Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekending

We had a low key but great weekend that kicked off with an 8:30 bedtime for me on Friday night.  #wildchild  It was pretty blissful!  Today I’m linking up for the first time with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending.

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Saturday morning we met our friends Paul & Dianne for an early brunch at Dream Cafe.  It was so good to catch up with them, and we had good food, good coffee, and good conversation!  It was a perfect start to our Saturday. 

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After our brunch, we braved Northpark for just a little bit for me to take back some shoes.  I found a cute skirt at Gap and thankfully my sister steered me in the right direction when I sent her an urgent text asking what I should wear with it.  I really wish she lived near me sometimes and could just be my personal shopper! The picture is not the best, but it has small blue and white stripes.  It is so comfy and I think it will be perfect for the 4th! 

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On Saturday afternoon, we met our wonderful realtor to look at some houses.  This was our first time looking, and it was pretty preliminary since we aren’t looking to move until later this year, but it was definitely good to get out and see some of our preferred areas in person as opposed to the listings we’ve been looking at online.  It was an encouraging afternoon and we feel like we will be able to find the right house for us soon! 

Sunday morning our church service was full of patriotic music, American flags, and even fireworks!  It was quite a show and so very festive.  Todd Starnes from FNC spoke, and we enjoyed hearing him.  I texted this picture to my sister during the offertory of the SIX pianos on stage.  I told her she needed to be there and add piano #7!  Not only do I wish she lived closer for clothes advice, if she lived here then she could serenade me with her awesome piano skills all the time :)

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Sunday afternoon brought not one but TWO naps, which was quite amazing.  We watched our favorite Sunday night program these days of Food Network Star.  Does anyone else watch?  My mom and sisters and I get so fired up to watch this every summer.  Our fingers get quite the workout during the show with texts flying back and forth for the entire hour. 

And now it is Monday of a short week!  I can’t wait to see my family this weekend to celebrate the 4th! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bullets on a Friday

  • I picked up my book for our book club earlier this week!  Can’t wait to dive into this little guy this weekend.  Hope you’re planning to join us for the first edition of Blogger Bookworms :) 
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  • Today I’m having lunch with a friend, and tomorrow Austin and I are going to brunch with some friends from A&M who have recently moved back to the DFW area – I’m so excited about both! 
  • We are also tentatively planning on looking at some houses tomorrow afternoon – I think I’m equal parts nervous and excited about that. 
  • My dad was in town for a meeting one day earlier this week, and Austin and I got to meet him for lunch.  I made us BLTs, and then I remembered how much I love a good BLT!  These were my first ones to make of the summer, and that is definitely going to have to be more of a regular occurrence.  Next time I’m going to have to add basil mayo back into my life for sure. 
  • I made some zucchini bread with oatmeal, raisins, and walnuts this morning, and the whole apartment is smelling so good right about now. 
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  • Last week on our road trip to Louisiana, I devoured my July Southern Living.  I think I tore out more pages than I left in for my “inspiration folder.”  I died over Lindsay Bierman’s home and the feature on P.Allen Smith’s Arkansas farm.  So amazing.  We are trying one of the pasta salad recipes from SL tonight for supper as well – hope it turns out tasty!
Have a happy Friday!

Monday, June 23, 2014

#EmHenGeauxsBurch & NOLA Weekend

Austin and I are back in Dallas after a whirlwind weekend in south Louisiana that started bright and early on Friday morning.  One of my best friends from law school got married in Baton Rouge on Friday night, and we spent the rest of the weekend in New Orleans after attending her beautiful wedding. 

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Loved getting to catch up with some of my law school friends!

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Saturday morning we hit the road for the short trip from BR to NOLA and barely made our brunch reservations at the Court of Two Sisters.  We had to make a non-negotiable stop at the best coffee shop ever on our way out of town – CC’s!  Oh how I wish these existed in Dallas.  This was one of two delightful cafe au laits that we enjoyed this weekend. 

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Thankfully, we still made it to NOLA just in the nick of time for our reservation, and we then proceeded to have quite the brunch feast while enjoying one amazing courtyard.  I’m not sure much else is as quintessentially New Orleans as that courtyard.  These are just two of many plates.   

