1. The remainder of my birthday weekend in Chicago  – the whole thing was snowy and super cold, but we made the best of it and still enjoyed walking around.  The city was gorgeous in the snow!
2. I love a pretty latte.
3. The first night we ate at Topolobampo.  The second night – Girl & the Goat.  Absolutely incredible food!  We had such an amazing time, and I am already dying to go back.
4. Of course, we had a blast but I was aching to get home and cuddle my babes.  So glad they still like to cuddle.
5. This girl loves bunnies so much, she needs one to hold and one as a foot rest.
6. The beginning of our Rick Bayless inspired dinner at home – mango salsa, tomatillo salsa, guacamole and blood orange margaritas.  It was pretty much the best.
7. I already knew Ben was the greatest husband ever, but then he agreed to tromp around in the snow just to take photos of my knitting.  Confirmed.
8. One coworker said “None of that fancy stuff!  Just chocolate chocolate.” for her birthday.  How could I deny her that? Sometimes the classics are the best.
9. We’re taking a trip to Seattle soon, so I bought the kids some books to get them excited.  I would say they are almost as excited as I am.
10. Valentine cutie pie.
11. More knitting (cuffed hand warmers). I love these even more than I thought I would. They are also super quick to make – 2-3 days, tops!
12. I adore her.
13. I get way too excited about our Friday produce deliveries.  I just can’t help myself!
14. Lemon sugar smells incredible.  Make some!
15. Really working hard to find ways to amuse ourselves – come on, spring!
16. Family dance parties have become a nightly occurrence. Those pillows are electric guitars, obvs.

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • I wish I could knit, those cuffed hand warmers would be perfect for our fast approaching winter. Number 12 is such a beautiful shot. Have fun in Seattle! Getting the kids Seattle books was a clever idea. :)

  • Kim | Just For Clicks

    Ever since moving to Indy nearly 5 years ago, we LOVE going to Chicago. I’m super jealous you experienced Girl & the Goat…. I’ve heard it’s a 6 month wait for a Saturday night. Love seeing all your pics a month at a glance. I keep my Instagram personal – but wish there was an easy way to have an account for my blog. Assume you just have to log in and log out of your two accounts?

  • Erin Daily

    We just ate at Girl & the Goat on Saturday. What a treat! My inner Top Chef fangirl was super stoked and we were not let down.

  • Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly

    Oh, I’m sure you’ll love Seattle! The cupcakes look so yummie, and the picture of the cappuccino makes me crave one now.. Too bad it’s about bed time :-)

  • Lemon sugar! I love lemon-y sweets! Is there anything in particular that you use it for or mostly just to sprinkle a sweet lemon-y kick on to baked goods?

  • Andrianna

    Seattle is the best! Where do you plan to eat while you’re here??

  • Tara

    Excited for you to visit Seattle! Are you taking suggestions on where to eat while you’re in town??

  • Lakeisha Bing

    Annie, how do you find time to kick out these knitting projects, a blog and cooking!!!

  • Liz N.

    Love all the pics! The produce you get is just gorgeous. Despite the long and dreary winter we’ve had so far, it’s awesome to see such beautiful color. Lemon sugar…mmmm! Must make next time. Andrew and Caroline cannot be any cuter! I’m almost done with my herringbone cowl. Made a few mistakes but no one will know, other than myself. ;-) Have a great trip to Seattle!

  • annieseats

    Oh, I wish I ever knew how to answer this question well. I guess the only way is to say – I just do! I make time for the things I love, and I happen to love a lot of things – my family, my job, and my many hobbies. I tend to think if you really like something, you make time for it. At least that’s what I try to do!

    Yes, I am on Ravelry. Email me your username at annieseats at gmail dot com and I will add you as a friend.

  • annieseats

    Absolutely! I have saved a ton of ideas already, but would appreciate any suggestions and also where is the nicest/best place we could possibly go with the kids. (I don’t want to be like the people who took their baby to Alinea.)

