Oct
21

First of all, thank you for your sweet comments yesterday regarding my move to Chicago. I’m so thankful for all of your support and wonderful recommendations; it means so much to me. Apparently many of you either live in Chicago or have lived in Chicago and absolutely love it. This gives me hope that I’ll love it too. Perhaps one day I’ll do an Ambitious Kitchen dinner and be able to meet some of my Chicago readers!

But before we talk dinner, we must discuss dessert. And I’m quite certain that today is a lovely day to bake up a batch of cookies. Especially if you happen to have bananas on hand!

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Oct
20

Longest post title ever? Yup. Not sure I care though because it’s exactly what sums up this blog post.

Yes, OMG I’m actually moving. I don’t think it really hit me until last night when I was packing up my dishes. I’ve gone through so many life changes over the past 3 months that I don’t even know where to begin. This is kind of a brain dump of words, so I apologize in advance.

I knew about 6 months ago that I wanted to quit my job. I felt myself becoming more unhappy by the day and like I mentioned earlier, knew I just needed a change in my life. I wasn’t really planning on leaving until November, but decided one day in August that enough was enough. All I needed was a little faith in myself.

After quitting, there were decisions that quickly needed to be made regarding my living situation. My apartment lease was up in November and didn’t have the desire to live in Minneapolis any longer; I’ve been here my entire life! So in August I took a trip to Chicago to visit one of my best friends and to explore the city.

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We had such a lovely time shopping, going out and celebrating her birthday. Chicago really is beautiful. To me it feels like a bigger Minneapolis. Still a nice midwestern feel, but just with more things to do.

Since Tony lives in Chicago in the off season, it was an easy decision for me to make to live there. Here are some photos of what I’ve done around the city…

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Walked basically everywhere. I love how accessible the city is. I’m probably going to need to sell my car because I have a feeling I’ll never use it. Gosh, that’s going to be weird.

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Oct
19

Hi guys! I hope your weekend was absolutely fabulous.

I’m excited and kinda also freaking out about this week. I’m getting ready for the big move to Chicago; but have I told you that I’m the absolute worst at packing? I’m serious! Anytime I go on a trip, I always pack the morning of or late the night before. It’s ridiculous really. This weekend my mom came over to help me pack, while I spent most of my time cleaning out my closet attempting to figure out if I should get rid of any of my clothes, shoes and purses. And then it’s like all I want to do is avoid packing by baking more or shopping myself silly on the internet. Oops.

The exciting part about this week is that I’m heading to Kansas City for Chopped Con, a food blogging conference. My friend Maegan and I are going to stay the weekend and explore all of the delicious bakeries and restaurants in KC, so if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!

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Oct
16

I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday around 4pm and literally almost went insane. First of all, never go to Trader Joe’s between the hours of 3-5:30pm. Trust me guys, your car will most likely be hit by red shopping carts (happened to me), children will run into with mini shopping carts, you will be blinded by a sea of Hawaiian shirts and it will take you a good hour and a half to get a total of 10 things.

After that you may hear that bell they clink at the check out lane ringing in your ears for a good 5 hours after. You may even have dreams about it (also happened to me).

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Oct
15

This month has been wonderful. I took some time off after quitting my job, searched for a new apartment in Chicago, went on a mini vacation with Tony, spent time with good friends I haven’t seen in a while and have really gotten back into running.

Last week I ran around 15 miles, which really isn’t that much but I have been only working out every other day (if that), so I felt pretty proud of myself. The MapMyRun app on my phone has me addicted to timing my runs and competing with myself. I’ve also gotten Tony to run with me a few times. Even though he’s a professional athlete, the man hates to run. I don’t get it.

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Oct
12

Hey there internet friends. I cannot tell you how much I love Sundays for catching up on things! Sometimes you just need it, you know?. I was able to do a little recipe development, laundry, cleaning and of course sit down and finally edit and write this post.

But first, how was your weekend? On Friday, Tony and I attended a surprise party then celebrated our 1 year anniversary on Saturday thus we were busy, busy, busy! I got him a new TV and he brought me to Starved Rock, a beautiful national park in Illinois with miles of trails. We ended up hiking most of the day, something that he knows I absolutely love. I can’t believe we’ve been dating a year! Love really does surprise you when you least expect it to.

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Oct
08

Last week I spent some time up in Chicago searching for an apartment. And after checking out about 15 different places, I finally found one that I absolutely adore! It’s super vintage and will fit all of my furniture which I’m pumped about. But do you want to know the absolute BEST part about my new place? It has a DISHWASHER. Hallelujah!

I’ve spent the past year washing every single dish and it was literally my nightmare. Also, this apartment building allows me to have cats, which OMG YES I’m going to be a cat lady and I can’t freaking waitttttt. I keep begging Tony to bring me to the animal humane society just so I can’t pet all the sweet little animals.

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Oct
07

Sometimes I go on a french fry craze. Like get out of my way, I’m going to eat that entire plate of fries because I haven’t had them in nearly a month, and they look pretty dang terrific.

Welcome to the world of a girl who is in love with food.

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Sep
30

It’s that time of year where I’m starting to crave hearty, warm meals like chili, sloppy joes, lasagna and of course a good meatloaf. You too, huh?

Since the days are becoming cooler, I thought that I would share my absolute favorite recipe for meatloaf. And guess what you guys? It’s vegan and gluten free! That’s right; lentils replace meat in this lip-smacking super good meatloaf drenched in some complete awesome sauce. You won’t believe how healthy this is either. The nutrition is rockin!

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Sep
26

I’m not the type of person who is afraid to hide their feelings. And while I certainly can’t hide them, sometimes I won’t say exactly what’s on my mind. Apparently this is extremely frustrating for others, but hey, sometimes I can’t help it! There are a lot of thoughts swirling around in my brain and expressing them all seems more complicated then simply analyzing them in my mind.

I don’t know?

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Sep
24

Tony and I drove from Minneapolis to Chicago yesterday. The last time I made the trip it was incredibly boring because it was the middle of winter and there wasn’t anything but dirty white snow and signs about cheese. This time was much better; the leaves of the trees were just beginning to change and Tony drove the entire way so I was able to start a new book which I’m completely LOVING.

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