Aug
31

This Summer has been remarkable.

To tell you the truth, I thought I’d have more down time to relax but then I realize that life is short and all I want to do is see the world like any twenty-something. I spent a lot of time traveling without any regrets. The discovery of new places always excites me and I couldn’t feel any more blessed to celebrate the end of Summer with a happy heart.

In other exciting end of Summer news, Tony should be getting home from baseball next week, so we’ll be spending time together eating everything that Chicago has to offer. Date nights (and BDUBS) here we come!

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Aug
25

Brownies on a Tuesday. Ummm… you down?

Of course you are!

I made these brownies on snapchat a few weeks ago (username: ambitiouskitch) and saw that several of you ended up making them and tagging me on Insta. This is giving me some incentive to post more Snapchat recipes and not just videos of my cat drinking water out of a tea cup.

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Aug
20

Zucchini, zucchini, ZUCCHINI. It’s taking over my life. I’m not sure I mind so much, but I can tell you that I’m getting sick of shredding the zucchini. I have a few more to use up but after that I don’t think you’ll see another zucchini recipe from me in quite sometime. My right arm physically hurts from zucchini shredding syndrome. Yes, it’s officially a syndrome (in the AK book anyway).

I realize I’ve been doing various baked goods with zucchini so this time I wanted to bring you something a little savory. I decided that adding some zucchini to a turkey meatloaf would not only be a great way to get my veggies in, but also to add moisture (since I use extra lean turkey!).

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Aug
13

My favorite way to eat food this summer is in the form of grilling. Also known as the easiest way to make a delicious meal.

Here’s something I learned recently: Did you know that you can place a can of baked beans right on the grill? Tony taught me this trick and I was thoroughly impressed. All you have to do is open the can, remove the label, then place on the grill until bubbly hot. Easy and no pans required!

Now that you’ve got that trick under your belt you have to time to whip up some of these sweet and spicy turkey burgers.

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Aug
06

It’s Milly’s 1st birthday today! I know I probably shouldn’t be this excited but my love for her is strong, as demonstrated by my snapchats.

Over the past year, she’s really developed her own little personality and it turns out, she’s just as quirky as me. Her daily life includes naps, treats, tail chasing and sitting on the refrigerator watching me cook. To be honest, the daily joy she’s given me is irreplaceable. It’s weird, but now I can’t imagine what my days would be be like without her. #CATMOMFOREVER

Milly

Milly when she was 3 months old

For her birthday treat, I made her yogurt ice cubes to lick up. For some reason she loves both siggi’s and Stonyfield. (Of course, she has impeccable taste like that.)

Now onto things that aren’t about my cat…

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Jul
30

While I enjoy all fruit, I never purchase cherries too often because I always have felt limited as to what I could do with them. Usually the only thing I made was a basic fresh cherry pie or an apple cherry crisp.

But then I realized that I ain’t no basic chick and made this bright salad with all of the good things in life. Hells yes.

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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
15

Hopefully I’m not too late in posting this round-up of strawberry recipes.

I’ve been falling head over heels in love with that red little berry this summer and can never find enough ways to use them. Actually that’s probably because I buy about 5 pounds at a time. I can’t help it though, they’ve been super cheap and extraordinarily juicy.

A few ways I’ve been using up my strawberries this season: dip them in melted dark or white chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt for a sweet treat. Or in the mornings I’ll usually make an english muffin with peanut/almond butter and top it with bananas, strawberries and chia seeds. Truly the BEST BREAKFAST EVER.

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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
29

Each and every Summer since I was a babes, I’ve gone to a family cabin in Northern Minnesota to celebrate the 4th of July. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite holidays because we all get together and celebrate with ridiculous little traditions.

It all starts early in the morning when my Godmother (my second Mom) puts an old school Shaggy CD on full blast. When we were little, we hated his music with a passion. These days, it makes us laugh and we stumble out of our rooms cracking up and shaking our heads.

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Jun
04

As you may or may not have noticed, this past month I’ve been trying to do my best to bring you more savory recipes. When I did my reader survey last year, many of you wanted more healthy meal options.

But sometimes I just can’t help but bake, I think it’s my true calling in life. Last week I had a 6am flight out of Chicago to see Tony. I knew I had to leave by 4am in order to skip traffic and give myself enough time. You think that I would have went to bed at 8pm the night before, but nope, there I was baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies at midnight. I call it stress baking. Some things never change.

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