What a whirlwind week! I went down to Florida for some family time! My sister‘s mother-in-law rented a house in Key West and was kind enough to invite me to come stay with them for a couple of days. My parents came too, so it was a rare chance for everyone to hang out (we missed Matt though!!). The weather was wonderful and we had a blast exploring Duval St., snorkeling, eating seafood, and splashing around in the hot tub. Some snaps:
An awesome tree:
The original four:
Conch fritters and fresh mango!
The crazy cat man and his trained cats:
Appetizer hoping for Valentines day
Wine that I loved from our honeymoon:
I came home on Saturday evening just in time to catch two of my college friends visiting Dallas! We had an epic girls night complete with cocktails, dinner at Mesero Miguel, dancing at The Dram, and a loong Sunday brunch.
The past week has been ridiculously fun, and I’m so thankful I was able to spend time with both family and friends. I’m pretty excited for a quiet week with lots of sleep and salad.
Talk soon.Read More
Lots and lots of good eats and fun with friends with weekend! Friday was warm and beautiful outside, so I met my friend Liz and her new pug (!) for a drink on the patio at Common Table just as the sun was setting. I love dusk!
I had a hearty brown ale. Matt met up with us, and after saying goodbye to Liz, we continued on to dinner at new burger bar. Grub is in a bit of a random location in the bottom of an office building, but it’s cheap and the menu looked great, so I wanted to give it a try.
I can highly recommend the burgers and the service, although I would skip the four dollar rita next time – tasted like mellow yellow with no trace of tequila!
Our friends had a ridiculous set-up, so I spent the evening in this recliner:)
Hope yall had a good one too. See ya.Read More
Hosting Christmas in Dallas was a blast, but boy am I exhausted. Matt’s parents and sister and my parents and sister, husband, and family were all here!! Everyone arrived on Christmas Eve, so I prepped a big spread of food in the townhouse where they were staying. We were up late eating appetizers and drinking beer, hot apple cider, and egg nog (I thought the almond kind was pretty good with bourbon!). I made bbq pork shoulder in the crockpot for the main course along with cornbread and quinoa salad. For dessert, we had an ice cream sundae bar and some of the goodies I baked.
Christmas morning, we had mimosas and french toast and then opened presents. We did a gift exchange this year instead of buying gifts for everyone, and I think it worked out really well!
We hosted Christmas dinner in our apartment, and made all the usuals: maple glazed ham (my first, and it turned out fabulously), corn pudding, pineapple sweet potato casserole, bacon green beans, cinnamon apples, and rolls. I made the casseroles ahead of time and then everyone came over for cocktail hour and helped with the rest of the cooking so I didn’t have to do all the work:)
Mazen stayed busy with snacks.
I made a chocolate bourbon pecan pie and a peppermint ice cream pie for dessert!
The two days after Christmas were filled with more beer drinking and hanging out in Dallas.
We went bowling at a cool vintage alley in the design district.
And we took our siblings out for craft cocktails at a neighborhood bar called The Standard Pour.
We also had awesome weather and fit in some nice walks. Our last night ended with pomegranate margaritas and a trip to The Common Table for a wonderful dinner.
I was so sad to see everyone go today, but just thrilled that they made the trip to Dallas to spend Christmas with us! Matt has the whole next week off from work, so we decided to drive down to New Orleans for a New Year’s road trip. I’ve got to push through this sleepiness and pack my bags so we can hit the road in the morning! Hope yall had as merry a Christmas as I did!!Read More
I had two more parties this weekend, so I baked on Saturday! Confession: I used Trader Joe’s gingerbread cookie dough because it’s awesome and easy. I cut each round of dough in two and pressed the balls into mini cupcake holders to make gingerbread cups.
And because I love Icing, I whipped up some ‘buttercream’ and put dollops in the middle. Mmmmm.
I loved these and think I’ll make them again for Christmas. I just ordered new icing tips too, so I can make better dollops!
After filling the apartment with wonderful smells of gingerbread, I finally finished decorating our tree! How funny is that one tall branch at the top? I can’t decide if I should trim it or leave it.
We ventured out to our first party of the night – a going away gathering for our friends who are moving to Paris!
I brought the gingerbread cups, but there were all kinds of goodies!
After 2 rounds of drinks and conversation, we headed to our second stop – a Christmas party hosted by my college roomie. Here’s Matt with his bff Chris!
There was lots more good food, this time with a Mexican twist – pork tamales and the best guacamole ever from Mi Cocina (as in a restaurant here in Dallas, not my actual kitchen:))
I met so many new people and chatted for hours!
Matt and I finally walked home at 1:30 after helping clean up millions of beer bottles. Miraculously, I was able to sleep until TEN this morning, so I didn’t feel that tired today. It was a lazy Sunday, but Matt and I took a long afternoon stroll because the weather was gorgeous.
I’m ready for a productive week and then it’s time for two weeks of family, holiday food, and pure relaxation. Night!Read More
I had a very festive weekend! We stayed in on Friday and took it easy because Saturday was Matt’s company party at the Ritz!
We got all dressed up and I finally dug out the purse I bought on our last day in Italy.
I had kinda forgotten about it and it was still stuffed with Italian newspaper!
We joined some of Matt’s coworkers for a drink and then walked over to the Ritz. It looked beautiful!
They had an entire casino set up and we all got play money. The guys wanted to play craps, so I tried my best to learn the rules.
I did ok and even walked away with more chips than I started with! I was confused a lot of the time though, and after two bourbon and sours I just kinda pretended I knew what was going on:)
I worked up an appetiteand was so excited to see three different buffet lines – there was a fajita station, Texas bbq station, and a Mediterranean station. I hadn’t been expecting much from the food, but it was awesome!!!! Loved the lamb with hummus and pecans and the little pastrami sandwiches.
And a separate room for dessert!
We ended up going out to a local bar afterwards and we stayed out past 2, so by body wasn’t too happy with me this morning. We rallied with french toast and a trip to the gym though, and then ventured out in the 20 degree temps to get a Christmas tree. The cold front is actually making me so happy because I know this is just temporary and there’s not a New England winter ahead of me!
Home Depot was sold out, so we went to Lowe’s and found a cute 6 footer!
It was wet and icy from the storm this week, so I’m gonna let it dry off tonight – can’t wait to decorate it tomorrow though. In years past we’ve always travelled for Christmas and bought a tabletop tree, so I’m excited to have a full-size tree this year!
See ya.Read More