Last week I had a special cooking class night where I had the pleasure of having a group of beautiful, talented and sweet ladies over. They all either have a small business, successful blog, is an author or have a talent they share with others. 


Having these gals gather around my island sure made for a fun night!


I taught them all my Fall Menu. Can I tell you the dishes on this menu is phenomenal? Because it is.. it really is. A perfect menu for a “Friendsgiving” meal or new sides and dessert for Thanksgiving. It was a fitting menu!


I had to show you the gals on the other side of the island. Don’t worry your pretty little mind… I will share the names and sites where you can learn all about them and what they do. 


Let’s talk food for a minute (I will have better food pic’s in my next Fall Menu Class Recap, but these are a good teaser!). We had pan seared Pork Chops with a Honey Soy Glaze. I have to give a huge shout out to my two amazing assistants for the night… Lauren Parks and Fawn Dean! I couldn’t have done this without them!


This Roasted Vegetable Crostata I am assembling is too good for words!


This Lentil Dip makes the perfect appetizer! I shared it in my “Recipes” so you can make it too! Fast, delicious and healthy. What a perfect combination!


Fall is about pumpkins so naturally I taught my Pumpkin Cheesecake. This will have any pumpkin haters begging for more!


Enough talk… time to grab our plates and dig in!


Did I mention I also taught an amazing Roasted Beets dish and a Kale and Apple Salad? So much goodness!


How cute are these two? Ellery and Megan from Shop Strands.. an awesome jewelry company. I love their pieces! And those wraps they are sporting.. yes they sell those too.


Cooking class turned “dinner party”!


I made some new friends like this beauty, Chelsey. She drove all the way from Los Angeles on a Friday night… now that’s love people! But seriously.. how adorable is she?!


It was nice to see “already” friends like Ali who is moving away next month. So glad I got a chance to see this amazing girl again!


Some of the girls brought their “goods” to give away in a SWAG bag we got at the end of the evening. And guess what? One lucky winner will get a SWAG bag like we got in a giveaway I am having starting tomorrow! Let’s hear for free, awesome stuff!

Here’s whats in the SWAG bag: Nena and Co. camera strap (I know.. amazing!), Mommi 3-in-1 Prenatals + Protein + DHA pack and a drink shaker (the perfect nutritional supplement for pregnant and nursing mommas), Briana Walker’s Dance Anyway book (make sure to look her up and read about her story… so inspiring!), Shop Strands necklace and bracelet (I have been wearing mine everyday!), James the Brave children’s book (this one’s a winner folks!) and a Salt and Pepper hat (coolest hats around!) Oh… and one more thing! In each SWAG bag, I put in a loaf of my Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. The winner will get my recipe so you can make it to your heart’s delight! 


Sorry to be redundant with the picture, but I will end with telling you who’s who! From left to right- Back row: Corrine Stokoe from (@mintarrow) (not pictured because she had to leave before we took this), Tammy Mitchell (@pimkpeppermintdesign), Megan Ham and Ellery Pugmire from (@shopstrands), Lisa Flores from (@st_eve_jewelery), Chelsea Harmeyer (@sloppyelegance), Erin Schurtz (@erinshurtz), Ali Hynek (@nenaandco), Nicole Davis and Becki Owens (@owensanddavis), Morgan Smith (@morgansmith), Middle Row: Janae Olsen (@readjamesthebrave), Des Fowler www.ohsodeliciouso (@ohsodeliciouso), me @Jennyevansgatherings, Briana Walker, Summer Thacker (@saltandpeppertees), Chelsey Hale (@chelseyhale), Front Row: Kailee Wright and Megan Papworth (@stay_and_co).

I hope you check out their sites and their amazing talents!