Winter Sangria

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Patience. It’s not something that comes innately to me. I might be the person with the least amount of it. I get angry when people are walking slowly. Taking up the whole escalator. Counting change at the counter. When the elevator doors won’t open quickly enough. I get impatient that I’m impatient. This time of year…

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Cheersing to…

  1. Being the cafe girl. 2. To breaking free and your friends helping you do it. 3. To POTUS and the year of photographs. These are worth looking through, stunning and powerful and insightful. 3. Those parents that are reaching that halftime point. 4. Going to all of these places. 5. This new uncle the…

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Vegetable Soup

garbage soup. that was the name i gave the dish i made most often when i first moved to the city. i’m a real martha stewart if you haven’t figured it out by now. when i first came to chicago, i didn’t know anything. i had one friend who lived in the suburb. i didn’t…

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Butternut Squash Soup (& PEAPOD GIVEAWAY)

(This giveaway has closed) Oh it’s frigid, frosty. The polar vortex is upon us but for some reason, in December, it doesn’t seem so bad. At least not to me. I don’t mind the cold around Christmas when there are so many fun things to do in Chicago – zoo lights and Chriskindlemarket, ice skating,…

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Santa Cupcakes

i have had the best day. you know those days that are so cozy and relaxing that you wish you could bottle it up and take a teaspoon of it at a time when you really need it down the road? today is one of those days (i’m writing this on a sunday). i let…

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Letter to my niece, year three

(i have written a letter every year, on my nieces birthday. you can read letter one here, and letter two here) Lily belle – you’re three years old today. You are spunky, and hilarious. You have a laugh that lights up the whole room. You love moo moo cows and turtles and your baby dolls….

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Thanksgiving Sheaf Bread

i’m a lot of things, but today, timely isn’t one of them. let’s chat about thanksgiving – a recap of sorts. well, i ate, drank, slept a little, and then opened more wine. my mom and i cooked up a storm so my sister opened champagne because my mom and i tend to cook differently…

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