Peppermint White Chocolate Teabag Cookies

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I recently went into Starbucks for my long awaited red cup of peppermint hot chocolate and to my disappointment, there was none to be found. The lady behind the counter looked confused and said, “Pfefferminze? Und Schokolade?” As if it isn’t the perfect combination. I obviously still can’t get over the lack of minty desserts […]

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Friday Fünf {swiss chocolate}

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I know I just talked about eating healthy, but basically I eat healthy most of the time so I can indulge in chocolate, and most recently; Swiss chocolate. Lately, I’ve had a lot of visitors, so I had to let them experience my favorite part about this city- the chocolate, of course. Let me give […]

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Nutella Brownie Bites

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Last week, Jon’s office threw us a celebratory “apero” for our recent nuptials. I thought it was just a casual happy hour, so I arrived fashionably late, per usual. As I arrived, everyone was sitting down in a circle and there was an empty seat at the head of the circle, next to Jon, waiting […]

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Thanksgiving Placecards Three Ways


This Thanksgiving is going to be quite an affair. The location is 81st and Columbus, at the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. The guest count is 30+, the menu is planned, rentals ordered, caterer ready, and the decor is in the works. The most interesting fact is that this will all be held in […]

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Pumpkin Pancakes

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I used to have plans every weekend. Not necessarily big plans, but I would go into the weekend knowing that my Saturday included yoga at 9:30, brunch with a girlfriend, shopping in the afternoon, and meeting friends for dinner/drinks that night. And Sunday would be similar, maybe including an open house or sports watching.

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Sour Cream Apple Bars

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Our friends, Colette and Jeffrey (you may remember his bloody mary’s), made a 2-day pit stop in Zurich on their vacation throughout Germany.  We haven’t had many guests yet, but I think after this past weekend, we have created a nice little routine for future visitors. Unsurprisingly, it involves a lot of food…both sweet and […]

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie

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I have this bad habit when I bake. I seldom read the directions in full before I start making the recipe. I mean, I have good intentions to do so, but my impatience gets the best of me and I just start baking. My mom did not understand this. I would mess up whatever I […]

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