Nov
15

I had never experienced homemade cranberry sauce until a few years ago. The only version that sat on our non-traditional Thanksgiving table was the jellied version from OceanSpray.

For goodness sake, most of the time we were eating enchiladas and Spanish rice during the holidays; the cranberry sauce was only there because Mom loved it.

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Oct
26

Oh hey friends. Happy Monday! This weekend I spent time at Deer Valley Resort for the Better Blog Retreat. Of course, I’ll tell you more about it in an upcoming post, but for now all I want to mention is that I CANNOT even begin to explain to you how completely gorgeous Utah is. I had no idea!

For the rest of the week, Tony and I are driving down to Moab, Utah to see my Mom, then we’re headed to Denver for a little vacation. Honestly, we need it. The past month has been CRAZY face due to moving, painting, traveling, projects and basically everything else that life throws at you.

And now it’s almost November? I just can’t even.

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Oct
21

They say that some people crave their childhood comfort food; something full of carbs and cheese like pizza, cheesy garlic bread or macaroni and cheese. For me, it’s  anything with beans, enchilada sauce and a little (OR A LOT) of oozy-gooey melted cheese.

Mmmmm.

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Oct
12

How was your weekend? We finally set up our living room with our new rug, plus I just ordered a custom designed ottoman, which I’m really quite excited about. We picked a dark blue velvet color and can’t wait to see it when it arrives in a few weeks. Other new things? A black custom french-looking desk and a small side table that’s going to be painted a bronze gold. Obsessed is an understatement.

Hmmm what else? Chicago’s been insane lately. We’ve had the Chicago marathon, the Cubs in the playoffs and the Bears actually won TWO games. Thus, I’ve been eating a little too much pizza and bar food lately. What I’m really craving now is a seriously good veggie burger with a huge side salad.

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Oct
02

Yesterday we moved into our new apartment! Finally, I’ll have own office. And our place is much larger than my previous 700 square foot 1-bedroom.

I’m so eager to get to Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Target plus go antique shopping. The upside of moving is that you get to completely redecorate. If I haven’t mentioned before, my style is very romantic with a bit of sophistication. I love antiques and making them new again with a fresh coat of paint. In fact, I recently had an old headboard painted a beautiful bronze gold from my friends at MegMade here in Chicago. They have a wonderful Etsy shop too, so check it out!

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Sep
28

Quinoa pizza crust? Yep, it’s a thing. And I have to give Tony credit because he totally came up with the idea.

Sometimes we have little brainstorm sessions while we walk to get our morning coffee. I told him that I wanted to do something fun and different with quinoa (which he pronounces kin-oh-ah) and asked for some suggestions. He asked, “Can you actually make a quinoa pizza?”

Uh, sure? Wait… yes of course, that’s a fantastic idea! Thanks babe.

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Sep
14

I’m a little late to the fig lovin’ game. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was because I never grew up eating them or maybe it was because their season peaked during the time when berries were still gorgeously cheap and apple season was just on the horizon.

Either way I’m here now, eating their beauty in my morning oatmeal and on breakfast toast. I’ve had them on pizza paired with blue cheese, bacon, and a heaping pile of that zesty arugula. Seriously, figs are just too damn addicting.

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Sep
07

Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope that your enjoying your day off — whatever that means for you. I really don’t have any special plans. Maybe a Mariah Carey jam sesh and cookie baking, but nothing extraordinary.

But I’m super excited for tomorrow because Tony is officially done with baseball and I’m looking forward to having him back home. Even though our Fall months are going to be jam-packed with moving, redecorating, painting, concerts and trips; I can’t wait to do it all with him. All the romantic, mushy feels are happening.

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Aug
11

What’s your favorite kind of chip?

Mine are probably either Sun Chips or anything sweet potato flavored. Actually there was an amazing Australian chip brand called Grain Waves that Tony and I fell in love with when we visited last year. We had every intention of bringing home Australian wine and chips, but we kept drinking and eating them both after each purchase. Oops.

Wine + chips = the perfect late night snack.

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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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