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This post is going to be different.

I get wide-eyed excited to share a recipe with you. I share a little of my heart and a lot of recipe.

But, I was thinking, maybe that could change? I’d love to let you in a little more.

More recipes but more heart too.

So, let’s try this. Right now.

Here’s me.

bri mckoy_sc_cc photography

Carissa Cady Photography

Thank you for this photo, Carissa.

And this is me on a normal day. I took a selfie you for. (I should stick to my day job.)


A little bit about me that maybe you don’t know:

  • This blog has the word “savory” in it because I can be found almost never craving dessert. I don’t know why. It is very freakish. When dessert is served I usually eat it – but I don’t crave it. I crave mashed potatoes at all hours of the day. Steak is never a bad idea.
  • I have been known to tear up during an emotional commercial or two.
  • Favorite movies? Action. All day long. Especially the ones where you have to figure out what is going on.
  • I write. All the time. It makes me nervous to share my writing. But I am trying to get better at that.
  • We have a dog named Stout. Everyone calls him an Ewok. While everyone was going on about the Grammys I put this little “Who Wore it Better?” image together:
Stout the ewok

He got an ewok cape for Christmas. I am not really ready to talk about this.

This is how strange I am. And Stout wore it better.

The biggest thing I want to share with you

is my day time job (hence the infrequency of posting here).

I work for Compassion International. I have for 6 years. I fell in love with what God is doing through this ministry the first week I was hired.

Today my job, actually, my honor, is leading Compassion Blog Trips. That just happened a few months ago. I have felt ALL THE EMOTIONS about this transition.

This Saturday, Valentines Day, I will meet up with four incredible bloggers and lead my first blog trip without Shaun.

These bloggers have said YES to this trip! I hope you’re already following them:
Bonnie Gray

Holley Gerth

Lisa Leonard

Ruth Soukup 

I think I might share some of that trip on this little blog, if you’ll have me?

Because here’s the thing. I love cooking.

The kitchen is my studio and Beau is my partner.

cooking in Italy

Creating art. Communicating through the chopping and mixing and tasting.

I’m committed to posting all things delicious and savory here.

But the other thing I love is giving bloggers an opportunity to use their platform to advocate for children in poverty.

And I get to do that at Compassion. Will you journey with us?!

I’d love to know more about you. Let’s be friends! Tell me you. Your favorite movies, your favorite comfort meal? What are you passionate about?!

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  • Crystal StineFebruary 10, 2015 - 2:30 pm

    I just adore you. And the next time we get together, we’ll go out for steak {hi, I have the taste preferences of a man}, cry over some commercials {all the time}, go see The Kingsmen {have you seen previews? gah! it looks so good}, and talk about how writing never feels easy and when it does I probably took the easy way out. So, um. Let’s be friends, yeah? Also – Stout totes wore it better 😉ReplyCancel

  • KelliFebruary 10, 2015 - 2:31 pm

    Ah, I can’t WAIT to follow you to DR! I fell in love with Compassion International 5 years ago, and the trip to Tanzania changed everything about who our family is now. And it gave me the slogan that now dictates my days: Hope is Slow. It’s so slow, and I’m so impatient, and I’m picking up the pieces of my impatience on a daily basis as I wait for unanswered prayers, and rejoice in the blessing of today.

    I love writing, and I want nothing more than to encourage creative moms to use their art to benefit the world around them, starting with their children.

    I like sappy, predictable romantic comedies. And I believe that anything said with a British accent is ten times more romantic.

    I do love dessert, especially if Nutella is the main ingredient. Although this last pregnancy messed with my taste buds a bit and I’m still craving salt over sugar four months after the baby was born.

    Can’t wait to follow along with your savory blog! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 10, 2015 - 2:39 pm

      Kelli! What a gift it is to see you over on this little blog! I loved following the trip you were on. And I love the message God wrote on your heart. Gosh I hope we get to spend some time in person together one day.

      You are a gem! Thank you for following us and cheering us on!ReplyCancel

    • SandiFebruary 16, 2015 - 7:01 pm

      I loved seeing your comment this morning. Your post “Hope is Slow” is still pinned on my favorite articles board. Following the bloggers on that Tanzania trip was one of the catalysts God used to prompt me to become a Compassion advocate. Meeting Lois, a former sponsored child from Uganda, was another.

