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I wish I could say that I am getting paid some massive amount of money for this post but unfortunately I am getting paid nothing.
Well except getting paid in delicious love.
The latest and greatest new kitchen gadget in my life is called the YONANA. Never heard of the Yoanna? You are Yo-Nuts. But you can check out the website here for a video on what the Yonana is all about.
My review of the Yonana is pretty simple. It’s amazing. I will say that it is not AS easy at the video makes it seem on the website… I have to put some series pressure on that little thing to push the banana through the end of the tube but my muscles have no problem with this. If a little muscle produces a delicious and healthy treat at the end of the day I think that’s a big win.
Essentially all you do is freeze fruit. Yes, life can be that simple. They say for at least 24 hours and I think we have been able to refrain from pulling the bananas out early at this point and time but I would highly doubt that will last forever. So we take VERY ripe bananas (the riper the better- maybe the grocery store will give you a discount?), peel them, break in half and stick them in a freezer bag. Let them freeze and then pull them out and shove in the YONANA machine.
Then, like some serious Harry Potter magic this comes out.
And if you are feeling adventurous and want to add a little chocolate in your fresh BANANA ONLY ice cream go right ahead.. the YONANA can handle it.
Or you need a little more protein in your diet? Sure, add some peanut butter on top of that ice cream that is really just a frozen banana that came out of a magical machine.
So thus far we have tried bananas (like a lot), strawberries, and mangos. My recommendation (and what they recommend on the instructions I hadn’t read prior to attempting this) is to leave the strawberries out for a few minutes before you put in YONANA otherwise they come out more like sorbet(ish) and less like ice cream. And although not ALL recipes call for bananas I think bananas really give it that creamy consistency that you see so while it’s not a hard rule I would try to use bananas as often as you can.
Definitely one of our favorite gifts from our wedding showers over the past weekend! Deliciously awesome.
Feels like this blog is becoming more about traveling than anything else? Well that’s my life right now so enjoy!
So as you know from last week I had a great stay at the Hilton in Lisle, IL. Well the good food and company stayed strong through the workday on Friday where I had another AWESOME sushi meal with Christine from work! Luckily I wasn’t the only one eating it this time, so it wasn’t assumed it was for 3 people but gosh we got A LOT of food!
and yep, that boat is in the shape of a fish which I’m not certain whether it made me feel better or worse about what I was eating. You were once a fantastic swimmer and now you are going into my belly. Poor fishies. In any case we were very hungry girls and dug right in!
And as awesome as that looks that doesn’t even begin to describe the amazing weekend I had in Chicago! Since Dana and Tim were off at Josh’s bachelor party for the weekend Kara and I decided we needed a serious girls weekend! So Kara arrived in Chicago around 4ish on Friday afternoon and we got started right away! After making the journey from the airport to the hotel downtown by train which meant carrying our very very heavy luggage up and down some serious steps we checked out the map and headed to Millennium Park to check out THE BEAN!
I have been to Chicago a dozen times and for whatever reason I had never checked out the bean. I have seen some pretty cool pictures of other people at the bean and I knew it was an experience I wanted to have.
It was AWESOME!
Yep, Kara instagrammed (is this a verb?) us at the bean! So cool! And on a complete side note we walked by literally the BIGGEST FREAKING WALGREENS IN THE WORLD (well there was no sign on the door that said that but I’m going with that being a true statement for now- until proven wrong). This “drug store” had a wine store inside, self serve frozen yogurt (could you just see me everyday.. “Tim, hunny I am headed to the drug store again” AKA I am about to go stuff my face with more fro-yo because I have an unhealthy obsession with it. It had a deli inside and pretty much anything you could imagine! It was literally insane. I can’t wait to go back.
So we made our way back from the bean and decided to just randomly pick a dinner place. Well thanks to Rich’s recommendation we went straight for some serious Chicago deep dish pizza. Kara and I are both pizza lovers so I had no doubt this was going to be one hell of a meal but it proved me wrong. This was THE BEST FREAKING PIZZA ever! STUFFED and I mean STUFFED with goodness this thing was well worth the 45 minutes wait we endured.
