and im getting married!

i told myself that i wouldnt be THAT person who is obsessed about getting married. Buttttt i feel as if that is slowly changing. i mean, come on! 

IM GETTING MARRIED. And if we are really keeping track, i get married in like eight months. im not sweating, you are… although i was told that it’s doable, but that was also told  to me by a wedding planner. (no, we dont have a wedding planner, youre looking at her;) ).

But hey,  i love planning. literally its my dream to be a planner of some sort.

enough kelsey, let me hear how nick did it!!

Okay fine – here it is!

now you gotta be in the mindset of it being labor Day weekend and this point we were like two weeks away from heading to germany. we had talked about doing a little weekend trip either going to MN or chicago. if youre thinking “why Chicago?” well, chicago holds a little piece life for both nick and i. 

nick and i started dating april of 2012 and yes, we were still in high school. ugh I know, so cute lol. well being 18 both of had no idea what we wanted to do, all we knew was, i was staying here in milwaukee and nick was headed to columbia for school. we spent everyday during that summer together, like everyday. but soon came fall, which meant this newly, fresh and young love could only go on during the weekends. yeah, we texted, called and skyped but still…being 18 that was hard!! not to over bore you with details, nick made the decision to move back home once the fall semester was over. columbia wasn’t for him and me being me, I was SO excited to have him home. no more going weeks without seeing each other. 

we then both were at uwm, i was still living at home and he was down on the east side. with him being back home, that just meant more time we got to spend together. i would say that we learned a lot one another. Let’s just say – i learned to love whiskey during this time in my life lol. 

youd think that we wouldve moved in with one another because “that’s what you do once youve been dating for threeish years”. Yeah not really, long story short, nicks house started on fire, while we were in it. Yes everyone was safe but all of nicks stuff was destroyed. this meant, he moved back in with his parents, and me, well i was still living with my dad. 

well im not going to into it but i would say living at home didn’t last for long. long story short, we had gotten coffee one morning and made the decision to move together. 

it wasn’t easy but it felt right. which i think thats the biggest thing to feel. nowwwwwww fast forward to 2019 and us planning a day trip to chicago was here.

before you ask, i dont think i really had an idea what was going to happen. all i knew was that we were going to walk near the marina because nick said “he’s never done it before” so me being down for whatever.

i have to say that i thought it was a little weird that he was wearing a button down shirt because thats something he never does unless we are going some where nice or to work. so i follow suit and dressed nice myself. monkey see, monkey do? Lol

annnnnd then we get to chicago and we park in our normal spot, we start to walk to marina. let me tell you it was a lot warmer outside than i thought so this whole walk i was waiting to stop and cool down for a bit. well, we kept walking and walking and during all of this, nick kept walking behind me. now, he HATES when i walk fast but hey, i have long legs so i just naturally walk fast. but at this time, i didnt think anything of it, i just thought to myself “well im going to keep going”. little did i know, he was trying to find a spot to ask me but it was so busy he didnt see anything he liked.

mind you, we are still walking at this point, and still sweating. me being me, of course i didnt plan anything else so im trying to come up with that we should do next because as far as i knew, this walk was the only thing we had planned and the marina was ending. THEN nick suggested that we head to this little grassy area to “take a break”. as we stop, we both stood there and looked out into the water (no, it was as romantic as you think, i was balls deep in sweat and was just happy to stop walking). as we were looking out into the water, nick starts to say “when i lived down here seven years ago, i used to walk this very same path. and when i walked this path, i would think about how i knew i wanted to marry you”. yes – at this point i was like “OMG OMG OMG THIS IS HAPPENING”. nick did say some other stuff and i cant really remember BUT then we got down on one knee, pulled up his pant leg and unrolled the ring box from his sock. that poor our man had to walk all that way with a box in his sock!

of course i said yes, i mean hello…we wouldnt be here if i said no. i know this might sound weird but after i said yes, i turned around because i thought for sure that someone was going to walk by and see but nope, no one. and i love that. i know im all about the pictures and getting the moment right but there is something about knowing that only nick and i were the only two who got to experience that moment.

and yes, we did celebrate with drinks, lunch and then went home to get more drinks, dinner and more drinks lol. we like drinks.

