Dec
14

Do you love sugar cookies? I do. Except I’m more of a fan of the soft version from the store. You know the kind that’s loaded with thick frosting and simply melts in your mouth when you take a bite? Gahhh, must resist.

Since I have a few friends and family members who are gluten free, I started thinking about what kind of cookies they’d be enjoying this holiday season. I feel like there aren’t too many festive recipes out there and that’s a real bummer. I know many of my readers are gluten free or love to bake for their GF family/friends, so I thought I’d introduce a gluten free product that I’m loving.

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Dec
11

Are Christmas cookies taking over your life? They aren’t for me just yet but I’m right around the corner from a MEGA bake-a-thon and quite honestly, I’m a little frightened by how many I may consume. You know the peanut butter blossoms? MY FAVVVVV. So classic, so peanut-buttery… just give me a few and a big glass of chocolate almond milk. Or hot chocolate with whipped cream. Why must the holiday season be so tempting?

Of course, I’ve really been trying to not go overboard with the sweets. I think I say that almost every Christmas; certainly this year will be better (I hope!).

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Dec
08

I’m back in Minnesota this week enjoying some time with my Mom. She’s making me pour over  coffee right now. Outside the trees are bare, the wind is cold and well, basically it’s freezing. But alas, this is where I grew up and I’m happy to be spending time with her.

As I mentioned before, the reason for my visit was based on the fact that my body has been super crazy lately; we’ll be visiting a few doctors and a chiropractor to get things figure out. I was able to go for a 2 mile run on Saturday, but I’m eager to start running longer distances and doing yoga again (I may try today!). Fingers crossed!

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Dec
01

Hi there friends. Sorry for my short disappearance from the blog; my mom came to Chicago over Thanksgiving and decided not to blog and rather spend quality time with her. I’ve also been having some weird medical issues lately which have been incredibly frustrating! So I’m planning on flying back to Minnesota for a few weeks to get it all figured out.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few pictures of the past weekend activities.

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Nov
25

Oh hey, it’s me. And apparently I’m the only blogger around who hasn’t made an extensive list of EVERYTHING you need to make for Thanksgiving. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never been that into the traditional Thanksgiving meal up until a few years ago; before that my Thanksgiving consisted of Mom’s stacked enchiladas, posole, spanish rice and empanadas.

The only thing traditional we had was pumpkin pie (because I requested it of course). And who could get sick of those kind of leftovers? Not me.

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Nov
23

Have you baked something yet this holiday season? Something fantastically sweet, warm and ooey-gooey? If not, I encourage you to take the time out. There’s something spectacular about having a giant baking day with your friends and family; and of course, I’m here to set you up for baking success.

It’s actually quite ridiculous how many cookie recipes I have on this blog. Gluten free ones, double chocolate, lots of brown butter, and some hearty oatmeal bites too! So of course, when Caribou Coffee asked to partner with me to help celebrate their new Gingersnap Cookie Mocha, I was delighted to bake a cookie that would pair perfectly with their new creation. Or of course if you aren’t a fan of mochas or lattes, you could try dipping this scrumptious cookie in a hot cup of coffee (their holiday Reindeer Blend is absolutely fabulous).

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Nov
17

There’s a part of me that says Thanksgiving isn’t really Thanksgiving unless we’re serving pumpkin pie for dessert. You may feel the same. A few years ago, I started incorporating other desserts into our menu; for both my creative pleasure and because I got the sense that not everyone is as outrageously nuts over pumpkin pie as I am. To those people: LIKE WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T EAT IT FOR BREAKFAST THE NEXT DAY?

Brain does not compute.

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Nov
04

All I pretty much want to do today is tell  you about how intoxicating and delicious this casserole is. But first I need to tell you about the long journey to Chicago and my new apartment.

I honestly can’t tell you how much I despise moving. It actually could be one of the worst things ever. Thank goodness for my boyfriend because I wouldn’t have been able to get through the move without him. I kid you not, I would have given up on packing, curled up into a ball and probably just cried in my bedroom corner. I’m the worst at it. I get distracted way too easily and end up going through old photos, digging through my closet and who knows what else. I have moving ADD. For reals.

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Oct
28

Last night I had a wonderful, healthy dinner including a turkey patty, brussels sprouts and a nice salad. I had to save room for a few of these freaking awessome chewy, oatmeal carrot cake cookies – one of my new favorites.

A few readers have emailed me requesting a recipe for a healthy carrot cake. I’m sure I’ll get to that eventually, but in the meantime I suggest whipping up a batch of these little bites. They’re bursting with oatmeal, pecans, coconut and raisins then topped with a light cinnamon glaze. Together they combine in a cookie that tastes just like a slice of carrot cake. And dare I say that you could even enjoy them for breakfast?!

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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
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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