Over the Weekend: Beer Me!

I ended up taking Friday off of work. It was nice to spend the entire day baking and not blogging, oops! I know I have been really bad about this as of late, but I have been so busy! I’ll tell ya all about  my reasoning once plans are set into action.

I’m trying to be elusive!

Friday was for baking. Saturday was for beer. Sunday was for recovering from baking and beer (mainly the beer). If you live under a rock or hate German people, you may not have know that Oktoberfest celebrations have been and will continue to be happening all around. I am not a beer fan, really in the least, but I will drink it if the occasion presents itself. Throw in some free sausage and polka music, and I’ll have a good time.

Saturday started of on an innocent foot. Just another morning at the farmers market, followed by a sudden downpour and a few bottles of champagne. After jamming some Shannon and the Clams, we pretty much swam down the street to Fry. My poor suede booties will never be the same! Steins overflowed with fall brews, and soon enough everyone was talking in a German accent. Or maybe it sounded that way to me? Image

Oktoberfest is one of my favorite drinking holidays, coming in second to Cinco de Mayo. Although I am German and Irish, I identify more with tequila. Giving credit my San Antonio blood,  I ended my night with queso and a very large margarita.

Sunday was for recovering. I said that already. I wasn’t just sleeping off a hangover, but I was also prepping myself for the Breaking Bad finale and the start of an incredibly busy week.

Have you guys done any Oktoberfest celebrating? I wish I knew where my lederhosen was hiding!

Happy Monday!

Over the Weekend: Hello Fall!

If you follow my blog, you can probably take a wild guess and figure out how I spent my Saturday morning. If you guessed farmers market, DING DING DING, you are correct and did not win a prize! Just take heart in knowing that you have an okay memory! BUT, this trip down the street was unlike all of the others so far!

I woke up Saturday morning feeling like a kid on Christmas day! Around 7 am I checked the weather and then immediately rushed to the front porch…..57 degrees outside! So chilly and refreshing! Yeah I get pretty excited about temperature under 70. I was also excited to not spend the entire day sweating, because that gets old after 4 or so consecutive months. After stumbling upon a mini pumpkin patch, I decided to declare that Autumn had officially arrived a day early. Image

The Denton market was hustling and bustling that morning. Dentonites and I think alike when it comes to perfect weather! I will never feel the need to take Gypsy to the dog park as long as the market is going on. Dogs and children run amok. I think Gyp and Elvis really enjoyed all the attention and treats. They were definitely the belles of the ball. ImageImageImage

Oh yeah, an almost 300 pound English mastiff ate my tacos! I had to hold back the tears as it happened, but who could blame him, La Estrella is the shit!

After the market, we made our way to Quakertown Park for the 15th annual Blues Fest. The music sounded a bit more country than bluesy to my untrained ear, but any excuse to sit on a blanket and drink a bottle of champagne on the most perfect day of the year so far with some really rad people is a good excuse. Saturday was not my day for eating in public around dogs. The top bun of my chopped beef sandwich was stolen by none other than The King himself, Elvis… I’m trying to cut back on the carbs anyway…

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Finally finally finally I made it to Fort Worth! I had been hankering to go see my friend Erin’s new places and am so glad it finally happened. Her house is perfect! The real estate gods really love this girl! Image

Saturday night was babe night. Erin threw us together the best semi homemade, 100% babemade pizzas with fresh everything. We’re talking mozzarella, basil, peppers, butternut squash, pesto, onions, the farmers market grown/Trader Joe’s sold works! There was also babemade bruschetta courtesy of Elizabeth. See, it’s a good think I didn’t indulge in all those tortillas and that bread earlier in the day! Everything happens for a reason. True that!ImageImageImageImage

The night ended with a few more ladies and bottles of wine entering the picture. Saturday really was the best day!

Unfortunately I had to make up some work time on Sunday, so those blue skies were enjoyed from the comfort of my desk. It wasn’t all that bad though. I did get free fro-yo on my way home because I forgot my wallet like an idiot and the employees felt sorry for poor little orphan Annie. I seriously cried when they called me back into the store to give my my fro-yo. It’s so comforting to know that the world is still filled with genuine and generous people. That was the cherry on top of a perfect weekend.

I am so excited to see what Fall has in store! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

XOXOXO

Passion Project with Kristiane Webb Photography

When my friend Kristiane asked if she could feature me on her blog’s new Passion Project series, I was more than thrilled!  Earlier this month, I got to spend a Saturday morning with this lovely and very talented lady. We talked about the old Denton days while I rolled out pie dough and she took photographs. I even sent her home with the final product- my very first, all from scratch, chocolate buttermilk pie!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from our time together with you all. You can see and read more out my interview here. Enjoy!

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Please check Kristiane’s website! If you are looking for a photographer in the DFW area, I highly recommend this lady!

Thank you for the wonderful time!

