Caprese Quinoa Bake

Coming out of Memorial Day weekend, the summer seems endless -- tons of time to enjoy sunny days and perfectly cool nights.


Creamy Kale, Mushroom & Pea Pasta

I'm officially addicted to yoga sculpt.

It's a funny story, actually. My friend--a regular yoga sculpt attendee--has been trying to get me to join her in a sculpt class for literally YEARS. Finally, the morning I agree to attend, we get a flat tire on the way to class due to Chicago's increasingly bad pothole problem. Needless to say, we didn't make it.


Baked Strawberry Donuts

I did it, friends! I finally found an apartment. A cute, well-located, affordable place of residence within the city of Chicago. It was looking pretty bleak there for a while.

I'll admit when going to the showing for my pad, my heart sunk as prospective renter after prospective renter continued to show up to be walked through the apartment at the same time I had planned.

As people approached the house, I would size them up. Speculating as to whether or not they had pets (a black mark in the eyes of many landlords), what their monthly income and credit situation might be and each time, internally came to the conclusion that I would be a better tenant.

Am I a jerk or what? But hey, the Chicago rental market is insanely competitive.


Brown Sugar Popovers and An Ode to Old Friends

It feels really darn good to be there for old friends. I'm talking really old friends. The type of people you probably don't get to talk to every day, week or even month. But when you do get time to reconnect, it's like picking up right where you left off. 

That's pretty special.


Classic Champagne Cocktail

Congratulations to all of us. We've made it to the end of another week. Me thinks we should reward ourselves with a delicious cocktail. Agreed? Okay.

I'm thinking something simple, light and crisp to kick off the weekend. Something easy but elevated.

Yes, a classic champagne cocktail is just what the doctor ordered.


Greek Yogurt Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

Last weekend I headed over to Bucktown to check out Jackie's new place and fell in love with the neighborhood. I've been there before, quite a few times, and have always liked the area. But it was different to see if through the eyes of my good friend who now lives there. I'm more than confident she's going to love her new pad and all of the entertainment and things that are accessible.


Grapefruit Pound Cake

You guys, I cannot for the life of me find an apartment in the city. The second I come across a well-located, safe apartment that has suitable kitchen (so I can continue my baking obsession), it gets snapped up. 

We are talking a matter of hours. Not awesome at all.

However...This. Is. Awesome. 


Healthy Coconut Banana Bread

Oh how I  love everything coconut. Coconut ice cream, coconut oil, coconut yogurt and coconut macaroons. I even had a coconut mojito a few weeks ago...it did not disappoint.