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The comeback of Thursday Things

Published on December 5, 2013, by in Update.

Where has the Thursday Things series been? Honeymooning and holidaying. It’s back today, but I am toying with the idea of making it the Friday Five and focus on 5 categories each week. What do you guys think? I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks and I know that a red cocktail is a no-no at a party, but I couldn’t resist how festive this cranberry margarita looked. I want one! A perfect finger food to enjoy while sipping that drink? These Nutty blue cranberry rounds. Cheese and nuts are always a winning combination! The dessert at my grandparent’s Christmas dinner was always ice cream. They would usually have 2-3 flavors and I would always go for the peppermint stick. That memory really makes me want to make this: Every year my mom used to make Christmas candies to take to the teachers at his school. I remember her

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BBQ pineapple chicken wraps

Published on November 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

These are a satisfying but easy throw together lunch or dinner. I spread a little bbq sauce and mayo on a wrap shell. I’m not a huge fan of mayo, but I don’t know what it does when it mixes with the bbq sauce and pineapple in this wrap, but it’s a little magical. Then I added some shredded mozzarella and some sharp cheddar. Layer on some cooked chicken and fresh pineapple. Add lettuce and any other veggies you want. I would suggest tomato and cucumber. Roll it up. Stick a toothpick on each side. Slice down the middle. Serve with healthy sides.

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Weekend wrap-up

Published on October 28, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

On Thursday night(because that was pretty much considered the start of the weekend when I was in college), I made KERF’s baked pumpkin oatmeal bites. They were only alright. I thought they were quite bland and I even added cinnamon. I substituted chopped dates because I couldn’t find my raisins. I’m eating them because they are low-calorie and healthy, but I probably won’t be making them again. Brian isn’t even interested in them. Friday night I went to the gym. My favorite zumba instructor told us in class on Tuesday that there would be an additional class on Friday. I thought it started at 6. Nope, it started at 6:30. I also realized that this class was added because of a special Halloween night they were having at the gym. There were going to be children in costumes Zumba-ing with me. No thank you. That and not wanting to wait

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I’m baaaack!

Published on October 7, 2013, by in Recipes.

Hey everyone! How do you feel about the new Spatoola? I’m pretty pumped about some of the new upgrades. It’s almost finished. Yay! More importantly, I am excited to be able to blog again. What have I been up to since I last blogged? I made some take out fake out sesame chicken that was ah-mazing.   We were out of coffee creamer, so I made a pumpkin spice latte with real pumpkin..   These delicious no-rise orange cinnamon rolls. No-rise means they are ready in a flash!   Brian was having a friend over to watch some TV and I realized a little too late that we were out of tortilla chips, so I baked some out of corn tortillas. Easy and much healthier.   After making some chili, I decided to use some to make myself a chili cheese baked potato. So satisfying and filling!   I declared

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Holiday weekend

Published on July 8, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Maybe it wasn’t technically a holiday weekend, but with the 4th falling so close to the weekend, it seemed like one. Thursday we had a few people over to grill out and enjoy the back yard. There was a ton of food and festivities(maybe a little too much for some of us). We now have oodles of left overs that I have been trying to recreate into other dishes so that we aren’t eating burger after brat after burger. Saturday I woke up at 5:15am and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I headed up and did some work in the garden and headed to water aerobics, only to learn that it started at 11am, not 10am. I didn’t want to wait around so I headed home and started creating some calzone dough. I made two different fillings, one being ground taco meat, corn and black beans with cheddar cheese

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Fun and fantastic

Published on June 10, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This past weekend was awesome. The weather was great and Brian and I ended up doing some spontaneous things and really taking advantage of the city. Something I need to do more often. That’s why I live here, right? Brian took me out to dinner on Friday night because our fridge was bare! We hadn’t really gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks and we had been squeaking by on pantry staples and freezer meals all week. The upside to this was that, our fridge was bare. How is that an upside? It was the perfect opportunity to pull everything out and wipe down the shelves. A task that was long over due! Look at its glowing beauty afterwards: After my speed cleaning fridge session, I headed out the door to walk to meet Brian for dinner. The weather was perfect for eating dinner outside and this place had a patio(no

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Meal Planning 101

Published on May 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about meal plans. I’ll give you a run down about how I plan our meals. Brian and I pack and take our lunches to work most days of the week. It’s way cheaper and healthier. Even if you are getting an inexpensive meal out, just keep in mind that restaurants charge you at least 3x or more what it costs them to make it. Meaning: You can make it sooo much cheaper at home. Let’s do the math. If you spend $5 on lunch everyday eating out(which if you live in Chicago you spend more), that means that it’s costs that restaurant at most $1.66 to make your meal. So $5 x 5 days per week is $25 per week on lunches. If you made that same thing at home for $1.66 x 5 days a week, you would have spent $8.33.

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Pumpkin pizza dough and bbq chicken pizza

Published on May 4, 2013, by in Recipes.

I love the blog {Never} homemaker. She is constantly being creative with what she has. Which, I try to do, but she seems to do it much better. I recently planned to make a hybrid of her Pumpkin Garlic Knots and Pesto Garlic Knots by making Pesto Pumpkin Garlic Knots. So, I made the dough. And then I let it rise. I put half of the batch in the freezer to use later(genius to have spare bread/pizza dough on hand) and went to grab my pesto out of the fridge. Uh oh. There wasn’t near enough left to make the pesto garlic knots. But there was enough left for me to make a delicious flat bread(you know, less surface area to cover than multiple knots). So, that’s what I did. I pressed the dough out real thin, spread some pesto on it, topped with slices of tomato and a nice blend

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Spring

Published on April 29, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This weekend’s weather made it feel as if spring has finally arrived. This made me extremely happy. I spent as much of Saturday outside as possible. I was outside almost straight from 8-4 then 6-7. I couldn’t get enough of the weather! This led me to walking most of my errands and I walked a total of 9-10 miles. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a tan. I started out the day by heading to Cafe Tola on Southport and Addison. I had walked by a week or two ago and they had some delicious looking donuts in the front window(they also make fresh empanadas daily). Getting there before 8 gave me the pick of the batch and I got a maple bacon and a red velvet cake donut for Brian and a big cup of strong coffee for myself.  The sun was so warm that the frosting melted a little on

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A healthier enchilada

Published on February 15, 2013, by in Recipes.

I have professed my love for Mexican food several times over. One thing I rarely order or make is enchiladas. Mostly because they aren’t that healthy. And they have such little nutritional value. So I decided to cook them up at home to try to make them a little healthier. There is the never-ending battle between the flour and corn tortilla in our house. Brian likes the flour, I like the corn. I am still trying to limit my gluten intake and corn have way fewer calories than flour. So this is a tale of two different plates of enchiladas. So start by making the enchilada filling. And preheat your oven to 350F. I added about a half tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet on medium to medium-high heat. Once hot, I sautéed one small onion(diced) until it starts to soften and turn glassy. Then I added in

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