City Grillin’.


Last weekend some girlfriends and I decided to enjoy the nice weather and grill outside on a patio! The weather was gorgeous. It was one of those (few and far between) nights that really make you appreciate living in Chicago.

The menu was really simple:

Chicken shish-kebabs with zucchini, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers

A delicious couscous, feta, tomato and cucumber salad

Caprese salad

Cocktails made with Italian blood orange soda and white wine –so refreshing!

It was so nice to enjoy the weather with friends. I hope its a constant happening for summer! I’ve made it a personal goal to be outside as much as humanly possible.

Here are some photos from the evening, should you want to have your own backyard BBQ this summer and need some inspiration!


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Sunday things…

Sunday’s are wonderful. Its the only day of the week where I feel comfortable doing absolutely nothing. Its the weekend, but there’s less expected from Sunday than Saturday. On Saturdays, I feel the need to do things: exercise, grocery shop, change out of my pajamas. On Sunday, I don’t feel that pressure, and its very liberating. 

So, here are a few snapshots of what I’ve done today, and in just a few short hours, the Golden Globes begin. I can’t wait to see what everyone wears! I was disappointed by the fashion choices at the People’s Choice Awards, so I hope the Globes can redeem the Red Carpet. 


NY Resolution #1: Update


I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start on my first New Year’s resolution. Last week, a friend of mine came over and we had a SERIOUS baking party. All of the recipes came from a blog I really like, How Sweet It Is.

We made double chocolate cheesecake cookies, peppermint pattie brownies, peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel bites and oreo balls (we put our own spin on this one and dipped them in Andes’ mint chocolate instead of milk chocolate!)

baking needs.

baking needs.

details: a heart shaped mixing bowl.

details: a heart shaped mixing bowl.

sometimes its best not to know what exactly goes into baked goods...

sometimes its best not to know what exactly goes into baked goods…

We had a lot of fun making these and even more fun watching people enjoy them at all of the holiday parties we went to. Maybe even more fun than eating the treats ourselves. Wait, no. Eating them is definitely the best.

in the process.

in the process.


double chocolate cheesecake bites

double chocolate cheesecake bites

mascarpone frosting

mascarpone frosting

finished product!

finished product!

peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel bites --super crunchy!

peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel bites –super crunchy!

Ask and you shall receive: I added cookbooks to my Christmas list, in order to get a jump on my resolution to cook more, and dang, did my family deliver! I got 4 new cookbooks. So needless to say, I’m going to have to have a dinner party in the near future. Don’t mind if I do!

some new reading!

some new reading!

Hope everyone continues to have a great holiday season! xo

New Years Resolution #1: Cook.


This could be me, right?

So, as 2013 draws to a ridiculously speedy close, I figured I might as well begin making a list of my 2014 New Years resolutions. I really like to make lists and cross things off of them. Also, I feel like if I broadcast them for all of the interwebs to see, I may feel more inclined to complete them.

My first resolution is to learn how to really cook. As a woman of Italian descent, I’ve always felt that pull to cook for people. Though other things usually outweigh that pull (college, life as a modern woman, etc), I do have an interest in it. I did ask for a few cook books for Christmas and loved the movie Julie & Julia, so I feel like I’m off to a good start, right?


Julia Child and a giant fish #badass

In all seriousness, though, I feel like everyone (women AND men) should have some basic knowledge of cooking. I think it falls under that “life-skill” umbrella with things like: Microsoft Office proficiency, ability to do ones own laundry and having good manners. Being able to cook is just another way for someone to provide for their family (or themselves) and not eat a Lean Cuisine for dinner past age 19. Plus, my girlfriends are super into cooking and healthy eating, and that has been inspiring as well. If they can come back from days of Ramen noodles in college, so can I. Right? 

Here’s hoping! Giada give me strength!