Hello! I'm squishing two December posts into one because I got carried away with the end of the semester and want to share all my Christmas adventures before we get too far away from the holidays and everyone is ready to put it away until next year. Let's step back a couple weeks to when I visited the Milwaukee Public Market to view their gingerbread house display. There was an interesting assortment this year. The one below of a cabin in the woods was probably my second favorite. I wasn't a huge fan of the displays modeling buildings from movies and TV shows. I'm planning on making my own gingerbread house next holiday season!
The really messy looking image in the second photo looked cooler in person. It focused on a scene inside a gingerbread house rather than the house itself. I wouldn't necessarily call it a gingerbread house per-say, but the creator did a great job making little people out of fondant!
This artist made a whole street of gingerbread buildings. There is a roadway full of penguins between the buildings. I really like this artist's icing style for the doors and windows.
My favorite gingerbread house is the one in the bottom right of the series below. It was so loaded with candy that you hardly saw any gingerbread! I thought this house was well executed and thought out because the candies fit together so seamlessly.
Before heading home to study for finals, I stopped at Anodyne Coffee at the Public Market for a honey and vanilla latte. I found their shark coffee mugs very amusing.
Over the next week I went into the "barely leave the house" mode of finals. I started making honey and almond milk lattes at home instead of going out. It worked out well with my new espresso gear and I am going to challenge myself this coming semester to make coffee drinks at home over buying them so frequently on and around campus.
Ryan and I celebrated our six year anniversary on December 18th!! We've had so many adventures since we started dating and I can't wait to see what comes next! Ryan went all out cooking dinner for us. He made homemade guacamole, tomatillo salsa, sangria, and bean burritos. The food was great and my photos did not do it justice, so I added a photo collage of us over the years instead.
Before leaving for winter break, I repotted all my succulent plants. I moved my successful propagations into bigger pots from their makeshift tupperware nursery. I am interested to see what shape they will be in when I get back to Milwaukee!
I hope you like pictures of dogs, because I have soooooo many photos with our dog Buzz.
My mom and headed to the stores to pick up some goods for the holidays. We went to the Mennonite store to pick up some bulk goods including cheddar cheese powder for popcorn and supplies for chex mix. At the regular grocers we got ingredients for meatballs, cinnamon rolls, sushi, and, of course, lots of wine!
My parents picked up this "Fa-La-La-Llama" at Menards that sings and dances. It's pretty funny! I also had Buzz try out his new coat and hat that I got him for Christmas. I'll have to make a couple adjustments on both. The jacket fits at his midsection but not around his chest. As for the hat...
Buzz has a little peanut-sized head so the hat was a pretty big. There was also nothing to secure it to his head, so he was able to dislodge it pretty quick! His face was like, "what are you doing to me??" Then my dad asked to try and put it on him, and since he is the "alpha" of our household, Buzz sat very still and tolerated the hat long enough for me to take a photo!!
The making of cinnamon rolls. This is one of my favorite family recipes. Every year we bake a ton and then deliver them to our family and friends around town.
We had a mini family Christmas celebration before heading up north to see my grandparents on the actual Christmas Eve and Day. Ryan came over and we made sushi and lo mein noodles, watched SNL Christmas videos, and unwrapped family presents. It was a good time!
Are you ready for more dog pictures? I took so many and couldn't choose which to share, so I'm just sharing all of them! We hit the road on Christmas Eve day. Once we arrived, we ate a TON of food and spent the whole evening talking.
We did some dog wrangling and took my grandparents two dogs plus Buzz out for a Christmas morning walk. One of their dogs is pretty wild and hard for them to walk on their own, so we took her out to try and get out some of her pent up energy. We also found a dog park not too far away that they can take her to so she can run and get out some of her zoomies.
My grandpa tied a present ribbon around his dog Willow. Inspired by his actions, my sister and I tied one to the collar of Buzz and my grandma's dog Regis. Buzz was so not impressed. Then we tried to take a cute photo with him, but he kept making disinterested faces.
Christmas pups: Regis hiding under a blanket wearing his red bow, Willow wearing her red ribbon and green tinsel, and Buzz chilling on the couch with his blue ribbon (mostly obscured by his ear). We balled up all our wrapping paper and had a snowball fight in my grandparent's living room after unwrapping presents. I'm not a very good shot, so my paper ball ended up in my sister's coffee instead of her actually hitting her.
Christmas spirit cheer. Floating coffee pics of this cute mug of my grandma's alongside her classic Christmas tree. And then a grandkid and dog photo. Regis was still hiding so he didn't get in the photo. We took a lot of shots, and this was the only one where all four heads were kind of looking at the camera. It was a quiet Christmas but a cheerful one.
Since getting home, my family has been working on a hefty project. My mom and her business partner have decided to say goodbye to their downtown art studio in favor of building their own home studios. My mom works at home just as often as her studio and it was getting to be a bother moving giant art pieces back and forth. So, my parents have been working hard to finish the attic of our house so my mom will have a multilevel art studio including one room from our second floor plus the whole attic. Moving everything between the two has been tiring but accomplish-able due to a family crew of eight, and today my parents are picking up the last item downtown, her giant easel, and returning the keys to the building owner. This has been quite a process, but I'm excited to see the finished home studio! These Charlie Brown stickers are the only thing left behind because they won't come off the mirror on the wall.
That wraps up December. I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and are looking forward to a new year. Lots of changes are coming in 2019, and I can't wait! :)
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!