came home to this 🙂

and thats it, seven years later and we are GETTING MARRIED…i love saying that 🙂 but off to wedding planning!

xoxo kelsey

mke food: august

here we are AGAIN! yay!

im not three weeks late on this foodie blog, you are. its you 😉

just kidding totally me, lets just say i took some time off? yeah, lets go with that. from what i can remember, august was a good eating month but honestly, all of the months are good eating months.

okay, enough of me talking about nothing and you thinking “you do this every time kelsey, just SHOW ME THE FOOD”.

here we were i ate/drank in august:


if you ever want literally the best asian food in milwuakee, you have to go here. its served as small plates (which you know i love) and small plates are the best because you get to have more than just one thing from the menu. we got their: chicken and cabbage dumplings, egg foo young and kung pao pork. everything was amazing but i have to say, i dont know if i was full or i really didnt like it but the kung pao pork, i wasnt a huge fan of. nick loves it and swears by it but i just wasnt feeling it. another thing is, i wish the egg foo young was a little smaller, that big was huge!

wisconsin state fair:

if you asked everyone who i went with, all they will probs say is “it was so hot, we were all sweaty”. but are you really going to the fair and not sweating?? it is even the fair if youre not sweating? ANYWAYS, my MUST when i go to the fair is cheese curd and the place i always have to go is brad & harrys cheese curds. they. are. the. best. something that i always do at the fair is know where the cheap beer is because you need something to wash the curds down with! another that i always have to get at the fair is milk. now, i do not like milk but i love the flavored milk at the fair. every year i get chocolate and root beer and there is no other way to go. now – i did have a lot more to eat but these were my highlights.


you guys know, ive talked about foxfire before, you can see here and here. but their hot fried chicken sandwich is the best, like the best ever. do i need to say anymore?


some of the best italian food in mke! i love gloriosos for so many reasons. i mean duh, their food is amazing both their deli and their hot sandwiches but is doesnt stop there, they also have a store where you can get a TON of italian staples. my go to sandwich there is their italian beef with mild giardiniera.

boone and crockett:

i just like their old fashioneds, like a lot…i prove it here! this is one of my favorite bars in mke! nick loves their manhattans, if they is what youre into 😉

club garibaldi:

now, there are one of my favorite wings in milwaukee & their cheese fries are like not even a question when you go. their wings are VERY comparable to points east butttttt still not the complete same. when it comes to their wings, they only come in “hot” but theyre not too spicy. i think what mellows them out is because they are grilled.

milwaukee irish fest:

guys…this was my first time EVER! EVER! to irish fest and when i told that to people, they were shocked. well, im not irish sooooo i never had a reason to go. well, i am glad i did! it was fun, a lot bigger than i thought and the food was to die for…oh so where the drinks. you know me, i love whiskey & jameson is my favorite so it was a win all around. i had a reuben and it was amazing. i ate wayyyyy too much of it but didnt regret it one bit! and i dont remember of the place i got my sandwich, im sorry!


the best bar food in milwaukee! i love this place, if youre looking to bar food, this is a must! nick and i quick stopped in here for a drink and a “snack”. and i say “snack” because we got their poutine and OMG!!!! there was so much on the plate but sooo good. i loved it because each bite had a cheese curd and that is not always the case but it is when it comes to camino.

kegles inn:

now, if youre from mke, this place is known for their fish fry and so well that there is always a huge wait to get in. well, nick and i took advantage of their oktoberfest and thought we would try their fish. annnnnnnnnnnd it wasnt good. ugh i hoped it wouldve been the best i ever had but nope. i almost didnt finish my plate because i didnt like it that much. BUT their potato pancakes were very good. i am thinking that the fish wasnt all that because it was a festival and i understand that it can be hard to have food like it would be in the restaurant.

and there we have it! only like three weeks late but IVE BEEN BUSY! i do more than just eat, which i know is hard to believe.

next months might be a little delayed too, im off to germany for two weeks, i cant wait!

xoxo kelsey

just a little life update

hi, im still here.

i realized i havent written a blog post in over a month, maybe more… i am not fully sure of that. i know, im on your shit list.

yes, i will need to post my monthly food blog and i do want to post my engagement story too ~so cute~ AND the story behind mouth full of milwaukee, if you have no idea what that is, check it out here.

