Emily and the rotisserie chicken

Editor’s note: Once upon a time, we had a different blog. The year was 2009. The blog was called “Kant Touch Us.”  It shut down in 2010. We saved some of the posts however. Here’s one of those gems, originally posted in August 2009.

Emily tried to carve a chicken tonight. She was mildly successful.

The problem with “No Show” socks

This weekend, I bought some new “no show” socks at Target. It was $5 for two pairs. I was excited to get a couple new pairs because I always seem to lose these things! I grabbed the black lacy ones and slipped on black ballet flats and ran out the door for work.

Then, as I walked from my car in my work’s parking lot, I looked down.

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Um… hey lady, your socks are showing.

These socks were promoted as “No Show Liners.” As in, they shouldn’t show. So I took to social media and asked friends if I was the only one who has this problem. Here’s a sampling of what my friends said:

Those things don’t work at all. They always show.

Always. Those never work.

Mine come off my ankle and get wadded up by my toes.

The lace ones are supposed to show! I love them! I have many that don’t show, but the lace ones are always bigger so they can peek out.

Yes!! When I wear black ones with black flats it’s ok. But my nude ones make me look like I’m 85.

Here’s my problem. These “no show socks” or, as I like to call them, “footies,” serve a purpose. I’ve found I cannot go barefoot in dress shoes. My feet get sweaty and gross and within a couple of weeks, the shoes are gross. And, while I agree that sometimes a little peek-a-boo from the lace footies is ok, I feel like this pair is pushing it. I mean, really. I might as well be wearing ankle-high socks.

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And let’s talk about the one on my left foot below. I have yet to find a single dress shoe that works with this “no show” sock. Now, the one on the right is actually working out pretty well. I think they are cotton Merona ones from Target. They have a little silicone strip on the ankle part which helps keep it from slipping off. Maybe I’ll just have to buy those in bulk and hope for the best. :/ So much for trying something new!

No Show Socks

 

Sconnie Pride

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It’s no secret that we have a deep-rooted love for Wisconsin. Why else would we call our blog “Sconnie Sisters”? I’ve even been thinking about getting a Wisconsin tattoo for years… just haven’t pulled the trigger because I can’t decide where to get inked. 

For years, I’ve been scouring the Internet, rummage sales and thrift shops for things that scream “Wisconsin”. I’ve collected some of my favorites here. You can see even more on my “Sconnie” Board on Pinterest.

Source: Drink Local Wisconsin Bottle Opener, $40 on Etsy
Drink Local Wisconsin Bottle Opener, $40 

I open all my beers with this bottle opener.

Drink Wisconsinably T-Shirt, $18
Drink Wisconsinably T-Shirt, $18

A truer shirt was never made.

Milwaukee is for beer lovers, $3.50
Milwaukee is for beer lovers, $3.50

Great card! I actually received this card for my birthday last year.

Wisconsin Coasters, $35
Wisconsin Coasters, $35
Laser cut Wisconsin coasters, $35
Laser cut Wisconsin coasters, $35

Both sets of coasters are pretty darn cool. I’d love to add them to my collection. *cough cough*

Wisconsin shaped cutting board, $48
Wisconsin shaped cutting board, $48

This cutting board is great! You might have seen it in my guacamole hummus recipe photos. The artist will customize the placement of the heart, too!

Wisconsin Cast Iron Skillet, $125
Wisconsin Cast Iron Skillet, $125

I want this if for no other reason than to make Wisconsin-shaped cornbread.

I Heart Wisconsin necklace, $55
I Heart Wisconsin necklace, $55

I have this necklace and wear it multiple times a week!

Wisconsin State, solid sterling silver necklace, $58
Wisconsin State, solid sterling silver necklace, $58

Here’s another variation of the state-shaped necklace.

Wooden Wisconsin HOME sign, $35
Wooden Wisconsin HOME sign, $35
Love Wisconsin, $39
Love Wisconsin, $39
Wisconsin State Map Home, $30
Wisconsin State Map Home, $30

I would love to have any of these signs hanging up in my apartment. I bet I could actually make something similar. Hmmm… future blog post?

Represent t-shirt, $25
Represent t-shirt, $25

This might have to be my next ‘Sconnie apparel purchase! REPRESENT.

Wisconsin Home T-shirt, $21.95
Wisconsin Home T-shirt, $21.95

This will have to be the next one purchased.

Made Locally, $15
Made Locally, $15

If I ever find myself pregnant, I will buy this onesie in every size. It’s hilarious. The shop also offers variations including “Native,” “Someone in Wisco <3’s Me,” and “Oh, Yah!”  

Wisconsin Cookie Cutter, $2.25
Wisconsin Cookie Cutter, $2.25

If you think I don’t already have one of these, you’re crazy.

Wisconsin Cloth Napkins, $28
Wisconsin Cloth Napkins, $28

These will have to join my ever-growing collection of cloth napkins soon!

Wisconsin State Pillow, $58.50
Wisconsin State Pillow, $58.50

This would be such a cute wedding gift!

Vintage cheese tin
Vintage cheese tin

Here’s an awesome vintage cheese wheel tin I found on Etsy. I have it on display on top of my dining room hutch. Speaking of cheese, here’s another Etsy find currently on display in my living room:

boxFor as many awesome Sconnie items I’ve found, there has been some equally un-awesome items as well. See what I mean on my “Bad Sconnie” Pinterest Board.

What’s your favorite state pride product? (Doesn’t have to be Wisconsin). Share links to your favorites in the comments below!

Guacamole Hummus

Whenever I hear the word “hummus,” I think of this.

What Gets Out Hummus Friends

“What gets out hummus? What gets out hummus?!”

