A family that cooks together grows together. Food is another expression of love and the Oh Sweet Basil family is full of it (love of course!)! Food blogger Carrian the mama in this equation is an enthusiastic family dinner icon. Her other half, health-conscious hubby and two adorable little girls carry on the tradition of this evening ritual that has been lost in so many households.
As someone who grew up in a home that gathered around the table every night, I really appreciate that there are great home cooks out there like Carrian who are keeping that tradition alive with great recipes to make it easy. My family is just Mr. Misadventures and I but we ALWAYS eat at the table – every meal, and it is time with my hubby I really appreciate.
Let’s meet Carrian!
 Have you always been a foodie, or is that something you grew into?
I think in a way I was always a foodie. As a kid, I loved to cook along with my mom and dad and I only enjoyed it more and more the older I got. However, I was the pickiest eater ever so it wasn’t until college that I finally started trying new things. In fact, this cheesy casserole was one of the only things I’d eat as a kid and I’d still pick out all of the hamburger.
 How and why did you begin your blog?
My husband and I went on a trip that we had really fresh and fantastic food and decided we should play around with ingredients more. We would test things out on our friends and finally started the blog as a way to share the recipes we were making.
 What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?
 What is your favorite thing to eat?
I know this is crazy, but I love steel cut oats or oatmeal. I could eat it forever. Or cinnamon rolls. 😉
 What is your comfort food?
I adore a good mac n cheese with a panko topping, Mexican or pizza.
 Describe your perfect food day?
Eating. Ha-ha, my perfect food day would seriously be traveling around eating. I love that food has a story so not only do you fill your belly but you fill your soul too.
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
I love to read Cafe Johnsonia because she just gets food, and gosh now that I think about it my list is too long because I love how different all bloggers are. Ummmm, Tater Tots and Jello and Remodelaholic because they inspire me to make my space more peaceful and lovely.
 Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?
Don’t play the game. Have passion and believe in yourself. It’s so easy to get caught up in trends, trying to do what others have done to be successful or comparing yourself and that will never make a successful person because true success comes from yourself. If you can say, today’s post was so delicious I hid the leftovers just for me, or I loved how I wrote that post, now that’s success. Numbers and people can never decide that for you.
How about you? What would you like to ask Carrian?