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Embracing the Mess

The other day, as I looked around our somehow eternally-messy kitchen, I sighed, feeling weary. Yet another mess to clean, I thought. I took in the sink full of pots and chocolate-covered mixing bowls, the kids busy at their paint-splattered table strewn with brushes and trays of paint, the counters covered with drying paintings and a cooling cake. Why is my house always a mess, I thought, about to spiral into my “What is wrong with me??” loop. Then, suddenly it hit me: This is what a creative...

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Welcome Back: Two Kids and a Global Pandemic Later...

Friends! It’s been way too long. I’ve missed you all, and our (digital) gatherings around The Yellow Table. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want this space to become, and I wanted to check in and give you all a little update. Life has changed a lot for me in the past few years since I last posted. We had a second baby, moved from Brooklyn to Nashville, and - like all of you - have been living through a global pandemic. Evie, my firstborn, is now a bright, bubbly 5.5-year-old...

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Shemesh Farms: Season with Purpose

Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged (more on that later), but I could not be any more excited to be back AND to tell you all about Shemesh Farms, an incredible new line of farm-to-jar culinary seasonings created by my brother Davis and a very special group of young people in Southern California. Not only are these products beyond delicious (I’ve been using them on everything recently, from grilled fish to burgers, salads, roasted vegetables, and even popcorn!), but I especially love...

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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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