One of the major items on my summer to-do list has finally been crossed off- painting my bedroom! My mom, sister, and I had a major paint day that started at 6am and finished around noon! Mom helped paint the ceilings, and, since wherever she goes so does Rusty, he made himself at home on top of the drop cloth wherever we happened to move it.
Halfway through I made myself a pick-me-up smoothie of Greek yogurt, almond milk, raspberries, kiwi, and strawberries.
Finally done! The blue didn't turn out all that different than what the walls were before, but the ceiling change from purple to white was definitely noticeable!
On Sunday my mom made her amazing buttermilk pancake recipe which we topped with cut up fruit and my grandfather's homemade maple syrup.
In the afternoon we headed to the bowling alley to take my mom bowling for the first time ever! It was a great time. I had a zero streak during the second game and ended with a score of 34, but that didn't bother me. Everyone was very amused because my dad kept giving me advice to no avail!
Monday was a super food day. I made a smoothie recipe I found online and highly recommend it! It's made of 1 cup frozen mango, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup almond milk, and one packet of Stevia!
I made a salad during my lunch break not knowing that was what was also for dinner. I used humus instead of dressing along with kiwi, fresh mango, avocado, and taco seasoned corn and beans. For dinner we had a southwest tilapia salad.
After dinner Ryan and I went to see the Secret Life of Pets. It was unbearably cute. The story line was not at all what I was expecting because nothing relevant was given away in the commercials I saw. I enjoyed it a ton.
Tuesday after work Ryan and I went grocery shopping for our camping trip. We decided to take along breakfast burritos, pizza, and premade sandwiches. This is what a dozen stacked, cracked egg shells look like.
Whisk them eggies. We added some Cajun seasoning for an additional kick.
So much egg mass.
Wrapped neatly away. Note- when camping, remember to store food in a waterproof container to avoid potential sogginess after ice begins to melt. We did not do this and on the second morning our tortillas were sticky and tore easily.
I used the no knead pizza dough recipe again and wrapped them into individual serving packets! Another note- reheat pizza slices by placing directly on a grill plate over the fire instead of while inside the foil wrappings because otherwise the cheese sticks.
Buzz says he wants some too!
Right after we finished cooking for our trip, my mom texted me and asked me to make dinner. Back into the kitchen for me! While cutting up veggies for stir fry I found an odd growth in a pepper.
I dissected it but didn't find any answers.
This was one of the best stir fries ever. My mom's concoction, it had sugar peas, mushrooms, bell peppers, noodles, seasoned chicken, and stir fry sauce.
Wednesday through Friday we went camping.
Back to business as usual by Saturday. I took Buzz for a walk and enjoyed some awesome clouds.
I made a Buddha bowl for lunch that had spinach, raspberries, quinoa, chickpeas, and homemade Parmesan vinaigrette. Eating it made me feel very healthy.
After eating I decided to shorten my stack of books. I've checked out so many and only have a few weeks to read them because I move back to Milwaukee in 21 days! WHAT??? Crazy! I'm way into children's books right now, one because they're cute and two because I know a couple women who are expecting and want to gift them only the awesomest books! I read The Mermaid and the Stone and Peggy, which were both pretty cute.
The best book of the bunch however was Goodnight Already. It was hilarious.
For dinner on Saturday my dad and I met my mom for dinner at Little Maya. I tried the chicken fajitas and they were phenomenal.
Brace yourselves for pictures of dogs. On Sunday my family went to a local park for breakfast and brought the dogs along. Rusty changed expressions at the blink of an eye!
Buzz did not want his photo taken. He was like, "stop that."
Rusty, scrutinizing mom as she cooks. Buzz, still not wanting his photo taken.
We dined on toast, bacon, and eggs(x2).
Can you tell it's lily pad season?
Later that afternoon Ryan and I met up to make Mexican hot chocolate pancakes for lunch.
There were flips and flops during the actual pancake cooking (for vanity reasons I'm only showing the flips).
So beautiful and tasty in the end!
Here's Tippy really wanting pancakes and derping out when she couldn't have any.
She's so cute I can hardly take it!
To end off July we grilled out. We had grilled barbecue chicken on a stick, baked potatoes, and three bean salad made with fresh garden beans!
It's so weird to think that summer is nearly over! I'll be moving back to Milwaukee before I know it. I'm thankful for all the memories I've made so far though and hope to squeeze in some more before it ends. Hope your Julys all wrapped up nicely!
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!