Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Falling into Place...

I apologize that this post has no photos, but there will be some to come! Promise! Just wanted to update everyone with the recent happenings in my life. It has been officially one week since I've moved to Ann Arbor and I've been job hunting like crazy! I'm pretty sure half of Ann Arbor has my resume in their hands...haha. But it paid off because I am officially employed at Arbor Brewing Co. As of Monday I accepted a serving position at the local BrewPub and started training as of yesterday! The restaurant and pub brews their own beer in our facility and sells it locally in Ann Arbor. As I continue to hunt down a teaching/education related job I wanted to start something part time. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and learning more about Ann Arbor's restaurant industry! I love going out to eat and trying new places so I'm sure I'll get the scoop of some good stops through co-workers and word of mouth.

Our apartment is finally coming together! I'll post pictures shortly...unfortunately my USB cable for my camera was lost in the move so I'm still trying to hunt it down! I went for a 5 mile walk/run today and explored the University of Michigan stadium and athletic facilities. I was blown away by their facilities....similar to Madison their stadium is surrounded by their field house, softball field, practice fields, etc. After I continued on my run I stopped at the local grocery store to pick up a few items. I also stopped by Great Harvest Bread Co! This is going to be without a doubt my new go to for fresh bread. Upon walking in I was offered a slice of any fresh bread on display. I fell in love with their Nine Oat Whole Wheat loaf with mimosa jam! Can't wait to dig into it tomorrow morning.

Again, I'll post pictures as soon as I find that dang cord! I gotta get ready for my second day of training at the pub. Hope everyone has a great night and I'll be in touch soon :)

<3 K

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

I decided to make this soup for my family before I left on Wednesday. My mom had made the recipe before and I found it to be quite delicious. I know many people are accustom to eating chili with meat in it, but you gotta give this one a shot! It has great flavor and had just the right amount of spice.

1 T + 2 tsp EVOO
2 Medium Sweet Potatoes Peeled and Diced
1 Large Onion
4 Cloves Garlic
2 T Chili Powder
4 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Chipotle Chili (dried smoked jalapeno if you can find it)
2 1/2 cups Water
2 (15 oz) Cans of Black Beans- Rinsed
14 oz can Diced Tomatoes
4 tsp Fresh Lime Juice

The recipe is quite simple. You can prep your ingredients ahead of time by peeling and dicing the sweet potato and onion, draining and rinsing the black beans, pressing the garlic, juicing the lime, etc. To begin cook the sweet potatoes and onion in EVOO until soft (approx. 4-5 min).

Then add garlic and other spices- stir 30 seconds and then add the water. At this point you will cover until sweet potatoes are tender (10 min).

Once the sweet potatoes are tender (make sure they aren't too soft and mushy) add beans, tomatoes and lime juice. Bring soup to simmer on high heat for 1-2 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer on low (uncovered) until slightly reduced (5-7 min). Waaaalaaa! Soup Complete!

*Please note that depending on the size of your sweet potatoes you may need to add or take away. If you like you soup less watery I would recommend using 2/12-3 sweet potatoes. I also enjoy adding jalapeno for a little more spice! I like my food extra spicy so I suggest holding on the jalapeno until you try your first batch.

This recipe is great whether you want to eat it right away, save it in the fridge for a couple of days, or freeze it!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Michigan Bound!

Hello All! I know I have been absent for quite some time, but with my current move and transition to Michigan I decided it would be in my best interest to continue my blog. Seeing as I have an abundance of friends and family who want me to keep in touch with them I thought that this might be a good way to keep them updated on my new adventure! As many of you know I am picking up my life and moving to Ann Arbor, MI! Kyler has recently accepted a new job offer there and I decided that I was ready for something new in my I'm going with! These past couple of weeks have been a whirl wind, but now that we have officially moved into an apartment and started unpacking, things are starting to fall into place. I'm currently on the "job hunt." I hope to find something in the teaching and educational field, but I'm keeping my options open as I apply for multiple job opportunities.

Within the upcoming weeks and months I hope to keep you all up to date on our transition to Ann Arbor. So far we have decided that it feels quite familiar and is very similar to Madison! Being both a college and liberal city, I have a feeling that we will have an easy time adjusting. The past weekend has allowed us the opportunity to explore various parts of downtown, visit some local breweries, and dine at some local restaurants. In the upcoming week I hope to bike and run around town to see more of its venues and shops!

Here are some pictures of the past week and the move!

Going Away Dinner At Coopers Tavern on the Square!

St. Patty's Day with the Crew in MadTown!

Gorgeous Day with awesome friends!

Thanks to our moms for helping with the move!

Our lovely new apartment....more pictures to come!

Our well organized UHAUL....full of 'our' stuff....okay okay...all of my crap! haha

Looks like the rest of today is going to be comprised of working out and applying for jobs! Be in touch soon!