Some Cheeky News

16 04 2014

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chee•ky (chē’-kē) adj. : definitively bold; impudent and saucy

I am SO excited to share that I am taking this show on the road- I am now a featured contributor over at Cheeky Chicago!

Cheeky is an online lifestyle magazine designed to connect the bold, fun and fabulous women of Chicago with exciting happenings all over the city and content to inspire you to be your cheekiest self.

My first article is an interview with life-pro Allie LeFevere who is helping women all over the world live their best lives. It went live this morning and you can check it out here.

I will, of course, be posting here daily but keep an eye on Cheeky Chicago as I will be popping up from time to time over there too! I am so appreciative of this blogging and writing community that has so graciously allowed me to share my words- thank you so much for reading.

Lots of love and Cheeky’ness,

Nina

 





12 04 2014

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It’s a Chicago miracle- sunshine and warmth!

Happy Weekend, all!





Quotable.

9 04 2014

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet





T-Minus

24 03 2014

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Ryan and I were grabbing a drink (and mussels, ohmygod the mussels) at Nico Osteria on Friday night when we realized it was exactly 3 months until our wedding. Cue a dash across the street to our standby favorite, the snagging of a table the perfect distance between the piano player and window and the ordering of bubbly and a Manhattan, respectively.

Not that we needed an excuse but saying I Do in t-minus 3 months seemed as good of an excuse as any for a little celebration.





Smitten Kitchen’s Red Wine Chocolate Cake

23 03 2014

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I have been feeling really under the weather this weekend. Blame it on the on and off snow we are still getting or the hot tolerable/cold temps, it’s been stuffy nose, copious amounts of tea, napping central over here. After digging into takeout lasagna from Rose Angelis, a leftover bottle of wine was staring me in the eye. I was feeling so badly that drinking it sounded terrible (tough times, I know) but I could cook with it.

10pm sounds like as good a time as any to bake a chocolate cake, right?

Smitten Kitchen can do no wrong and this red wine chocolate cake is no different. I hate red velvet cake, a ton of food coloring isn’t my jam, but the red wine gave it a red color and flavor that was a perfect balance of bitter (from the wine) and sweet (the chocolate) so it was basically what red velvet cake wants to be when it grows up. And given the late hour in which the cake was baked, the easiness of the recipe was a big plus.

Also a plus? Cake with coffee for breakfast.

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First Day of Spring

20 03 2014

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That time I woke up on the first day of Spring and it had snowed.

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High Note

18 03 2014

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Our standards aren’t exactly high at this point of the season but over 35 degrees at 9am and sunny? I’ll take it.

Ryan and I were out the door by 7 this morning to get some exercise and spend some rare midweek time together. Between that, coffee and this beautiful harbor view, my work day is starting on a very high note.





Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

17 03 2014

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Top o’ the mornin’ to ya.





Old Irish Blessing

16 03 2014

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May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.





Amen, Hallelujah, All of It

14 03 2014

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Almond milk latte. Sun shining. Jazz playing. Polar vortex is nowhere in sight. A morning for writing.

This Friday is heaven.








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