Last Wednesday, Ryan and I went to a local state park for a picnic and a hike. I was a little nervous because the weather man said it was supposed to storm, but it didn't! In fact, the opposite of what they predicted, it didn't rain all weekend- instead we had gorgeous weather!
I love all the shades of blue between the sky and the lake.
There were so many lily pads!
For lunch we had sandwiches, potato salad, fruit salad, and a slice of leftover birthday cake!
Let the hiking commence!
This was the goose poop trail. It's mating season for the geese and they don't care where they go. I had to completely stop every time I wanted to take a picture because I didn't want to risk my shoes.
The end of this trail contained a gorgeous pine forest.
I love when the dried red pine needles form a bed over the forest floor.
This trail was just bursting with green!
After our hiking excursion, we went for a brief interlude on the bike trail. We didn't actually bike because Ryan doesn't have a bike, but we'll have to remedy that soon because biking sounds really great right now!
It was just me and my dad for the evening, so we ordered a super veggie deluxe pizza and watched Castle for most of the night. I'm super into that show right now, but I'll admit I can only watch it with others or during the day because murder mystery gives me the creeps! I get afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night!
On Friday my addicted self continued to watch Castle for most of the morning. Around lunch I made some stir fry, and while I was cooking the green beans I noticed that my legs and torso warped, forming a weird blob. I found it quite amusing!
I made a super simple stir fry with green beans, onions, mushrooms, and leftover stir fry sauce. Right now I am loving cooked onions and mushrooms!
I added a black bean burger to the side and then continued watching Castle until my sister got home.
While watching I had the urge to draw. My senior year of high school I focused on drawing llamas and decided to give it a spin once more! I also made hazelnut iced coffee to drink because it was really hot outside.
For dinner my sister and I went to Luna Maya (my third trip in one week- oh my gosh) and talked about everything going on in our lives. I tried stepping away from my usual order of quesadillas and got a burrito and enchilada, but I wasn't a huge fan of either! I think corn tortillas get a really bizarre texture when soggy. Next time I'll stick my favorites!
For the rest of the evening my sister and I watched animated movies on Netflix. We went with Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast and Chicken Little.
Saturday morning Ryan and I played tennis. I love that game more each time I play it! The sky was blue and the clouds were big and billowy.
My sister and I really wanted to make homemade pizza for dinner. I broke out the family cookbook and away we went. Recipe for dough here.
I really wanted a margarita pizza because we have a ton a basil growing in our kitchen right now. It was a simple pizza with sauce, fresh mozzarella, and sliced basil leaves. My sister went with all her favorite toppings: turkey pepperoni, black olives, cheddar cheese, and banana peppers. We ate so many of those peppers while waiting for the pizzas to cook!
We sung along to the Spamalot soundtrack while making the pizzas, which turned out fabulous. That's probably my favorite musical of all time!
While eating dinner we watched Tinker Bell. We both loved the Fairies of Pixie Hollow books when we were younger, so it was nice to see the movies now.
Once it became dark outside we headed over to the drive-in movie theater, the SkyVu. They were showing Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book. Like my usual self I slept through most of the second movie. It kind of worked out though because my sister slept at the start and at the end while I only in the middle, so together we had the whole movie!
We had to get some of that good-but-oh-so-bad-for-you movie theater popcorn. The movies ended up finishing around 1:30 am, so we got back to the house and passed out almost immediately.
Sunday morning Ryan came over to make pancakes. They turned out awesome! We didn't have enough milk so I replaced the missing amount with hazelnut almond coffee creamer. Yummy!
The stack got so tall that I had to support it with the spatula in order to take the photo!
We ate breakfast out on the porch because the weather was wonderful.
After my sister left for work, Ryan and I went back to his place to try a mixture of gymnastics and yoga outdoors. We stayed outside for so long doing cartwheels, handstands, and yoga poses. We both kept attempting crow pose. Conquering that pose is on my bucket list, but Sunday was not the day for it to be done! I think I need greater abdominal strength first. Since it was beautiful, we took Tippy outside to enjoy the weather with us. She's so cute!
I went home shortly before my sister was due back and reheated some stir fry for lunch. Then I watched more episodes of Castle. I've already finished the first season! I also just noticed that it was such a movie and TV weekend!
In the afternoon I made more brownies. I followed the same recipe I posted earlier but made the mistake of swapping baking powder for soda since we were out of it. The brownies took on a completely different texture! I definitely like the baking soda kind better! To try and add back some of the fudginess of the previous batch, I poured some leftover ganache on them.
When my sister came back we made some homemade white sauce and heated up a bunch of tortellini for dinner. In the evening we watched Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on Netflix. It was such a low-key weekend!
The morning of Memorial Day I drank coffee with my mom and then caught up on my last posts. I made some rocking scrambled eggs with ranch popcorn seasoning sprinkled in for an extra kick.
Later in the morning my aunt and uncle dropped off their golden doodle Annie so they could go to a baseball game in Milwaukee. She's grown up so much since I've last seen her!
Her size intimidated Rusty so much that he hid under the table for most of the day! Poor little grumpy old man! I gave him a blanket barrier because Annie was still determined to play!
She was so curious and smiley!
In the afternoon I broke out the Just Dance 3 game for a change in my cardio routine. Later in the afternoon my parents and I went to the grocery store to pick up some food for a small Memorial Day cookout. My dad wandered off while my mom and I picked out fruit and spent his time reading the ingredients on a pack of meat seasoning. The very last ingredient on the list, silicon dioxide, is a form of sand!! It's not harmful, but it gave me the ookies and we didn't buy it!
For dinner we had barbecue chicken, watermelon slices, caprese salad (I had fourths), and potato salad. I absolutely love grilling out!
The remainder of the evening was very calm. We had Triple Chocolate ice cream for dessert and then spent the evening reading on the porch until it was too dark to do so.
On the last day of May I crossed lots of items off my to-do list. I went to an appointment, dropped some papers off for my sister, went grocery shopping with my mom, and cleaned the house. In the evening, my mom made a killer salad for dinner using leftover barbecue chicken, chopped romaine lettuce, black olives, bacon bits, avocado, and grated Parmesan cheese.
The end of May was great and now I'm looking forward to June! Hope the start of your summers are going well! :)
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!