I will be living at Taku Steakhouse for forever…

YOU GUYS!!! I’m so flippin’ excited!

Before I tell you why…I have to take you back to 2005….

 

which btw- that was 9 years ago! What the WHAT?

 

OK- back to 2005….

 

I graduated from Milligan College. YAY! Though I was excited for the next chapter of my life, I was sad to leave several things behind… Amazing friends, wonderful experiences, beautiful scenery, and….

 

Food.

 

Over my 4 years at Milligan I developed a love for several foods down there. (Tennesseans KNOW how to eat!). 3 of those foods were….

 

Keva Juice Smoothies

 

 

Shrimp Sauce


Pal’s Drive Thru.

 

So- moving ahead to 2006….Tropical Smoothie Cafe Opens.

I am in HEAVEN! For the first time in that year I enjoyed a smoothie that was as close to Keva Juice smoothies as they could get and it was only 3 minutes away from my house instead of 7 hours!

 

So now to present day…OK- more like yesterday (close enough)… I FINALLY get to check #2 off my list!!

 

SHRIMP SAUCE EXISTS IN COLUMBUS, INDIANA!

 

 

And it’s at TAKU JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE!!!!

 

 

This is how deep the obsession goes. Since 2005 I have been SEARCHING far and wide (and by far and wide I mean within an hour and a half driving distance) for a hibachi grill that has my shrimp sauce. I’ve even searched for a copy-cat recipe! NOTHING has come close.

 

And then…Dan and I were invited to go to Taku yesterday after church…

 

Our hibachi grill master came out to greet us… set out some dipping sauce dishes…

 

 

AND LOW AND BEHOLD…. he poured that beautiful shrimp colored liquid gold into that dish…

SHRIMP SAUCE

 

It was all I could do to restrain myself…I thought about asking for a spoon and just eating it right then and there. But I was a good girl, and waited patiently for the rest of my meal to be cooked so I could enjoy the shrimp sauce on ALL THE THINGS!

 

So needless to say, I am super happy that I can now enjoy my shrimp sauce any time I am craving it. Everything else was great too…I haven’t tried the sushi yet, but I’m sure it’s great and I will be back to try it soon.

 

Now we just need to work on Columbus getting a Pal’s Drive thru…. :)

 

Happy eating!

 

Sara Beth :)

 

 

Jason Sudekis & the World Cup

Ummm….this is hilarious. 

 

and there’s Jason Sudekis. *geek swoon*

 

If you haven’t seen this, watch it now. 

 

If you have, I apologize for re-posting old material…I’ve been in Mexico with no communication for 10 days. Watch it again anyway…it’s too funny!

 

(and yet it hits a little too close to home in how some people feel about soccer in the US.)

 

For the record: I love the World Cup and Soccer. I also love Hockey, which is just as much misunderstood as soccer in Indiana/Midwest. Go figure. :)

 

My “Chopped” Challenge judging experience…

OK folks…I have a confession to make…

I love the Food Network/Cooking Channel/any food tv show. 

Seriously. I will totally eat a meal while watching whatever is on Food Network hoping my food would taste like what they are making… (I think Jim Gaffigan did a stand up bit about this…haha)

OK- so now that confession is out of the way, needless to say you can understand my excitement when Dan and I were asked to be JUDGES for a local “Chopped” competition. 

This competition? At our friend’s house. The Chefs? Still in Elementary School! 

Meet Carson and Leyton. These young aspiring chefs blew us away with a wonderful dinner last night “Chopped” Style! 2014-06-23 19.44.35

Last night was their 3rd “competition.” This all started when Michelle (Leyton’s Mom) was going to prepare stuffed peppers for dinner, but Leyton wasn’t all into that. Michelle came back with a “How about you make dinner then.” And that’s exactly what Leyton and Carson did- they took the ingredients for stuffed peppers and made it into a casserole that was more to their liking. Needless to say this started something…and I wanted to see it for myself!

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Michelle (Mom) explaining the rules.

Here’s how it worked: Mom brings in a bag of mystery ingredients. Carson and Leyton had 5 minutes to discuss their plan of attack after seeing ingredients and then 50 minutes for dinner (same for the dessert round, except they only had 25 minutes). Much like the show, they had access to the “pantry” aka anything in the kitchen and fresh herbs outside, and every judge had to have the same thing on each plate. 

So what was for dinner? Here were the ingredients these two had to use:

-Flour Tortillas
-Green Onions
-grilled chicken 
-black beans
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And here is what they created: A tortilla pizza! they pulled tomato sauce from the pantry to make this delicious treat. 

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They did run into a problem though- not enough tomato sauce…so what did they do? Made their own with Diced tomatoes, salt and sugar! I was super impressed.

And even though I thought THAT was good…the best was yet to come…

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The ingredients:

-italian waffle cookies
-whipped cream
-blueberries
-strawberries
-coconut
-mini chocolate chips

Now I could eat all these things on their own. but what Carson and Leyton created was amazing! 

They found ice cream in the freezer- added strawberries, blueberries and chocolate syrup to make their own ice cream flavor! (slightly melty, but you can’t blame them for that- they only had 25 minutes!) then they made these wonderful sandwiches and even added some mint! 2014-06-23 21.07.37

So the moral of the story (if there is one) is this…watch out parents, your kids just may surprise you. And if it has anything to do with food please invite me over! :)

Thank you again Leyton and Carson for an amazing dinner and to Michelle and Sara for allowing us to come see the competition and judge! 

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PS: Boys will never stop being boys. Left- Dan enjoying chocolate milk from a wine glass, Right: Leyton finishing off what was left of the “ice cream”

What I did while I was gone…

Can I just say, I had a fantastic time away from work last week? 

Don’t worry, you guys will always hold a special place in my heart, and a part of me did miss you. BUT… last week was wonderful. 

