Low Calorie awesome double chocolate chip muffins

I haven’t made muffins in a long time! I used to make a different kind of muffin every week. Since it’s an easy go-to breakfast on a busy morning, I love creating new recipes that are lower in calorie, but still taste good so I can avoid the bakery on my way to work! These…

Back to reality

It’s hard to get back into the swing of things after being off work for 5 days! My Mom is back home from the hospital after a routine surgery – my niece Hannah came in this weekend to help out – thanks Hannah! Yesterday I made a HUGE pot of turkey soup – it was…

Happy Day After Turkey Day!

I hope everyone got their fill of gravy, turkey and mashed potatoes! I sure did. I love this time of year, being off work and spending time with family. This years Thanksgiving will be a different kind of memory. My Mom is recovering in the hospital from a routine surgery (she’s going to be just…

Happy Thanksgiving week!/Spicy chipotle acorn squash soup

It doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is right around the corner! My kids only have to go to school today and tomorrow and I will be off for a 4 day weekend so I am super excited about that. I tried a new recipe that was a take off of a recipe I saw here…

Hutong – Oak Park/Opening Nov. 21st!

I work at an architecture firm that designs restaurants (www.ariainc.com) so one of the perks I get sometimes is getting to go to a pre-opening tasting/practice before the restaurant actually opens to the public. Today I got to go to a local restaurant in my hometown called HUGTONG. What does Hutong mean? A hutong is…

Birthday Dinner/belated BSI post by ROZ!

Today is my daughter Claire’s 10th birthday!!! 🙂 I can’t even believe it’s been 10 years since I gave birth to that wonderful girl. When I got pregnant with Claire, I had 2 boys. Paul was 4 and Mark was 2. We pretty much were going to stop at three no matter what, but I…

BSI – results and a winner!

Thanks to everyone who contributed this week to BSI! The secret ingredient I picked was CRANBERRY. Here they are in no particular order… Debbi contributed the above recipe – you can check out the recipe on her site HERE Renee submitted Broccoli, Cranberry & Pepper salad. Check out her recipe HERE My twin sister Biz…

11/11/11

Happy Friday everyone!! It’s 11/11/11!! Last night on our local Chicago news they had a girl who was turning 11 today – I think she should play those numbers in the lottery when she gets older! 🙂 I can’t believe how fast the end of the year is coming. My daughter Claire turns 10 on…

Stir fry with peanut sauce for 1

So my plan this week is to make great food so I’m not tempted by all the treats at work. I love making food that is filling and a good serving size but still watching calories and I always go to a stir fry for that. I normally buy House of Tsang brand peanut sauce…

BSI is back!

For those of you who haven’t participated in BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient), it’s a cooking challenge where a different host every week chooses an ingredient and if you decide to participate, you submit a link to the post on your site or a picture and the recipe. For a complete list of the rules, check…