TGIF #10

Favorite Food Remix of the Week: Nutella French Toast


Favorite Drool-Worthy Dessert of the Week:


Favorite Cheat-Sheet of the Week: Weekly Housekeeping Schedule


Favorite Giggle: Wait for it! haha


Favorite Workout Motivation of the Week:


Favorite DIY Decor: I NEED to do this! I have kept every single movie
ticket/admission ticket I've ever attended since I was 16.


Favorite Hair How-To: LOVE THIS! Didn't really think it was this easy!


Favorite Style Inspiration of the Week: Lana Del Rey
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Favorite Beauty Product of the Week: Garnier's BB Cream! Official Sugar Junkie review coming soon!


*I do not own any of these pictures*

Happy Friday!
-TSJ

Vietnamese Food + Frozen Yogurt = Lovely Date

Chhally and I have been staying in all month in order to save money. So far so good! Cuddling up and watching movies is way better than going out and spending loads then feeling guilty afterwards. We've been cooking at home everyday and pretty much rarely have been going out, but there will be some restaurant reviews in the near future!

We decided it was just time to take a break from the frugal living and enjoy a lunch date at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Phan's Garden.





I don't think I'll ever get tired of this place. My mom used to bring me here when I was really little and the food has remained consistently the same ever since. Decades!

And ever since Chhally's moved here to Milwaukee, he's been hooked on it too!





Then we made our way to Orange Leaf for some frozen yogurt. I go here so much, I have a rewards card and have already earned money back to buy more frozen yogurt!







We found seating outside to enjoy our dessert and talked for hours about life, future plans, when our next vacation will be. Then after our lovely date, we went back home and resumed our usual night of cuddling and movies. Life is good.

Turkey Wrap with Avocado, Cucumbers, and Hummus - Healthy Lunch Idea

Made these to pack for our work lunches on a whim. Turned out better than we expected and Chhally texted me during his lunch hour to say, "Thanks for the delicious lunch, hun!" He rarely does that!

This made these wraps noteworthy and so I thought I'd share.

Tortillas, hummus spread, deli-sliced turkey, fresh avocado, fresh cucumbers (I didn't peel them but I suggest peeling them and removing the seeds!). The textures were awesome. The saltiness of the turkey, crunchiness of the cucumbers, coolness of the avocados, and the extra flavor kick from the hummus all make this wrap extra flavorful.







Happy Eating!

Mini Slider Burgers!

The inspiration for having slider burgers for dinner came when I had a Hawaiian Dinner roll one random day. "How cute. They look like mini burger buns." Ding! Lightbulb.

These mini slider burgers were so good that Chhally, my sister, and brother asked me to make em twice! Chhally was so enthusiastic about em, he helped me cook them and even took the pictures for me for the blog.

We started with about 1.30 lbs of ground beef. Seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of each: salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and finely crushed parsley flakes. King's Hawaiian Dinner Rolls and your choice of toppings. We kept it simple with cheese and pickles.

The patties have to be very thin and flat. We cooked them on our cast iron grill pan. For lovely grill marks!





As one side was done cooking, we flipped them over to let the other side cook. We cut regular Kraft cheese slices and placed them on the burgers while they were still on the grill pan. Then we sliced all of the Hawaiian rolls and placed the top piece on the cheese. This helped the cheese melt into the now warmed bun.







Meanwhile, on the bottom slices of the rolls, add pickles and other toppings of your choice.



When the burgers are cooked, place it on top!



Tip: instead of adding condiments in the burger, dip these mini sliders into the sauces (ketchup, ranch, bbq sauce) as you eat them. Much easier and less drip!

This recipe should use up all of the beef and the rolls, making 12 mini sliders in all. Perfect for us = 3 sliders each for a family of four. We cut up some fresh cucumbers and had fresh grapes for a side dish.

Happy Eating!


Milwaukee County Zoo Day!

