Marlow loves to go in the car. He barely fits. We have to put all the seats down in the back to get him in there. Then he drools all over me because he is so excited. We took him for a big walk around town lake. The weather is warm and all the turtles have come out to bask in the sun. I love those damn turtles. Marlow wants to smooch them, but they all plop back in the water if he gets too close. We give Marlow a bath every two weeks. He doesn't put up too much of a fight. He will walk in and out of the bathtub all by himself...like a big boy. I'm a proud momma.
I took four of these this weekend and they all turned out the same way. We are happy, excited, nervous, anxious, nauseous and generally freaked out. It's really early but too exciting not to share the news. Happy Easter!
...Drew and I will be on a plane to NYC. My lovely friend Lola will be getting married. We are going to see old friends, new babies, stay in a fabulous hotel and eat till we can't eat anymore. I can't wait.
This is the straw hat I am madly in love with. I'm thinking about using my Anthropologie gift card to buy it, but with all things at Anthropologie...it is ridiculously priced. I am already imagining me and the hat tending to the vegetable garden or bouncing around the Florida keys. What do you think?
Drew and I had a really great weekend. It is starting to officially feel like spring in Texas and I love it. We took Marlow to the dog park for the Great Dane meet up. He was able to play with all of his Great Dane friends, and finally got in the water on his own. He is a big boy now. We went for a long bike ride. We planted our flowers, herbs and tomatoes. Here is the list of what was planted: Tomatoes: Yellow Pear, Juliet, Big Beef, Sun Gold Herbs: Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Cilantro, and Basil Flowers: Lavender, Ranaculous, and some mix flower seeds I don’t remember the name of. The Ranaculous is the yellow flower you see below. That is the type of flower I wore in my hair the day I got married. I love them. This plant will be especially babied.
Drew and I had to go to IKEA to replace some plates that had broken. We grabbed a bag of their frozen Swedish meatballs, gravy, and a jar of the lingon berry sauce because they are cheap and yummy. I paired it with some sautéed swiss chard with cannellini beans so I could feel like I was at least eating something fresh and healthy. Drew was incredible and ate about twenty of those damn meatballs. He is a fatty.
The new season of Top Chef started. Drew and I recorded it and watched it last night. This season looks really good. I already have a TV crush on the little Australian guy. He needs to stay around awhile for my viewing pleasure. Some people have amazingly awesome jobs. I would give just about anything to have Gail or Padma’s position. So jealous.
Drew made the beautiful dinner you see above. He is currently on spring break and due to this, I “volunteered” him to make dinner all week. Last night was really great. Drew made steaks with a balsamic, and mushroom cream sauce. Then I assisted with the asparagus and the little pan-fried potatoes…because I am a control freak. After dinner we ate Ding-Dongs and then fell asleep on the couch while watching the Dark Crystal. In other words…Drew’s spring break is totally bitchin.
Drew and looked for heirloom tomato plants this weekend. We found a place that will sell us some 4-inch tall baby plants. They have several different varieties. We are going to plant them next weekend along with some herbs. I am very excited about eating some yummy tomatoes this summer. I just wish I had a huge backyard so I could do some serious vegetable growing.
This is the tomato salad we ate with our steaks last night Yum. Robert had made this for us last weekend. We loved it so much I had to make it immediately. Sliced heirloom tomatoes, sliced mozzarella, basil, a generous sprinkling of salt and then the whole plate is drizzled with a dressing that has garlic, oregano, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar and olive oil. The leftovers are currently sitting in the fridge soaking up all that juicy dressing. I will have to knock drew out if he eats it all and doesn’t save me any. Seriously.
Cassi’s Market is a new trendy little grocery store in town. A few months back a local magazine voted their sugar cookies (with a thin layer of trippy icing) as one of the top 50 things to eat while in Austin. I have been trying to get my hands on these little buggers for a while now, but they have always been sold out. Today was my lucky day. Ours ended up being a little on the dry side. Perhaps they were a day or two old. I could see the potential for greatness if they were fresh though. I had to post a picture because they look totally dope.
The sky chair you see above has never been hung…until now. I purchased it with my first real paycheck when I was 16 years old. I worked at McDonald’s with my friend Michelle. We wore visors, smelled like toasted buns and often cried outside in the parking lot because we hated our job so much. I purchased the chair at the annual Renaissance Festival. Michelle and I would go only to eat artichokes and stare at the totally hot insult guy that had tomatos thrown at him. Ahh…memories. 14 years later my totally hot husband finally hangs it up for me. He is wonderful (and MUCH cuter than the nerdy renaissance guy).
I'm working on a new sewing project. I will be attempting to make wide leg pajama pants from a super soft old pair of sheets. The pattern is from Amy Butler. She is a sewing/fabric goddess. I cut the pattern out last weekend (see above). My wonderful sewing buddy, Christene, is coming over tonight to help me put it together. Since she is so wonderful I will be making her some dinner as a thank you.
Wow. Drew and I went Roller Skating last night. The place you see in the picture above has an adult’s only skate night on Tuesday. We had SO much fun. It was completely terrifying at first because I had completely forgotten how to roller-skate. There are no pictures of us in action because we were so wobbly we were afraid we would fall and break the camera. We got the hang of it towards the end though, and we now want to come every Tuesday. Except next time we want matching hot pants and a killer skating routine down. Its gonna be so badass.
I went grocery shopping for the week last night at Central Market. Central Market is the shiznit. Here is the menu for the week.
Tuesday: Shrimp and Grits (with Key West Pink Shrimp) Wednesday: Summer Tortellini: Tortellini stuffed with cheese and arugula, topped with corn, tomato, basil and crisped prociutto Thursday: Juicy Steaks with an heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad on the side Friday: Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry with Brown Rice.
An early variety of heirloom tomato’s arrived at the store. A little taste of the summer months to come…I can’t wait.