Every year, my husband Dan and I go on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico and build homes for those in need through Amor Ministries’ Mexico Family Camp week. This is our 5th year doing this, and it seems to get better and better every year. It truly is a life changing experience. 

I would love to rant on and on about everything, but since you probably have to get back to work in a few minutes…I will leave you with a link to information about Amor Ministries and their Family Camp week. Feel free to search around and if you have any questions feel free to email me smerz@qmix.com. I would LOVE to chat with you more about this trip!

All the Single (Columbus) Ladies….

Columbus Ladies….we have it made. 

 

My cousin-in-law posted this article on Facebook this morning, and as silly/flaky as the source may be…I can’t help but agree with most of it’s observations. (I say most because no one is perfect.)

 

Why would I agree? My wonderful father was an engineer (retired now from Cummins), and my husband is an Engineer at Cummins. So yeah. I have first hand experience with this topic. :) 

 

To ladies who are currently dating/engaged/married to an engineer- feel free to read this article and revel in the fact we are some of the luckiest women in the world! The same goes for men too who are married/engaged/dating our lady engineers- that’s like…the best of EVERYTHING :). 

 

And to those single ladies (and men) looking for a quality relationship… you don’t have to go too far to find those sweet single polo wearing, Cummins badge sporting gentleman (or ladies). 

 

Here’s the article link…enjoy! 

 

Work Out Motivation

I am so proud of my fellow QMIXer and friend Tim Green. 
 
 
He is participating in the 30 Day ab and squat challenge and he’s been ROCKIN’ it! I’m very proud to be his accountability partner. :) And if you want to join in- it’s still early in the month!
 
 
So my blog today is devoted to him and anyone who knows the great feelings that happen when you start getting in shape. Below are some excerpts from the article I found on Buzzfeed and ones that I’ve personally experienced and currently experiencing. 
 
 

1. Heavy things now feel so…light.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape

You can say “I didn’t know my own strength” with sincere incredulity.

 

SB: True story- especially when you pick up your friend’s kiddos and start doing bicep curls with them. 

 

2. Somehow you’re able to climb flights and flights of stairs without feeling winded.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape

Normally, you’d be holding onto the banister for dear life while dry heaving after stair 1.

 

SB: I still hang on to the banister, but that’s because a.) I ran a lot the night before and my knees hurt or b.) I’m clumsy and could fall at any moment :)

 

 

4. None of your clothes fit anymore.

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For better or for worse, depending on how much money is in your bank account.

 

SB: This is straight up annoying. Yes I love a good shopping trip, but I don’t always have time for one. 

 

5. You actually crave healthy food.

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MMMM, nothing like a giant bowl of crisp, delicious roughage.

 

SB: You also become extremely frustrated on days when you are incredibly busy need something to eat real quick but every restaurant with a drive thru barely has anything healthy on the menu you want to eat. 

 

 

6. But you also know that if you eat something terrible, it won’t matter.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape

Metabolism, yo.

SB: My instant response to people asking me why I like to run now…”So I can EAT!” 

 

7. Speaking of food, is it lunch time yet?

 

Because you’re never NOT hungry.

 

SB: Yes- there are days when I can’t stop eating. 

 

 

8. Your healthy habits are starting to rub off on everyone around you.

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The people who once shamed you for avoiding the fried chicken at the Super Bowl party and heading to the gym instead of happy hour are now asking you for advice on how to live their lives.

 

9. You sleep good. Soooo good.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape

You fall into bed and pass out into a violent puff of exhaustion. 

 

SB: More like fall asleep on the couch at 8pm!

 

 

13. You’ve never had to deal with this much dirty laundry.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape
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And if you don’t keep on top of it, you risk everything you own smelling like stinky sweat.

 

SB: Yup.

 

 

17. Your new favorite activity (besides working out, obvs): fondling your own muscles in self-satisfaction when you’re bored.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape

Poke. Poke poke.

 

SB: I totally did this yesterday! I was showing Dan that my arms have a little bit of definition now thanks to Farrells! 

 

 

18. Feeling sore is such a surprisingly satisfying feeling.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape

You revel in lactic acid.

 

SB: Yup- if I’m not sore, I didn’t work hard enough!

 

 

19. You are now officially a morning person.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape
 

Coffee who?

 

SB: I wouldn’t call myself a morning person, but Saturday mornings are my favorite times to get up early, work out, and then enjoy breakfast after. With a cup of coffee. :)

 

20. Fresh air never felt so good.

23 Things That Inevitably Happen When You Start Getting In Shape
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Going outside and really breathing it all in gives you a renewed sense of self, now that you’re hyperaware of the air flowing through your body.

 

SB: Plus- you get to be outside! 

 

 

23. The realization that you’ve reached the threshold where working out is not a chore — you legitimately enjoy it.

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The old you would never have believed you, but working out is FUN now that all your hard work has paid off.

 

SB: I’m sad when I miss a workout. 

 

I hope this summer you get a chance to experience the joys of getting in shape! It’s never too late to start! 

 

Sara Beth

Backyard DIY’s are my new favorite…

So Dan (my husband) and I along with two of our very gracious and wonderful friends (love you Kelly and Jeremiah!) cleaned up about 80% of our yard over Memorial Day weekend.

 

And believe me- it needed all that love and attention…it was bad! 

 

But now- it looks wonderful and now all I want to do is spend my time thinking about all those fun DIY yard projects that you see on Pinterest and every Big Box Home Improvement store. 

 

So you can guess how excited I was to find this article….

 

 

 

Already planning my list…. just added 1, 26,41,42, and 43. 

 

Several of these are very kid friendly…so make sure you check them all out by clicking on the image!

 

Happy (almost) summer!