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Happy Animals Sure to Make You Smile...


Hope this puts a smile on your face today!










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What Is Your Favorite Kind of 'Tour'?


This past weekend, I went on a tour of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee with a few friends. I had never been on any kind of tour before, so I was absolutely excited for this one!

After waiting in line for about 45 minutes, we got our 6 oz. glass and four beer tokens, and headed to the bar. I'm not good at drinking {really, I'm not... my tolerance for alcohol is laughable}, so I chose the lightest beer they had, the Wheat Monkey. Two 6 oz. glasses in and I was tripping over my own feet... this was all before the tour even started. 


Even though it appears I can get drunk off of the mere scent of alcohol, I really liked the concept spending an afternoon touring a working brewery with all my friends.


So, in addition to breweries, what kinds of tours have you been on that you absolutely loved? I need some suggestions for more fun weekend activities!


Spectacular Sun Rooms...


The weather in Wisconsin is playing tricks on us... the days are longer, the birds are chirping, it's 45 degrees outside... and then it snows five inches.

For the last few St. Patrick's Days, I wore tank tops and sunglasses because it was repeatedly and unexpectedly close to 60 degrees and extremely sunny. Since St. Patrick's Day is 18 days from now, I'm hoping we have a pretty quick winter/spring transition so that I can once again, enjoy nice weather and sunshine... Until then, I'm just dreaming about having a sun room like one of these. Simply gorgeous!











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Not Your Ordinary Cabinet Doors...


These cabinet doors are seriously amazing. 












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Happy Friday...




It snowed last night. I have no complaints because it truly is gorgeous in my city this morning... however, I can't help but look forward to sunshine, crystal clear waters and seeing a real shadow again. I know that sounds silly, but it get's pretty dreary during the winter here, and shadows are hard to come by. I genuinely miss seeing shadows.

Looks like I will be planning a vacation this weekend...

{see you in a few days...}


A Few Questions About Me // Because I know You're Just Dying to Know!



Jenn over at Passenger Seat Perspectives tagged me in a fun game of questions... 

Although I'm cheating a bit by not posting the rules, re-tagging more bloggers or, well, not really following the directions whatsoever, here are Jenn's questions!




1. If you could choose one clothing store to shop at for the rest of your life (money is no object), which would it be and why?


I hate shopping. Hate. If I had to choose one clothing store though, I would probably choose Francesca's. 




Simply put, I dislike pants. I generally wear skirts with tights and boots during the winter, and dresses during the summer. I own maybe one pair of blue jeans, that I've had since high school, and I only wear them if I'm day-drinking. I know that sounds strange, but literally, the only times I can remember wearing them over the past few years have been during my college homecomings or watching football games at a bar with friends. So, I basically live in dresses, and Francesca's is my go-to place for adorable summer dresses!

2. If you were a Frappuccino, what flavor would you be and why? (you can make one up!)


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Green Tea! Yummm.

3. What is one value or life lesson that you want to pass on to your kids?


You are the main character in the story of your life.

4. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?



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Oh gosh, I honestly have no idea. I can say what powers I would never want to have though... I would never want to be able to read anyone's mind, have supersonic hearing, be able to walk through walls, be invisible or see the future. That is just way too much responsibility. {I'm thinking of the x-men movies and Charmed for my list of possible super powers} I think I would rather have something fun, like turning rain into baked goods like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

5. Why do you blog?


To find beautiful things.

6. What's something on your bucket list? (the list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket!)


Move to Maine. And become a fisherman. I'm not joking.

7. Who is someone you admire?



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My answer is pretty cliche... my mom and Audrey Hepburn. 

8. Which pair of shoes would you wear every day if you could?


Wedges. I live in wedges. I'm 5'10", but I pretty much have to wear heels every day. I don't know how runway models wear stiletto's though... when you're 5'10", gravity isn't kind to you when you trip and fall from that high off the ground. 

