Thursday, August 17, 2017

Travel Adventures: Broadway Farmer's Market

I love random adventures. I wanted to get some produce for the house so instead of going to the grocery store we went to the farmer's market. We decided to go and get things we have never had before or cooked before. It was a fun experience. The layout this year was much more spread out which made it easier to walk around. We shared a gelato and some kettle corn. Ryan also got a beer from the beer tent (Hinterland's Oktoberfest). I would highly recommend before the season is done that you stop at the market if you live in Green Bay. If not this market the downtown market on Saturdays is really awesome too.

Thai Eggplant

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi and yellow cauliflower

$5 flowers

$5 flowers so pretty

Cinnamon peach gelato

Yellow cauliflower
I did some research and will be roasting, slicing and eating all these yummy things this weekend. Super excited.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Monday, August 14, 2017

Travel Adventures: High Cliff State Park- Camping

What an awesome weekend friends. My heart was happy and so was my belly!

One of my besties (Katelyn shout out) turns 30 this week and to celebrate we got 3 camping sites at High Cliff State Park to celebrate. This place was really easy to check into and they let you check in and stay till 3PM each day. This was really awesome as we did not feel rushed checking out on Sunday. Some of the fun high lights of our weekend are detailed below.

Breakfast sandwich
Food:
We have a problem and always pack way too much food. I love hot dogs over the fire and totally did that both Friday and Saturday night for dinner. I love Maplewood Meats classic hot dogs with the bacon/onion ketchup I bought. Simple but ohhh so tasty. We also had ranch pretzels with beer dip, fruit, puppy chow for tasty snacks. Saturday included a delicious breakfast of bacon and eggs. Lunch was a spread of awesome sandwiches, veggies and fruit. By the time dinner rolled around and we then ate cake I was stuffed. As Katelyn said we can only drink to fill in the spaces around the food. Sunday was the best breakfast sandwiches over the fire. Yum!



The Trash Panda Todd:
Todd became one with our site early on Friday night. The first person to spot him was my friend Liz. She stated: "Oh the marshmallows fell off the table." Then a couple seconds later they disappeared under the trailer and we saw a giant furry raccoon butt running away. Another friend Brandon was heartbroken that he lost his marshmallows although later he came across Todd eating them on a path. No worries no one let him (Brandon) eat the raccoon marshmallows.  Todd tried to come back later that night but we ran him off. Saturday he got in the garbage. WHOOPS.

Katelyn and her awesome cup!
Picture Courtesy of Maggie Andersen.
The Best BIRTHDAY gift ever (Dave Grohl cup):
Anyone that knows me knows I have an addiction to the Foo Fighters and specifically Dave the lead singer. I am not the only one and when Maggie/Marshal got Katelyn a wine glass with Dave on the front it was perfection. Now we all need this cup ASAP because it is the best thing ever.













I started this fire all by myself.


Fire:
I often forget how much I enjoy sitting by the fire. We went through a lot of wood and ended up cooking all our food over the fire. I loved every minute of it though. Nothing like relaxing by the fire to warm your bones up.












Hiking group.
Picture Courtesy of Maggie Andersen.
 

The wild flowers.
Picture Courtesy of Maggie Andersen.



























Hiking:
High Cliff State Park is known for it's beautiful views and well cleared paths. We went for about an hour and half hike as a huge group. It was fun and everyone got some much needed exercise in between eating a ton of food. One of my favorite parts of the hike is when we walked through a parking lot and turned the corner into a wildflower garden. We saw butterflies and really pretty flowers.







Hanging with my friends:
You know who you all are and I love you all as unique individuals. I think that this weekend would have been a dud if it was not for each and every one of you making me laugh every single moment. Special shout out to Katelyn I hope you had the best birthday celebration!

All the best things. :)



Left shark in his natural state.
Picture Courtesy of Maggie Andersen.

Last comment: Shark head.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ancestry DNA Results!

Finally! I wanted to do this for years and Ryan and I decided for birthday gifts this year to each other we would each get our DNA tested. I will tell you whatever you think you know about your history or ethnicity you are most likely WRONG. Every person I know that has done this testing has had some sort of a surprise in their results. I figured breaking each percentage down would be the easiest thing to do.

