My name is Brandi and I dream up, cook up, eat up, and clean up over at BranAppetit! I was born in Portsmouth, VA and lived in Chesapeake, VA until I got married in 2004. I now live in the mountains of southwest Virginia with my husband, dog, and two cats. The majority of posts on my blog are recipes, and I like to keep a good balance between healthy and tasty meals and homemade desserts and other treats. I love using fresh, local, and seasonal foods and try to find ways to get others to buy fresh and local when possible or to grow their own. When I'm not in the kitchen, I love reading, hiking, and watching college football from August - January.