August 1, 2014

Wisconsin State Fair

Kate, Justin, Dave and myself spent the afternoon at the Wisconsin State Fair. We had our share of fair food (including, but not limited to: pizza cones, cheese curds, elephant ears, ice cream, corn on the cob, and fried shark on a stick). We spent some time with the farm animals, and even went on a few rides.

June 30, 2014

Vegan Sweet Potato Tacos

These tacos are one of my favorite meals. The great thing about a recipe like this is that it's not trying to be a meat substitute. These aren't fake beef tacos. They are some entirely different, and in my opinion, much tastier. The combination of the sweet, spicy, acidic and creamy is delicious and complex. And--you might be noticing a trend here--these tacos are really easy to make.


  • Taco shells (Flour are my favorite)
  • Taco seasoning (I make my own--currently using something similar to this)
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes (or smaller)
  • Oil of your choice (I use olive)
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1/2 jar of salsa (I used the traditional tomato kind, medium)
  • Avocado


  1. Coat the diced sweet potatoes in olive oil and taco seasoning.
  2. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake @ 350 for 30-45 minutes, depending how big your pieces are.
  3. Heat the beans and salsa on the stove. I usually do this step about 10 minutes before the potatoes are done.
  4. Make your tacos! Potatoes, beans, avocado and any additional sauces you like. The first time we made these, we added sour cream and cheese. Now we feel it's unnecessary. The avocado brings a cool flavor and creamy texture (like sour cream) and the potatoes have so much flavor, you don't even taste the cheese.
  5. Enjoy!

June 4, 2014

Pineapples in the Dining Room

Rifle Paper Co. recently launched a wallpaper line, and it got me super excited. I've been wanting to spruce up the dining room (still has the same mint green walls that were there when we moved in) so I thought this could be the perfect opportunity to do so.

I thought it would be hard for me to choose from all the amazing designs, but as soon as I saw the golden pineapples, I knew...

Now, the biggest challenge will be deciding what color to paint the surrounding walls! The wallpaper is going on the interior wall that houses the staircase. I'm leaning toward #5 or #2. What do you think? To help you help me decide, I put together a mood board of what our dining room sort of looks like.

1. Wallpaper (Rifle Paper Co.) - Hygge & West
2. Rug - Target
3. Gold Magazine Rack (similar to thrift finds here and here) - Vintage
4. Dining Chairs - World Market
5. Table - Target, on clearance (no longer available)
6. Dwarf Umbrella Plant

May 29, 2014

Lake Wissota Weekend

We had the best time visiting family last weekend. Kate, Stef and I were all home, plus our significant others and our pets. So that was 8 people, 5 dogs, and a cat. Can't wait for the next one!

May 10, 2014

Asparagus Tart

I recently purchased this cookbook, and couldn't wait to try some of the recipes. The first on my list -- asparagus tart. (The recipe can also be found on this blog).


1 sheet puff pastry
Asparagus, ends trimmed (I used 15 stalks)
1 egg, beaten
Soft cheese (I used brie)
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper


  1. On a pan, lay out one sheet defrosted puff pastry. Pinch the edges to create a lip.
  2. Spread a thing layer of soft cheese on the pastry.
  3. Pour beaten egg over the cheese layer.
  4. Lay out the raw asparagus.
  5. Top with capers, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. The original recipe calls for pine nuts, but I'm not a huge fan so I left those off.
  6. Bake 20 minutes @ 375 degrees.
  7. Eat it! And like it. Nom nom.

May 5, 2014

Recent Thrift Finds

It's been a while, but I'm back! Today's haul...

Another decanter
(ok, maybe I have a slight obession)

Magazine rack

April 28, 2014

The Simplest Chili You'll Ever Make

I've tried a lot of chili recipes. Some are simple, others complex. Last night I was craving chili but didn't have a lot of ingredients on hand. So I made this.

This recipe is probably the simplest chili you'll ever make. If you want to add meat, just reduce the amount of beans.

3 16 oz cans of beans (I used kidney)
2 14 oz cans of tomato sauce (use 1 can if you prefer thicker chili)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
chili seasoning*

*chili seasoning
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper
cayenne pepper (we used 1 tsp)

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