tuesday tags

16 Oct

Halloween is almost heeeeere!!! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! I love Halloween. Even though I’m a certifiable adult(ish), I love dressing up and throwing a few back during the first holiday of the season. Charlie, not so much. Actually, not at all. It has been HELL trying to convince him to even dress up! He’s a little Scrooge when it comes to Halloween. After throwing all of my wonderful couples costumes ideas out the window (Mario & Peach, Ringmaster & Lion –couldn’t do this one because my costume would include a whip which somehow shows ownership? who knows, but I love him–, Popeye & Olive Oyl), he finally agreed to dress up as Thing 1. That’s right. He will be wearing a red tshirt and a blue wig. And that’s it. Whomp Whomp Whomppppp! Luckily he makes up for his lack of Halloween fervor with like, a bunch of other awesome attributes. Pictures of our (amazing) costumes will be included in a later post, so keep your eyes peeled!

Now, on to this weeks Tuesday Tags:

If I Wanted Someone” -Dawes (SO good.. seriously)

Better Weather” -Good Old War

Ocean Breathless Salty” -Modest Mouse

Headlights” -Morning Parade

Dope Nose” -Weezer

An Honest Mistake” -The Bravery

Barton Hollow” -The Civil Wars

My Oh My” -Tristan Prettyman (although she clearly spells her name wrong.. where’s the Y, friend?)

It’s Nice to Be Alive” -Ball Park Music

Ghosts” -The Head and The Heart

Any tuneage you feel inclined to share? Let me know in the comments!

tuesday tags

10 Oct

Well, the funny thing about this week’s Tuesday Tags is that .. it’s actually Wednesday. 🙂 That’s right, it’s only round 2 and I’ve already managed to miss the boat! Anyway, here are some sweet jams that I’ve been listening to this week:

“Harbour Lights” –A Silent Film

Tightrope” –Walk the Moon

“Come Home” –Chappo

“Old White Lincoln” –The Gaslight Anthem

“The Rifle’s Spiral” –The Shins

“Forest Whitaker” –Bad Books

“Not Your Fault” –Awolnation

“Female Robbery” –The Neighbourhood

and because I could never really forget my country roots,

“El Cerrito Place” –Kenny Chesney

“Beer Money” –Kip Moore

“Bread and Water” –Ryan Bingham 

“Southside of Heaven” –Ryan Bingham

“Sunrise” –Ryan Bingham 

…If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been listening to a lot of Ryan Bingham! Something about football season and the fall weather just calls for country music.

turkey meatballs

8 Oct

Whew! This weekend was a total whirlwind! Thursday night, Charlie and I went to Bastrop to have dinner with one of my best friends and her husband (we ate at Bastrop Brewhouse…best cheeseburger I’ve ever had, hands down) and then spent the night at my sister’s house in Austin. We woke up early Friday morning and got on the road to Dallas for Charlie’s cousin’s commitment ceremony. Good thing I checked the weather before we left, because Dallas got hit with a huge cold front! It literally went from 85 degrees to 50 overnight. Brr!!

The ceremony was gorgeous. It was held at Maple Manor and had a great rustic feel to it. I had only been to Dallas once before this, and I fell in love with it! We stayed at the Melrose Warwick, a super cool, vintage-y hotel. I loved the style of the hotel and I especially enjoyed the bar downstairs called The Library!

Ruben & Jamie had a photo booth set up so, of course, we took advantage of it. Here are some of my faves:

ImageCharlie, me, Charlie’s sister, Amanda and Charlie’s mom, Nori

ImageThe primas! 

ImageCharlie & I with his adorable little cousin, Kat

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We had so much fun!

We woke up early (and just a tiny bit hungover) Sunday morning and hit the road back to San Antonio. We got to take the new toll road for the first time and were psyched that it cut 45 minutes out of our trip!

Needless to say, when we finally made it home I was in no mood to cook. I convinced Charlie to stop at HEB (this is a feat in and of itself.. the man HATES grocery stores) because I had a craving for the turkey meatballs my mom used to get and I had my heart set on meatball subs. Unfortunately, the whole “I’m in no mood to cook” thing took a turn for the worse (worst?? which one is it?) when I couldn’t find the turkey meatballs (or any other already prepared meatballs for that matter). I ended up Googling a bunch of turkey meatball recipes while standing in the middle of the frozen foods aisle and putting bits and pieces together. The results were amazing!!