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but enough of that! i bet youre wondering where i have been, what ive been doing and why i havent written in the longest time. well, grab your popcorn because here it is.

**taps mic to see if its on**

about a month ago now, i put on IG that i was going back to school (dont go and check, i took it down). school for coding, web design and development. now now, it wasnt school school, it was a boot-camp that was self paced, 6sixmonths long and all online. i did my research, i looked at what jobs in the field looked like and what they all were ab out, i thought i did it all. i became SO excited to start that i sort of bit the bullet, told myself that i could do this and that i should do something i have never thought i could do.

so i started. annnnnnd everything during the first week seemed to be going okay but i was struggling but duh, i had just started something that i have never done before and knew nothing about. i was sort of understand, asking for help when needed and attended all the meetings that were required. but that voice in my head said to keep going, to keep pushing, and to keep doing something i have never done before. then came week three of the boot-camp. i sat there, did my reading, when i got to my assignment, shit hit the fan.

i realized this wasnt for me. i spent two hours balling my eyes out because i felt like a failure, that i wasted so much time and money (that is a whole other can of worms. i kept thinking that i let myself down. i had these thoughts of: “how lame am i that i couldnt even finish something i said i could?”. ” i feel really stupid because i told the world what i was doing and now i decided that this wasnt for me and i dont want to finish it”. “why would i spend three weeks on something that didnt make me feel fulfilled?”.

then i realized, i liked the idea of what i could be but it truly wasnt who i was. there was time that i sat there and thought: “ugh if i get a job in this field, i dont know if ill like it because theres no planning or coordinating”. “i really dont care what im doing or what im reading” and “you literally cannot stop doing this boot camp because you told yourself you wouldnt quick and i want to better your life”.

it took my about two days to realize that what i thought and what i did was okay. i realized that i shouldnt force myself into something i really dont like or want to do. just because the voice in my head is telling me one thing doesnt mean its meant for me.

i also realized that the voice in my head should be put towards something that i truly WANT, something that keeps me going day after day after day, like this blog, my foodie events, working this brands and the million other things i enjoy.

my point in all of this is, chase a dream that you know you want. i will be honest, when i first signed up for this boot-camp, i thought it was the dream ive been waiting for. i thought it was the answer to all of my “im 25 and i dont know what i want to do with my life” but quickly realized it wasnt my dream and so what? im 25. 25!!!! i have a lot of dreams, you guys do too. i dream of becoming a successful blogger, the best coordinator and planner and whatever else i get my hands into.

like i said, by amping myself up and then backing out made me feel “dumb” and “stupid”. at one point i even said i felt like a failure. but guess what, im not. dont feel like a failure if you tried, if you put your best foot forward and you did what you thought was right. take those negative thoughts and feelings and feed them into finding your passion, finding what it is you dream of doing (yes, you can dream of doing a lot of things). dont let something that YOU didnt like, ruin everything you do.

please please please be honest with yourself + your feelings. its okay to change your mind, its okay to drop everything and start a new dream.

i promise my next post will be sooner than later 😉

xoxo kelsey

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mke food : july

it wasnt weird to write my food blog once a month because it was only once a month. then a few months ago, i thought i would do one every week and i thought that was weird so here i am…back to the non weird once a month food blogs 🙂

i know youve missed them.

although, since it seems like forever since ive blogged about food, i have forgotten all the places ive eaten this past month. and the only place that is sticking out is when i got ice cream, hmmm i wonder why? (put together the cracked BFF necklaces if you love ice cream too).

enough talking kelsey, TELL US WHERE YOU ATE, okay here ya go:


i got it twice. no, not on the same day…there was a day in between. i only get this when i go to summerfest. i mean why wouldnt you? its a platter of fries, cheese curds and mozzarella sticks. HELLO! i think im going to leave it at that because what else do you need in life?


this was my second time going here and i like it just as much as the first time. what i think i like about it so much is that their drinks are truly a craft cocktail. they take their time to make you their specialty drink and garish them just right. i got their “oops not berrys” which is buffalo trace bourbon, sazerac 6yr rye, crunch beery infused coconut milk, lemon, jolly good fruit pumjc, lazzaroni amaretto bittercube jamaican bitters, mint and a blue whale gummy. lets be honest, i only got the drink because it came with a gummy ;). nick got their beetlejuice which is marker market bourbon, bet infused yzaguirre reserva rojo vermouth, aperol, heirlook alchermes liqueur, bittercube orange bitters. overall, i really enjoyed my drink, it was different (in a good way), refreshing and a little creamy because of the coconut milk.


