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Great News and a New Challenge

We at the Newly Feds would like to say we are very sorry for having not updated or posted in the past few weeks. We could try to make excuses, but honestly can’t. We could tell you that we “got busy” or “had a lot going on” but that wouldn’t exactly be true. While things have been going well for us, we just haven’t been in the mood to post lately. We have been cooking, but we haven’t been taking the necessary pictures or getting our recipes together. Most of our has been spent having fun together, but just not focusing on the site as much as we need to. So, for that, we are sorry. We hope you can find it in your hearts to keep us on the old Google Reader (highly recommended) and stick with us. And to all those out there demanding new posts (you know who you are, and yes, we have gotten your emails), worry not. New posts are on the way.

Sean & Kate at the Vertigo Sky Lounge in Chicago

Now, that said, it is time to get on with business. We at The Newly Feds are very excited to share some fantastic developments. First, we’re incredibly excited to announce that Sean (finally) has secured a full time position as an attorney. This has been a long time coming, and we couldn’t be happier. Sean plans on beginning work the first week in June, which is awesome. (Here is a Newly Feds Top Tip for all you out there with the grad school bug: AVOID LAW SCHOOL. Legal job market = ROUGH!). Second, we have decided to embark on another challenge; the Feds are going frugal! Taking a cue from our successful quest to give up meat for Lent, we are challenging ourselves again. The experiment: can you make delicious, appealing, and healthy food at home, all while sticking to a strict budget? We certainly hope so! We’re calling it the Feds Under Fifty Project. In essence, we have committed ourselves to sticking to a $50 weekly grocery budget, all while making recipes that are creative and fun. We are pretty pumped for this for a number of reasons, but mostly we want to see if we can eat well all while saving some money.

So, that is about it for now. If you have any ideas or good recipes that might help make this challenge more fun, let us know. In the mean time, we will be brainstorming and cutting coupons (Kate is an Extreme Coupon-er in training. Hear that TLC?). Thanks again for reading, and as always, stay hungry.


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Meet The Newly Feds!

Welcome to The Newly Feds! We are the Abernathys, a newly married couple living near Chicago. We are in our first year of marriage, and we are setting out to enjoy our new life by cooking and eating our way through our favorite foods and visiting some of Chicago’s best restaurants. “Wow,” you might say, “‘newly wed weight gain‘ is going to hit them…and hard!” Don’t worry, we promise to remain our svelte, sexy selves all while living life to the fullest. In fact, we are hoping to do just the opposite and prevent the blissful bulge, staying healthy and happy, all while avoiding ever being hungry.

Mine's mint. What's yours?

The svelte and sexy couple.

So what qualifies us to write a food blog and why should you read it? Well, besides being an educated, healthy, and fun-loving young couple, we are actually pretty decent cooks. We know that these days it is hip to describe yourself as a “foodie”, but, seriously…we know food.  Sean,  an attorney, nearly attended culinary school, is an adventurous home cook, and reads just about anything he can get his hands on about restaurants, food and food culture. Kate, a registered dietitian, is not only a certified expert in nutrition and clinical dietetics, but is also a fantastic cook and an avid baker. Together, we are a couple who loves little more than a beautiful, delicious, and healthy meal cooked with a little creativity and whole lot of love.

As we say in the title, this is a blog about food, love, and marriage. In essence, this blog is designed to be a chronicle of who we are as a couple, what we love to cook, and how much we love to eat (in moderation, course). As of now, there is no set schedule for posts, but we promise to post as often as time allows.

So, that’s us in a nutshell. We hope that you enjoy the site and visit often.

Stay Hungry,

Sean & Kate


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