Patience is sometimes not an easy trait to come by. Patience is hard to learn, hard to keep, hard to teach. I feel as if God teaches patience in the most opportune times. Man, have I been learning patience lately. Patience in selling a home. Patience in starting a new career. Patience in finding a new home. Patience in starting a new lifestyle. Patience in a small town versus a big city. I have always been patient but also a very impatient person. Patient with family, friends, coworkers, customers and supervisors. Impatient when I make decisions or when I have to wait. I have learned an all new level of patience with the process of selling a house. Thank goodness my realtors are amazing and have patience with me. I ask so many questions and am so curious about everything. I am not sure about anyone else, but after renting for 10 years, being able to sign a lease and move in on a certain day, move out on a certain day and it be all done. When selling a house and a loan/mortgage involved it is so much more complicated. Paperwork and decisions. So much talk about money, credit scores, bills and other expenses. It all counts when you are buying a house or trying to get a loan. It is all hard work and frankly exhausting. My mind is somedays just a mess trying to find all the paperwork needed and scratching my head thinking of all the questions to be answered. A rollercoaster of emotions as well. I pray God continues to give me patience on a daily basis. Pray in the hard times but even more in the good times.
So I have been a little MIA on this the last couple weeks. I am going through another big life change, I have decided to move back to my hometown. Which makes my soul so happy but means for a lot of adulating lately. Big things like selling my home in Chicago, moving stuff up to Appleton to my temporary spot, getting things updated and financials for buying a new house as well. Moving is so much work, I have counted and I have moved 9 times in the like 11 years!! Oh my goodness!! I should have stock in U-Haul. A couple big moves across country and some within the same city. But I am happy to say I am ready to settle down and plant some roots. Even though I said that last time moving to Chicago 😉 I think thats because I thought I would really fall in love in and with Chicago. I managed both I think. But unfortunately you fall out of love with things and places and people. It’s time to move on and start a new fresh in a familiar town. I have started the move and thank God for family!!! My parents, I seriously will never know how to thank them enough! I am bought them lunch and dinner and thanked them like 100 times but I still feel its not good enough. Secondly to my sister and brother-in-law for letting me crash in their basement until things fall into place and I have my own spot. Things are moving and grooving all into place. And seriously thank you JESUS!! I have been praying for hope and peace and something to fall into place to feel at home. It all is.
So if anyone is looking for an adorable home in Chicago, check out my house that is for sale! Its a super awesome house in Portage Park area of Chicago, such an awesome area near the city.
By the way, the ASAP Skinny Tea is getting me through these crazy morning and nights. I love the Morning Boost. It totally gets me energized and doesn’t make me feel awake and to get my day going. I really really like the Evening Detox. With moving my meals haven’t been the best so the detox totally helps me not feel bloated and I can honestly tell a difference. My pants are fitting a little looser and I feel all-around better. So if your thinking of buying the teas just do it!! Definitely get the cup that comes with it too!! Its so awesome. You just put a spoonful of tea leaves at the bottom and put the hot water in and there is a little strainer to stop the tea leaves when you drink it. I have been making sure to have it all handy wherever I am laying my head at night.
Links below for my house & the ASAP Skinny Tea:
With being in my last year of my 20s, I have made it one of my missions to cook more. I have been buying cookbooks and watching so many cooking shows and taking as many tips as possible to learn to cook a variety of things.
When I first moved out and was on my own I became a taco/nacho lover. I called it Macho Nachos. I would make all the fixings for a great taco, mostly using ground beef, rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, guacamole, tomatoes, chips, jalapeños and so much more. If they had it in the taco aisle at the grocery store I bought it. Then after a couple years I discovered how to make shredded chicken for tacos. I would put chicken breasts in the crock pot with cooking sauces and let that cook for hours. Needless to say tacos were my thing.
