Jan
21

Hi! Sorry I’ve been away for a few days. I’m on my way back to Chicago today after an absolutely wonderful vacation to Mexico with Tony. I’ll be bombarding you with pictures and updates on life lately, and yes Wellness Wednesdays are coming back. I’ve already got next week’s started and it’s gonna be a good one!

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Jan
13

I freaking love chili. How about you? To me, it’s just always so comforting, warm, filling and hearty. YUMMMMMM.

Lately I’ve been on a real chili making binge. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I cooked up two batches last week and froze one for evenings when I don’t feel like cooking or simply don’t have the time. Sometimes I work out in the evenings and by the time I get back home my desire to start chopping vegetables and doing dishes is negative 1 million.

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Dec
15

Quinoa enchilada bake is a delicious appetizer or dinner! Best of all it’s made with an easy homemade enchilada sauce!

How was your weekend? Did you do any holiday baking? I flew back into Chicago on Saturday night then enjoyed a relaxing evening with Tony. We tried to find something to watch on Netflix since we recently finished Breaking Bad, but nothing seemed convincing enough. That and we can’t seem to make a decision ever. What are some of your favorite TV series on Netflix? I thought The Fringe looked really good, mostly because Pacey is in it.

In other news, my birthday is next week (on the 22nd!) and I’ll be turning 26. I don’t know what I want for my birthday treat, usually it’s pumpkin pie but this year I’m kind of feeling a BIG fat doughnut or chocolate mousse. Is it sad that dessert is the most important thing to me on my birthday?

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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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