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Milwaukee Daycation + Friday Catch Up 6/8

We made the most of our staycation with an epic and food filled Milwaukee Daycation to remember! All the details of our trip + week in the Friday Catch Up! 

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Friday Catch Up:

1) Get to Work!

We spent our staycation in the most romantic way possible: cleaning our apartment from top to bottom. I even vacuumed the couch AND cleaned the fridge. Which was an interesting exercise in just how much dog hair and crumbs can wriggle into seemingly impossible places.

I have to give Alex the kudos on the whole cleaning initiative–this was his big project for his month off, and he successfully knocked it out in his first 3 days, lol. I helped out of guilt. And necessity, because there is only so much filth you can live in!

2) Get Outside!

The weather has been, in a word, spectacular, and we have been making the most of it: eating outside as much as possible, taking Ridley for LONG walks 2x a day. I laid appropriately low for the weekend, as instructed, and then we added back in walking and such during the weekdays. 

We sat outside every chance that we could, all of the windows in our apartment are open, and we even got our first froyo trip of the summer in! I was slightly disappointed by the offerings at the new ice cream/candy place, but I have to blame myself for picking the wrong things. 

3) Get in the Kitchen!

I have been cooking up a storm! I love cooking during the summer–all the fresh vegetables seem to speak to me! I started with turkey burgers, hummus, and corn salsa over the weekend, but I created a monster… Alex immediately requested more corn salsa. 

EVERY. DAY. Well, when corn is $.10 an ear, I can’t tell him no, can I? Also, at 5 ingredients and taking me a maximum of 5 minutes to make…. Yeah, suck it up and make the salsa, Suz. 

I also made some hummus that, when Alex and I were playing the “if you could only have 1 ____ for the rest of your life, what would it be?” game in Milwaukee, he said that it would be that hummus! So obviously, I had to make him more.

Ps, that is a super fun game–you have to really think about about what you want long term, not necessary what your favorite is.

On the other night that we ate at home, I made fish stir fry–sesame ginger soy for him and green curry for me 😀

On our (read: my) last day of freedom, Thursday, I had a follow up doctor appointment (I can go back to work, but I have to be careful and mindful), and then we came home and got to work–he in the office and I in the kitchen! I made a final bowl of corn salsa (last ear of corn), a DOUBLE load of the hummus, and my slow cooker Italian Chicken Marinara.

This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor. @suzlyfe

Oh, and I’m seriously back into making my favorite collagen peptides shakes!

4) Get Relaxed!

I cleaned, I walked, I cooked, but we both relaxed. That means naps just about everyday, early to bed, lots of reading (I’m now into the Karen Vail Series by Alan Jacobson, if you are interested), and comfy clothes. That means wearing my maxi skirts (yay), shorts (yay!) and my Spyder tech pants. I wore jeans once, and it was a mistake.

And lots of naps.

5) Get out of Town!

Milwaukee Daycation

I decided early on that I couldn’t just stay in town the whole time that we were supposed to be in NOLA. I remembered how much I had wanted to take Alex to Milwaukee, and we agreed that this would be the perfect time! So Wednesday, we got up, had breakfast, dropped Ridley off at daycare for the day and night, and headed to the Beer City for the day.

We parked at Lakefront Brewery, and then set off for the Lakefront itself, but only after a stop at Fresh Thyme for a snack and potty break. I am so predictable. We walked up Brady Street, which was so cute and filled with international flavors and art spots. We made it to the Lakefront and headed south into the Marina and Veterans Park. Literally couldn’t have been a more perfect day: not a cloud in the sky, shorts/short sleeves were perfect in the sun…

We were that cute couple holding hands and walking and talking about how much we would love to run the path. Yep, I’ve converted him 😀 #success


We walked past the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery Center, then turned into the City and South again into the Historic Third Ward. I knew I wanted to go to Cafe Benelux for lunch, because that was a) were I had gone before and loved, b) where everyone (thank you!) told me to go, and c) we discovered they had rooftop patio seating! But it was still early, so we went into the Public Market for a brief walk about, then back to Benelux for an earlier lunch (Alex hadn’t gotten a snack, silly man). 

Dig In! We shared a blackened shrimp and jicama salad and the Sproket Burger (pretzel bun, cheddar, duck fat fried egg, thick cut bacon) and fries. I stole quite a bit of that burger and most of his fries. You know I don’t like cooked egg yolks, but do love me a runny yolk. Fun fact: Alex ate 4 pretzel buns this week, lol! My salad was delicious, and those it appeared to be a bit small, it was the perfect foil to the intense richness of the burger, so it was the right choice. A Vitus wheat beer and a New Glarus Spotted Cow were rooftop perfection!

Next we got to exploring the Historic Third Ward. I wrote my Masters Thesis on industrial architecture, so you know I was in heaven amongst those GORGEOUS buildings and conversions. Also, this happened.

Then we walked up into downtown Milwaukee and made a big circle back to the Third Ward for a stop at Colectivo for a decaf Americano for me and a sit down for Alex before the next stop on the tour:

Purple Door Ice Cream parlor for there ICE CREAM FLIGHT. (Kerri, you ROCK)

So many amazing flavors, but we picked: Salted Caramel Cookies and Cream, Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Whiskey, and Blackberry Quark. This is what started the “if you could only have 1 of ____ for the rest of your life, what would it be?” game–we both created an ice cream flavor. (mine is black cherry and vanilla swirled ice cream with black cherry chunks and Oreos mixed in. Alex is Cookies and cream with a vanilla bean base). 

Verdict? Purple Door Ice Cream is amazing and unique. The salted caramel cookies and cream was fabulous, but very strong, the raspberry chip tasted fresh and delicious, the whiskey was fascinating–it was like a sweet cream that finished like a whiskey, and the blackberry quark was creamy blackberry deliciousness. We also tried brandy old fashioned and cherry lime sorbet! And I got a side of waffle cone pieces.

We needed to walk off some of our fullness, so we headed back up into the city and back to Lakefront Brewery, where Alex pulled a Suz and took a car nap before we went in. We intended to take a brewery tour, but Alex was actually not feeling like drinking quite so much, so we contented ourselves with a flight, a pint, and playing our game for an hour before we got food. We shared cheese curds, chicken fingers, and a salad, but these were not just your usual creations–garlic ranch and sriracha honey dipping sauces, anyone? 

We dug in (I was so hungry, even after having a Health Warrior Chia bar to tide me over!), but our eyes were bigger and our stomachs. Don’t worry, we didn’t leave anything, but ooooooof. We were full and a big uncomfortable after! WORTH IT THOUGH.

We drove back home (yay, traffic), and enjoyed our night of peace and quiet sans Riddles, who I picked up the next morning. It was an awesome day with all of my favorite things and shared with my favorite person.

So, no, this week didn’t go according to plan. What ever does? We lost the money on the bed and breakfast after all, but peace of mind was far more important. And I couldn’t have asked for better bonding time with my husband and my animals, more perfect weather, a cleaner apartment, or yummier eats. 

Suz NAILED her Chicago Staycation and Milwaukee Daycation--YUMMY! #sweatpink #yum Click To Tweet

I hope you had a great week, and have a fun weekend coming up! (I almost said “fun weekend planned” but then, with what I just said, lol!)

OMG I almost forgot. A radio station played “My Heart Will Go On” when we were driving back, and it was EVERYTHING.

Last place that you took a daycation to?

What would you like a flight of?

If you could only have one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Linking up with Friday Five 2.0, What I Ate Wednesday, and Week In Review.

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