XOXOXO

Over the Weekend: A Happy Routine

Since moving into my new place, I have begun every weekend spent in town the same way. Saturday morning I wake up around 8:30 AM, sometimes with an alarm and sometimes without, and take Gypsy on a long walk. Shortly after we get back home, Elizabeth and her English coon hound, Elvis, swing by and we make our way to the Denton market. As soon as we walk up, the older ladies who sell homemade dog treats immediately greet us and our pets with a smile and complimentary snacks. We are now regular patrons. I’ve never been a regular for anything in my life, so the feeling of community is a bit overwhelming. In a good way.

After buying my normal dozen of farm fresh eggs and pint of heirloom cherry tomatoes, I let little kids pet Gypsy and talk to a local farmer about volunteer opportunities. Before saying goodbye to my dog’s new fan club, I stop by the Earthwise booth to say hello to the owners and chit chat about the produce I really enjoyed from this week’s CSA share. Once I am home, I make breakfast for my self and the pup. Image

Most Saturdays I make up for early rising with a nice siesta. This Saturday I did just that. I needed to prep myself for the extensive pie prepping process! After waking up, I made dough for 4 pies! that’s a whole lot of deliciousness! Like most of my weekends, half of the time was dedicated to baking.

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Saturday night I did something that I feel like I haven’t done in quite some time: GO OUT! I finally checked out a new bar in Denton, the East Side Social Club. Similar to my favorite bar, East Side has a legit patio. I feel almost obligated to drink every last drop of Ruby Redbird before summer ends. Image

Saturday was the perfect night out with my babes. I also discovered that almost everyone looks good in a Brixton hat. Image

After sleeping in, I spent Sunday baking pies and mentally preparing myself for Breaking Bad.

My weekend routine is something I have settled into organically. As much as I like having those spontaneous adventures, having a routine keeps me emotionally grounded. It’s nice that I always have something to look forward to. Having a routine keeps me happy!

Wednesday Wishlist 9.4

Yesterday was the best birthday I have had in a long time! I didn’t even cry (and everything makes me cry)! Chalk it all up to good company and being in a very happy place. A whole lot has happened these last few months- things that have a tendency to make or break a person. I feel like I am swimming in a sea of optimism!

I don’t really have a wishlist right now. All I want is to make 25 my year. I’ve managed to do a pretty good job so far!

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XOXOXO

Over the Weekend: Holi-Birthdays!

This weekend was super spectacular! Not only did I get to enjoy three days off of work, but I also got to celebrate 25 years of living! While my actual birthday is today, the majority of celebration happened over the last 4 days!Image

Friday night I discovered my new favorite hobbie! B-I-N-G-O! I have a new theory about bingo, you only win if you have a catheter or oxygen tank or if you are a million years old. Image

The funniest part of bingo was the guy walking around yelling ‘angry balls!’. This guy loved our group and even urged us to come back the next night for FREE BEER and more bingo! Image

On Saturday, my lovely and very talented friend Kristiane came to my house and photographed me  for her blog. She is currently working on a Passion Project. I was just so happy to be her subject for post #2. I even baked her a pie!Image

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Later that day, Elizabeth and I ventured to Garland to see Kate in her new part time job at the Generator Coffee Shop! The place was beautiful. A dream, really! It makes me so happy knowing that Lindsey made her dream come true by becoming the owner of this amazing space! I am kicking myself for not accepting the cook position she offered me! Even Kate looks so cute in her little apron! ImageImage

Elizabeth and I ventured around Garland’s seemingly ghost townish square. I bought a Pyrex pie plate, feed bag apron, and green glass insulator at a neighboring antique store. The ladies were so nice! I could have seriously talked to them about baking for hours! ImageImageImage

Sunday and Labor Day were exactly what they should have been: relaxing and full of pie. My friend Jessica wowed us all with a homemade brisket that could easily put any and all of the BBQ joints in town to shame! She marinated it in PBR! It was a hispter brisket!

After such a good day and perfect weekend, 25 is not scaring me as much. Actually, I am very excited to see where the next year will take me! Travel, growing my blog, and being even more adventurous in the kitchen are at the top of the list!

I’ve achieved more than I ever thought I could in the last year! And there is still so much more I have yet to do! Even all of my birthday wishes came true!

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I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend! It was most definitely one for the books. Now it’s time to celebrate just a little more!

Over the Weekend: Food Food Food

I probably have talked about my 3 favorite F words: fun, friends, and food. Usually, I don’t really have one without the other. I’d say the weekend encompassed all three, but placed the most emphasis on FOOD.

Finally finally finally I joined the CSA I had been meaning to for quite some time. My friend Elizabeth are going to split the $100 a month cost. This is a good thing in so many ways, plus I don’t think I could eat that many veggies in one week, even if I wanted to! Besides our huge share box, we picked up a few other things at the market, including farm fresh eggs, gluten free and all natural dog treats, and my favorite sunflower sprouts from another local farm. What a beautiful haul! And all organic and locally grown!

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The market day did not stop there! My friend Jessica and I adventured to Plano. She was on the search for some special pistachios. We found them at a Persian market nestled between a swimming lessons store and an auto garage. The little shop was filled with so many interesting things! Saffron rock candy anyone? I made it home with poppy seeds, red lentils, chickpea flour, dried squash seeds, orange blossom honey, fresh dill, sheep cheese (OMG!), and the biggest bag of basmati rice. I can’t wait to turn that rice bag into a purse!….give me about a year!

