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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May 20th people. How?!

With Memorial Day on the horizon, I think it’s safe to say that Summer is on the way. I just have to disregard the 45 degree windy weather every other day in Chicago. I KNOW 75 degrees in our future. I hope?

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I can’t believe gift guide number 6 is here! Another thing I can’t get over? The fact that my birthday is in 9 days. So far I have no major plans. Ideally, I’d love to just relax, stay off my computer, go ice skating and eat a really good dinner somewhere (probably Frontera Grill).

Anyway, today’s gift guide is focused around the home cook. Someone who loves to be in the kitchen, entertaining and cooking whenever they get the chance. It’s also for anyone who might need to acquire basic kitchen appliances like a food processor or a slow cooker.

These are all products I know and love so let’s get started!

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There’s something that’s simply irresistible about Fall. The leaves changing, cozy sweaters, warm socks and a giant bowl of soup simmering on the stovetop (or in your slow cooker!).

I’ve been diving into Fall with a few of my usual chili recipes but this week Tony came down with a cold, so we’ll be on a soup making binge for the rest of the week. No complaints here!

Below are a few recipes from myself and other bloggers. I’ve hand-picked chicken noodle soup recipes, chili, vegetarian packed goodness, and a few ones with unique flavors. You’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy.

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I’ve officially been blogging for 3 1/2 years now. I remember when I first started out I didn’t know what I was doing, only that I wanted to share my creations with other people who loved food just as much as I do. Now years later, I feel like I’m focused, more passionate, knowledgeable and creative then I ever was before.

2014 was a huge milestone personally and professionally; I can’t thank you enough for being here reading along as this blog continues to change and grow.

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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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Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes - fluffy & tender pancakes!

Mother’s day is right around the corner. Each and every day I thank God how lucky I am to have a Mother who is kind, selfless, caring, and encouraging.

My mom lifts me up when I’m down, encourages me to always be the best person I can be, and absolutely loves me unconditionally. After my father passed away several years ago, my mom and I became inseparable. I’ve learned to keep the people you love close, let the little things go, and be appreciative of what you have.

Giving back to Mothers is such a hard thing to do. How can you give someone something who has given you everything? You really can’t. But making her pancakes is pretty close. They’re made with love after all.

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes - fluffy & tender pancakes!

These pancakes are incredibly fluffy, moist, and absolutely melt in your mouth. And there’s actually TWO secret ingredients that keep them light, fluffy and tender:

Buttermilk: The tang and richness it brings to baked goods is undeniable. I promise you’ll notice the difference. It’s slightly acidic and so when mixed with baking powder, it will allow the pancakes to rise and keep them from breaking down. The result is a tender fluffy pancake that will leave you speechless – promise.

Greek Yogurt: Adding greek yogurt to pancakes makes them the holy grail of breakfasts, I swear. It helps to thicken up the batter, but still leaves you with the lightest pancake. Pretty magical.

Blueberry Vanilla Buttermilk Greek Yogurt Pancakes - fluffy & tender pancakes!

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01-IMG_1979 Hey there! It’s been a while since we’ve just chatted. You know about life, fitness, and non-recipes.

Sometimes we have to do that. To just catch up. I hope this doesn’t bore you.

First let me start out by saying that I LOVE salad bars. All of the healthy quinoa salads, kale galore, and every veggie you could imagine is a dream.

Usually I tend to go vegetarian at the salad bars but if I’m extra hungry I’ll get a little chicken. Then there’s always spinach, kale, and romaine for a bit of crunch. I top my salad with chickpeas, grape tomatoes, olives, red peppers, peas and mushrooms. Oh and red onion! I adore red onions. Lastly I drizzle a bit of red wine vinegar and sometimes a dash of sesame oil. TOTAL NOMS.

Few things are better than salad bars.


Except for chocolate.

My favorite is the Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee. It has a hint of wine and blackberry flavor.

SO SO GOOD. What’s your fav?


I”m very fond of Greek Yogurt. Actually no, I would say obsessed.

Here’s a fun twist on it I found. YUMMY.


 I get to do cool things for work. Like hang out with this guy!


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Oh hi! So if you’ve been making my recipes, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of Silk brand milk. Typically I go for their almond milk, but today there’s a new star on my mind: the super delicious Silk Soymilk!

Yes, it’s dairy-free and yes, it’s completely delicious! I love the fact that their soy milk packs protein and good-for-you nutrients! And guess what? Silk is also a part of the non-GMO project! WIN!

So how will you use Silk? Let me offer up a few fun suggestions:

Start your morning with whole wheat banana quinoa pancakes using Silk:

Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes

OMG YES. I’m drooling.

Oh, but maybe you’re on the go. You could whip up a filling breakfast smoothie.

Or just grab a pretty muffin. Such flavorful bites of health they are! See?

1-Strawberry Oat Muffins

Now for lunch…

How about upping the protein of this gorgeous maple  butternut squash soup by adding some Silk Vanilla Soymilk? Yes please!

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Maple

See? Baking and cooking with Silk Soymilk is easy! In fact many of my recipes that call for regular or almond milk can easily use Silk.

Tell me: what’s your favorite way to use Silk?

Thank you for continuing to support Ambitious Kitchen. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are always my own.

This post is brought to you by Silk. Take the Tastemaker Challenge on facebook.com/silkUS.


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Now that it’s the weekend, I give you full permission to indulge in frozen yogurt with a million toppings. It’s not like you needed my permission or anything; I’m just letting you know it’s a really good idea.

I have A LOT of things to do this weekend and I need to start now! I’m heading to Chicago Monday for a few days plus I’m really hoping to have the new blog design finished within the next month so I’ll be working away. Of course, I’ll be drinking a GREEN margarita at some point.

Anyway I’ll leave you with my favorites from the past week:


  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish inspired bread.



  • Rice Krispie treats made with Lucky Charms!


  • Five people you’ll fall in love with.


  • Gorgeous carrot cake with one of my favorite frostings in the freaking world.


  • Check out what Whole Foods just announced about labeling foods.


  • Google Reader is dead as of July 1st; learn how to switch to BlogLovin’ here and then follow Ambitious Kitchen!



  • How do you top your bagel?


  • If you’re a fellow yogi, you’ll love these inversions (& get ready to pin away)!


  • 3-ingredient girl scout cookies for the weekend.


  • Dying to bake these cupcakes for my Godkids and then secretly lick the frosting bowl clean. Come on, you would too!


Have a lucky weekend! xo



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