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Turkey Meatballs

Makes around 14 large meatballs

1 1/4-1 1/2 lbs ground turkey

1 Tbs chopped fresh basil

1 Tbs chopped fresh oregano

1/2 small sweet onion, diced

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

1/2 cup heavy cream

salt

pepper

garlic salt

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbs butter

flour

In a bowl, mix the turkey meat, herbs, and onion. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper and garlic salt. Add the eggs, cream, and bread crumbs. Mix, mix, mix! (By mix, I mean mash it up with your hands. Obviously)

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Use your hands to form meatballs. Place the meatballs on a plate or a pan (I put mine on a foil-covered cookie sheet) and dust them with flour. To do this, I just rubbed flour all over my hands and then rolled the meatballs in my palms until they were lightly covered. Heat the oil and butter in a skillet. Let the butter cook over medium heat until it’s a golden brown, about 5 minutes. Then, brown the meatballs on all sides. This can get a little tricky. I used three different kitchen utensils before I finally decided the spatula worked best. Remember, you are only browning the meatballs this way, not cooking them through. Once the meatballs are brown, you can finish them off by roasting or baking them or by putting them in a pasta sauce and letting them simmer. I put the meatballs into a large jar of our favorite store bought pasta sauce and let them simmer for 35 minutes over medium heat.

You can do a lot of things with turkey meatballs. Stick toothpicks in them to make yummy appetizers, or do what I did and make meatball subs!

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I just added a slice of mozzarella cheese, some more fresh basil and parmesan and stuffed everything into a sub roll!

Enjoy!!

tuesday tags

2 Oct

I’m always looking for ways to tell people about good music that I’ve been listening to. After shamelessly plugging some of my faves on Facebook for the past couple of months, I’ve decided that maybe the blog would be a better outlet! On Tuesdays, I will post a list of the songs I’ve tagged, loved, and listened to in the past week. Tuesday Tags, Round 1, GO!

“Gimme Twice” –The Royal Concept

“Lullaby” –Ben Wells & the Middle Names

“The Pit” –Silversun Pickups

“Joker & the Thief” –Wolfmother

“Ho Hey” –The Lumineers (LOVE this one!)

“All of Me” –Tanlines

“I Ain’t the Same” –Alabama Shakes

“What Makes a Good Man?” –Heavy

“My Door Bell” –The White Stripes (old, but still good!)

“Change” –Churchill

What are some of your recent favorites? Let me know in the comments! Your music just might make Tuesday Tags, Round 2!

celebrating 26!

24 Sep

My birthday fell on a Wednesday this year. We celebrated during the week with dinner and drinks at La Gloria, which ended up being an awesome time! I couldn’t figure out what I felt like doing on Saturday, but we finally decided we would head to Austin for the night to spend time with my brother and sister.

Since Charlie had to work Saturday and I didn’t, my parents picked me up and took me to lunch before we headed out to the lake house for a day on the boat! We decided that the dogs would really love the boat so we brought them with us… not so much. We ended up having to pull up to the beach outside our house so my dad could jump off the boat and carry both Juneau and Scout to shore.. hilarious to say the least!

Charlie got off work and met us at Myron’s Prime Steakhouse in New Braunfels where I had the best steak I’ve ever eaten in my life. Easily. I got the 8 oz. filet (Oscar style, because I’m a crab whore), and ate every single bite. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it! I also recommend going extremely hungry, because you will be sad if you have to leave anything on your plate!

After dinner, we said goodbye to my parents and got on the road to Austin. Charlie got us a room at the Hilton Austin downtown. It ended up being the perfect location because the bar where my brother works (The Aquarium on 6th) was only a 3 minute walk away! And ladies, you know when you’re walking in stilettos that every minute matters. We met up with my sister and headed to 6th for a few drinks!

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I love Austin, I truly do. I love the diversity, the music, the people…what I don’t love is traffic and pedestrians with death wishes, but I guess you have to give and take right?

Sunday morning we woke up bright and early. The Dallas Cowboys kicked off at noon and Charlie wanted to take me by the outlets to pick up my birthday present before we went back to San Antonio.

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Ta-daaaaa!!! He listens! He listens! He loves me! ;);) I’ve been eyeing this Michael Kors watch online, in magazines, online some more, on other peoples’ wrists, for months! I spent our drive home coming up with outfits to wear it with.. weird, I know.

All in all, my birthday was awesome! I was so glad to get some quality time in with my parents, my siblings, and Charlie of course. Thanks to everyone for making this birthday one of my best yet!!

Also, the COWBOYS WON!!! It was an ugly, ugly game but a W is a W!

We had some friends over and cooked out after the game to celebrate! The burgers (turkey for me, beef for all the sweaty men in my house) came out delicious and the weather was perfect. Hope everyone else had as great of a weekend as we did!

Aldo manning the pit!

Now, back to the grind! Hope everyone has a happy Monday!

Birthday outfit:

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Lime green racerback – Victoria’s Secret (this is totally a work out top and I kind of just wore it out..)

Black lace bralette – Victoria’s Secret

Leopard skirt – Forever 21

Necklace – Express

You can’t see my shoes but they are adorable black peep toes 🙂 That is all! Byeee!

the big 26

21 Sep

Another year, another birthday. Is it just me, or does it seem like as soon as you hit 18 time starts flying at breakneck speed? When you’re younger, you can’t wait for all of these huge, momentous occasions. Turning 16 and getting your license, turning 18 and becoming an “adult” (I use that term loosely, because I definitely didn’t become an adult until about halfway through 25), turning 21 and getting your beer card.. then what? Most days, I don’t even feel like a mid-twentysomething. I feel like I could totally transport back to 2005 and relive my senior year from start to finish. Then I remember that my hangovers last 2-3 days and vodka makes me vom. What other age is there to look forward to? I mean, 30 is right around the corner, it will basically be here in 15 seconds. These were the thoughts that were going through my mind the day before I turned 26 (which happened to be on Wednesday). So I did what any girl would do…called my mom and cried like a baby, and then went for a run.

