Glazed Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

There is a gloom that has fallen on Chicago. The sun refuses to shine and there is a haze that sticks heavy on everything.

Baking saves me when the gloom takes over. It brings the sunshine in and I forget that the warm days of summer are gone and the days of hibernation are looming.

I recommend you grab the ingredients for these cookies and make them asap. I brought a bunch of them to my yoga studio and they were gone within the hour. They are fluffy and sweet with a spicy chai flavor from the pumpkin pie spice. They are just slightly pumpkin flavored and the perfect treat for fall! They have vegetables in them so they count as at least one serving of veggies!


Tomorrow is an exciting day for the Evon family. My favorite human is entering into the last year of his twenties. How is it possible that I have known him for a decade? Someone please explain the speed at which life goes by?!

Tomorrow is also an incredible day because Mikey gets to spend his birthday watching the Cubs play a very important game…I won’t say any more about that because I get too nervous.

Needless to say I’m going to spend the night making a cheesecake for him. It was his request. ACTUALLY the specific request was to “Make a cheesecake like the one your Mom makes”. So, props to you, Donna (I know you’re reading this). Thanks for:
A. making the best desserts
B. texting me all morning with answers to my questions
C. being “on call” with all the questions I (and everyone you know) always have about baking
OH, and also,
D. for teaching me everything i know ;)

So, as I feel all sentimental about all the things tomorrow, I’m also going to go and eat 12 of these cookies so I can get my daily vegetable intake as well as eat my feelings on this gloomy day.

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Fall is in Chicago.

I’m ready, I suppose. I refuse to do the closet swap out just yet (when you live in a small space you have to pack away your clothes by season). Especially because typically I’ll swap everything out and then it will either get really warm or really cold the following week and we won’t have the proper clothes (So maybe I should swap them so we have another week of warm weather)! Even though it’s a hassle to put everything away it’s a great way to toss out the clothes you didn’t wear all season (or for the past two…or three…and still can’t part with even though you didn’t wear it).

I’ve been a bit scattered this week after returning home from Denver (where my bro-in-law WON an award for his Pilsner at Great American Beer Festival!!!?!?!). I think the fact that my schedule is still not set has me a little frazzled and out of it. I meant to do some cooking/baking and blog but I ended up cleaning my fridge (for 3 hours) and am still in the process of super-cleaning my house.

BUT, I have made some time for this lately post because I miss you all as well as my routine (It doesn’t feel like Friday and my heart skipped when I realized it!).

I hope you’re all having a great week and that you are mentally and/or physically prepping for the inevitable change of weather that is upon us. I literally feel like it was two months ago when I posted about pumpkin spice lattes but it was already a year ago. Crazy. How much has changed since then!

Since I’m feeling in a fallish mood, here are some cozy things I’m loving on lately!

Ramen is of course one of my top favorite foods, and this recipe does not disappoint. I made this ramen last winter and the entire day of prep/cooking was well worth it. The fatty and funky broth is just the thing to warm your soul! I am actually wondering if I posted this same recipe in a lately post because I love it so much…oh well! Make it and enjoy it!


Mikey and I are slowwwllyyyy making our back living space into a more casual space and I think these Moroccan floor pillows would look amazing back there! Our house is pretty modern and so I feel like something with texture would help that room feel a bit more cozy.


This recipe is similar to my decadent hot chocolate I shared with you last year. I love the dark edit of the photo as well as that giant marshmallow! Makes me want to curl up in front of a fireplace with a giant mug of this tasty hot coco000ede0525f87cb60ff588259deffb90

Flannel season is every season for me…but if you’re unsure how to style your flannel for the season, or looking to buy a new flannel, this guide shows you 15 different outfits to wear and sport your favorite lumberjack flannel. 059d29d437c96a518274bb590d77dad8

I love warm cheesy bread. Add cheese to a carb and voila, it’s my favorite. This garlic, herb and cheese pull-apart bread has my name written all over it. I would disgust you with the amount (the entire thing) of this bread I could devour. I’m hungry right now and all I want to do is mangia some cheesy garlic bread!


Vanilla Layer Cake with Raspberries and Mascarpone Frosting

This is THE cake of your dreams. I promise.

I never want to make and then consume another cake or frosting ever again. This cake is too good. I saw a cake like this and loved how pretty it was but couldn’t find a recipe that I liked. I looked for months. Then finally, I found it. With a few little tweaks I’ve found what is the best white cake/frosting combo of all time. You choose the fruit/filling of your choice and I promise you dreams will come true.


The older I get the more I like fruit with my dessert (I literally remember being so annoyed when all the old church ladies would bring lemon bars and fruit desserts to all the potlucks and now I’m starting to get it. Plus there’s the diabetes I guess…). Don’t get me wrong, fruit certainly isn’t a necessity in my desserts. I literally just sat on the couch and ate an entire sleeve of graham crackers dipped in Nutella while binge watching Netflix. Damn you Netflix for nurturing my bad habits. Fruit desserts just seem to be creeping their way higher and higher on my list (but it’s fruit which means it’s healthy).

I just had a terrifying realization…I was about to reminisce about how it’s totally cool to devour garbage foods while binge watching Netflix because winter is on the way and that means I can hide myself under sweaters and baggy clothes…wrong!! I have to wear yoga clothes and be an example of health…what have I done!?

JK…(for the most part).  Yoga is the greatest thing ever and it actually helps me eat way healthier when I know I am headed to class or to teach! But even yoga isn’t going to stop me from eating all the cake at all times of the morning, day and night!

