The Rundown v. 33 and Shedd BLU Giveaway

Rundown 33

It feels really great to be home. There is something extra special about Chicago in the summertime. The entire city is buzzing with activity and excitement, and I am planning to stay right here for the rest of the summer. Before I get to the rundown of what I have been up to lately – […]

Broken English Taco Pub

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Tacos, sangria, and a good friend – suddenly a normal Tuesday was transformed into a fun girls night when I met my friend Jenny for dinner at Broken English Taco Pub. The freshly opened bar/restaurant in the Loop is in a prime location for a post-work happy hour. The food has big emphasis on drinks with […]

All About Sparkling Wines

Summer House Wine Project

Could there be anything more satisfying than sipping on a chilled sparkling wine on a hot summer day? Probably not. In celebration of summer, and sparkling wines, I teamed up with my friends Ryan and Regan to tell you all about sparkling wine. Ryan Arnold is a Divisional Wine Director and Sommelier for Lettuce Entertain […]

Exploring Reykjavik, Iceland

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Iceland had been on my bucket list ever since I heard about their stopover program 12 years ago. It’s simple. If you book a flight on Icelandair, you can stay in Iceland for up to 7 days on your way to Europe, without paying any extra fees. The flight to Reykjavik is just 5 ½ […]

Cheeseburger Quiche

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This food mashup is particularly delicious. Cheeseburger Quiche is a quiche made with ground beef and cheddar with a tater tot crust. It’s all the best parts of breakfast (eggs and tater tots) combined with a cheeseburger. Charles gave this meal two very enthusiastic thumbs up, and had a second helping (and usually he isn’t that […]

Caramel Ice Cream Pie

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In honor of the heatwave that has hit the Midwest, I am sharing a foolproof recipe for Ice Cream Pie. It’s a no bake dessert that is made by simply assembling store bought ingredients. It is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot summer night – you don’t need to turn your oven on, and […]

Naan and Whipped Feta Pizza

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This is the type of meal that will come to your rescue. This naan and whipped feta pizza can be made in just 15 minutes, and it can be served as a meal or an appetizer. Throw it together on a busy Monday night, or serve it when you have last minute visitors. While I […]

Chicago Summer Bucket List

Negroni Slushie

Chicago knows how to do summer. Let’s face it, the weather here is pretty brutal most of the year, but the city makes up for it during the summer. Every winter I have those days were I realize that I could live anywhere I wanted, and that I don’t have to put up with negative […]

Exploring Boulder and Bryce Canyon, Utah

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Our canyoneering adventure in Dirty Devil was the most physically demanding part of the Utah trip. The next day we started off with breakfast at Mesa Bakery – a place that our adventure guide, Chris, had recommended. Mesa Bakery is a tiny farm and bakery in Hanksville, Utah where they make their own breads, cheeses, […]

10 Summertime Side Dish Salads That Aren’t Boring

10 Summer Side Dish Salads

I love all of the barbecues, picnics, and rooftop parties that fill my calendar during the summer. My mother taught me to never arrive at a party empty-handed, and I just happen to love bringing fun summer side dish salads to parties. These are unique enough to stand out, but also reliable crowdpleasers that are […]

Southwestern Chicken Taco Pie

Southwestern Chicken Taco Pie

Taco pie is one of my favorite quick dinner recipes. I had made taco pie with beef before, but recently I tried making it with chicken. This Southwestern Chicken Taco Pie is loaded with flavor and vegetables, and it’s the type of recipe you can easily change to make your own by adding your favorite vegetables […]

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