Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Packing Advice

My trip to Germany is around the corner and I am super excited to see my family! It will also be nice for my brother and I to see our grandfather finally back in his "homeland". When my grandfather and mother flew over a few weeks ago, the airlines lost one of their suitcases, which made me even more determined to make sure I fit everything in a carry-on. Here is a great list of advice from Real Simple that I will use this week!

I will blog this week about my recent visit from friends:) 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend!! What will you be up to? A few friends of mine will be in town for the and I know it is going to be a really good time! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with a lot of fun along the way - just remember that "A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men" - Willy Wonka 

P.S. We will be eating deep dish pizza tonight - wouldn't it be fun to make this at home though?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sea Salted Caramel Apples

I cannot believe it is already Thursday and I haven't posted anything yet - my bad! Truth be told, I haven't had the chance to look at other peoples blogs this week or catch up on other reading either. I've been battling some kind of cold that refuses to come out fully or go away. I know I need lots of water and rest, but I haven't gotten much of either, which means I haven't been listening to my body as well as I should! But, today is a new day - I will work on both and by this weekend, I hope to be refreshed! Speaking of this weekend, I am hoping to make these sea salt caramel apples (below). Salty+sweet treats are always so satisfying and there is no time like the present for apples in the Midwest!

(Picture and Recipe from dulanotes.com)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fall Side Dishes

It totally feels like Fall in Chicago and it makes me want to start cooking! John calls me Queen of the side dish, because I tend to make a lot of them and forget about a main dish:)
Here are some awesome Fall inspired sides from The Food Network - I plan on making them all!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Book Club

Happy Monday - I have a feeling this is going to be a great week! Book club is tonight and it's my turn to pick out the next read. I'm still debating between Firefly Lane and The Cukoo's Calling.... Wish we could read both! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Apple Bread

(Picture and recipe from: A Farmgirl Dabbles)

Happy Hump Day! Tonight I am going to make some apple bread for a snack. I've never actually made apple bread, so I'm excited to try it out! Here is the recipe I will go off of if you want to make some with me! Hopefully by 2014, I will have both zucchini and apple bread recipes that are calorie worthy!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Busy Day

Oh what a day this has been already! The car won't start and needs a new battery, John's phone decides that it has lived long enough and breaks, my train to work gets stuck on the tracks for what seemed like forever (but in reality was about 15 minutes), our to - do list seems to be 5 miles long and work is crazy busy! Instead of getting overwhelmed , I've decided to look at all of this as an adventure - don't you think a true adventure starts when everything stops working correctly? 
I refuse to dread the rest of the day! Tonight will be the night we take on as a challenge! Let's see if we can complete cleaning our place, picking up a new phone for John, working out, making dinner, grocery shop, finishing the laundry... You know what, I won't bore you with the rest of the list, but the point I am attempting to reiterate is that, life is always throwing unwanted tasks our way, and it is up to us to decide if they are worth stressing about or not. In the end, time will pass and all will eventually be OK - so stress wisely.

In the meantime, I have found an easy list of salads that will cut down on dinner time (they all look amazing)- Thank you Martha for saving my dinner butt again!!


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