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