More pictures, if you’re so inclined :-) Happy Monday!
More pictures, if you’re so inclined :-) Happy Monday!
When I was in the bay area last month my friend and talented San Francisco wedding planner Elizabeth asked me to collaborate and photograph some fall wedding cocktails with her for A Practical Wedding. She has a rad wedding planning series every other Friday if you haven’t read it yet! Head on over to APW if you haven’t seen the whole post yet. There’s another delicious recipe too :-) This drink is delicious and easy to mix one or one hundred servings of! All you need is sparkling pear or apple cider, whiskey, a lemon wedge, and an apple slice. Mix one part whiskey for three parts cider to any volume and for a single serving add a wedge’s worth of lime juice and garnish with an apple slice. Simple and tasty.
Happy Monday everyone <3 XXOO
Last week Wil and I had the pleasure of dining at Next Restaurant for their Bocuse d’Or menu. This was our first time skipping menus, we did not attend The Hunt or Vegan, so it was nice to be back. Here are just a few photos of the delicious dinner :-) If you want to see the whole dinner & photos from past menus at Next <3
I think the closeness of the lake and the year round farmers market might be the two most attractive parts of Lincoln Park to me ;-) Sadly the Wicker Park farmers market only runs June – October. Have a beautiful, healthy day friends! Feel free to ask me a question if you didn’t get to it yesterday, I’ll be replying to all of them in a blog post next week.
Happy Wednesday! XXOO
You guys! I know I mentioned that I’ve started drinking green smoothies last week, I’m here to say now that it’s a full blown healthy addiction! I’m drinking one or two every single day (I’ve even mapped out the closest three places that make green smoothies to our hotel in Miami). I feel so good about this healthy snacking! Most days I’m mixing them up at home, but every once in a while I treat myself to a fancy one from up the street at Green Corner. The problem now though, of course, is that I’m dying to get a vitamix. I haven’t decided if I need to maintain this for a certain amount of time to justify the purchase, or if it will be some other healthy reward after I save up my pennies. My amazing trainer Leigh provided me with some stellar recipes/guidelines right from the beginning, but I’ve ventured beyond those now to basically combining most of the fruits/veggies/juices I have laying around. Surprisingly, almost every combination has been delicious! I really expected to taste the kale and spinach since it’s so GREEN, but I really don’t. Anyway, all of this to say, if you haven’t tried mixing up your own green smoothie yet, I promise it will be worth your while. And if you have, go you! I feel like I’m way behind the healthy train on this one :-)
If you’re just getting started, these are the instructions I actually just emailed over to my mom. I realized they might be helpful for some of you too! If you’re an expect would you might taking a peek at these directions and letting me know if you do anything differently? I’m still super new at this!
I start with liquid whether it’s orange or pure pineapple juice and some water, and half an avocado and pulse that, then I’ll add greens at whatever pace the blender can handle. I typically end up adding two big (foot long) pieces of green kale and a big overflowing handful of spinach (at least a cup), and then whatever other fruit/veggies I want. Apple/cucumber/mint/etc. Feel free to add ice and water to if the blender needs more liquid and for a better consistency. I’d also highly suggest drinking it with a straw instead of just normally out of the glass :-)
This is the first delicious “recipe” option from my trainer that I tried: kale & spinach & juice from half of a lime & half an avocado & half orange or orange juice, or some pineapple juice & cilantro
If you make green smoothies, what are your favorite combinations? I’m super curious to try everything new!
Today is a big day! It’s my first day working completely 100% full time for myself. Wil and I popped this delicious bubbly two weeks ago when I gave my notice, and I wanted to share it with you today :-)
Cheers to chasing BIG dreams and building the lives we want to live! Thank YOU all so much. This is just the beginning.
WARNING: incredibly easy to make & delicious cookies ahead
The recipe is impossible to forget because it’s only four things! You’ll need: one cup of almond or peanut butter (I like a half and half combination personally), one cup of sugar, one egg, and one teaspoon of baking soda. Preheat the oven to 350, mix everything together and teaspoon out onto parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes (they won’t look done but will set after cooling for 10 minutes). And enjoy! This will make about twenty reasonably sized cookies.
On Saturday night we attended our friends Josh & KT’s Wedding Signature Cocktail Party. Everyone brought entries for either a signature bride’s drink or a signature groom’s drink. KT’s drink should be more refreshing, so we made a Dartmouth Highball. And Josh’s drink needed to be more of a whiskey sipper. Wil mixed up some delicious options and we narrowed it down to the Billionaire Cocktail and a Kentucky Mule. I’d highly recommend this fun party idea to any engaged couples! Everyone had so much fun with it.
This weekend Wil and I got to spend some good quality time together! Which, of course, means we cooked. Kina & Jonathan were coming over for a “healthy” dinner on Sunday so Wil and I decided to tackle Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home and make the sautéed chicken breasts with tarragon and the summer vegetable gratin. I don’t think we could have chosen better! The chicken was probably the best chicken I’ve had in years. And let’s be honest, a mountain of vegetables on top of sautéed onions? I’m always going to think that’s delicious.
I don’t want to get in trouble with Thomas Keller for posting his whole recipe online…but I promise it will be worth it to get the book and make for yourself! (There are also several knock off recipes if you google it…they look similar but not identical) :-)
So even though we fight as much in the kitchen as out of it, it’s totally worth it! We love this quality time together and obviously enjoy the results!!
What did you do this weekend? XXOO
Today I am very excited to share pictures with you from our visit to Next Restaurant for the Kyoto menu on Saturday. This whole menu was a delightful play on the traditional Japanese kaiseki autumnal experience. Including but not limited to: the most amazing tea I’ve tasted ever tasted, fiery centerpieces, divine sashimi, and so much sake. It is amazing to watch your friends flourish in their artforms. Rene, it is truly an honor to know you! Dinner was delectable.