My Undying Love for Sweet Corn

I’ve been blessed to have sweet corn three times this summer already. SO BLESSED. I love sweet corn, which is why I’m devoting a whole post to it. I love everything about it – the shucking, the dripping hot butter, the generous amount of salt, my greasy face…just everything. I don’t mind shucking the corn, it makes it that much more rewarding. HARD LABOR – I WORKED FOR THIS! Not hard labor, but you know what I mean. People sometimes complain about the flossing but who cares. I already floss everyday anyways.

When I was a rambunctious kid with absolutely no digestive concerns, I’d easily eat four ears of corn in one sitting. ONE SITTING. I couldn’t imagine doing that now, but how amazing would that be?

When I had braces on my teeth from 7th grade to 9th grade, I dreamed about sweet corn. I’m not kidding. Sweet corn would bleed into my dreams. I couldn’t have it but I wanted it sooooo bad. The with drawl was almost too much to bear. Yes, I cut it off the cob and sadly ate it with a spoon but it wasn’t the same. I felt so left out and empty inside. Some kids with braces complained about not being able to eat gum, caramel, popcorn and so on. All I wanted was sweet corn. Piping hot sweet corn.

But here I am today, eating sweet corn and happy as a clam. It really isn’t summer without bright yellow sweet corn. Maybe I’ll have more tonight. What’s your favorite summer food?

5 Fun Free Things to Do In Your City

How is it already mid-July? How have I not blogged for six months? I would apologize to you, but I’m not going to. I’ve had other priorities that have taken up my time! You didn’t miss me that much, did you?

In the summer it’s so important to get outside. Even if when it’s just a 10-minute walk over lunch, it matters so much! I love stepping away from my computer and I love getting a little vitamin D over my lunch break at work. Sometimes it can be tempting to be a “homebody” and stay in, work on a few things, etc. But taking an hour or two to explore your city will be well worth it! I’m not asking you to blow a whole Saturday. The dishes, laundry, windows and so on can wait. Don’t you think? I want to share a few tips for free (or almost free) things to do in your town!

  1. Explore local historical sites. I’m a nerd and like to learn about that kind of stuff. Hey, you might learn something!

Mill City Ruins, Minneapolis, MN

2. Explore a local city park. Go biking, walking, jogging, rollerblading and so on through a local park in your area. I prefer to walk since I’m dangerous on wheels. The leaves, trees and flowers are at their peak this time of year. Why not enjoy it all?

Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN

3. Visit an arboretum or flower garden. Take a morning or evening stroll through gorgeous flowers, shrubs and so on. The best part? No weeding or watering required! Leave that up to the pros. By the way, how gorgeous are these hot pink roses?

Lyndale Rose Garden, Minneapolis, MN

4. Hit up a local farmers market. So you don’t have to buy anything, but I would! Even bring $5-10 dollars. It’s way more fun than your usually grocery store route. I like to stock up on the weekends so it forces me to make dinners at-home during the week.

Minneapolis Farmers Market

5. Pack a picnic for the park. So this also isn’t necessarily free, but it’s cheaper than going out to eat! Am I right? If a whole meal overwhelms you, pack lemonade and snack instead. You’ll still enjoy the fresh air while munching on crackers, apple slices or whatever you prefer.

Have I convinced you yet? Are you going to step outside? I sure hope so.

PS – Can you tell that I’m a huge advocate of the Minneapolis Parks? 🙂

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Cheers to Summer!

Mmmmm.... how about that sweet tea vodka lemonade?

Mmmmm…. how about that sweet tea vodka lemonade?

It’s hard to believe the 4th of July was last weekend already. Come to think of it, it doesn’t worry me too much though. I’m not in school anymore, which means summer doesn’t have to end in August. Actually, September usually still feels like summer!

So far my summer has been filled with busy weekend plans, weddings with family, birthday parties for friends, long walks around Lake Calhoun and Netflix bingeing on Friday Night Lights. (Go Panthers!) All good things I love!

It’s no surprise that weeknights and weekends get filled up so quickly in the summer.  However, I’m getting better at saying “No, I can’t!” to plans when I’m feeling double or triple booked. It’s hard to say no, but there’s no use overwhelming myself – especially if I’m not really “there” and I’m thinking about the next place I need to be. I think the second half of summer here I’ll have a chance to lock-up my suitcase in the closet, which will be great. Then I can spend more time exploring Minneapolis and St. Paul!

What do you have on the radar for the next few weeks of summer?

How I Feel In Between Seasons

Now that summer is over, I’m a little stunned. I cannot believe how fast the summer flew by. I know people say that every year but I mean it this time. I don’t have any idea what I did in July. I feeling as though I missed an entire month of summer.

My hands are a bit tied. I’m not ready to let go of summer and I’m not one-hundred percent ready to embrace fall. Even though I’m wearing fall-ish clothes to work, I’m still sporting sandals. I don’t want to give those up yet.

fall

I do love fall though. I love warm sweaters, apple cider, football games, crockpots filled with bubbling soup and so on. This fall I want to venture out to visit a pumpkin patch and an apple orchard. I want to try out a new fall drink recipes. And I for sure want to bake pumpkin bread or muffins.

So, are you with me? How do you feel about summer ending and fall starting?

Whoa, Someone Tell Summer to “Slow Down!”

Okay that’s the semi-weirdest headline I’ve ever written. Let’s just roll with it. Where is summer going? Does anyone agree with me that it’s slipping through our fingers? Instead of telling summer to “SLOW DOWN!!” I should be slowing down myself. Maybe I’m taking June wrapping up too seriously. It’s only June after all and not September.

These are the things I want to appreciate and make time for:

– Free movies in the park. Minneapolis has free movies in the park most days of the week – I’ve got to take advantage of this. I went to one movie last year. One. I can do better, right?

– Rooftop and patio bars/restaurants. 

– Walking/biking around the lakes. Let’s be honest, I’m not running. I’ll let the fancy-old-men-show-off bikers pass me. Sorry I have a day job and actually work. (Below is a picture I snapped of Lake of the Isles — my favorite lake in Minneapolis.)

Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis

– Outdoor concerts! You know, the ones where you’re outside and the sun is beating on your face but you continue to love every minute of it.

– Pools. I don’t have a pool but I know two people who have pools. Maybe they’ll let me hang out.

– Reading outside/having coffee hour on a weekend morning. 

Well, that’s some of my bucket list! I’m sure if I sat here for an hour I could keep going and going. What do you want to do more of this summer?

Favorite Florals

Let’s talk about my favorite print: floral. It’s my go-to print for dresses, shirts and everything else. Sometimes I look back on pictures and I’m like, “Jenna, is that all you own?!” Ummm… maybe? Here are a few pretty floral things to get you pumped up for spring/summer! It’s almost summer, right? (We actually got robbed of spring here in Minnesota so I’m not too sure if I can say it’s almost summer. The leaves in my neighborhood just started budding this week. And no, I’m not being dramatic. It’s true!)

peonies

O-neck Sleeveless Floral Printed T-shirt Vest

plywood covered in floral fabric

If this dress were still available, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

#anthropologie