Aug
19

Do you wanna know what my eating routine was all last week? (Even if you don’t, I’m still going to tell you.)

Well, it’s pretty basic: Eating at the Whole Foods salad bar and shoveling these no bake oatmeal peanut butter cookie energy bites into my mouth at an extremely fast pace.

From last week’s eating adventures, I’ve learned two things: 1) It’s astonishing how much you can spend on a salad bar AND 2) I absolutely plan on making these energy bites every week for the rest of summer. Because once summer is over, it’s BAKING season (not that it ever ended for me).

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Aug
18

I’m not sure if I’ve ever enjoyed my life more than right now. Such a great way to start off a Tuesday, right? But it’s true. I’m really incredibly happy.

Last week Ambitious Kitchen turned 4 years old. I made you a cake and wrote you all giant inspirational love letter (coming soon!). Tony and I also found a new apartment and signed a lease last week, which means we’ll be staying in Chicago for at least another year (!!!!). I’m working on a new photography project with my good friend Sarah of Broma Bakery. And finally, I’m traveling a ton the rest of the year. All good things.

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Aug
12

About a month ago, I attended #SharingbytheShore, an intimate food blogger retreat held in Traverse City, Michigan. Over the past year, I’ve been to a few blogging retreats and always had a positive experience; this trip was no different.

You might be wondering why food bloggers have retreats. Well, it gives us the chance to connect, learn more about one another on a more personal level, laugh, eat, and share our blogging skills/experiences. Every one has a different work style, reason they blog and what they’re passionate about. Like any other industry, it’s important to get together and learn from one another (similar like you would at a conference).

I loved this retreat in particular because we were in such a gorgeous destination. Before attending, I had never been to Michigan before (except the Detroit airport). It was a five hour drive from Chicago and couldn’t have been more beautiful. And, the entire retreat was sponsored by Milk Means More — we couldn’t be more thankful for having such a kind, generous sponsor help us learn from one another.

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Aug
10

Last week I was walking home from my usual morning workout and suddenly smelled an overwhelming bagel aroma in the air.

My goodness, have you ever had that happen to you? It’s truly a breakfast calling like no other and therefore made my stomach rumble for the next 20 minutes. Throughout the rest of the day, I kept thinking about bagels and couldn’t stop. In fact, I couldn’t even recall the last time I had a bagel. SAY WHAT?!

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Jul
20

My mom used to grow zucchini in her garden in Minnesota. She was the type of nonchalant gardener who allowed the zucchini to grow large enough to become the size of your arm. I actually never minded when the zucchini got that big because then I could stuff it with goodness and make batches upon batches of baked goodies.

Sadly I’m no longer as close to my mom since she lives in Minnesota (soon Utah!). This year I wasn’t expecting to get any free zucchini and figured I’d have to pick some up at the local’s farmer’s market. Turns out that Tony’s mom grew zucchini in her garden and so she kindly has been supplying me with all the zucchini I could ever dream of. I still have three left and have already baked three batches of muffins and two loaves of bread. Perhaps it’s time for a little something savory? Oh la la.

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Jul
13

As I mentioned previously, I’m taking a bit of time off this Summer from blogging. It’s not that I don’t want to because I basically have a million ideas, it’s more that I want to make sure I’m being fulfilled personally and professionally.

So really all I’ve been trying to do is figure out what’s next for myself and AK.

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Jun
30

Anyone else love milkshakes as much as I do? I’m asking because I’ve made you one that tastes EXACTLY like that delicious minty chocolate chip one from you know where (BIG M).

I will tell let you in on a little secret: Tony is OBSESSED with McDonald’s; I can’t get him to stop eating it. In fact, I think he eats quite a bit of it when I’m not around. Quite disturbing for someone who runs a health-focused food blog, right?!

I guess opposites really do attract? Or something like that anyway haha.

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Jun
22

I’m so excited because today I get to pick up Tony from the airport. We have a fun few days planned in Chicago, then I’ll be headed back to Alabama with him for another week or so. He usually never gets any time off during the season so we are going to soak up some Summer in the city.

The agenda so far consists of heading to Eataly, seeing a show at Second City, watching the new Jurassic Park movie and of course, eating at all the delicious restaurants I picked out myself. If it was an option, Tony would choose deep dish pizza every single time. 

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May
21

Yesterday Lee and I finished up a photoshoot for our NEW exciting health & fitness program coming this June. Honestly, we’ve both been working round the clock coordinating the launch, writing for our own sites, plus quite a bit of traveling. I’m potentially on the verge of exhaustion but also really, really excited for you to see what we’ve planned!

Good news is that I’m ready for some Memorial Day BBQ food and a margarita pitcher all to myself. Heh.

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May
18

It was a beautiful weekend, wasn’t it?

On Saturday I met up with Tony’s family and attended his Grandmother’s 95th birthday party. You guys, she’s amazing! She still lives on her own, cooks for herself and is in great health. Over the past year, I’ve gotten fairly close with her; probably because I bring her all the treats I make and she just so happens to love cookies as much as I do. This makes me happy, of course. I actually baked the nutella-stuffed chocolate chip beauties for her party; it always blows my mind how much people truly love those cookies.

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May
14

How are you on your smoothie game? Lately there’s been a fruit overload happening in my fridge. They literally just keep climbing into my grocery basket; I’ve had no other choice than to make a smoothie nearly every day.

No regrets, of course. Although I do admit that I need so many more healthy smoothie recipes on AK. I’ll get to that right away.

I figured since I’ve been loving smoothies so much, you might enjoy them too. It’s a great way to use up farmer’s market fruit, plus they’re a healthy breakfast or snack option to provide you with energy and important nutrients.

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