Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Perfect Popsicles


I kind of love the Whole Foods Blog... They have some yummy recipes and useful tips and tutorials as well - like how to make the best popsicles ever. It seems like I write about popsicles a lot in the Summer and that's because they are the absolute perfect snack. Speaking of... I could use a popsicle right now!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mac and Cheese Bake



P.S. Doesn't this mac and cheese look so amazing? I may have to make it for our next get-together!

A Surprise Gift


After work, I was a little sad about coming home without being able to see John and give him a hug goodbye before his trip - After taking Ballou out, I walked into our bedroom to a very sweet goodbye note, a new helmet for my bike and a FitBit - It was like Christmas in July! 

It's true that I am not the most graceful and/or coordinated of bike riders, so this helmet will absolutely come in handy  - as well as put John and my friends (Maggie!!) at ease when they ride with me. My bike goal right now is to stop blowing through stop signs :) 

I usually do not brag, but I just felt like I needed to share my happiness. Big thank you to my best friend and the most amazing man I know! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Reading Time




John is leaving for San Diego today, which leaves me with a few days of reading!! Once again, I am into another Pat Conroy novel - South of Broad - His books are hard for me to start because I know I cannot put them down until the very end. Our next book club book is going to be, A Midwife's tale; The life of Martha Balard, based on her diary , 1785 - 1812. Follow along if you can!

Besides that, I will be making housewarming gifts for two of my friends that just moved - I am thinking of filling a cookie jar with dish towels, nice soaps and random kitchen supplies they might need. Here are a few items that will absolutely make it into both gifts! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stack Wines


Have you seen these cleverly named "Stack wines" yet? They seem to be popping up everywhere and would be so easy to travel with on picnics and to the beach! It is also nice to have a serving of wine poured out already so you know how much you are consuming. I am totally going to try them out and hopefully they will be my new adult juice box:)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Goals

Voom - the weekend is over and Monday is well on its way! 
How is it that summer days seem shorter, even though they are technically longer? Yesterday, I painted my nails a fun color, and was so proud of myself for sitting still long enough to let them dry... or so I thought...


... It turns out I did not sit still long enough to let them really dry, and ended up smooshing them right after I took this picture - thankfully I did have this as evidence!

As for those popsicles I was supposed to make, I am behind on that as well. We ended up grabbing ice cream instead from our favorite local spot - I got a  scoop of peach! 


(Yes, that is considered one scoop!)


Moving ahead this week, I am ready to implement my Summer goals that I have not been taking seriously - getting back to the gym at least 5 days a week and cutting back on snacking throughout the day... What are your Summer goals? Maybe we can work on motivating each other!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Happy Weekend!

The heat wave in the Midwest is supposed to end tonight - that means it is safe to romp around again!

I will hopefully be at the beach (with John and an umbrella) for part of the day tomorrow. My plan is to make these pineapple lime basil popsicles tonight, so we can snack on them when we get back!  



Have fun and stay hydrated! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mom Dancing

When John and I biked to Burger Fest last weekend, we were already in great moods. How could you not be happy walking around and eating yummy food while listening to the live music? I didn't think the day could get better... Until we stopped at the front stage again and caught a glimpse of the "mom dancer" - as John named her. Seeing how happy she was made everyone around her smile! I love people that can let loose and not worry about judgement - maybe at the next festival we go to, I will get out there by myself and shake my tail feather - I dare you to do the same!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dreaming in Vanilla

Last week I was cleaning the house and happened to have a cooking show on. I wasn't fully paying attention what was being made, but I did turn around to see the chef scrapping the vanilla caviar out of the bean.... and have not stopped thinking about it yet! There are a few flavors that can live up to vanilla, and fresh vanilla bean in anything can be counted on as delicious. 

Here are three recipes I found that will hopefully quench my vanilla taste buds! 




I would love to bring these Vanilla cupcakes to a party! 


Alton Brown is one of my favorites, and I have a feeling his Vanilla ice cream recipe would be a quick favorite. This is on my list-to-make,once I get an ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid mixer:)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Warm Weather Weekend





 Dull moments were hard to come by this weekend! It is weekends like this that give me a greater appreciation for my life.
 Time flew with book club, street festivals, lounging at the beach, bike rides and dinner with friends. Monday did come quick, but being satisfied with the weekend made starting a new week feel a bit better somehow. 

Tonight, I am going to make a big salad and some baked mozzarella sticks for dinner! Have you ever made them at home? Hopefully they are as easy as they look. Have a great night with whatever you do:)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer Grilling


There is seriously no better time than the summer for grilling out - everything seems to be in season and at the peak of yummyness! 

Our grill is a bit small for any major grilling, but for two people, it works perfectly. Yesterday John was manning our grill and was complaining that my veggies were hogging most of the space. As you can see from this picture, we had about one veggie skewer too many. In the end, John got everything to fit...Dinner was a bit burnt, but John has the rest of the summer to work on his grill techniques! 

Have a wonderful weekend, and take some time to relax!

P.s. Here is an awesome Sriracha marinade recipe for grilling chicken - and if you are a veggie lover like me, here is a portobello marinade I want to try as well!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Looks For Julesmoksha

As you might have noticed...
I have been playing around with a few new looks! 
Hopefully I will settle on something I love soon, but until then, I apologize for the constant 
blog-shuffling/inconsistency!

Here are pretty pictures of flowers from around town to make it up to you:)





(Yes, that is an old Banksy in the background!)



Monday, July 8, 2013

Banana Ice-Cream


Happy Monday:) 

I hope everyone had a great weekend - the weather in Chicago was perfectly nice, but now it is raining and a bit sad outside. No outdoor concert for us afterall ... 


Instead, I will make this banana ice-cream for Ballou and John. It looks so good and  calls for only two ingredients - cannot wait to try it out! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

This Summer


This Summer is finally feeling like a real summer! I say that because it has been more like Fall than Summer... And even though Fall is my favorite season, it still does not belong right now - all seasons need their time to shine, so hopefully the weather will stay beautiful for the next two months and Summer can live out in its full beauty! 




This past Monday, Jess, Mike, John and I all went to Millenium Park for the free music- what an awesome view we had from our picnic blankets! We will be going this upcoming Monday as well before Jess and Mike leave for NYC - just to soak up those last memories.



I hope you had a great 4th and enjoy your weekend with whatever you will be up to! Sending my love and good energy~

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