Welcome, I'm Monique! Ambitious Kitchen is a blog devoted to clean eating, healthier baked treats, plus my passion for fitness and nutrition. Bottom line, I love to inspire others in and out of the kitchen! Read more.
It’s time for my second gift guide of the season! This time it’s for the man in your life.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always so confused on what to get my boyfriend or even my brother. I feel like most of the time I’m always getting them sweaters which are lovely, but given way too often.
This year Tony helped me put together this fabulous gift guide and I couldn’t be more thankful. So, let’s get to it!
How was your Thanksgiving? I’m so happy I was able to take the weekend off and enjoy some time with my Grandma; we had a wonderful time eating, shopping and laughing.
Unfortunately her wallet was stolen while we were out shopping. Tis the season for thieving? Ugh! Even worse, she had some pretty important documents in there. But the good news is that we got her back on the plane safe and sound (without an ID)! I guess the TSA knows more about you than you think.
As you probably know via Snapchat and Instagram, I’m been traveling like crazy lately. I simply love it. And it’s not because I have that millennial thing called wanderlust, it’s simply because I believe traveling is good for the soul. Because it teaches if you to live a life full of adventure. Because it challenges you and changes you in ways you imagined it never could. Because you get to see the world, the people that live in it and how unique each culture is. Because it exposes you to things you were ignorant to. Because it inspires you. And mostly because it’s an experience you will never forget. Remember material things fade, experiences don’t.
So here I am with another wonderful recap of my recent travels to Pensacola. Have you ever been? Surprisingly, TripAdvisor named Pensacola Beach one of the top 25 beaches to visit. And not only is there a beautiful beach, but Pensacola is booming with INCREDIBLE food, art, fishing, shopping and an amazing heritage (it was one of the first settlements!).
I’m breaking my trip up into two parts to share my experience with you throwing everything into one post seems like a bit of overkill. So, here we go!
It’s BLACK FRIDAY and I’ve got a pretty amazing beauty gift guide for you today! I’ve been working on this for a few weeks and can’t wait to share it with you!!!
Now you’re probably wondering, why beauty? Well, a few reasons:
-Most of my readers are female and are always looking for new makeup or skin care products. It’s hard to know what to purchase unless something is recommended.
-For some reason, people always ask me about my skin care routine and what products I use. I love a variety of products and adore sharing my favorites with friends, so I figured why not share them with you, too?!
-Black Friday = TONS of deals. It’s time to shop til you drop. You ready?
Milly is snuggled on my lap right now purring and happily curled into a little warm ball. Tony is still sleeping and the apartment is still and quiet on this crisp morning. I’ve got my coffee (which I’ve made too strong) and my Grandma and Mom are here for Thanksgiving festivities.
My plan is to make them a big bowl of green chile stew and this apple crisp recipe for them tonight. Spicy and sweet before we stuff ourselves silly tomorrow. That’s the way I roll.
What’s your bread of choice on Thanksgiving? When I was younger, we always had soft and fluffy croissants and they were my absolute favorite.
This year, we’re doing things a little differently due to the fact that I have uncontrollable love for biscuits. Yes, biscuits! Surprisingly, there just so happens to be a multitude of Chicago restaurants that serve biscuits at brunch. While I’m not typically into carbs at breakfast (love my eggs), biscuits have been a breakfast game changer for me. Giant, fluffy puffs of love smothered in honey. That’s when you know it’s going to be a good weekend, right?
A great characteristic of biscuits is that they’re versatile and easily acceptable at any meal of your choosing. Furthermore, biscuits don’t just have to be served with jelly or honey at breakfast; in fact, they are the perfect way to soak up your cranberry sauce and extra gravy. Another option is piling on the turkey and making sandwiches with your leftovers. Basically just determined to turn you into a biscuit lover.
Hello from Grand Rapids! I’m spending the next two days exploring the city and hanging out with some fab lady boss bloggers. I also am eating like I’ve been starving my entire life. What’s with that? I need to slow it down, I’ve got T-day coming up too. I will admit it’s been hard to keep up with my clean eating challenge since I’ve been traveling every weekend. Oops.
The good news is that there’s an amazing food scene here; who would have thought that a small little city in Michigan would absolutely be killin’ it at beer, food and all the hipster things? Not I.
The title of this recipe is certainly a long name for a salad, yet somehow I feel like the more descriptive, the better. Especially when it comes to salads, there are just too many out there these days; I want you to know what sets this one apart right from the beginning.
Secondly, I’m wondering how many of you actually eat salads on Thanksgiving? For me, it’s an absolute MUST. I pile my plate full of salad before anything else. I want the greens before the beige breads and golden brown gravy.
Fill me up with nourishment, then fill me up with that pumpkin pie comfort.
Although this is a mostly healthy, clean eating focused food blog, my naughty side loves all things sweet. AND I am a believer in the art of moderation in delicious sweet and treats, that’s why I started my monthly Indulge! series, which focuses on bringing you tempting, decadent recipes that are perfect for parties, impressing your significant other or just indulging in a cheat day at home.
First, I must tell you the story behind this french silk pie because it’s one of my favorites!
We’re about two weeks away from the best food day in America: Thanksgiving!
One of the reasons I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving so much this year is because 1) I can’t wait to be home for a week straight and 2) both my Mom and Grandma are flying in to Chicago to celebrate the holiday. Three Puerto Rican women together means we’ll be cooking and filling our souls with belly-aching laughter. And without a doubt, I’m sure Gloria (my Grandma) will bring her Zumba skills to the big city.
But alas! Today is about all of my weekly favs and I couldn’t be more excited to share with you FABULOUS recipes from some amazing bloggers. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in Park City, Utah at the Better Blog Retreat; not only was it packed with delicious food and happy memories, but I walked aways with new friends and a full heart.
My mom moved to Utah this past August and I finally got around to planning a trip out to see her a few weeks ago.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect; I had never been to Utah before nor had the desire to visit. However after spending two days in Moab, I was more than pleasantly surprised! The food was scrumptious, the people were sweet, and the landscape was gorgeous. I can’t wait to return!
Here’s the lowdown on our trip — from where we stayed to what we ate: