Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pure Michigan

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! I thought I'd take this hour before work to check in with everyone and fill you all in on what has been happening in my life the past couple of weeks. I've recently taken on two part-time tutoring jobs for local families here in the Ann Arbor community. One of the boys is in 7th grade and has been testing me on my math skills, while the other is fifth grade and is being home-schooled. I've taken on the role of his English teacher which has been a great experience so far! Between work and tutoring Kyler and I have been spending time at some of the local trails running, investigating some of the local cafes and coffee shops, and cooking up a storm! Lately we have been cooking a lot of fish and shrimp dishes...Kyler has mastered a spicy shrimp dish that we have already made 4-5 times (recipe soon to come!) The pictures below include Coconut Crusted Tilapia with Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Veggies, as well as, Blackened Catfish with Mashed Cauliflower and Steamed Asparagus/Broccoli.

Last week my parents took Thursday and Friday off to visit. Luckily the weather shaped up around here so we took advantage of the warm temperatures and did some site seeing! We had a blast checking out some of Northern Ann Arbor on Thursday, as well as, checking out Arbor Brewing Co! Later in the evening we dined at Mani's for pizza and appetizers! On Friday we decided to bum around town, stop in at some shops, and travel to Yipsilanti, MI to visit Corner Brewery. Corner is the sister Brewery to Arbor and I had been wanting to check out the venue for awhile. It turned out to be a blast! We all tried new beers that Arbor doesn't carry and attempted a game of chess. Overall, it was so great to see my parents and have them visit! So glad they could make it!
   Kyler was kind enough to purchase a liter for himself and the smallest mug for me!

This past week has been busy busy! Sunday I had a work outing with the Brewery. The owners take a yearly outing with all of the staff to some of the local microbreweries in the area: Bells, Arcadia, and Dark Horse. Ultimately it was a long Sunday Funday full of bus riding, brewery tours, frisbee, and drinking. It was a great day, but definitely made work on Monday a lonnnnnggg one!

    The crew @ Black Horse Brewery! Best Blueberry Stout Ever!
Now I'm just getting all packed up for a weekend at home! Kyler and I are heading back to Madison on Friday to celebrate Nina and Brad's Wedding and both of our birthdays. We are both really looking forward to seeing lots of family and friends- can't wait!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Kerrytown Adventures

Good Morning All! So happy to wake up to another bright and sunny day! Yesterday I had the day off and took the opportunity to hit up a local tea/coffee shop in Kerrytown to read and eat lunch. Kerrytown is a small section in Downtown Ann Arbor that houses the local farmers market and shops. In a way it reminds me a lot of the third ward in Milwaukee. I found Ann Arbor's food co-op, tea haus, indoor farmers market, and thrift shops!

As I stated in yesterday's post I'm totally hooked to the last book, Mockingjay, of the Hunger Games Series. I started of my day at Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea Shop reading. The venue was nice and quiet..before I knew it I had been reading for over an hour and a half. I'm telling ya, you gotta read these books!

I decided to munch on a salad for lunch. I walked over to the indoor market and found a great sandwich and salad stand. The sun was out and the weather was really nice so I decided to eat outside and people watch.

Lunch was delicious! My salad had lots of veggies including grilled onion and peppers with goat cheese! After some more reading and eating I ventured into the market to check out some of the local shops. I ended up finding a wine shop, spice store, vinegar/oil distillery, vintage clothing, and a kitchen supply store!

I kind of went nuts in this store! I found so many gadgets and baking supplies....completetly not in my budget right now, but its always fun to dream. I finished up my afternoon by walking to the local "Treasure Mart." I know my Aunt Cherie would be proud of this stop. This local antique and thrift mart is full of furniture, books, dishes, decor, etc. Unfortunately my parking meter was running low so I wasn't able to stay long, but I have all intentions of going back and exploring. (GOOD PLACE TO GO WITH MOM, CHERIE, GRANDMA, AND DIANA WHEN THEY VISIT..HINT HINT)

Considered bringing home the pink furniture....not sure how Kyler would have felt about it though....haha

Overall I had a really great day! I was able to finish my evening with a run, home cooked meal, and Modern Family! I also received an email back for a part-time summer teaching is sounding pretty promising :) Yay! Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Asian Slaw

Today was Asian Slaw making day!!!! My friend Mandy made his slaw this past winter and I fell in love with it. I found the recipe while exploring Pinterest over the weekend and decided to try it. I adapted the recipe here and there, but overall it turned out fantastic!

First I made the peanut dressing which was really straight forward and easy.

You'll need:

¼ cup honey
¼ cup vegetable oil (I used canola oil...about an 1/8 cup)
¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar*
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil (I didn't have this so I wasn't able to include it...still tasted great!)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Sriracha sauce (I used 1 1/2 teaspoon..I like SPICY)
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 large garlic clove, minced

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl ......

Stir until consistency is smooth and peanut butter is fully mixed in. I used a whisk to assist with this.

In another large bowl mix all of the slaw ingredients. For the slaw mixture you'll need:

4 cups prepared shredded coleslaw (I used 5 cups)
2 cups prepared shredded carrots (I used 3 cups)
1 red pepper, thinly sliced into bite size pieces
1 cup pre-cooked, shelled edamame (available fresh or frozen)
2 medium scallions, finely chopped
½ cup chopped salted peanuts (I didn't have peanuts..adds great flavor if you have them!)
½ cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro

Mix all of these ingredients in a bowl and top with dressing.

Mix slaw and dressing need to over stir. Let the slaw marinate overnight in the fridge for best flavor! *Add more or less of seasoning depending on your taste...I ended up adding more soy sauce.

This recipe makes about 6-7 servings so be prepared for lots of slaw! I may or may not have had some for breakfast this morning.....I couldn't wait for lunch! Hope you enjoy...let me know what you think.

Now off to do some reading, cleaning, and finish the afternoon with a nice run. Looks like its going to be a gorgeous day here :)

<3 K

Sunday Funday!

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off from the brewery. Seeing as Kyler and I haven't had a chance to get out and explore Ann Arbor as much as we've wanted we thought this would be a great opportunity to do just that! Friday night we dined out at a staple restaurant here in Ann Arbor- The Earle. My camera died before we went out to dinner so I wasn't able to take any pictures, but I think we honestly had one of the best meals ever at this establishment. Kyler enjoyed a filet while I enjoyed scallops! The servers were kind enough to recommend some bars and establishments to stop at for after dinner drinks. We met some great people and had a blast...overall Ann Arbor is going to be a good fit!

As for Saturday and Sunday we took time to organize the apartment some more, run, read, and cook! I've convinced Kyler into reading the Harry Potter series. I'm finishing up the Hunger Games...seriously can't put it down! We made some Spicy Shrimp Fajitas Saturday night and watched a horror film.

Kyler has continued to recieve shipment after shipment of sample shoes for his new job. Bottom line, we've gotten to know our FedEx man quite well! He even requested that we don't move to the second or third floor! With all of these samples there is a lot of organizing to do. I offered to help Kyler go through his samples on Sunday...this is what it looked like!

Funny thing is...I just received seven more boxes (LARGE BOXES) yesterday afternoon! I don't know if this one bedroom is going to be able to handle this many shoes! ;)

All in all we had a great weekend full of exploration and relaxation. This week Kyler is in San Antonio and I'm starting my new work schedule. Be in touch soon!

<3 K