Sunday, August 26, 2012

What's new

Well what is new in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

I GOT A JOB! I am so pumped to finally teach and get paid for it after a year of student teaching! The school is a private preschool in Wauwatosa, although I have been told by Milwaukee natives to just call it 'Tosa. Anyway... I will be teaching upcoming 3 years in their first year coming to preschool!I could not be more thrilled. Unfortunately...I may not be able to cook every night! Sad for that.

I think when I got the phone call offering me the position that Tyler yelled louder than I did he was so excited! Now we will both be working all day! But that gave us a reason to celebrate this past week/weekend.

Ty and I went to our first Brewers game against the Cubs! It's their biggest rival because they are so close to each other. 

Go Brewers!
The stadium is really cool because it has a retractable roof

For some reason...my pictures would not upload so I stole these from Google
The Brewers won, and we had a blast going with our neighbors! It helped that we ate really unhealthy including ice cream, cheese curds, and nuts. But what else do you do at a baseball game!

This weekend, we were craving some Wasabi like back at home. So we found a restaurant kind of like it called Asiana. It was good, but it didn't have nothin' on Knox's Wasabi. After dinner, we met our new friends in Downtown Waukesha.

Our friend/neighbor Maren...she has a really great Minnesota accent! I love trying to copy it :)
We are really loving the people up here! Tonight Maren and Steve are cooking us dinner, so we are really excited! And to top off my first day at my new job tomorrow, I am attending a cooking class with another neighbor, Erin! We live in a fun and young apartment complex where we just keep meeting new people...who I think invites us places mostly because of our rare Southern accents! Even Tyler is told up here he has a twang :).

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A little bit of everything

As you can tell from my previous posts...we are LOVING this new crazy life that we have. It was such a blessing in disguise. I remember just under two months ago when Tyler told me his first job was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and we would be moving in less than a month. Immediate tears and immediate fears! However, I never imagined just six weeks ago that we would be so happy here as we are now. (I think it helps that it's a high of 70 degrees everyday...perfection). But more than the weather, we get to experience a new way of life, a new city, a new marriage, and new people. This is something we wouldn't have got to do unless we had taken this chance the Lord presented. It is so true the advice people gave when I told them I was moving away right after getting married. They said, "You will learn to depend on each other more than ever." I never knew how true this statement was until I experience it everyday! Marriage is such an eye opening experience and the biggest blessing I could ever imagine.

Without getting all sappy, I love it here. We miss our family and friends...BAD. But it is so fun when they get to visit us and we get to play tour guides for the weekend.

This weekend Tyler's Grandparents came for a visit while passing through on their journey across the country! We had agreat time showing them around. Friday night of course we went down to Downtown Waukesha and ate at the infamous Taylor's People's Park on the rooftop.
 We actually discovered there is straight view from our apartments from where we were sitting.
 Sadly, this same night...Ty's phone was stolen after being left on the table at this ice cream parlor. But there are worse things to happen! Just put a little damper on the night.
The next day...the boys went golfing and Kay and I walked down to the farmer's market and antique shops. I came back with fresh cheese curds and this little gem!
 We also bought a dresser at the same antique shop! Wooo hooo now we have a place to put all our clothes. Pictures to come soon enough :)

On Sunday, we drove into downtown Milwaukee and and ate on the Riverwalk. We also explored Third Ward a little more. I think I have decided it is one of my favorite places here. Anthropologie and The Home Market!! Almost like heaven.



No worries...Tyler got his haircut the very next day after seeing this picture.
All in all...we had a great time with our second visitors! We had a super fun week with new friends as well. I threw my first dinner party! Which I loved every minute of. I have dreamed of cooking and entertaining for friends for years in our first new home!


Dont mind the TV in the background...


Somehow it came up that Tyler brought his N64 up here with Mario Kart....look at the happiness on his face
All in all a fun and successful night!

And of course I have to leave you with something new I attempted this week...Deep Fried Cheese Curds. If you were not born in a hole underground in Wisconsin...then you eat these at least once a week. The best one's we have had up here were from the fair. You just don't get much better than greasy, deep fried cheese. But they are so much different than cheese sticks because the cheese doesn't really melt inside. And a curd is a little thicker than regular cheese if you've never had it.

