Painting Yao Ming using a basketball. #truestory

January 26, 2012 § 1 Comment



Spiced Beer Bread + Link Love

October 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Shiner Bock Spiced Beer Bread
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
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Originally made this ages ago and posted it here.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.


June 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

These are sketches I found on One Kings Lane by a dress designer whose name I, unfortunately, lost track of! I think they’re beautiful! Simple, elegant, detailed.

I love this dress. I want this dress. It’s from a recent film festival or awards show {ugh. must do better about naming my image files with their credits}. Those buttons {mom, you already know} remind me of dresses my grandmother sewed –matching outfits for me and my dolls.

peonies + pasta: linklove

June 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Random? I love fresh flowers. Usually when I go to the grocery store, I pic up a $4 stem of five stargazer lilies that slowly bloom and make my kitchen table smell delish for at least a week. But ever since her sister accessorized my friend’s bachelorette party, I’ve been smitten with peonies. Just picked up my mint julep cups inspired by the cute girl over¬† @ lagniappe and can’t wait to fill them with peonies, pencils, makeup brushes, trinkets…. maybe even an actual mint julep considering my affection for summer sips.
I bought one that’s literally become over six inches wide. It’s fantastic.

Budget Bytes is cooking good, fresh healthy food and accounting for her spending on a budget. Including making chips in the microwave? love this girl.

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Speaking of summer sips, can’t wait to try this one.

Crafts with maps? sold.

Eat breakfast! It’s my fave. Here are some great suggestions to make this meal more manageable if you can never seem to fit it in but struggle to make it to lunch, especially adjusting to a “real” job as many of us are.

Along those lines. I plan to try this. I’ll keep you posted.

Summer snacks. Love that fruit pizza. Reminds me of the Theta house and that, along the lines of the cheddar apple melt, is a perfect example of something my mom would have come up with to get us to eat fruits and vegetables. As I grow up I’m realizing what a great job my mom did getting us to eat broccoli and carrots by letting us douse them in things like cheese and ranch dressing. Salted cucumber slices…. Ants on a log… Popsicles made with purreed fruit… and I lovedlovedloved strawberries dipped in powdered sugar. Man, I must have eaten tons of strawberries {in addition to tons of powdered sugar, velveeta and ranch dressing} and accidentally had fruit for dessert all summer long. Good job, mom.

Reenacting art. Sort of like those people who reenact their childhood photos. Maybe this is weird, disclaimer, but I think it’s cool and funny.

Stylish guys? Stylish girls who need to make presentable a less than stylish guy? Behold a pleasant and very well named resource.



humpday update

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are some of my unrelated recent musings.

1.) Reading. I read The Tiger’s Wife and thought it was fantastic. Following NPR Books, The New Yorker Fiction, The Paris Review and Penguin Books on Twitter has done wonders for my reading endeavors. I acquired a library card when we moved in to le City of Westlake and the pressure to finish the book before it’s due is lovely. Especially when they put limits on the amount of times you can renewal new fiction. #nerdproblems. I put a bunch of new fiction books on reserve then read whichever one pops up as ready first. It’s been fun. Nerdy fun, I know. I still typically buy the books I want to own cheaply from, but four years into teaching I’ve just discovered the 20% off Educator’s Discount at Barnes & Noble and also realized Costco sells tons of discounted great books.

Right now I’m 50 pages from finishing The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon who also wrote The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, about which I blogged here. Lord of Misrule is up next. 2. I like this house from Cote Texas. In fact, I love all the houses on Cote Texas. And rugs, tables, side tables, ottomans, trinket, curtain rod….

3. New specs! Previously mentioned on my spring wishlist. From Warby Parker.

4. Date night Fridays. I love them. We do not ride our bikes or wear straw fedoras and sadly I don’t know where this picture came from, but we look forward to our Fridays all week.

5. Japanese erasers are cool. These are the things we tutors {and elementary school teachers} learn. They actually are really good erasers and certainly fall into the fun school supplies category along with flare pens, neon notebook paper and colorful binder clips. It’s the little things in life that make doing what you have to do more fun. And for which I’m a sucker. One girl I tutor has a bucket full. Ice cream cones, hamburgers, penguins, a whale that I’m really envious of but that I don’t think she wants to trade me for…

6. I want to do this!

art + books + maps

January 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

What do you consider art and how should it be displayed? To me a variety of styles and frames in more of a collage is a more artistic display of art.

While something more measured, matching and precise is more along the lines of simple decor and color accents incorporation than art. I personally like the rules defying rebellious undertones of crazy pieces in mismatched frames that sill end up creating a colorful and eye catching wall.

Guess it depends on what you’re going for or what feel you’re looking to create.

To me, book covers and maps seem like fantastic wall decor. Surprised?

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