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We wandered around the French Quarter for a little while before checking into our hotel and enjoying the nice cool air conditioning for the hottest part of the afternoon.  Austin had never been to NOLA, so we went back out later that afternoon for some more walking.  We ended up at Drago’s and ate my favorite oysters in all the world for an afternoon snack. 

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After going through all of my pictures, I’m kicking myself for not getting a picture of our Saturday night dinner with my GJ and her husband at one of my favorite NOLA restaurants.  We had a wonderful dinner with them at Cafe Degas and loved getting to visit, catch up, and hear about her next big adventure -  she goes on the best trips.  I’m so sad we didn’t get a picture!

Sunday morning we made it a point to arrive at our last stop – Cafe Du Monde – early to try and beat the crowds and the heat.  The cafe au lait was as good as ever, and of course the beignets were such a treat.

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Beignets and cafe au lait definitely take the cake for the best road trip fuel ever.  We took in some early morning views of Jackson Square before we hit the road for the long drive back to Dallas. I’m getting full just typing up this post and looking at all the delicious food we ate this weekend.  A week of veggies and little else is probably in order! 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Introducing: Blogger Bookworms!

I am thrilled to tell y’all about this exciting little summer link up Katelyn and I have been collaborating on for the past few weeks!  We are both major book lovers, and we thought it would be fun to host a virtual book club link up for all of our fabulous blog friends.

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We’re going to ease into this and just plan on a July book and an August book for now.  Our schedule is listed below, so we can all go ahead and mark down these dates in our cute little blog planning printables & planners. 

Wednesday, July 9: link up to let us know you’ll be participating in July 

Wednesday, July 23: link up to share your answers to a list of questions about the July book that we will share [We’ll announce Katelyn’s pick for the August book on this date as well!]

Wednesday, August 6: link up to let us know you’ll be participating in August

Wednesday, August 20: link up to share your answers to a list of questions about the August book that we will share

And here is our first book of the summer!  I must confess my top three reasons for picking this book – it is written by a fellow Emily, the book cover matches my blog, and the book is set in Texas.  Done and done! 

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We do hope you’ll grab yourself a copy of The One & Only (or download it if you are super hip and read books on a screen) and link up with us for our first go at this in July!  Happy reading!  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June Supper Club & Father’s Day

It was our turn to host supper club this month, and we had a fun night of Italian food, Skip Bo, and dominoes with three fourths of our supper club on Saturday night.  We were missing one couple, but  as I’m sure y’all know, summers can get really busy really fast!  Couple that with the fact that everyone in our supper club is either house hunting, settling into a newly purchased house, or house selling, and it becomes nearly impossible to find a time when all four couples are free. 

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I topped these caprese bites with some pesto before serving – they were so simple and I’ve loved munching on the leftovers so far this week.  Our main course was spaghetti and meatballs, salad, and breadsticks.  

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Then, my personal favorite of the night – we had tiramisu for dessert.  I was a little nervous about this because I had never made it before, but I was pleased with how it turned out.  I used this recipe, and I highly recommend it! 

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I also apparently continued our supper club tradition of taking way too many pictures of the table and no pictures of the people!  Lindsay did snap one of me and Austin towards the end of the night, but I’ve got to do better on getting some group shots at the beginning of the night.  Well Trip did steal my camera and take some pictures… let’s say they were very artsy and not very in focus so none of those are making the blog this time!   

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On Sunday we got a text while we were at church that Austin’s parents were going to be passing through Dallas on their way home from a wedding in Mississippi around lunch time, so we were able to have lunch with them on Father’s Day!  We had a tasty lunch at Peggy Sue’s BBQ, and it was such a treat to get to see them for a little bit on Sunday.

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Katelyn and I have an exciting announcement for y’all tomorrow about a fun summer project we’ve been working on, so be sure to stop by and check that out tomorrow! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

5 on Friday – Vol. 37

Happy Friday to all of you and to the lovely hostesses of 5 on Friday - A.Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm, The Good Life, and Hello Happiness!

