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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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  • Reply Liz S.

    As the ice cream queen over here, I’m loving the flight flavor options! If I could only have one ice cream flavor for the rest of my life, I’m going to be VERY specific about it = Ample Hills PB Wins The Cup. Wishing you a wonderful upcoming weekend!

    June 9, 2017 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ok, so Alex needs that flavor in his life. We are going to have to hunt that down!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:12 am
      • Reply Liz S.

        Check out – you can order it directly from them or in a 4-pack on Amazon 🙂

        June 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Christina @

    I love Milwaukee! We had our engagement pictures taken in the Third Ward, such a great area. I need to try that ice cream flight next time we’re there!!

    June 9, 2017 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The Third Ward is so gorgeous. I am obsessed with it. ANd the ice cream flight

      June 10, 2017 at 11:12 am
  • Reply MCM Mama

    I love Lakefront Brewing! We need to figure out a “midpoint” between where you live and where my parents live and meet up this summer. I know at some point we’ll come down to the Chicago zoo, but not sure when that will be.

    June 9, 2017 at 6:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES PLEASE And we live right next to the zoo!!!!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    I have never been to Milwaukee, but it looks like a great time. Those cheese curds look amazing, they are one of my all time favorite foods!

    June 9, 2017 at 6:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely add it to your list, ESPECIALLY if you love cheese curds!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    Mmm that corn…I have some in the fridge (also because it was so cheap) so I’ll make that this weekend.

    June 9, 2017 at 6:59 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Ice cream for the rest of my life? Cookies -n- Cream. Oh, I love Milwaukee! We used to go there every summer for the hubby’s annual meeting…I’ve been to all the places you mentioned, such a beautiful city!

    June 9, 2017 at 7:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Such a gorgeous city, and I feel like no one knows about it.

      June 10, 2017 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Every time we used to overnight in Milwaukee people would just have to get those cheese curds. Birthday cake is my favorite flavor of ice cream, although cookies and cream is up there as well. Sometime stay cations are the best. I love just playing a tourist in Virginia Beach on my days off.

    June 9, 2017 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Virginia has so many great locations for daycations. Have you been to Barboursville?

      June 10, 2017 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Rae

    Man, Ben and I are overdue for any kind of vacation just the two of us. While we travel often, we’re usually staying with friends or family and thus don’t get a lot of quality time together. I’m very, very jealous of those fried cheese curds. NOM! Glad you guys had a good time!

    June 9, 2017 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You definitely need yourself some cheese curds and beer with just the two of you. You guys work so hard!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    We have not taken a daycation in a while. My hubs has to travel a lot for work so when he is home on the weekend he has been wanting to stay home and chill. ice cream flavor huh? Something with chocolate, coffee and caramel sounds good

    June 9, 2017 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Swirled or side by side? and I understand that–Like how I don’t want to spend time at the gym now that I work there!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Nothing like a clean space, yummy food, and cheap corn on the I right?! I recently had corn on the cob for the first time this season–so good!

    June 9, 2017 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That first corn on the cob just is everything, isn’t! Just screams SUMMER

      June 10, 2017 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Glad you’re feeling better and MAN do you guys ever know how to have a staycation! I’m impressed. Whenever Andrew and I need to get away without actually getting away, we drive down (across the line) to Whidbey Island and hang out on the beach there. It’s the BEST.

    June 9, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just couldn’t stay here the whole time. We don’t go to street fests and such, we don’t go to museums, but we do like to walk and eat!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Jamie@TheMomGene

    How have I never had a ice cream flight?!

    June 9, 2017 at 7:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like a fun weekend activity for the kiddos!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Cora

    Jeans = always a mistake.
    Screw “silver linings”, this is like, a whole coloring book filled in to the last SPECK with silver. You and Alex turned this week around like the biggest pros. Your day-cation sounds incredible. So glad the sun is shining on you – literally and figuratively. Man getting that cleaning done with must have felt so good, ya??
    Only one flavor of ice cream eh? Hmm. I’m going to go all out and say mocha chocolate chunk. <3

    June 9, 2017 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Mmmmm mocha chocolat chunk sounds delish. And I have to give it all to Alex. He is the sunshine for me!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Emily Weir

    I’m glad you were able to make the most of your time off together! A flight of ice cream sounds AMAZING. I could go for one now, maybe with a side of cookies. You’re also making me realize that I need to get in a daycation! It’s been a while, but mine usually have me ending up in St. Petersburg. It’s just over the bridge from Tampa, but it’s way more artistic and fun.

    June 9, 2017 at 9:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve heard that St Pete is pretty awesome. I think you need to pack up and go someplace awesome for the day!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Lesley

    We have a restaurant in the Denver area called Snooze, and they have a pancake flight. They have staple pancakes, and then a pancake of the day, every day. I like the flight, and the pancakes are smaller than the regular size, so I can eat it all, with 3 different flavors.

