Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I feel like a proud mama bear. This past week I've been filled with joy over some people close to me. Two of them...but really all these girls...are high school seniors who felt The Lord working in them and needed to share it. I've known these girls since they were 15 and I've loved watching them grow. Nell and Shelby were able to stand in front of their high school peers and openly share the gospel in hopes others might hear.I couldn't be happier than I am knowing these girls are in good hands and in a phenomenal community of believers as they finish senior year! I only wish I could be there to share it...but I am from 600 miles away!

Another proud moment? My cute little husband in our paper for being in charge of the United Way Foundation at his plant for Eaton Corp. As an engineer I don't think he ever thought he would be in charge of charity foundations but he worked really hard and earned recognition! 

And that brings me to tonight...which started off with our power being off for about three hours. It was cold. And there was a winter storm warning. This was about a half foot of snow. We will be getting tons more over the next 24 hours...but don't you worry...school will still go on! (Ridiculous)
what he does best...throw snowballs

this was in the middle of me saying "snooooow"
and ending the night with homemade hot chocolate...thanks Starbucks for the huge marshmallows!
This weekend we will make our way to Indianapolis to see Ty's parents! Lets hope for less snow...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Congrats Mom!

This precious little lady is being honored tonight at the Teacher of the Year banquet in Knox County! (For the second time I might add) So proud of my mom and how hard she works.

Love you

The Walking Dead

So Saturday night may have been one of my very favorite nights. Possibly in my top 5. Over the past six months, 
 Ty and I have been obsessed over the TV show The Walking Dead. For those of you that don't know what it is...just watch it. For me to explain the plot, you would say we were crazy for loving a zombie-apocolypse show. Okay I gave a little away.

So we have been waiting for the cast and creators to come have a show at the Riverside Theater for months! They did three shows in the U.S. and crazily, they picked Milwaukee as the finale. My sweet, zombie-crazed husband got us tickets on the 4th row. THANK YOU! It was awesome. To top it off...they came down to the first couple of rows to meet and greet. Oh yes, we were beyond pumped. FYI for you crazed fans like us...Maggie actually has a British accent. Who knew?

aren't they cute?

The funny thing was...they are kind of just like their characters. Except Maggie, she was more of a proper girl than a bad-A. But Darryl has the natural character part down to a T.

Fun, fun night! Oh and to top it off, we ate at A.J. Bombers before for the first time. "Best Burger in Milwaukee" dubbed by  Food Wars.

Super fun place...these little rocketships are filled with peanuts, then pushed on a track to your table and spill out peanuts. Next visitors that come up here...we are taking you here!

If you want to see this place on the Food Wars episode, click here :)


I will say I loved Valentines Day this year. I don't know why. Actually I do...cause I'm married! Its almost like it felt okay to be really really cheesy. Also working at a preschool, its a pretty high energy day. The lovebug will get ya! (Ok I apologize...but we did read a book called The Lovebug and made our own lovebugs with aluminum foil)

Anyways...Ty surprised me the night before when he got off work and just said "We have to be somewhere at 8." Okay I thought. Not a whole lot of info.

Low and behold, we went to the melting pot. Probably because of the one thousand subtle hints I drop every time we pass it saying, "Gosh I would love to have some white chocolate fondue sometime." I guess Valentines Day was as good as ever! 

 It was fun to do something like that on a week night.  In college, it was completely normal to stay up late and do random/senseless activities. Oh the good ole days. But when you both work..the nights get the best of you and you're asleep every night by 9 just dreaming for the weekend to start!

So the next day I come home to these flowers and a card and a cheesy "I love you balloon" with yes, more chocolate. I cooked a yummy meal and dessert!
We even found almond champagne we had in  California that I fell in love with. It was a great Thursday night! 
 On the menu I made pork tenderloin, sweet potato casserole, and a broccoli and cauliflower bake. Of course with....

Emily's Snicker-doodle Cake

To say its good is an understatement. Its delicious. Really and truly delicious. It's like snicker-doodle cookies in a soft, buttery, moist cake. I would give you the recipe but I need to ask her first...email me or her if you'd like to make it yourself :)

I will leave you with this new recipe I made...

Broccoli & Cauliflower Bake


1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 package (16 ounces) frozen cauliflower florets, thawed
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/4 cups milk
4 ounces (1/2 package) cream cheese, cubed

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning in small bowl. Set aside. Cut up any large broccoli or cauliflower florets into bite-size pieces. (I will cut up even smaller next time)

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour, remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, garlic salt and pepper. Add milk; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted. Add vegetables; toss gently to coat. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle top evenly with crumb mixture.