But I will stop bragging about cheese curds since I am now a cheese head. I found these declicious fresh cheese ccurds at the farmers market and immediately needed a batter to deep fry them. I came up with this one...
WARNING: Your home will smell like a fair while frying...

Fried Cheese Curds

Ingredients:
Vegetable oil (for frying)
1 egg beaten
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup milk (or I heard beer could be used)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

1 (9-ounce) package fresh cheese curds, room temperature (Make sure they are room temperature or they are still cold with a hot crusty, crust)
* Use enough vegetable oil to completely cover cheese curds while frying.

Directions:
In a deep fryer or large pot, heat vegetable oil (375 degrees to 385 degrees F).
In a medium bowl, combine egg, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and milk or beer until well blended. Add flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder; mix until smooth. Drop cheese curds in batter. Using a spoon, turn cheese curds to coat thoroughly.
A few at a time, drop the coated curds into the hot oil; fry approximately 1 minute or until brown and puffed, turning to coat all sides (do not overcook, or the cheese curds will begin to melt and ooze through the coating. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels. Allow fried cheese curds to cool a couple of minutes before eating.
I top them with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve with a side of marinara!


Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Let me start off by saying (probably repeating myself) that the logistics of moving across the country are NOT fun! With that said, we are officially moved in! Have been for awhile, but I just wanted everything perfect. I am somewhat of a homebody so when I am home, I want to feel comfortable and like it is OURS. It was hard at times to turn that word MINE into OURS. But I enjoy it! However, I had to turn in some of my shabby chic-everything is pink and green- to more of a neutral style...for Tyler's sake at least! But I still have to have all my old shutters and doors and antiques :) I don't think the movers really understood my sense of style when they carried the 50 pound wooden door up the steps.

Anyways...I love our first/new home! I have had a lot of blogging requests to post pictures so have at it.

Living Room

Living Room


We are putting wedding photos in those empty frames soon!

Guest bathroom

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen


Dining area



Little laundry nook...leads to guest bath and guest bedroom! (Come all you visitors)

Room for our lucky visitors who make their way up here :)

Guest bedroom

Our little balcony!

Upstairs leading to the master bedroom loft and bathroom.


So I am not completely finished! I still would like to do more decorating in our bedroom and bathroom so that will be another post. Also we need curtains and rugs...but its a slow process for a first home! But now you can see how us Kiste's live day to day :).


Taco Tuesdays

I have found myself cooking a Mexican dish at least once a week. I can't say its always on a Tuesday...but the heading sounded good. This week it was an extra easy meal and cooked in the crock pot! It was super tasty, as well.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Recipe:
Prep: 10 Mins
Cook: 4 to 5 hours
*Makes about 12 tacos

Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or tenderloins)
  • 3 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 12 flour tortillas, warmed
  • Toppings: anything you want! I chose sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese (Wisconsin of course)  and shredded lettuce.

 Directions:
 




  • Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Combine lime juice and chili powder; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.(I chose chicken tenderloins so it did not take as long, about 3 and a half hours)
  • Remove chicken; cool slightly. Shred meat return to the slow cooker; heat through. Stir in corn and salsa.
  • Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve in tortillas with sour cream, cheese and lettuce if desired.
  • And voila!  
    I also served it with a chunky avocado salsa. This is just cause I was feeling a little crazy and I have never cooked with avocados before! I will warn that avocados got messy for me. But the Salsa was delish. I found it on this girls blog...Chef In Training and I definitely will be using her again!


