Friday, October 29, 2010

Sandwiches & Sushi

I have my kitchen put together now, just putting decor up now is on my list. Things are still a little hectic and I haven't really cooked a real meal. Sandwiches, soups and store bought sushi have been on the menu.

My new kitchen with the old appliances - working on getting new ones very soon!

Tofurkey, spinach, tomato, mustard and veganaise on ezekiel bread

An insane amount of homemade hummus that was scraped off, this hummus and veggie sandwich from Sprizzo Cafe. Very good just way TOO much hummus for that 1/2 sandwich.

Store bought veggie sushi, looked good tasted okay. Nothing special, really. 

I am loving the new house just need to get everything situated, I have been working long hours at my office and trying to buy new things for the house. I didn't have two bathrooms in the old house so lots of accessories to buy... I just want to relax... haha


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MAC Makeup Review

I indulged a little last night and purchased some new make up. I have heard over and over about how wonderful MAC cosmetics are and how I should try them.

I normally wear Bare Minerals make up and love it. Sometimes I need a little more coverage under my eyes and I thought why not try MAC today. There must be something good about it that I don't know!
I tried in in the store and really like the coverage. I have a lot of freckles and I don't necessarily like to hide them but with this minerlized foundation a little more coverage is possible.

Do you use Mac makeup? What is your favorite make up to use?

I went to a mexian resturaunt last week before the big move and also indulged in some veggie fajitas. My kitchen was completely packed up so dining out was very necessary.

Habanero's Mexican Kitchen was really good especially all the different table side guacamole options.
Veggie Faijitas with garbanza beans and spinach, yum!

The house is coming along nicely, work has been so crazy busy that I haven't been able to be home much and get what I want done. Kitchen is done, just need to hang my decor. I have a lot of new things that I want to buy like bedding, an ottoman, a area rug, coffee tables, etc etc etc!!

I will be posting some pictures soon - I just need to get rid of all the boxes in the house first! :)


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tomorrow is the BIG Day

It is the day I get the keys to my new home! Moving day isn't until Saturday. My house is in complete shambles and there are boxes everywhere. Moving is not fun and I can't wait to have renters in my old place and be completely setttled into the new place. Just in time for winter! Winter in Wisconsin is not always pretty and can really sneak up on you! I am very anxious for things to go smoothly and even though this isn't my first home purchase it is definately a bigger one and with tomorrow being the big day - my stomach is feeling a bit quesy.....

Enough about that... on to lunch, yesteday.

I went to a newer establishment in Waukesha called The Clarke Hotel. They have a small dining area called the Black Trumpet. Lunch was great and they had a few vegetarian options! I had an avacado sandwich with goat cheese.

This was really yummy and instead of french fries you can get greens, which were actually greens and not just iceberg lettuce with dressing.

Pretty good deal. I am pretty sure I will be stopping back here very soon.

I roasted my first squash this fall and I have really missed it! Super simple, nothing special recipe. Roasted for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. 

All I did was cut in half and put 1/2 TBSP in each half. Squash is done when it's soft and you can poke through it with a fork. 

So good!!!!!!!!!! 

I am ready to take this next step and move forward... I am really happy but a little anxious and worried that things won't go as planned, but I can't control it - it is out of my hands so I am just going to enjoy this time and NOT stress out about it.

See? This girl is not the least bit stressed!!! haha

Plus I have got my own Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Thanks to Mama Pea and her awesome recipe, Starbucks can eat their hearts out.

I am ready to take on the world :)


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Maple Walnut Soft Serve & Sweetest Day

I had some inspiration when I visited a local custard joint called Cream City Custard. I picked up a couple pints of ice cream for my mom (birthday treat). One of their flavors was Maple Walnut and I thought it might be easy to recreate this as a soft serve version with my VitaMix.

Maple Walnut Soft Serve
3 bananas (frozen)
2 TBSP nut butter (I used 1 cashew and 1 crunchy PB)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 TBSP maple syrup
3-4 ice cubes
blend in high speed blender until smooth
add toppings of choice
Topped with walnuts
This was really great and it made 3 servings

Want to win some Artisana's nut butters? Go to Chocolate-covered Katie's blog and link back to her page!

Do you celebrate Sweetest Day or do you think it is just a Hallmark holiday? I personally think we should be romantic and appreciated all year round not just on Valentine's Day and Sweetest Day however we know that doesn't happen so it's nice to have a "special day" to say I love you and I appreciate you, right?

Flowers are always nice, wish I got them on a weekly basis :) Roses are definately my favorite flower and I love them in all colors. I got a fabulous bouqet a few years ago and it was 2 dozen roses of every color with glitter and a huge pink vase. I loved that!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Night Out on the Town

Last night I went out for sushi and some martinis with a friend of mine. Since I am moving further away we thought it would be a good time to get together and enjoy some girl time.
Here I am so excited to meet up my friend Kelly!
We tried variety of sushi since Kelly is very new to it, she enjoyed it all. She put her trust in me!
After the sushi we headed over to a piano bar called 88 Keys.
This place is really cute and have a lot of martinis that are very unique.

Looking towards the piano
Looking towards the bar
One really cool waterfall table.

Open piano for artists on Tuesdays. This guy was pretty good. He played a lot of classics.

Kelly by the waterfall table!

A few martini's ensued...

Charlie Brown Maritni with a peanut butter cup

Ebony & Ivory martini, Bazooka Joe Martini

James Bond Martini with a BMW for $16,000?

My girlfriend offered to buy the first round, I pointed out this one ;)

I had a great time out and about last night with a good friend. It was nice to catch up, have some good talks and really connect before I moved futher away! We definately enjoyed some delicious food, some plum wine, our fair share of martinis, and then some!

