TGIF #8

Haven't done a TGIF post in a while. I need to get back on it and try harder to stumble upon more randomness!

Favorite Nail Polish: I've been wearing this color all month. Love, love, love. Wet N Wild Shine in Blazed (#437F). It's the perfect combo between coral and pink.


Favorite Hair: Found this on Pinterest (which I have no clue how to use). I wish I was naturally blonde because I would SO do this!



Favorite Style: I've been dressing and styling my hair this way a LOT lately! Definitely digging vintage and retro styles.


Favorite 4th of July Dessert: Stained Glass Cake How creative is this?!



Or the Classic Berries and Creme cake!


Favorite Dream Home of the Week: Look at this backyard!



Favorite Food Remix of the Week: BAKED French Toast! Ahh!



Favorite Photography Idea of the Week: Anniversary photos. Take one each year holding last year's! PHOTOCEPTION!



Have a great Friday! -- TSJ

West Allis Farmer's Market

Spent the afternoon at the West Allis Farmer's Market. I remember my grandma used to take us to farmer's markets all of the time when we we're little. Felt a little nostalgic to be back at one. It was also Chhally's first time at one!

We walked amongst the aroma of fresh herbs...






And vegetables!


Chhally ordered some fresh tamales from a vendor..


And I scouted for fresh strawberries..


Got a HUGE container of fresh, hand picked strawberries for $4.25! I can tell you that these were the sweetest strawberries I have ever eaten! 129478831 TIMES BETTER than the store bought ones that are partially moldy already lol




I plan on buying more of our groceries from our local farmers. Do you?

xoxo Vicky

I discovered a lovely, odd donut today.

While grocery shopping and meandering through the bakery section, I came across these adorable donuts!

They're raspberry filled and oddly shaped. I've never seen em like this before, but they're so cute and perfect for sharing! I'm obsessed. On the label they're called Bismarks but when I tried to search Bismarks online, I got nothing that looked like these!




















Enjoyed it with some fresh raspberries and a cup of V8 Splash! Sweeeeet.

xoxo Vick

Seafood Stuffed Shells

For those nights you really crave some fancy-cooked, juicy seafood but don't want to spend big bucks on a seafood restaurant; this recipe that will satisfy that craving. Seafood stuffed shells. With a creamy, home-made white sauce. I was inspired to make this recipe from Taste of Home, but edited it with my own ingredients.


Meet the cast of this beautiful recipe.

Eggs will hold this mixture together.


Dump in the lump crab meat. Soo good on it's own. Chhally and I couldn't stop sneaking a piece here and there.


Then we have to fire up a skillet in order to saute the veggies.

Red onion is up first.



Then the veggies! I used a Scandinavian blend of frozen vegetables. You can use any kind of veggies for this recipe, as long as it will fit in the shell. I heard this dish was great with spinach, too.



This is the finished seafood mixture! With the lump cramp meat, shrimp, veggies, and cheese combined.

Spoon the seafood mixture into the cooked pasta shells. Place them on a greased baking dish.

Meanwhile, assemble the sauce!







Generously pour the sauce over all of the shells. If you leave spots un-sauced, the pasta will get a bit rubbery when it bakes the oven.






Ingredients

  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup of mixed veggies
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 jar of lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1 package (5 ounces) frozen cooked shrimp, thawed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plus 4 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute onion and vegetables in 1 teaspoon butter until tender; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the crab, shrimp, egg, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, pepper and green pepper mixture.
  • Drain and rinse pasta; stuff each shell with 1 rounded tablespoon of seafood mixture. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and coarsely ground pepper; gradually whisk in remaining milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
  • Pour over stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining seafood seasoning. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. 
Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. Yield: 8 Servings
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Happy Eating!

Antigua Latin Restaurant (Review)

Since we've moved to the West Allis area of Milwaukee, we've been pretty excited to try the different restaurants in this area. Antigua is literally three blocks away from our place, so after reading some online reviews (which said this place was amazing and cozy) we decided to go!

I am so glad we picked this place. I am a huge fan of Latin culture and their menu explores almost every Latin flavor there is. From Mexico, to Cuba, Argentina, Spain, El Salvador, and even Peruvian flavors! And then, on top of all of that, they have their own house creations that combines a little bit of everything. The one thing that I have been dying to try is Paella de Mariscos. A seafood rice dish cooked in a traditional Spaniard pan and seasoned with saffron. I learned about this dish when I studied Spanish in high school, haha.

The many reviews I read also talked about this dish. So you know I had to! Plus, it combines every kind of seafood I looove. Lobster, Shrimp, Mussels, huge chunks of perfectly cooked fish. (ps. Enjoy my Instagram photography!)



It. Was. AMAZING! I inhaled this dish. I could not stop. Even now as I type this, I'm contemplating how I'm going to convince Chhally to go with me tomorrow to eat it again. But most likely, I won't need to do much convincing. This is the jist of everything Chhally had to say throughout dinner, "Damn. Damn. This is so good. *chew chew chew* Mmmm. This is GOOD, babe. Babe. This is good, did you try the mussel? *nom noms* SO good."

But let us not steal the show away from the other items we had at Antigua. Like the free appetizer plate!
With samples of Cheesy Potato Fritters, Pork and Cheese Empanadas, and slices of.. what did she say? MANGO QUESADILLAS! Yes, you heard right.



Excuse my ugly nails. =P




We also ordered the guacamole. Beautifully plated and presented, came with a basket full of super crunchy home-made chips. This guacamole was reeeally fresh. It was mashed perfectly with just the right amount of onions, tomatoes, salt, and cilantro. What I loved most about it is that they left some of the avocado still chunky, so you get that really refreshing avocado taste and texture instead of just mush.






They also have a huge variety of drinks. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The ones that caught my eye are their whole list of different Margaritas! A Latin must-have. And their Pomegranate Mojito! Doesn't that just sound lovely. I didn't get to try any of these this time, but next time for sure. Instead, we ordered Strawberry Iced Tea and Mango Iced Tea. Made by hand and shaken with ice. =)




The restaurant ambiance is great. We were the only ones dining at this time this day so we received amazing service from the staff and our waitress, Teresa. The decor is definitely cozy, yet modern with the exposed ceiling and huge windows. You sort of feel like you're having dinner in someone's Spanish Villa with the chandeliers, gold gilded mirrors, red curtains, and warm paint. Every table has fresh flowers for romantic centerpieces. There's also an outdoor patio! The restaurant was also VERY clean. Most of the staff busied themselves with wiping down the windows, menus, and table decorations. Other staff were busy organizing everything and prepping for the dinner rush.






Their Flan was named the best in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but when I read their Desserts menu I was tempted by the description of the Terrina de Almendras. One of a kind? Cake? Almonds? Strawberries and Kiwis? Yes, please.

So very different than I imagined, but the taste was a combination of sweet, tangy, chewy, soft. You have the cake on the outside, the fluffy cream on the inside with pieces of almonds blended into it that gives it a chew much similar to a coconut candy. The fruit add a sweet and tangy element to it. On the plate were two different sauces, a red and a green one. I assumed it was strawberry and kiwi puree. Definitely tied the whole dessert together.

The food here is truly an art. From their appetizers, to the amazing paella, to the desserts. Everything was beautifully presented and evokes a see-smell-taste-and-feel experience. I wholeheartedly recommend Antigua.

Antigua Latin Restaurant
5823 W. Burnham Street
West Allis, WI 53219
414.321.5775 


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