Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tyler's Tilapia Tacos

Ever since Tyler and I went to California about a year and a half ago...we have been searching for some Baja fish tacos! In Orange County, they were everywhere. Now it is so hard to find them over here in the Eastern United States! So we found a recipe...and they are absolutely DELICIOUS. Maybe better than the ones we had in California. AND Tyler made them himself! Presentation and everything. Isn't he a stud.

Tyler's Tilapia Tacos

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup thinly sliced white onion 
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon canola oil 
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/2 ripe peeled avocado, thinly sliced 
4 lime wedges

****We cut this recipe in half because there are only two of us. But if would feed four perfectly!

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Combine jalapeño sauce and onion in a small bowl.
2. Combine paprika and next 6 ingredients (through ground red pepper); sprinkle evenly over fish. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
3. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Divide fish, onion mixture, and avocado evenly among tortillas. Serve with lime wedges.

And my Lodge cast iron skillet made it delicious! Would definitely recommend it with this fish. 
Eat up!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bucket List Saturday

Being in the working world now...we crave the weekends. We used to be able to do fun stuff every night when we first moved here because Ty hadn't started working yet and I was unemployed! Boy, was that the life. However, we are fortunate and blessed to have great jobs now! But that doesn't mean we don't cram everything we can into a weekend.

Friday Date night at the Cheesecake Factory
 And our jam packed Saturday begins...
Walking to the Farmer's Market for our weekly fresh flowers, corn, and apple cider!

A little antiquing...

Matching cords. married life
I have been wanting to go to this wine bar and tapas restaurant since we have been here! It's called Swig.
It ended up being as delicious as everyone said.
It even had a fireplace which came in handy while it was 45 degrees outside. 
Best grilled cheese I have EVER had. Gouda, mozzarella, red onion, and avocado spread. 
I wish I had gotten a picture but I just devoured it.
Obviously, I had planned this our perfectly because waiting for us right next door was anthropologie. A little bit of shopping went on...
One of the reasons why I love living in Milwaukee
After Tyler had enough of shopping...we headed over to a brewery tour at Milwaukee Brewing Company. Tours are actually really fun and really popular here. 
 Probably because you get a free pint glass with unlimited free beer. But I like seeing how it is all made and started!
The tour guys are usually pretty funny because lets be honest...all they do is drink all day.

Since we were downtown...we headed to the lake to take a walk on the beach. This is also something I crave during the week!

I wouldn't say the water was warm...

Such a beautiful day even when its cold! I am glad when we get to enjoy it since we live so close. After our busy crazy day...we did a little grocery shopping at Trader Joe's and decided to stay in for the night to make a homemade pizza. :)

It gets a little messy

Have a great and happy week!
Love, The Kiste's

Go Vols Fruit Pizza

Last weekend we were excitedly awaiting Saturday. Why? Because College Gameday was coming to Knoxville for the first time since 2004! If you're a Vol fan...this is huge. Sadly, we were far too many states away to attend. So we made our home feel as much like tailgating in G-10 as we could. (Alumni lingo). 
You have no idea how hard it is to find orange napkins up here...

Keepin it orange
We even motivated four more Wisconsinites into cheering for the Vols. Orange clothing was provided by us.

Unfortunately, we lost to Florida. But I'd like to think that we would have won if the game ended at halftime. Either way...we had good food and that's half of what football is about.
Delicious Ham and Cheese Sliders thanks to (Click for recipe)
And lastly...we definitely enjoyed eating this we were losing.

Fruit Pizza
1 1/2 Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Rolls
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe I used below)
Mandarin Oranges
or anything you choose!

Roll out the cookie dough onto a pizza pan. Cook according to directions on package...mine took about 5 minutes longer in the oven. Wait and let cool completely. Spread cream cheese icing on top. Top with desired fruit and refrigerate until serving.

BJ's DELICIOUS Cream Cheese Frosting
8oz Cream Cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 tsp Vanilla extract
5 1/2 to 6 C powdered sugar

In large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on med speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar to reach spreading consistency. Cover and store remainder in fridge. 

