I've only been home a week, but it already feels much longer than that! We had a girls night my first evening home.
My mom, sister, and I decided to go out to dinner at Pancho and Lefty's. I've only been there a couple times, but love it. Their food has become so popular in town that there's almost always a wait at the door! It's definitely worth it though! We decided to order off the appetizer menu and share.
The first appetizer we ordered was fried pickle chips, my ultimate weakness. For some reason I find the salty crunch combined with the spicy chipotle sauce irresistible! Then we shared a big plate of loaded nachos. It was heavenly.
After the meal we ordered dessert, something we don't usually do! We got their chocolate caramel bread pudding. I've never tried bread pudding before, but it was pretty good! It took me awhile to get over the texture though. We were stuffed by the time we finished!
The next morning was like Christmas. Mom gave me all the Reader's Digest magazines that arrived since the beginning of the year and I read through them while drinking french pressed coffee and eating avocado toast.
After a quiet morning I decided to face the mountains of stuff sitting in my room. I spent the majority of the midday and afternoon sorting, cleaning, and getting rid of things. When thoroughly cleaning it always seems to get worse before it gets better, but after filling three trash bags to toss and donate, it was definitely better! Once cleaning was done, I fit in a short workout and then had some blueberries. I discovered a huge monster berry!
Mom made jambalaya for dinner and we ate at the dining room table. While sorting through the mail we found the gossip magazine US Weekly. Although my sister hasn't signed up for any magazines, all of a sudden both that one and Teen Vogue have started arriving in the mail for her! We looked through it and found it pretty entertaining.
Ryan and I met up in the evening to go for a walk. We caught up since we'd last seen each other and then decided to go swing at the park. It was a wonderful evening out, and, since there were no children there, we played on the jungle gym as well. The big twirly slide is the best!
On Friday while everyone else in the house was at work or school, I decided to spend the day trying out recipes. I got the basics down on guacamole and tried out a healthier brownie recipe! Both of them turned out surprisingly well since I ended up substituting a lot of ingredients. For some reason it didn't occur to me to check to make sure I had the proper ingredients before starting the recipes!
In the evening my dad, sister, and I watched Deadpool and Star Wars: The Force Awakens while eating pizza. It was a pretty chill Friday night! I made the effort to give my full attention to Deadpool because, unless I'm in the theater, I try to multitask and end up missing most of the story. It was wildly inappropriate but still entertaining.
Last Saturday morning, Ryan and I went to the courts to play tennis! We started off with a lot of volleying and then gradually started keeping track of points. I don't think I won any of the games, but it was still a blast!
Afterwards we headed downtown to see the farmer's market. We ended up buying a few dip mixes and some seasoned red pepper salts which are supposed to be really good in guacamole. Later on we headed down to Chopsticks for some food!
We got an egg roll to start. For some reason I always had it in my mind that I don't like egg rolls, but it turns out that maybe I like them too much! I think it's my third egg roll this week...for my main course I went with my favorite, tofu with black bean sauce. It's so hot that it makes my face sweaty and my eyes runny, yet I still order it every time!
When I got back later in the day I was surprised to find the cat in the bathroom window! Sneaky thing- I have no idea how he maneuvered that!
My sister had a sleepover party in the evening to celebrate her seventeenth birthday, so I escaped the house and went to Ryan's to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was great (but so strange)!
The following Sunday morning I felt very panicky because I decided to change my college major after already taking an entire year of school. However, thanks to the two both being in the college of health sciences, the year thankfully was not a "waste." I'm now going to study Kinesiology instead of Occupational Studies because it will allow me to learn more about how the body works, which will greatly aid me as a therapist someday! After my mad rush to rearrange my fall schedule, I cooked some scrambled eggs and was surprised to find two yolks in one of my eggs! Then I spent the rest of the morning cleaning and tried to read A Tale for the Time Being, but I wasn't really feeling it.
I met up with an awesome high school friend for lunch at Luna Maya! I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and it finally came! I ordered the fajita quesadilla and we both caught up. We stayed there and talked for three hours. Since it wasn't too busy, I don't think they minded.
After getting back, I helped my dad put together a rough meal plan for the next couple days and then went grocery shopping with him and my sister. We ended up making hamburgers on the grill and watched an episode of Ghost Adventures. During dinner another friend from high school stopped by and I ended up leaving to go on a long walk with her and her dog! It's so great to see old friends! With good friends you can stand not talking for a long time and then picking it right back up again. Important relationships outlast the distance.