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I love getting to sample and purchase a variety of foods from all over. Sometimes from my own backyard, others way over on the other side of the world, it’s always an experience for me and my taste buds!

The rest of the weekend was filled with planning what to make with all my delicious new foods, pool time, and Breaking Bad theory discussion. I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

*If you are interested in joining a CSA and live in the North Texas Area, consider Earthwise. Find out more information here!

DIY: All Chalked Up

During my semester very brief stint as an art student, I learned that when it comes to painting (like studio art), I have no talent whatsoever. I actually suck at various forms of art, certainly but not limited to painting and drawing. I can paint a mean wall though! And do kindergarten crafts that would make any classroom look like a dream!

About a month ago I bought a can of chalkboard paint. I am still not sure what I was intending on painting, but checked out with the blind hope that I’d find something if not anything and everything. Seriously, I love chalkboard paint so much. I really have to restrain myself when it comes to DIYing. Like a kid in a GD candy store! It’s everything it’s chalked up to be. Isn’t that a saying? Punny!

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So about a few days less than a month ago, I found something to cover in chalkboard paint. That happened real fast. I bought these shelves from Ikea 2 years ago and never hung them up. When I say shelves I really just mean unfinished and unpainted wooden boards that you attach to the wall with brackets. I got 2 that were the same size and 1 big one. Once I got home, I figured out that I would never actually hang that big boy up, so they sat in the corner of my bedroom for 2 years!

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Needless to say, he was painted. All I was really waiting for was chalk! I bought some on my way home from work with the intention of sprucing that plank up, just in time for my first wine night of the year!

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Before starting, I went to Pinterest to find help about chalking. I found a  post on Indie Parade that was super helpful, though it didn’t really work for me. They did give me some lettering inspiration! I ended up drawing freehand, as you’ll be able to tell from my “caligraphy”. It has been many moons since the days when I made super cute “Shake your Fanny & Vote for Annie” StuCo posters… Here is what you will need for your chalking endeavor:

paper towels

a small bowl of water

q-tips

chalk

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I read somewhere, sometime ago that wetting your chalk makes it easier to write with. Oh man, am I sure glad I read that somewhere, sometime ago! It really does!

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Write your little heart out! If you mess up, those q-tips and paper towels dipped in water are your magic erasers! No one will ever be able to tell that you accidentally wrote whine instead of wine! (I swear I haven’t had any yet! And we do more bitching than whining haha!)

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If not straight from the bottle, we like to drink out of mason jars…..plus, I only took 4 wine glasses when dividing the dishes before the official Pearl House split.

I hope all of y’all have a lovely Thursday evening! May it be filled with quality friends. I wish I could say the same for my wine choices!

XOXO

Wednesday Wishlist 7.31

Just because I haven’t posted any new kitchen creations or DIY attemps does not mean I plan on leaving y’all hangin’! I swear, These days my life has been consumed with cardboard, basically the new floor covering in my room.

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Here are the more recent things I have been wanting/wishing for:

1. July to be over with. Come on August 1st! Good thing this wish will actually be coming true, and much sooner rather than later. 16 more hours to go! Then only 34 more days til my birthday and the -er months!

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2. A fancy shmancy juicer that won’t break on me. So in an attempt to eat better, my cousin and her husband have embarked on a 15 day juicing cleanse detox journey. I know I know, She’s jumping on the whole #juice4life #eatingclean #organicordie bandwagon. I can hear myself making fun of me now, but after all the pizza and takeout I have eaten over the past week (it must be an unwritten rule of moving) a 15 day lifestyle of eating only fruits & veggies and other good things sounds really nice.

Oh yeah, Brandon decided to start up a blog. His sense of humor may be dry, but his posts will leave your taste buds feeling otherwise! Everything they make sounds really good! I just wish there were more pictures.

Beside the point. I want this juicer.

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But with my budget, I should probably go for the 850 Watt juicer instead.

3. A Dream Work Space. One of TxSC’s sponsors this year is Squarespace, a website design company. So of course with any creative conference, there is going to be a contest hosted by the sponsor.

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This contest calls for an Instagram or Tweet of your workspace…. Sadly this made me realize that I do not have an actual work space! And my surplus desk at my real job is in no way pleasing to the eye.

I started a Pinterest Inspiration Board yesterday to gather ideas and visualize how I would like my space to look (though much of my work is done in the kitchen). I can’t wait to slowly piece together this dream! The following are the just a few from my board.

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Man, I really love chalkboards!

Only a few more days til Austin! So excited!!

Over the Weekend: This is the End

And I am not talking about the movie currently in theaters. ( I always type theatre. Thanks almost French degree!)

This weekend, we moved almost everything out of the Pearl House. All that remains are our beds, some dishes, a dog, and 2 ladies. I will apologize once more for the lack of posting frequency this week. Hopefully on Monday I will return with some great Texas Style Council and moving stories!

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I am excited to share all the information I will learn with you guys, as well as pictures of my new space as it comes together.

Hope you all have a lovely week!