and wait, for the house to sell. Over nearly four months, we had too many meals apart and too many conversations on the phone. Even worse — we woke up in separate beds. He had some good friends to keep him company and I had our mutt and some amazing new coworkers, but we were pretty miserable without each other. He was finally able to move out for good in late July. So we’re no longer Southerners, not that we ever really were. Neither of us can muster a “Bless her heart” with any sincerity. Before we get cooking in the Pacific Northwest (OK, we obviously already have but unpacking has also trumped blogging) we thought we’d share a few of our last Southern dishes from in and around Little Rock.
We’re ready for new adventures and after a pretty long hiatus we’re eager to blog again. We’ve already picked wild blackberries and taken some apples and pears off a coworker’s hands. We’re buying wild mushrooms like candy and Greg is fretting over how to grow hot peppers in a much cooler climate. And of course we have a few salmon recipes in the pipeline. Even our dog is thrilled with the move.
Glad y’all (yes, deep southern) are okay and congratulations on the new job and successful house sale and move. Oregon is an exciting place and I look forward to seeing what you guys cook up there. Cheers!
Thanks, we’re stoked to be here.
Congratulations on your move and welcome to Oregon!
Thanks Gerlinde. We have just the right berries for that awesome cake on your blog!
Glad to have you back – love the amazing shrimp and grits photo. You will love Oregon.
Sorry to lose you but love the shrimp and grits photo. Good Luck!
Contrats, good luck, and glad you’re blogging again.
Congrats and good luck guys!!! Looking forward to your new adventures. 🙂
Thanks, we are too.
Is your move the reason why I never got any notification of your latest posting or like in the case of some other blogs the fault lies with WP, who have been playing up a lot recently. So, I started following you once again, I really missed so many of your lovely postings. And btw, congratulations on your move. I wish you good luck and success in your new job and happiness in your new home.
Not sure about that one, could just be the long lapse. Thanks for the well wishes.
Congratulations and good luck with this new chapter in your lives together!
YAY!!! missed your posts and happy to hear you’re back to blogging. And envious you’re in Oregon. I used to live slightly north of there (British Columbia) and miss the climate like crazy. BTW, you can grow hot peppers just fine up there. Just start a little earlier and transplant them outside when they’re a bit bigger. They’ll do fine.
Thanks Sid. I’ll take all the pepper growing tips I can.
Oh wow, big move! And culinary-wise too, a whole other cuisine to explore and excel at for you both. Congrats!
I wondered what happened to you guys, congratulations on the move and selling your house. Hope you are all settled in and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Looking forward to resuming reading your regular blog posts.
What a fun little restaurant that must have been and I hope you guys have a great time in the NW! Mingus is adorable! What a handsome fellow!