Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Friday! And Happy (early) Birthday Steph!! We're having a birthday brunch tomorrow for Steph's birthday and I don't have much else planned except checking on (aka playing with) my friend's adorable kittens while she's out of town.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

..........(I LOVE finding heart shaped cactus leaves.)
..........(Nana Judy, I still need to find a big hill full of bluebonnets for you!)

Last week of teaching before finals! And the weather couldn't be more perfect right now. I took these photos when I was out at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Friday, April 20, 2012

I haven't posted anything since last Happy Friday..bummer. I didn't really make much this week. I did make some chocolate banana bread, but I didn't love it. I went through a sewing book and picked out a dress to sew and got too frustrated looking for my fabric that I didn't even start the project. Our tiny apartment is busting at the seams; my fabric is spread out in various containers tucked away and usually having to find it is enough to deter me from wanting to sew anything.

On a brighter note, we should have a really fun weekend. We'll be celebrating two birthdays this weekend (both Kathy and Amy!). I've been craving fried chicken and waffles for a while now, and conveniently Kathy's birthday brunch is at a place that has the best chicken and waffles in town.*

Happy weekend!

 *Brad, Gordough's donut version is a close rival.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Friday

So happy that Mad Men is back! (This should have been the Happy Friday a couple weeks back, huh?) I'm really impatient waiting a week between the new episodes though.

Monday, April 9, 2012

flowers in the hood

I know everyone's sinuses are paying the price, but I can't get enough of the flowers in bloom right now. There's a house pretty close to us that has their whole front yard full of wildflowers; I've been going on a walk in front of their house almost every day to see them.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


I'm usually not in favor of the overdone American versions of non-American foods (or drinks), but I have to admit that I like the overdone Americanized sangria much more than the regular ole Spanish kind.

Actually the first time I ordered sangria in Spain, I was really disappointed. I watched the server mix red wine, lemon soda, and a small amount of liquor into a pitcher. She threw in a few lemon slices. It was not good and there was too much lemon soda in it.

I modified a recipe I found and it came out something like this:

1 bottle of red wine
1 lemon sliced
1 orange sliced
1 lime sliced
1/4 sliced apple
sliced strawberries
2 Tbsp sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
Splash of lemonade
2 Shots of triple sec
2 Shots of brandy
2 Cups ginger ale

I love having much more fruit than necessary and I think this recipe is a keeper.