Ok Fall Allergies, you win! We made the absolute most of the insanely beautiful weather this weekend, but now I’m paying the price. I’m surrounded by a cloud of used tissues and my nose looks like Rudolph’s. I love fall, but fall in Texas makes me really work for it. Clearly that didn’t stop us from eating the most amazing food and taking a nice ride through the city.
And now onto the week. Hey October, I’m glad you’re here.
The hubs and I continued to celebrate our 10th Anniversary with dinner at our new favorite restaurant, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop. I Suwannee! It was delicious…which doesn’t adequately describe it. But it wasn’t just the food; it was the entire experience. We enjoyed a perfectly paced 5-course meal (over 2 hours!) infused with curious combinations and unexpected epicurean creations and upon being seated our waiter brought us a bottle of champagne — a gift from two very-classy, thoughtful friends. I can’t wait to pay that one forward — what a fantastic surprise!
It seems like B is back in school again because he is spending so much time studying these days, but did you know in order to become a licensed architect it’s not enough to complete a degree you then have to take an exam for licensure. Oh — or S E V E N exams. He’s passed one already and has his second scheduled for two weeks, thus his nose being stuck in
a book his computer.
We continued celebration on Sunday with a quick lunch with my Pop. Good times.
And now on with the week…
While hanging around our hometown we visited old places and new. We seriously blew our food-budget for the month, but it was worth it! Cafe Brasil is an old neighborhood stand-by… especially this time of year when we can sit in the back courtyard and enjoy this perfect spring weather. Local (on Upper Kirby) was new for us and has a great vibe — fun atmosphere and the best part — within walking distance! After our zoo date — we decided to stick around the museum district and try some Southern Fare at Lucille’s. According to their website, Lucille’s is “progressive southern cooking refined by history”… and I think they’re right! Yum!
We also tried Canopy and Beavers and couldn’t stay away from our beloved Paulie’s and Little Bigs. (Did I also mentioned that I gained 10 pounds?!)
People! Spring is here…and in Texas that’s a little bit of heaven! That’s partially why I’ve not been at my computer much. But here’s a little of what I’ve been up to:
We’ve been busy around here eating too many good things…celebrating the love of my life turning 35! If you need me I’ll be in my cookie pants passed out on the floor.
Apparently eating is my Olympic event! This weekend was fast and furious. I’ve been working on Fridays, and I tell ya, that is for the birds! (But just a few more weekends — thankfully!) This past Saturday though was one of the first in a long time that we slept in as late as we wanted (or that my bladder could stand it) and then decided to make waffles (pecan waffles for the hubs). I hate the feeling of living out this 80s song, but there is something special about Saturdays. The world moves a little slower. The neighbors are a little nicer. There is no pressure and it feels great. It’s also full of project potential. This weekend’s tasks: laundry, purging the filing cabinet, finishing another ikea hack, and regrouting the shower. (Each of which is mostly done.)
Sunday brought an unexpected surprise of a friend calling on us for a quick breakfast & chat over coffee. We felt like “real” city folk as we walked through the damp, foggy morning to a neighborhood eatery and had a leisurely stroll home.
It’s going to be a big week for my day job this week, so I’m not totally looking forward to it; but, that does mean that I’m coming up on next weekend when I’ll have a visitor! Can’t wait!
It was such a long and wonderful weekend. We packed in so much — and so much good food! Let’s see… I cleaned my whole house, actually slept in on Saturday, enjoyed a jazz concert (& dinner!), read an entire book, spent a few hours at the studio, watched a Parks & Rec marathon (well just a 1/2 marathon | uh, hilarious by-the-way), and celebrated with my parents on their 41st anniversary! January is finally off to a good start — I just can’t believe we end the week in February!
These are my favorite appetizers for two reasons — they taste delicious and the presentation factor. I haven’t taken these to a party yet where someone did literally say “Wow” and inevitably someone wants the recipe. I would say they are the easiest to make since there is absolutely no cooking involved, but that’s not necessarily true. It’s only if you have a second pair of hands to hold “the package” while tying them together that this rings true. Doing them by yourself can prove to be a bit challenging if your chives are short and/or stiff. After making these little guys for 10 years now, I have found that the key to success here is a long, flexible chive. We were fortunate enough this last time to use some straight from our landlord’s garden (soft, strong, and flexible indeed).
Ingredients: The largest salami you can have sliced, Boursin Cheese (yum!), cherry tomatoes, & some sort of a chive/flexible green onion-esque thing-y.
Direction: Layer first three items then pick up sides and tie with a chive. Simple as that.
And a note — I always tell our fellow party-goers that you eat it like sushi; that is, you pop the whole thing in your mouth at one time!
The weekend started Thursday night with a visit to the Asia Society. They had an open-house-market-fair type thing. It was pretty spectacular watching a tiny lady on the floor weave the most beautiful textiles. On Friday, I worked around the house and actually baked something. It’s been 900 years since I’ve done that — and it was delicious. Then we went back to my aunt’s house to help with the move. She has to be out in just under two weeks so this is the final push! B got a call to go into work on Saturday, so our moving party got cut short. While he clicked away on a nearly 9,000 sq ft home, I caught up on some reading (and a little writing). And Sunday was actually restful for me and B whittled away at a few furniture projects he has going.
It looks like it’s another full week ahead and we’ll actually have chilly temps to accompany our second full week in November.
Yeowzer — it was a FULL weekend! I headed back to my parents on Friday. I was doing a photo shoot for some long-time family friends and getting my hair cut and colored. I decided to take advantage of the extra hands and expertise whilst in town. My mom makes THE BEST gumbo and since I have never made it myself (shocking, I know) I wanted a lesson — and to use her massive pot. (And I wanted to stock up on easy dinners!) Who knew gumbo was such a labor of love? My mom still keeps saying… no, it’s really not that much work. Good grief. We have very difference definitions of what “not that much” work is. But our efforts were fruitful and not only did I go home with a double batch but my sister (who came to ‘supervise’) also went home with a few bowls too.
Well, all of that was just Friday. Saturday morning rolled around and since the weather is nice and I’m not longer commuting 90 miles on the highway, I thought I would take off the hard top of my jeep. (Crazy right; it’s like the seasons are reversed.) But seeing as how it’s been since 2009 since I’ve had the hard top off, it’s wasn’t exactly muscle memory. But three hours later, my dad and I had the hard top safely secured and covered for the winter and all parts of the soft-top in place — ready to be folded up on the next pretty day.
After that bit of unexpected physical exercise, I met my sister at a favorite antique shop and I think I found a new (antique) armoire. I need to measure it and make sure that I LOVE it before it comes home with me. I took a picture and I’m glad I did because she and I both liked it more the second day. But I guess if it’s meant to be, it’ll still be there when I can go back to get it.
Upon arriving back home, the hubs and I had to get ready for a dinner party and we made our favorite appetizers. (I’ll share those later this week.) We stayed much later than anticipated which made it a little tough to roll out of bed for our church-filled extravaganza of a day. And then after we endured a rainstorm that should have been named, we headed to Houston’s Antique Urban Market. There were lots of interesting things to see, but it was a bit like trying on clothes when you’re feeling fat. It just wasn’t happening. We inquired about a small end table, but after a much too-high price I felt like — *meh* — whatevs.
And finally we collapsed into our respective couches around 5pm yesterday. I began editing photos and the hubs — well, I’m not quite sure what he was working on. But we ate some gumbo and then watched The Walking Dead. The perfect way to end such a full weekend!