Lately

Hello Beautiful!
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Can I get an ‘Amen? What a week. I have noticed a trend among my fellow friends and community and it seems like this has been a long and tiring week. BUT we made it and now we can take the weekend to recharge the batteries.

I plan to recharge mine tonight with a night in on my couch, some warm tea and a movie. Tomorrow we are going to spend some time with friends carving pumpkins and enjoying fall festivities. I feel like Mikey and I are constantly saying that we are going to slow down in the fall and I honestly think (and hope) that this is the start of the slow down. Let the healthy diet and exercise really start (fingers crossed) and spend more time relaxing and less time traveling and socializing.

I am excited for more time to bake and cook! I feel like it has been a year since I spent an entire day baking and cooking and I can’t wait to spend some time with my giant stack of new recipes!

No matter if fall is your busy season or if you too feel like you are slowing down now after a whirlwind summer, make sure that you find time to reflect on the season that passed. Good and bad, be thankful for the change that comes with each season as a sort of new beginning. Time to start a new hobby, mend an old friendship or create new relationships. Maybe you form a new routine, like going to get donuts and coffee every Saturday or reading 1 chapter of that book everyone has been reading. Whatever it is, make time for it. Make time for family, friends and always, always, make a little time to treat yo’self.

Like, especially treat yourself to donuts. Preferably like the picture below, drizzled with chocolate and STUFFED with peanut butter.

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I love hats. I have a few hats (Mikey has way more) in my collection and I always wish that I wore them more. Now that I’m a yoga teacher I rock the sweaty bun most days, but often a hat is needed to cover up the mess of hair that appears after the sweaty hi-bun. I love the whole street style look with an edgy hat. So cute.

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Warm drink season is here. I have not had it, but hear that Hot Buttered Rum is the best treat in the world. I’m going to make some tomorrow and I can’t wait. A drink that includes butter seems like a genius idea.

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From afar this looks like a waffle. But really, it’s a Spaghetti Squash Fritter with Dill Yogurt Sauce. Yeah. Sounds great, right? Also healthy. Squash season is the best. I loveeeeeee to cook in the fall.  My favorite thing is to load up on seasonal fruits and veggies and mix them all together in new and exciting ways. You better believe I’m going to dig out my waffle iron and give these babies a go!

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I’m typically drawn to all white everything when it comes to living spaces. BUT, I also love the contrast of super dark everything as well. I love this boho inspired room with the bright pops of color. It’s so unexpected and cool. I just want to become this homeowners friend so they invite me over for super fancy pizza and PBR. Then the neighbor from down the hall would come and play his guitar and it would get weird, but still feel cool because of the decor…(I think I watch too much tv).  ff75b9cd44a9307656d4511126688763

Kale & Broccoli Detox Salad

I think a detox salad is in order.

After finishing my 3 day juice cleanse last week I did really well until the weekend came and then I fell off the wagon. 
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I was up at my parents house in WI, what do you expect?! I needed to eat cheese curds, beef sticks and drink delicious beer. It’s what you do there.

After having an awesome weekend I am back on track to some healthy foods from the earth. Simple to prep and so tasty and satisfying. This salad will honestly boost your energy levels. You will feel super energized and like you are ready to carpe freakin’ diem!

You can always sub out any veggies or nuts/dressing ingredients that you don’t like. I love to add tahini do my dressing as well for a bit more of a nutty flavor.

Check out Norman in the picture below (and also at the very bottom). He is ALWAYS trying to photo bomb my pictures. I typically stand on a chair/couch/table on one foot using the other foot to try and block him from deep-diving into my food. I literally don’t know how else to teach a cat to stay off the table and counter. I yell, chase, spray, smack and make every single other sound and motion humanly possible to try and scare him and he just stares at me like I’m a crazy person (he’s not wrong).

But, he is my fur baby and at times I will give him a scrap or two (unlike Mikey who thinks that everything he eats needs to be shared with Norm).

I follow my Mother-In-Laws suggestion and try to get as many colors on my plate and into my diet every day. This salad is no slouch and has so many colors and nutrients to leave you feeling healthy and ready to take whatever the world wants to toss your way!

Hope you’re all doing amazingly well. Sorry the Lately post’s have been M.I.A as of late. I teach a yoga class Friday mornings now so my routine is a little different and I am still getting in to the swing of things. I promise to try my hardest to keep those babies comin ‘attcha as often as I can! Happy hump day and, oh yeah, GO CUBS GO!!!!!

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Classic New York Style Cheesecake (With Mixed Berry Sauce)

I made this masterpiece for Mikey’s birthday. 
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OK, so maybe it’s not a masterpiece to you…but to me it was!

It was his only request and I’ll be honest, I was nervous.
I’ve only ever made mini-cheesecakes and was very intimidated by the 3 plus pounds of cream cheese that were going into this sucker.

Thankfully it went off without a hitch and there were NO CRACKS!!! Sadly, this cake was served at night with poor lighting and I don’t have a picture (that is quality enough) to show you. But trust me, it was crack free!

This is the BEST cheesecake I’ve had. It is super light and fluffy but at the same time so rich and decadent. The mixed berry sauce helps cut through that rich, creamy cheese and the slightly salty crust is the final touch. I would probably double the crust next time and press it halfway up the sides of the pan (because I’m obsessed with graham cracker crust) but you do you!

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I saw somewhere that it’s national dessert day! HAPPY NATIONAL DESSERT DAY!!

I’m doing a juice cleanse…so editing this post and looking at these pictures and thinking about dessert is NEARLY KILLING ME. But, I’m on the last day (day 3) and I am glad to say I’m almost through. I can’t wait to chew something!

Mikey had a great birthday. We sang and ate cheesecake and watched the Cubs bring home a win. It was a great day celebrating my favorite human and the fact that he loved the dessert was all I needed 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying this day, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE eat some dessert for me!!!! DSC_0097
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The cheese stands alone.
Literally. It can be eaten plain. It’s soooo good.

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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!


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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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Lately

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!

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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.

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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!

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