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
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
23

Enchiladas are known in my family to be the ultimate comfort food. I’ve grown up all my life eating them a variety of different ways: red sauce, green chile, a tomatillo salsa version, avocado and even sour cream. In my opinion, all enchiladas are worthy of eating.

And shame on me for not giving you this recipe sooner! The first time I made this version, Sarah and I devoured these after a long day of photography and recipes. Our minds were teetering on the verge of delusional and delirious, but our bellies were happier than ever.

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Sep
21

Tony and I are getting ready to move into our new apartment next week. I can’t believe it’s already here! We’re really excited because not only is the kitchen bigger, but we’ll also have a second bedroom that I plan on transforming into an office/guest bedroom.

I have to admit that we haven’t started packing yet. In fact I’m actually in Boston and Vermont for the next few days visiting Sarah. So of course, we’ll do everything last minute and eat every last thing in the fridge. That’s why this granola is going to really come in handy on busy packing mornings.

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Sep
16

Are you ready for some pumpkin?! I’ve been waiting for it like a kid on Christmas morning. And I guess you really don’t have a choice because here I am shoving this recipe in your face. There’s no turning back now: Pumpkin season has officially started on Ambitious Kitchen.

In fact, did you know that my love for pumpkin is right up top with my love for all things nut butter? I’ve always said that if I could choose my last meal on earth, it would be pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Does that make me a basic bitch?

Don’t answer that one.

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Sep
10

My first memories of waffles are the ones from the local breakfast spot on Sundays after church. They were gigantic, crispy on the outside and topped with real whipped cream. A true breakfast indulgence that’s especially wonderful when you’re a kid.

Now that I’m older, my eating habits have changed somewhat. I mostly seek recipes that that fill me up with fiber, protein and healthy fats. Typically I go for a hearty breakfast of eggs, turkey bacon, a banana and any kind of nut butter I can find in my cupboard. However, there are days when I get cravings for a waffle the size of my face and just have to give in.

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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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Sep
03

If I ever move anywhere else in the United States, it would be to California. Lately I’ve been thinking about the days when I used to live in Hermosa Beach. The weather was indescribably beautiful. The neon pink and orange sunsets were astounding. The wines were bold and native. The hiking trails were gruesome (in a good way).

Every year these memories come up as we approach cooler temperatures. I can already feel it happening and I’m just not ready yet. How about you?

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Aug
31

This Summer has been remarkable.

To tell you the truth, I thought I’d have more down time to relax but then I realize that life is short and all I want to do is see the world like any twenty-something. I spent a lot of time traveling without any regrets. The discovery of new places always excites me and I couldn’t feel any more blessed to celebrate the end of Summer with a happy heart.

In other exciting end of Summer news, Tony should be getting home from baseball next week, so we’ll be spending time together eating everything that Chicago has to offer. Date nights (and BDUBS) here we come!

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