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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spicy jambalaya with shrimp + sausage

Well, I woke up sick this morning with some plague-esque situation, which is especially a bummer since I’m on day three of my ‘funemployment.’ I start a new and exciting gig on Monday, so I suppose I’ll spend the rest of my time curled up with some tea and a Harry Potter movie marathon so…

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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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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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marinated mixed beans with herbs

I’ll be honest. I’ve been in a food rut. I’ve just been eating the same things over and over again, including frozen pizzas and taco bell. Don’t judge – life has been busy and I love me a good chalupa. But all the junk was catching up with me, so when I saw this presumably…

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where i like to write

As a break from recipes, I thought I’d post a more personal note and show y’all where I like to write my blogs. Dave and I moved into our new home last June, and though my office is the smallest room in the house, I gave it the most love and attention since it’s mine…

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foodie holiday gifts!

Well, I about fell out of my chair when my co-worker Nikki said that Christmas was in 10 days. SAY WHAT!?  Where did this year go? I guess I’ve been too busy eating to realize this year really did wooosh right by me. So much fun, so much food and so many changes – but…

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some happenings & some overnight oats!

Woops! I can’t believe I let more than a month go by without posting a darn thing. Even though this wasn’t a scheduled blogger break, I’ve got to say it was nice to let myself take a breather from blogging so I could really enjoy summer and all the crazy (mostly fun) things that popped…

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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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