Here is my overall break down. I need to explain it in detail or you will get totally confused. In general I am European. 99% to be exact. Let's go over the break down starting with Europe West.















This makes up a huge chunk of my DNA. I know from family history on my Grandma (Mom's) side she was a Becks and they were from Belgium. My father's last name Fonder is also of French/Belgian heritage so it makes sense that 59% of me is from this region.







 I have no idea. I talked to my mom about this and we are both at a loss. One of my friends mentioned that with these countries being "neutral" or "safe" countries it makes sense that my ancestors might have moved here due to war or famine. Otherwise this 17% is totally new to me. I need to research it more.










Another fun surprise. I mean I never knew about this either. I have Irish friends and I have been jealous of them and their fun St. Patrick's day holiday. I guess I need to get in on the fun now. This also explains all my freckles I have. That is a common trait from this ethnicity.










How exciting. I knew I was Italian as my dad tells me this all the time. I did not think it was such a large chunk of my DNA though. I know that ancestry links Italy/Greece together but from my family history that I can tell I am actually Italian. Time to go back to Italy and learn to make pasta!







I think for me my whole life I always related to Polish as being part of my identity. Which really it is not a large part of who I actually am. If anything I am a Polish Jew. I know that my Grandfather (Mom's side) states he is Polish so that is where I get that from in my mind. Another interesting result.








I wanted to jump up and down when I saw this result. I love Britain. I am addicted to British TV and drive a British MINI. (Well technically owned by BMW the MINI brand was originally a British car). I just love this! I will continue drinking my tea in happiness.









At this point as I was looking at my results I started to feel a bit like a giant European mutt if you will. My ancestors traveled a lot. They must have been rather nomadic or lived in large cities to have this amount of diversity. I mean I have always wanted to go to Spain I even speak a  tad of Spanish. So this was cool to see that I have a tiny part of me that is Spanish. Must explain my love of dance.






I mean here is more of the Polish my Grandpa (Mom's side) always talks about. So at most I am 2% Polish and that is pushing it in all likely hood. Some really interesting stuff.












The next two are less than 1% but are REALLY surprising and cool. I know that growing up I always thought I was Polish and Belgium. The fact that I have some ancestry in the Middle East is super cool. Explains why I love spicy food.













Another fun surprise. When I told my dad about these he was laughing. Who knew right? I will say that I wish that this part of the world was more safe so I could travel here.














All the results were a bit overwhelming if I am honest. Looking at it all as a big picture I hate to say it but I may have to just tell people I am European. Going into all the percentages would most likely put people into a nap state OR I guess I can tell them I am American.

I would highly recommend you do this test if you can afford it. Currently they have their DNA packages on sale if you want to do it. It was super easy to do. You get the package in the mail. Fill the tube with saliva and mail it back in. In a couple weeks your results should be in. I think they tell you up to 4-6 weeks. Mine came in quicker. I sent my package in at the same time as Ryan but mine is done and his is not yet. I cannot wait to see his results. Rumor is that he is a large percentage Polish. We will see.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Monday, August 7, 2017

Breakfast Burritos


Who does not love a nice warm burrito? Ryan has always loved breakfast burritos and I thought I would prep some for him to have all this week. These freeze well if you make too big of a batch. He tried one this morning and told me he really liked them. Although he wants more eggs for the next batch. If you prep everything you can really make a big batch. This time I made about 9 burritos. We froze 4 of them for next week.

What you need~
7 eggs (we are doing more next time)
2 large chorizo sausage
1 Onion
2 Potatoes
1.4 cup Pesto (any sauce you wish salsa works well)
1 cup of cheese
9 Burrito wrappers


Cook all of the above ingredients. I chopped the potatoes and then boiled them till done. Browned the onion, sausage and added the cooked potato. Remove this and let it cool in a bowl. Cook your scrambled eggs. My eggs are always seasoned and then we add a little milk to make them creamy while cooking. Remove from heat and mix with the bowl. Time to make the burritos!












