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Good Morning! Since things have been a bit random in nature lately, I thought that should dictate my latest post. Here goes everything…
1. I can’t wait to head out to The Ruby Tap and Firefly in Wauwatosa tonight with my lady food blogger friends. From Oscar parties to brunch, many a laughs are sure to be had…not to mention good food and wine :)
2. So last night I had a massage. In the 5-7 or so that I’ve had, no one’s ever talked to me (maybe conversation loses its luster when you’re staring at someone’s bare back?). Anyway, I had the chattiest massage therapist last night. But she was a hoot. Giving people the rub down is her second job. Her 9-5 is being a parole officer for the criminals of Milwaukee. Besides indulging me in fun stores, she was also awesome at giving book recommendations, which I will be passing onto Laurie and Brittney for our book club.
The first one was Kris Radish’s “Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral” about the friendships and connections attached to one woman who dies (that’s the short version). But it really sounds good on Goodreads!
The second was a book I heard about on the “Sunday Morning Show.” I’m not a fan of Dean Koontz (I’ve actually never read any of his books), but she said the memoir about his dog is fabulous. It’s called “A Little Big Life: The Memoir of a Joyful Dog.” My massage therapist said she laughed and cried while listening to the audiobook. And a book that tugs at my emotions on my 45-minute commute to work sounds like a winner to me!
3. I have until tonight at midnight to get the best deal on registering for the Fox Cities Half Marathon. It’s $50 until April 30 before jumping to $65. After looking at the pictures from last year’s recap, I really want to run this one. But I also want to run some additional races with friends. Nothing like cutting in down to the wire! I don’t know why I’m so torn. I just need to sign up and do it. At least I’ll look happy when I’m done!
Question: What do you procrastinate on?
(And yes, I’m aware I’m ending a sentence when a preposition, which my old creative director absolutely hated. But I firmly believe in making up your own rules in writing and in life.)
Holy Bachelor! Was anyone else shocked when Ashlee got the boot last night? As a fan of Desiree and Ashlee, I really hoped Sean would pick one of them. Brenton’s vote is on Catherine (and mine too if I have to choose).
From TV to film, several Milwaukee food bloggers celebrated the Oscars in style at Karis’ house on Sunday night.
None of us knew who was going to win, but we did know one thing: We’d all be indulging in some delicious eats. As ever the elegant hostess, Karis brought out all the stops, from pumpkin “Hollywood” cupcakes with cream cheese icing to movie popcorn and theater candy.
The rest of us each brought a dish to pass. Molly brought caprese skewers with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and salami. Inger brought Life of Pi curry salad and vegetarian sliders. Erica brought mini crab cakes that I will be making as soon as she posts the recipe. I’ve never thought of making crab cakes in a mini muffin tin, but it was a great idea for a party. Since I had no time to make anything, I brought Trader Joe’s Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip with carrots and Life Should Taste Good chips.
Photo courtesy of Karis
Before the show started, we each filled out ballots to guess the winners. Halfway through the show, we played a dirty Santa game with prizes that Karis gave us. Since I was in second, I got the choice to either pick a new prize or steal one from someone else.
Photo courtesy of Karis
Lisa originally got a Wisconsin Foodie and movie prize pack (and yes, that’s a photo of Kyle Cherek and I from our cheese tour this summer). So it was fate that I received this one (after Inger stole it from Lisa, I stole it from Inger).
Photo courtesy of Karis
Because Erica and I left early, we missed some of the best parts of the show (like Barbra Streisand singing) and the biggest awards of the night. Oh well, that’s why there’s DVR :)
Thanks again to Karis for hosting! I can’t wait for another MKE food blogger bash.
Question: Have you ever been to an Oscar party? What was your favorite part of the show? I actually hosted a small party last year, where we made homemade pizzas. I actually forgot about it until just now!
If you’re a foodie in Milwaukee, you’ve heard of the Bartolotta’s restaurants. One of the most well known is Lake Park Bistro. I’ve always wanted to dine here, and I finally got my chance Tuesday night at the MKEFoodies event.
