Dec
26

My goodness, I’m so excited for 2016. Seems typical to say, but for me it’s so true. I’ve got big plans for the blog and myself. There’s nothing better than spending time on reflecting over the past year — the good, the bad and the things I should be doing more (or less) of.

Big things happened over the past year: I traveled more than I ever thought I would, Tony and I decided to move in together, I made the most recipes in any consecutive year, I hired an assistant, photographer and graphic designer.

Today I wanted to spend some time looking at my most popular recipes that were published in 2015. I dive into the most view recipes every year and it’s always interesting to see which ones you loved the most.

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Dec
21

I have to admit that I spent a lot of time in November testing out pumpkin pie recipes. And even better, I was set on creating a healthy pumpkin pie recipe because I’m 100% sure we don’t need to have pumpkin pie made with sweetened condensed milk.

If you weren’t already aware, my love for pumpkin pie is right up there with my love for all the nut butters, Justin Bieber and cats. You know, all the normal things in life. Uhhhhh…

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Dec
18

Happy weekend, friends! I’m back in Chicago after a lovely ski trip in Utah.

I probably hadn’t been on the slopes since I was 14, so not only was it an adventure but a little bit of a mental mind game. At one point, I accidentally skied down a blue run and thought I was going to DIE. Completely terrifying, but I did it and am pretty proud.

Anyway, what’s new with you? Do you have any Christmas parties to attend this weekend? I do! Tony has a family Christmas party every year, so on Saturday we’ll be attending that and then on Sunday we’re having one at our place. I’m supposed to bring cookies to the party tomorrow and am thinking quite a few versions. I’m sure you’ll see them all on Instagram later today!

In other news, my birthday is on Tuesday and I’m a little excited, but not really. I’m turning 27. WAIT WHAT. How did we get there? I swear I was just 24. I don’t know what’s happening to time. Also, nevermind the fact that saying that makes me sound 80.

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Dec
17

I saved this gift guide for last because not only is it the biggest, but it just so happens to be my favorite of them all.

I’m not going to lie, most of these gifts I picked out because they were things that I would love to receive or give to a friend. I have to admit I purchased a few; I know it seems lame to shop for yourself during the season of giving, but sometimes it just happens. You guys get me.

Lastly, these gifts also just so happen to be PERFECT picks for guys to get their girlfriends, so feel free to send it to anyone who needs a little helpful hint this holiday season. AND HURRY! You’ll need to order soon in order to get these in time for Christmas! xoxo.

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Dec
16

Oh hi! I haven’t written a Wellness Wednesday in FOREVER. So sorry. Sometimes the topics come to me when I’m least expecting them to. I was actually planning on putting this in a recipe post, but decided it was too specific to be bogged down by gorgeous photos of avocados.

Today is all about doing what’s best for you regarding food during the holiday season (or in general). As always, I LOVE hearing from you guys, so feel free to leave a comment after you read the post. xo!

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Dec
15

Utah has proven to be a true Winter Wonderland thanks to some unexpected snowy weather here. I arrived yesterday to snow dusted roads, slick driving conditions and wonderful steaming cups of hot chocolate. It’s ski weather!

Fortunately, all this powdered sugar dust has really put me into some sort of delusional Grinch-free holiday mood. You know, the one where I blast Mariah Carey’s Christmas album all day and night, then get on Amazon and order every present I can think of. My friends and family are getting lucky this year. VERY VERY LUCKY.

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Dec
14

Right now I’m on a plane to Utah, heading to Solitude Resort in Park City for a beautiful ski trip. It’s funny, I don’t remember the last time I went skiing. Probably 7th grade? I don’t remember being too terrible so maybe I’ll pick it back up again. Or I’ll just fall on my ass and enjoy a really good workout. Either way, it’s going to be a blast.

And honestly, I’m so excited for the rest of December! Lots of cookie baking, a vacation to Florida and Minnesota for Christmas.

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Dec
13

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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Dec
11

Happy weekend, friends!

Sarah from Broma Bakery and I are having a serious photography session over the next few days. We have such a good time together and I love how talented she is. The best thing I’ve done this year (besides hiring my assistant) was hiring Sarah to take some of my photos. Plus, our goofiness is on point.

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Dec
10

Are you ready for Gift Guide Number 5? We only have a few more left but this one is meant for the baker in your life (or the wanna be baker).

My love for baking comes from my Father, whom taught me how to bake. We’d mostly bake cakes and lemon pies for my butter-loving grandma. But sometimes baking comes from just testing the waters, getting in the kitchen and trying out a few recipes (that’s why I’m here!). Thus, I put together this amazing gift guide with inexpensive gifts for bakers.

Let’s do this!

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