Well hello there. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you all here. I was busy with travel things, work things and….oh wait, I’m out of excuses already. I’ll admit: I kind of forgot I had a food blog for a couple weeks there. But after cooking two awesome recipes from our favorite food bloggers, I realized “Hey! I’m taking pictures of these recipes….why am I doing that again?” And then I remembered that oh yes, I too had a small little food blog where I share the joys of our kitchen and those who are kind enough to share with us. And it’s kind of a fun thing, believe it or not. I thought maintaining Cooking With Willis while in grad school was hard. Maintaining Cooking With Willis while adulting is harder, for sure.

This past weekend I had the privilege of co-hosting my best friends bridal shower with her mother. Knowing that the bride and groom are almost more excited about their honeymoon than the wedding itself, I decided to go with a honeymoon shower, instead of a traditional bridal shower. Luckily, my best friend made things easy because they’re going to St. Lucia! And while research on “food of St. Lucia” turned up some vague answers, her mother and I were at least able to come up with some traditional Caribbean recipes that we knew would please a crowd. We had a variety of food including plantain chips, jerk chicken, pulled pork island BBQ, island rice & beans and more! My favorite contribution to the shower were the two coconut cupcake recipes I discovered – one that was traditional coconut and the other, a chocolate coconut. Even though I know not everyone likes coconut (sorry mom), I figured these would be a hit, so long as they turned out pretty!

Well folks, it’s been a few! We took a lovely little trip to Floyd, VA to attend Floydfest with Will’s parents. After several days of camping, it felt good to return home to our own rain and wind-free place. However, right after returning Will has left me once again to visit his grandmother in California! The last text I got said he and Aunt Marty were heading to an In-n-Out Burger. I’m a little jealous to say the least, despite writing off red meat not too long ago. But still, it’s legendary! I can’t wait to hear how much he likes it AND how much authentic Mexican food he eats this week. If only he could bring me back avocados…