Sunshine & Raceday

The sun is FINALLY shining in Chicago!! It may only be 45 degrees, but that’s 75 degrees above our coldest point this winter, and thus people are already eating brunch outside and rushing for Fro Yo. Kenny and I finally … Continue reading


St. Patrick’s Day 2013

I had such a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year! My fiance and I celebrated on the 16th, because that is when Chicago had all the festivities. It was totally freezing and actually snowed during the parade, but … Continue reading


Go to Farmer’s Markets often: CHECK!

I’m starting to make some serious progress on my Fall Bucket List! I’ve totally fallen in love with Farmer’s Markets this fall. So much so that I’m going to be totally bummed to go back to buying my fresh produce … Continue reading


Best Night Ever

My best friend loves me and we’re going to be together forever! A little backstory on the engagement … I thought we were going to a going away party for one of our friends who was moving to Minnesota. I … Continue reading


Chicago’s Finest

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Somedays, I swear that Chicago is the greatest city in the world. (I only say “somedays” because the other days I’m still trying to get used to the excessive traffic and lines at Starbucks.) This Saturday, was definitely one of … Continue reading


Adventures at Navy Pier

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Before my friend moves to Texas, she has a bucket list of Chicago destinations to check out. I’ve gotten to take part in many of these adventures and I’m having a blast exploring my city! This weekend, we hit up … Continue reading


Best Saturday Ever.

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I got to do two very exciting things this weekend with some of my very favorite people. The first was a race called the Color Run. It sounds really silly when I say it out loud, but it is basically … Continue reading


Chicago NATO Summit 2012

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As (hopefully all of) you know, the NATO Summit was held in Chicago this year. I won’t pose to be an expert on the subject, but I can tell you that this is the first time that the summit was … Continue reading


Stuffed Mushrooms – Bacon, Cheese & Butter (Oh My!)

I’ve lived in Chicago for less than a year, but that’s more than enough time to fall in love with it. I have really hit the ground running (to use some of the corporate lingo that I’ve picked up) to make the most out of this city. I’ve seen some fantastic shows, eaten at some amazing restaurants, drank the local beer, seen the best of Chicago’s sports teams play, shopped on Michigan Ave., and the list goes on. There is just so much to do here, and I absolutely love doing things!

For as much as I love the city life, I also absolutely love coming home to my small hometown to visit. I love being able to cook out on the patio that overlooks an actual yard, visit the Starbucks that made me and drive fast on country roads.

Last weekend, I got to go home to visit my family. As always, I had an absolutely lovely time! Every time I go home, we have cocktails on the back porch, my dad grills a delicious dinner and my mom is always the advocate for game playing (sometimes she even convinces my dad to join in).

This time, my mom and I got to do some cooking of our own. We were going to make stuffed mushrooms. My mom had several packages of mushrooms in the fridge because a friend of hers saw that they were on sale and bought them for my family. (How cute is that?!) So I wanted to share this stuffed mushroom recipe with you all! From my kitchen in Rochester, to yours wherever you might be. We thought they were amazing.

Stuffed Mushrooms

24 fresh mushrooms
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

Clean mushrooms. Remove the stems, and set aside.

Place mushroom caps, stem side down, on a baking sheet lined with foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes at 425F. (NOTE: the photo below was taken after I took them out of the oven and flipped them over. Be sure to bake them flipped on the other side.)

Chop enough of the stems to make 1 cup. In a medium saucepan, cook the chopped stems, green onion, garlic and butter until tender.

Stir in breadcrumbs, cheese and bacon.

Spoon the mixture into mushroom caps.

Bake in a 425 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until heated through. Makes 24 mushrooms.