Machete and a Milkshake

At Home Excitement

I came home from work today to find Ryan sorting through his gear for an upcoming hike on the Appalachian Trail with two of his friends next week. He stopped off at an outdoor store on the way home from work and came home with lots of wilderness-y goodies… among them, a machete. Yes, a machete.

Apparently this machete was “cheaper than a knife,” (because that makes it a good substitute for a simple pocket knife, of course) and “really cool.”

As I was walking in the door Ryan was trying to be super suave and hook the machete on his belt loop. Well, in his Indiana Jones-like move, he dropped the machete (still it its “protective case”) and it landed on his big toe. Blood was everywhere! Fortunately after going through several paper towels, an ultra-masculine rainbow band-aid was able to stop the bleeding.

After all that excitement, it was time to show Sadie a good time. Off to the dog park we went for some trail hiking with the puppers.

"She's a Real Wild One, Wild One"

"She's a Real Wild One, Wild One"

The weather was perfect and Sadie ran around like a mad dog. It was a good trip to the park!

Dinner

Dinner tonight was very tasty, but very boring… leftovers! I fixed myself a big bowl of leftover spaghetti squash, MorningStar Farms soy crumbles, sliced zucchini and marinara sauce and topped it all with Parmesan cheese.

Leftovers

Leftovers

Dinner was prepared in one of Ryan’s childhood bowls. We love these bowls because they are the perfect size for everything from yogurt to oatmeal to soup to pasta. Plus, it’s fun to eat out of nostalgic bowls!

Dessert was a million times more exciting: a homemade pumpkin milkshake!

The Goods for the Shakes

The Goods for the Shakes

I combined the creamy vanilla ice cream, milk, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl and blended it with my imersion blender until it was thick and liquified. (I did this because our real blender is packed so far back behind all of my Tupperware and would’ve been a pain to get out. Laziness at its best!)

Pumpkiny!

Pumpkiny!

Blended Shake

Blended Shake

I poured the shake into a big cup and topped it off with a brightly colored straw.

Sippin' on a Shake

Sippin' on a Shake

I totally should have used two straws to be romantic… “One milkshake, two straws please!” This shake was far from romantic as I was the only one who used the straw. Ryan prefers to gulp his shakes. 😉
 
I love a good dessert. There’s nothing better!
 
Question: What’s your favorite kind of milkshake?

Pre-Dinner Milkshake

What better way to kick off the weekend than with a McDonald’s triple thick pumpkin milkshake? How have I never tried this shake before???

Pumpkin Milkshake

Pumpkin Milkshake

Ryan and I split this shake after taking Sadie on a nice long walk. Since it’s ridiculously hot in Florida right now, a milkshake sounded perfect! Oh-my-gosh-this-was-too-tasty! We both fell instantly in love. It almost made me forget how yummy McD’s shamrock shakes are… almost.

After our lil’ treat, we cooked up a slightly more nutritious dinner.

I chopped come brussels sprouts and tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper before roasting them in the oven at 400 degrees for 12 minutes on one side before flipping them and roasting them for another 5 minutes on the other side.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

While the lil’ brussels were roasting, I tossed a salmon burger and some onion slices on the griddle and toasted a whole wheat Arnold’s sandwich thin. I topped the bread with light mayo, dijon mustard and dill and slices plum tomatoes.

Dinnah!

Dinnah!

Dinner was quite yummy (but the milkshake was yummier). 🙂

Now Ryan and I are having quite the hot Friday night full of laundry, cleaning and packing! As one of my gifts to Ryan for his birthday, I booked us a weekend stay in Ft. Lauderdale and we’re leaving early in the in the morning. I can’t wait! We’re staying in a boutique hotel right near the beach. It’s our first vacation as an engaged couple. Woop, woop!

Our Hotel

Our Hotel

I’m bringing my camera and computer along in hopes of making a blog post over the weekend, but I make no promises! 🙂 Happy Weekend!