I know a couple of you were thinking this post would be all about my recent trip to the Minnesota State Fair which it sort of is but also I wanted to share some great reads!
This summer has been a whirlwind…. I’ve been working at the zoo, job hunting and trying to live a somewhat healthy life style with a bit of flare! I cant believe it is almost September. Where did the summer go? What did y’all accomplish this summer? I can tell you with out a doubt I know more about monkeys/primates then I ever expected to know.
Now to the books… These are necessities.
Love this! Her true story and I could not put it down! Also at the end are some of her recipes. I’ve made the cinnamon rolls and they are delish.
I’m currently reading this and can’t believe how much I am learning. Brene Brown has a blog and her message has appeal to everyone.
I will leave y’all with some snaps from our 2011 fair trip. One day of fun with Justin and Alli!
Alli and Justin enjoy the healthiest option at the fair.
Alli enjoying a new state fair food: sweet corn ice cream.
The state of Minnesota in seed art.
Our friend… The ocean spray guy!
Sweet Martha Cookies: if you didn’t know last year they made 2 million dollars at the fair.
Australian Potatoes with ranch
The new state fair food: Deep Fried Cookie Dough.
Lots of Love,
I love the weekend! Today was perfect weather in Minneapolis to cross something off my checklist: Paddle-boating! Justin promised me he would go with me on my birthday. However mother nature did not let that happen and it poured that day. We have been trying to go for the last few weeks. Today was the perfect temp so we headed over to Lake Calhoun. I must say it is not as easy as it looks but I still had a blast.
After paddle boating we headed over to Edina to a new gelato place called Pandolfi. They had a variety of choices and it was not easy to pick. Justin got raspberry and I got half dark chocolate and half banana caramel praline (AMAZING!!!)
Lots of Love,
I love candy! If you asked me when I was younger what my favorite game was I would have said Candyland. Today as Justin and I were driving around we stumbled upon a candy lovers paradise: Alix in Candyland. It was not hard to persuade Justin to go in. He loves candy as much as I do.
Right when you walk in you find yourself being transported back to your childhood. They have a variety of gummy bears, a huge selection of nostalgic candies and an assortment of chocolate covered delicacies. I walked around the store twice just to take it all in. I ended up leaving with a small bag of chocolate covered gummy bears.
Minnesotans, you must go here!
Friends and Family from outside MN: You can order online.
Lots of Love,
Last night I tried out a new recipe. I saw it on a tv episode of Eat Street which is on the Cooking Channel. After watching the show I wanted a chicken cone RIGHT AWAY… the problem…. I do not live in Austin, Texas and can’t go get one from the food truck.(http://www.mightycone.com )
The next best thing is the recipe that the chefs gave to Food and Wine Magazine.
1 1/2 cups cornflakes
3 tablespoons slivered almonds
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
1 tablespoons kosher salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
142 cup milk
All-purpose flour, for dredging
Three 5-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Add the cornflakes, almonds, sesame seeds, sugar, red pepper and salt and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a large, shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk. Fill a third shallow bowl with flour. Dredge the chicken strips in the flour, shaking off any excess. Dip them in the eggs, then roll them in the cornflake mixture.
I ended up baking mine in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. The recipe suggested frying but I went for a healthier option. Next time I might add a bit of garlic to the cornflake coating.
Here is a link to the original recipe. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/hot-and-crunchy-chicken-cones
This is definitely a keeper.
PS- I went to Rochester yesterday for the first time. I saw some well known pieces of art and found a new store I love!
Here are a couple of snaps.
Untitled- Dale Chihuly
Lots of Love,
27 is going to be a great year!
Yesterday was my birthday. I woke up a little later than usual(took the day off of work=present to myself) I got two great gifts from Justin. He took the day off of work + the cookbook: 500 Appetizers.
We met his mom at a great new restaurant, Mill Valley Kitchen. I did not snap nearly enough pictures at this place. The concept seems a bit new to the Twin Cities. The restaurant shares the calories, carbs, fat, and protein for every dish on the menu. I had the warm spinach salad with goat cheese and chicken. I loved the apples in it and found it to be very yummy. Since it was my b’day you know we couldn’t leave without having dessert. The warm chocolate chip cookies with the glass of milk were delish. The chocolate in the cookies was bittersweet and really complemented the sweetness in the rest of the cookie.
The birthday continued last night with all the girls coming over to watch the season finale of the Bachelorette. We noshed on popcorn, twizzlers, various candy, and fruit. My friends are amazing and surprised me with some great gifts.
Galina brought me these:
Alli brought me:
Amy and Dana brought me:
Molly brought some yummy bars and Allison brought me my favorite dinner: Spicy Tuna Roll from Wakame!
Thanks to all my family and friends for the phone calls, text messages, Facebook messages, cards, and gifts.
A girl could not ask for more!
Lots of Love,