Sunday, April 5, 2015

Favorites for Spring

None of my favorites for spring are healthy or spring-like, but I just thought it's time to tell you a few new things I loved anyway!

Cookie Butter is taking over the world, and these sandwich cookies were of course, awesome! But don't eat too many at once... lots. of. butter. And I actually just bought cookie butter cheesecake bites, so they definitely know how to market this stuff to people like me who want to try EVERYTHING!

Coffee AND donuts?!?! I  had to buy this ice cream to try, and it was pretty good. I would still rather have a real donut and real coffee I think.
Okay don't make fun of me, but I LOVE the cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster. I always am trying to go there for dinner, but nobody wants to go since the rest of their food kind of sucks! So this is a nice substitute, even thought it's still not the same...but I think the main part that makes it taste the same is the garlic and herb packet that you mix in the melted butter and spread all over the biscuits. You really have to slather them with butter, too, if you want them to taste like the restaurant version!

I went to the Oberweis store for the first time last year with Emily and Emily, and have been obsessed with their chocolate ice cream since then! I might have even written about it already in another post... but whatever. It's still one of my favorite ice creams because the chocolate is not too rich and it's so creamy. I'm sad I might not be able to eat it once we move out of Chicago!

I really love dill, but it's not a very common herb. I'm so glad they made these triscuits, because it helps cure my dill craving! I usually eat it with tuna or chicken salad scooped on, or with chunks of cheese on top.


One of my favorite brunch places in Chicago is Over Easy in Lincoln Square. There is always a 30+ minute wait, though. So I took a random Tuesday off work to go dress shopping with my friend Amy, and I figured it would be the perfect day to go there so there isn't a wait! I wish I could do that every week! This Bananas Foster french toast is my favorite thing to get, plus some of their amazing Julius Meinl coffee.
Not a favorite, but I did Silks class with my friend Sharyn, and it was really fun, but also really hard! I could not climb up very high, and my upper body was so sore the next day. I actually pulled a muscle/hamstring in my upper back thigh, and they made me report it as an injury! I'm not as young and flexible as I used to be I guess.

Of course my favorite puppy of all time has so show up in this post.




Sunday, February 1, 2015

Winter and Wyatt

 Man, time flies! I always tell myself to update the good ol' blog, but never get around to it until a whole month later. Currently it's a blizzard outside, so today is the perfect opportunity to catch up. I haven't been doing a ton of baking since we traveled to Indiana for the holidays, and it's hard to bake something and bring it in the car with all our other crap, plus a dog! But on Christmas, I did make a breakfast casserole for the fam in my mom's kitchen, and it was so nice to have a huge kitchen with lots of counter space to use! I am really looking forward to the day I have a bigger kitchen. It will honestly make me less stressed when I cook and bake! 

I was able to sit and read while enjoying a french toast bagel with maple cream cheese and coffee while we were in Indiana at The Caffeinery. It was so nice to not have anywhere to be and relax.


This veal and beef ragu was delicious from Cafe Spiaggia, which is where former top chef Sarah Grueneberg worked for a while, and plus it's Obama's favorite restaurant, so that's cool. I've been wanting to go here for a while, so I'm glad I can cross it off the list! 
 

My friend Sharyn and I took a cake decorating class before Christmas, so we could maybe decorate something for the holidays (which didn't happen). I thought it was actually really informative! I'm not sure when the next time I will be decorating a cake, but when I do it will hopefully look semi-professional!



Here is another breakfast that I LOVED, and it's only a few blocks from our apartment at Cafe Selmarie. Cheddar Zucchini pancakes. It sounded risky, but tasted amazing. I want to go back for more, but they probably don't have it on the menu now since they always rotate things in and out.


One thing that I've been wanting to do for a while is see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and someone from work offered me a ticket for one of their Friday night concerts. Of course I accepted, and loved every minute of it! The theater is so pretty inside, and makes you feel like you've gone back in time. The orchestra is SO good, and it seems so effortless when they play.


We've been keeping busy with Wyatt, and he is such a baby sometimes but we love him anyway. He goes crazy in the snow! We took him outside today and he ran around and around and ate a bunch of snow.

  

We tried to see if he wanted to wear boxer shorts, but they didn't fit so well.


  

Wyatt and his best buddy Ruger loved playing together over the holidays, and he was so sad when we had to come back to Chicago.