Chhally and I always wanted to do a zoo date so we decided on finally doing it. We took my four year old little brother, Nolan, along too! It was pretty much one of the highlights of my summer. Any day I spend with Nolan and Chhally is a highlight for me.

He was so excited to see and learn about the animals he's only seen on tv or read about. The lions were his absolute favorite and the snakes amazed the heck out of him.





He tried looking scared, hahah.


The petting zoo! Nolan LOVED petting and feeding the goats.








The face he made when he heard the train coming.






Seeing the world through a kid's eyes is so refreshing. I know for a fact that if Chhally and I were to explore the zoo, just the two of us, this day would have been so much different and we'd probably waltz through without exploring much at all. With Nolan, we wanted to see, touch, explore, read, and learn. So glad we got to experience all these new firsts with Nolan.

AJ Bombers Milwaukee - (Review)

We went to AJ Bombers on a double date with some of our best friends Eric and Marci. All of us were giddy and just couldn't stop talking about it all day before the dinner because we've heard so many good things about this place. It won the title of Milwaukee's Best Burger against Sobelman's in Food Wars. I am ridiculously in love with Sobelman's burgers, so I had to see what AJ Bombers offered.

We went a little crazy and pretty much ordered everything.



But at AJ Bombers, the ordering process is so easy! They give you a form where you can check-mark, circle, and write specific add-ons to what you want.

I ordered the famous Milwaukee Burger. A quarter pounder with WI Colby Cheese, Nueske's Bacon, and onions. With a side of sweet potato chips. Chhally ordered the same burger but with regular fries.


The Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls. These exceeded my expectations and were actually REALLY good.


Their Onion Strings were amazing.


My friend, Eric, ordered the Poutine. We've never heard or seen anything like it but were told it was the holy grail for all french fry lovers. The menu tells us it's a Canadian favorite. Crispy french fries, topped with cheese curds and gravy. Out of ALL of the food we devoured at AJ's, the poutine is what I love (and still crave to this day) the most. I would go back just for this dish.



But back to what we came here for! Do I personally think that AJ's has Milwaukee's Best Burger? I have to admit, that although it was good and the meat was cooked perfectly, EATING the burger was a torturous process. As I ate more of it my bread buns became more and more soggy. The larger cuts of onions didn't do good for the eating process either. The burger was tasty but compared to the toastier bread buns and perfectly proportioned toppings of Sobelman's, AJ's comes in second for me. My friend had the Bomber Burger (another burger they had on their menu), and said that THAT one was the best burger he's ever had but he did agree that the bread buns were soggy. Our whole table agreed that they should just combine the bread and toppings of Sobelman's with the patty and cheese of AJ Bomber's to create the ULTIMATE Milwaukee Burger!

As far as great atmosphere, AJ Bombers has it. Decor is awesome and they also have outdoor seating. The whole place is scribbled with everyone's pen and sharpie marks. And it's true about the peanuts. Peanut shells are everywhere and their "peanut bombers" fly above and around the restaurant on tracks to drop off peanuts to different areas. Great place to bring kids, unless of course they're allergic.

Overrall, I would come here for the sides such as the poutine, buffalo chicken eggrolls, and onion strings.  Note: I did not like the sweet potato chips that I ordered. They look crunchy but have a rubbery, tough, chewy texture to them. But we all really enjoyed our experience! Our server was very helpful and walked us through everything, answering all of our questions. All of our food came out all together and quickly despite a full house. I'd love to come back for a night of appetizers and drinks with some friends.

Don't forget to check out our trip to Sobelman's!

Baking Cupcakes at Midnight

Baking cupcakes at midnight when you've got nothing else to do does something for my soul. Something good. Not good for my pants though. :)

Especially when they're Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Pink Lemonade Frosting!











Icing Tip: I use a ziploc bag as a piping bag and place it in a cup to make it easier to scoop the icing into it. Works like a charm. Snip the corner of the bag with scissors and you can easily pipe fluffy frosting onto your cakes.










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