3. Bake 40 minutes or until heated through and top is lightly browned.

Hoping everyone had a cheesy valentine's day! :)

Monday, February 18, 2013


What I couldn't say on my last post...was that the number one thing I was looking forward to most was flying to KNOXVILLE. Yup that's right, last weekend I woke up at 3:30 AM to fly home to Knoxville for a cool 24 hours to surprise my mom. I was getting a bit homesick and my mom was getting a bit daughter sick. So it was quite a surprised face I saw when I walked into lunch where my mom was eating at Cheddar's. Its going to be about 6 more weeks til we were going to be home again, so it was a good halfway point between Christmas and Easter to visit. Sadly, Ty got some extra work in over the weekend so he didn't get to come.

I didn't think I could pack so much into 24 hours...but somehow I did. Saturday we went to lunch, went shopping, made chocolate covered strawberries, and managed to take  nap before heading to Big Ed's Pizza. (Per Greg's request)

got some snuggle time in with this cutie

first time I had seen the sun AND short sleeves in months!

It was also my precious friend Becca's birthday...whom I have missed SO much! So I made it out to Barley's after dinner to see her and some more friends whose faces I needed to see.

happy birthday bec!

missed this girl as well :)
 The next day we went to lunch in Market Square before I headed back for the dreaded airport. You don't realize how precious time is with your family until you don't have it as much as you would like to. So treasure it people who live less than 11 hours away from your family!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Looking forward...

While enjoying the beautiful snow looking out our windows...I'm in awe that I live somewhere that God's beauty is so evident!
But... on those depressing nights where I am so dang homesick, I can't help but think about the things I am so looking forward to...while or when  the beautiful snow melts! (fingers crossed that Spring comes in March!)

#1 Walking Dead


#2 Meeting the cast of this wonderful show! One more week...

#3 Valentine's Day...ok a little cheesy. But I'm a  preschool teacher...we live for these fun days where you get 15 boxes of heart shaped chocolates from sweet 4 year olds with snot running down their noses...

#4 March...just the month in general.

Bringing two HUGE things I CANNOT wait for...#5 and #6

Easter & a wedding in KNOXVILLE

 ..which brings the very next day a WARM VACATION just off the Riviera Maya in Akumel, Mexico!

Just booked it and counting down...literally...54 days.

So while the snow is fun and pretty and exciting...you still gotta have other things to look forward to! Especially in -4 degree weather...

Super Bowl Apps

I made three delicious appetizers for the super bowl all from...wait for it...any guesses? 
You got it. 

So instead of boring you with the recipes, I will give you the link and just click on the name to take you to the recipe!!

1st on the Menu:
These were unusually delicious...and made by Tyler. So maybe that's why :)

Charleston Cheese Dip 
My husband describes this as saying "literally there is nothing better that I could ever eat than this" It brings back so many memories of the lakehouse in college when Mrs. Rosenbaum would make it for about thirty 20 year olds! Only wish we enjoyed it with each and every one of them :)

 Buffalo Chicken Sliders 
These hit the spot. They are going to have to be my go-to tailgating food from now on. Who doesn't love buffalo chicken? And on cute little sliders? Nothin's better. The leftover chicken was even delicious on a grilled quesadilla with Monterrey jack cheese for lunch!

All in all, the superbowl is a fun food Sunday.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Around Milwaukee

Sorry to you few readers I have...(mostly family) but I have been a disappointing blogger. Last week consisted of laying in bed for four straight days because of sickness! Went to a doctor finally and got medicine for a viral respiratory infection. That's another confusing thing about moving...finding a doctor. I think I should write a book on things you don't think about when you move states.

Anyways, that's for another blog, another day.

Here is what we were able to do when I was not sick!

Marquette game with my cousins Mary Nell and John! We have been wanting to go to a Marquette basketball game since we moved here...and thankfully they asked us!

Not to mention they had VIP tickets so it was an extra bonus.
Dinner before under the stadium and sweeet seats. Thankful they must have been big guys on campus at Marquette ;-)

We had a blast!

So grateful I have kin up here as well :)

 This Saturday...we spent the day doing some of our favorite things in Milwaukee. Visited the Third Ward and ate at my favorite place Swig. Then we visited the Public Market for some delicious cheese, of course. Then we met up with a few friends to go to the Great Lakes Distillery Tour. It was interesting...a little different than a brewery tour but just as fun! Brewery tours are a huge thing up here. Along with cheese...and packers.

The next day was also a HUGE day...Super Bowl Sunday! We had Maren and Steve over and I went a little crazy in the kitchen. I will post the recipes in the next blog :)

Now that football is all said and done with...we are counting down til August when it's FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!