Is it too late for an Easter post?

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According to my priest it’s not. Easter marks the beginning of a season of celebration and new beginnings so technically I’m not late in delivering this Easter cupcake recipe to you. Technically, I’m right on time! And I’m not just emphasizing my punctuality because my husband told me mass started at 8:30 last Sunday when it really […]

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Hello Spring. 

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So how do you survive your first winter back in the Midwest after living in Florida? Don’t blog about it and it’s like it didn’t even happen. Not sure whether there is a joke or an excuse in there, but I needed a transition so take it for what it is. Truth is our first […]

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on girlfriends…

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Sitting 30 days out from our wedding day (no hives yet), I was browsing through the photos one of my girlfriends sent to me yesterday from the festivities and I realized something. People should really get married more often. I mean when else do you get a chance to spend time with all of your girlfriends from your […]

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Weekend recap: Chicago style

Historically I’ve not been the best at weekend recaps. Especially weekends that involve all of my favorite females in one room, baby snuggles and Chicago nights. I suppose it could be because recapping a weekend means it’s over and I have to accept the finality of it all. And just like knowing when to end […]

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Summer Chicken Salad

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Is it too early for me to mock the weather in Florida? It pains me to do it especially considering the winter we just came from in Chicago, but I can’t help but laugh at these people when they deliver the news every morning. Traffic is a hoot. Yes there’s violence but on a completely […]

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Farmer’s Market Strategy

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One of my favorite things to do with my mom on Saturday mornings was to head downtown to the farmer’s market and shop for produce. I love to social aspect of it, the people watching, the beautifully lined vegetables, the music. Isn’t it amazing how the things you absolutely dreaded as a child have become some […]

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Mango salsa for the win

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One of my favorite things about cooking is the way that a recipe can evoke emotions and memories from your life. Recipes can bring you back your childhood, where you had nothing else on your agenda but to spend Saturday mornings baking cookies with your mom in a 1970-style wallpapered kitchen. They can take you back to […]

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Workout Wednesday

Please excuse my absence this week. I guess being at a company for 5-plus years makes for a pretty busy final week. Speaking of finals, I decided that this last week of work feels a lot like college finals. The springlike weather (let’s not even talk about the snow we had yesterday), finishing up those […]

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A dog was here: Week 3

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Finn spent most of his weekend socializing with his friends in the neighborhood. The weather finally warmed up enough yesterday for us to get out and play so I took him over to a new dog park to see what all the hype was about. First of all let me explain that the dog park […]

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Spring Cleaning with a side of Rhubarb Cake

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I had grand intentions this weekend. With an extra day off, I intended to make a to-do list and actually do the things on it. That’s right folks, spring was coming and I was feeling the itch. Unfortunately in order to do spring cleaning you actually have to have weather that indicates some sign of […]

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