guyyyyyys, i go here all the time. even ask nick, hes sick of going but i literally could it everyday. ~no shame~. We ended up going because they had a fried chicken sandwich on their weekly menu and you know me, chicken is my favorite food group. the chicken was moist, cruncky and the breading was seasoned just right. and i got “a little bit of both because i got a little asian slaw and their homemade chips with blue cheese dip.


now this is what you call a lobster roll. they have their lobster rolls every friday and normally if we end up here on friday, their sold out. WELLLLL i lucked out when we went because guess what…I GOT ONE!!! BOOYAAA! and let me tell you, it was very fresh, seasoned just right and wasnt sour like i have had in the past. ugh now i want one.


i feel like i should go here more than i do but i dont. i kind of “out of the way” from my house so when i go there, its normally with friends. i had been craving a mushroom swiss burger so that is what i got andddd i wasnt the biggest fan. i get it, theyre suppose to have the best burger in mke but while i was eating it, i just wasnt wanting another bite. we also got their jalapeno cheese balls and holy yummy! i love anything with jalapeno, i love the flavor they give and i also like the spicy they leave although there werent too spicy. we also got their beer battered onion rings and i couldve just eaten the whole basket myself.


all you need to know if that you should get their wings. their wings are one of my favorites in the city! my only advice would be is to get their early because earlier is better since they fill up so quickly! also this time around, we tried their pickle fries and HELLO! just the right amount of pickle with the right amount of breading.


i dont go here nearly enough, its about 2 minutes from my house so that means i should be going there like 3 times a week, right? this night i got their mackinac island fudge which was vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge ripples and chunks of fudge. do i need to say more?


okay, i said i wasnt even hungry at the time of us going here. last time i was here, i got their lobster roll, you can find that here. but this time around, we went with their king crab dinner. yes, at 4pm on a sunday, we got their king crab. #fancy. believe it or not, this was my first time having crab legs and i loved them! i enjoy crab a little more because its a lot more tender than lobster but if it was even lobster, i would eat it too. the crab legs came with fries, coleslaw and of course butter because why would you even eat crab without butter? it was a perfect snack on a sunday afternoon. i hate to call it a snack but it was? lol! but if youre in mke and youre feelin like crab, st pauls is a must!


if i could live here i would. i feel like we go here every one and while and it NEVER dissapoints. check out this post and this post to see what else ive had. this time around i got their funghi, which is mushroom ravioli, sun dried tomatoes in a marsala cream sauce and hoooooooooooooolllllllyyyyy cow. this was just what i was looking for. i personally really like mushrooms and this had that “wild” mushroom flavor while still being light in flavor. each dish comes with a house salad and your choice of dressing. now they do have your standard dressing like ranch and french but let me tell you, you ALWAYS should go with their made fresh daily salad dressing. i have never had the same one twice and theyre also the best! i love how fresh they are and how different their tastes are.


nick and i took a friday off and headed up to green bay to see the packer at training camp. this was my first time and it was okay, i mean we sat in the rain for most of the time and i can only watch the play practice for so long. BUT i did enjoy doing something different and the day off 🙂 we wanted to get lunch and nick suggested we head over to krolls because its a green bay staple. i got “the orginal krolls cheeseburger”, single with “everything on” which meant ketchup, pickles, raw onion and butter. and a side of fries…come one people, you know me!! the cheese burger was a perfect butter burger. i mean who doesnt love a butter burger. another thing that i loved was, their “everything on” is literally what i get a cheeseburger anyways so i felt as if their burger was calling my name from the start.


i got it all and then some! now, this is agiast all of my foodies rules but………….i didnt remember all the places that i got my food from, I KNOW! DISOWN me already. ugh! i was so focused on enjoying my time there and thinking about my soon trip to germany that i didnt take the time i normally do to remember where i had gotten all my food. so here, just look at the pictures and get jealous that you didnt eat what i did 😉

holy cow. july seemed like it flew by but after trying to remember all that i ate and drink, time sort of slowed down.

