by Erin Napier
I woke up this morning and decided “Today, I will cook.” The stars align such that it’s a priority for me not nearly as often as I would like, but today was one of those days. And I worked for it too–going to Kroger in a flood that would merit use of a kayak, where a man made fun of my “overkill” rain boots and I responded with a stare as if he was from another planet while the rain came down in sheets so hard I couldn’t make out the cars in the parking lot.
It was a simple meal, just roasted chicken, sausage, vegetables and Paula Deen’s mac and cheese, but it felt good to take my time in the kitchen and make something that would stick to our bones.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!