This recipe is from my bonus-grandmother and it is a NO fail for cookies, cakes, pumpkin bread...anything really. I've never tasted any better!


Apple Cider Cocktail

This is such a great drink for Fall! Especially for entertaining because you can double or triple or even quadruple it. (Spelling?) 

Apple Cider Cocktail
6 C Fresh Apple Cider
2 1/3 C Bourbon
3/4 C Lemon Juice

Garnish with lemon slices and apple slices. This amount made this large pitcher. Not sure how many servings cause we just kinda made it up as we went! Its very addictive and super sweet! Stir or shake and serve over ice.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wondering around

We find ourselves wondering around this crazy new town quite often. We have a bucket list started and we are slowly checking it off! Last Saturday...we went to the next town over to explore. Pewaukee is about 5 miles away. (Yes all cities in Wisconsin are extremely hard to say and very Native American-y.)

Isn't it cute? It overlooks a lake. There is 1.3 million lakes in Wisconsin (exaggeration)

always cheering on the Vols!

cute little boutique in an old church! Not sure if its sacrilegious...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Fall y'all

It may not officially be fall for another two weeks, but up here in Wisconsin (say that in a Northern accent like I do) it's definitely fall! I love right now. Love Love Love it. One way I know it is fall: it is windy and long sleeves feels heavenly out with a high of 70 degrees everyday. Here are some other ways I know it is fall...

Farmers Market purchases
 Fresh Autumn Flowers
Pumpkins everywhere
 Wine crates become decor
 Candy corn candy corn candy corn & candy corn
 Pumpkin beer
 scrumptious smells
 and last but not least...footballl!
go packers! I guess...?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Home Sweet Home To Me

When we came mom acted like we hadn't been home in years...maybe decades. But it wouldn't have felt like home if she hadn't done that! We arrived late from the airport and was so happy to be back in my childhood bedroom...
 And home with these two cuties....
 As I knew we would not be home during week days hardly any this year...I knew I had to visit my old student teaching preschool and see all my precious kiddos! It almost brought tears to my eyes. I love them so I have a whole new class of Wisconsian children instead of these Oak Ridge cuties!
 Later that Saturday night...we had a reunion with my whole family. It was my cousin Peyton's 18th birthday and they just went all out! My aunt's compared all their hard work and stress to my wedding day. They won't admit it...but they love big events!
It was at this cute little barn that happened to be right in Powell. Powell never ceases to amaze me with hidden gems! We were more than happy to be reunited :)

All of the cousin's but missing Dillon!

Happpy Birthday Peyton!!!

Later that night...we wanted to see absolutely everyone we could. So all of our friends, a few cousins, and my brother and Jessica went and gathered at OCI for hours on Saturday night. It felt good...and it felt like college again! It is such a blessing to have such a huge group of people close to us that care enough to  come out and  celebrate when we come home. I wish I had taken pictures of it! I think I was so excited I just never even thought to get out my camera.

The next day, Boom's Day, as we like to call it in Knoxville, Landon, my mom, and I just needed some Lenny's! Downtown Knoxville hadn't changed in a month and it was good to be back. After being in Milwaukee, it seems so teeny tiny, but home.

Lenny's success. For Dinner, the whole fam damily went over to my Nana's for a homecooked Sunday meal. On the menu: Meatloaf, fried okra, green beans, maccarooni salad, and sweet potatoes. Nothin' like it!
Thank you Nana!

AND for dessert...I made a favorite in our Kiste//Wright/Tipton house hold.

Strawberry Delight Tall-Cake

No one ever knows what to call it..the name changes everytime

They just beg "Kacey make that strawberry stuff!!"


1 Sour Cream Angel Food Cake
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup frozen strawberries with sugar
1 batch fresh strawberries
1 large cool whip container

Slice the angel food cake into four layers. Cut fresh strawberries.
In small bowl mix condensed milk with cream cheese until well blended. Spoon out frozen strawberries and stir into mix. Add 3/4 of fresh strawberries. Fold in cool whip.
Layer in trifle dish with angel food cake and mixture.
Top with the remaining strawberries! And I promise it will be a delicious dessert!