i hope you found out about some new places from here and youre able to go and try!

see ya soon for another monthly food blog,

xoxo kelsey

kup of roasted red pepper pasta

just roll out the red carpet…ladies and gents i give you…………………..roasted red pepper pasta!

and no, i havent made this twice in the last week either. so dont even think i did 😉

i guess i should start off by saying happy tuesday, im glad youre here blah blah blah. well, its been a long ass time since i have posted about a recipe and i have to say, i got a little help from the internet on this one. BUT that doesnt mean i cant post about it or tell you how to make it!

so let get into the pasta, okay? OKAY!

there is what youll need:

  • a 12oz box of pasta, i use banza
  • 1 tbsp. of mince garlic, i use my gallon sized jar from costco. otherwise you can use 2 cloves
  • 3 shallots, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 4oz of cream cheese, make sure its somewhat of a room temp. because cold cream cheese is the devil. also cube it, makes it so much easier to mix
  • 1/2ish cups of parmesan cheese, mozzarella could be used too.
  • 12oz jar of roasted red pepper in water, i made sure to rinse mine before using.
  • optional: parmesan cheese and basil or parsley for garnish


  1. boil your noodles according to the packaging. i also over cook my banza noodle because they dont take very long and i normally doing other things and forget abut them BUT COOK YOUR NOODLES.
  2. while youre over cooking your noodles, slice your shallots and garlic. now you dont need to make things small because everything will be put into a blender at the end.
  3. once sliced, start to melt your butter over medium heat. add the shallots until translucent, only a few minutes here.
  4. then add your garlic for about a minute. you do not want to over cook garlic because itll get bitter and nasty.
  5. add your half and half, cubed cream cheese and your parm or motz cheese, whatever youd like. i did parm. keep stiring until cheese is melted and everything is well mixed. add your red peppers to warm them up a bit, ive give them around 3 minutes.
  6. carefully pour your sauce into a food processor or blender, i used this blender. and puree until fully mixed.
  7. fill your bowl with pasta & top with your sauce. add whatever youd like on top. i did cheese because, duh #wisconsin.

okay, i did make this twice in less than a week because it was that good! i hope you make it and love it just as much as i did/do!

let me know if you make it!

xoxo kelsey

i got a little help from this recipe.

chill on the hill w/press

i feel like ive been non stop all summer long! am i alone here?

i hope not.

milwaukee as so much going on in summer, that i feel like i am missing so much because im doing so much. can i get an amen??

since moving to bayview (yes, its only been a year but feels like home), one of my FAVORITE things to do is go to chill on the hill. chill on the whaaaa? chill on the hill is why i love tuesdays in the summer. chill on the hill is held at humboldt park, in bayview. in the park, they have a band shell that is “especially designed for acoustic excellence”. and it does not disappoint. music from local musicians play from 6-8:30. i really like that chill on the hill is made possible due to all their local sponsors and the bay view neighborhood association.

now lets be honest, the real reason why i love chill on the hill so much is because of the food you get to eat. they do have local food trucks and restaurants that set up but if youre anything like me, you take great pride in creating snacks. of course, we have a drink or three while we are there too.

even though i take pride in snack making, i go pretty simple and easy.

here are my go tos:

  • cheese, my goal here is to get 2-3 cheeses i have never had before and i wait until i get there to try them. some of my favorite spots to get cheese are outpost, sendik’s and woodmans.
  • crackers and i try and get different ones every time, some of my favorites are marys and back to nature
  • green apple because cheese, crackers and an apple slice are awesome!
  • “something speical”, in this case i bought cheese whips wrapped in salami but i normally make something different each week
  • fruit
  • veggies
trays can be found here

and this week… i also brought press seltzer.

cooler can be found here

whatttttttttttttttttttttttttttt is press seltzer? well its a locally made and comes in some awesome flavors. my favorite flavor is the blackberry hibiscus but i really would drink all the flavors just because they are that good. what i like about press is, their flavors are fresh and they use different flavor combos which in the end, end up just working together. dont you wish everything in life was that easy? just kidding, then life would be boring!

once everything is packed up, we talk over, set up & eat while enjoying the bands that play.