And they didn’t just do pizza well, they did bruschetta well. Who knew that was even possible? Who knew that a pizza place was going for the record to have the highest bruschetta tower ever? Well I can tell you who knows now- Kara and I do!
So where did this magic happen at you didn’t ask but I am telling you anyway ask? Giordano’s. Delicious “famous stuffed pizza”. The history of this delicious pizza dates back all the way to the 1960’s which you can read about on their website. The pizza was even good cold- which Kara and I found out the next day when we were starving after a long day of shopping. Everything about this experience was good including the beers we had! The service was great even though the placed was packed wall to wall with customers.
We were exhausted from all of that travel so after stuffing our faces we headed back to the hotel to get some good sleep in before our day on Michigan Ave! We were fortunate enough that a few of my friends, Erin (who got engaged not too long ago) and Audrey meet up with us and they were fantastic shoppers and tour guides! We walked everywhere- up and down and all over and well… this goes without saying by looking at the photo below but I think it’s safe to say I didn’t do too bad.
My trip ended up looking like this
- 2 pairs of colored denim from Zara (mint color and coral)
- 2 headbands from LuLuLemon (so cute!)
- A pink/coral colored blazer from Nordstrom Rack
- A floppy hat and belt from H&M
- A honeymoon dress from Forever 21
Success at its finest!
Yea pretty pump to display how these outfits look on after I figure out what the hell to wear with them haha! The floppy hat was a big win- Tim really thought so when he picked me up and I was wearing it!
So after the long day of shopping and the delicious cold pizza we had for a later lunch we made some reservations at Weber Grill for dinner. I’m really glad we made those reservations (thank you Open Table for making my life easier) because it was PACKED and people were waiting well over an hour to get a table. We waited about 10 minutes. People hated us. Next time they will make a reservation though.
The food smelled SO GOOD but before we could even think about food we needed some juice. So we got a pitcher of Sangria. For 2 people. An entire pitcher. And we drank it all.
No regrets here.
Kara got this delicious looking stake and mashed potatoes which I can say with certainty because I tasted them that they were SO GOOD!
And she was certainly one hot date- so I was honored to be there with her!
I had a delicious hamburger topped with onions and cheese and everything else that could possibly clog my insides up. Oh and French fries. Which rumor has it stay in your system for 30 days. If that is true- they still taste great to me!
I also enjoyed the Sangria… all 4 glasses of it!
And in case you are wondering or because you are reading and for some reason paying attention to what I write, I had Katniss hair that day. If you didn’t already know I LOVE the Hunger Games and I think Katniss has the prettiest hair ever. So Kara played with mine a bit to make me a very impressive braided bun… check out this hair. Truly a Hunger Games hair-do.
After dinner we headed to the bar which was a ton of fun. Especially since we saw a TON of bachelor and bachelorette parties going on. There were some seriously large blow up items that were being carried around and poked into people. Eventually we realized that we were just too old for that late night craziness and got to bed before 1am!
The next morning we were determine to pack in fun before we had to head out to the airport! We decided that the Wendella River Boat Tour would be the best way to spend the very hot 90 degree morning in Chicago. It was awesome! For over an hour we got to be on the lake and learned about serious history about Chicago. The tour guide, a local girl trying to make it as an actress was AMAZING. She had every single thing memorized. I was so impressed. The funniest thing I remember was when she showed up where the big fire in Chicago started years ago and when she said “and Chicago has a sense of humor because that is where we train our firefighters”.
That’s some sense of humor alright Chicago.
There were some serious breath taking views that the captain of the boat lined us up for..
And Kara and I were just relaxing and enjoy the ride!
Although let’s be honest… we wanted a good seat on the boat so we ended up kicking a few people out of the front on “accident” by not leaving them enough space. Too bad… these Ohio girls know how to get what they want!
