Feb
27

There are usually only two things on my mind when I roll out of bed in the morning: coffee and checking emails. However, this morning I woke up with a huge craving for a stack of fluffy blueberry pancakes.

Wait, that’s not a big surprise is it? My Instagram account is populated with pictures of pancakes plus I even had them for dinner last night. Don’t judge, you know Brinner (breakfast for dinner… duh) is pretty much the best thing ever.

My pictures really don’t do the pancakes any justice so I’ll have to annoyingly describe to you just how perfectly good these are. Brace yourself for an overload of adjectives…

Thick. Fluffy. Melt-in-your-mouth. Unbelievable. Crispy edges. Perfectly golden. Outrageous. Awesome. Fantastic. Lick-your-plate good.

There, now do you get my point?

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Feb
24

So this weekend I shoveled snow in my heels because I didn’t have any boots with me. It was completely ridiculous but also a little riveting as it proves I’m a total badass. Call me Beyonce.

Just kidding, please don’t do that.

Something that’s actually ridiculous though? My complete obsession with brown butter. It’s life-changing, and I have a slight feeling that I may be responsible for introducing many of you to the magic it can create in a recipe. How can something so simple be that delicious? I don’t ask questions I just try and put it in as many things as possible.

Now I enjoy making my own sweet potato fries, but if I’m in a bind I’ll purchase Alexia Sweet Potato Fries; they’re delicious and a great option if you don’t feel like peeling and cutting your sweet potatoes. Plus, you can always spice up your fries to your liking. My favorite sweet potato fries are heavily dusted with cinnamon and sugar. They remind me of the flavors of Thanksgiving, like I’m eating a slice of sweet potato pie.

But do you know what really takes it over the top? Drizzling them with a brown butter marshmallow glaze.

I think need to repeat that. A BROWN BUTTER MARSHMALLOW GLAZE. I feel giddy every time I think about it.

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Feb
22

Karma

Do you believe in karma? I do. Not necessarily in a religious sense, but more in that you should treat others the way you’d like to be treated. I feel as though every day is a blessing; you learn to make the best of it. I bought the shirt (pictured above) from my yoga studio and I absolutely LOVE it; it reminds me to conscious of my attitude and to be kind no matter what type of day I’m having.

This week has been busy for me! I have been traveling and my workout schedule has been out of sorts so I picked up a couple of Jillian Michaels Workout DVDs* and I fully intend to get my butt kicked. Do you guys have any favorite workout DVDs? Please don’t say Insanity or P90x. Those guys weird me out.

Hmmm what else?

We’re working hard on the new redesign for Ambitious Kitchen and it’s looking great so far! I also booked a vacation with a friend for the end of March. I’m so excited to just relax and drink margaritas by the pool. Speaking of which, today is National Margarita Day! Go get one, you deserve it!

Now on to my favorites from this past week:

 

  • Have you ever done a juice cleanse? I’m dying to try the 3-day Pressed Juicery Cleanse.

 

  • This sounds fun: Healthy new snack products delivered to you every month from Nature Box.

 

  • A fun way to edit your photos for your blog.

 

 

  • A Michael Kors Barrel ring that would look perfect on anyone.

 

 

  • 8 ways to make the perfect margarita! You know you want to.

 

 

  • I can’t wait until this movie comes out next week!

 

 

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend! xo

 

*contains Amazon affiliate links


Feb
21

Confession of the day: I’m an absolute lover of mini meals because I consider them real treats! For example, my go-to snacks are bananas rolled in toasted almonds, rice cakes with cottage cheese and honey, or cereal with ice cold almond milk. Oh and margaritas! Because those can be considered snacks, right?

Anyway I’m getting back to the point here… I eat a lot of carbs, and that’s a problem. But you guys, I just ADORE nooks-and-crannies english muffins and basically every flavor or Cheerios to ever hit the market (minus Dulce de Leche).

Raise your hand if I just described you, too.

Surprisingly I’ve managed to stop buying both bread and cereal so now the only carb-like food lurking in my cupboards is a pack of rice cakes, low-carb tortillas, and apparently marshmallow creme, which I ate from the jar last night while watching old episodes of Felicity.

