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Life Bits Cornelia Edition

Life Bits Cornelia Edition

It has been a hoooooooooooooooot second since I have posted anything, and nope, I do not have a recipe or anything for you all. Just a post dedicated to my first year of living in the city with three of the best girls I could ask for.

All four of us randomly came together in 2015, senior year of college, and became friends. Liz and I grew up in Tinley together and were somewhat friends senior year of high school. Nora and Bridget just kind of wandered into my life, luckily. Our friendship was solidified when Nora invited me to crash her’s and Bridget’s senior year spring break trip to Ireland and England. I said yes, and am forever grateful I did.

We graduated college, and all still kept in touch. Hanging out every couple of months or so. Come February 2016, I won a gift card to Hyatt Hotels. Us 4 hadn’t hung out in so long, I group texted them to pick a weekend, I’ll book the room and let’s have a night in the city. So we did, and all four of us will tell you that that night was one of the best nights. We all decided to live together, and we were excited for the next year, but I don’t think anyone expected how amazing it would be.

We moved in during the Cubs 2016 opening week. Our first night we went to a Cubs game, naturally. Our spring, summer and fall was consumed by Cubs’ games, too much beer and such a poor sleep schedule. Then, when the Cubs won, that was absolutely insane.

Cornelia was more than just Cubs games, we were a hotel on the weekends, a public pool on the hot summer Saturdays (seriously we had a blow up “party pool”), we were where everyone gathered before and after going out. So many good times were had standing around the kitchen counter and at the bar. So many Saturday and Sunday mornings spent with us four gathering in my bed, eventually with it ending in all of us getting kicked out so Nora could nap in my bed. So many times having my door kicked open to have a roommate jump in my bed (if you can’t tell my bed was the “gathering” bed). So much time spent taking turns doing makeup in my bedroom mirror, since I had the best lighting. So many bowls of popcorn paired with documentaries or episodes of The Office, Parks and Rec and Community. So much time spent yelling at Alexa (Amazon Echo) when she couldn’t understand what we were saying. So many bags of Jewel’s tortilla chips paired with Jewel guac and salsa. I could go on, and on.

Coming in as Katie, Liz, Bridget and Nora, and leaving as CT, Leesey, Budgey, and Noreen… this year was hands down one of the best years. Here’s to you, Cornelia.

Korean BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

Korean BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos

Ok, so I really can’t stop listening to the new Drake album… aaaaand on Sunday I couldn’t stop eating these nachos. Korean BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos. Just in time to get me in the mood for warmer weather (please be here to stay).  (more…)

Irish Cocktails Guide

Irish Cocktails Guide

Let’s not forget that aaaaaaaactual St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, and wasn’t actually this past weekend. So, buck up, and get ready for round 2 of celebrations. What better way to get into the celebrating mood than a list of Irish cocktails? If that isn’t music to your ears… I think you’re in the wrong place.

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Reuben Breakfast Sandwich

Reuben Breakfast Sandwich

Today is Fat Tuesday, tomorrow is March… things are truly starting to look up. I’m celebrating Fat Tuesday not with Packzi, but with this Reuben Breakfast Sandwich. Considering my two sides of my family are Kelly and O’Malley… I’m going to be giving lots of Irish recipes leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

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Friday’s Favorites

Friday’s Favorites

Wanting to go back to Saved by the Max pop-up diner again. Seriously, if you all haven’t tried it, you neeeeed to go. The food is so good. Traditional diner food, but with certain twists, and it isn’t obnoxiously greasy at all either. They’re only around until May 31st, so quit waiting around!!!

Shopping for some new spring clothes, and I am loving these two jackets from Nordstom’s. You can find them here and here

Reading what to do, where to go, what to eat and all things travel, because in two short months I’m headed to France, Scotland for the first time and back to Ireland!!!

Trying to cut out carbs (I just had a bagel, and feel so gross. So many regrets), and how mouth-watering does this Loaded Cauliflower Mac and Cheese look?

Arriving late to the National Margarita Day celebrations, and the blood orange craze. I neeeeeeeed to make these blood orange margaritas, and I need to forget that it is supposed to be a high of 31 on Saturday.

Looking at the weather to see when it’ll finally be nice out again so I can wear my new favorite shoes that I wrote about yesterday in my Spring Sneakers Favorites

Favorite Spring Sneakers

Favorite Spring Sneakers

Talk about a total tease with this weather. It was in the high 60s all week, and then going to be 34 on Saturday. Hopefully the colder weather only sticks around for a little while longer seeing as though it’s going to be MARCH next week. What the heck. I talk about New Years Eve as if it just happened last week. HOW is it MARCH. I can’t wrap my head around it. Then again, I’m so tired, haven’t had enough coffee, because a Venti Blonde Roast just didn’t do it this morning… cause that’s a totally healthy and normal caffeine tolerance. Thinking and words are just hard today. Butttttt, this does mean that we can start shopping for spring clothes and shoes! That’s why I’m giving you all my favorite spring sneakers.

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Loaded Vegetable Instant Ramen

Loaded Vegetable Instant Ramen

After spending a weekend in Milwaukee visiting Marquette, my body is fully aware that I am no longer in college. Butttttt, that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy some instant ramen. After being, like, so beyond late on the ramen trend (I just had my first ramen experience a few weeks ago), I decided I needed to make a vamped up instant ramen.

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Loaded Guacamole

Loaded Guacamole

As if guacamole isn’t good enough, try adding in some bacon and sharp cheddar cheese…… and then your world is forever changed for the better. I was on the phone with my mom after I made this and she was initially put off by the thought of putting bacon in the guacamole… and then I just repeated “what? mom, it’s bacon” and she came to her senses. I also included cheese, cause more salt and fat…. aka more delicious flavor.

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SkinnyPop + Wine Pairings

SkinnyPop + Wine Pairings

Award season is in full swing, all of the wonderful Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday night shows are back, This is Us has been back on, Netflix just got a whole slew of new shows come February plus announced much anticipated release dates for some original series, I mean I can go on….  Needless to say, TV/movies/streaming services they’re all pretty damn good right now.

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friday’s favorite bits + bites

friday’s favorite bits + bites

Debating: in the least bit political way. I’m in a hair rut. Throughout college I’ve always had pretty long hair. I’ve done the post college graduation chop of 10 inches, I then chopped off another couple inches a  few months after that chop, then I chopped another 6 inches. I’ve done the ombre, the balayage, the “let’s throw some low lights in there and go brown”, the all natural and just not getting highlights for months. Last time I went to get my hair done, I got a buttery/honey blonde. Now, it’s time for a change, but I have no clue what I want to do with my hair. I find myself loving these bob/lob looks.

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