Har ~ vest: {noun} A supply of anything gathered at maturity, and stored.

Once upon a time (c. 2009), I started a food blog. Focused primarily on an unattainable desire of mine to attend culinary school, I worked my way through a few culinary school textbooks and wrote about my efforts along the way. I loved everything about the process of learning my way through each chapter, skills lesson, and concept and I genuinely got a lot out of the experience. But the real value in doing this DIY Homeschooled Chef blog of mine existed beyond all of the knife skills, master sauce recipes, and lessons on how to properly mise en place. In the end, I gained a much greater appreciation for how gratifying it can be to really stop and appreciate the food you eat, to just think about it for a second. From the effort that goes into preparing it and learning where it comes from to the simple pleasures of sharing it with others and hearing their own food stories. A food blog, I quickly learned, is the perfect vehicle to help you do all of those things, and that’s really what it’s all about for me. One part memoir and one part recipe bank, Harvest and Honey is a more personal blog that is inspired by the foods I love to eat and the stories behind them.


  1. Hello! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. For more details, please click on the link: http://tessbalexander.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/liebster-award/

    I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog! When I read, “pavlova”, it made me so happy! Congratulations!

  2. Glad you managed to overcome your allergy to chocolate! 😉 Lovely blog x

  3. Thanks for following my blog, Lauren! I’m looking forward to traveling with you on your journey. Cheers ~ Jeff

    1. You are most welcome, thank you, and right back at you, Jeff!

  4. Nancy says:

    Hello Lauren! I’m Read Urban’s mother and had the wonderful occasion to sit next to you at his wedding dinner. I follow you regularly and as a fellow devotee of the joy of “food”‘ can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I hope someday we will meet again and share the age old delight of making a meal more of an adventure, rather than just a meal. Best wishes, Nancy

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! This made my day and I so appreciate your kind words. I’m thrilled you enjoy my blog, as I thoroughly enjoy doing it. Would love to spend some time together again and talk food … maybe even cook something with that son of yours as well. I hear he’s pretty good in a kitchen himself 🙂 Thanks again!

  5. Barbara - Viaggio nelle emozioni says:

    No way. I love all your photos and put continuous like on instagram . Also I really like your blog and I will follow with great pleasure. See you soon

    1. What a lovely comment! Thank you so very much, Barbara. Your support and kind words mean a lot to me! xx

  6. Dear Lauren, I am in awe. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while now, but never actually took a look at your blog until now. I have missed so much. The story accompanying your strawberry rose meringue recipe is breathtaking and this short introduction to your blog just confirms everything already apparent in that post. You cook, bake, eat and write for all the right reasons, for all the reasons I so cherish myself. Food gives life in so many ways beyond the mere nutritional value and that is what your blog expresses. Thank you for sharing this with us x

    1. You absolutely made my day with this incredibly sweet comment. Thank you for not only taking the time to read my blog but to share your thoughts as well! Means the world to me. xx

  7. So glad I stumbled on your blog site. Creative and delicious! A rare find kind of narrative.

    1. Thank you!! I’m glad you stumbled upon it too 😉 xx

    2. Thank you for such sweet words!! I so appreciate it. Xx

  8. Bob Brooks says:

    Hi. I found your food blog as a result of reading Saveur magazine. It looks quite interesting and well done. I did have a problem with signing up for your post notifications. I received a confirming email, but when I checked it, it was not approved. For some reason the request went through WordPress,com. The email address I gave is not listed on WordPress.com. The signup procedure should not be so restrictive. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Bob! I will look into this issue, and see if I can better understand how to improve things. I am so glad you’re interested in my blog – thank you! – Lauren

  9. Thanks. I look forward to future posts. I’m surprised you answered so quickly. I thought you were in the States but perhaps you’re in Europe as I am. I’m in The Netherlands,

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