Monday, June 30, 2014


Our weekend was filled with summer events and birthday parties. We went to a birthday party Saturday and Sunday. One was a true summertime pool party with hot dogs, Doritos, Coca-cola and cupcakes on the menu. The other was a miniature-themed birthday with tiny tacos, a mini-fruit plate and baby Coronas. After the partying was over we checked on the bee hives, which were busy with activity. One hive was filled to the brim with honey, and the new hive was looking healthy. We're planning to go back into the hives this weekend to be sure they're doing well and to collect some honey.

Friday, June 27, 2014

gregory alan isakov

I've followed Gregory Alan Isakov's music for awhile now. However, as much as I love his other albums I think the most recent album, The Weatherman, has quickly become my favorite. In particular the song "Suitcase of Sparks" and "She Always Takes It Black." It's pretty much all I've been listening to lately. I am always more than happy to wear out an album that I love. Hope you enjoy it too, and if you're lucky enough to be on his tour stops let me know what you think. I've sadly missed him every time he has performed in Austin!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


I love writing cards to friends and particularly enjoy a beautiful or clever piece of stationary, so when I came across Emily McDowell's cards here I was so excited. I can't wait to order a few to send to friends that can appreciate a lovingly awkward statement.

 A few favorites via Emily's site...
Awkward Thinking of You Card
awkward thinking of you

Awkward Birthday Card
awkward birthday card

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

richard curtis

I had an extra day tacked to the end of our NOLA vacation and while I planned for it to be productive, it didn't work out that way. Instead I decided to comb through the movies and television written by Richard Curtis. Have you ever found a writer you feel a kinship towards based on their body of work? I was thinking about how much I love Curtis' movies such as Bridget Jone's Diary, Love Actually, Notting Hill and About Time. While searching through his IMDB profile page I noticed he also wrote one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes "Vincent and the Doctor." I re-watched the episode, and it was as good as I remembered if not better. Plus this time I noticed the heartfelt dialogue that is what I associate with Curtis' work. I particularly am found of his references to love and hope; they are always worked into his pieces in an extremely genuine way.

Richard Curtis with two of my other favorites Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy.
Richard Curtis and Domhnall Gleeson - 'About Time' Premieres in NYC
Source: Rob Kim/Getty Images North America

Monday, June 23, 2014


We traveled to New Orleans last week to celebrate Ryan's aunt's birthday and enjoy a mini holiday together. Ryno had never been to New Orleans before, so it was exciting to show him around some of the places I visited as a kid while living in Baton Rouge. We also made a pit stop to see the old Baton Rouge home; it's funny how something can look so different yet also be very familiar.

Our schedule for the weekend was fairly simple and relaxed, which is our ideal way to see a city. We drove from Austin, picked up Ryno's aunt and enjoyed our first dinner in the Garden District. The next day we spent in and around the French Quarter seeing all the "must-see" sites. On Saturday we stayed in the Garden District and enjoyed a self-guided walking tour of homes.

For me one of the unexpected and happy additions to the trip was running into an old friend who was also visiting NOLA over the weekend. Also, on the way home we intentionally ran into another set of friends to watch team USA play Portugal in the World Cup over dinner.

Friday, June 13, 2014

turnpike troubadours

One of the bands that frequently plays on our local Austin country station is The Turnpike Troubadours. I am a big fan of their song "Every Girl;" it's hard not to sing along to it when it plays. I hope you enjoy it! Also, Happy Father's Day Weekend to my dad and all you dads out there!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

the cob

It's National Corn on the Cob Day! Somewhat by chance Ryan and I grilled corn on the cob last night from my newest cookbook obsession, Summer Food. We made three dishes, all from the Summer Food cookbook, but the biggest hit was in fact the Grilled Corn Salad. The most exciting thing about the recipes we prepared is that we were able to use food from our CSA share and from our garden for all three recipes! If you enjoy grilling out with fresh vegetables and fish, this is a great guide!

images of summer food cookbook

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

sno cone season

Over the weekend we spent some time with our friends that are moving away from Austin. We checked out Star Bar and Easy Tiger and enjoyed a sweet treat of watermelon and banana sno cones...delicious!

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Sadly another dear friend is leaving Austin for a new home on the East coast. It seems to be a trend with our friends here; eventually they all head back East. The good thing is it's a problem easily solved with a short little trip on an airplane. So tonight we're going to knock out some of her "Austin Bucket List" and share some farewell drinks. Luckily, she's picked places I've never visited either, so I'll share the details tomorrow. Until then some summer inspiration!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

maker faire

Have you heard the President is hosting a Maker Faire at the White House on June 18th? I came across this brief informational video today and discovered the idea was originally announced in February of this year. As someone who makes/designs things for a living, I think it's a really exciting idea. I can't wait to see what artisans are included in the event!

Monday, June 2, 2014


It was a beautiful weekend here, so we spent the weekend checking out some fun spots that we've never visited before. We also broke out our new, blue swim suits to explore some great swimming holes.