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Dinner Parties and Diaper Rashes: The New Norm

Happy Monday, everyone! I know it's been awhile. Miss Evie has been on a bit of a nap boycott lately, which means that I don’t get a lot done during the day besides chasing her around the house – she’s now crawling and pulling up on everything – and trying to prevent her from chewing on computer cords, laptops, glasses, books, and other non-baby-friendly items. She is officially on the move. (And this mama is tired!) So first things first: for those of you who entered my Modern Potluck...

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Modern Potluck Giveaway

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve learned firsthand what many of you all have known for a long time: entertaining with a baby is a challenge. Not an insurmountable one, but nonetheless, it’s hard. During those early months, getting a meal prepared felt darn near impossible, much less cleaning the apartment and setting the table for guests. Now that Evie is a little older, I’m back to throwing dinner parties, but they’re more laid-back affairs, and most importantly, my expectations have shifted. I no...

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A Garden Party with Anthropologie

I love throwing dinner parties. At this point, I’ve thrown (what feels like) a zillion of them: big ones, small ones, indoor, outdoor, formal, casual, with a kitchen and without. No matter what the circumstances, I have one simple mantra: Be flexible. Because no matter how prepared you are, something unexpected will always happen. And the best thing you can do when things don’t go as planned is to take a deep breath, stay calm, and move to Plan B. As long as you’re having fun, chances are your...

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Motherhood in the Age of Instagram

Our little Evie Grace recently turned six months old. (Where have six months gone?!) We celebrated with lobster rolls and a long walk in the park, and a trip to Ample Hills for ice cream. Evie kept us company with her smiles and babbles, and eventually fell fast asleep in her stroller, her chunky little legs draped over the side. Just watching her sleep, my heart feels as though it’s going to burst. I never thought I could be capable of loving so fiercely and so deeply. It actually aches to...

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A Family Lunch at The Cook's Atelier

Good morning, friends! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in France for over a week now – the time has flown by. Every morning when I walk out onto the cobblestone street to make my morning run to the bakery (yes, we have croissants every morning!), I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. Truly, it feels too good to be true. I admit: I was terrified at the prospect of traveling across the ocean with a 3-month old baby. Sure, flying to France is much easier than, say...

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Bonjour and Welcome to The New Yellow Table

Good morning, friends! Welcome to the new Yellow Table! As you can probably see, we just launched a brand new version of the blog, and I couldn’t be more excited. My muy talented husband Brandon redesigned – and coded! – the entire site, adding in all sorts of cool features, like a snazzy new recipe index, with Pinterest-style photo grids, and newly designed pages to search through Posts and The Cookbook Diaries. He did such an amazing job – I hope you love it! The biggest difference you’ll...

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On Motherhood, Writing, and Baking Therapy

Hello friends! After a three-month hiatus, I’m happy to say I’m ba-ack!! In case you missed my Instagram announcement, our daughter Evie Grace Carl was born the day after Christmas, after 2 ½ long days of labor. (A story for another time…) Three months later, it’s hard to imagine life without our smiley, wiggly, wide-eyed little love, with chubby cheeks that I can’t stop kissing. I take an annoying number of pictures of her, and we are completely in love. She’s amazing. To say life has changed...

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The Last Days of Advent: Waiting in Expectation

Hello dear friends! It's been awhile. I could offer up a myriad of reasons why I haven't written in so long – a busy schedule of freelance projects, fall book tour travels, new apartment nesting, baby preparations – and all of it would be true. This has been a year of such major transition, personally and professionally, that I've barely been able to process it all – much less blog about it. It's crazy to think that this time last year, I was trekking up and down a zillion flights of stairs...

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A Taste of Fall: Coconut-Curry Pumpkin Soup

Hello dear friends! It's been forever since I've posted, but today is one of the first days in a very long time that I've been at my computer pre-9 p.m. Between traveling and freelance recipe-testing/food-styling gigs, I've spent more time in the kitchen and on set lately, and had less time for writing and blogging. I'm grateful for the work, but have definitely missed sharing my thoughts and recipes with you all! As I get closer and closer to this baby girl's arrival, I'm hoping I'll be able...

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TYT Supper Club: Chicago Edition (+ A $500 Whole Foods Giveaway!)

UPDATE: I'm extending the $500 gift card giveaway two more days! I'm going to send out my Supper Club newsletter Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. EST, and will announce the winner then! To kick off the fall – and the first weekend of October! – I'm thrilled to share photos from our first official Yellow Table Supper Club! As I announced a few weeks ago, I'm launching a monthly supper club in partnership with Whole Foods Market, and I'd LOVE for all of you to join. All you have to do invite 6-8...

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