Welcome to NeighborFood! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Courtney, a 20-something wife, community organizer, and self-taught baker. I live with the Mr., Will, in Columbus, OH….which just so happens to be the greatest city in the world. And no, I’m not biased.
That’s us! (We kind of like each other).
This is a blog (had you guessed that already?) about food and faith and community and life. It started almost three years ago as a little Blospot site called Bake. Eat. Repeat. There, we learned how to make homemade pizza dough, how not to park in German Village, and about the endless possibilities of pumpkin. We even celebrated a few birthdays.
Through Bake. Eat. Repeat. I got to make a lot of friends (my Internet neighbors), discover new things (aka: make a bajillion mistakes), and learn how to drive my readers crazy by using too many parenthesis (I’m sorry. It’s a sickness).
Over the past two years I’ve developed a love not only for preparing and serving food, but also for capturing it on camera, writing about it, and most of all, sharing it with others. I’ve also learned that food is about so much more than a recipe or a few lines scribbled on a note card.
It’s about community, gratefulness, hospitality, joy. It’s about nourishing our bodies, our loved ones, and our neighborhoods. It’s about faith in God’s provision and the courage to open our homes and our tables to share with others.
I’d invite you to think of this blog as one epic church potluck. You’ll find a hodgepodge of dishes, people, and conversations here. You’ll find old familiar standbys. Things that soothe and comfort, that fill our tummies and our souls. You’ll find the occasional luxury, something sweet and decadent. Something to delight over, to enjoy slowly, to share with a special someone.
And sometimes you’ll lift a lid and find a pleasant (or terrifying) surprise. A post on this God-man named Jesus who’s wrecking and redeeming my life all in the same breath. A link to a thoughtful article or a hilarious youtube video, or a news story that will warm your heart. Something to challenge and convict, encourage and inspire. You’ll see how I’m learning to love Christ more, love my neighbor more, and love my city more through flour dusted countertops and tables weighed down with elbows and casserole dishes.
When you come here to Neighborfood, I hope you’ll feel at home. I hope you’ll find a community of friends (or soon to be friends). A place where you can feel safe to laugh, cry, shout, rave, share, struggle, be. A place to share your favorite dishes and family traditions and life happenings. I hope you’ll find a neighborhood.
So settle in. Take off your shoes. Grab a fuzzy throw and get cozy. Join me around the table and we’ll eat good food, laugh a lot, and maybe even learn a thing or two together.
Got a question? Comment? Prayer request? Recipe idea? Tell me about it! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Stop by and tell me about yourself, share a photo of your latest creation, suggest a recipe, tell me how I can pray for you, or just gush about your obsession with Downton Abbey (oh wait, that’s my obsession). You can also drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whatever it is, I would love to hear from you!
I shoot with a Nikon D3000 and use Lightroom for all my editing.
I enjoy Chai Tea Lattes.
I have an unhealthy relationship with Cafe Katalina’s Pork and Fried Egg Sandwich.
I love to sing, but can’t whistle to save my life.
I like to be serenaded by Frank Sinatra while I’m baking.
I’m a terrible dancer (but I do it anyway).
We have a forever-pup named Oscar. He sulks when we don’t pay enough attention to him, AKA we don’t acknowledge him for more than 5 minutes (see below). He’s our favorite source of entertainment, and also occasionally our not-so-favorite source of smelly vomit.
This guy is my willing taste tester, lobster lover, honest feedback giver, website crisis averter, dish dryer, and favorite person of all time.
I’m a Buckeye, through and through. Excuse me for a second….O-H!…
I like you. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to Neighborfood!