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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Feb
23

I had oatmeal, a chocolate protein shake, and broccoli for dinner tonight. Wait… what?! Yes, it’s that time of year. Warm weather is on its way, and soon I’ll be spending my days in oversized sunglasses and a bikini. That’s my plan.

I’m getting ready by eating simple meals, but that only gets you so far. I’ve also been attending hot yoga classes. I’m really hoping the next time I go the guy next to me doesn’t smell like Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Broth sweat is not cool dude!

Anyway, I’m getting prepared and I’m sure you all can relate. This is real life. I know you want chocolate cake and fluffy cream cheese frosting… I do too. But let’s just play it cool this weekend, okay?

Time to hush up and make some healthy, delicious chili!

 

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Feb
21

I have been wanting to bake chocolate chip cookies that taste like pure luxury, and while I’ve tested many, I have never quite perfected my own recipe… until now!

I knew I wanted to create a cookie that would make anyone want to savor that exact moment when they first bit into it. They had to be a little unique too! I don’t know about you but my perfect chocolate chip cookie is a little crisp on the outside but still chewy and moist in the middle. It’s not overly chocolatey, and certainly not too sweet.

Through trial and error, spoonfuls of cookie dough, and scribbled recipes, I’ve finally created a cookie that I’m proud to share with you. These brown butter & sea salt chocolate chip cookies are now my go-to cookie.

In fact, I’m actually considering them to be one of life’s essentials. You should too.

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