crazy easy banana bread

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snoooooowwwwwww! We just had the first snow of the season in Chicago and I love it! People think I’m nuts but I love the cold too – it must be my Michigander roots. I think I’ll throw on Elf and start decorating the house today. It’s never…

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slow cooker pot roast with gravy over egg noodles

Is anyone else super cranky about this unbearably hot heat wave we’re having in the Midwest? I had all of these wonderful Halloween + fall decorating plans for this weekend but it seems ridiculous to get sweaty while hanging my twinkly purple Halloween lights. Le sigh. So while I can’t quite fall it up outside,…

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raspberry tiramisu and an al fresco italian dinner

Okay guys, as excited as I am for fall (seriously, I already have my Halloween costume + my apple cider candle is LIT) – I am kinda bummed to see summer come to an end, especially because this one really went by in a flash! My favorite part of summer is being able to cook,…

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spicy guacamole cheeseburger

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted something meaty + messy as my tagline proclaims, but that’s going to change given the amount of grilling and smoking of all the meats we’ve been up to lately. I’m also pretty sure that last night at our block party we agreed to dig a hole in our backyard…

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travel blog: edinburgh, scotland

Alright party people – I’m back! I took a little hiatus from blogging and during that time we went on a European adventure that was fan-freaking-tastic. We visited Edinburgh, Islay + Glasgow in Scotland with our friends Dana + Shane and then Dave and I ended the trip with a long and lovely weekend in…

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coconut shrimp with curry mayo

Please don’t spread this around, but last weekend I had a craving for something light-ish and non-meaty. Don’t worry though, a serious patty melt situation is coming to the blog soon. I thought coconut shrimp sounded yummy so I altered this recipe a bit and added my fave curry mayo – an idea I nabbed…

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my mom’s potato + gnocchi soup

What is up with this wintry weather?! I am very much a winter gal as I don’t mind being cold, I think snow is bee-yoo-ti-ful, and crock-pot season is the best. Well…wait. I also love summer for smoking ribs, having beers on the front porch and for dancing around the yard with sparklers, and fall…

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chicken noodle casserole with garlic cream sauce

Sir Dave is down for the count with a pretty nasty case of the flu, poor guy. To try to make him feel a smidge better I thought I’d whip up a casserole, and chicken-noodle anything is supposed to be a cure-all, right? While this recipe is a bit time-consuming, it’s definitely worth it. And…

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cooking inspiration: my talented friend katherine

My pal Katherine has hands down been one of the most influential people in my life that inspired me to get cookin’ (and writing too)! We’ve known each other for years, and she was the first person who taught me how to throw a dinner party – I’ll never forget it. We made this spice-rubbed…

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cooking inspiration: my grandma!

To keep on keeping on with my cooking inspiration interviews, I knew I had to reach out to my fabulous Grandma to get the 411 since so many of my fond memories with her revolve around FOOD. First, here are some fun facts about my gram. 1. When I was a kid, my grandma and…

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