my food style: risotto + mac & cheese

If I had to label my food style, it’s a mix between risotto and mac & cheese from the blue box.

Cooking shows are my Saturday morning cartoons.
My favorite Pixar movie is Ratatouille.
I own both the movie & book, Julie & Julia.
Ruth Reichl’s book, Delicious!, is on my nightstand right now.
Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist is my absolute favorite.

Last week, never having tried a risotto in my life, I purchased Arborio rice and poured over various risotto preparations.

Then began my hour+ coaxing of love in front of my stove. I have no earthly idea if it turned out right, but it sure was dang good.

In true Ashley-style, after the risotto was consumed, not 2 days later a blue box of mac & cheese made it’s way into my dinner bowl. Complete with a link of chicken sausage. Yup. I’m 5.

But what a perfect image of where I am as a foodie at age 24.5.

Owning it.

I call this: making treats with kiddos

This picturesque treat making experience with 2 kiddos under 5 lasted exactly 5 minutes.

But that was just enough time for half of the red sprinkles to be dumped on 2 pretzels and the preciousness that was watching the smallest one run to wash his hands every time the melted chocolate got on him.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


DOH. See?? Can’t spell it to save my life.

a 2nd cup | non-profit coffee shop

Houston is in no short supply of coffee shops, but this one is easily my favorite.

A 2nd Cup | Non-Profit Coffee Shop in Houston, Tx

And for more than just their killer coffee and great vibe.

A 2nd Cup is a non-profit coffee shop doing their part to fight human trafficking in Houston.

Former middle school teacher, Erica Raggett, founded A 2nd Cup and is doing such a beautiful job of both raising awareness & funding after-care solutions while working to solve a world-wide problem one cup at a time.

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Address: 1111 E 11th St, Houston, Tx

& If you find yourself in Houston, make sure to wander on over to A 2nd Cup.