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This is going to be a very green 5 on Friday, I’ll just warn you now.  I’m not sure what exactly is bringing on my latest obsession, but all I want to do is plant flowers and herbs and have an outdoor space larger than our teeny apartment porch.  Actually, now that I think about it, my visit to my parents’ house last weekend is probably the catalyst for this obsession.

{one} I mean look what my mom had sitting next to her sink all weekend – all of those beauties are from their yard!

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{two} I got sidetracked while we were taking some of these pictures on the porch and wound up obsessing over their caladiums for a good five minutes.  I adore caladiums.  Our church put some in their beds recently, and I got so excited walking into the building a few Sundays ago. 

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{three}  Don’t even get me started on the herbs.  I just can’t make this kind of magic on a mosquito-infested porch that doesn’t get a whole lot of sunlight. 

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{four} Hot pink hydrangeas.  I can’t even begin to imagine how delighted I would be to have these growing right outside my door!  One thing is for sure, when we have the space and I learn the first tiny bit about growing plants, I sure will appreciate it after being deprived for all these years of apartment living.  I’m hoping that the green thumb that both of my parents clearly have is genetic.  I’m also pretty glad that I have a landscaper for a brother-in-law just in case it is not!

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{five} Somehow, not really all that much of a surprise given my obvious train of thought, I came home from Trader Joe’s last night with a basil plant and some pretty flowers for our supper club on Saturday night.  If only I had the luxury of going out into my yard to find a centerpiece.  Fingers crossed I can keep the basil alive at least long enough to harvest some for our appetizer. 

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Moral of this blog post: be ready for lots of adventures in landscaping and gardening once we hopefully find our next home in a few short months. Ok, now I just remembered that my mom grew lettuce one fall and we had a salad made out of it at Thanksgiving.  Maybe that will be how I dive into gardening this fall? 

Happy Friday - hope your weekend is full of tasty herbs and pretty summer flowers!  I’m looking forward to a fun weekend with this one (we’ll just pretend that is our front porch). 

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Oh, and I can’t let this week completely pass me by without documenting Austin’s oh-so-bloggable (<—first blog post ever) moment at the Rangers game earlier this week… he caught a foul ball!  He is literally the luckiest person I know, so I’m not even surprised.  Thank goodness we stayed until the very end of the 9th inning (hence the empty stadium).  He would want me to be sure and tell you that he actually caught it, and it didn’t even touch the ground.  I’ve never been prouder ;)   

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mary Katherine’s Graduation Weekend

We had so much fun (and took so many pictures!) this past weekend that I couldn’t even get my act together and get this blog post done on Monday, but here I am to recap my little sister’s high school graduation.  I cannot believe she is going to college in mere months!

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All of our grandparents came to town for the big event, and it was wonderful to get to spend some time visiting and playing cards with them this weekend as we celebrated Mary Katherine. 

The graduation ceremony was on Saturday morning, and we were so proud of MK graduating #3 in her class, doing a wonderful job singing the national anthem with the choir, and giving the benediction.  Once it was over we all came back to Mom and Dad’s house for a party! 

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The party theme was all things Aggie since MK is headed to College Station to attend Texas A&M in the fall (Whoop!). 

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That water was so delicious – I wish I had a giant vat of it sitting around at all times.  MK made ice cubes with lemons, strawberries, and mint.  We enjoyed some delicious barbecue and some amazing desserts.   The maroon and white cake has to be my favorite- I just die over that little bunting on top and the fact that the cake had maroon and white inside!  Mom also made some tiny chocolate pies that were to die for and some fun sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches.

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Saturday afternoon after the party was so relaxing and fun as we sat around visiting with the grandparents.  We played Skip Bo and Shanghai that afternoon/evening, and it was just the best day.  We watched the Belmont and were so sad that California Chrome didn’t pull off the Triple Crown win! 

By Sunday all of my grandparents had left, but Melanie and Austin and I were all still there to go to church and have lunch before Austin and I had to head back to Dallas.  We ate another giant and wonderful meal after church for lunch and then we hit the road.  I am always sad to leave my favorite place and my favorite people, but we will be back in just a few weeks!  This weekend was a perfect celebration for Mary Katherine, and we are so excited (and slightly jealous!) for her as she gets ready to head to Aggieland in just a few months. 

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