December 31, 2010

52/52 Photowalks: Capitol

View from the Washington Monument at dusk.

December 25, 2010

December 22, 2010

For Mike

Hope your day is great!

December 20, 2010

51/52 Photowalks: St. Alban's

St. Alban's in Waco, Jimmy's first church and site of his fun ordination festivities last weekend.

50/52 Photowalks: Cards

49/52 Photowalks: 2x2 in Review

My top ten picks for the new 2x2 Reading List have been submitted - I've been celebrating by getting rid of books!  As part of my job on the 2x2 committee, I've been reading hundreds of brand-new books and narrowing it down to precious few favorites. I'm keeping a few for myself and friends but most ended up at Together We Learn and Children's Medical Center.
Unpacking, reading, sorting and storing was fun at first (three to five book deliveries arrive every week!), but for now I'm just ready to have the bedroom back.
A typical week - a new history journal for Matt, a giant stack of children's books for me:

November 28, 2010

Fredericksburg Anniversary Trip

We celebrated our 5th anniversary with a quick trip to cute Fredericksburg. Cooler weather, a break from work, and light crowds always make Thanksgiving week a nice time to travel. In Daytripper style, the trip consisted mostly of eating, drinking, shopping, hiking, and more eating.

  • Headed south after a day of teaching for Matt, dropping Duncan at Betsy's along the way
  • Arrived in Fredericksburg 5 hours later and checked into our cool cabin - the Loeffler-Weber Haus, a neat German home built in 1846
  • Started our trip off right with a German dinner and music at the Auslander Biergarden
  • Coffee and awesome breakfast tacos at Mahaley's on main
  • Explored the Nimitz museum grounds and shopped on Main
  • Headed to Luckenbach for a quick t-shirt and music break
  • Scooted down the 290 Wine Road past the peach orchards with stops at Torre de Pietra and Grape Creek Vineyards (great patio), and Wildseed Farms
  • Grabbed a light lunch back in town at the Fredericksburg Brewery and explored more on Main, my favorite shop: Red, Matt's: Rustlin Rob's (turtle fudge break!)
  • Enjoyed an impressive dinner at Kelly's Cafe, right across the street from our cabin
  • Watched a few movies and explored the neat lot behind the cabin, complete with koi pond and heart-shaped hot tub
  • Headed to Enchanted Rock to hike the hill (in super windy conditions)
  • Made our way back to DFW to celebrate family Thanksgivings in Carrollton and Aubrey

Find a few more photos at the end of the album here.

November 27, 2010

A + M = 5

Wow - it's already been five years since our special day in Denton at the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods. Time flies when you're having fun!

November 21, 2010

Recipes Worth Repeating *Sweet Edition*

My new team at work has a fun tradition - Fridays are dessert days. We've been taking turns bring homemade desserts to enjoy with lunch (from the school cafeteria!). Between dessert day, treats for parent volunteers and Matt getting in the cookie mood I've found a few new favorite sweet recipes lately.

Give these a try...

Bakerella-style Cake Balls - I've made red velvet with cream cheese and spice cake with coconut frosting and they both were great.

Cinnamon Chocolate Bundt Cake

Homemade Easy Cinnamon Rolls - no yeast needed!

Lemon Box Cookies (pictured) - Matt's favorite, easy, tart and tasty

Martha's Jumbo Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Mini-Muffins

November 20, 2010

46/52 Photowalks: Bush Lecture

The Former President made a stop at UNT last week and Matt was lucky enough to snag a few tickets. Bush's lecture was interesting and not exactly what I was expecting.  His speech was very casual and rambling but when he answered student questions he was well-spoken and knowledgeable.  Complete with anti-war protesters and a rowdy liberal student crowd, the 45 minute lecture and Q&A was definitely a memorable event.

From the Denton Record-Chronicle:
Bush: Principles Matter in Life
Former President's Visits Draws Protests

November 15, 2010


As we celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary...


My, how we've aged...

Happy Bundt Day!

Inspired by The Food Librarian (she's making a bundt every day in November!) I'm celebrating National Bundt Day this year.  I made her favorite cinnamon chocolate bundt and it is delicious.  Light and fluffy and not too rich, the taste reminds me of when I'd sprinkle cinnamon on chocolate ice cream as a kid.  I can't wait to have more for breakfast tomorrow. :)

Hope you're having a happy bundt day too!

45/52 Photowalks: Smile!

November 8, 2010

43/52 Photowalks: Smokin'

Matt's smoked brisket and sausage at my mom and dad's - yummmm...

November 4, 2010

October 10, 2010

Kitchen Tour

Welcome to our kitchen! It's nothing fancy, but after looking at everyone's homes linked on Kelly's Korner I wanted to participate.

It's just a regular little kitchen, and looks a little more pink/dark in these photos then it does in person. This is the kitchen where Matt first made chicken-stuffed jalapeno poppers, where I discovered the magic of sausage-and-spinach stuffed shells and homemade shredded chicken verde enchiladas, and where the crockpot reigns supreme.

Things we've done:
Painted the basic builder-white walls a light tan
Upgraded the light fixtures
Added the bistro table and wine cabinet, both from World Market

The chief floor cleaner: