Celebrating life.

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about post-grad life. It may be because I am a recent graduate, but it seems like it’s everywhere. Is that the new trendy topic? Hmm… Anyways, one of the most stressed topics is staying in touch with friends and to continue play.

Since I was mainly on a strict mission to find full-time employment this summer, I felt as if I was ignoring some of these objectives. With the sobering fact that summer does and will come to an end, I set off to meet up with close friends and try a few new things to rev up my life.

Last week, I met up with three friends, two of which we celebrated birthdays for. We chatted over brunch at The Knick in Milwaukee and did a bit of shopping. I thought it was cute how we all immediately went to the home section of Anthropologie, forgoing the clothing for plates and butter dishes, oh my! Is it not amazing the energy you can stimulate off of a great day with your girlfriends? The catching up, laughs, and advice is unmatchable. How do you stay connected with friends, whether they live five blocks away or five states over?

I left feeling intoxicated off the love and fun we shared in those short few hours.

Next, I decided to cross a few things off my bucket list. Two of which in one day. First, my friends and I decided to jump off the lighthouse pier. It was such a scorcher of a day, Lake Michigan was not only bearable, it was refreshing.

Yes, that is my friend holding my hand. That was my one condition. 😉

Later that day, or should I say next morning, I found myself enjoying the sunrise. 22 years of living on Lake Michigan and not once have i watched the sun rise over the lake. That’s embarrassing! Gosh, it was gorgeous. Highly recommended!

Tell me: how do you add a little spice into your everyday routine? Do you sometimes feel bogged down by the day-to-day grind? What are your tips for mixing things up?

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Cinco de Mayo!

The weekend is here and is not just any weekend! Cinco de Mayo falls on Saturday, which also coincides with one of my best friend’s 22nd birthday. A much-needed trip to Binny’s has us set with an ample amount of Jose Cuervo, Coronas, and lime. I’ll report back with the aftermath on Monday…

Brewers in Chicago

So is everyone in agreement that Chicago sports all suck? Okay, greeeeeat.

As senior year draws to a close, my lovely university has planned a few events to sendoff their seniors properly. It began last week with a Cubs game (booooo!) Luckily, they were playing my home team, the Milwaukee Brewers. It happened to be terribly FREEZING for the game. Hooray!

Ummm, and call me naive but I absolutely did not know that they charge $7.50 for a measly, tiny, little beer at sporting events. Horrible.

During the game I did what I do best, especially at sporting events, EAT. Nacho me, extra jalapenos, please. I left before the game ended due to my sheer panic that I would not get at least seven hours of sleep before going to my internship the next morning. I am a nut case.

It’s pretty weird (and SCAAAARY) that I will be graduating college in a short three weeks. But, it is nice to have these events to commemorate the time  my classmates and I have spent at this institution. Next up, a tour and tasting at Goose Island Brewery…

Motown Mozzarella

Ah, deep frying. A magical thing that makes yummy food even more delectable by drenching it in hot, boiling fat. To me, it can be a bit intimidating…

If I haven’t said before, my roommate Ryanne is a genius. For example, today during a usual brainless TV-watching session, she told me she had been thinking of something for awhile. Really pondering. What was it?

“Let’s make homemade mozzarella sticks.” 

Yes. 

Especially since my dearest mother gifted me with a huge bag (mmm, sounds delicious already) of string cheese from her last trip to the cheese factory.* Is there any other way to utilize string cheese other than make mozzarella sticks? Well, I had never made them before, but it was a very promising idea.

Like clockwork, my neuroses set in.

“Dude, are we going to burn down the apartment? We need to have a plan! Ryanne, what if we burn this kitchen down?” 

Her response, “well, we probably wouldn’t get our security deposit back.” UM, WHAT. I feel like the consequences would be a leeettle more severe.

So, onto the cooking-with-two-inches-of-hot-burning-oil. We used this recipe.

First, those little sticks had to take a egg bath and then play in a sandbox-like panko breading.

I basically watched and then decided the Motown Pandora station was the perfect mozzarella making music. Then, we decided to be cautious and take the temperature of that terrifying oil.

Ryanne amazed me even more by showing me what the retro dance move of “The Mash Potato” was as she was wrangling some HA-OTT oil. Look at that thumbs up.

Presenting, the final product:

Life-changing. Earth-shattering. So unbelievably delicious.

I like to rate things we make on the scale that a restaurant could serve the dish. Is that weird? I don’t know, I think it works. But, this gets a 13 on a scale from 1 to 10. Ah-may-zing. Yum.

Have you ever tried deep frying anything? Any fun fire stories?