Italian Rainbow Cookies

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Hi Everyone! Hope everyone had a good weekend!

I spent the long weekend sleeping/napping, hanging out/brunching with CJ’s coworkers, having dinner with Tina and her parents who were in town, and eating cookies CJ made. GET THAT? I do probably 99% of the cooking, but the man bakes! (Actually the secret is that these were microwaved!)

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  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 8 oz can of almond paste
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 stick of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • almond extract (if you want to make it extra almond-y)

Beat together until smooth, and add red food coloring to 1/3 of the mixture, and green to 1/3 of it.

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Microwave for 10 minutes on 50% until the mixture has set. Spread apricot and raspberry jam between the layers, and top with melted semi-sweet chocolate.

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Every microwave “baked goods?”

~Tia

Weekend Adventures

Hi Friends!

How was your weekend? I’m excited because I only have two more days of work this week! 5 day weekend for Labor Day!

This past weekend, Tina was in Michigan, and I played tourist in my own city since some friends were in town.

First on the list – brunch.

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Also, a Cubs game (the Cubs WON!)

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Obligatory selfie with The Bean.

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This is actually a Strawberry Daiquiri.

The Second City Etc's performance of "Apes of Wrath"

Second City!

Ever play tourist in your own city?

~Tia

Kate Spade Cedar Street Elissa Bag

Hi Friends!

So the other day, I was walking to spin class after work, and I saw a girl with a handbag that I had to have.

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I was mostly obsessed with the color. I love love LOVE that shade of blue. I googled “Kate Spade blue bags” and immediately saw this come up. However, it was sold out everywhere, and also looked a little too much like my Prada Saffiano Cuir Dome Satchel.

After further googling, I came up with following – only 3 left in stock in the color “Bluebell.”

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This is the Cedar Street Elissa Bag.

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In addition to the main compartment, the two sides unzip to create extra storage space. I keep my iPad in one of them.

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It’s made with cross-hatch stamped leather, making it water and scratch resistant.

Here are some additional pictures from the Kate Spade website.

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What color is your current handbag?

~Tia

WIAW: BBQ Chicken and Beans

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I’m finally done (fingers crossed) with a very tedious project at work…whoo! Tomorrow is my last day at the office this week. I’m taking Friday and Monday off to go New Orleans to help my parents with their business (there’s a trade show going on). Ever take off work to work some more? :P

So here’s a WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday).

  • Chicken tenders cut into bite sized pieces, and sautéed in BBQ sauce with white beans.
  • Fresh corn cut off the cob and sautéed with a little butter
  • Russet potato peeled, cut into wedges, sprinkled with garlic power, black pepper, and tossed with truffle-olive oil

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What did you eat today? Tina and I also met for Panda Express for lunch. Haha.

~Tia

Moving On Up

Well, Tia let the cat outta the bag (Thanks for the shout-out!) but I recently got promoted at work! My former manager put in her notice and now I have her position, but we haven’t hired anyone to backfill my old position yet, so I’ve been doing double the work for the past week.

That is to say, is it really only Tuesday?

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 All kidding aside, I am super grateful for the opportunity to be Mr. Manager (Arrested Development ref, high five!), but it has been wearing me down considerably. At least I had a good excuse to celebrate with lots of food and drank!

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Beers at Randolph Tavern for my manager’s going-away happy hour. I work in a fairly female-dominated office, and all my coworkers got wine or cocktails. I felt super classy when these bad boys arrived :)

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 Chris’s celebration treat from over the weekend. We went to Burger Bistro, which I’ve been wanting to try out since it opened because it’s right by where I live and has burgers and beer and a patio. The ultimate dining trifecta. A few months ago, Tia very rudely ate here without me (Just kidding, we had a major failure in communication that day and she and CJ unintentionally ended up there without us). I expected the burger to be bigger, but it was still super filling. Chris got a kangaroo burger! He said it just tasted like regular beef, though.

Anyway, it’s always nice to feel like you’re movin’ on up in the world. Any recent successes (big or small) you guys have to share lately?

~Tina