Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hmm well looks like I still can’t get a grip on this blogging thing! I promise I really do enjoy it, I just can’t find a schedule that quite works for me. With that being said, it has been a little different around here. We are actually in the middle of looking for a house to rent! We love our apartment but the location is less than stellar, and we’d love to have a yard for Murphy to play and run and be on his own in. Our lease isn’t up until March but we found a guy that likes our apartment…so now we’re scrambling.

In a perfect world I would love more time to research places and areas that we’d like to live in, but we don’t live in a perfect world so we’re doing the best we can. I’m hoping to have a couple blog posts up this week (a wedding one, Murphy-related & a recipe) but if we end up oh you know, having to move then that will obviously change. Thanks for sticking around!

I planned a date night last week for Ryan & I. We don’t go out to eat often and we have a running list (in actuality working on this list) of places we’d like to check out while we live in Milwaukee.

We’re now making it a point to have a date night at least once a month, whether it be out to eat, an activity or cooking at home. Date nights helps break up the week with something fun to look forward to (and away from the kids dog!).

Cafe Hollander has two different locations but I wanted to go to the location in downtown Wauwatosa. They have a great patio and we want to soak up what we have left of the nice weather before this happens:

I looked at the menu before we went there because I’m a nerd super cool. Everything looked so good though! It was still really hard to decide.

First we decided on an appetizer. I honestly could have been happy getting any of them. The Goat Cheese Bruschetta sounded uh AMAZING, but we ended up getting the Margherita Flatbread. It was so-so sooo I believe next time I’d try the Bruschetta.

For dinner, I decided on the Grilled Portobello Sandwich which was really out of the norm for me. I’ve never eaten a mushroom as a sandwich but for some reason it sounded so good. I’m trying to branch out at restaurants (and eat a little healthier) and figured that was a perfect happy medium of the two.






With a side of sweet potato fries. Yum.

This sandwich was so delicious. And kept me full for a long time! Strangely, it kind of tasted like a burger, but without the weighing down feeling. I will definitely be trying these at other restaurants (and at Cafe Hollander again!).

What a weekend!

Let’s start at the beginning.

Ryan’s parents came up Friday evening to spend the weekend with us. This is the first time they’ve been here since we first moved in so it was nice to have them as visitors.

We knew we wanted to take them to a Milwaukee restaurant that we’ve never been to and definitely wanted to make it a place that has a good fish fry (since it was a Friday and all and here in Wisconsin they are all about the fish frys.)

A couple of my co-workers told me about Brocach which is an Irish inspired restaurant that is downtown.


I made reservations, but there was no need. We decided to sit on the patio that was upstairs. I love when restaurants have a patio, let alone a rooftop patio!

I ordered the Sangria for a drink (we all ordered drinks to celebrate Ryan & I’s engagement). I typically don’t order Sangria but the waitress recommended it and it did not disappoint.

Ryan & I

We all ordered the fish fry combo w/ haddock, fries & curry cole slaw. I thought it was decent but I preferred Lakefront Brewery’s fish fry (Ryan says he preferred Brocach).

After dinner we headed home to the apartment to catch up on life.

Saturday we had plans of heading to Devil’s Lake to do a hike. It seemed like it was going to rain for a bit, but it cleared out so we headed out!

As we were driving along I read two bridal magazines that a co-worker lent me…and I think I decided on a color scheme! I’ll do a separate post for that update.

Driving along, all of the sudden we heard the Garmin say “Board Ferry.”

Uh, what?! Ferry?!

We had no idea we had to board a ferry so we were quite shocked.

We hiked all around Devil’s Lake after eating some lunch (turkey, ham cheese sandwiches, clementines & various chips and trail mixes).

This was Murphy’s first time in open water (or really any water besides getting a bath) and he was quite the entertainment.

We continued on our hike all around the lake. It was an easy hike, not too strenuous but Murphy has never really been on a hike so he was started to feel pooped.

Therefore, I had to hold up his water for him.




After our hike was done we headed back home and crashed.

Sunday was spent going to church, heading to The Gingerbread House for brunch (ohmygosh I need to go back here soon so I can take pictures and blog about it. Sodeliciousholycow.)

We’re hoping to be able to get back to Devil’s Lake soon! It was a fun trip and nice to get away for a bit.

Morning friends!

These past few days have been crazy! Sorry I haven’t had a chance to blog about it :). This morning I’ve been running around cleaning up the house because Ryan’s parents are coming to visit! This is the first time they’ve been here since we’ve moved in and we’ve been planning different Milwaukee things to do this weekend.

Tonight we’ll do a fish fry, Saturday either a hike or a museum (if it rains) and Sunday we’ll go to church & have brunch. This is their first time meeting this beast as well:

Should be interesting!

I’ve got some blog ideas I’m wanting to implement soon, so please know that I realize my blog is kinda so-so right now.

Gotta go!

Also take a look at my guest post at Your Nutritionista about Exercising in a New City!

My apologies amigas…

I know I promised a post this evening and, well I just can’t do it. I’m literally so exhausted and Murphy is all up in my face and will not leave me alone to let me even type on my laptop.

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Anywho, I will try to get up a post tomorrow about Ryan & I’s date night! It’s a good one 🙂

Nighty night!

Morning folks!

Yesterday was crazy! Work was busy, worked out, walked the beast (aka Murph) made dinner and finally caught up with an old friend. I didn’t stop moving/talking until 9:30!

Random, but I’m really starting to feel myself getting used to working out, in a good way. Once I go 2 days without really working out, I start to feel lethargic and just antsy to get to the gym again! It’s definitely a good feeling and hopefully it will stay.

Another random note, but Ryan’s parents are coming up this weekend to visit. We’re trying to think of plans of things to do here in Milwaukee and we’ve got a couple ideas. Definitely a Fish Fry on Friday (very typical here) and maybe a hike on Saturday during the day. We’re also making dinner for them on Saturday and I need a dessert idea! I’m not really thinking brownies or cookies will do…but maybe a pie? Cobbler? Dessert bar? I don’t know! So you tell me…what’s your favorite dessert to make for your parents?

P.S. Be on the look out for a restaurant review tonight!

This past weekend was nice & relaxing. We didn’t have much on the agenda and that was A-Okay with me. I need a rejuvenating weekend every once in a while.

Friday night Ryan subbed in a softball game so I was on my own for awhile. I love going to the gym on Fridays after work because usually no one else likes to go and I get the place allll to myself.

After my workout I came home and walked Murphy. He’s definitely showing he’s in his teen years. Spoiled brat doesn’t even begin to describe him.

After that I was really indecisive for dinner. Go out and get something? Eggs? Soup? It was getting to a point where I was gonna chew my arm off, similar to how Murphy chews on his leg, so I decided to make falafel.

Yeah, I have no idea where the urge came from. I’ve never even had falafel, let alone make it.

No picture because like I told you, I was super hungry. After that we lounged around and didn’t do much.

Saturday was cleaning day! Ryan’s parents are coming up this coming weekend so we wanted to give the apartment a good scrub down.

Then I spend the rest of the evening with these two knuckleheads:

Here’s to starting a new week! (With keeping up with the goals too!)