Willy Wonka And The Doughnut Vault!

Sometime this summer, I became a bit of a doughnut snob. Well, snob's not exactly the right word, because let's face it...there's no such thing as a bad doughnut right? Here's how it started.
I went to Firecakes and got an ice cream sandwich doughnut. Um...INSANELY good! I posted it on Instagram, and no lie, it got over 500 likes. PLUS, everyone started suggesting other doughnut shops in Chicago.
Which lead me to Glazed & Infused...
...and Stan's Donuts...
BUT...every time I stopped by The Doughnut Vault, I kid you not, the line was around the block. What gives?! I decided last Sunday, my morning run was going to be to The Doughnut Vault. They open at 9:30. I was there at 9:20. There was one woman ahead of me.

We stood in front of the tiny door and waited. One by one, other folks started lining up. I was BLOWN away by how many people showed up. We were all united by one cause...yummy doughnuts. It felt like the scene in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory when the doors were about to open and welcome in the lucky ticket holders. We all waited and watched the door. Tick tock, tick tock...and then...just like that, the tiny door opened.
I will admit, I had my doubts when I walked inside. THIS is how tiny it was. We are talking coat closet tiny. BUT...I kept an open mind and ordered a box of Chesnut and Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts.
This doughnut, my friends was a religious experience.
Ah-May-Zing! Yowza...safe to say, I'll be back!


#StreamTeam On Set!

Sometimes, I think it was a dream. Like, a "Did that just happen?" dream.
Did I really fly out to Hollywood and stay in this fabulous hotel room on the Sunset Strip?
Did I really get a moment without kiddos to lounge at the pool?
Did I really drive on to the Paramount lot, watch a taping of Season 2 of Netflix's Grace and Frankie...AND meet Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin?!
Did I really meet Gary Cole and his VEEP costar Sufe Bradshaw? (She took this pic!)

The answer to all of this is YES!

Meeting the stars of Grace and Frankie was the highlight of my blogging career. To say they are inspirational doesn't even scratch the surface of what they had to say about life, career, friendship, aging...I can NOT wait to share it with you.

Season 2 of Grace and Frankie comes out sometime next spring, and then I'm spilling the beans! We even got to take a picture on the couch of the beach house with them. CAN'T wait to see the pic. Until then, I'm re streaming Season 1. Please catch up with my Season 1 post here.

True story, I asked our wonderful Netflix contact if it was OK that I often post recipes with my Netflix posts. Not only was she OK with it...she said "Oh, Netflix shows and food pairings is TOTALLY a thing!" You know, because you can see some of my food pairings here, here and here. Good to know I'm not the only one ;)

SO...what are you waiting for?! Catch up on Grace and Frankie so we can figure out what we'll pair with Season 2!

*While I was invited by Netflix to visit a taping of Season 2 of Grace and Frankie, all opinions are my own.


Hosting a 7-Day Switch Up With Viva® Vantage®!

Tracking PixelWhile I was compensated for this post, all opinions and experiences are my own. The opportunity to host a 7-Day Switch Up with Viva® Vantage® was exciting!

As we all know, hosting a party means a lot of prep, and a lot of clean up. I decided to go with a fall color scheme, with a Chicago twist. (I was more than pleased that my Viva® Vantage® paper towels matched my color scheme perfectly.)
Now then, what to serve…I knew getting my guests involved would be a fun way to keep them involved in the party AND I wanted to encourage them to switch things up in the kitchen by using their towels with great stretch and scrubbing power. SO…I went with a caramel apple bar!
This was a great switch up from my routine washing fruit with Viva® Vantage® paper towels. The Revolutionary V-Flex™ Weave of Viva® Vantage® made scrubbing our apples both quick, and easy. It only took one half sheet for the job. Don’t you love how dipping caramel apples just gives you a happy fall feeling? It was so fun for my guests to gather around the kitchen for this easy fun activity!

If you know Chicago, you know what Chicago mix popcorn is. Cheddar and caramel corn mixed together is a complete slice of tasty heaven. The only downside is that orange glow on your hands. Having my Viva® Vantage® paper towels on hand with their stretchy-strength guests easily cleaned up their orange fingers and then toss the mess. EASY.
I wanted my guests to have something they could take home from the party. Decorating wine glasses with markers was another great activity that included my Viva® Vantage® towels. We washed and dried wine glasses with Viva® Vantage® paper towels. We were SO surprised to see that Viva® Vantage® towels are lint free! The cloth-like texture of the towels left our glass shiny, lint free and ready to decorate.
I wanted to share some of my 7-Day Switch Ups in my home:

-Everyone knows I’m a runner. When I get caught in the rain, filling your running shoes (or kids shoes) with Viva® Vantage® towels dries your shoes quicker with their sponge-like absorbency.
-Chill wine or bottled soda quickly by wrapping it with a wet paper towel and sticking it in the freezer for about 10 min.
-I was shocked by the scrubbing power of Viva® Vantage®! It took only ONE half sheet of Viva® Vantage® to clean my kitchens baseboards. You can rinse them in the sink and keep on cleaning. Feel the stretch – scrub the mess!
Try your own “7-Day Switch Up” by visiting their website for a Viva® Vantage® coupon to purchase and try the product yourself. After experiencing the stretchy-strength and great scrubbing power of Viva® Vantage®, dish on your switch and enter for a chance to instantly win a $100 gift card.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Viva® Vantage®.

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