MKEFoodies is “the” food blogging community in Milwaukee. They do monthly get-togethers at some of Milwaukee’s best restaurants, plus charity events like Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
Karis, Chris and Lisa. Photo courtesy of Joe Laedtke, EatingMilwaukee.com
At first I was a little nervous about going because all my food blogging friends were brining their hubbies (Karis with Chris, Lisa with Craig, and Molly and Mike), and I was showing up solo. Thankfully Molly and Mike got there before me. Speaking of which, Mike is actually my coworker, but I had never met him because our company is so big. What a small world!
Me being caught on the fly. Photo courtesy of Joe Laedtke, EatingMilwaukee.com
Molly and Mike. Photo courtesy of Joe Laedtke, EatingMilwaukee.com
My last MKEFoodies event was at Roots in Milwaukee about 2 years ago. My, have things changed! Now only was the crowd about 5 times bigger, but there was much more of an emphasis on food. We tried wine, escargot, pate, steak, crème brûlée and a lemon tart. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection (especially the escargot). And the atmosphere of Lake Park Bistro was just gorgeous. If you ever needed to plan a special date (anniversary, birthday), this place is perfect.
Just some of the delicious eats at Lake Park Bistro. Photo courtesy of Lisa.
Wining and dining with Molly and Mike. Photo courtesy of Lisa.
Question: Is there a restaurant in your town that you’ve always wanted to go to?
Besides Lake Park Bistro, I’ve always wanted to dine at Ristorante Bartolotta in Wauwatosa, Sanford in Milwaukee and Thai-Namite on Brady St. in Milwaukee.
The race didn’t start until 1 pm on Saturday, so I had all morning to drink coffee, clean and hang out with Oliver. The race takes place inside the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee (It looks like a skating rink with a track around it). Here was my race outfit: lucky pink tank top (which I wear for every race), grey capris, Zensa argyle compression socks and Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 sneakers.
My breakfast that morning consisted of coffee and baked oatmeal (which I must really post about sometime. It’s the best!).
I wasn’t hungry enough to eat my banana so I took it along with me to eat between laps. Since we had 4 girls running 26.2 miles, we each ran 4 laps at a time (1.1 miles).
I ended up just eating the Clif Crunch bar and the banana. While constantly running, my appetite went down to zilch.
Go team Buns on the Run!
Laurie and I decompressing before the race.
One thing I didn’t expect was for the track to me so dry. For some reason I wasn’t that thirsty and only drank about 16 oz. of water the whole time I was there.
Our teammates Sarah and Karissa. Karissa loves cats…almost too much!
Laurie bookin’ it.
Between reps we warmed up with the sexiest blankets you’ve ever seen (covered with dog hair no less).
We placed 59th out off 99 teams and finished at 3:40:53 with an average pace of 8:26. I think we did an awesome job considering we switched runners 26 times (and each time we had to swap out an ankle timing chip). Also, we didn’t take ourselves too seriously. Most of us considered this race a workout and didn’t train too hard. This winter I’ve been running only 2x’s per week plus a bunch of strength training and other cardio. So considering that, I was pleased with my performance — and the rest of my team. These ladies did an awesome job and made the whole event worth it!
Although this was a fun race, half marathons are more my style. I’d much rather get the running over with and party at the end! Since we have so many races around Milwaukee, I’d love to run a 10k or two this summer (hopefully with Laurie and Brittney!). I always run my races alone and it is much more fun when you have a friend along.
Question: Do you have a running sweet spot? (i.e. a distance you stick to for races?) I find it hilarious that I’ve run 3 half marathons but only one 5k. I need to add some diversity!
Happy Friday! Working a full week after a holiday is always though, but I’m glad I’m getting back into the swing of things — hanging out with friends, reading awesome books, working out and being productive!! Here’s a snapshot into what’s been going on lately.