Start by warming the burrito wrapper so it is easier to fold. Put about 1 teaspoon of your sauce on the burrito wrapper. You want to put your filling closer to the edge of one of the sides. Once you do this top with your filling mixture than a small amount of cheese. Roll the burrito as indicated in the images below. Those are not my hands. Ha. Ha. You can freeze or eat each day. I like to wrap mine in foil.












I literally memorized these steps and they worked great.



YUM!

These save you a ton of money if you make them yourself. I would estimate I spent $10 and at the store these cost at least $3 a piece. Try making them sometime.
 
Until next time~
XoXo Emily 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Creamy Tartar Sauce


This was a game changer for me. I always buy a bottle of tarter sauce and most of it goes bad because I do not eat it a lot and only with fish really. Therefore when I found myself with a lot of left overs from Friday fish fry I had no idea what to do. I did not want to go to the store and buy a bottle so I researched how to make tarter sauce myself. It is easy and almost embarrassing that I bought it for so many years. I like the idea of making it yourself too because you control the overall flavor by how much you add of each ingredient.

What you need~
Mayo--- I used olive oil mayo I had. About 1/2 cup.
Relish-- I used dill.
Mustard
Lemon juice
Salt & Pepper





I am only giving you measurements for the mayo because everything else I slowly added till I got to the flavor profile I wanted. Add a little of this or that till you get it to your taste. I used a whisk to mix my tarter sauce. It fluffed it up a bit. Pair it with re-heated fish (350 degrees for 10 minutes in the oven) and you have a solid meal.


Add a little at a time of each item.
Mix really well.


YUM!


Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kale Pesto


Yummy. I know that you can make pesto out of other things outside of basil. I have known this for a while but never tried it. My mom planted two kale plants for me this year in her garden and they are out of control. A girl can only eat kale so many ways. I have done kale chips, salads and had it in soup. This recipe seemed to good to be true. I was skeptical at best that this was turn out. I was blown away how good it is. If you have a ton of kale try this out it was really good with rice and a spread on sandwiches.

What you need~   
4 cups chopped kale
1 lemon (juiced)
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup walnuts
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

Put all your ingredients in a blender or food processor besides the olive oil. As you blend slowly add the olive oil to the mix. Eat on everything. It goes well on pasta, rice, sandwiches etc. If you want you an freeze it as well for later use. I have images below showing how I did that with ice cube tray. Summer is awesome for produce get out there and use it all up!

All set to mix.

Well blended.

Can put in ice cube trays to freeze for later use. Then place in a freezer Ziploc bag once frozen.

Mmmm..

Ready for use. I used it for cauliflower rice last night. Yum!


Until next time~
XoXo Emily

Monday, July 24, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip (Healthy)


My addiction to this dip is real. My lovely friend Maggie brought this to my house a while ago and everyone that ate it became obsessed with it. I am sure you are thinking okay it is a cookie dough what is the big deal..... BECAUSE it has no eggs, no flour.... and is healthy. I am sure you are like that sounds weird. Honestly, I ate like half the container before she told me it was healthy and then I was laughing about it. Anyway it is delicious and I want to make it all the time. Maggie served her's with vanilla wafers and I do the same. To make it even more healthy you can serve it with celery too. SHHH... Here is the secret recipe.

What you need~
1 can of rinsed and drained chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup maple syrup *If you want it more sweet at more
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp rolled oats
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Seasoning ( I used pumpkin pie spice)












Start by adding all ingredients (not the chocolate chips) to the food processor or blender. I blended mine for at least 2 minutes. I stopped the food processor and scrapped the sides down periodically. I layered the chocolate chips on the bottom of the dish and then scooped dip on top. Then I sprinkled the remainder of the chocolate chips on top of that. I like it chilled but you can serve it any temperature and it is outstanding.


Ready to blend.


Time to get creamy.


I love when it is almost done. That is when you get to taste it.



NOM NOM NOM.


I have had babies to picky adults love this recipe. You just have to try it. I promise it will become your new addiction. It is creamy and filling. PLUS with the chickpeas you get a ton of protein. It is also perfect for a potluck as it  can sit out!

Okay I will stop talking about it now. Just go make this amazingness.

Until next time~
XoXo Emily