This month I turned 22. My parents drove into Milwaukee to take me to dinner and spend some time together. I'm glad they did this, because I've been feeling homesick and this helped a lot. We headed to Cafe Benelux in the Third Ward for some delicious eats. We started with an order of sweet potato fries with sriracha mayo and curry ketchup dipping sauces. I had the spicy cyclista burger with a benelux side salad to eat and a swing time sangria to drink. Yum!
My parents gave me a Harry Potter action figure as part of my birthday gift. I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I absolutely LOVE Harry Potter! I'm currently rereading the series for the 14th time...for some reason it never gets old! Action figure Harry currently hangs out on the bookshelf with the Harry Potter DVDs.
The next day, Ryan and I went back to the Third Ward to do some exploring. We had the first lasting snow of the season on November 9th. The Third Ward looks so magical in the winter!
We made our way down to Grand Avenue Mall. This place is kind of creepy because its missing so many stores. We went to the TJ Maxx (the only store open on the whole side of the mall) to check out the Christmas wears while waiting for a restaurant to open. Looking at gift wrapping brings me joy, which led to the collage below haha.
For lunch, Ryan and I tried out Rock Bottom Brewery. They had a very extensive menu! I had the smoked chicken tostadas. We both enjoyed our meals, and, since we were there to celebrate my birthday, they gave us free beer samples and a dessert (mason jar bourbon pecan pie)!
I have been debating buying a latte maker of some kind for awhile and was being very picky about what I was looking for. I did not want a machine that only took prepackaged espresso pods and also did not want it to take up a lot of space. Thanks to my Discover cashback reward, I was able to get finally take the plunge! I ordered a separate milk frother and portable electric espresso pump. So far, they've been a dream! It took me a couple goes to figure out how to work the espresso pump, but now I can enjoy a quick, homemade latte whenever I want!
The weekend before Thanksgiving break, my roommates and I hosted a Friendsgiving for people we know who live in our apartment complex. For decor, we stuck our potted plants and a mini pumpkin inside a fall wreath and Ryan brought a cornucopia that we put a bag of clementines into. We also had a festive scent in our wax melter.
Everyone brought a dish, so we had great variety! We had mini pigs in a blanket, pickles, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, upside-down rice (a dish from Jordan), salad, pumpkin bars, pomegranate punch, and sparkling apple and sparkling pear cider. We played some games and chatted and there was hardly any food left at the end of the gathering!
The next week, my mom and aunt picked me up from Milwaukee to go home for the holidays. One of the first things we did when we got back was go to the store for last-minute Thanksgiving supplies. While there, we found an ugly Christmas sweater for dogs and just had to pick one up for Buzz!
The day before Thanksgiving is always "Pie Day" at my household. My mom, sister, and I drink wine, sing, and dance while cooking different types of pie. This year we made two pumpkin pies, a bourbon pecan pie, and a lemon meringue pie! We used leftover pumpkin puree to make a bourbon pumpkin pie drink. It turned out nicely!
I like to go all out when I dance!
The fruits of our labor.
We also made sangria with oranges, limes, lemons, whiskey, and Barefoot pinot grigio. It was great and I hope we add sangria to our list of Thanksgiving traditions. Thanksgiving day itself was very busy so I didn't take any photos of our meal, but the food was all fantastic! My mom is starting to teach my sister and I how to make her recipes so one day we can host the meal!
Those are my adventures up until Thanksgiving. I have a sliver more for November, but they're more Christmas-related than pumpkin, so I'm putting them in a separate post. I'm so thankful for my family and miss them again already. Just a few more weeks until I get to see them again for Christmas break though! Happy holidays!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!