Friday’s Fab Five

Hi there! Happy Friday!

How’s your week been? Mine has been pretty busy with my training for the Iron Girl Triathlon next month. I have an awesome fiance though who makes sure I have food when I return home. I’m hungry by the time I return, especially when I have an hour long workout!

By the way, the zucchini bread I posted this week? Gone! By Wednesday! That should tell you how delicious it was! I can’t wait to thaw the second loaf and dig in.

I hope you enjoy this week’s fab five and have a great weekend!

#5 Truth.
FRIENDS Quotes

#4 Strawberry Oat Bars
I made these bars with the fresh strawberry bars we bought at the Strawberry Festival and they were so good. I halved the recipe and it was plenty!
Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars

#3 Corgi Cuteness
I can’t wait to have a corgi someday! Adorable!
Corgi Synchro

#2 Pittsburgh
Is it time for football yet? I’m ready for it!
Play Pittsburgh

#1 Jeni’s Ice Cream
I’m traveling to Columbus, Ohio this weekend and I really want to have some Jeni’s ice cream. It’s delicious and I miss it!
Jeni's Ice Cream

Zucchini Bread

Hi there!

How’s it going? How was your weekend? We had a pretty great weekend, spending some time at Bastille Days and one of our new favorite restaurants, Louise’s.

Also we went to the local farmers market and purchased some delicious zucchini. I decided to make some zucchini bread, which is only slightly healthy, but 100% fantastic. I promise you won’t be disappointed! The recipe makes two loaves, I freeze one and eat the other one (not in one day). I don’t remember where I found this recipe but it’s a keeper!
Zucchini Bread Loaves

Ingredients

2 cups shredded zucchini
3 eggs
1-1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla
2 c flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt

1. Strain any excess water from zucchini. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla, and applesauce together.
3. In a second, medium sized bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients. Fold in zucchini until mixed well.
4. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Enjoy!
Zucchini Bread

Friday’s Fab Five

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Boy, the week has flown by! I’m still amazed at how summer seems to fly by and winter drags on, why can’t summer be longer? Although, it doesn’t really feel like summer in Wisconsin. The high’s have been in the 70′s and it’s July! Last year I remember having a week of 90 degree weather and now this! I used to think Ohio weather was unpredictable until I moved to Wisconsin.

This week I’m bringing a slightly different Fab Five to you. Mike and I Love music, it’s one of the things we have in common and love going to concerts (hence Dave Matthews Band) and enjoy discovering new music. One of our favorite radio stations in Milwaukee is Radio 88.9 MKE. They play music I haven’t heard before and local bands. Recently I was looking through my Sound Hound app on my iPhone (I prefer Sound Hound to Shazam) and I couldn’t believe how many new artists I discovered while listening to 88.9! So I’ve listed 5 of my favorite new songs/artists for you to listen to. Let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!

#5 “Chain My Name” by Polica

#4 “Always” by Panama

#3 “If I Go” by Ella Eyre

#2 “Columbus” by Snowmine (I couldn’t resist a song called Columbus :))

#1 “Forever” by HAIM (featured in the Nissan Sentra commercials)

Weekend Fun: 4th of July in Chicago with Dave Matthews Band!

Hi there!

How was your holiday weekend? Did you see a parade, cookout, watch the fireworks? We only did one out of those three options but we had an awesome time in Chicago!

This was our first time taking a train ever and we really enjoyed it! It was nice to arrive downtown within an hour and a half and not have to sit through traffic. While we were in Chicago we simply walked to places or took a cab, it was so nice not to worry about a car or parking!
Train Ride to Chicago

The first thing we did in Chicago was visit Millennium Park to see the Cloud Gate or as many call it, the Bean! Ever since I heard about the Bean I’ve been dying to see it. I just think it’s so cool.
Cloud Gate aka The Bean

The Bean!

We did some shopping on Michigan Ave after that and ate lunch at Ditka’s restaurant. I couldn’t say no to it after we enjoyed it the first time we went in January. Friday night was the first night of a two night show for Dave Matthews Band and we got there early to check out the venue and buy a poster. Dave Matthews Band has posters created for every show but they only make a certain amount so it’s a one of a kind thing because they usually sell out. Friday’s poster was different than the ones we have because it’s black but we loved it.
DMB Poster

The show was great and we had awesome seats! We were really happy there was no opener and instead it was an acoustic set performed by Dave Matthews Band and then an electric set.
Dave Matthews Band

Saturday I managed to get up and run in the morning and then we went to Navy Pier. We wanted to try out the Divvy bike share program but after 3 attempts the kiosk wouldn’t take my card and we gave up. The idea is fabulous, you rent a bike for 24 hours at $7 and you have 30 minutes to bike to your destination and then you put the bike back in a divvy rack anywhere in the city. When you’re done you get another bike and ride on. Maybe in a year they will have a better system. An hour later we hailed a cab and made it to the pier and we stopped to eat lunch at Harry Caray’s.
Navy Pier
Harry Caray's

The second night for Dave Matthews Band we didn’t have the luxurious seats and had lawn tickets. I was worried that it would be an unpleasant experience, sometimes lawn can get a bit rowdy, but it wasn’t half bad! They did have a plastic floor over parts of the lawn where we thought it may have been really muddy. It was a little weird but hey, that’s ok.
Lawn for Dave Matthews Band

We had a great time in Chicago but it was nice to come home and sleep in our own bed! But for two nights of Dave Matthews Band I would do it all over again!! I can’t wait until next year when we’ll continue the tradition of seeing DMB with our good friend, it just wasn’t the same without her!

How to Cook Asparagus: Part 2

Hi there!

Boy does time fly! Last week the week was dragging on by and then boom! I’m engaged and it’s almost the fourth of July! It’s so weird saying fiancé now instead of boyfriend. I caught myself saying boyfriend at work this week, woops!

Anyways…I hope you enjoy your weekend celebrating the 4th of July and if you’re in the mood for something new, try out this fancy way to cook asparagus. It’s now time for How to Cook Asparagus: Part 2.

This is our favorite way to cook asparagus because you have sweet and salty together; sweet and creamy cream cheese with salty prosciutto. As I mentioned in Part 1 you can use mascarpone if you want to splurge but cream cheese is the cheaper option and both will taste delicious. My friend introduced us to this at a Memorial Day picnic and I know a few other people who cook asparagus like this but otherwise it seems like it’s a well kept secret. Giada De Laurentis has a recipe for the asparagus wrapped prosciutto but without the cheese which is quite surprising as she’s the queen of cheese and pasta. :) We’ve never tried it without the cheese but feel free to do so!

For the ingredients you’ll need:

Cream cheese/mascarpone

Asparagus

Prosciutto
Asparagus with Prosciutto

That’s it! Remember to wrap the bottom of the stalks with a wet paper towel to prolong freshness or sit them upright in a shallow dish with a little bit of water until you’re ready to cook them.

Trim the ends of the stalks about one inch. Take one piece of prosciutto and slather on some cream cheese, add as much or as little as you like.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Roll the prosciutto around two or three asparagus (depends on their size, if they’re big use two) with the cream cheese side facing the asparagus. Repeat with the remaining prosciutto and asparagus.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray and place the asparagus on the sheet.
Ready to Cook Asparagus

Cook for 10-15 minutes until the prosciutto is crispy, the cheese has melted, and the ends look done.
Prosciutto and Cream Cheese Asparagus

That’s it! What do you think? Will you give it a try? Let me know!