Today is the BIG day!!!

OutdoorTable alternate cover

Today is the long awaited (at least at my house) release day for The Outdoor Table!  This book has been almost two years in the making, and I am humbled and so very excited that today has come.  Get one for yourself, and perhaps one for dad for Father’s Day too, it’s filled with lots of great grilling recipes!  So, I’ve talked about the book so much on here, and I really hope you’ll buy it, because it truly is a wonderful book.  But today I want to share a little bit of the story behind the book…

I’m telling you, if you would have told me 5 years ago that I would author a cookbook, like a real cookbook sold in stores nationwide – I would’ve thought you were totally crazy.  This whole cooking journey I have been on has been the craziest ride of my life.  There have been some amazing highs, but there have also been some pretty low lows. I’ve spent many days doubting myself and my ability, wondering if I was being completely unrealistic, feeling like I should just get a “real job,” and asking God if all of this will ever to amount to anything?

Contrary to what people might think, I haven’t had this whole cooking journey planned out, it’s been a roller coaster.  There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that God has led me through each door to get to this point.  Everytime I considered just giving up, the Lord gave me a little reassurance to keep going.  Even if it was a small thing, He would open a door right when I needed it, and I would walk through it.

I have had lots of ideas that didn’t work out, I’ve gotten my hopes up about the possibility of things that didn’t happen, and I’ve tried to force things that just weren’t working.  And I will do all of that again I’m sure, but sometimes pieces of the dream actually do happen, and this cookbook is one of those pieces.  People always ask me, “so what is your end goal with all of this?”  And I have had a hard time answering that question.  There are many things I would love to do, but the bottom line is, I’m not driving this boat.  I had no idea a cookbook would’ve been part of the plan, but that just goes to show, it’s really not my plan at all.  The Lord led me here and, to be honest, I don’t know where I’ll end up next, and I’m [finally] okay with that.  His plans have always been better than mine anyway.


I suppose I say all of this to encourage anyone out there who has a dream.  If you feel like God is calling you to something, even if you don’t know what the end result looks like, just follow in the direction of that dream.  I do believe God places dreams and ideas in our hearts, and if He has a plan for you and you say yes to Him, that’s an unstoppable force.  Ultimately, I want this book to be used for His glory.  Even if it is a cookbook, the story behind it, is one of redemption and new life.  He took food, the thing that could’ve destroyed me through years of disordered eating, and He gave me total freedom.  What the enemy meant for evil, the Lord has used for good in my life.

That’s the real story here, and I am grateful and humbled beyond words.  He is good, and He deserves my praise every hour of every day.


Date posted: June 2, 2015 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Categories: cookbook Inspiration Personal Thoughts

OutdoorTable alternate cover

I am still in awe that my cookbook, which has been almost two years in the making, is actually coming out later this Spring!  I haven’t revealed a whole lot about the book yet, but now that we are so close to the release date, which is June 2nd, I can share more!  One thing you should know, is that I created and tested over 200 recipes EXCLUSIVELY for this cookbook, meaning you won’t find them on this blog ;)

As you have probably guessed by the title, all of these recipes were created for outdoor entertaining.  Whether you are having a cookout, barbecue, picnic, or tailgate, you will find plenty of fresh and delicious recipes to choose from in this book.  Not only is it full of gorgeous pictures and outdoor dining ideas, it also features 30 outdoor venues, many of them in the South, that I thought were the perfect places to take some of these dishes to.   The venues range from outdoor concerts and amphitheaters to botanical gardens and tailgates.  This book was truly a labor of love and I hope you all enjoy it as much I enjoyed writing it!

Now for the really exciting news….

You can Pre-Order your copy now for a discount!

So go ahead and reserve your copy now by clicking on the retailer links below…


Now, if you tuned into Talk of the Town in Nashville today, you may have seen me make my “Sunshine Citrus Chicken.”   This is a sneak peek recipe from the cookbook, that I am sharing to give you a “taste” of the deliciousness that is in this book!  Enjoy ;)

sunshine chicken


Date posted: April 2, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: cookbook Main Dish Poultry