Comfort food: Tomato turkey burger shepherd’s pie

  With brutally cold weather in the Chicago area, I've been craving comfort food. Something that really helps you get warmed up when the weather is frigid is shepherd's pie, one of my favorite Irish meals. A stew-like dish covered in mashed potatoes — what's better? This was my first attempt at making this meal, so I [...]

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Cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are an autumn staple snack. Half the fun of carving a pumpkin is taking out all the gunk and seeds, to prepare to bake them. This year I wanted to do something different, so after searching online for inspiration, I came up with a yummy dessert-style cinnamon sugar pumpkin seed recipe. is a great [...]

Tea Review Tuesday: Crown Chakra Tea from Buddha

This week's tea is a little different from those that I typically review. I've recently made some lifestyle changes to incorporate more meditative behaviors into my daily routine. Lovely herbal teas have made the start of this journey smoother for me, especially Buddha's Crown Chakra, which I purchased about a month ago. This caffeine-free tea [...]

Book review: ‘Wild’ is a beautiful journey to finding yourself

This week I finished "Wild." The beautifully written memoir by Cheryl Strayed tells her roller coaster story of her multi-month hike along the gorgeous Pacific Crest Trail — as well as the events that inspired her journey. The book starts out with 20-something Cheryl reflecting on her life with her mother — discussing her childhood [...]

‘A Regal Corgi Tea Party’ celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s 63-year reign

Let's take a moment to appreciate the internet, and Youtube. Before their existence, we wouldn't have access to wonderful, adorable animal videos 24/7, whenever we need to see them. I love puppies and kittens, and I love tea. So when I saw Mashable's 'A Real Corgi Tea Party,' show up as a suggested video for me [...]