Aren’t you obsessed with these pictures. The raspberries look sooooooo pretty. And seriously this cake tastes even better than it looks!


And then you slice into it…and it is filled with even more beauty. More raspberries and MORE frosting. This frosting is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I ate that on graham crackers too…and then I ran out of grahams so I just switched over to regular crackers. I HAVE A PROBLEM.

You could also mush up the raspberries for the middle/filling of the cake if you wanted more raspberry in every bite. You could also just do a layer of jam or a homemade sauce throughout this layer (or chocolate/caramel)…the list goes on and on!

Whether you’re looking for a cake for a party or celebration or just feel like making a cake for no reason (that’s what I did), I recommend you try this recipe as soon as possible. It’s delicious! And no one has to know if you eat the entire thing on the couch while binge watching Netflix. I promise you won’t be the first….


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This was my last full week of real-life work.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

If you would have told me 4 months ago after I finished my teacher training that I would actually be able to quit my job and teach full time yoga I would have hugged you and then punched you in the face. I’ll admit it was the goal/dream, but now that it’s the reality I don’t know what to think. It’s starting to sink in and I am so excited/fearful at the same time.

There is excitement in the unknown. There are so many opportunities and I can’t wait to get out there and discover them. There is also so much fear of the unknown and failure. I have an incredible support system but my mind can be my worst enemy at times. Yoga has taught me so much, but there are times I can’t get out of my head and the doubt rushes in and I feel paralyzed in my own thoughts. Trying to practice what I preach can be the hardest thing sometimes!

Mikey rolled his ankle last night and it totally brought me back to last year at this time when I had my sprain and was forced to be patient and take time to rest my body, which caused my head to spin temporarily. We get so caught up in what we should be doing, what everyone else is doing, or what they have and how we want it. It makes me so sad to think of the moments that pass by that I don’t even see because I’m thinking about what’s next.

Mikey is doing well, btw. He’s an ankle-sprain veteran and we did the ice/ibu/air cast routine last night and he is now off to work (with a mad hobble). It’s amazing how it can take life bringing you to your knees before you actually open your eyes and take a look around. Sometimes we have to be forced to change our perspective in order to learn, grow and then take the next step.

I’m so excited for this next step. I’m excited to bring you all along with me as well and promise to keep you updated on the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m sure there will be plenty of all of it! I hope you’re doing well, my friends. Thanks for the sweet notes, comments and encouragement along the way! This little blog has become a support system for me and I thank all of you so much for sticking with me!

Cheers to the weekend! Lets look at some beautiful pictures of the things I’m loving lately!

I found this beautiful food styling blog and fell in love with all the food pics, especially this yummy bun and coffee. There is nothing I love more than a buttery carb!

The mountains are calling and we have answered. Mikey and I are headed to Denver next week for our second annual trip to the Great American Beer Festival where Mikey’s brother will be representing as head brewer of Dry Dock Brewery. We are crossing our fingers for some medals for him and his team!! We are also looking forward to spending some time hiking, eating, and drinking amazing beer with family and friends!


Well isn’t that cute.

An ice cream cone with a disco ball on it. Love it. Do you think if you eat the disco ball you’ll poop glitter?


Fall is coming. It’s still hot, but there is a slight breeze at night that suggests the change of season ahead. I’ll admit that I am ready for more sweaters/hats/fall beer…but I’ll also admit that I am not ready for sitting al fresco to end. I’m not ready for tanned shoulders and walking barefoot outside to be over….BUT, when it does end, I want to wear this outfit and go apple picking (so basic of me).


Last but not least, homemade creme fraiche. With some figs and cheese and honey and things. YUM. These are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.


Sriracha Lime Corn Salad

Corn is my favorite. The only time I met a corn dish I didn’t like was the time it was in my ice cream. I’ve tried it like, 3 times. I can’t do it.

This salad, however, is the thing dreams are made of. Plus, it’s spicy. Sriracha is one of my favorite flavors/spices. The salty and sweet Cotija cheese is a delicious addition and the corn is fried up to perfection.


Remember a year ago when I had that lip surgery? I don’t know how much I talked about it…it was embarrassing. It basically went a little something like, “I love corn on the cob. I’m going to chomp a hugeeee bite into this corn. Oh crap, I just bit into my lip so hard”…that lead to A. a bloody lip and B. an invasive surgery to remove a swollen salivary gland. It was fun…

This time of year seems to be my injury prone time of year. Maybe it’s the change in weather (doubt it). Maybe it’s the lack of sleep/too much fun all summer and my body is shutting down (probably). All I know is that last year there was the lip, then as soon as that healed I rolled my ankle while jogging and I still have random pain from that…PLUS, last night I stepped on a piece of glass and I can’t really walk very well…SOMEONE LOCK ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ARRIVES AND DON’T LET ME OUT UNTIL OCTOBER. Does anyone else feel my pain (not literally)??? But for real, does anyone else have like, a more injury prone type of year? Is this a thing? Or is it just me (I have a strong feeling it’s just me). I’m going to go into a padded room until October 1. If you need me you now know where to find me…

But until I hibernate, and now that I’m a year healed from the lip fiasco and can eat solid foods again, I am back on my corn game (I was never really off of it. The “incident” couldn’t keep my love for corn at bay).

This is an amazingly easy and TASTY corn salad that I could eat in one sitting by myself easily. It’s quick to make and could be adjusted with other herbs, spices and veggies to taste. You can serve it warm or cold and it honestly packs a punch from all the Sriracha. We loved it.

I discovered this recipe on food52, one of my favorite places to find recipes as well as beautiful gifts and interesting articles.


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