My mom and running are my two favorite stress relievers. My mom has a way of making me realize  how blessed I am without making me feel stupid for hiccuping and sniffling over the phone for 35 minutes. A nice, long run gives me time to put everything in perspective…plus I refuse to cry while running. That’s just weird and there are way too many people outside.

By the end of my mid-20-something-crisis, I realized that I’m not very good at enjoying the “here and now”. I’m GREAT at planning and looking forward to things and getting overly excited, but once the event or whatever takes place, I don’t take the same time to enjoy it that I did to plan it.

Basically, I came to the realization that I need to chill the fuck out and smell the roses. 25 was a crazy, wild, insane year. I got engaged, I got promoted, I finally got to introduce Charlie to my whole family (they live in New York, we live in Texas…it took some planning), I helped one of my best friends welcome her beautiful son into the world (shoutout Raymond!), my nephew (who can now say my name and it sounds so sweet) and sister in law moved to San Antonio… all in all, it was one Hell of a year and I think 26 will be even better! Plus, it didn’t hurt that I got to ring in my new year with a couple of my best friends 🙂 Charlie got a group of us together and we all went for dinner and drinks at La Gloria, such fun times!

ImageFlowers from some of my besties 🙂 Thanks again Sarah, Alicia & Ari!! Ya’ll are the best!

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Sarah and I outside of La Gloria

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We had some visitors 🙂 These ducks actually bit Sarah.. twice. 

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Tres leches with a candle! Oh and the man of my dreams 🙂

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If you aren’t double-fisting a blue margarita and a michelada on your birthday, I don’t know who you are. 

la gloria icehouse

30 Aug

Wednesdays are always like a mini-weekend-in-the-middle-of-the-week because Charlie doesn’t have to go in to work. He is the GM at a car dealership here in San Antonio, and his schedule is crazy.. so even though he gets a day off in the middle of the week, the trade off is that he has to work every Saturday. Which sucks, because who wants to work on a Saturday?

When I got off work last night, we decided to head downtown to check out La Gloria Icehouse. La Gloria has a reputation for serving authentic Mexican street food. I had been there once before for a networking event, but I didn’t try the food.. only the beer.

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This place is in a prime location. It’s close to the Pearl Brewery, and the patio is literally on the Riverwalk. The good thing about this spot is that it’s not located on the super busy portion of the Riverwalk, it’s more tucked away and private.

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I also think we got the best table in the house. Just lucky, I guess! 🙂 This pic is kind of blurry, but as you can see, the river is a stones throw from our table. (I’ve never used “a stones throw” in a sentence before.. am I doing it right? haha!)

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The menus were pretty cool, which isn’t normally something I’d say about a menu. On one side was a simple menu with prices; on the other side was a “Glossary” style menu with detailed descriptions of each dish. Let’s start with the important stuff though.. drinks!

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Yummmm! I’m a HUGE sucker for margaritas. I love them frozen, on the rocks, with cointreau, with sugar…anyway you slice it, I’m margaritas’ #1 fan! This little gem is the Frozen Margarita la Gloria — Jose Cuervo Tradicional, blue curacao, cointreau, and lime juice.. and it goes down wonderfully! A little on the sweet side, but still had that awesome limey punch in the mouth. It did its job.

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The sweetness of the margarita forced me to order a Michelada. (In reality, I would have been totally fine without it, but Charlie got one and it looked soooo good!) We make micheladas at the house pretty often, but we always use clamato. At La Gloria, they make them the way you find them in Mexico (sans clamato). I’ve never had a miche in Mexico, but that’s what our waiter told us, so it must be true right? Our La Gloria miches had lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, black pepper, salt and a lime. We chose Bud Light as a mixer because we are from south Texas and that’s what we drink, but you can choose any beer! I always like micheladas with a Corona too. The picture was taken before I mixed in my beer, that’s why it looks so dark. Mm mmm!

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After chips with salsa and guacamole, we ordered the Bistec Especial Tacos. Leave it to us to try a new restaurant and order the same thing, but hey, we know what we like eh? These tacos were the shit. I have no other words to describe! Diced, grilled beef topped with onions, cilantro and queso Oaxaca…I die! The tortillas were awesome as well.

All in all, we really liked La Gloria and will definitely be going back. The atmosphere is incredibly chill (which is what we look for.. we are jeans and sandals kinda people!), the food is great, and we were lucky enough to have perfect weather. 🙂

Remember, no hace falta morir para llegar a la Gloria! (You don’t have to die to go to Heaven.)

http://www.lagloriaicehouse.com/