Seriously though I recommend this tour to ANYONE. Even if you have lived in Chicago for a while trust me- there is more to learn! It was the perfect start to our day!
Those are some mad instagram skills brought to you by Kara!
And before we headed ot the airport (and made a very quick stop at Navy Pier) we did what every girl should do…
WE HAD FROZEN YOGURT! UGH I love Fro-Yo
I got some pistachio (my new favorite) and some key lime! I topped mine with some cheesecake bites, a few yogurt covered raisons, and some heath bar! Kara got some pistachio too but got a lot more chocolate goodness and fudge than I did! It was delicious- I had a taste!
After sweating in the sun, but loving it, we hauled our very heavy suitcases up some stairs and over some bridges until we finally made it to the airport!
It was a FABULOUS trip!
I can’t wait to see where our next girls weekend will take us!
Or at least to my vocal cords.
I am a H.U.G.E. fan of singing in the car. I do it on the way to work, on the way home from work, on the way to the grocery store that is 2 minutes away. I am always a huge fan of eating something I just purchased on the car ride home from the grocery store (another one of Tim’s pet peeves- that’s two in a row). Usually it is something like a container of blueberries- sometimes those poor things never even make it into the house but other times I’ll get myself a treat like some animal
cookies crackers. In any case I sing in the car. I eat too. The point here is that I sing.
Right now, I am OBSESSED with the song “What makes you beautiful” by One Direction. First off, there is a great message to the song that is really all about confidence but not being full of yourself and how sometimes the girl that doesn’t always try to stand out is the most beautiful one in the room. While I have come to love the lyrics it was really the sick beat that that made my feet wanna move that captured my love. Yep. I said “sick” beat and I’m not even ashamed.
I was a little ashamed when I played this song for my mom’s friend and client Kim who then told me it was her girl’s favorite song at that moment as well. They are significantly younger than I am- like elementary school and middle school but honestly I think it just goes to show how cool those kids are- not how weird I am.
So here is my current play-list to sing to in the car (not all work-out appropriate, most of the songs I mentioned last time we talked music still apply with some additions)
- What Makes you Beautiful- One Direction
- Drive By- Train
- TTYLXOX- Bella Thorn (yes from Disney channel- download it now you won’t be sorry)
- Words- Train
- Save Me, San Francisco- Train (so I have a new thing for Train I see)
And now I just realized for the first time that I sing 5 songs in the car on repeat for 30 minutes on my way to work. That’s only a few of them repeating – that’s not too bad right?
Well I may be a little pathetic but that is no reason to let you all down so I just found out that Fitness Magazine has a pretty extensive play list on their website with the 100 best workout songs. But then I read the reviews and well they sucked so it seemed like a waste of time to go through them all- feel free though haha! So I still go back to my running list quite frequently but my car list seems to vary. My car list has songs that have some potential of me sounding less like a dead bird and more like a beautiful hummingbird (or a MOCKINGJAY if you are a Hunger Games fan) while my running list doesn’t not ever need to be sung because I am usually far too out of breath to mumble anything.
As I mentioned a few post ago my food has been well less than impressive. To someone that loves sugar and doesn’t mind gaining an extra few pounds it has been fabulous. But for someone that is getting married in a little over 4 months, would like to lose a little bit, and start running more, well it was depressing. BUT I am getting back on track and trying to make some healthier but satisfying choices (which is so freaking hard sometimes)!
But my sister is great about finding recipes that are healthier versions of food you would love to eat and she passed along this recipe for a hamburger quesadilla similar to the one that Applebees serves. Well I couldn’t really make it to the recipe because apparently it is extremely difficult to find pico de gallo in anything that resembles a grocery store so I justh made up my own version.
Pretty simply. We grilled 2 fairly large burgers and while those were cookies we put one large tortillas in a pan with oil to warm it up. Then I put the cheese, onions, and peppers on the tortilla (just half of it) and melted it all together. I slapped the burgers on top the cheesy goodness and folded the tortilla over. Cooked it on each side for a few minutes and VOILA. Delicious. Served with corn and rice on the side.
