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weekly snapshot: iphone photos

Sunday: I was the slide advanc-er at church... brought me back to my days at Community Covenant as the overhead projector girl. I must say: power point is a lot easier than switching out projector slides hoping they don't get out of order or fall off the table! I may or may not have done some doodles during the service...
 Tuesday: Hunger Games with my co-workers... The odds were in my favor and I LOVED IT!
 Wednesday: Small group FEAST at Kate and Peters. And by feast I mean; Korean ribs, salad, asparagus, potatoes, rolls, and this LOVELY chocolate amaretto cake. They really out did themselves. It was such a blast to share a meal together and finish the book we have been studying all year. I love these pictures!

 Thursday: (top) Andrew and Kate came downtown and met me for lunch! What a treat! (bottom) Lincoln Square wine stroll-- This was an absolute BLAST and I am already excited for next year. We sipped, strolled, and tasted our way through Lincoln Square. So fun.

It was a g…

Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Phew! What day is it? We have had another whirlwind week despite my efforts to slow down a little.... Maybe next week??? Oh well! So much fun was had it doesn't really matter.
Last night we had a dinner party with Joel, Megan, Caleb, Emily and us. It was so fun to hang out and eat dinner together and catch up. I made a 'Laurel Print Staple Dessert'. This dessert is fantastic because:
You make it the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight-- which means: 1 less thing to prepare on the day of your dinner party.There is no baking involved.It only requires 6 ingredients I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

2 (3.5 oz.) boxes vanilla instant pudding 3 c. milk 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip Graham crackers
Topping: 1/3 c. cocoa 1 c. sugar 1/4 c. milk 1 stick butter (or margarine) 1 tsp. vanilla
For the filling: Mix pudding and milk; beat. Stir in Cool Whip. Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9x13" dish. Spre…

monday green beans.

Have you ever made roasted green beans? They are so tasty. I made some with our taco's tonight-- I don't know if they went together very well, but I had to use them up. Full of flavor, and incredibly easy- make these today! Spread green beans on a baking sheet. drizzle with EVOO, pepper, garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 for 15 mins until tender. ENJOY!

Things I am looking forward to:

seeing the Hunger Games tomorrow! woooooooooohooooooooooo! There is nothing better than the movies. I can't wait until 5pm tomorrow to walk out of the Hyatt and across the river to the theater.
Yesterday Sten and I bought a bench for our table on total impulse. We went into IKEA and left about 20 mins later with our new bench! So awesome. I love it and I can't wait to see it in use this weekend for our dinner party with Caleb, Emily, Joel and Megan! Pictures to come....

good morning. happy saturday.

I can't believe how fast this week went. Spring has sprung in Chicago in a BIG record setting kind of way, and I may have taken a little too much advantage of it. I didn't stop once this week. We had something every night. It feels so nice to wake up on a Saturday and just be. Sten slept in and I had some ripe banana's but no chocolate chips, which means I couldn't make my Banana Chocolate ChipMuffins. So I decided to make some good ole Banana Bread. 

I am absolutely in love with these new measuring cups from the Bernards. 

I googled "Banana Bread Recipe" and this was the first one that popped up. It had over 6,000 reviews and 4.6 out of 5 stars. It's a winner in my book too. The only thing I changed was add a little cinnamon and a little vanilla. mmmmm.

Banana Bread: adapted slightly from all recipes
2 C. Flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (opt)
1/2 C. butter
3/4 C. Brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla (opt)
2 1/4 C. ripe bananas- ab…

.greeeeeen river.

Check it off my 26 list! Done.  photo credit: Stenny.  We started our day by sleeping in, waking up to the sun, some coffee, and these delicious scones on my adorable new cake plate from Mim.   After some fuel, we hopped on our bikes for the 10 mile ride downtown.   After a quick stop for a photo op of our glorious city without a cloud in the sky, we got back on to finish our adventure.  Success! We found it! Can you see the Hyatt across the river? That's my work place!  Sten is smiling because we are finally off our bikes. :)
We left our bikes locked up and ventured into the skyline. I've never seen so much green. There were a million: people, strollers, headbands, leprechauns, dogs, and sunglasses..... Everywhere we went. We settled on lunch at Weber Grill (since I had a $20 Birthday coupon that expires tomorrow) and enjoyed our lunch to the MAX!  Extremely stuffed, we made the trek back to our bikes and sailed home and CRASHED! Combination of: sun, 20 mile bike ride and web…

Breakfast Burritos + Bikes!

