Mar
26

French fries have gotten me through some pretty tough moments in life.

That includes last weekend’s St. Patrick’s hangover. Okay… probably the year before that too. I’m actually nibbling on them as I write this post and procrastinate in packing for a trip tomorrow. Fries seem to be total problem solvers! They fix my late night hunger crisis all the time. Sometimes I count them as suitable vegetables. I think I’ve even dipped my fries in every sauce around. Thank goodness because if fries didn’t exist I’d probably just eat spoonfuls of ketchup. Embarrassing, but true.

Seriously who cares if fries aren’t the healthiest if they are just plain delicious? Some of us (me) can’t be vegan and eat pretty salads all the time. I’ve got to indulge a little; if that means eating sweet potato fries for breakfast, I’m totally down! Lucky for me I’m apart of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program where I occasionally get to sample products. Alexia foods kindly sent me a coupon for french fries. 

Eating french fries for free? Yes please. 

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Mar
25

What insprires you?

My list is huge. Successful women. Chefs. Writers. The mom in Whole Foods with four kids. My bike. The guy in yoga with those incredible abs (call me). Those who live compassionately. History. A challenge. People who believe that everyday brings a new opportunity to grow, take risks, and smile.

Last time I was in California I met up with Veronica, the founder of the vegan, gluten-free Pure Bars. She is a person who truly inspires me. Veronica started her own business and is completely passionate about healthy living. Naturally we had much to talk about including food and her incredible success as an entrepreneur. Veronica also mentioned that California had great restaurants, particularly if you are gluten-free, vegan, or if you only eat raw. I experienced meals in California that I will never forget . Fresh. Healthy. Just damn good!

I got curious and thought I’d challenge myself to make a vegan cupcake, which actually turned out to be very easy and delicious.

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Mar
22

I was exhausted by noon today but felt better immediately after I discovered a stock of thin mints in the freezer. I powered through the rest of the afternoon by munching on those bites of heaven and blasting music in my ears. I may feel silly singing to Katy Perry, but sometimes a good jam session with cookies is all you need.

Typically every year I tell myself that I won’t buy girl scout cookies simply because I know the damage they can do …but then again, how could I not buy them? That would be rude, especially as an ex-girl scout! I’ll also admit that they are just delicious and that sometimes in life you have to do things you don’t want to do. I feel obligated to buy and eat those damn cookies!

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Mar
18

My St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t just about celebrating the Irish… it involved skinny margaritas, fried pickles, and a 2am baking experiment. How else would a girl like me celebrate?

I feel lucky! Look you’re here reading my nonsensical obsession with margaritas and pie. I was lucky to eat fried pickles with ketchup. I’m such a ketchup lover by the way. Sometimes I feel like I forget to share things with you! Little things, big things… my obsession with ketchup kind of things. Usually I’m creating recipes, writing a quick post, and dashing off for another adventure.

I hope you’ll read these below and then share some of the same things with me either in the comments  below, or by emailing me. I’d love to hear more about my readers!

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Mar
14

I apologize for not blogging as frequent as usual. I was traveling, thinking, and making this bruschetta.

I really like to think. I go to the grocery store and I think about things I can make. Every day I’m thinking about what I want to accomplish. In the mornings, I think  about how much I want to go to Starbucks drive thru. I’m thinking about how much I want cake right now… no surprise there! This week, I thought about how badly I needed to empty the dishwasher and do laundry. Still on my mind. Most days I daydream about what the future holds and where I’ll be in 10 years. I think I think too much.

Lately my thoughts have turned into actions. I’m making HUGE decisions. Decisions that will change my life!  It’s exciting… it’s making me nervous… it’s OMG! We all have to start somewhere right?

Maybe we could all just begin with bruschetta and hang out a while. I like that idea.

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Mar
11

Before I start talking about how ridiculously awesome homemade bagels are, I need your help!

I recently entered into a recipe contest for Food.com where I made Mexican Breakfast Tostadas with Avocado Pico de Gallo…. but I need your vote in order to win!  So if you would all be kind enough to jump on over to the site, register, and give me 5 stars… I would greatly appreciate it. I might even come make you these tostadas which include cumin spiced potatoes, black beans, eggs, goat cheese, and a spicy avocado pico. You need a margarita too? I know how to use a blender.

Really though, making breakfast for the special people in my life is my way of showing them I care. A creamy bowl of oatmeal with blueberries to share with my grandma, or a simple bagel sandwich to-go for a friend. My mom is perfectly happy eating toast topped with peanut butter, sliced bananas, and cinnamon. It’s those easy, delicious bites that really demonstrate my appreciation for them.

They do say that it’s the thought that counts…

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Mar
04

Here’s the deal.

I read a couple of chapters of the Hunger Games this weekend and decided that these adolescent fantasy books have become way too addicting. It’s hard for me to date anyone whose skin doesn’t sparkle in the sunlight.

I’m trusting you’ve seen Twilight to get that joke. If not, ignore my interest in vampires  and just eat this blueberry apple crumble.

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Mar
02

 

It’s the weekend! Do something for yourself, indulge a little, and remember to laugh way too much.

I’m off to buy ingredients for a top secret recipe contest. Let’s meet again Sunday.

Ciao!


Feb
28

 

Hi. I love you. I really do. I even had to make you a healthy banana bread to say so. Fresh blueberries, thick rolled oats, and a whole lot of soul went into making this bread.

Plain and simple, you people have made me incredibly happy! Ambitious Kitchen now has over 20,000 views thanks to you. And, just look at all these pins on Pinterest from my blog. Like, Holy crap! I’m totally blushing. 

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Feb
26

I love a good Sunday routine.

Usually I roll out of bed, throw on an outfit, and stop at Starbucks. This happens all before 9am.  After I get my sweat on at the gym I head straight to the grocery store, where my cart crashes into at least 3 people. I smile and kindly apologize for being an aggressive cart driver. It’s Sunday after all and I’m feeling extra nice.

Really though, I’m on a mission to get home and put my Kitchen Aid mixer to work, do some laundry, and watch a trashy television show while I eat a giant bowl of pasta.

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