September 19, 2010

38/52 Photowalks: The New Place

I've been working lots lately opening a new library.  I definitely feel fortunate to work in such a lovely space named for an inspiring family, even though it has been a busy, busy year so far!

September 12, 2010

Austin Photo Session

Since it was my birthday, Matt agreed to a few photo shoots via the camera remote in Austin last weekend. The cool little sitting area in our suite made a great studio and I even got Matt to smile in a few pictures. As for which one is the most "us" - probably one of the goofy ones.


37/52 Photowalks: Irises

September 7, 2010

Texas-Style Birthday Weekend

A fun thing about having my birthday in early September is that labor day weekend is always nearby.  This year, Matt and I celebrated my big 3-0 with a quick trip to the Hill Country.

Waco Friday
  • Dropped Duncan at Betsy's and drove southbound-35 after a full week of work
  • Caught-up and celebrated with a cute cake at Maggie and Jimmy's "place to be" - the fun patio at their new townhouse
Austin Saturday
  • Enjoyed coffee and Jimmy's breakfast burritos in Waco then made our way to Austin where Matt got in some quick research at the Dolph Brisco Center 
  • Headed to SoCo for window shopping and lunch truck treats at Mighty Cone and the Cutie Pie Wagon
  • Did some hiking and hanging out at Zilker Park
  • Relaxed at our neat petite suite at the Casulo Hotel
  • Wrapped up the evening with a tasty dinner at El Arroyo and drinks at our favorite Austin patio, Opal Divine's
      West Sunday
      • Joined M+J and my parents in West for our first trip to Texas's best Czech polka festival - Westfest!
      • Listened to Denton's own Bravo Combo while enjoying beer bread sandwiches, sausage, sauerkraut, fried green tomatoes, bbq, snow cones and more
      • Back to DFW to pick up Duncan and break in my great birthday gift from my mom and dad: an awesome kitchen aid stand mixer!
      Czech out more photos at the end of the album here.

        Recipes Worth Repeating

        You know I love trying new recipes.  A few favorites found lately...

        Donut Muffins (pictured) - these would be great as mini muffins too; DO NOT make these if you are home alone, they are impossible to resist!

        Oven Fries - easy and healthier than the fried or frozen variety

        Penne Carbonara - pasta + bacon = yum

        Hasselback Potatoes - the Swedish alternative to baked potatoes, Matt really liked these

        Maggie Mochas - just add a splash of sugar-free Nesquik and milk to your morning coffee, mmmm


        September 6, 2010

        September 3, 2010

        Yay 30!

        It's my birthday and I'm happy to report I have a wonderful family, fabulous friends, a great job, a thoughtful husband (and silly dog), and my 30-Before-30 List is complete.  I've had a blessed life so far and can't wait to see what fun the next 30 years will bring.

        A few favorite memories from the past 30:
        Girl Scout Days

        Summer Family Road-Trips
        Drill Team in High School
        Archaeology Field School in Menard - back when I wanted to be a museum curator.
        Driving to Alaska with my dad and working for the National Park Service for the summer in Anchorage.

        Meeting Matt (thanks Megan!) and starting our relationship.
        Graduating from Texas Tech, followed immediately by library school at TWU.
        Tons of fun times with Kirk & Megan and other Tech friends - and can you believe I don't have a single decent picture of the 4 of us!

        Lots of happy weddings...
        Special times with family...
        and many more.

        September 2, 2010

        30-Before-30: Boeuf Bourguignon

        For the grand finale of my 30 things I attempted Julia Child's famous Boeuf Bourguignon. After watching Julie & Julia, like everyone else I wanted to give this dish a try.  This was also my first time cooking with wine and I've got to admit it was a little strong at first - guess there's a reason it's called beef + burgundy.
        Inspired by Dining with Debbie - I did alter Julia's original a bit by using the slow cooker instead of the oven, but since it is summer in Texas leaving the oven on for  3+ hours just wasn't an option.

        30 down, 0 to go... :)