Friday, June 14, 2013

BlogHer Food Recap! {Part 2}

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Saturday morninnnnnggggg.

Lauren and I have the same dress!! #unplannedtwinday

We just love each other so much so we were all “We’re gonna rock this!”

It was pretty funny.

Well, we thought it was funny.

That’s funny, right?

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Then we went to breakfast. Look at all these beautiful ladies.

We ate the Old Pecan St. Cafe, and the strawberry crepes were to die for.

The roomies were Sheila of Eat2Gather, Liz of The Lemon Bowl, and you know Lauren, Megan and Laurie already.

I LOVE THESE LADIES!

Seriously, we all got along go great. I would easily be friends with all them in real life.
You know, if we weren’t already invisible internet friends.

So much fun. I could go on and on.

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THEN I GOT A PICTURE WITH NANABREAD! A real live, in person, recent picture!!

Ain’t she a beauty?

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Lunch was hosted by Doughmesstic at a mansion near Lake Austin.

Faaan-cyyyy.

Chef Ben Ford has partnered with Dole and treated us with great treats.

Pork Sliders, Spring Rolls, mini pineapple cakes, all delicious, and we were spoiled!

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Then began the after party at Stubb’s BBQ, hosted by The Pioneer Woman, Simply Recipes, and Steamy Kitchen!

Here I am with Flavia’s Flavors! Another TX local. I LOVE finally getting to meet all my friends!!

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Then Laurie and I snapped a pic with Jaden of Steamy Kitchen. She is so nice, and really funny!

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Jeanne with Jaden and Ree! We’re so excited!

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The whole gang! Awwww. Love these people.

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All the roomies from the condo. MAN it was hawt, and we were sweaty!

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We stopped at Hoboken Pie afterwards for a post pizza party.

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And as any good Texan knows…. The road goes on forever, but the party never ends….

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Sunday we all said our goodbyes, and I headed off to Ikea for one more blogging function…. we’ll see what comes of this! I met a great bunch of home and DIY bloggers.

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Next stop was HOME to begin the three hour nap and unpacking!

Sigh, this blogger was TIRED.

~ Peace, Love, and New Friendships Y’all!

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

BlogHer Food Recap! {Part 1}

NOW ANNOUNCING!!! MY BLOG HER FOOD RECAP!!!

*SO* much fun y’all!!

Emphasis on SO

And FUN

And y’all.

Just kidding.

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On Thursday, we all checked in, said our hellos, began our squealing and jumping, then rushed off to our welome parties.
NanaBread and I went to Whole Foods for their Bites and Bloggers, where we met Rebecca Rather y’all!

She’s a big deal here in Texas. Ms. Rather owns Rather Sweet in Fredericksburg and now has opened the Oink! restaurant.

My mom and I both have her cookbook The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe (affiliate link), and our favorites are her Hello Dolly! bars, and Mile High Meringue.

The dessert she featured was a wildflower honey panna cotta with prickly pear sorbet!!!
HOW CUTE IS THAT?

And how even cuter is that, that Jeanne’s nails matched!

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Friday we woke up bright and early as 5 girls began the process of getting showered, dressed, and made up in 2 bathrooms.

Good thing we’re all so naturally good looking. *cough*

Up top thats Lauren of Grier Mountain, Laurie of Simply Scratch, and Megan of Country Cleaver.

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Being the “local” since Blog Her Food was held in Austin this year, there was *some* pressure for me to take them to a super awesome lunch place.

The humor lies in the fact that I know Austin about as well as I know the cat in my back alley.
I see it, and feel bad when it’s hungry, but visit it every once in awhile.

Yeah, I’ll work on my analogies.

Anyways. Took them to Walton’s Fancy and Staple! Owned by Ms. Sandra Bullock! SO GOOD!
Check out those chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes.

And yes, we all stood on our chairs to get our overhead lunch shot.
HELLO, we are food bloggers in town for a convention!

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Then on break… uh.. ok, we cheated and skipped out on one session, we went to explore South Congress, or SoCo.

Stopped into the famous Allen’s boots, and I built my wish list for my next three pairs of must haves.

Dear Santa….. 

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Next stop was Uncommon Objects. Funnest flea market thrift store around.

With a little creep factor too.

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And noowwwww for the MOST humorous part of the day!!!!

I was SO EXCITED TO BE A TOUR GUIDE Y’ALL!! LIKE, I’M A TOTAL NATURAL!!!!

AND IT WAS THE BIGGEST EPIC FAIL OF THE YEAR!!!

Let me begin….
Once upon a time, there was a famous bridge, we’ll call it the Ann Richards (45th governor of Texas) bridge – otherwise known as Congress Ave Bridge. And under this bridge lived 1.5 MILLIONNN Mexican free tailed bats that reside here from May until November. Well – these bats are so exciting, so spectacular, so social, that people flock from miles around to watch the bats awake at dusk and fly off into the sunset as they eat millions and millions of Mexican free tailed insects.

I’m going to change the name of my tour from Bats & Brats to No Bats & Brats. Catch my drift?

