Food

MAKING LIFE EASY

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I’m all about making things easy during the week. By the time I’m done with work for the day, the last thing I want to do is make more work for myself. I’d rather spend the free time I have relaxing with my boys, working out, taking a walk or catching up on miscellaneous things.

Recently, one thing that has REALLY made our lives easy when it comes to dinner is Blue Apron. Nick and I love to cook, but with both of our busy schedules (which I’m sure many of you have!), finding time to not only make a meal, but come up with a recipe and grocery shop doesn’t always happen. And when it doesn’t, we end up resorting to take out or something that probably isn’t that healthy.

With Blue Apron, we get a delivery every week that includes fresh ingredients to make 3 healthy (under 700 calories) and delicious recipes for the two of us. It’s the perfect balance so we still feel free to do whatever we want the other 4 nights. We also get a step by step recipe card (with pictures!) so there is literally no need to think when we get home – we know exactly what we’re making and have all the ingredients we need waiting for us.

I highly recommend giving it a shot, we’ve convinced a lot of our friends to check it out and they love it. Blue Apron has gotten us to try so many new things that we never thought of making before, including sweet potato vermicelli (pictured above), fresh beet pasta, salmon roll sandwiches, and a TON more.

Okay, that is all, Happy Friday!

DESIGN FILES : PUBLICK HOUSE

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Things have definitely been picking up lately with new work! It always seems like projects are being worked on at the same time and then all wrapping up at the same time, which is why I’ve been able to share a few with you in the last couple weeks!

The Publick House is a local childhood Inn & Tavern that has been around since 1810. They were in need of a new set of business cards, which I delivered as well as an all-new brand and logo concept.

I wanted to maintain the integrity of such a historical place while infusing a more clean and modern look that still captured the familiar and family friendly personality of the establishment.

This is another example of a small request turning into a much bigger personal concept project.  I’ve been doing a lot of that lately to really push the boundaries of what I can do and also to produce work that reflects the types of dream clients I’d love to take on! It’s never easy to find the time on top of all of the actual paid projects, but it’s usually the most satisfying :)

Wood Backdrop is a free texture from Bethany Heck

MY FAVORITE BLOODY MARYS

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A little break from design today – in honor of St. Patty’s Day celebrations tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to round of some of my favorite Bloody Marys from around the city. This all started as a little research for a breakfast get together I’m having tomorrow. Naturally, I knew I had to have some sort of Bloody Mary bar because after looking back through my instagram account, I’m quite obsessed with the delicious morning cocktail.

Some of my favorites from around the city include Longman & Eagle, Rockit, Hubbard Inn, Trencherman and Joe’s Steak & Seafood. From shrimp cocktail to chunks of fresh cheese, meat and pickled vegetables – there are SO many good ones! I also came across this article of the most extreme Bloody Marys around Chicago, which is next on my list to try.

Do you like Bloody Marys? If so, what are some of your favorite garnishes? 

SNAPSHOTS

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It’s been a while since I’ve shown some snapshots; I figured the new year was a good time to get back into it. As you can see, it’s been quite cold around here – we’ve spent a LOT of time indoors cozied up on the couch. I recently started watching Scandal, which I’ve now finished 2 seasons in one weekend, it’s addicting!

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Bosco is pretty crazy about the snow, even in the negative temperatures he has no problem jumping through the 2 feet gathered up on our sidewalks. We had to buy him these woo pie cushion like booties to ensure he doesn’t freeze his little paws off.

Nick and I have been trying to eat healthier this past week, especially after the immense amounts of holiday treats. I found this recipe for kale and brussel sprouts during a quick search the other night and it was absolutely delicious. It’s great to throw over a grain or pasta as well.

A little better idea of what our street currently looks like. That’s after about 5 days of straight snowfall!

We’ve been enjoying these delicious chocolates my sister got us for Christmas. I love the packaging and cute graphics, not to mention they’re infused with a little alcohol :)

After almost three weeks away, it was such a nice surprise to come home to so many wonderful holiday cards, keep them coming!

THANKSGIVING SNAPSHOTS

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I’m so thankful that I got to spend the whole Thanksgiving weekend with my husband, Mom, Dad & sister. We had a lot of laughs, ate a LOT of food and enjoyed some quality time with each other.

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I found this great bouquet from Whole Foods to dress the table with. I love the color palette; it’s got deeper fall tones but still adds a fun pop of color.

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My Dad recommended we make this Gin & Camomile cocktail, it was AMAZING. Here is a similar recipe, we used tea bags and topped it off with a touch of mint.

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For dessert, I made an apple pie and tried this pumpkin pie recipe from Camille Styles – it was my first attempt at pumpkin pie and it turned out delicious! Surprisingly pretty easy to make. Another favorite is this cranberry sauce recipe, which I’ve now made 2 years in a row.

What was your favorite dish or drink from Thanksgiving?