This Weekend…

.. it’s gonna be ME! [*NSYNC anyone? HA!] But no, really, I have the whole weekend to myself and basically I just plan on hanging around the apartment, in comfy attire, as much as I can. I do need to get some groceries since it has been about 4 weeks since I last went.. oh the single life. That is about it though. Kind of exciting really. I do plan on doing a few other things though…

Make HOMEMADE ICE CREAM SANDWICHESDark Chocolate Cookie Ingredients for 12 sandwiches:
8 oz butter, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup grated or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

Ice Cream Sandwich Ingredients:
1 quart of your favorite flavor ice cream
Toppings of your choice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. With a mixer, blend together the butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Sift together the dry ingredients, and put your mixer on a low speed. Add the vanilla and chocolate, and blend until the dough becomes a rich, dark brown. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness, and using a cookie cutter, cut out individual cookies. Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, then top with sugar crystals if you like. Bake for 15 minutes and cool completely on a rack.

Pick your favorite flavor, scoop out about a 1/2 cup, and press onto the cookie (softened ice cream works best). Top that half with another cookie, and roll the sides in your favorite topping (sprinkles, cocaine, chocolate . . whatever!)

VIA REFINERY29

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Also the only thing I care about concerning the Super Bowl are the ads… I mean Kia Motors has teamed up with Adriana Lima (one of my favorites).. So that’s pretty badass. I guess I can watch that whilst scarfing down a few ice cream sandwiches!

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My NEW guilty pleasure is a TV show called “An Idiot Abroad”. It’s a travel documentary television series that follows Karl Pilkington around the globe trying new things while Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant call in and check up on his adventures. It is the funniest show I have seen in a while (to me at least!) because I just can’t tell if Pilkington is joking or not. I can’t wait to get my hands on Series 1 and have a marathon.. again whilst eating a few ice cream sandwiches.

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I am also going to be doing some inspiration hunting for various stuff and to start me off I found these. The first is a renovated 1942 air-raid bunker in Berlin. You know I love my history and adding a well designed space to it just makes my day. Second we have Keri Russell’s dining area. LOVE IT! Last is a kitchen with lovely open shelves and a perfect surface for making. . . homemade ice cream sandwiches!! HA! Yes, I quite like them all.

VIA ELLE DECOR + COUNTRY LIVING

Oh yeah.. In leiu of hitting the gym I’m going to learn the dance sequence from *NSYNC’s “POP”. {Mainly starting at 2:14 to the 2:57 mark.} Work it!

HAVE A FUN + SAFE WEEKEND Y’ALL.

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Austin Happenings

I have stayed put in Austin more recently and it’s been quite entertaining. [Thanks mainly to my friends dragging me around.] Unfortunately one of my dearest friends is moving back to Houston tomorrow. I am excited for her new beginning but am rather sad to lose her presence here in Austin. We have tried to squeeze in as much as we can before she leaves and it has all mainly centered around food + drinks. HA! We would be GREAT food critics! I just wish I would have taken more advantage of having such a badass friend in the same city with me!

I have also been celebrating birthdays and going to a few little events. It has been really fun! But instead of babbling on about my January (which we all know I can jabber…) I have added some visual aids. So take a look and then get out there and try new things! Take advantage of what your city has to offer and share it with your favorite people! {Trust me.. the extra carbs are worth it!}

Oh, sister..

Today is my little sister’s birthday! She is turning 23 and it blows me away! [Mainly because it makes me feel so OLD!] I wish I could be back home to celebrate and make her a badass cake but I will have to wait until this weekend. [baby-step to FOUR O’CLOCK!] My sister is pretty much my best friend and THE funniest person I know. She could have a career as a stand-up comedian… seriously, ask anyone that knows her. You do NOT want to get in a battle of wits with her either.. she WILL destroy you! [It’s pretty awesome..] We usually converse through movie quotes and when teamed up can throw one helluva dinner party. She accepts me with all of my drama and I accept her and her temper. I am so grateful for all of the awesome memories and HI-larious stories we have [and the fact that we get along now!] I honestly could not have asked for a better sister.

You are brilliantly badass and the sweetest sister… [most of the time!]
You are one of the most compassionate, gorgeous and entertaining people I know. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY!! I LOVE YOU! xx

P.S. You can’t even go to a bookshop without making the front page!