I am a huge fan of hummus. I love all the varieties and I especially love to make it from scratch. I think a lot of people get intimidated by making hummus, but I’m telling you it’s not that difficult. As long as you have a blender, Magic Bullet or food processor, you’ll be fine!

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First, you’ll gather up all your ingredients: garbanzo beans (AKA chickpeas), tahini, olive oil, avocados, lime, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic, onion powder and cayenne pepper.

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Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans.

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Pour the garbanzo beans into your blender and pulse until coarsely chopped.

Add all the remaining ingredients except for the avocado.

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Pulse some more until the mixture is well mixed.

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Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized bowl.

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Next, cut up the avocados.

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Add to the mixture and mash lightly with a fork.

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Serve with your favorite chips, crackers or veggies.

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Adjust the cayenne pepper to taste. If you don’t like spicy things, use less. (Me? I like spice!) I think next time I might try adding a little more lime and try a diced garlic clove instead of the garlic powder.

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Grandma’s jewels mason jar home decor

Grandma's Jewels Mason Jar Home Decor by SconnieSisters.com

Anyone who knows me well, knows I have a slight major obsession with mason jars. I love mason jar crafts, activities, foods, home decor, etc. If I could, I would live in a house of mason jars.

Ok, maybe not, but you get my drift. I heart them. In fact, I’m currently rounding up my favorite mason jar activities for a future post. But before then, I have a quick and easy mason jar “craft” you could do in 10 minutes or less!

I recently inherited some of my grandmother’s jewelry. With the exception of her mother’s ring, I would say that most of her jewelry is costume, enamel and other “vintage” relatively inexpensive jewelry. There were broaches, clip-on earrings, necklaces and so on.

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I absolutely love each of these pieces. They embodied my grandmother’s style. Plus, OMG SPARKLES!

I could have always just packed these gems away in a jewelry box or storage for safe keeping, because they’re not items I would wear on a regular basis. But that seemed like such a shame because I would only rarely have the opportunity to enjoy them.

So I decided to put them out on display in my living room in – you guessed it – one of my vintage teal ball mason jars. This is an especially awesome way to not feel bad about only having one earring from a pair. In the jar, it doesn’t matter.

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I am pretty happy with how it turned out. What do you think?

28 Days of Salads

I’ve been wanting to do some type of long-term food challenge for awhile. But, I always felt like the challenges were too extreme and that I couldn’t possibly follow through on them.

A few years ago, I even tried to go vegetarian for a month. But, due to some health issues that came to light during that period, I found that my body is incapable of being a vegetarian. I can’t handle all the fiber. My doctor actually told me to eat less fiber (he said he NEVER tells people that, especially people with IBS, but I’m special like that). But that doesn’t mean I can’t handle a salad every day. I just can’t have salads for every meal.

So, on February 1, I visited my co-op and loaded up on all sorts of veggies.

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I’ve found that the trick to actually using the great produce you buy at the store or farmer’s market is prepping it all before you put it in the refrigerator. I’ll post some of my favorite tips for preserving fresh produce soon!

Below you can see photos of all 28 salads I ate last month. I’ll be honest – my favorite ones were those that I made myself with fresh ingredients. I wasn’t always able to do that, though, so some salads are from the cafeteria at my work or from some cafes/restaurants nearby.

I only missed four days of salads, but made them up with a couple of two-a-days later in the month. The missed salads were usually due to having an unexpected meal at someone else’s home, so I didn’t have control over what was served. Well, then, by the 28th, I couldn’t eat three salads in one day, and said, “SCREW IT. Pizza salad and beer salad it is.”

28 days of salads

Which salad looks the most appetizing to you? What are your favorite salad toppings? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Google Hangout: Nailed It

The other night, I was showing Emily how to do something in Photoshop using Google Hangout’s Screenshare feature. When I tried to click back to the video chat feature so we could talk for a little bit, this happened.

Google Hangout Nailed It

Nailed it.

Sisters matching tattoos

Once upon a time, Emily and I wanted to get matching tattoos. For quite awhile, we were considering variations of the “family infinity” tattoo you’ve probably seen all over Pinterest.

As we talked about the design more and more (and I sketched and re-sketched designs), we realized that we didn’t want the same tattoo as a bunch of people on Pinterest. And since it was just the two of us getting tattoos, we thought that some type of sisters tattoo would be a better idea.

So I started writing (and rewriting) “sisters” on scrap paper. I quickly realized that the way I drag my pen subtly makes the “S” look like infinity symbols.

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So we took this idea to our tattoo artist (Skully of Jedi Tattoo in Waukesha Wis.) who thickened up the lines a bit. We’re pretty happy with how they turned out.

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I love knowing that the only other person in the world with this exact tattoo is my sister. I also love knowing that she we have a little bit of each other with us at all times. All I have to do is look down at my wrist and I feel close to her.

 Photos: Amy | Tattoos by Skully of Jedi Tattoo

When photos don’t quite turn out the way you planned

When Emily and I first came up with the idea for this blog, we knew that we would ask our dad to do a photo shoot with us so we had some images to work with before the site launched.

So, we headed off to one of our favorite spots in Milwaukee… the Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse. It’s right along Lake Michigan, near the iconic Hoan Bridge, Henry Maier Festival Park and of course, with a great view of the Milwaukee skyline.

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We planned to go to a few more spots, but it was so freaking cold, we decided that this location would be good enough for now.

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We tried all sorts of different angles and staging.

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In the moment, everything seemed totally normal.

But then, dad downloaded the pictures to his computer and showed us the RAW files. When we saw this one, we started laughing so hard we started crying.

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It looks like an engagement photo, right?

Facepalm.

Photos by Papa Kant AKA Tim Kant Photography.