In the last year or two I have become obsessed with making all kinds of soups and stews. One of my favorites is beef stew. I make a mean beef stew, let me tell you. I have witnesses. 🙂 I have also been making soups. I started of course looking for recipes on Pinterest. Getting ideas of things to put in soups, other peoples recipes, what the main ingredients usually are, and realized what ingredients to always keep in the house when I want to make a quick soup. I am going to share two different recipes that I use for my favorites.
Before we get started with my “recipes”, I want to recommend to you, to get a dutch oven. They are seriously one of the best things ever. I cook all my soups/stews in dutch ovens. There are two different sizes. I have a 6 quart and 3 quart. They are a little pricey, but definitely worth the investment. The 3 quart dutch oven I recently purchased at Kohls was $60. Ask anyone who has one, they will tell you how amazing they are. You can find them anywhere from Bed Bath & Beyond to Kohl’s to Target or online as well.
First I will share with you the chicken wild rice corn soup I make pretty often. Now I would love to tell you I use measurements and the same exact amounts but I don’t. I am definitely a taste tester throughout the process of making it and alter it to my tastebuds. I usually have chicken in the freezer or fridge, but have found the best is rotisserie chicken from the store and just shred it! The rotisserie chicken already has that great taste and goes great with anything. Another thing I always try to keep on hand is chicken and vegetable and beef stock or broth. These are needed for any soup as well. I tend to start with the potatoes, dice them up and put them in the dutch oven with the stock/broths. I also add the celery and carrots right away too. Those ingredients tend take the longest to get softened up for the soup. I will then slowly add the rest of the ingredients to the dutch oven. Shred up that rotisserie chicken real good and add that in too whenever. You can add other seasonings to your taste as well. The good thing with the dutch oven is you can just add everything slowly as you go and it will still taste great. I also try to get the stock that has low sodium, that helps with the overall taste. Here is the ingredient list I used most recently:
– About 1/2 pound of chicken breast boiled then shredded
– Chicken Stock two 8oz containers
– Vegetable Stock one 8oz container
– Can of Corn
– 3 cups of baby carrots cut up
– Onion Powder
– Garlic Powder
– Goya All Purpose Seasoning
– Two Red Potatoes diced
My other favorite thing to make, that I could literally make on a weekly basis is the Beef Stew. This stew just has a comfort to it that I feel I always love on a Sunday evening. The beef I tend to get from my local grocery store is the beef that is already cut up into stew chunks. I usually get find one about a pound in weight and will even cut it up more once I get home and the meat is rinsed. In a large ziplock bag, combine flour salt, pepper, onion powder and thyme with chunks of meat, shake until coated. Let the meat marinate for a few minutes until roux is made. Make a roux with flour and cooking oil. Constantly stirring the roux until golden brown. In the dutch oven add the meat and let brown. Then add the liquids such as broth and stock and sauces. Also add in the onions and garlic along with the potatoes. Add in all seasonings and rest of ingredients. Let it all cook together on medium heat and test taste along the way to see what other seasonings you may want to add. Here is a list of the ingredients I use:
– Beef Stew diced into quarter size chunks
– Sweet Potato diced up
– Red Potatoes diced up
– Can of Tomato Paste
– Beef Broth two 8 oz containers
– Vegetable Stock 2 8 oz containers
– Can of diced Tomatoes
– 3 cups of baby carrots cut up
– 1 stalk of celery diced
– 1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
– 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
– 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
– 1 medium chopped onion
– Goya All Purpose Seasoning
– Onion Power
– Garlic Powder
– Black Pepper
– Sea Salt
– 1 Bay Leaf
I have found that soups and stews are some of the best things to make. You can make a soup that cleans out the cupboards or a specific type of soup. Soup and stew to me are just total comfort. When I need the extra TLC from a long weekend this soup and a good movie are perfect. I have a board on Pinterest specifically for all the soup ideas that I would like to make. Feel free to look through as see if you see anything that sparks your interest as well. I hope you enjoy these soups as much as I do. Questions or comments please let me know 🙂
Yesterday I played tourist in my city of Chicago. My cousin was in the city visiting on his long layover he had and right away requested to go to the “glass overhang thing”. Right away I knew he was talking about the Skydeck Ledge in Willis Tower, formally the Sears Tower. If you talk to any Chicagoan, they still call it the Sears Tower.