  • annieseats

    I have a list to long to name right now, but feel free to send any suggestions my way. I would appreciate them! We will have the kids with us, but they will eat anything.

  • Andrianna

    Well I have to recommend Poquitos – my fiancé is a sous chef there and the food is fantastic! If you like Rick Bayless stuff then I think you’d really like Poquitos :) And it’s family-friendly! If you get a chance to try a Trophy cupcake (much better than Cupcake Royale, in my opinion) or a Top Pot donut, definitely don’t pass it up. Any Ethan Stowell restaurant is going to be pretty great – my personal favorite is Tavolata. The Tom Douglas restaurants are always good, but a little over-hyped – if you choose one, I’d go for Serious Pie. Tutta Bella Pizzeria is also a yummy pizza spot. The best Middle Eastern food I’ve had around here recently was at Mamnoon – it’s a little upscale but they seem to promote community/family so I think you’d be fine taking kiddos there. And I recommend Marination Station (or Marination Mobile) for a quick bite. The fried rice is so very good!
    PS bring your raincoat and boots, it’s been soggy here lately!

  • Patti

    I highly recommend Serious Pie for pizza while you’re in Seattle. It’s a Tom Douglas place and is great with the kids.

  • annieseats

    Thanks Patti!

  • annieseats

    Dude, thank you so much! Top Pot has been on my list since seeing it on TV years ago, but I knew basically nothing else about where to go. Ha! This list will be incredibly helpful!

  • annieseats

    In this case it was for use on the lemon lavender shortbread that I recently posted, but it is great in lots of things – on top of muffins, in pancakes, toast, etc. So many possibilities!

  • Andrianna

    You’re welcome, I’m glad to help! :) Let us know where you end up eating! What activities do you have planned while here??

  • Amy Kaufman Hill

    Trophy Cupcake is out of this world! I miss Seattle!

  • Danita Day

    You mentioned a love for biscuits so I would try Serious Biscuit. One of our favorite restaurants is Pam’s Kitchen in the University area. It’s soo good, but spicy so might not be best for kids. Everything from scratch and the homemade breads (dahlpuri and paratha) are sooo good. For a chocolate fix check out Hot Cakes in Ballard neighborhood.

  • annieseats

    I haven’t gotten to any firm plans yet. Just mostly making lists of possible things we will do. I’ve done so much research and have so many recs from friends who have lots of knowledge of it. In the next couple of weeks I will make more definitive plans for must dos, might dos, etc. We will split our time between a hotel downtown and then a rental property on Bainbridge Island.

  • Tara

    I will second the vote for Serious Pie, it is a must. I also vote for Trophy cupcakes, and will add that you have to hit Molly Moons for ice cream (and pick up her cookbook!). Good luck trying to decide on a flavor! Macrina is my favorite bakery in town (I have both cookbooks) but they don’t take reservations, so if the kids won’t handle the wait, Portage Bay Cafe is a great brunch and they take reservations. If you’re in the mood for burgers: Uneeda Burger or Red Mill (cash only at Red Mill, I always forget that). Also, I always recommend to out-of-towners: Aqua Verde. Great, super-casual, mexican food, with a unique and fun view of the water.

  • annieseats

    Thank you! Molly Moons is one of the only absolute musts that was already on my list because when I asked Caroline what she wanted to do in Seattle, the ONLY thing she wants to do is “eat pink ice cream”. Ha! So I did some researching and decided we had to try Molly Moons. Can’t wait, and neither can she! Some of your other recs were on my list too. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

  • Kate A.

    I love the Day at the Market book, it is the best! Looking forward to seeing your pics of Pike Place Market when you go.

    My must-eat place for you is Vios Cafe. They have great greek food, plus a little kids’ play area in the back. I wish we had a place like that here in Denver.

  • Mary Anderson

    Hi Annie, what program do you use to collage your photos in a grid like this? Thank you!

  • annieseats

    Thank you! I will add it to my rapidly growing list!

  • annieseats

    I use Lightroom to do it, but there are lots of programs that could do the same thing.