    June 9, 2017 at 10:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We have a similar thing right down the street from us! I love a pancake flight!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Ilka

    Thanks for the awesome tour Susie! So fun!

    June 9, 2017 at 11:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish you could have actually come with us!

      June 10, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Cleaning sucks in the moment, but is totally worth it when done. I’m bummed I was sick when I booked my time off to clean, because now I have to figure out how to squeeze it in without using vacation time. Boo.

    June 9, 2017 at 11:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe


      June 10, 2017 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Whoa, whiskey ice cream?!? That sounds amazing! Your daycation sounds so fun! We used to take a bunch of those when we lived in the Midwest – to Michigan, Cincy, Louisville, etc. It’s such a fun way to take a mini-vacation!

    June 9, 2017 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We need to do it more often! I don’t know when we will, but it really is a missed opportunity.

      June 10, 2017 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    i’m just so happy you guys got a day to escape!!

    June 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am too, Heather. Thank goodness for it!

      June 10, 2017 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    My flavor of ice cream would be Rocky Road. I would love to have a true daycation. I dream of spending time in a city maybe Boston or perhaps a whole day lounging by the ocean by myself. So many good eats in the post. You have me hungry!

    June 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      People keep talking about Boston, and it is making me want to go!

      June 10, 2017 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Alex Lemmer

    Amazing day, amazing company!

    June 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply angela @ happy fit mama

    The last daycation I had was in Boston. It’s such a fun city to explore for the day. And ice cream? Salted caramel is my fav right now.

    June 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I would love to do a daycation in Boston! That would be so much fun! And you would have LOVED this ice cream!

      June 10, 2017 at 10:55 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    YOU RELAXING = motivating me to….. GO TAKE A NAP! hahaha!
    Sadly, I haven’t been cooking at home too much because my new life is not eating at home too often, which is fine, except when I have Crohn’s/Celiac flair ups – LIKE RIGHT NOW.

    June 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that, lady. I hope that you get that under control ASAP

      June 10, 2017 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Alicia @Bridges Through Life

    I’m so glad you had a good week and got a daycation. I actually have never been to Milwaukee. Some of the places you went sound amazing though.

    June 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really want to go back and explore more!

      June 10, 2017 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    It sounds like you had a great mix of relaxation and productivity! And was a great idea to do a daycation to Milwaukee! Looks like a great getaway.

    June 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was really fabulous and I am so glad that we did!

      June 10, 2017 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    You know I love Milwaukee. Glad you fell in love too.

    June 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so much fun. My 2nd time there and not the last!

      June 10, 2017 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Looks like so much fun. And that ice cream flight. YUM!

    June 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Emily

    That’s so amazing that it turned out to be a really fun amazing week of resting, relaxing, puppy time, and time with your husband.

    June 10, 2017 at 9:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness it was, Emily. So much stress turned into a blessing.

      June 10, 2017 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Patrick

    Last day action was to Boston and chocolate ice cream for sure! Looks like you had a great time. Love that corn salsa, especially when corns that cheap!

    June 11, 2017 at 11:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I really really need to get back to Boston. It has been FAR too long.

      June 11, 2017 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Sounds like you guys had an awesome trip! I’m still ogling that Sproket Burger. Will and I also cleaned the apartment from top to bottom. It felt SOO GOOD!

    June 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And now, I am wondering who is going to keep it like this??

      June 19, 2017 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    An ice cream flight!!! Be still my dairy loving heart. Also those cheese curds are everything. They’d make me sing like Celine, only completely off key because I can’t sing.

    I’m glad you made the most of your staycation, even if it wasn’t the original plan. The important part was getting to spend time with your man and recharging those batteries. The cleaning kind of sucks, except doesn’t it feel all magical when the place is clean? Worth it, not cheese curds worth it, but pretty damn close.

    June 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheese curds and ice cream make everything better 😀

      June 19, 2017 at 10:58 am
  • Reply San

    I would say you made the best of the weekend and I have heard so many good things about Milwaukee! I’d love to visit sometime!

    I told you already on IG, I would take the ice-cream tray in a heartbeat! The flavors sound amazing, although I am a “vanilla” girl (pun intended) when it comes to ice-cream. Alex’s ice-cream flavor would have been my pick, too.

    June 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wouldn’t turn it away! A true vanilla is amazing

      June 19, 2017 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oooh that ice cream looks so good!

    If I could only eat one flavour it would have to be something super rich and chocolatey. Prior to finding out I had coeliac, it would have been cookies and cream though… I think!

    June 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Would it still be that if you could have gluten?

      June 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

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