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    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Dinner & Fun

    We had such a great weekend here in Milwaukee. I hope you did too! Fortunately, it was a 3 DAY WEEKEND because Tyler had Friday off. So to start it off...I went all out for dinner Thursday night when Ty got home from work. When you have too much time on your hands, its fun to dress up a weeknight meal! (And use those wedding gifts in the meantime :) )
    It probably took me longer to set the table then to actually cook the meal! It was a super easy meal, but super delicious. Tyler requested it again this week!
    On the menu:
    Grilled Salmon
    Grilled Parmesan Asparagus
    Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary
     Salmon Recipe:
    (Makes about 4 servings)
    • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/3 cup soy sauce
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1. Season salmon all over with salt and pepper. 
    2. In a small bowl start on the marinade by mixing soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Coat salmon with the soy sauce mixture, place it in a large casserole dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning the salmon once.
    3. Preheat grill for cooking over medium heat. 
    4. Lightly oil the grill rack. Place salmon on the preheated grill and cook the salmon for about 8 minutes on each side until cooked through. 
    5. Remove from grill and serve immediately.

    To top it off...Tyler came home with a sweet surprise! (If you are friends with me on facebook...you have already  seen this.) But I am so excited I shall share it again!


    He even knows how to win my heart with Baby's Breath in a vase.
    August 31st we are flying home to Knoxville and going to the first UT game in Atlanta. Woohoooo. I miss the Vols up here. Then we will be staying the rest of Labor Day weekend in Knoxville. I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE EVERYONE! All caps was necessary.

    Back to the weekend, we decided on Tyler's day off to go to Milwaukee's number one brewery tour: Lakefront Brewery.
    Isn't he cute..and still able to to smile despite being so sick of pictures!


    We actually got really lucky and hopped on the tour that the owner and founder of the company does once a week!

    BONUS: If you look in the bottom right hand corner...you will see that little electrical screen that says Eaton on it. That's what Tyler engineers! Kind of. Woo hoo. Represent.

    At one point, the owner asked who was visiting from out of town. Of course I raised my hand high. Only for it to be brought down by my smart husband who whispered "Kacey, we aren't tourists we LIVE here now."
    I still forget.

    That night we met some of our neighbors in Downtown Waukesha. Its so fun to walk there on the weekends for the free concerts! Of course if you know us...you know we ate at Taylor's People's Park. I should probably just call it "the place with the best sweet potato fries that I never get sick of."

    It was fun going out with new friends!
    Saturday...we actually explored the city of Milwaukee with one of Tyler's friend's from work who is a traveling and food connoisseur. He took us straight to the Comet Cafe. It has won about every food award that it possibly could in Milwaukee. It is also on the Travel channel and  food network frequently. I so wish I got a picture but I did not want to be "that" girl when dining with a brand spanking new friend!

    After our scrumptious brunch, we went and walked on Brady Street. It's just the cutest little street with tons of outside restaurants, cafes, and shops.
    There are three coleges within two miles of this straight so it is quite hoppin'.



    That afternoon, we went to the Milwaukee Air Show. It is a huge event downtown by Lake Michigan where huge fighter jets basically put on a show for everyone. It is on the radio with music and an announcer. I thought of it as Boom's Day but with planes instead of fireworks.


     
    It is such a pretty view!

     Afterwards..Ty's coworker took us to an Italian food market downtown. I went a little crazy with all of the fresh pasta and cheese and sauces. Needless to say, we have about four Italian meals to make!

    By the time night came....we were exhausted. But it is just so fun exploring a new city! Especially in a city where there is SO much to do. We napped all Saturday night and then had so much energy around midnight that we went to see the new Bourne movie! It was good...but it just doesn't beat Matt Damon.

    We hoped to attend a new  church we have been looking at...but instead slept right through because of the crazy late night movie. So I was surprised by my sweeeet husband (still can't get enough of saying that word) with breakfast in bed!
    Isn't he great?!


    Until next time....and I promise to not go as long so I can make these posts shorter! Thanks for reading and caring and praying for us on this crazy adventure :)

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Our first visitors!

    I was overly joyed to see my mom and brother come out of the airport last Wednesday morning! Three weeks is definitely the longest amount of time I have ever spent apart from my family and it was a little too long for my liking! Even though their visit flew by...we packed so much stuff into each day it felt like they lived with us by the end of four days!