1. Thanks everyone on your suggestions for How to Kill a Sugar Craving. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has a hard time with this. Yesterday I did pretty good by my standards. I only had one TINY truffle all day.
Last night I met some friends/former co-workers at El Beso in Greenfield, WI (be very jealous, Brittney!) I ordered the enchiladas verdes with rice and beans. My only complaint was I wish there was more verde sauce.
Since I’m well aware that this is very indulgent, I ALWAYS bring food home. That way I feel like I’m satisfied by getting what I want, but I don’t feel guilty because I get two meals out of it. From this picture, I took home 2 enchiladas (out of the three), plus some rice and beans. Brenton is going up to Appleton this weekend, so I’ll be a lone chick with Oliver tonight. I also wanted leftovers so I didn’t have to cook tonight :)
2. I am reading such an awesome book for book club that I need to shout it from the rooftops. A friend recommended “Matched” by Ally Condie as a book similar to “The Hunger Games.” They are in fact very similar. It’s about a society in the future and how the government controls citizens by matching them for procreation to produce optimal offspring. I’m listening to this one on audiobook. I really love Ally’s voice. Sometimes the production company can kill a good book with the wrong voice, but they made a great choice on this one.
3. For me, weekends are all about relaxing and being productive. I love reading the newspaper on Sunday and drinking coffee while watching “The Sunday Morning Show” on CBS. And yes, I’m still one of those people who subscribes to the newspaper. It makes sense since I write for one!
On the flip side, I love getting errands done, cleaning our apartment, catching up on freelance assignments and taking a class or two at the gym. I’m making this the weekend to put all of our Christmas decorations away. Plus, Sun is having one of her clothing swap parties again! I LOVE these and will make sure to post any fun outfits I receive.
If you have some time to relax, consider making these Apple Butter Pancakes from Laurie. Since I have a few jars of Cranberry Apple Butter leftover from canning this summer, I would definitely substitute that for regular apple butter.
Cranberry Apple Butter Pancakes
Adapted from Laurie at Love, Laugh, Laurie!
3/4 cup pancake mix
1/3 cup cranberry apple butter
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Combine all the ingredients to make your batter, and prepare the pancakes as you normally would. Enjoy!
TELL ME: Are you more about relaxing on the weekends or catching up from the week? What book are you reading?
In addition to “Matched,” I’m finally reading “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey. I know there was so much controversy surrounding this book, but I am keeping an open mind.
Confession: I’ve never seen Downton Abbey (ok, maybe 5 minutes worth). But when Karis invited me to a tea party, the chance to get together with some awesome Milwaukee food bloggers and gossip over tea and treats was too much to pass up. The concept of this party was simple: Just bring your favorite tea and give a bag to each guest. At the end of the swap, we all had a bunch of new teas to try. I contributed Rishi’s Chocolate Chai tea.
Last night’s tea party was the first time I met Abby from The Frosted Vegan. I love the fact that our Milwaukee food blogger crowd continues to expand. And of course, it was great to catch up with Molly, Karis, Inger and Lisa.
Hostess Karis gave each guest their own monogrammed coffee mug from Anthropologie. How cute and thoughtful!
Great way to end the weekend, if you ask me!
Thanks to everyone who entered by Enstrom Toffee Giveaway. The winner is…
Question: Have you ever been to a TV-themed party?
I remember Grey’s Anatomy parties were all the rage in college. But if anyone wants to start up a Bachelor watching party, you know where to find me :)
Happy New Year’s Eve! As I’m switching my planner to 2013, it seems like I was shopping for a 2012 planner at Target just yesterday. This year seemed to move at lightening speed — with a new nephew, new jobs, new friends, new gym, new home projects and a whole lot more. Yes, 2012 was an awesome year, but I feel strangely optimistic that 2013 will be even better :)
Since the countdown is happening tonight, I thought I would do my own. Here are my Top 12 Recipes of 2012.
#12) Coffee Rum Chata
#9) Tamale Pie
#1) Shrimp and Grits
Question: What is your favorite recipe from 2012? Links welcome!