It's so weird to think that the first week and a half of June has already gone by! There's been a lot going on though, so I don't mind too much. I've been taking lots of mini screen time hiatuses and it makes the days go by so much longer and helps me to appreciate each one more fully!
We've had a ton of fruit in the house lately. It makes for a really refreshing breakfast.
I have also started summer work which contributes to making the days go by! I have kind of miscellaneous do-whatever-needs-to-be-done position which usually means I get to do something new every day! On my first day there I got to build a little do-bopper out of marshmallows and toothpicks, and a person I work with shared their chocolate covered espresso beans with me! :)
On June second, I made a power breakfast of avocado topped toast and fruit before heading off to the tennis courts with Ryan. Tennis is becoming one of my favorite outdoor activities!
After playing, we decided to head downtown for some lunch. We tried out a fairly new place that I've been interested in trying and ended up not caring for it at all. The interior was super cute and they used mason jar glasses for water, however, they seemed very understaffed and it took us 40 minutes to get our food even though we were the only two customers in there.
The meal layout was attractive but it was obvious that the black bean burger I ordered was just a heated up frozen patty and Ryan found a clump of hair in his fries shortly after starting on them (icky icky icky). They gave us new fries, but by then neither of us wanted them. Needless to say we won't be going back!
I was able to secure an all day job shadow at our local hospital. I followed a PT in the morning and an OT in the afternoon. I found the experience extremely enlightening and have decided that physical therapy seems like a better fit for me! So, after an entire year of college, I'm changing my major to Kinesiology. Thankfully I'm not too far behind, and I feel like there's a lot more to learn about the body and movement with this major track.
During my lunch break I met up with my family in the hospital cafe and had an awesome salad with a side of hummus and pretzels. I have been to the hospital cafe several occasions and they always have the best ingredients in their salad bar!
A couple Saturdays ago, Ryan and I had a major cooking day! We wanted to make enchiladas, but homemade tortillas has also been on my to-make list for quite some time so we did that as well! We got the tortilla recipe from here and the enchilada recipe from here.
Tortillas are super simple to make! You just mix 3 cups of flour, 1-1/2 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of salt together, add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil until it becomes crumbly, then add 1 cup of warm milk to form a dough ball!
Then divide the dough ball into 16 smaller dough balls,
roll out with a rolling pin,
and cook in a pan on the stove on medium-high heat until golden on both sides!
For the enchiladas you need 8 small flour tortillas, 2 cups of spicy cheese, 2-1/2 cups of cooked chicken strips (we used vegetarian chicken), 3 TBS of butter, 3 TBS of flour, 1/3 cup of Italian dressing, 2 cups of chicken stock, 1 cup of sour cream, 1-4 oz can of diced green chilies, and cilantro.
Fill the tortillas with a mix of the chicken, 1 cup of cheese, and 1 TBS of dressing and place seam down in a greased pan.
In a large pan on medium heat, melt the butter and then add the flour and chicken stock. Stir until smooth and then boil to thicken. Stir in the sour cream, remaining dressing, and chilies until incorporated.
Pour sauce over the enchiladas then top with remaining pepper jack cheese.
Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is golden/bubbly. Top with cilantro and eat!
We ate outside because the weather was nice. I love our porch!
After lunch we went for a walk through a nearby park. Everything is finally green!
For dinner that night (so much food!) my dad made hamburger sliders. We were so excited when we found the little buns at the store! I topped mine of with pepper jack cheese and a spoonful of guacamole.
The following Sunday morning was mostly spent preparing for a going away party for one of my mom's friends. We cleaned the house and did an insane amount of food prep! My dad made everyone breakfast to help keep the mood cheerful! French toast, eggs, and sausage.
I was given the task of cleaning the back porch. It was so gross. It's carpeted, but due to a weird texture cannot be vacuumed with any success, so I had to brush/sweep it with a metal brush. I was gross and sweaty after the two hours the task required. I also tried cleaning the walls with very little success- the nasty is stained in there for good. My mom gave me permission to paint it when I have some free time.
I liked preparing the food much better than cleaning. I picked a huge bunch of green onion from the garden to go in different salads. For the first time ever I also got to make melon balls!
The party was outdoors and partway through it rained for a brief interlude. There was a rainbow afterwards, and then a double rainbow! I tried to photograph it but the second one was pretty faint.
My dad started a campfire so everyone could roast s'mores. My favorite s'more is made with Reese chocolate instead of Hershey's!
Ways to wear green pants. I only have two pairs of pants for work and one was all smokey from the campfire, so I had to mix and match with my green pair throughout the week.
I also had rehearsals for a show at our local theater. I'm running the light board again for the first time in ages! It's fun to be back for a show.
Last Tuesday Ryan and I played tennis very early in the morning before I went to work, then got together again afterwards to make scones!
The next day during my lunch break I made an awesome vegetable stir fry in record speed (15 minutes). It's so simple and straight forward- whack up the veggies, cook for 7-8 minutes, add stir fry sauce, and cook for a couple more minutes!
Since everyone else was gone, Ryan came over for dinner later that night and made grilled cheese sandwiches with me. We used Colby Jack and thick Texas toast.
Our cheese-loving cat made an instant appearance.
Cook until golden on each side. Since our cheese slices were to honking huge, we also microwaved them for 20 seconds after removing them from the stove so that the cheese was melted enough!
Where did we eat? The porch of course! The soup on the side ended up being a disaster. We thought it would be interesting to mix two cans of soup together and it was not good at all. It was so icky that we didn't even feed it to the dogs!
Cuddles with Buzz!
Thursday I basically ate stir fry! I had leftovers for breakfast with two veggie patties, some new stuff for lunch, and leftover lunch for dinner- it was crazy. I added chick peas and it turned out well!
Thursday afternoon we had some thunderstorms and I had to bundle of the cat and hold him tight because he is scared out of his mind during storms! He runs and hides in the smallest space he can find! In the evening the rain calmed down and I ran lights for The Fabric of Love. Then my family and I sat on the porch and watched the storms around us. It seemed to be raining and flashing lightening around everywhere except our town! It was very cool to watch.
That pretty much sums up the last week! I stayed busy which made the time fly by, but that's alright. This next week I have several "Happy Home" projects, recipes, and outdoor activities planned. I can't wait to share! Happy Monday!
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!