Our first bike of the season!

Sun, warm sun! Sten and I continued our tradition and oiled up the gears, pumped up the tires and took our bikes for a spin this afternoon (7 days earlier than last year)! We loved it... It brought me right back to summer when we would hop on our bikes and head straight to Foster beach for a day in the sun, aaaaaaah, can't wait for those days!
Sten is on Spring Break right now, and he was planning on going camping with a buddy. I wanted to send the boys with some breakfast burritos to enjoy before hitting the river, so Sunday night we whipped up a batch, and it's so easy and delicious, I thought I'd share.
All wrapped up and ready for the open fire!  potatoes, peppers and onions  add the eggs.  top with cheese  and watch it melt!  divide it up wrap it in a flour tortilla and seal it in foil. These can be kept in the fridge for a couple days, or frozen for a couple months. To warm them up wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30-60 secs…

Curry Chicken, J + M, and lots of sunshine in March.

I was so excited for my sister to come visit. It has been a weekend for the books (or the blog)! After a little Chicago traffic Jessica and Mike arrived on Friday, just in time for some Pioneer Woman Chicken Curry.  This was a tasty dish, that was out of my comfort zone, but real delicious. After going out for Indian food a few weekends ago with some friends, I wanted to venture out on my own.... and I did! 
 onion, tomato, jalapeƱo, and lots of garlic  cooking the curry
Serve over rice.
This recipe, has many steps, and quite a few ingredients. You really have to commit to it. But-- it's worth it! Full of flavor, and a great dish if you're in the mood for something healthy, Indian, and delicious. I served with rice, garlic naan bread, and asparagus. We were stuffed! My counter is still dyed yellow from the curry powder (how do you get that out?).
I just love my sister. She gets me. She makes me calm, and spazzy all at the same time. She loves life, her husband and that little…

sunshine in the city + iPhone photos.

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I cannot believe tomorrow is Friday- this week was just one big blur, in a good way! Highlights:
I had Tuesday off and instead of being responsible and getting things checked off my list, I took full advantage of the first glimpse of Chicago spring. I capped off the night by sitting outside on my co-workers porch drinking champagne and eating dark chocolate caramels and chatting- for hours.I moved into my new desk at workDiscovered Scrubbing Bubbles and it changed my life! Best purchase of 2012. It literally does the work for you.Running outside again. I don't know if you can read that sign or not, but it says 73 degrees. I don't know if it's correct or not, but I'll take it! It's been a wonderful week, and I cannot wait for my sister and bro-in-law to come tomorrow! I am making a Pioneer Woman recipe for their arrival and I am looking forward to trying a new restaurant and going to see Sten preach on Sunday.
xo. e

Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs.

Happy Sunday... Next week at this time I will be sitting in church listening to Stenny give a sermon with my sis and brother in law next to me-- sounds like perfection! I have a lot of fun things planned for this week and then BAM come Friday at 6pm Jessica and Mike will be turning onto Christiana Ave and buzzing up. Can't wait to see her baby bump!!!! Aye aye! Can it be Friday already?!

I am on the hunt for some good crockpot recipes and I struck gold with this. Healthy, extremely fast and so tasty this will be a staple for sure.
I made this yesterday and our home smelled like a warm Italian kitchen.

Do you see that steam... pipping hot!

super easy. Recipe adapted slightly from Skinnytaste ... Love this blog.

Meatballs: 20 oz (1.3 lb) ground turkey breast  1/4 cup panko bread crumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped 1 egg 1 large clove garlic, minced 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 T fresh basil 1 tsp salt and pepper
Sauce: 1 tsp Olive oil 4 garlic cloves…