chair can be found here
foldable table can be found here

if you live in milwaukee or near milwaukee, i would recommend chill on the hill 110%. which means, you need to keep your schedule cleared on tuesdays. well actually mondays too much you gotta plan, buy and get your snacks and drinks ready for tuesday! (and no, that is something i dont do, just a suggestion 😉 )

xoxo kelsey

forever the best photos by: ARISSA



blogger collab day: ripon wi

now i bet your wondering what i was doing in ripon a few weeks back right? but are you also wondering what or where ripon is?

ripon is a small town that is north of milwaukee, its about an hour and half drive. the reason why i headed up there was because of blogger collab day. ladies, if you dont follow blogger collab day on IG, its a must! i have met a lot of my “blogger friends” as i call them through blogger collab day.

so ladies, once you follow them, keep your eyes out for their next event and SIGN UP! its so worth it, again you get to meet like-minded, supportive and encouraging women, you always get a swag bag filled with goodies and you walk away with some amazing picture taken by amanda vick! but best of all you leave we lasting memories.

i know youre just dying to hear about the day and the shops that hosted us and the food we ate, right? right!


this was where we started off our day, this was a cute little (jk it was huge) coffee shop in downtown ripon. although i got their a little later than everyone else did, i still was able to get a yummy iced latte & their delish breakfast they provided for us. and me being me, i took a look at the other food that they on their menu and it looks SO good. i might just go back for the food 😉


i love this shop! omg. can you double love something? im going to say you can, because i double love this shop! this is a shop you wouldnt excpet to see in a town like this, meaning this shop has the latest fashion, locally made items like earrings from dynamo and so much more. they even have sassy cards for celebrations, small air plants and even a mens section. the owner of the shop is the sweetest and know how to pair pieces of clothing with your body type. whats really nice too, is the stop will post on the facebook about what they have and are willing to ship it to you.


i loved the vibe of this shop. it kind of reminded me of anthro but a little more rustic. which just meant i wanted to buy the whole store. what i really liked about this shop was, their upstairs was like a flea market and by that i mean, there was a lot of random yet unique things. they also have a lot of vintage things too, i love when a piece could tell a story.


deep deep down, i love rustic and farmhouse style and decor . and this place had just that! i love that this shop goes out and tries to find the best looking rustic, vintage and farmhouse styled stuff. i think i did about 20 laps around the store because i wanted to make sure i didnt miss anything. i wish had a had more shops like this in milwaukee because i love seeing old/vintage things in a new light.


i literally had no idea this was even a thing! i guess i am so used to wisconsin being known for beer that i didnt even think about wine! and this place didnt just have wine…they had pizza and it was one of the best pizzas i have ever had! of course, their wine was pretty good too. we all shared a few of their margarita pizzas and i sipped on a glass of their marquette rose. i really enjoyed the relaxing vibe of this place, it was a great way to end blogger collab day!

annnnd one more place i dont want to miss talking about.


i loved this shop, because it was fully of plants. and i love plants. but really this shop was so cute and corky, i loved it. of course i waked away with a spider plant (it was like the store knew i always wanted one). i think i could live in the shop if i had too 🙂

and that was my blogger collab day in ripon! i would suggest visiting this cute little town. i kind of see it as a big little town.

happy monday!

xoxo kelsey

4th of july with Sendik’s

am i the only one who cant believe that its july? i mean WHAT! i think its hard to believe that its july because of all this crazy not summer like weather we have been having. and here i go talking about weather…just be warm and sunny wisconsin so we can talk about something else!

well, i have something else to talk about, and im pretty sure youre going to want to stick around and see what it is.

one of my favorite things to do is plan. i love all the work, details and ideas that go into any sort of plan. i really enjoy planning events, big or small, it doesnt matter as long as i get to be a part of it. since the 4th of july is almost here, i recently partnered with Sendik’s Food Market. what Sendik’s is, is a local, family owned grocery store that has now expanded over the metro milwaukee area. a little fun fact, the first store is on the east side of milwaukee , it all started there in 1926.

what i like about Sendik’s is how easy they make it to get ready for any event. from having pre-cut cheese and fruits to house made chips and salsa, it literally cuts down on so much time. i think can use that time to spend with my family and friends at the events/parties i plan.

