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Lentil Soup

Original Recipe from Sprouted Kitchen


1 chopped yellow onion
1 chopped large carrot
1 medium sweet potato, peeled
3 cups roughly chopped kale
2 stalks of celery
1/2 cup chopped parsley, for garnish
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup green or dePuy Lentils
1/2 cup split red lentils

Sawada Coffee

I went to Sawada Coffee to apartment hunt with my friend Emily today, and ordered my favorite drink – the military latte. $5.75.

It contains matcha tea, vanilla syrup, cocoa powder, and a shot of espresso. Come to Sawada for a rustic, dimly lit environment with plenty of creatives at…

Matcha With Espresso


1/2 to 1 tsp matcha powder (depending on how strong you want it)
1/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup heated milk (almond, coconut, soy, regular all work great!)
Single shot of espresso
Sugar or honey to taste (about 2-3 tsp in order to match Starbucks sweetness)


Heat up…

Whole Wheat Pasta Shrimp Veggie Bowl

Underneath all these yummy toppings is the best part – whole wheat pasta with olive oil. mmm.


1 box whole wheat pasta
2 tbs. pesto
10 radishes
1 onion
2 heads small broccoli
1 small package mushrooms
salt & pepper
olive oil
dried basil spice
parmesan cheese
1 lb….

Focus On Today

Tao Porchon – Lynch, 98, has been teaching yoga for 75 years. She started when she was a young girl. Seeing some boys making odd shapes with their bodies, she asked her aunt what they were doing. She said yoga. But Tao was told yoga was not ladylike. So,…


I really started getting into yoga about a year ago. It helps with flexibility, and posture. There are the 5 yamas of yoga.

Ahimasa: The practice of non – violence. Having compassion, and not creating judgment, criticism or anger. It allows us to accept others and situations as they…

Sicilian Cannoli

Recipe from Southern Italian Desserts by Rosetta Constantino.
Cannoli Shells

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons Marsala wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted then cooled
1 large egg white, lightly beaten for sealing

Winter Rut Remedy

My favorite way to get cardio in is running. But in winter, running on a treadmill can get stale. Not to mention, injury can occur from too much. I’ve gotten my share of shin splints, and even an achilles injury. So I decided to try another form of cardio that…

VBH Luxury

In 2015 I worked at VBH Luxury as an e-commerce photography intern in Florence, Italy.

VBH Luxury is a fashion house founded by Vernon Bruce Hoeksema. His initials make up the name. He worked at Valentino for a decade, and then founded his own brand. VBH has two showroom locations,…

Olive Oil & Multigrain

This morning, I went to Publican Quality Meats, just around the corner from my apartment. Publican has a butcher shop, cafe, bakery, and gourmet market. The cafe is my go-to on the weekends or when I work from home on Fridays.

I live in the West Loop, with the best…