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Cinnamon Apple + Pear Sangria

Cinnamon Apple + Pear Sangria

Obviously with a new season comes a new batch of cocktails and a new batch of sangria recipes (I did no sangria recipes this summer…. lol) But back to all seriousness, which isn’t serious, my brother and I thoroughly enjoyed this sangria when he was home from school on labor day weekend. One pitcher was totally not enough, and now after thinking about this sangria I want like to go and make some right now.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

“What exactly are you making?” — my parents when I told them I would be taking over the kitchen for a few hours to make this roasted butternut squash pasta sauce. Not your typical pasta sauce, but it still did not disappoint. A mix between a cream sauce and a marinara sauce, there’s sweet, there’s savory, there’s spicy… this roasted butternut squash pasta sauce has it all

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Pumpkin Apple Shandy

Pumpkin Apple Shandy

IT’S SWEATER WEATHER. The best weather. Apples, blackberries, peaches and  so many other goodies are in season. My tan may be fully faded, and faded way too quickly for my liking, but bring on another change in seasons. Bring on another batch of seasonal beers… until next year, Summer Shandy… it’s Pumpkin Apple Shandy’s time to shine.

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White After Labor Day

White After Labor Day

Can we all agree that no white after Labor Day is a BS rule, and it’s about damn time to do away with it? Let the trend of winter white begin, or if it was already a thing then I’m hopping on the bandwagon. In today’s post, I’m taking a break from food and I’m giving you all some more bits instead of bites. Cause I mean, my name is bits + bites for a reason. I’m gunna sprinkle some bits all up in here.

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Labor Day Weekend Bites

Labor Day Weekend Bites

With Labor Day Weekend approaching, the end of summer is near…. where did it go? I’m not 100% sure, to be honest. I plan on doing a ton of cooking, cocktail making (and then eating and drinking, duh) this weekend. To switch up my normal “favorite recipe” posts… I’m going to do favorite recipes, but with the theme of foods on a stick. Kebabs, Ice Cream Cones, and wherever my searches have lead me.

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Friday’s Favorite Bits: Hair Products Edition

Friday’s Favorite Bits: Hair Products Edition

Psssssssssssssssssst: this list is 2 things long. So calling all people who like to barely use anything on their hair. My favorite hair care product list is seriously so short, I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair. Plus, after years of watching YouTube and Pinterest graphic tutorials, I can curl my hair in a hot second.

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Restaurant Bites: Maison Marcel

Restaurant Bites: Maison Marcel

The north side of Chicago got a quaint new addition a few weeks ago. If you walk down Broadway you’ll see a white brick building, and you’ll look inside and see a fresh, crisp interior, and a Maison-Marcel sign. Youuuu should probably walk in and give it a try.

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Grilled Zucchini Summer Salad

Grilled Zucchini Summer Salad

My idea for this salad initially started out as a Grilled Avocado Salad… that didn’t turn out as planned when two of the avocados were super ripe and then one was hard as a baseball. Truly living out the avocado memes. So, instead, when gardens are thriving this time of summer, I decided to use some home grown zucchini, and kinda throw in whatever else sounded good. This grilled zucchini salad did not disappoint.

 

I kind of just threw in all things summer and colorful because salads can be fun like that. Yes, fun. I would be lying if I said I looked at this salad and didn’t squeal out of excitement. It doesn’t take much to excite me.

The only thing I would change is I would marinate the zucchinis before grilling them. Here is a great, basic zucchini marinade recipe from the Food Network.

Below is the recipe for what I used for this salad. I won’t include the amounts, because salads are up to your making… if you want more tomatoes, get on with your bad self, and put lots of tomatoes in there.

Grilled Zucchini Summer Salad

Ingredients

  • Arugula
  • Beets, chopped
  • Pear Tomato, halved and sliced
  • Zucchinis, chopped and marinated
  • Blueberries
  • Blue Cheese (optional)
  • Dressing of choice, I used a basic balsamic

Instructions

  1. Top your bed of arugula with all your fruits, veggies and cheese.
  2. Dress + enjoy!
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S’Mores Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

S’Mores Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich

 

Today is National S’Mores Day, so naturally, I’m a sucker for basically any and all national holiday… and I made these s’mores chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches to celebrate. They are so freaking good, and actually so easy to make because I kinda took an easy route to make these. AKA I used bakery bought cookies and I bought ice cream. There’s real no culinary skills needed for these, just a massive appetite and appreciation for all thing s’mores.

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National Avocado Day + My Favorite Avocado Recipes

National Avocado Day + My Favorite Avocado Recipes

Today is National Avocado Day (not to be confused with National Guacamole Day in September), so being super basic… I couldn’t resist doing a recipe round up of my favorite avocado recipes.

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