Y’all, this summer has already been so much fun. Quick life update: for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been interning with the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and being a counselor for their summer camp, which means I’ve been spending lots of time with the cutest possible group of 6-7 years olds.
I’m also part of a program with a bunch of other college students that has us all living in the same apartment complex, which means lots of fun things have been happening whenever we have time off. It’s been like college without the school part!
This past weekend was packed with adventures, including a housewarming party for a UNC friend, a murder masquerade night, my first thrifting experience, a few early morning runs, a Father’s Day lunch, and dinner downtown with friends (I apologize in advance for the iPhone pictures mixed in with the “big girl camera” pictures!) A few of the highlights…
On Saturday, I went thrifting for the first time. I agreed to go with my friend, Maddie, who’s a pro thrifter and always has the cutest outfits. I thought it’d be a fun experience, but I honestly didn’t expect to find much…
On Saturday, I also did some food prep for the week, including chopping a bunch of veggies and making another batch of my avocado Greek yogurt chicken salad to have for lunches and dinners. Instead of using a rotisserie chicken, I cooked some boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my apartment kitchen using Mel’s foolproof method for shredded chicken and it turned out perfectly! I’ve read Mel’s cooking blog for years and it’s one of my absolute favorites– every single one of her recipes I’ve made has been awesome and she seems like the sweetest person.
On Saturday night, a group of 15 or so of us went downtown to walk around and have dinner.We went to a local taproom where I got some insanely spicy vegetarian chili. It may not have been the best call since it was about 95 degrees outside, but it was really good. I love hearty meatless meals!Another thing I love? Spending time with fun friends (bad segue, I know). I also love pink shoes, and really, pink anything.
On Sunday, I planned to meet up with my parents for a Father’s Day lunch halfway between my summer apartment and my house, but then we realized we’d all been eating out a lot recently and agreed that a meal at home would be a nice change. Luckily, I’m living not too far away, so after going for a run, I drove home early Sunday afternoon.
I was so happy to get to see my dad– he’s one of my favorite people in the world and I’m such a daddy’s girl. We have identical senses of humor and people always tell us how much we look alike. What do you think?My mom, dad, and I all worked together in the kitchen to whip up our Father’s Day lunch. We made grilled chicken parmesan, side salads, and garlic green beans for our main course.
And for dessert, I made one of my dad’s favorites– a coca-cola cake. It’s a homemade chocolate sheet cake where one of the ingredients is a can of Coke, and I love it even though I’m not a soda drinker. Somehow, you can’t taste the Coke; it just makes the cake really moist!I enjoyed mine hot out of the oven topped with a scoop of all-natural vanilla ice cream. Pure bliss.And on Sunday night, there was a murder masquerade with all of the college students I’m living with for the summer. We dressed up with as different characters, masks and all, and had to use clues to figure out who the “killer” was. It was dark so all of the pictures were pretty blurry, but it was like a real-life version of Clue. Such a fun weekend!
Questions for you:
Are you a thrift shopper?
I am now!
What’s your favorite color?
Pink, pink, pink.
Do you like nuts in your dessert?
It depends on my mood and what the dessert is, but I usually prefer no nuts.
Favorite type of cake? (Chocolate, funfetti, white cake, yellow cake, strawberry, hummingbird, lemon, etc.)
Chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting.