Creamy Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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The weather God is becoming seriously egotistical. OK we get it! We fully understand that you can bury my poor little puppy under a mountain of snow in .02 seconds. And that you think its funny when I trip on a deceptively mushy pile of snow and butt dive on Michigan Ave (high point - old lady behind me thought it was hilarious). WE KNOW. I think we should maybe treat the situation like dealing with a toddler....like maybe if we ignore him (and you groundhog!), this little snowstorm tantrum … [Read more...]

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

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PHEW. We survived the end of the world! According to my weather lady it actually ended twice. Three times? I can't remember. I was too busy drowning in my thermal pjs, XXXL sweatshirt that I could literally hibernate in, wool socks....fleece robe....occasionally I would peek out of one of the sleeves and beg a passerby for a cup of hot tea. Or the TV remote. Temps are back up to a balmy 30 degrees, but I'm not going to lie... -46 wind chill or 35 degrees I am a GIGANTIC weather wimp! If I was … [Read more...]

Favorite Recipes of 2013

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Out on the town toasting the holidays with my dad! Hi! It's me. Kristina... Remember??   I feel like I need to reintroduce myself after this long hiatus I've taken from blogging over the holidays! Things like sugar cookies, onDemand movie marathons, and literally doing nothing have gotten in the way of me being anything close to productive. I just shamelessly self tanned (little NYE prep - which may or may not have been a terrible decision, we'll see what color I turn tomorrow...) … [Read more...]

Favorite Minestrone Soup

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Whoa. It is COLD in Chicago today. Holy moly.   I left my makeup bag by the window last night and it literally turned my mascara into this thick goopy mess that makes my eyelashes look like tarantula legs on steroids. I'm going to need an ice pick to get out my moisturizer.   But the good thing about freezy cold days are that they make for the best cozy nights at home! One of my favorite parts of December is coming home after a long day of Christmas shopping in the cold, … [Read more...]

Hearty Minestrone Soup & Your Christmas Shopping Survival Guide!

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Alright ladies. Today I want to talk shopping... Somewhere between Black Friday and December 24th, shopping is no longer a leisure activity - it is a sport. Blood, sweat, and tears baby. My Starbucks latte is no longer just delicious, it is fuel. And yes, I am wearing sneakers.. with my skinny jeans. Because I will be walking around the mall for 4 hours looking for the perfect present and low heels will just slow me down. But with the busy parking lots, long lines, and mobs of people, Mrs. … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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There is something so comfortably satisfying about a big warm bowl of creamy tomato soup on a lazy Sunday. I have a presentation at my old high school this week and I think all the preparation has got me seriously nostalgic for some of my childhood favorites - Tomato Soup. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. White Keds. And my Malibu Barbie with...Gymanstic Barbie's head. I was just as OCD efficient at 5 yrs old as I am now. I didn't want to take the time to change Barbie's clothes.. so I would change … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Chili

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Tomorrow's my first official tailgate of the football season and I am SO¬†excited! A whole bunch of us are heading to the Notre Dame v. Michigan game at Notre Dame in the morning (some as early as 6:30am. Yikes!¬†Definitely not my car...). It's going to be a lot of fun - lots of people, lots of food, ...and lots of rain! (Boo on the rain reports! I really hope weatherchannel.com is lying)   Only problem... I didn't go to Michigan. Or Notre Dame. I went to University of … [Read more...]

Skinny Veggie Chili and Ask Ashley!

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I have an extra special post for you guys today! Not only am I introducing you to my fabulous veggie chili recipe... I'm also introducing you to the queen of fabulous - Whipped's resident dietitian, Ashley! She's been the secret machine behind my health topic posts (remember my Girl Power Bars, Probiotic Stir Fry, and White Bean Nicoise Salad recipe??), researching all things healthy and nutritious to help me put together some powerhouse recipes for you all! I wanted to take today to let … [Read more...]