weekend minication | dallas

October 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

We had a great weekend.
Because a work trip Taylor went on during the week returned later than expected on Friday and there was a private party monopolizing the place on Saturday, we were unable to try Fearings as we’d planned. We did experience some great drinks at bar scene late night however which alone was a treasure trove of people watching. On Saturday, after room service and massages we stopped for lunch at Eatzi’s before heading to the fair. Eatzi’s? Hello are you listening? Please come to Austin.

Did not try fried beer, but I did enjoy fried oreos!

We got the pic with Big Tex, rode the ferris wheel and met some livestock including the Grand Champion pig {or rather, barrow} named Sirius Black. Would love to meet the high school girl who named and cared for that porker. We also saw ducklings and the little pot-bellied piglets pictured above.

Oh and I won Carlton. As you can see, he enjoyed the ferris wheel too, cruised around in my purse and partook in our Saturday night take out in dinner. After the fair we visited our friends Rex and Kylee at their new house, watched some Aggie football and finally met their baby, Malley. Who sweetly took a nap in my arms.

Treats!

{4} Cookies found in our room the night we arrived. We think {or hope} they were from JD’s Chippery.

{1} For what may be a new vacation tradition, we strolled to nearby Morton’s, ordered to go, enjoying some cocktails and ambiance at the bar while we waited, and then set up dinner in our hotel room. We enjoyed the vino we’d selected from Eatzi’s and I dined in my cozies. I did not wear heels or chandelier earrings. #perfection. Take that, Dallas. Taylor served as the sommelier for the evening.

{2} Saturday morning we met Hope, Will and Devin for brunch at Bread Winner’s and the cinnamon roll I told Taylor to get as a “side” after seeing them in the front bakery was the size of a volleyball. Yet amazingly fluffy. Before savoring my eggs over medium with toast, potatoes and a bran muffin, I enjoyed all the cranberry, blueberry and banana breads they set out for the table. Bread won that day for sure.

{3} The trip home found us a Dublin Dr. Pepper {meaning made with real imperial sugar} in an unassuming bottle around, unsurprisingly, Dr. PepperLandWaco. Too bad they’re not nearly that easy to come by in Austin!

dallas. the preview.

October 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

meet carl.

Big D + State Fair

October 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

We’re going on a minication to Dallas this weekend! Excited to relax, eat and hang out at the fair. Pictures and food reviews will follow!




Spiced Beer Bread + Link Love

October 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Shiner Bock Spiced Beer Bread
INGREDIENTS
3 c. all purpose flour
4 & 3/4 t. baking powder
1 & 3/4 t. salt
spices {1 t. cinnamon + 1/4 t. nutmeg + 1/4 t. cloves}
1/2 c. brown sugar
12 fl. oz. beer
1/4 c. butter, melted
DIRECTIONS
Heat oven to 375. Lightly grease a 9×5 in baking dish. Whisk dry ingredients together. Add beer slowly and mix just until moistened. Pour into baking dish and top with melted butter. Bake 45 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Originally made this ages ago and posted it here. Revived it and added some spices. Perfect for a Saturday morning of football. Best warm, right out of the oven when the top and sides are all criiiiiispy. Serve with honey + butter.

Love me some baked goods. From a farmer’s market foray over at a great new food blog discovery that’s had me pouring through the archives the last couple of days.

More art display ideas, though I think this picture was making the pinterest rounds because of the pillows.
Speaking of art. Geoffrey Johnson. OMG. Somewhere between Caillebotte’s Rainy Day and Turner, this one here. Christmas list?

 

Murray’s Cheese shop in NYC. Be still my heart.

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News to me. Did y’all know they found an 18th Century shipwreck as they excavated the World Trade Center site?

Speaking of baking with beer. Taylor likes Hefeweizens; wonder if he’d like these cupcakes or if I’d first have to hide the fact that there was beer in them. {More tales of spousal food deception and skepticism, in addition to the above beer bread, here 1, 2, 3 and 4 } So curious to try them.

SUCH a fascinating insight into fashioning the space suit and all the historical, global, political and societal implications. Sounds weird but I promise you’ll be fascinated.

Fun new book. Awesome illustrations. Perfect for accidental learning. Just like my hero David Macaulay.

Never watched the new show Pan Am but this was a great interview of an original flight attendant about the early days of the stewardess vocation.

Mustached American of the Year Awards. Who knew? So funny. Hermain Cain is up. Go look at the site and the other nominees. Cast your vote if so inclined.

Great Gatsby is coming to the big screen! With Leo D! I’m there. It’s going to be awesome. Class field trip??

That’s all. Happy Saturday. Go make some beer bread. Bet you have all the ingredients and you won’t regret it.

welcome october | weekend wrap up

October 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Oh heavens, cool weather! Who would have ever thought it would once again not only rain but that the highs would be in the eighties?! On Sunday we woke up to the sound of rain and it was fantastic. More highlights…

What I would say a pretty successful attempt at duplicating the morning glory muffins from the coffee shop where I work. I substituted a bit of the molasses and banana for pumpkin puree. They’re filled with raisins, pecans and shredded carrots. Would have included apples had I felt like peeling and chopping them. But I didn’t. Perfect for Columbus Day morning, where I plan to soonhereafter return to bed to read. {May be reading Moby Dick for school but am telling myself that still counts as vacay.}

There is a wrinkly edge on my travel map and with most things I attemp it took about two hours longer than I expected {which is why I don’t attempt much} But a container of rubber cement, super glue, spray adhesive and mini nails later, it’s at least on the wall…

Green is where we’ve been together. Blue is where Taylor’s been and Yellow is where I have been. Blue+Yellow=Green

…get it. Clever, I know.For Meggie’s birthday party on Saturday I successfully baked and constructed my first real cake. Only to discover it was less than portable. It had a wild ride through the streets of Austin before Meg and I jostled it back together and did some icing repair. It was quite a humorous ride {after I got over my frustration with the negation of all the time spent carefully icing} as Tay gave the play by play of all the sliding action.We did not have to fork the cake out of the cake dome and the party was made complete by some fantastic friends and an A&M victory.

Back to bed with the window open to read more of Ishmael’s fated sojourn through the dark waters of Ahab’s vengeance.

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