9. Where would your dream home be located?


Here.


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Here.


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Or here.


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10. What is your favorite feature in a blog?



gorgeous photos. It doesn't matter what they're of, as long as they're beautifully crafted, I'll love your blog.

11. What is your favorite book?


a book I read forever ago called Mimosa Grove by Dinah McCall... she paints a gorgeous picture of a quiet, haunted plantation home down south, I fell in love with it.

Cozy, Cluttered Cottages That Feel Like Home...


When I was little, my parents would take me up north to our cottage, where we had what seemed like a backyard three miles long. Our next door neighbors had a frog pond that I was 'told' was fifteen feet deep, but of course that's what you tell a six year old kid with an impetuous curiosity and no sense of danger, caution or fear. My little sister and I used to cover our bunk beds in blankets to make them look like Scrooge's bed from A Christmas Carol. All in all, I have fantastic memories from my time at our cabin, in Koshkonong, Wisconsin.

...which is why I'm partial to cozy, cluttered cottages like these. Things seem so much easier when clutter turns into your decor, and being surrounded by all of your favorite things trumps the need to have everything perfectly neat and tidy...










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Poor Man's Thai Peanut Noodles...


A few years ago, when I first moved to the city, my kitchen cabinets contained pasta, cinnamon, garlic salt and marshmallows. I didn't have enough ingredients to cook a full meal {I would if I lived in the movie Elf...} let alone follow any kind of recipe. 

When I first started exploring the world of cooking and baking, I would either venture out to my parents' house to utilize their pantry, or I would 'borrow' spices or ingredients I didn't think they'd miss, then bring them back to my apartment to cook with. Thanks for helping me build my kitchen inventory, mom!

{no doubt I will be getting a phone call after she reads this post, oops.}




Anyways, when I stumbled across a recipe for thai peanut noodles from Kelly over at Eat Yourself Skinny, I started making a grocery list. By the time I was ready to go to the grocery store and stock up on the ingredients I needed, I wasn't ready to go to the grocery store and stock up on ingredients I didn't have. Why couldn't I just use what I had and make a poor man's version of the recipe instead?





Here's what I had... basil, fettucine, edamame, peanut butter, lime juice and soy sauce. Oh yes, and sesame seeds, that I just so happened to find after I took the photos... oh well.

Works for me!



Sidenote: I had no idea peanut sauce was so easy to make... peanut butter, soy sauce and lime juice. This is why I love the world of cooking; I feel like I just discovered a centuries old secret or something. Well, cat's out of the bag... peanut sauce is ridiculously easy to make... now go make it!


Additional Sidenote: You have no idea how excited I am that I can now eat dinner when it's still moderately light outside. I cannot wait for summertime, balcony dinners and the smell of my neighbors' charcoal grill.


Poor Man's Thai Peanut Noodles...


  • 1/2 lb. fettuccine pasta
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter
  • a few leaves of fresh basil
  • Sesame seeds for topping (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cooked, shelled edamame


Preparation


  • In a large pot, boil water, then add your noodles.
  • While your noodles are cooking, whisk together 3 tbsp peanut butter, 3 tbsp soy sauce and 6 tbsp lime juice. It helps to microwave the peanut butter for 15 seconds or so.
  • Chop a few leaves {I used three large basil leaves} of basil and add to the mixture.
  • In a separate pot, cook your edamame for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Remove pasta from heat, then drain and return to the pot.
  • Add your peanut mixture, drained edamame and chopped basil. Mix together and plate.
  • Top with sesame seeds {that I completely forgot about until after I took the photos!} and serve.


enjoy...

Kitchens Full of Gorgeous Natural Light...


How gorgeous are these kitchen windows? 

I've found myself hard-pressed to cook and bake lately due to pure exhaustion. I know it's no excuse, but if I had a kitchen full of gorgeous natural light like these, I would have no problem finding the energy to make delicious home-made treats and meals on a daily basis!










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