      I’ve been an advocate for almost three years now and just returned from a Compassion trip to visit one of our little ones in India. Your words “the trip to Tanzania changed everything about who our family is now” resonated with me this morning (enough that I felt like I needed to come back and share 🙂 ) That is what I see already happening through my visit to India and what I’m praying will continue to happen. So thanks for your faithfulness to go and to write 5 years ago. 🙂

      Bri- I am looking forward to following this DR trip. After seeing how Compassion works first hand, it’s even more exciting to me now.ReplyCancel

      • Bri McKoyFebruary 16, 2015 - 10:25 pm

        Thank you so much for following, Sandi! And thank you for being a Compassion Advocate. So grateful for you!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Heska KingFebruary 10, 2015 - 5:00 pm

    I love you, girl. And every time I think about the DR, I tear up. I miss it.

    I like disaster movies… especially the ones where someone sacrifices for someone else.

    I love Italian food–spaghetti, pizza. And a good artisan bread. I’ve been praying for a chocolate sickness, and it might be working a little. I got a bag of dark-chocolate dipped potato chips for Christmas and still haven’t opened it. But then there are M&M’s–which must be savored one at a time. I also like creme brûlée with a crunch.

    I love Detroit Tigers’ baseball, walking in the woods, sitting by the water, almost all animals (including the psychodogs and especially cats), taking pictures… and sometimes I like to write. 🙂

    Love you and miss you!! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 10, 2015 - 9:27 pm

      Sandra! Oh my gosh – I love your answers! It is so good to know how you like to eat M&Ms 🙂 And creme brûlée? That has to be my one dessert weakness. You are such a dear to me! So grateful for your life. Big love! XoxoReplyCancel

  • BeckyFebruary 10, 2015 - 6:05 pm

    You are awesome, Brianne. I’m so glad I know you.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:11 am

      Becky, I am so glad I know you too. Big time. Miss you! XoxoReplyCancel

  • paigeFebruary 10, 2015 - 8:40 pm

    oh sweet bri i’m so tickled to follow you guys! YOU are going to do a fantastic job leading the troops!!!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:10 am

      Paige! You always bring me so much joy. Thank you for your comment and for following. I miss you. Big love! XoxoReplyCancel

  • Cecilia BaconFebruary 10, 2015 - 9:11 pm

    I love this posting! I have been telling my husband there is something about this girl (you!) that I love, and even as a new follower I love the sharing of your heart through recipes and now through your new journey. We are long time Compassion donors and believers in the organization. I love everything they stand for, and admire you as a “front line” supporter for Compassion. Can’t wait to read and hear more!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 10, 2015 - 9:21 pm

      Wow, Cecilia! Your comment was such a bright light in my afternoon! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and say such beautiful things. So grateful that you and your husband are Compassion supporters. You make me so excited to share this journey! Grateful for you big time!ReplyCancel

  • SummerFebruary 11, 2015 - 2:09 am

    Hi Bri! I love this post and congrats on the new position! I would love to get more information from you on the blogger trips. My email is and I’d love to know more! I love what you guys do. Thanks, Summer.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 11, 2015 - 1:56 pm

      Summer! So beautiful to see you here! Just emailed you 😉ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonFebruary 11, 2015 - 2:33 am

    Can’t wait to follow all of you to the DR! Praying you will rest easy knowing God has you right where He wants you…leading these trips and writing on behalf of children living in extreme poverty. Bless you as you take these next steps of faith. We’re all cheering you on, Bri.ReplyCancel

  • Randy BayneFebruary 11, 2015 - 6:37 am

    Hi Bri – Of course I will be following the blog trip. I hope to go on a future one.

    Red meat eater, but I like pork a lot too. Trying to cut carbs and am mostly successful, but I have a weakness for pasta and good bread. Being Italian.

    I try to write, sometimes managing to get some words out, but am better at telling my stories with pictures. Photographer. Kids tell the best picture stories.

    So, I’m looking forward to joining you on your trip to DR. From my distant vantage point.ReplyCancel

  • Terri SiebertFebruary 16, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    I am so excited for you all, and can’t wait to follow along. Will be praying for you all!ReplyCancel

  • NancyFebruary 16, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    I’m excited about this trip because our two sponsored kids are in the DR! I’m going to be watching for their faces in all the photos. I hope I recognize them, because they grow so fast and are always so serious in their Compassion photos.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 16, 2015 - 10:24 pm

      How wonderful that you sponsor two kids from the DR, Nancy! It is such an incredible country. And Compassion is making such a difference here through you. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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