I don’t know if you know this but teen drama from the 90s is extremely stressful.

So this whole low-carb thing means that I am  forced to give up pasta and opt for something else to pair tomato sauce with. That’s where spaghetti squash comes in handy; it’s gluten-free, low-carb, and freaking delicious! Did you know that one cup of spaghetti squash only has 42 calories and 8 net carbs? I can literally eat platefuls of it!

The real star today isn’t the spaghetti squash though; it’s my homemade arrabbiata sauce — a spicy tomato marinara sauce with garlic and herbs. I was reading somewhere that arrabbiato means angry in Italian, which for me just translates into one mean, spicy marinara! It is sensational, especially when paired with garden veggies.

I enjoy making homemade tomato sauce because I love knowing what ingredients are being used plus the flavors are always bold and fresh. I thought it would be fun to show you how I make my favorite sauce without canned ingredients so that you can enjoy it too! Trust me, once you try this you won’t go back. Read more.


Feb
17

 

Every now and then I love a little real-talk blogging. Today is one of those days.

The past year has been full of life-altering changes for me. I’ve shed many layers from my life…. and can I just admit that it’s all been incredibly difficult?! I’ve started my own business, traveled at least a week out of every month, lived in three states, and have literally been pulling my hair out trying to figure out where this is all leading to!

So what does this translate into? Basically working insane hours and jeopardizing A LOT. Honestly it’s been a complete struggle. I’m sure it’s something you might be able to relate to: failure, disappointments, and well… whatever life throws at you. Of course, I’m a huge believer that everything happens for a reason. My passion for success and a career in food pushes me every single day to keep pursuing my dream no matter how many times I fail. And trust me, I fail more than you know! My list of unsuccessful ventures will always be longer anything I accomplish; it will be for all of us. However, these failures push you to become better and to learn.

In a sense, I feel as though I’m in the middle of a transformation. I’m trusting my intuition and regardless of how difficult it becomes or what disappointments I find myself in, I’m both blessed and thankful to be on this journey.

So my question to you, is what pushes you to be the best you can be? What drives you to be better than you were yesterday?

I’m just a twenty-four year old girl who is literally obsessed with food, styling, photography and the inspiration I find in every day life. I’m not here to pretend I’m perfect in any way, because I’m not. I’m just explicitly in love with sharing my passion with you.

Oh sorry, that’s a bit obvious and this is getting preachy. Excuse me, let’s get to the FOOD!

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Feb
15

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How was your Valentine’s Day? Mine was insanely delicious. I made honey-lime and chili spiced pan-fried walleye with some garlic roasted asparagus and spaghetti squash. The best part about V-day though? A McDonald’s ice cream cone after! I swear they have some of the best ice cream and I had been literally dreaming about inhaling one for like a week straight. Sooo I just hit up Mickey D’s drive-thru. Probably the best decision I’ve made in a while.

Oh, I also got sucked into watching Dear John, but decided to turn it off halfway through because it just gets weird, wouldn’t you agree? Like Channing Tatum is half-gangster half-army guy with a pretty girlfriend who leaves him for a guy a million years older? I don’t get it.

Anywhoooo I’m traveling this next week so my blogging schedule may be a tiny bit chaotic; trust me when I say I’ve been holding back on you. Oh, and if you’re wondering what’s up with the picture of the cookie, they are my favorite to bake for a weekend treat especially since they only take about 25 minutes until they are in your mouth. Dooo it.

Now onto Friday Favorites:

 

 

  • Brad and Angelina are launching their own wine. Yum!

 

 

  • How adorable are these knuckle rings?

 

 

  • A 2-day Look Better Naked Cleanse? Are you in?

 

  • Stay by Rihanna is my new favorite song.

 

 

  • I can’t stop laughing at this list.

 

  • Lastly please go vote for me so I can win an amazing culinary trip to Chile!

 

Have an incredible weekend! xo


Feb
12

Out of all the brownies I’ve made, these are my absolute favorite.

Like the best evaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

A bit dramatic but what did you expect? I love chocolate.