Last Monday morning my mom and I went grocery shopping for the entire week. She had gotten back to town late the previous evening from an art show in Milwaukee! Guess what? We went to Luna Maya for lunch, my second day in a row! I felt very spoiled. I had another quesadilla, this one chicken (for the sake of its privacy it will not be photographed).
In the afternoon I made some more guacamole since the last batch lasted an entire day. It was too salty at first, but I added more avocado and straightened it all out. I used the fancy salts from the farmer's market and they tasted wonderful!
For dinner I cooked some stir fry and managed to prepare and cook chicken for one of the first times in my life! I want to get more comfortable working with meat (or become a vegetarian- that works too).
In the evening we all sat out on the porch and talked. Sitting on the porch is one of my all-time favorite things because it's so relaxing and makes me feel closer to my family. We listened to stories from mom's art show and talked about life in general.
Tuesday morning I was overcome with a cleaning craze. After everyone left for work or school I decided to clean our carpeted stairs. This hadn't been done for a long time. Sometimes it's hard to tell just how dirty things are until after you've cleaned them! That was definitely the case with the stairs. I vacuumed, brushed with a horse hair brush, dusted with baking soda to destink, scrubbed it into the stairs to absorb the deep smells, re-vacuumed, then sprayed with fabric Febreeze. It took nearly two hours but looked so much better when it was done! I took a picture of the giant pet hairball that I brushed off, but I think it's a little too gross to share. My mother was not spared however. I sent her a photo and she replied with "ewwwww."
After getting cleaned up, I went to the Garden Deli with a friend to get sandwiches. I also got a Blumers Blueberry Cream Soda because those are amazing.
We also got ice cream and walked around the square, talking about life. Then we parted ways to both retreat indoors because the heat was sweltering. Wisconsin climate is so crazy! At the moment we've been waiting for rain, but for some reason it won't come! It's supposed to have stormed for the past few days but instead has been hot and muggy.
In the afternoon I worked on baking my sister's birthday cake. I decided to make it from scratch, another first for me! I made three chocolate rounds and then made caramel on the stove to turn into a frosting. It also needed ganache, but I decided to wait until the day-of to put that on!
The caramel ended up a tiny bit lumpy, but it made the frosting taste kind of like Heath bars, so I stuck with it!
For dinner mom made BLT salads and we sat out on the front porch to eat. It was so relaxing.
Last Wednesday was my sister's actual seventeenth birthday! I made her breakfast pancakes with rainbow sprinkles for breakfast.
Then I made scrambled eggs for myself. I've been trying to make them more interesting by adding different spices like garlic powder, onion salt, and Italian herb blends!
Then I had a random urge to scrub the kitchen floor. It started when I saw a cluster of ants and had the desire to kill them. I sprayed them with a foaming tile cleaner on the spot where they were coming from, and when I wiped it up I saw just how clean the tile actually had the potential to be! A cleaning frenzy ensued. Clean tile behind the scrubber verses the dirty tile below it. Icky.
After a much needed shower and change of clothes, Ryan and I went to Brennan's to get local deli meat for some sandwiches. We ate them on the porch because the weather was lovely.
After he left I finished my sister's cake. I made ganache by boiling heavy whipping cream in the microwave and then pouring it over the chocolate chips.
Then I had a tiny mishap. I saved some caramel sauce to drizzle over the top of the ganache, but when I went to reheat it it got a LOT hotter than I thought and melted the entire container! I started freaking out because it smelled awful and I didn't know how to clean it up, but my dad was super cool-headed about the situation and told me what to do! You wait for the plate in the microwave to be cool enough to touch, then run it under cold water until the plastic detaches, at which point you can scoop it all up and throw it in the trash! Pretty simple. Poor little container though.
I decided to pour leftover chocolate chips over the ganache instead, then topped the cake with seventeen birthday candles that formed the number!
The birthday party was great. It didn't storm like they predicted, so we made a fish fry, potato salad, coleslaw, and fruit salad and ate dinner outside with our family and friends. My sister liked all of her presents, her favorite being a Bert the Farting Hippo doll from the NCIS show. I'm even excited about a couple of her presents because she got tickets to go to different shows and I'll get to go too!
My sister's birthday concluded my first entire week back in my hometown. It was a great start to the summer! :)
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. 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!