Travel

Napa

March 22, 2017

After a few days spent in San Francisco, we headed to Napa for a couple days. My cousin Melissa is a winemaker there so we got the royal treatment! We slipped up to Sonoma for a couple hours to check it out. The drive from Napa to Sonoma is insane! We got to drive around the Sonoma square and look at the cute shops and restaurants. I would love to come back to see more of the area. After that we made the trip to Petaluma to go to Lagunitas for dinner and drinks. We have spent a considerable amount of time at the Lagunitas in Chicago, so we were really excited to check out the OG.

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San Francisco

March 20, 2017

Mitch and I recently had the pleasure of taking a trip to San Francisco to visit family. It was the trip of a lifetime! I couldn’t imagine a better vacation. Time spent with family, beautiful scenery and the most incredible food! We even made a trip up to Napa and Sonoma but more about that in the next post.

I have been lucky enough to visit San Francisco several times in my life. It’s been quite a while since my last trip, and I was so lucky to show Mitch why I loved it so much. My Aunt and Uncle met us at the airport, and without wasting any time, we headed straight to the Golden Gate Bridge. Wouldn’t it be cool if those people in the picture below were us? No idea who they are. Anywho, it was such a beautiful day! Unseasonably warm and hardly any fog. There was also a really cool art exhibit going on at a building where we stopped to view the bridge so we checked that out as well.

We stopped and met my cousin for lunch, walked around Mission for a bit and then headed to Benecia (where my Aunt and Uncle reside) for a delicious homemade dinner which included Raclette. I’m officially obsessed with Raclette now, thanks Aunt Maureen!

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Chinchilly & Co’s Favorite Pumpkin Beers for Fall

October 27, 2016

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Mitch and I are lucky enough to live in one of the best neighborhoods that every existed and let me tell you, we know how to celebrate Halloween. It usually starts with a movie outside for the kids followed by chili, candy and lots of pumpkin beer!  We always have such a great time and this year it looks like it might also be quite warm (which is definitely a first).

So, as Halloween and Thanksgiving quickly approach, I thought it best to do a roundup of the pumpkin beers. I know, you’re welcome. It’s tough work but someone has to do it! I enlisted the help of my husband Mitch, a beer connoisseur of sorts, to pick his favorites. Just another way to enjoy the familiar feelings of fall and get your drink on.

Whether you plan to carve pumpkins or have a nice selection of seasonal beers for your thanksgiving feast you should plan on giving these a try. I mean you should probably try them all out before hand, you know just research’s sake. I hope you like the selection we’ve picked! Let us know which one is your favorite! Continue Reading

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Things We Heart- August

August 29, 2016

August is such a weird month to me. It’s clearly still summer (read: HOT) but it feels like it should be thrown in the fall category. Kids are going back to school, grocery stores start selling apple cider and ripe apples and all of a sudden everything suddenly becomes pumpkin and cinnamon flavored.

This month’s Things We Heart is all about savoring those last few pieces of summer. This denim dress from Madewell is perfect for a late summer picnic. I also love Oribe Texturizing spray for the perfect beachy waves and Nars lipstick in Heat Wave is my favorite bright red-orange for a statement lip. Enjoy what’s left of summer! Fall is almost here!

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Oscar

August 26, 2016

Hello Everyone!! Sorry for being MIA the last week or so! Mitch and I recently expanded our family with a new puppy named Oscar and I am here to tell you all about it!

With that I will say….. puppies are a lot of work. When my 18 year old poodle Spike passed away last year I was absolutely devastated. He had been my dog through a lot of tough times in my life and had always been there for me. He was my best friend. It took awhile to think about the idea of getting another dog and I had some very high expectations. After 18 years I also forgot what puppies are like. I was expecting that we would go pick one out and he would be everything we wanted right away. I forgot about all the work involved and how much it would change our lives. Don’t get me wrong, he is the cutest little pork chop in the whole world and I already love him with all my heart but it’s easy to focus on the fun and exciting reasons you wanted to get a dog in the first place. It’s easier to forget about the 3am potty breaks and nighttime puppy cries, the constant chewing of fingers and shoes, the “accidents” on the carpet, the heartache that comes with leaving the house to the sound of sad little whimpers. But as difficult as this time can be it’s comforting to know that it’s just a phase and he’s just a baby trying to learn how to cope with challenges.

I leave you with a couple pictures of our sweet Oscar. I hope this face brings you some happiness on this glorious Friday!

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Food

Homemade Flavored Croutons

August 10, 2016

Guys! I have the secret to next level salads right here! Homemade croutons. Seriously so good and so easy.  These are the answer to the leftover bread you don’t want to throw away but have no other use for!

I’m going to be real with you, salads aren’t really my thing. Too many vegetables for my child-like palette. So if I’m going to eat one, I’m going to make sure it’s the best dang salad that’s ever lived and these croutons are going to be on it!

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Cactus Club

August 8, 2016

It’s funny… this summer has been so hot here in the STL cactus don’t even really seem that out of place. While I’m over this heat, (don’t worry when it’s freezing I’ll complain about that too) I am so into cactus decor and accessories right now.

I know we talked about my black thumb before but do you know how hard it is to kill a cactus?! I bought a little one for my house a couple months back and I don’t think I’ve watered it for close to a month. No seriously. I’m not exaggerating. It still looks like a million bucks too! Anyway, I found some badass cactus stuff I thought you’d like. Check it out below!

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Gold Medal Brownies

August 5, 2016

I don’t know about you all but I love watching the olympics! Seriously, I am glued for two weeks. Good-bye Netflix, good-bye Bachelor in Paradise. I have buff people to watch. It’s also really good gym motivation am I right? So I thought I would share something deliciously NOT healthy. But I guess it’s kind of healthy when there is fruit involved….. maybe? These brownie “medallions” are really tasty and beyond easy to make.

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Balsamic Strawberry and Ricotta Crostini

July 29, 2016

I am really excited about this recipe. There are a couple reasons. The first is that it is a recipe that involves strawberries which must mean that it’s strawberry season and that means summer (clearly). The second is that I came up with this because I have finally accomplished my life long goal of getting my hubby to like strawberries. Mission Accomplished.

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Now that we’ve established that strawberries are amazing (especially during summer) I must also mention that this recipe involves balsamic vinegar and cheese which I must say are two of my favorite things. That’s really all I have folks. I’ll let these delicious little bits speak for themselves!

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