(insert sarcasm)

We arrive at the bridge, all 17 of us, oh and by the way, Marlboro Man almost came on the tour – there’s a little fun fact for ya’.

We arrive at 7:30 and I tell the group they have 45 minutes to be back for dusk to see the spectacle. They can go grab a cocktail. Like the Four Seasons and their “Batini” – it’s good.

Everyone arrives back at 8:15. Dusk arrives at 8:30.
No bats.

“It’s ok y’all, it’s been a little cool, we’ll just give them more time.”
8:50… no bats
“Well, you know, we can’t control the bats? Maybe their tired from their little bat party?”
9:15… no bats
“Uhhhh…. really have no words. Who’s ready for a hot dog?”

I have no idea what happened to the bats. I’ve never heard of them JUST SLEEPING IN.

Who do they think they are?

Don’t they need to EAT?

A person just CAN’T do something fun!

At this point I’m like “Hey, it’s cool, stuff happens, I can’t control nature. They can come back tomorrow to see the bats.”
So the 7 of us left head to Frank for some gourmet hot dogs.

I’m already getting all worked up telling the story, so long story short Mumford & Sons came to Frank before us, took the whole upstairs, leaving no room for BLOG HER FOOD!!!

WHO TURNS AWAY FOODIES WITH A RESERVATION????

UGH!!!!

ANYWAYS, trying to laugh the whole thing off (and crying on the inside), the four of us – Kelly Bogard of Texas Farm Bureau, Lee and Winter Redd of Redd Party  (yes, that’s their name. Coolest people EVER.) and I made our way to Cedar Door for dinner where we enjoyed some GREAT pomme frittes and white wings.

I hope Mumford & Sons liked their franks. Hmmph.

:)

Stay tuned til tomorrow for Part Deaux.

~ Peace, Love, and Bats Y’all

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Paleo Day 1

If you read my Beefy Mexican Lasagna post, you saw I started the Paleo thing. I decided I’m going to share with you what I ate.

If you don’t like it, no worries, I’ll be posting regular recipes too.

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Except this. I had to take a Paleo sabbatical over the weekend for BlogHer Food (recap coming soon), so Sunday night I made Thai Coconut Rice Pudding.

You know, just to REALLY blow Paleo out of the water.

Do y’all like Thai food? I love it. And hopefully, *fingers crossed* I’ll be going to Thailand summer of 2014 for a family wedding!
I’m a good saver, I can do it.

Thai Coconut Rice Pudding is made from a black rice grain, really dark purple, called “Forbidden Rice.”
(You can find it through this affiliate link: Thai Black Cargo Rice, 5-Pound)

~ Oooh, I’m interested already.~

Cook it, add full fat coconut milk from a can and sugar.

BOOM. Thai Coconut Rice Pudding. Apparently in Thailand, they often eat this for breakfast.

It’s soooo goood y’all! A bit of a step away from my granny’s rice pudding. I used the Epicurious recipe, wouldn’t change a thing.

Serve it warm.

 

Ok, back to Paleo.

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Breakfast: Poached eggs and pesto.

The pesto is a recipe from the Practical Paleo cookbook, I seriously love this book.

(Here’s an affiliate link: It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways and Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle)

Have you ever poached eggs in the microwave? My new favorite shortcut!

I microwave 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vinegar for 2 minutes.
Crack in 2 eggs, and add to the hot water.
Cover with a plate, and microwave for 1 minute more.

Perfection! The whites are slightly loose, but way quicker than the stovetop version.

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Lunch/Dinner: Spaghetti on spaghetti squash

Ever cooked spaghetti squash? New easy tip I just learned. Poke a bunch of holes with a fork or knife, and microwave the sucker for 10 minutes. WAY easier than trying to cut it in half without removing my thumb (gosh I sure like my thumbs) and way quicker.

And way easier than heating up my whole 900 sq foot house in the summer with the oven on!

Microwave the heck out of it, cut it in half (you’ll need hot pads), throw away the seeds, and scrape the inside with a fork.

Insta-noodles!

Yeah, it’s a little different, but all I can tell you is that I’ve been feeling GREAT – when I actually follow the plan with no grains, sugar, and dairy.

Sugar seems to be the biggest problem causer for me at the moment.

Anyways, then I just cooked up hamburger meat and added a jar of all natural spaghetti sauce.
True paleo would be homemade, but hey, I’m getting back on the Paleo train after a crazy weekend.

Last note:

I’ve signed up for eMeals and absolutely, whole heartedly love it. No, they don’t know I’m writing this, it’s not a sponsored post for them, I just really love it! They have all different meal plans: meals for 2, diabetic, clean eating, paleo, classic meals, low-fat, and on and on.

I paid $21 for 3 months of recipes. Every Wednesday they email you a week of recipes.

Here’s the cool part:

It comes with a shopping list! That’s the most annoying part for me.

Even cooler? There’s an app! I open the app and there are my meals, for this week and past weeks, and a shopping list to check off which items I’ll need for those meals.

Then the recipes are mine to keep!
Try it, you’ll love it. You can click on my link below.

eMeals - Easy Meals for Busy People!

 

~ Peace, Love, and Caveman Diets Y’all