    When I picked them up...I wanted to show them Lake Michigan. Its beyond me why its a lake because it looks just like a beach. So we drove up the coast on Lincoln Memorial Drive and took in the view. They had no idea Milwaukee would be so pretty!



    Then I thought we should have lunch somewhere on the Riverwalk Downtown. Tyler and I love the Third Ward District so we went there first...
    We ate at Rock Bottom Brewery right on the river and Landon and mom had their first cheese curds! If you have never had them...you will have them within the first 24 hours of arriving in Wisconsin. They are deep fried cheese curds served with marinara sauce and you will wish you'd never had mozzarella sticks when you eat these.
    After we ate and walked around the Public market and Riverwalk...we decided on a Brewery tour. This was a first for me as well! But a Milwaukee must do...because there are over 600 breweries just here in Milwaukee.
    And the nice Delta flight attendant told her the Miller-Coors is a must do. Even better...it's free! You even get three complimentary beers at the end to sample. Landon stuck with orange soda. Mom and I barely got one beer down...but its the experience that counts!
     After our adventurous day, I was eager to get home, rest, and show them our little home! I immediately started cooking because I was just so happy to get to cook for FOUR whole people, its a change up from two!

    Of course we ended every night by watching the Olympics!

    The next day, we went shopping! Milwaukee has huge shopping centers all around us. This was only neccessary having PHS's Best Dressed as a brother. It was so good just to do normal stuff with my fam again! I wish Greg and Colt could have been there...but we got many updated photos with Colt. Colt peeing, Colt playing, Colt sitting, Colt sleeping...and so on.
    I am getting off track...that night we went to the Wisconsin State fair. THAT is an experience. It is one of the largest fairs in the United States. Mom was a little apprehensive at first because of the Tennessee fair...but this impressed even her! Me, on the other hand, I was born for fairs. I love a good pig race.
    Tyler did get to come with us to the fair! Sadly, he had to work during the day on our fun adventures.

    Friday, the Jose Cuervo Volleyball Tourney was going on at the beach. (Lake Michigan Beach) Whatever. So i thought it would be fun to go for the day. It truely was! We packed a picnic and basically just relaxed and drank fruity drinks. Tyler and I went back two days later I enjoyed it so much. I believe the beach will shortly become a weekly thing for us. And who would have thought just two weeks ago I never knew this was so close to us!

    That night, we walked down from our place to Downtown Waukesha for the Friday night free concerts. We ate here first at Taylor's People's Park..which is our fav fav restaurant. Solely because of the sweet potato fries...but of course Landon and Mom ordered regular fries! No fun.
    But the concerts were fun...
    and ice cream and corn hole...

    Finally, spur of the moment...we decided on our Saturday plans. Let's go to Chicago! And we did. It is really not a bad drive..just 90 miles. We tested our knowledge on professional sports stars vs celebrities on the way...
    Tyler's one request for driving was that we would drive by Wrigley field.
    When we got there...we ate at Rosebud's. Apparently it is where a lot of celebrities eat when they are in town. Mom walked by a framed picture of Lebron James eating there and honestly said "Who is that guy?" I though Landon fainted spot on. I was more impressed by the Kardashians eating there.
    We also decided to do a boat tour around the Chicago Loop. I would SO suggest this to anyone whoever goes! There is no better way to see it than from the water. I think we all decided this was our favorite activity of the week.


     Don't mind the sweat...it was hot



    After the boat ride...we decided to really own up to being tourists and went to visit the Bean.


    Almost immediately after our last tourist stop...it came a torrential down pour. Our chicago day was cut short because of the storms! We were held up in Nordstrom for a solid hour before we decided to book it to the car.

    All in all, it was the best visit! I felt spoiled having them here that Tyler and I were both sad to come home from the airport to an empty home! However, it made us thankful for family and the new experiences we get to have with everyone who comes to visit. And fingers crossed, we will be coming home for Labor day! We couldn't miss Boom's Day?!

    To end the phenomenal week...Ty got tickets to see the Band Perry! It was so much fun...they even announced they were from East Tennessee. I wanted to tell them so badly that I was probably the only other person at the concert from there, as well!

    Until next time!
     
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