Hello from the Windy City! Neil and I got into Chicago this morning and I am currently camped out at a desk in his office writing this post and drinking my espresso.
We will wrap up here around 1:30 and then head north to our hotel. We don’t have too many plans this weekend except to explore and eat. I packed pretty lightly and jammed everything into a backpack, so my running shoes had to sit on the sideline this trip. Once we head out here for our 30 days of transitional housing, I will make sure to make plenty of use of them.
Today is Friday which means that it’s time for five things that I am loving this week:
Yes, I know I have only been here for about 3 hours, but I love the architecture and feel of the city. I will need about 2348723457 coats when we live here, but thankfully it’s not too bad right now. Make sure to check back after the weekend for a more comprehensive recap.
2. Charmed Bars
I had had one of these bars before, but don’t see them very often at stores near me. I met one of the owners while at Expo East and took home some more amazing samples. These bars are gluten, dairy, and soy free and don’t include any refined sugars. They are a great snack and I’ve been nibbling away at them this week.
3. The Goldfinch
My sister in law recommended this book to me, so I ran out and found it at Target. She had also recommended Gone Girl, so I trust her suggestions and so far this has not disappointed. I have a habit of flying through books, so the fact that this is 700+ pages means that I will be able to enjoy it for longer than a few days. My neighbor on the plane this morning also said she enjoyed it, so I’ll take that as a good sign. I’m a little more than halfway through and suggest it to anyone looking to immerse themselves in a good read.
4. Cookie Waffles
I shared my recipe (if you want to call it that) for cookie waffles a few days ago, and have slowly been working my way through the bag of cookie dough that I have. I finally finished it last night, but in raw form because sometimes you just have to have some dough. What warning?
5. Pacific Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup
I received this soup awhile ago from one of my Foodie Pen Pals (sidenote: I’ve forgotten to sign up the past 2 months!! What is wrong with me?). It was definitely a flavor that I would like, but I don’t think I was in the soup mood when I got it. Since the temperatures have started dropping, however, I’ve been eyeing this little box in my pantry. I finally made it the other night and it was so good. It only had a few, recognizable ingredients in it and hit the spot. I’m going to look for some different varieties now that fall is upon us.
I am off to explore this awesome city and if anyone has any suggestions for me, please feel free to leave a comment! Enjoy the weekend!
Question of the day: What is your favorite kind of soup? What are you reading right now?