with the 4th around the corner, i thought Sendik’s was the perfect place to shop for my 4th of july party musts!

here are some of my musts for a successful party:

  • anything themed for the event. so for this since its the 4th of july = stars & strips oh and you cannot forget the sparklers!
  • chips and salsa
  • fruit
  • veggies
  • cheese
  • taco dip
  • crackers

i love decorating too, okay i love it all! i love planning and decorating. i mean, who doesnt? i went to michael’s and got most of my decor there. some of it though, i just had at home. i love reusing what i already have because it saves you a few extra bucks.

like i said before, Sendik’s makes it SO easy to great ready for guests. i dont think i have ever spend less time on prepping and finishing food. Sendik’s has become my go to for getting ready for pretty much any gathering.

now, i know youre itching to know how i made all these goodies, have no fear i have listed everything i did and used:


this was the easiest of the easiest! Sendik’s makes yummy house made tortilla chips and salsa too. you guys know i love spicy so i went with the medium and it was just right. i wasnt too spicy (i couldve gone a little spicier) but this is perfect for guests because then everyone can enjoy. now i didnt get the house made chips for just the salsa, i got them for…


literally, you can never go wrong with taco dip. now Sendik’s does make their own dip, so if youre that pressed for time, that is always an option! My taco dip was super easy to make.

here is what is needed:

  • 16oz of sour cream ( i used Sendik’s brand)
  • one block of cream cheese, room temp.
  • one packet of taco seasoning
  • a bag of shredded lettuce
  • a bag of cheddar cheese
  • one medium sized tomato
  • green onions
  • a small can of black olives

how to make:

  • make sure that your cream cheese is room temperature. i make sure i set mine out at least an hour before i start making the dip.
  • once cream cheese is room temperature, add to a mixing bowl along with the sour cream and taco seasoning.
  • once mixed, add it evenly to a serving plate
  • chop up the tomato and green onion
  • spread the lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, olives on top of the mix
  • top with green onions

so easy! and of course, i paired it with the Sendik’s chips.


again this was so easy to get together, Sendik’s has cheese cubes that are already cut up. i went to with pepper jack cheese for the white, then cherry tomatoes for the red and then use blueberries for the blue. the cheese bobs, as i call them ,would be easy if you were in need of a dish to pass at a fourth of july party.


these are another easy to put together snack for the 4th. i think these were the easiest of all. Sendik’s has pre-cut watermelon (along with other fruits) and all i did from where was take a star cookie cutter pushed it into the already cut watermelon and made stars. then i used the rest of the blueberries from the cheese bobs and BOOM i had the star sticks.

and just like that…you ready for the fourth of july! if youre anything like me, you love to have snacks that fit in right with the holiday and you also love having food that you know everyone is going love. AND who doesnt like when snacks are quick and easy to get ready? if it wasnt for Sendik’s, i think i would still be there getting ready for the 4th 😉

well, happy 4th everyone! make sure to eat a lot and enjoy your time with friends & family.

xoxo kelsey

pictures by the AMAZING arissa:



mke eats 8

at blogger collab day

its monday and you know it means my weekly food blog , right? well kinda.

although i like the idea of blogging about food once a week, i desided i am going back to the once a month food blog. just like old times 🙂

now this doesnt mean that im done with food because THERE IS NO CHANGE IN HELL THAT IS HAPPENING. i love food and i love sharing it with you. i just have a lot of other blog posts i want to focus on so therefore, the foodie posts are back to once a month.

with that being said…

here is where i ate/drank this past week:

milwaukee jerky:

i have always loved beef jerky, like an embarrassing amount. like im kind of embarrassed to even say that im embarrassed. but i guess what should i be embarrassed when something is super tasty and locally made? last week, i won a contest on instagram and with that contest, i won three of their flavors they have. i got their honey bbq, spicy inferno and smoked hickory. lets just say that i have already order and eaten a lot of beef jerky within the last couple of days. their prices are fair, the jerky is made locally and the owners of the company are so nice and flexible with ordering. like i said, i ordered from them because it was just THAT good. i ended up ordering their spicy inferno because i liked the flavor and the heat. now its not overly spicy but spicy enough. i also enjoy this type of jerky because its not the chewy, hard stuff you get from the story. milwaukee jerky makes sure their jerky is soft and tender while leaving you wanting to eat the whole bag. if you’re interested in buying their product, the best way to reach them is on their facebook.

