Browse Month by May 2016

My Packed Lunch


Like many people, I pack a lunch nearly every day. This involves planning ahead to ensure I have everything I need to assemble a nutritious and flavorful lunch, along with snacks, and occasionally breakfast. Over the past few years I’ve become more and more creative with my lunches, but return to the classics time and again. I want my meals to be filling and easy to prepare, and typically put everything together the night before, making it easy to bag it all up and go once morning comes.

The purpose of this series is to share some of my packed lunches – ones that are creative, especially delicious, different, or just plain good. I know many people who pack lunch, and I love seeing what others carry in their lunchboxes and coolers – some of my best ideas come from seeing what others choose to bring for their midday meal.

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Baking, Bananas, and Birds

Another big week on the cake pop front, so that means a lot of baking. And also a lot of bananas. And Birds.cake pop 3

We experimented with a new flavor (yum!) called Banana Cream made to taste like a banana cream pie. I topped it off with some graham cracker crumbles–a nice touch if I do say so myself 😉

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Also new this week: Angry Birds!

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To be honest, I had never heard of the game before a mother asked us to make them for her son’s birthday party (apparently I am really out of the loop…or so I am told).

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I did some research, and apparently this game is getting over 60,000 downloads a day. Holy wow! Where have I been?!

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……Ok, I can’t resist! I made these flowers last week but I think they are too cute not to share!


Flowers for a school luncheon! Perfect for spring 🙂

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Some more cake pop experimenting is going on in the kitchen within the next couple weeks. I will (of course) keep you updated 😉 (Hint: DC Comics. Any guesses?!)

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A Tourist In My Own City

I love visitors. I love it even more when these visitors happen to be some of my best friends from New York.

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Ninia and David came to Chicago to visit me about a week and half ago. They had never been, so it was my rightful duty as a Chicagoan to show them everything that the Windy City has to offer. I have to admit I probably wasn’t the best tour guide–growing up, I never took it upon myself to check out a lot of Chicago’s landmarks so I was content on being a tourist right along side them.

We first stopped at the Sears Tower (I know it’s called the Willis Tower now, but to me, it will forever be known as the Sears Tower. To all those who detest, I simply reply, “Whatchu talkin’ about Willis?”) I had never been to the top floor, and while I look happy in the picture above, I was actually petrified that I was going to fall right through that glass.

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