What I was most surprised by was how well this heated up for lunch the next day! The tortilla wasn’t crunchy but it was really tasty still!
My breakfast I have been either drinking a smoothie with strawberries, almond coconut milk, bananas, and fat free yogurt or just throwing a bunch of berries in a to-go container and eating it when I get to the office! I may very well get all of my fruit servings in one sitting. A spoonful of natural peanut butter makes the medicine go down (you heard that here first so if it becomes famous- I’ll find you)
I also made artichokes for the first time! Maybe I should embarrassed to say this but I had to call my sister to find out how the heck to cook these things! Turns out that she is an artichoke genius AND that they are easy if you have a steamer! I chopped off the nasty part of the and and put them in the steamer for about 20 minutes since they were baby ones. After I got them cooked I wondered how to eat them but I remembered seeing my sister eat them once and she just pretty much took all the tastyness off the leaf with her teeth and swallowed. So I followed that method and I REALLY enjoyed them! I’ll be making them again soon (because I enjoy them and because I have more in the fridge). I served them with some carrot, rice, and peas steam bag and some tilapia!
We also made one killer breakfast this weekend since Rose was there visiting! Usually we end up having cinnamon rolls but since I knew our dear friends would be getting in late and chances weren’t great we would have had too much um milk to drink and be feeling sick the next morning we went for the ultimate breakfast! French toast topped with berries and whipped cream. Oh and an egg on the side for added protein. Oh and the bacon. Yea we had bacon too. Waffle House and Ihop don’t even compare to the Laney/Stiller household breakfast!
But no food post would be complete without some mention of SUSHI! My favorite food of course! So last week I took a quick trip to Cincinatti with 2 co-workers and when we got in we just wanted to find a casual but delicious Sushi place and Ross (who loves Sushi like I do) had done his HW and had the name of a place not too far from our hotel. It was called Budina Pan Asian. It was more like a Panera where you order your food at the counter and then go take your seat. It looked a little sketchy not gonna lie but I’ll tell you what… hands down (and Allison agreed) the best Won Ton Soup I have never had! And I eat sushi a lot which means I eat that soup a lot. It was just normal soup but the flavor in that little cup was really impressive. I actually wish I would have had more!
We certainly didn’t hesitate to order a variety of items! The rolls ranged from the normal Rainbow roll to the spicy rolls to some we had never heard of but sounded delicious! And since we all agreed that the best part of PF Changs is the lettuce wraps we decided to try an order of those too!
The wraps were pretty much no where near comparison to PF Changs but it is hard to replicate pure perfection. It was really good though- no complaints from me!
I need a recipe for lettuce wraps.. ANYONE?!
Then after Sushi (my favorite food) we drove 10 minutes to find my favorite dessert… ladies and gentleman that’s right.. FRO-YO!
As I’m sure I have mentioned before I typically feel like I am cheating on Menchies when I hit up a few Fro-Yo place but there was no Menchies in site so we tried Orange Leaf and well I loved it!
First off, their décor was really cute! They had these orange swivel chairs that you could tell the kids loved. They had a bunch of flavors and toppings and had a squeeze bottle of marshmallow topping which I happily used. Honestly, I wish I could even remember what I got right now haha. I believe it was peanut butter, cookies and cream, and twist. With ; my usual candy toppings!
I was in L.O.V.E.
Additionally, sometimes I like to take advantage of the fact that I write a blog and even though I don’t have thousands of followers it makes me feel better to announce fun and happy news that happens to my friends. So special shout out to Erin and Mike who recently got engaged! This is now the second set of amazing friends that got engaged- special congrats to Jency and Mike (not the same Mike in case you were wondering) and we just couldn’t be happier for our friends! They are all seriously amazing people who I am so grateful for! They deserve the best and they all deserve each other because well… they are the best! So to my newly engaged friends… CONGRATULATIONS on the internet. I think it’s a big deal!
What foods are you obsessed with?
What is your favorite flavor of Fro-Yo… I promise to try it!