Anyways, they have updated the whole entrance now. You enter Willis Tower for the Skydeck on Franklin Street. You take the escalators down two levels. It is nice there are workers directing people everywhere to get to the lower level. Once there you will get in line to purchase the tickets. There are a few different types of tickets and split in between Adults and Youth.
General Admission: Adults $22.00 Youth $15.00
Fast Pass: $49.00 (I would definitely recommend it if you are going on a weekend because the line can be hours long. More on that later.)
Chicago City Pass: Prices vary depending on how many attractions/museums you plan to go to. Worth the price if you go to two or more. Other attractions include Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Museum of Science & Industry.
The Line…We went on a Thursday afternoon around 3. We only waited about ten minutes to get to the elevator that takes you up 104 floors. It took us about five minutes to walk down the crazy long hallways, through the empty lines. We zig zagged and weaved our way all around just to get to the elevators. There isn’t much to look at if you are stuck in the long white hallway. Until you get closer they have some facts on the walls as well as the video. Make sure to have something to keep you busy if you are stuck in line back in the white hallway. I’m sorry to break it to you, you will be there for quite some time.
Once you take the one minute elevator ride up 104 floors to the Skydeck floor, you walk out to the floor to ceiling windows and shops and benches and telescopes. There are stands to tell you some of the major things to see in the distance. Looking to the south first, you can see Guaranteed Rate Field (where the White Sox play), to the east Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, to the north they point out things such as Wrigley Field and John Hancock Building, to the west United Center (where the Blackhawks and Bulls play). The views are great. They will tell you before you even enter if the visibility is bad or even high winds. There are some benches you can sit on as well to soak up the views as well. Of course souvenir stands with t-shirts and coffee cups and puzzles and such. Some good buys for any tourist wanting a souvenir. Side note: A ton of great tourist shops after you go back down to the ground floor. I would definitely recommend getting souvenirs from the ground floor versus the on the Skydeck.
The Skydeck Ledge, where the glass over hang is literally above the street. There are lines for the 4 ledges. There are employees there to time people with taking personal photos as well to take a group photo. It is a crazy feeling stepping on that glass. Your knees go weak, at least mine did. And I’m not even afraid of heights! Super crazy feeling seeing just glass below you. Amazing views. You can see as far as 50 miles on clear days. To the north is Wisconsin, south to Indiana, east to Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan, west to see the city and more of Illinois. Very cool sight to see.
Overall, it is definitely a spot I would recommend to go to visiting Chicago or even if you live in the city or surrounding areas and have never been. I think it is something every one can experience. If you don’t want to go on the glass ledge you don’t have to. Some people get too weak in the knees. Perfectly fine to stand against the wall and look from afar. You can get great photos and just a view to remember. I hope you enjoy it and I hope this helps with getting tips for the trip to Willis Tower aka Sears Tower. 🙂
Today is one of my favorite days. Tacos are one of my very favorite foods! You can make a taco out of anything pretty much. My favorite tend to be chicken or steak tacos. Today I had two beef tacos at a great Mexican restaurant. So delicious! Fresh cheese & lettuce & shredded beef with rice and beans. I had the a great House Margarita as well. This awesome little restaurant is called El Jaripeo in Greenville, Wisconsin. My hometown back in Wisconsin. Always great food. 🌮🍸 #NationalTacoDay #ElJaripeo
I am new to this blog thing and will be working like crazy to get it set up. I am so excited for this new adventure. I will be sharing all kinds of information about my lifestyle, such as food, traveling, music and all the things I love to do. Hope to be in contact and learn so much about this fun new thing!