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Beef Vegetable Stoup

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After this last weeks deep freeze that came down on Chicago, I was really craving something hearty and filling yet healthy. I decided to make myself a huge batch of beef vegetable stoup – what’s stoup you ask, well it’s kinda in-between a soup and a stew. I personally love my stew to be on the liquid-y side so therefore I prefer to call this recipe a “stoup”. This beef vegetable stoup can easily be put together in a crockpot; set it and forget it!

INGREDIENTS:
– 1 pound cubed beef stew meat
– 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1 onion; thinly sliced
– 1 6oz can stewed tomatoes
– 1 14.5oz can of beef broth
– 1 cup of chopped carrots
– 3 russet potatoes; cubed
– 1 sprig of rosemary
– 1 teaspoon dried thyme
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
– salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Salute the meat in the oil until browned on all sides. Remove meat and set aside.

2. In a crockpot add your browned meat, onion, stewed tomatoes, beef broth, chopped carrots, cubed potato, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 8 hours or high  for 4 hours.

Serve with some crusty bread and enjoy!

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Instagram Snapshots

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You guys, I’ve been a total slacker in the social media department, which is ironic that I just accepted a Director of Recruiting role at a social media advertising company. I guess I should start getting my instagram game on. Since I haven’t been in the outfit picture taking mood recently, I thought I would share a few snaps of my adventures from February. While I’m not usually a huge fan of the month, I filled out the days with fun new adventures. Check out my highlights from February.

Top Row: A stop to my favorite Chicago shop: The Inkling Shop | Lunch with old co-workers at Blaze Pizza; The White Stripe is my favorite! | Winter’s top accessories: Furla handbag, Michelle Starbuck Design Necklace

Middle Row: Spring tulips to keep the winter blues away | I’m a huge mascara hoarder, my favs include: Perversion by Urban Decay,  Buxom Lash by Buxom,  Lash Love by Mary Kay | Sunday Night Rituals: Josie Maran Argan Oil, Sephora Face Mask, & EOS lip balm

Bottom Row: Shio Ramen from Ramen-san | Pancakes in a Jar have been my go-to breakfast | Pinrose fragrance oil for everyday

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ShopBop’s Big Spring Sale

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STOP EVERYTHING! SHOPBOP is having a major sale this week, starting today at 6:30AM EST to Sunday March 8th, 2015 at 4:00AM EST, the more you buy the bigger the discount!

You save 15% with purchases over $250
You save 20% with purchases over $500
You save 25% with purchases over $1000

So what is in my shopping bag? I’m so excited to buy a new pair of jeans since my absolute favorite pair just ripped. (total sad face) It’s time to stock up on some amazing spring essentials and banish away those sad winter vibes. Below are a few of my absolutely favorite things, so stock up! The more you buy the more you save! 

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:: 1. Tory Burch Eclectic Sunglasses | 2. Elizabeth & James Dylan Band Ring | 3.  Just Female Hon Leather Jacket | 4. Rag & Bone ‘The Dre’ Skinny Boyfriend Jeans | 5. Giambattista Vali Lace Pumps | 6. Tibi Halter Cami | 7. Halston Heritage Drawstring Bucket Bag |  8. MSGM Pineapple Shift Dress ::

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On Trend: Mexican Vacation

Okay guys, this week things are getting a little flip-flopped! I’ve got something exciting to share with you guys tomorrow so be sure to check in!

You know what guys, I’m officially in countdown mode to my vacation next week. I’ve been a super busy bee these last few weeks and I’m in desperate need of some one on one time with the sunshine and beach. Somewhat shockingly, I will admit that I’ve never been to Mexico. In my years of travel, it always seem liked a place that I would get to eventually and I’m glad that after weeks on weeks of this winter weather, I can finally make my way down to Margaritaville! I’m currently running around trying to find a few cute new beachwear pieces to bring along with me for my vacation, namely trying to find a new swim suit. I’m loving this Blue Man Tropical One Piece suit – it’s so colorful and fun, setting you in there right mood to sip drinks by the pool all day.

Are there any “must bring” items you guys suggest I bring with me? I’m super open to suggestions!

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:: 1. Matthew Williamson ‘Revo’ Sunglasses | 2. Eugenia Kim ‘Do Not Disturb’ Sun Hat | 3. Maurices Maxi Dress | 4. Paolita Printed Crochet Knit Swimsuit | 5. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Giovanna’ Sandals | 6. Choices Floral Print Romper | 7. Blue Man Tropical Swimsuit ::

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Pinspiration: Ramen Noodles

This past Saturday my co-worker Trisha and I decided to grab dinner and catch up on what’s going on in our lives. It’s funny how you can work in the same office as someone and rarely get a chance to chat with them throughout the day. Working at a startup can really keep you busy and I have been totally slacking off in the friendship department. I’ve been working on scheduling time to meet up with friends and individuals I want to get to know better.

All I’ve been hearing about recently is the new ramen craze that’s happening in Chicago. I swear, every day on my way to the office I’m noticing a new noodle shop opening up. Since neither Trisha or I had tried out one of these noodle places yet, we decided to head over to Ramen-san in River North for dinner. First of all let me say that any place that takes reservations already has a golden star in my book. I don’t know if I’m losing the small amount of patience I have left or it’s the “getting older syndrome”, but I just hate waiting in line for anything these days. Both Trisha & I tried the Shio Noodles and added the fried chicken to it. We both thought it was delicious and filling. I ended up taking about half of my bowl of soup home and ate it for lunch the next day; leftovers were delicious. Since my dinner with Trisha, I’ve been craving noodle soup and bookmarked a few delicious recipes that seem easy enough for me to try out this weekend. Wish me luck!

Anyone have a favorite ramen place in the city that I should check out next?

:: Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup w/ Curry Roasted Acorn Squash – Half Bake Harvest ::
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:: Easy Homemade Ramen – Damn Delicious ::
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:: Simple Homemade Chicken Ramen – Fork, Knife, Swoon ::
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:: Quick Homemade Ramen – Pinch of Yum ::
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:: 20-Minute Spicy Sriracha Ramen Noodle Soup – Baker by Nature ::
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