favorite few things


a few of my favorite things, august edition:
- morning lights, or mornings in general. but, lately, weekday mornings go by way too fast! i want to cuddle up on the couch. but no. i suppose that is why weekends are so valuable.
- a pair of sunglasses in a nice sunglasses case,so i dont crush my glasses, i have gone through a million. im still digging leather so its a double win, cute and durable.
- marble slabs. i love them for rolling out pie crust, or using it as a nice cheeseboard. delicious.

what are your favorite things as of lately?

sungalsses case// MEKU c/o sunglasses// raybans

awkward stages


lately im into looking through old photos. i kind of do it all of the time, but as of recently, the old photo streaming has increased. partly because it is so stinkin hilarious to see how much chad has changed. dont get me wrong, i have changed too... but chad has progressively changed his look so many times in the eight years we have been together it is hilarious. i spend hours laughing to myself.. while chad doesnt think it is as hilarious... i think it is a pretty good time. now, both of us kirseboms are growing out our hair ;) while that may not be super surprising for me. it is for chad. chads dang haircuts were so much money, so i proposed as a joke that he grow it out. now, six months later, chad's hair is much longer and we have saved a couple hundred dollars. however, we may in the "awkward" stage, i have my doubts about this whole my husband is growing out his hair. but i think it is working, and awkward stages have to end sometime soon ;)and if the awkward stage never goes away, it is okay... we can just laugh at the photos later on!

mr and mrs like to walk


as i mentioned several times on this little blog, minnesota is the greatest/worst place to live. the food scene is great. the parks are fun. lake life is pretty much the best. and then comes winter. but that isn't for a while still!!! and not something i even want to start thinking about it. so, because it is summer, every minute possible, i try to spend outdoors in the summer. i eat my meals outside. i cook outdoors. it is great. and i make chad go on a daily walk with me. he used to make fun and only go on walks with me to make me feel better. but... i've turned my lover into a walker! and now even he craves them! there is something special when you can take 30 minutes out of day and just spend time outdoors, and even just spending some quality time with your significant other. in the book the five love languages (by gary chapman), quality time is my number one. soo the whole going on a walk and spending 30 minutes of undivided attention is a dream for me. it is where our best conversations happen, those ones where you get to dreaming and planning for the future, or even to allow us to reflect on what is going on in our lives at the current moment.

our walk latest discussion? where in the world do we go on our next trip. something we are always talking about. we aren't having kids a for a bit still ( i think) so i kind of treat every day as one other opportunity where we get to make memories of just us and do crazy cool things. kind of selfish, but something that we are trying to "get out of our system as much as a possible before we introduce a wee one" .

we were really hoping to get another big trip in for 2015 like a three week road trip, or europe! but after taking a closer look at how much we have spent traveling this year. we feel like it would be a smarter choice to do a few smaller trips, and put those dollars towards student loans (does anyone else feel like these suck the life out of you?!) ya know, be a smart, grown adult. totally is over rated ;) it is what it is. i do have to say, i like adulthood, especially the whole marriage part of it. chad and i have only been married for 2.5 years and we are already at the point where it is hard to make a decision with out the other's input. i can't imagine what it will be like in 35 years! by that point we will have more then similar tastes in watches ;)

outfit details (chad):
shirt// gap jeans// naked and famous hat// baldwin watch// c/o JORD sunglasses// rayban

jumpsuit// tj maxx sunglassess// thrifted shoes// saltwaters necklace// tiffany & co bracelets// variety of shops watch// c/o JORD

Ladies Wood Watch

grill master (with a few of my summer time favorites)


my parents recently moved to arizona, making me the only anderson to be left in the state of minnesota (and we are very family oriented! what happened family ;) ) as sad/excited as i am for my parents are they start their new journey in the desert, i am very excited to have inherited their grill. chad and i live in a cutesy duplex in south minneapolis and still are in the young newlywed stage in our lives, aka this mans we don’t have a whole lot of nice things. we have air conditioning in our place, but we never turn it on because i don’t like the way air conditioning feels (i know, im a weirdo…) last summer, every night when i cook, chad would sit outside because it would get so dang hot in the kitchen with the oven on. but now, with this beautiful new grill, i don’t have to turn on the oven and we still get amazing hot food in thirty minutes flat! i have been cooking everything imaginable on my new grill. the best part is i just have to prep all of the food and chad does the labor/ the actual grilling part of it! we had a version and elk that i have been using for meat, but both recipes could be swapped for beef instead of elk/venison. 

grilled food;

-rosemary red wine marinated steaks

4 small steaks, or two larger ones
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 garlic cloves, minced
lemon, sliced into rounds
salt pepper
5 sprigs of rosemary

combined all ingredients and marinated in a zip lock bag for at least two hours-two days. preheat grill and cook until your preferred level of doneness

-greek burgers

1 lb of red meat, works best if you have fatty stuff, but still will work if you have lean meat just not as juicy
juice from 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 c bread crumbs
1/3 c feta cheese
parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
salt & pepper

combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix together with your hands. once all ingredients are incorporated, form meat into patties ( i made 4-6) and grill until your preferred doneness

- chili lime chicken (pictured above)
2-4 chicken breast depending on how many you are feeding/the size, cut up into smaller sizes (to hep grill better)
1 lemon (for juice and zest)
1 lime(for juice and zest)
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp chili powder

in a small bowl, zest and juice the limes and lemons, add sugar, chili powder and chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours. preheat grill and cook until desired doneness. 

other sides i have been making:

-mustard cold slaw

1/2 head of green or purple cabbage, cut into thin slices
1/2 white onion, minced
bunch of cilantro
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 honey mustard, or a mix of dijon and regular
salt, pepper

mix ingredients and add more mustard or oil if needed (or if too soupy add ore cabbage) . chill for twenty minutes before serving to allow flavors to mix well.

-green beans with lemon

handful of green beans
parm cheese

bowl green beans in salted water until cooked( 5-10 minutes), strain water. zest one lemon over beans, add shredded parmcheese. 

-radishes in vineager 

handful of radishes, cut in 1/4s
1/4 c vinegar 
a little butter

warm pan, and melt butter. once melted, add radishes and vinegar,  and cook for 5 minutes. remove from pan and add salt if you so desire

-corn on the cobb in the oven

preheat oven to 400. put corn in husks in the oven for 30 minutes. bam, corn on the cobb cooked! this is a great tip for when you are hosting people over/need to make a lot of corn on the cobb in a short period of time. 

happy eating!

PS: on another note we finally made an adult decision and purchased our first brand new couch!! i feel like we have entered into a whole new stage of adult hood. the best part of the deal? we sold our couch which we inherited for free, for $75! 

three things


three things:

-chad and i have joined a soccer league to help us keep in shape since we are not gym goers. it has been going pretty well aside from the major bruising on my knee
-it is now august, which means the minnesota state fair is this month!!!! this year the new items include bbq pickle ice cream, italian desert nachos, and maple bacon funnel cake (clearly my sweet tooth shows in this post). i personally am excited for some deep fried candy bars and a turkey leg. maybe some cheese curds too. 
-we found the most amazing tex-mex restaurant when we were in colorado last weekend, and i can’t stop thinking about their brunch chicken and waffle tacos.

now let me get back to the kitchen so i can somehow recreate those amazing tacos.

outfit details: skirt// madewell shirt// h&m headscarf// thrifted shoes// saltwaters
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