Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite of all the seasons. I live for cozy nights in illuminated by firelight (which I sorely miss at my chimney-less apartment). But what my home lacks in fireplaces, it makes up for in having a fully-functioning kitchen! I hated not having access to a stove or oven my first two years at school; I’m a cook and a baker, through and through. So now that I finally have a kitchen to call my own, I’ve been making ample use of it. (Sorry to my roommates for making tons of baked goods that I force you to eat!). And now that it’s finally starting to feel like fall in Chicago, I’ve been whipping up all the autumnal goodies. Read on for my favorite fall recipes! Read More »
It’s officially fall where I am! School is in full swing (I even made it to a tailgate for football this weekend!), it’s starting to get chilly out and Halloween is just around the corner. While I’ve been enjoying my cinnamon scented candle and pumpkin flavored-everything, I have also been super busy with school and work. I hate not having the time to write, but I have to prioritize the less-fun aspects of my life sometimes.
To keep my busy life in order, I stay super organized. I use a bullet journal/planner, I stay on top of my schoolwork and I participate in class. Sound easy? It isn’t. Streamlining my academic and extracurricular responsibilities takes a lot of work and it can definitely overwhelm me sometimes. But I had an enlightening conversation with a friend recently. She told me that, from her perspective, my life appears pretty great and stress-free. Say what?
Between the ages of eight and 15, I went to a sleep away camp each summer. Whether it was for four weeks or eight weeks, I always spent part of my summers in rural Wisconsin. I sailed around the lake, made too many friendship bracelets to count and went on my fair share of camping trips (canoeing through Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada; hiking Isle Royale and the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan; sea kayaking on Lake Superior….just to name a few!).
My favorite part of camp, though, was sitting around a bonfire under the stars, making s’mores and singing camps songs. I know it sounds so cheesy, but camp is one of the things I miss most about being a kid. And now that this summer is coming to a close, I’ve been reminiscing more often about my camper days. So what better way to celebrate the good old days of summer than with s’mores cupcakes?
My mom and I have made various s’mores-themed goodies over the years, but these cupcakes (and cake!) might be my favorite. They use real Hershey’s chocolate and homemade marshmallow frosting, toasted to a perfect golden brown (anyone who burns their marshmallows is wrong!). Read on for the recipe – and fair warning, this is what I call a project. It’s pretty involved, but each step is super easy and the results are so worth it. I highly recommend them for your Labor Day celebrations this weekend if you want to impress your guests! Read More »