Jul
28

As you can see via Instagram, Tony and I have been grilling up a storm this summer. In fact, we been grilling on our deck nearly every night while our adorable little cat Milly watches and meows outside the window. We call it family night. Hah.

If you’ve been following AK for a while now, you know that my boyfriend is in love with meat, fries and pizza. On the other hand, I’m fond of spinach, avocados and nut butters. It’s an odd little combination but we love and accept each other’s need for particular foods, often planning meals around each of our individual cravings (like these healthier baked fries!).

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Jul
27

Who here loves chips? *Everyone raises their hand*

Seriously though, everyone loves a good crunchy, perfectly salted tortilla chip. They easily complete sandwiches, make turkey chili 10x better than it already is and just so happen to be the perfect companion to guacamole.

When I was growing up, there were several ‘staple’ grocery items my Mom always purchased: sesame bagels with salted butter, crunchy carrots with hummus, leafy greens, and… tortilla chips! She always had a bag of chips open and ready to be devoured. #ChipAddictSince1993

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Jul
26

While munching on one of these blondies the other night in front of the TV, I thought about how much I’m learning to love relaxing with a sweet treat and an episode of whatever I’m feeling. Serious statement. I really haven’t been into TV shows since Dawson’s Creek and Felicity.

At this point, I think I can admit to you that I’m terrible at relaxing. I don’t like to do it and in general, makes me feel bored. I have this rationale in my mind that tells me TV is a waste of time and that I could be doing a million other things with my time that’s both productive and satisfying.

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Jul
25

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Tony and I chilled hard — it was something we had been craving due to our busy schedules with virtually no down time. Now that certainly doesn’t mean our weekend was uneventful (we still had things to talk about regarding the house), but we were able to get donuts at Dinkel’s, shop at Paulina’s meat market, make Jamaican Jerk chicken kabobs, walk 20,000 steps and clean our apartment.

Not to mention that we’ve started the process of getting rid of things. Including all the various food ingredients I have sitting in my cupboard.

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Jul
22

Whew! The weekend is here and THANK GOODNESS. As I write this, I’m sitting alone on my couch blasting James Bay and reflecting on what an insane week it’s been. Literally a week ago we didn’t think we were going to be moving at all, then BOOM I see a house I adore (Tony did too), we checked it out, made an offer and it was ACCEPTED.

I can hardly believe it. We’ll have a home together! And it’s our dream home!

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Jul
20

Hello and welcome to stressville. Our house offer was accepted this weekend and we’re in the midst of coordinating inspections, lawyer fees and contracts. I’m really excited though and for the most part I’ve been handling it like I normally would aka baking all the things and forgetting all about my real world responsibilities.

Anyway, while I’m off in la la land (and possibly taking a few days off from blogging), I wanted to give you a recipe for HEALTHY fudge. It’s real, dreamy and also tastes like the real deal. Plus only 4 ingredients are involved!

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Jul
18

I have to say, we had a very exciting weekend because…

We put an offer down on a house! It’s in Chicago and is what I would call a refinished vintage gem. We’re waiting to hear if our offer is accepted so please cross your fingers for us! We should find out later today or tomorrow.

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Jul
15

No idea how the months seem to be flying by. The warm, humid weather and beautiful light blue skies have me wanting Summer to stay here for as long as possible. Besides the wish for everlasting summer, how was your week?

This week I got back into the routine of things at home. It feels very structure and weird, especially since I’ve spent the better half of the Summer traveling around the world. To be honest over the past week I was feeling internally discontent, this feeling that I’m supposed to be doing more, more, more! But what is more and how do I find out what that is? Or rather, make a decision on what’s next?

Right now I’m very much in a seeking phase — seeking for what I’m going to do next with my life, career and other things. (Don’t worry, the blog is here to stay.)

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Jul
14

The Taste of Chicago was last weekend and I decided to bust my ‘paleo’ diet for the day and eat all the things with Tony. Just in case you wanted to see some of the goodness, I thought I’d write a little recap of what I ate.

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