Tuesday, June 26, 2012

{Weekend Re-cap}

Friday: We sent our friend Stacy off for the summer (to Spain and Indonesia) with a night out on the town! First, dinner at Chuy's and then off to the Mean Eyed Cat. Michael and I had never been before, but it was our kind of laid back place and all built around a giant tree.

Stacy's "As Big As Yo Face Burrito!" to show the Spaniards 
Stacy and I posing by the bubble wall
See the tree on the left? Pretty neat
Saturday: We hung around the house, did a little grocery shopping, made a pizza and rented "This Means War" starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. I really enjoyed it and even MJ was laughing out loud. We give it a 8 out of 10. 

Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.
Sunday: We overslept, made pancakes, did some clothes shopping for my BIL's upcoming wedding, MJ grilled us some steaks, and watched the original "Total Recall" (I had never seen it) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in anticipation for the new Total Recall starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale.  

Next weekend: My brother in law Peter is getting married to his fiance Crystal in The Woodlands! 

Hope you had a good weekend as well! 


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

{Weekend Recap}

This weekend was almost as casual as it gets and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Friday we ordered a pizza from our favorite place Niki's. You can get an XL pizza with 3 toppings for $10... yeah! We rented "Man on a Ledge" from Redbox, starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, and Ed Harris. We gave it a 6/10.

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion...

Saturday we spent some time in the yard making it look good. Then, we hit the neighborhood pool to cool off! In the mean time, MJ was smoking some baby back ribs on the grill which we had for a late lunch with loaded mashed potatoes and salad.

mmm hmm
I also got my delivery from Amazon with my Kindle and Babyliss hair straightener. I did some searching on Amazon and downloaded the first book in the James Patterson Women's Murder Club Series. Have you heard of or read these books yet? There are 11 books so far and if you like murder-mystery type books you'll like these.

"Four women-four friends-share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong."

Sunday we drove up to Maypearl to visit my parents for Father's day! My dad, the chef, was of course making grilled chicken, smoked ribs (yeah ribs twice in one weekend), and a blueberry cheesecake! We all pitched in for an outdoor hammock which I didn't get a picture of, but here are a few pics I did get. We love you daddy! 

Blueberry cheesecake with an almond crust... oh yeah
Pioneer Women cookbook for the chef
Tractor suspenders for when he's on the tractor of course
Daddy and his girls
I hope you had a good weekend too! 


Friday, June 15, 2012

{High Five For Friday}

Can you say whoooo hoooo!? It's Friday! I just had one of those weeks when it felt like every day was Monday. Hate that! But overall this week was pretty fantastic. Here are my five favorite things from this past week.

  1. My bestie Leeann came to visit us in Austin. We went kayaking, shopping, eating, and rode the Metrorail downtown. It was perfect. We love her so much! 

2.  Michael turned 29! We spent the whole day together and it was so much fun. See this post to see what we did. 

As part of our household budget we each get $100 every two weeks as our allowance. Usually once I get my allowance I spend it, almost immediately. So for me to have saved over $300 is nothing short of a miracle. (Michael might have hidden my money from me also...) and I didn't even have anything in mind I was saving for but today I ordered:

3. A Kindle

4. A new amazing hair straightener! If you're looking for a new one the Babyliss Nano Titanium is great! (I've had the same CHI for almost 6 years!)

5. Sunday is father's day... and I love my daddy! He is an amazing husband and father. I have the utmost respect for him and he has always been there for us. Because I know my dad doesn't read this blog I can tell you we got him an outdoor hammock and The Pioneer Woman's cookbook. Can you tell he loves to be outside and to cook? I can't wait to see what he comes up with for Sunday.

On our wedding day, 09.06.2008

Have a great weekend and don't forget to link up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk for H54F!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

{Michael's birthday in pictures}

  1. Happy about a new shirt and baseball cap (not pictured) from his favorite bike shop.
  2. Juan in a Million = best breakfast taco place in Austin
  3. Several pounds of potato, bacon, eggs, and cheese or better known as The "Don Juan" 
  4. Played some Ms. Pac-Man while waiting for our movie, Prometheus to start.
  5. We always have to visit Whole Foods while downtown. The people, smells, and fooood. Love it. (Grabbed some iced tea and chocolate chip cookies for the movie). 
  6. Took an evening drive in the '66. Pure bliss. 
I also made his favorite dinner, tortellini with marina sauce and a caesar salad. I hope you had a great 29th birthday, honey! 


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Happy Saturday!

Hey y'all! I'm back! I've been busy busting it at school and work but luckily the summer time is a little slower around here.

One thing I've been loving recently is all the raw summer berries and veggies. I had this Berry Nice smoothie at the Juan Pelota Cafe a few weeks ago and immediately wanted to re-create it. So, here is my version...

Berry Nice Smoothie

What you'll need:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 whole banana
1 cup apple juice

Add everything into a blender and liquify! You can use fresh berries if you like but I like using the frozen ones (no sugar added) because then I don't have to add ice. If you use fresh berries then you will need to add ice.

Makes about a 20 oz. smoothie.

Pour it in a fancy glass, add a straw, and enjoy!!!