MY 1,000TH POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I started my blog in April of 2008. If you would have asked me then if I would still be keeping up with this blog 5 1/2 years later, I’m not sure I would have thought so! Before I started this blog, I was reading other food blogs. One that inspired me the most was…

Ergonomic Lemon/Lime Juicer + Give-a-way!

I am a huge fan of kitchen gadgets. So when I found out about this really cool new product – a beautifully made lemon/lime juicer – I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s great for an at home cook who likes to entertain. How cool would it be for everyone to have their own little…

Great weeknight dinner – easy and delish!

I love when I don’t really know what I am going to make and it turns out so great! I will definitely make this again. I frequently buy Jennie-O Turkey Kielbasa I like using turkey kielbasa because it’s low in calories, I can add it to soups, stews, stir fry’s, etc… I wasn’t exactly sure…

Fast & Easy Way To Cook Dry Black Beans – in under an hour!

I almost never used to buy dried black beans because I thought it was such a pain to try to cook them. It’s so much cheaper to buy a big bag at the store vs. canned black beans. Luckily I have THE MOST INCREDIBLE COOKBOOK IN ALL THE LAND: Last year, Christopher Kimball came to…

Workout Routine for All-Weights Strength Training – Guest Post

In each move that we make involves the use of our muscles. The muscles are one of the unique body parts. They are able to contract, relax and make force. Muscles are metabolically active; hence the more muscles a body has, the more calories it uses during exercise and while at rest. The muscles respond…

Hasselback Potatoes

I’ve seen the hasselback potato recipe for a few years now and believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve made them! It couldn’t be easier. Just pre-heat your oven at 450 degrees. Take whatever type of potato you want. I used red potato, but you can use Yukon, Russet, or whatever you…

Chicago Gourmet 2013 – My volunteer experience!

Yep – that’s me – just hangin’ with Lorena Garcia and Art Smith! This year marks the 4th year of me volunteering for the amazing event Chicago Gourmet – held at Millennium Park in Chicago. The entrance to the event is right by the famous BEAN! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Low 70’s…

Chewy, low calorie, jumbo granola bars

I have a love/hate relationship with making granola bars over the years. Invariably I will find a recipe for a super awesome homemade granola bar – I will follow the recipe to a T – bake the bars – let them cool and then try to cut them into bars and it all falls apart…