lincoln square // flirty cupcakes

A new cupcake shop opened in our neighborhood a few weeks ago: Flirty Cupcakes in Lincoln Square. It’s an adorable little shop with a good variety of cupcakes. I love their display case and their overall vintage design. Although I’ll always be partial to Molly’s Cupcakes in Lincoln Park, these are a sweet temptation within walking distance!

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I had the Me Want Cookie Dough cupcake and Chris had the Peanut Butter Delight. Both were good, and left us wanting to try a different one of their delicious options next time.

Do you have a favorite cupcake shop? Do tell. When I travel, I always like to try cupcakes in different cities.


a day date

last week hubby & i had a little spontaneous day date while little dude went to daycare. i took a late lunch, so we started with brunch at one our favorite places – m.henry {see here and here}.

i’m used to ending the meal by saying, “i need to go to the restroom. can i go first? then i’ll come back, and you can go.” this little relay we do, with a little one in tow. well this time, hubby got all crazy and said — “wait. we can both use the restroom at the SAME TIME.” living on the edge here, folks.

then, we went … grocery shopping! oh, parenthood.

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what’s for dinner?

Making dinner for our little family is something that I enjoy doing. However, I need the recipes to be easy and quick since the window of time between work ending, daycare pickup, and Levi’s bedtime is minimal.

One of my go-to meals is one that I found via Pinterest {duh!}: white chicken enchiladas. I used this recipe, but made a few adjustments by adding black beans, corn, and swapping out monterey jack for sharp cheddar. After discovering that shredded cheese has the same ingredient used to treat fungal infections {natamycin}, we purchase block cheese and do our own shredding.

Hubby likes to add sour cream, salsa, and guacamole to his. I prefer mine without any extras. Levi, well, he just eats pretty much anything that involves black beans and cheese.

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six years.

Last weekend Hubby and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary with a dinner at Grange Hall Burger Bar. It’s our little tradition to celebrate with a nice dinner. Hubby has had his eye {appetite?} set on this little place for a while, so we thought we’d give it a whirl. Pretentious spots aren’t really our thing, anyway. This year we went two days early for an early dinner to avoid a long wait. We snagged an outdoor spot in some great weather.

Grange Hall Burger Bar is what happens when small-town-Americans and big-city-Urbanites have a baby. {Did that make any sense?} I adored it. It made me want to transplant myself into an episode of Friday Night Lights. Literally. From the country modern decor complete with mismatched napkins and flatware to the lunch-tray serving style, this place delivered the concept well. It literally feels like a slice of small town USA in the heart of the city.

As a farm-to-table establishment, their seasonal {fried} veggies and pies are a highlight. We shared: the fried veggies, macaroni and cheese, onion rings, burgers, and their homemade peanut butter and jelly ice cream. It was all delicious. We took home a strawberry-rhubarb pie with homemade whipped cream for the rest of the family.

When Hubby and I were first married, I often referred to him as my PFL:  “Partner for Life”. After six years of marriage, I can say that this has been an honest description of our life together. Partners growing, loving each other, and enjoying this life we have. Together. As any honest married person will admit – marriage is hard work. And it’s absolutely worth the effort.

Part-ner {noun}: a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor // either of two people who dance together

Cheers to us. And to small-town-Americans making babies with big-city-Urbanites.



Turkey Day Meal

Here are some snaps of our Turkey Day meal. The food was incredible. I prepared the turkey {the same as I have for the past two Thanksgivings}. Again, it was brined and roasted to perfection. Mom’s homemade apple pie, cheesy potatoes, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole were incredible {as always!}. I also made the stuffing {cranberry, fig, sausage} and cranberry-apple chutney. Both turned out incredibly delicious.

Overall, it was a great day spent cooking, baking, and spending time with family. So good. Now, I have to roll myself out of bed tomorrow morning to go back to work. Boo.