Needless to say I had a bit of a hangover this morning, nothing a cup of coffee, some water and an aspirin won't fix! HaHa.

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wellness Boosting

A few weeks ago I posted on being sick and some home remedies. I purchased some wellness booster from Outpost and was taking this along with my other remedies.

It is basically a natural herbal extract made by Outpost. The Wellness Booster supports the body's natural defenses by promoting a healty immune system, upper respiratory system and mucous membranes.

Sounds great when you are fighting a chest cold and lots of gross mucous! They seem to be working great.

I am interested to see how I do this winter in regards to getting sick and trying to stay healthy.

Have you ever tried any "wellness boosters" any herbs that do the trick for you when you are sick?

On another note let me show you some of the mess with the bath renovation with the upstairs of my duplex.

This antique claw foot tub was boxed in for who knows how long, but it has to come out because there was some leaking around the top and it just wasn't executed very well by whomever installed this. I put the tub on craigslist because I was told I could get some $$ for it however it has been a week & not one person emailed me. I don't have time to mess around anymore so we are just getting rid of it at this point.

I feel wasteful not being able to get it to someone that could restore it, however I think we can take it in the a re-store so they can at least recycle the material.

Next up is a new tub purchase, and the countdown is on for the big move. We are all excited over here.

We are going from this for a backyard..............

To this.............

Too much yard work, maybe?


Monday, October 11, 2010

Some Lousiana Eatin'

Yesterday evening I went to a local restaraunt called Crawdaddy's which is just a few blocks from my current home. I have always wanted to try this place and it's funny I am now when I am moving in a couple weeks. I really enjoyed the menu which was fun to look over because there are so many unique items on it.

For a starter I had the Vegetarian Saute which had portabella mushrooms sauteed with fresh asparagus, red bell peppers, spinach, artichoke hearts and hearts of palm.

For dinner I had Macadamia Nut Crusted Tuna that was topped with arugula basil pesto and fresh tomato sauce. Served with angel hair pasta and carrots.

Dessert was a fantastic Creme Brulee - DIVINE! Every last bite was devoured.
Sorry for the the lack of food in this picture sometimes I am enjoying the food too much to remember to take my camera out of my purse.

Lately with all the packing I have been doing it is really hard to remember to pack a lunch or a sandwhich, wrap, soup etc.... to work with me! Sometimes a girl has to resort to some take out. This right here... is some pretty good take out.

Or pretty healthy take out.

Courtesy of The Steaming Cup in Waukesha, WI.
Garlic Dill Wrap minus the cheese
My favorite things all rolled up into a wrap!

Pumpkin Spice is my obsession very fall. I had this with lunch from the Steaming Cup and I was definately sporting serious a caffeine high!!!!

The countdown is on, less than 2 weeks now until the closing of the new house. There is a lot an enormous amount of things to do yet. I am going to be renting my duplex that I am currently staying in and I am hoping to have the lower unit ready by November 1st. I get the keys to the new place on Oct 22nd and I plan to have everything packed and ready to go. Bathroom at the old house needs to be tiled, the house has to be shown and a renter picked. A vent for the bathroom fan has to be properly vented. Cleaning of all appliances that are staying... and the list goes on. I would rather not bore you with it but I am trying to put it into perspective. It will all be taken care of! I need to not worry so much, dedication is there.

"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Eggplant Parmesan

I made this recipe back in July when I had a couple eggplants to use up that I got from the local farmer's market.

I sliced the eggplants and let them marinate for a couple hours in a balsamic & olive oil mixture. I grilled them for a few minutes and placed them gorgeously over the pasta and topped with some marinara sauce and Daiya mozz cheese, sprinkled with some fresh basil. 

So easy and delicious this would be a great dish to serve for houseguests :) Just looking at the picture makes me hungry for it. You can't see much of the eggplant in this picture but there was almost a whole eggplant a top of the gorgeous pasta. 

L'Appetito vien mangiando.

Appetite comes with eating.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Feeling Accomplished

Hello out there. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! It is back to work for me on Monday and I feel like I accomplished quite a bit this weekend. I am moving at the end of the month and I have been doing  a lot of projects in which I encourage myself to donate stuff I will not be using or needing in the future. This includes but is not limited to clothes, shoes, decor, furniture.... the list goes on. I packed up all my summer clothes and have a bag to go to "Goodwill", yes that is what we will call her. My mother loves to go through my clothes and decide if she wants to keep any herself or donate it.

There has been progress on the house and getting it ready for new renters.. new siding on the garage.

With all that was done this weekend I was able to sneak in a sushi date, I have been craving it since last week. I swear sometimes I get fabulous sushi and can't wait to have more and other times I can't finish it because it's just not that good.

(Salmon & Avacado Roll + Rock N'Roll)

On my way to my cousins birthday party I saw a Double Rainbow - it was very pretty & I thought I would share it in all it's glory!

This is a picture of myself and my beautiful cousins Maria & Melissa. Love them!

Aside from getting a lot of packing accomplished I also got sometime with loved ones and also some relaxation on Sunday while watching football. Loved the weekend and it is defiantely starting to feel like fall in Wisconsin. Very chilly! Turned the heat on for the first time yesterday afternoon!

I went to Good Harvest Market for some hot bar lunch today and here is my stash that I am just about ready to devour...

Mixed veggies, Quinoa & roasted potatoes - all vegan and gluten free
I wish I worked closer to Good Harvest Market so I could eat like this more often!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

Happy Friday! What an exciting day to encourage others to go meat free. I posted the link on my Facebook and hope it will inspire others. Maybe the contest where you can win money can help!

World Vegetarian Day