A Christmas Outfit

So this weekend I am off with the family for a Christmas-reunion-type thing out in glorious East Texas. This side of my family is kind of large, a few under 60 people. With any family that size there can be some drama. I won’t dive into the deep, dark secrets [I could write a book…] but there will be a new face or two and the absence of others. Unfortunately the one GREAT absence this year with be my great-grandmother. She passed away earlier this year and this will be my first Christmas, out of all my 26 years, not to celebrate with her. [I wrote a post about this not to long ago, I know…] It just isn’t going to be the same, especially since some of the drama is extra juicy this year! My great-grandmother loved fashion and I definitely need an badass outfit to showcase my superiority enjoy the festivities in… [if you knew the gossip you would not think of me as the bitch I am coming off as!] Soo with that.. here is my Christmas ’11 look. [I know it seems a little all over the place but it just goes to show where my mind is at with all this and the holidays! HAHA!]

Birthday Shout-Out

Today is my very dear friend’s birthday and I unfortunately missed the festivities this weekend back in Houston. So to make up for my absence I am sending a special shout-out!

We met for the first time our freshman year in high school (’99). I ate lunch at her table but rarely spoke. Ha! Once I got to know her and the others, I couldn’t stop talking and we all became the best of friends. We had our ups and downs but damn if we didn’t have a good time.

College rolled around and we ended up in different cities. While we made new friends, we kept in touch and saw each other every once in a while. After we all graduated from college, we all began moving back to the Houston area and we finally found ourselves back in the same city! We got to hang out more and it was awesome! It didn’t last long though because I ended up having to Austin for work.

Soon after I made the move, she got engaged to her love, Steven. She asked me to be a part of her wedding and from then on it was just like the ol’ days… except a 2.5 hour drive to see one another, not using a clothes iron to straighten our hair, having cocktails more than chocolate milk and yet still being as snarky as ever! After all these years and all the people who have come into my life and left, she has been a constant, even when it was months between conversations. You just don’t find badass friends like this everyday!!

You are an amazing, thoughtful, and exceptional friend to me and one of the most original, inspired and beautiful people I know. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA!! LOVE YOU! xx

Lately…

WOW! I can’t believe how long it has been since I have blogged. Work has picked up a bit, which is a good thing, but takes away from my creative juices. I have been just running back and forth between Austin and Houston and spending more precious time with my dear friends and family. Time has just gotten away from me. Also, I have been lacking inspiration a bit due to my stress levels being higher than normal lately. So here are just a few random insights into my past few weeks of running around.

texas renaissance festival. one of my favorite things.

my awesome kitty, Indy [Indiana Jones], hanging out at my parents’ house.

baking my co-worker’s german chocolate birthday cake. think I need to get a REAL mixer already.

racing for the cure in downtown Austin w/ courtney + laurel. yeah, I’m short.

as I head out the door to work. too lazy to get out of bed to say bye.

a REAL buck hanging out in front of a friend’s house. apparently it’s a common occurrence. unreal.

my new favorite drink. obsessed.

a Sunday brunch downtown. loved this! outlet shopping afterwards was tough after all the awesome food + tasty mimosas. good thing we are badasses!

occupy Austin. so tired of this. go away already!

storm rollin’ in on my way back to Houston.

homemade pizza by courtney + myself before the VS fashion show. our six year tradition.

now time for a nap.

HAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALL!

My Dad, the veteran.

I support our troops unconditionally and believe in the fight to secure our freedom. I have strong opinions in support of wars, past and present. War is ugly. The politics run deep, religion is questioned and ignorance is abundant. We civilians will never know the sacrifice these men and women gave. We need to look past the politics, religion and the ignorance of others and give THANKS to OUR VETERANS, the men and women who put THEIR lives on the line for our freedom and protection. For if it was not for their courage, this would not be the land of the free. After all, we ARE the home of the brave.

I am fortunate to be the daughter of a United States Marine. My dad served in Vietnam and there are no words to express my gratitude for his service to our nation. He is my hero and the person I look up to the MOST. He kicks ass, takes names and never backs down. (Except on the rare occasion when he is up against my mom, my sister and I.. HAHA!) He rarely speaks of his service and never seeks out glory in recognition. He saw the service as his duty and served his country proudly. He is by far one of the most influential aspects in my life.

I am proud to call him a Marine; I am honored to call him my Dad.

Many of the men in my family and group of friends have served in the military. I thank you for standing up and protecting our country. I thank you for putting your life on the line for our freedom.

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Semper Fidelis.