i was fortunate to have a long weekend a few days ago, and i figured it was the perfect time to visit my bff and her lovely family!  while i'm devastated that they live so far away, i'm somewhat comforted by the fact that at least they now live in the glorious city of milwaulkee!  it's basically a wonderland for all things i consider holy: beer, cheese, soft pretzels, and fun accents (oooh yah, doncha know)!  she showed me around to some of her favorite spots, and we had such a great time eating, laughing, and eating some more  :)  she even took me to a huge apple orchard, where we picked our own apples!  it was my first time apple pickin' (ya know, not too many apple orchards around, growing up in florida).  i was in awe of all the different varieties of apples, and the fact that you could just pick an apple from the tree and give it a taste test!

i've known emily for almost 20 years now (woah, i'm almost hoping my math isn't right... insert old lady emoji here...), and she's the kind of friend whom you pick right up where you left off, no matter how long it's been since you've been apart.  just the sight of her smile feels like home, and she's as close to a sister as i've ever had.  she's made me an aunt to one of the most beautiful, creative and hilarious child i've ever met (and expecting another in december... woo hoo)!!!  while i miss her being around to keep me "in the know" about all the coolest restaurants, makeup trends, and to go see cheesy chick flicks i know nobody else will see with me... i can't wait to go back to wisconsin to see her beautiful face again.

first stop... cheese curds!

 ^^^ my beautiful niece!  

a restaurant with pbr in it's name cannot be bad!

the raphael family!!

yes, these are fried cheese curds... and yes, they were heaven.

i'm officially a converted custard gal!


love you to the moon and back, em!  'till next time, wisconsin!

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