-I really, really love the Dallas restaurant scene – it’s fun and trendy and there’s always something new to try. I’m working my way through this list and have hit four thus far.
-The weather is just crazy this year with temps going up and down all the time. Kinda scares me when I think about global changes. 80 yesterday, ice today.
-It’s sad that Matt walks in the door from work and goes straight to his computer to go back to work.
-I want pizza all.the.time.
-Sometimes I just stare at pictures from our honeymoon because I can’t believe we travelled to all those beautiful places. It seems so long ago.
-How on Earth are you supposed to choose which holiday baked goods to make with all the ridiculous blog recipes out there this year? I told Matt all the things I want to bake this Christmas, and he looked at me like I was crazy and said normal people just need one dessert to go with dinner. My family is not normal.
-I’m enjoying the newish show ‘Rent or Buy’ on HGTV because I feel like that’s where we’ll be in a year or two. I’m always more attracted to the swanky downtown rentals but would love a guest room and a yard for summer cookouts.
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Happy hump. This week is flying by because it’s a short one! We’re traveling for yet another wedding this weekend! Plus, evenings have been really nice, as Matt has had a light workload and come home for dinner every night. It makes such a big difference to have a companion to dine with, and I do enjoy an after-dinner stroll. It’s still 80 here, btw.
I made sweet potato enchiladas on Sunday and then broccoli with beef on Monday. We’re getting caught up on Revenge too, so maybe one day we can watch it live.
Last night, I made Angela’s butternut mac. The texture was awesome and felt like I was eating soooo much cheese.
Speaking of texture, I need a new conditioner! Any recs. of something really thick that takes out tangles, but isn’t super expensive? I used to love the orange Matrix Sleek Look conditioner, but I think they changed the formula to the Total Results line and the bottle is different:( My hair is getting kind of gross, but I can’t bring myself to get a significant cut. I can only imagine how incredible it would feel if I chopped like 6 inches!
Have a good rest of the week, friends.
-I’m Manhattan bound for the big 2-8! Matt had business in NYC, so I’m meeting him there today for my birthday weekend. I think I’ve dreamed about a fall getaway in NYC since I was a little girl. I always visited friends during college summer and winter breaks and don’t think I’ve ever been in the fall!
-Is anyone still reading? I know my posts have been lackluster as of late. What can I say? My life was a bit more interesting when I was wedding-planning and honeymooning. Honestly, I’ve been doing a lot of sitting on ye old couch at night and then sleeping a lot. And I love it.
-It’s like the first cold day in Dallas, and I’m craving a long, chunky sweater.
-I’ve been having a lot more stomach issues and brain fog since moving to Dallas, so I gave up dairy for a bit. After weeks of cheese dreams, it seems to be helping the stomach but not the fog. The good news is that I’m now obsessed with cooking with coconut oil.
-Dairy aside, I’ve been in an ethnic food mood lately and have been loving TJ’s Indian Simmer Sauce. I bet you could simmer anything in that stuff and it would taste good.
-I’m very, very mad at the writers of Downton Abbey right now (just finished season 3).
-A snap from my last visit to the big apple. I’m sooo excited to see college friends tomorrow night! I am looking forward to being more of a tourist and less of a party animal on this visit though. New York tends to get the best of me.Read More
I’m obsessed with this new eggplant dip I found at WF. It’s tangy and sooo good with sweet potato chips.
I made Kath’s pumpkin meatloaf this week! Yes, it’s ugly, but that’s because I made a one-person portion [excuses] and just kinda formed it in one corner of the loaf pan. The upside was that all the sides were crunchy end pieces. I also added bourbon in place of the water in the sauce:)
I loved the pumpkin sauce so much that I made a lighter version with crushed tomatoes the next day! It’s funny that I hate tomato sauce and love bbq sauce. Aka, I love sugar.
I finally got to try one of Chef Stephan Pyles’ famous restaurants on a lunch date today. The place was swanky and packed with business people. I had the most amazing dish: wood-fired chicken with sun-dried tomato-bacon chutney, avocado fries, and grilled romaine hearts. The avocado fries were giant chunks of breaded, warm avocado. Mmmm.
Though it was 90 degrees outside today (which actually felt quite nice), I had the urge to bake and really wanted pumpkin. I followed this recipe for no-bake pumpkin oatmeal cookies. The dough is incredible! But then I got sad that I couldn’t eat one hot out of the oven, so I decided to bake them. I added an egg and 1/4 tsp baking powder and also threw in some cranberries. They are more like mini muffin clusters than cookies, but they hit the spot.
Soo close to another weekend! See ya.Read More
-Remember when I said it didn’t feel that hot here because of the humidity? Yeah, that was a cold front and it’s so freakin hot. Luckily, we had another come through yesterday and it feels wonderful again. Matt and I checked out the arboretum today, which is so beautiful!