this weekend was just perfect.
my mom was in town and we made the most of our few days together with yummy eats, a bit of shopping (i scored two coats!) and a relaxing morning at the spa. last night we decided to cook dinner together at home and stopped by the spice house in old town for a few ingredients. if you're from chicago and you haven't been, it's a must visit.
the options are endless. there's a section completely dedicated to grill spices which i cannot wait to try out in the summer (hello easy dinner with meat + veggies on the grill). they have over 5 kinds of cinnamon (amazing), and perhaps my favorite idea ... homemade dip mixes (fresh spices which can be added to sour cream or greek yogurt for a perfect dip).
i'm sure there are similar places in other cities that are just as amazing :)
find a new recipe, grab some spices, and cook up something new in the kitchen this week. its quite fun.