Jun
29

How are you today? Doing well?

Good news, friends. I’m here to make the day even better with a salted dark chocolate pecan butter that puts nutella to shame. It kinda tastes like chocolate pecan pie in a jar. And I loves it.

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Jun
20

When I first started my blog, I had just moved to Washington D.C., was utterly confused about what to do with my life and had endless amounts of student loans. I knew that that I needed to support myself, make a decent income and be independent. So I took a job in marketing at a engineering consulting firm.

Guys, it was terrible. I mean truly awful.

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Jun
02

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were always my favorite candy as a kid. Classic case of nostalgia.

During Halloween I’d go through my bag and pick out all Reese’s and set them aside for extra special treat days. I had to savor them because Mom didn’t buy Reese’s often. When Easter came along and Reese’s eggs were popular, I was allowed to have exactly one. I cherished that Reese’s egg with my entire soul.

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Apr
06

It always feels exceptional to wake up and notice banana bread sitting on the counter waiting to be devoured. You know it’s going to be even better than it was the first day, if that’s even possible. Yet you tell yourself you’ll have it later, perhaps for an afternoon treat.

Shortly after you open the pantry and peer into the fridge, you realize you’re absolutely having that banana bread for breakfast. There’s no stopping you. You’re craving it NOW.

That was my situation last week and it ended with me enjoying two thick slices with peanut butter on top. Plus a few fresh strawberries, chia seeds and huge chunks of dark chocolate. Because antioxidants, right?

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Feb
29

Hello from beautiful Scottsdale, AZ! Can I just say how good it feels to be in warm weather without a scarf, coat or mittens? I’ve been craving warm sunshine on my skin since early October.

Don’t worry though, I’m sure the rest of the country will catch up soon. March is nearly here, which for me means patio season, rooftop bars, farmer’s markets, biking along Lake Michigan, running outside, berries and ALL THE SMOOTHIES…

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Feb
22

Almond meal banana muffins!!! Yes, we’ll get to the recipe, but first, hi and how was your weekend?

Here in Chicago it was a beautiful 60 degrees (in February!). Of course, I took full advantage of the weekend by taking a break from work and taxes. On Friday night we stayed in, made cookies and watched the new(er) Steve Jobs movie. I full blown LOVED it and thought Michael Fassbender was fantastic. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must!

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Feb
17

If there’s one thing I learned about myself during my health and fitness journey, it’s that I absolutely must have snacks (like these peanut butter energy bites) available or I become an out of control raging hypoglycemia animal. Think Tom Cruise mixed with a wolverine. Very scary stuff.

Ever since I’ve been little, my blood sugar has always been on a rigid 3-hour dive schedule. As in, I’m the type of person who has to have something to eat every few hours or I’ll crash. My mom says that when she brought me somewhere, she always had to make sure that she had food with her otherwise I’d ruin the day and throw a fit. Terrible, right?

But it’s true! When I get hungry, I cannot think, make decisions or even pretend to be in a good mood. I’ve seen the doctor a few times about it and apparently that’s just the way my body is. Wacky.

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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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