I’ve been off the grid a little bit lately, but that’s mainly because Steve and I have been keeping some big news under the radar until we knew we could finally unleash the news to the world.

We bought a house! We’re officially homeowners. As of 12pm today, we closed on our very first home and have the keys to our new place in Madison (just north of where we currently are in East Nashville). We couldn’t be more in love with the house and we’re so excited to get settled in. It’s been a crazy journey since we started looking for the perfect place a few months ago, but we’re so relieved to have everything complete. We’re packing up and heading out to the country! (kind of). The house is on 1 acre just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, so it’s definitely new territory for me.

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Remember a few months ago when I posted about Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef event that took place in a beautiful backyard setting? Well, I finally get to share more about that amazing evening!

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On Monday, March 20th, the video from my meal at Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef: Nashville event officially went live. As you may remember, I shared a few details about the delicious meal I enjoyed by a local Nashville resident, Travis Nunn. As a part of the Next Door Chef campaign, Travis was coached by an acclaimed local chef, Karl Worley from Biscuit Love, to learn how to prepare an incredible meal using the right types of salt. Travis’s home was transformed into a beautifully decorated pop-up restaurant, “Indie’s Kitchen,” and we were served an amazing meal right in his backyard.

Check out the video from the evening here.

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Before our meal began, we learned from Travis that as a full-time, traveling musician, husband, and father, he hasn’t had much experience in the kitchen. He loves his wife’s cooking and as a way to impress her, he wanted to master the art of cooking and understanding how the right salt can make or break a recipe.

To learn how he could step up his cooking game through the proper use of salts, Morton paired Travis with Karl Worley of Biscuit Love (who doesn’t love Biscuit Love?!). Together, they created a menu Travis could easily prepare as Morton Salt transformed his home into a fully decorated pop-up backyard restaurant named “Indie’s Kitchen,”—after Travis’s daughter—where they served an amazing meal that I still daydream about today.

next door chef nashville

next door chef nashville

next door chef nashville

When I first arrived at the popup restaurant at Travis’s home, I was greeted with Lemon Spring Tea with Morton Kosher Salt to mellow out the bold, tart flavor from the natural lemon, giving the garnish a burst of fresh, sweet flavor.

Once we all took our seats, our meal officially began. It started with pimento cheese and crackers covered in course sea salt. Many of us bloggers got to know each other over glasses of wine while gushing over how much we loved the food. We were then served several dishes to follow: salt roasted beet salad, chicken country captain and curry powder, cheese grits, and last but definitely not least, biscuit strawberry shortcake.
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I not only had one of the best meals I’ve ever tasted, but I met some really incredible individuals that evening while being serenaded by the one and only Heather Morgan. It was a Nashville evening to remember and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of such a beautiful event that represented our city so well.
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This was the second of three Next Door Chef events. Morton Salt has shared that they will be releasing video and recipes from their third Next Door Chef, in New Orleans, this summer. The first Next Door Chef event that was held in Chicago.

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At Next Door Chef, I learned all about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt, versus the standard table salt when cooking your favorite dishes. I’ve already learned so many new ways to implement the right kind of salt into recipes I’m making and it has really turned things around.

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To learn more about how salt amped up all of the delicious food we enjoyed, visit mortonsalt.com/nextdoorchef. All of the recipes from the evening are available on their website!

This post has been sponsored by Morton Salt. All opinions are 100% my own.

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This post is sponsored by Zappos.

Where are all of my Zappos shoppers? I don’t know about you, but Zappos is one of my favorite online stores based solely on their selection of shoes and clothing and because of the overall shopping experience. They have always been a company that puts the customer first and it shows.
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And now, Zappos is heading out on a cross-country road trip to thank all of their customers for being so loyal, and they’re making a stop in Nashville! The event is called the Zappos Friends With Benefits Road Show and will be all about Zappos saying thanks, giving back, rewarding customers and making new friends all over the country. Their mobile set-up will blend the two worlds of e-commerce and brick and mortar with some usual Zappos flair that represents who they are as a company. Attendees of the Nashville road show can shop distinctive products and enjoy custom rewards.
zappos friends with benefits road show

The Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show will include curated merchandise, local Nashville food, live music and entertainment, and free pet adoptions! How amazing is that?! I’m getting so excited to see all of the sweet furry friends. 

