Hi, I’m Kari!thorson_bridal_040

I am a Virginia native, who grew up in California, went to high school in Dallas, TX, and now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to think of my style as Southern with a California twist! I am newly married to Ben, the man of my dreams and my best friend! He happens to be an extremely talented photographer who I have to thank for the gorgeous food photographs.

Southern cooking meets California lifestyle and all of the travels in between really tells the story of what I’m doing this little corner of the web! This blog was inspired by the looks on my Southern Virginia cousin’s faces when they put avocado on their sandwich for the first time, by the endless times I’ve tried to explain what corn pudding is to my California friends and by memories of waking up on Saturday mornings in Texas to a big pot of grits on the stove. I share the homestyle, love filled recipes inspired by family and friends in locations all over and allow that food to unite us! Keep an eye out for travels both across the country & throughout the world & recipes that those locations inspire twice a week.

1545977_10101184521067387_978417424_nFrom Texas Sheet Cake to San Francisco Grilled Edamame with Alderwood Smoked Salt; from North Dakota Kolaches to Virginia Brunswick Stew; I hope to share some amazing recipes & inspire you to fall in love with styles from coast to coast!

My Favorite Things:
Reading, tea, cooking, the beach, rocking chairs, picnics, rainy days, tiki bars, Christmas time, and traveling!

What I’m Reading:

Starting a blog has introduced me to so many amazing bloggers. I actually look forward to opening my e-mail in the morning now! I read The Londoner because of her hilarious puns & fun adventures, Well Traveled Wife & Overseas Escape because they are both so honest & real & travel to all of the places I want to see, Classy Girls Wear Pearls because of the gorgeous vintage style photos of dream homes & outdoor adventures, Gal Meets Glam because she is SF based (like me) & has such a timeless style, Southern Girls & Pearls because I’d love her whole wardrobe, Skinny Confidential because she motivates me to live healthy, For the Love of the South because of her incredible stories, then How Sweet Eats, Pinch of Yum, Butterlust, Hummingbird High, & Gimme Some Oven for their delicious recipes & gorgeous food photos. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do!

I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a note:


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