A mix between fudgy and a tiny bit cakey, these brownies are incredibly rich, decadent, and downright addicting.

I thought I’d share them with you, because this is as close to a Valentine’s Day dessert that I’ll make. Trust me, it’s got all the chocolate love you need.

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Feb
11

Did you have a good weekend?

Mine was wonderful. I caught up with a friend over margaritas and mexican food, and also  enjoyed some yoga sculpt classes where I sweat my entire soul onto the mat. I absolutely love yoga though; there’s just something about it that makes me feel incredible. I compare it to a bit like a runner’s high, except with an emotional connection. Perhaps it’s a little difficult to explain, all I know is that I’m smitten with my yoga practice! In fact, I’ve been considered becoming a yoga instructor. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time especially because fitness is such a huge part of my life.

First though, I’m focusing on a redesign for Ambitious Kitchen which will take up an incredible amount of time. So if you see pictures of me with bloodshot eyes, it’s from staring at my computer for too long. Not from other things. Obviously.

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Feb
10

Blueberries

During mid-winter have you ever craved juicy sweet strawberries, bright red raspberries or those blueberries that just burst in your mouth? I think it’s evident by my recipes that I do. I absolutely love enjoying fresh flavorful produce year-round!

My parents raised me to embrace the freshest fruits and vegetables. They also taught me how to be conscious of where my food was coming from; that’s why I love enjoying local in-season fruits and veggies whenever possible. However, when I’m working on a recipe during the holidays, or even if I’m just craving fresh strawberry shortcake or my lemon blueberry quinoa pancakes mid-winter, I’m thankful to be able to find produce from Chile that I can put to good use. I recently stumbled upon the fruits and vegetables that are exported by this absolutely breathtaking country and was utterly impressed with both the flavor and freshness. Recently, I even made my famous apple crisp with some of their apples. It was truly divine.

A unique characteristic of Chile is that their produce is in season when the United States isn’t, plus their richly unique agriculture and nearly perfect climate allows them to export some of the finest quality produce in a safe and sustainable manner. The Chilean geography is a diverse one too, and perhaps is why they’re able to export delectable wine, olive oil, almonds, seafood and much more! It ranges from mountains to rain forests to even deserts; this offers the perfect climate for a wide variety of food to grow.

Oh and Chilean people certainly love their food too! This month Foods from Chile is hosting a blogger contest which offers the opportunity to visit Mercado Central in Santiago, a world-renowned food market, and also other cultural heritage sites. Of course I had to enter, and could not be more excited to be sharing the country’s culture and delicious food with all of you!

So remember next time you’re at the store, look for delicious foods from Chile!


Feb
08

Grandma & Grandpa

Since Valentine’s Day is next week, I wanted to introduce you to two incredibly sweet people: my grandparents! They’ve been married for over 60 years and are still in love and going strong! Their relationship is truly one of inspiration, and I hope someday that I can have a love as strong as the one they hold together. Gosh, they’re too cute.

In other news, I’ve been pretty much drooling over everything on Pinterest. Did you know that during this past week it was World Nutella Day, National Pancake Day, and National girl scout cookie day? Why do these all happen in the span of a week? Someone needs to schedule these more appropriately for my diet. Ugh.

Guess what else I need to do? My taxes! I plan on chugging like four margaritas after. Anyway let’s get on with it! Here are my Friday favorites from around the web:

  • I have been craving pizza like a cavewoman. I don’t know what that means, but I want a slice right now. There are no links. I just had to tell you that.

 

  • Like peanut butter and jelly? Love donuts? Combine the two and it’s a little magical.

 

 

 

 

  • Have you seen this sweet 6-minute Disney movie? If not, it’s a must!

 

  • If you need a death-by-chocolate dessert to bake, this cheesecake is the one.

 

  • 9 important things to remember around Valentine’s Day.

 

  • Does anyone else love frosted and sprinkled covered animal crackers? Well I found a recipe that turns them into truffles. Omg.

 

  • song I’m loving.

 

 

  • Proof that you need to buy all seasons of Felicity and watch them ASAP.

 

Have a sweet weekend! xo

 
 
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