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zappos road show
zappos road show
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zappos friends with benefits road show
zappos friends with benefits road show

Here are the details for the Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show: 

Date: March 24th – 26th
Location:115 Lyle Avenue Nashville, TN 37203
TimesFriday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Hope to see you at the event! Come say hi!

I recently was invited back to Bartaco 12 South to taste the new Bartaco Secret menu item. Every month or so, Bartaco selects a brand new secret item to offer to patrons who ask for their bartaco secret. This is my third Bartaco Secret experience, the first one featured an ahi tuna taco wrapped in lettuce, and the second one featured a braised short rib taco. This third visit was different because the featured item wasn’t a special taco, but a cocktail. As you can imagine, I was very interested in checking it out.

So, I introduce to you the current Bartaco Secret: The Chai Mezcalita.

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The Chai Mezcalita contains the following:

  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3/4 oz. Chai Syrup
  • 1 1/4 oz. Banhez Mezcal
  • 3/4 oz. Libelula
  • Star anise to garnish

bartaco secret

bartaco secret

bartaco secret
No trip to Bartaco is complete without a variety of tacos. My favorite ones to date are the sesame ribeye, the falafel, the pork belly, and the spicy chorizo. I was also a raving fan of the last Bartaco Secret item, the braised short rib taco. I also have to get the guacamole every single time because it’s the best. Check out their full menu here.

bartaco secret

bartaco secret

Bartaco is located 2526 12th Ave. South in Nashville. For a full list of other Bartaco locations, click here.

I am a soup fanatic. Always have been, always will be. Homemade chicken noodle soup is one of my go-to recipes on a recurring basis. In fact, I probably make it at least once a month, and I always make a pot big enough that it’ll last me through the week so I can eat it for lunch. When it comes to being a habitual repeat recipe offender, I’m the worst when it comes to soups. I live for them!

Today I’m going to share the simple and quick recipe I use to make my homemade chicken noodle soup. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

homemade chicken noodle soup


  • 3 large chicken breasts (cut, cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 C. chopped carrots
  • 2 C. chopped celery
  • 32 oz. organic chicken broth (or bouillon, if you want to make your own)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 4 drops DoTerra lemon oil (if desired)
  • 12 oz. bag Egg Noodles
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add olive oil to a large pan over high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until no longer pink. Add the onion and garlic and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the organic chicken broth (or water with bouillon)to a boil. Add the chopped carrots and celery and stir for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken, onion, and garlic to the broth. Reduce heat to Medium.
  3. Add the celery seed, Rosemary, organic ground turmeric, garlic salt, and salt and pepper to the soup while keeping it at a low simmer. This is also where I add the lemon oil if you prefer, but it isn’t necessary. Add the egg noodles and cover until soft or al dente. Add more water if necessary.
  4. Let soup cool, then serve.

homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
This organic ground turmeric is from my absolute favorite spice shop in downtown Franklin called Savory Spice shop. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend checking it out. They have over 160 gourmet spice blends and 300 fresh spices and herbs from traditional spices and seasonings to signature Savory creations. All of the employees are wonderful and bottle everything up right in front of you. I could spend hours in that shop.

homemade chicken noodle soup
And then, of course, my favorite special ingredient in my chicken noodle soup is the lemon oil I add. If you’re not a fan of lemon, you can forego this step, but I love it!

That’s it! This homemade chicken noodle soup is incredibly simple and easy-to-make for a last minute dinner or for a week’s worth of lunches. Enjoy!