Summer seems to be passing by at a much faster rate now- it's almost the end of June already! I've been so busy lately that it's hard to find time to sit down and write. Every once in awhile I feel like the summer is passing too fast, but when I look back at all my photos the time seems well spent!
Going all the way back to two weeks ago, Ryan and I went to Lake La-Aqua-Na State Park in Illinois to go swimming! The swimming area was fairly small and there were a lot of people there, but it was still a lot of fun. The campsite grounds are adorable too and we hope to go camping there at some point this summer.
On the way to our next destination we stopped to say hello to some cows. A couple seemed mildly curious but the cow furthest to the right kept giving us the stink-eye so we didn't visit long.
After the lake we headed into downtown Freeport Illinois. It's a cute town if you know where to go and has an awesome movie theater. We found an interesting Italian food place and bought a giant calzone for only $3! The latte that I had on the side from the place down the block cost more than the meal...It was worth it though- white chocolate!
After eating we went to one of my favorite parks of all time: Krape Park. I've always wanted to try the peddle boats and June 10th was my day! We chose the dragon and spent the most whimsical thirty minutes streamlining around the park.
The park also has a carousel, fire station playhouse, mini golf, tennis courts, a giant wooden jungle gym, hiking trails, and more. It's definitely a must see!
Riding with the windows down and the hair just don't care...
For dinner that night my mom and I dressed up a Walmart pizza. We added black olives, green onions, mushrooms, and two more varieties of cheese and then spent the rest of the evening watching Castle with my dad.
After work the next day I met my family at mom's studio for a lunch of Jimmy Johns. I ordered the Turkey Tom unwich. I'm not sure how I feel about the lettuce wrap, but certainly didn't mind it.
Rusty almost broke my heart that night because while he was sleeping he kept his paw on my leg and it was just the sweetest thing!
Sunday morning Ryan and I got together to make waffles. We after searching the fridge for something to add on top, we settled for ice cream! We took a small piece of waffle and made Tippy guess which hand it was in- she always wanted to pick the right one for some reason!
While sitting on the porch we noticed a teeny-tiny snail! I used my finger for a size reference.
When I went home later my mom set up a nice sandwich spread for lunch.
I felt brave and took three spicy peppers- usually I can handle them- but after tearing up while eating the first one I gave the other two to my dad.
After lunch my dad and I went to the theater guild for the last run of The Fabric of Love. It was dinner time by the time the show ended so I headed home to help my mom with dinner while my dad helped strike the set. We made chicken Marsala!
To get the sauce going, add butter and olive oil to a pan. The olive oil prevents the butter from burning and making a stinky mess.
Then we added in chopped button and shiitake mushrooms along with some chopped green onion and cooked them through until floppy.
Add in the chicken broth and heavy cream and allow to thicken.
I used a meat cleaver device for the first time to beat down the chicken. Then we seasoned it and coated it in flour before frying on the stove.
We fried them until they were golden on both sides and no longer pink in the center.
We also made oven roasted vegetables. To make these, fill a large bowl with chopped vegetables and then coat with a tablespoon of olive oil and some season salt. Lay in a single layer on a greased baking sheet, drizzle with more oil and season with a little more salt then roast for 40 minutes, flip, and then another 40 minutes.
Top the chicken with a generous amount of Marsala and serve!
We watched a couple episodes of our favorite show Castle. Buzz joined me on the couch and became absolutely affronted later when he realized Smokey had joined us too.
Monday passed by super fast. My family reconvened in the evening to eat tortellini salad for dinner. It had spinach, cheese tortellini, chopped tomatoes, chopped fresh mozzarella, black olives, cut up sausage, and Italian dressing. I'll definitely hold on to this recipe!
Tuesday after work I ate leftover salad and then began working on a painting for my friend's birthday. We're both super into decorating our dorm rooms and though she would appreciate a canvas based on the movie Up.
For dinner Tuesday night I made chicken fajita pasta. I can't believe how straight forward this recipe is and will totally make it once I'm back at college this fall. It only has 11 ingredients, many of which are already basic household staples. We only had to purchase the chicken, canned tomatoes, and noodles!
Season and cook the chicken. Set aside. Season and cook the vegetables. Add in the wet ingredients. Add pasta and heat until pasta is cooked through and broth has been mostly absorbed. Add chicken back in. Serve!
After work Wednesday I went home to eat a dinner of cut of veggies with dip, cheese, and sausage. Every once in awhile we have fancy serve-yourself dinners. Then we watched Castle and I finished the painting for my friend.
Thursday morning my friend came over and we went kayaking up a local river! Kayaking is one of my favorite outdoor activities and I'm glad the weather is shaping up (we had been getting a ton of rain) because now we can go more often!
After kayaking we went to lunch at Luna Maya and then strolled around the town square for awhile. It was so great to see her again!
Last Friday I woke up bright and early and made sweet potato stir fry for breakfast.
After breakfast, Ryan and I headed over to the tennis courts to play. I try very hard not to be a sore loser when I play because I tend to be a perfectionist. It's all just for fun!
After tennis we went to Chocolate Temptations to get drinks. I got a poured Caramel Mocha iced coffee with cream and sugar and it was amazing!
We split off for a bit during the afternoon, during which I took the time to work on my rag rug for my dorm bathroom. I cut up all my old shirts I no longer wear into two inch strips and am braiding and sewing them into rows. Progress is tedious and slow, but I hope for the end product to be worth it!
Since the house was empty, Ryan came back over for dinner. We got a stuffed pizza from Papa Murphy's but couldn't wait for it to cook before eating something, so we made microwave s'mores in the meantime to hold us over.
While eating the amazing and super-filling pizza we played the mountain board game on Wii Play. It was a quiet and charming evening. Eventually my family returned from their various places and we decided to have a campfire to end the night.
There's one week all caught up! I love looking back over the things I've done. This blog is just as much for me as for anyone who reads it because in a way it's like a photo journal! Hope your weeks went well and that you have fun plans for the weekend!
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!