Thanks for all the sweet comments on the banana bread As I mentioned in that post, Nicole is an absolute genius in the kitchen, so be sure to check out her blog for many more fantastic recipes.
It’s no secret that I love soup. During the colder months, I could have oatmeal for breakfast and soup for both lunch and dinner and be content – it’s just that good. It warms me from the inside out during a time of year when I can usually be found layering on the long sleeved shirts and sweaters all day long.
After Lo recommended it as a possible option, I checked out their website and found that the restaurant features 12 gourmet soups made fresh every day – including vegan and gluten-free options. Each soup comes with a generously sized chunk of bread. You don’t have to tell me twice!
Immediately upon entering this cozy little restaurant tucked away on Chicago Avenue near Rush Street, you feel…HOT! Perhaps I’m stating the obvious here, but a soup restaurant is likely one of the “greenest” spots in the city in the winter – no heat required 😉 After perusing all the options – yes, all 12 of them – I ultimately decided on the Fall Harvest Mushroom & Barley, which came with cremini mushrooms (one of my favorites), carrots, greens and grains.
This soup was the perfect combination of light (broth-based) and heavy (chunky ingredients). So good, in fact, that all three of us ended up getting it! Served with a hunky – and I mean that in more ways than one – chunk of multi-grain bread which made for delicious dipping.
The three of us found seats near the window and spent over an hour gabbing away. It’s such a treat to hang out with my fellow Chicago food bloggers on a regular basis these days. They are all such great people and it’s never hard to find things to talk about with a shared love of food
Val’s husband was kind enough to offer me a ride home. But before we left, the three of us snapped a picture – slightly blurry since it was taken outside in the dark (not Mike’s fault, of course!), but I thought you would all still want to see it, so I’ll post it anyway 😉 Don’t mind my disarrayed jacket – it was so hot in the restaurant that I forgot to button up before we went outside!
Good times had by all When I got home, I realized that coincidentally, these are the same two bloggers whose awards I have yet to acknowledge and thank them for. I recently received the Kreativ Blogger Award from both Lo and Val. Thanks so much, ladies!
The task is to name 7 facts about me that you don’t know already. We’ll see how it goes!
I lived in Winston-Salem, NC for almost four years, between the ages of two and six. I loved living in the South and think it’s absolutely beautiful!
I have traveled to Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Paris in Europe, as well as China and Guatemala. All of these trips were very special and fortunate opportunities that I am grateful for.
Bobby and I are deciding between Disney World and Europe for our honeymoon I think we’ve convinced ourselves that Disney World would be a nice weekend trip to take another time and that Europe is the best idea for a romantic getaway. Now the choice is whether to visit Spain or Italy – any suggestions?!
I have recently been getting more and more into yoga and have started Bobby on it, too. Expect more about this in a future post!
My ultimate dream is to become a published author. I think maybe some of you already know this but I can’t say it enough. I love what good writing and reading can do for people and I want to help inspire others in some way through that medium.
I am very shy! Most people are quick to point out how quiet I am when I first meet them. My voice is strongest through the written word – hence why I enjoy blogging so much! However, as I get more comfortable I am able to open up and let my personality show through.
I talk to my family multiple times per day. Whether through email, over the phone or on Gchat, I love staying connected to my mom, dad and brother as much as possible. Since we live so far apart, it’s very important for me to know what’s going on with them!
Val also gave me the Over the Top Award. Thank you!
I am so honored! As part of the award, the blogger is supposed to answer this series of questions with one-word answers. This was tough! Hope you enjoy…
1. Where is your cell phone? Couch
2. Your hair? Curly
3. Your mother? Cool
4. Your father? Corny
5. Your favorite food? Nut Butter
6. Your dream last night? Work
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? Satisfaction
9. What room are you in? Living
10. Your hobby? Blogging
11. Your fear? Disappointment
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Loved
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something you aren’t? Loud
15. Muffins? Banana-Chocolate
16. Wish list item? Travel
17. Where did you grow up? Minnesota
18. Last thing you did? Laundry
19. What are you wearing? Robe
20. Your TV? Gift
21. Your pets? None
22. Your friends? Comfort
23. Your life? Blessed
24. Your mood? Tired!
25. Missing someone? Family
26. Vehicle? Passat
27. Something you’re not wearing? Makeup
28. Your favorite store? Grocery!
29. Your favorite color? Plum
30. When was the last time you laughed? Work
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? Bobby
33. One place that I go over and over? Bed
34. One person who emails me regularly? Mom
35. Favorite place to eat? Home
Thanks again for the honors, ladies! I know these awards have been making their way around the blogosphere, but I encourage everyone to try out the one-word survey – it’s fun
One last very important thing to show you before I go…
Look what I received in the mail from Mara! Last names and information have been blurred for privacy reasons, but look how beautiful her wedding invitations are. Can you believe it’s coming up in just a little over four weeks?! I’m sure she can’t 😉 I was so giddy when I received this invitation in the mail and very much wish I could be a part of Mara’s special day. Her wedding is over Thanksgiving weekend and unfortunately I won’t be able to attend because my family has arranged for me to fly home to Arizona for the holiday. But I hope she knows I will be there in spirit and we are still planning on working something out that will allow me to blog some of the details of the day for all of you to enjoy!
Ah weddings. I actually created our Save-the-Date card over the weekend. It’s being finalized now and I can’t wait to share the results with you. It’s completely DIY, which has been very fun.
For those who have planned big events, what are some of your top invitation tips?
Have a great Thursday, everyone!