Oct
19

This week my itinerary includes Salt Lake City, Utah and then Denver, Colorado. First I’m headed to Salt Lake City for a blogging retreat at Deer Creek Resort. After that, Tony will meet me in SLC and we’ll head to Moab and Denver to see my Mom. I haven’t seen her since June so I’m beyond excited to squeeze her tight and tell her that I love her oh so much!

And speaking of my mom, there’s one thing that comes to mind when we spend time together: Pumpkin! My mom taught me how to bake my first pumpkin pie from scratch (even the crust!) when I was 9 years. Ever since then I’ve been in a full blown love affair with pumpkin; the outstanding orange color and sweet-spiced flavors scream everything cozy and wonderful to me.

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Oct
16

Friday night is pizza night, right? And this time I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite recipes for deep-dish pizza as part of my new Indulge! series on Ambitious Kitchen. We all have those moments in life where we want to make something rich, delicious and one-of-a-kind. The recipes in this series will be exactly that.

Over the past year, I’ve consumed more pizza than I ever thought I would in my life. Part of that is due to my move to Chicago (home of the deep-dish) and the other is probably because I’m dating a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur.

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Oct
14

There’s something that’s simply irresistible about Fall. The leaves changing, cozy sweaters, warm socks and a giant bowl of soup simmering on the stovetop (or in your slow cooker!).

I’ve been diving into Fall with a few of my usual chili recipes but this week Tony came down with a cold, so we’ll be on a soup making binge for the rest of the week. No complaints here!

Below are a few recipes from myself and other bloggers. I’ve hand-picked chicken noodle soup recipes, chili, vegetarian packed goodness, and a few ones with unique flavors. You’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy.

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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
08

It’s getting chilly here in Chicago. Surprisingly the leaves haven’t started changing to a yellow-orange hue, but I expect them to soon enough.

Fortunately, I haven’t been forced to turn the heat on quite yet but have definitely been tempted. Especially since my entire apartment is made up of hardwood floors that turn ice cold during the evenings. The only solution? Cranking up the oven to 350 degrees F and filling the apartment with the aroma of all things sweet and spice (and everything nice?).

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Oct
07

So The Leftovers is back on HBO and I’m still utterly confused as to what’s happening. I actually have no idea why I’m still tuning in. Quite frankly, it may be strictly for a glimpse of Justin Theroux. Just sayin’.

There aren’t many other shows I’ve been keeping up with because I can’t seem to get into any. I’ve already watched Bloodline, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Bates Motel and The Vampire Diaries (don’t judge me on that one). What I’m really waiting for is a return of Game of Thrones or The Americans. Or maybe they’ll just put Dawson’s Creek and Felicity both on Netflix? Everyone knows that throwbacks are truly the best.

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Oct
05

Ohhhh hiiii. It has been a whirlwind past few weeks due to moving. I feel terrible because I haven’t been able to give the blog and writing the love it most certainly deserves.

For now, there’s cookies though. And cookies are always the answer when you don’t even know what the question is. Especially cookies loaded with dark chocolate, oats, coconut flavor and a SALTED DATE CARAMEL. Holy love of my life.

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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
30

As most of you know, I’m really not into sports. I didn’t grow up watching or playing them, so I never really understood the fascination with things like fantasy football.

But then I found out that you could bet on games. And it’s literally how I learned how to enjoy and understand the game, which is fantastic because all Tony wants to do on Sunday is stay glued to the TV. I have a feeling he’s not the only one.

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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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