Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It's no surprise that I love Southern hospitality. Everyone knows everyone, and we're like one big happy family. I've always been told that it takes a village to raise a child. I love that. It's so true. Ever since I can remember I've been surrounded by a village full of love, support, and some of the most delicious foods. That's what fueled my inspiration to write Things to Bring My Family When I Die - a cookbook that focuses on the southern tradition that is bereavement food.
me at Barnes & Noble with the Effortless Girl

My new book approaches the topic of "funeral food" in a comedic, lighthearted manner. If someone passes away, food is really what the family needs. It's a Southern tradition that few people discuss, but is so necessary. I've compiled easy recipes that can be prepped in little time with ingredients common to most household pantries. Even your 4-year-old could make some of these dishes because they are seriously that easy.

Throughout the past few weeks I've signed books at Barnes & Noble (pictured above) and several local venues - it's been a LOT of fun! I'm sending a huge shout-out to my aunt Julie, founder of, who follows along on all of my book-signing adventures and is one of my biggest fans.

If you're interested in purchasing Things to Bring My Family When I Die for yourself or someone else (it makes a great gift!), it is available at Amazon, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Hope Makes a Difference, a charity focused on improving the lives of children around the world.

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