fixture pizza:

yes i have been here so many times, and im pretty sure i get the same pizza over and over agian. and i get their chips over and over too. but hey! like i said last week, if something is good, why change it up? (im kidding). when you go there, its a must to get their house chips because it comes with nacho cheese and jalapenos. again, i love heat so the jalapenos are a great touch. this time around, we got their mke brewing co, great lakes distillery and the var gallery pizza. each pizza is one of a kind but yet all so good.

vines and rushes winery:

this past weekend, a group of my blogger friends and i headed up to ripon, wi for blogger collab day. our last stop of the day was at vines and rushes. i literally had no idea that there was even a winery “up north” but there is and its so pretty! now i also didnt realize that a winery makes pizzas too. and the pizza isnt just a frozen pizza, its wood brick oven pizza and its to die for! we all shared a few of their margarita pizzas and wine of course! we did do a tasting of their different wines and my favorite was their marquette rose. it was on the sweeter side but very refreshing ( i know nothing about wine lol).

harbor house:

we wanted to go somewhere for drinks before dinner and because were at the art museum, i suggested harbor house. we got their cranbery, orange manhattan and of course, i was hungry and wanted to try their garlic parmesan fires and literally couldve had two serving because they were that good! the drink was good too 🙂

sail loft:

now this is a place that i used to really enjoy and i feel like the past couple of times that ive been here, i wasnt impressed what i had. this time around i got their lobster roll because i had been craving one and it was not good. the maine lobster roll did have a lemon parmesan peppercorn aioli and that was what i think wasnt good about it. i love all of the aspects of that aioli but dang! it was not good. and i was upset that this wasnt what i wanted because i had been craving a lobster roll for the longest time!

i kinda feel like this is goodbye but its not?

its totally not, well ill see everyone next month for my monthly food blog. thank you for sticking around all these weeks while i tested the foodie water.

xoxo kelsey

mke eats 7

monday funday, right?

this past week/weekend was a weird one for me, did anyone else feel that way? even though it was weird, i did end up trying some new food places which is always a plus! AND i even went to brunch…yes everyone, this is something that i rarely do!

here is where the food went down this past week:

tacos el charritos:

this place is always our go to when we dont feel like cooking and i blame the truck because its only a two minute drive from our house. i really only had their quesadillas but my thing is, if something is good why change it? jk! but their quesadillas are so simple, a little greasy but so good. i have had the steak before but i would have to say that their chicken is my favorite. and the salsas that comes with the meals are so authniec and spicy, i love it! (okay, the salsas arent that spicy but have a little heat to them).

meat on the street:

ugh i was so excited to finally try this anddddddddddddddddd i wasnt too impressed. although, i have never had filipino food (thats why i tried it). i got a a chicken coconut ginger bowl and i couldnt really taste the ginger and i could only taste a little of the coconut. i did like the straw mushrooms that were in it. when i was handed the bowl….its not what i thought it was going to look like. overall, the bowl was okay, just not what i thought it was going to be. i just wish it had more flavor.


all i got was a churro, and i loved every single bite.

north ave grill:

now this isnt in the neck of my woods but i was helping my friend ceci move. by the time we were done moving, we were SO hungry that we went to the closest place and that ended up being north ave grill. i have drove past this place so many times but never thought twice about stopping and trying. i got their buffalo blt wrap. and lets be honest, anything blt or buffalo is always something know you im going to get. i got their buffalo blt wrap with fries and loved it! it was just a simple wrap with everything youd want on it. there was enough buffalo and not too much of anything. it filled me right up!

simple cafe:

like i said, i never do brunch but this weekend nick suggested that we go and im not going to say not no, duh! we went to simple cafe and i got what i always get, their mashed potato omelet. see a pattern here? when i like something and i dont go there a lot, i get the same thing over and over. i love this omelet because they stuff it with potatoes, bacon and green onions and they top it with creole hollandaise sauce…SO good!

i guess the take away from this is, dont be like me and try new things? or you can totally be like me and get the same things over and over again? totally up to you, i mean, i dont know why you wouldnt want to be like me 😉

have a good week my peeps!

xoxo kelsey