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Bits of Sunday


Plus a city walk, a movie out, two movies at home, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp.

Birthday weekend


Friday started with snacks on the patio with our neighbors. Then J and I walked to Clark’s for oysters and a burger.


On Saturday morning, we hopped into Aimee & Josh’s car with their cute llamas.


We headed to Sweet Berry Farm near Marble Falls to pick strawberries!



We got to pet the donkeys and the goats. All I could think of was, “Hey Donkey. Say hi to your mother for me.



Afterward we had lunch at Bluebonnet Cafe.


They are NOT messing around with their meringue.


Saturday night we had dinner with the Coops at Qui. It was stellar. And we saw pretty much the entire cast of Revolution there. Weird.

On Sunday, J and I had brunch at Elizabeth Street Cafe. I love that place so much.




Afterward we sat at Zilker Park with a to-go jug of sake punch and watched the afternoon go by.


Then we sat around our pool and chatted with so many new neighbors. I love where we live!


And on Monday morning, Kate left this lovely olive oil, lemon, and rosemary cake at my door.


I would have to say it was a fantastic birthday weekend.

To sleep or not to sleep


we were craving biscuits and gravy. i think this is my first attempt at gravy. it worked.


this guy has decided that i should be up at 5AM.


this afternoon i had yaupon-berry tea (yum) and biscuit with almond butter and strawberry (not so yum)


t’was a lovely evening for patio snacks. we had local strawberries with sugar, local radishes with local butter and salt, and gin cocktails


after spending the evening on our patio chatting with neighbors, we decided pizza was in order. margherita and prosciutto from cipollina

Lately sleep is my enemy. At night I struggle to fall asleep. Once I’m asleep, I have nightmares and scream myself awake. I toss and turn, and then in the wee hours my cat decides he should claw the bedsheets and wake me up. And then I can’t sleep, and so I get up in the wee hours and work a bit, and then go back to bed in the late morning. It’s a very weird and slightly annoying schedule. Hopefully sometime soon it will all smooth out.

In other news, this song.

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All the things


listening corner with records and a photo of my folks


this cat snuck out of the house today and partied on our patio for a bit while i panicked


me in my last days of 35 years old


nibbled on some cake ends at work


new paint job at F&D


no big deal, just AMAZING porchetta


took myself on a pre-birthday date to jeffrey’s, where everybody knows my name (and my drink order)

Today I am overwhelmed with all the things. I feel blessed with so many opportunities and new beginnings, but they have all come at once and I feel like I’m drowning. Events and partnerships, new gigs, new books, new travel, new expectations. So much for my little brain to hold. Tonight I shall do crosswords and drink more wine. Tomorrow I shall begin to organize this little life of mine.

In other news, this song is in my head.

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Crowns and Cosmos


currently reading nigel slater’s new book (british version, possibly my favorite of his) and attempting to read paris: the novel, which is supposed to be like a history lesson in novel form (we’ll see)


tasting locally harvested yaupon tea :: simple, caffeinated, lovely


farmhouse delivery: kale, lettuce, radishes, red cabbage, beets, artichokes, green garlic, brussels sprouts, strawberries, olive oil, olives


slicing green cabbage to make this Marcella Hazan dish :: delicious and comforting


cooking onions for the cabbage soup


appetizers: steamed artichokes with butter

Today I got my first (temporary) crown. It’s been so long since I’ve had any type of filling or anesthesia for dental stuff that I pretty much freaked out. I was so nervous, so anxious. My dentist rocks though, and I listened to Frank Sinatra and it was all over pretty quickly.

Last night we watched the latest Cosmos episode. My current question: where are all the geniuses today? Why was Edmond Halley able to map the southern stars, identify the trade winds, help figure out the laws of planetary motion, calculate the orbit of Halley’s comet, build the diving bell, create a magnetic compass, and research common ages of death? Why could this one man accomplish so much? And he somehow worked with Isaac Newton? Why so many amazing minds at one time? Why not now? I want to be curiouser and curiouser.

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Lately, on Instagram


Left: A root beer float at Nau’s. Having this cute pharmacy and soda shop a half-a-block away is wonderful and dangerous.

Center: On good weather days, we sit outside on our tiny balcony and drink margaritas and watch the sun set. I bring Bananagrams out, but we never get to it. Our neighbors often join us, all of us crowd together sharing drinks and chats and stories about life. It’s so wonderful.

Right: Sometimes I remember those recipes I learned long ago from friends or from cooking at the B&B. This week I made a strata with our Farmhouse veggies, and it was perfect.


Left: We finally finished our little reading corner in our bedroom! We found this fantastic chair at World Market, which happened to perfectly match the ottoman we already had. Most days you can find me here, reading John Steinbeck or playing Sudoku.

Right: We also set up our little listening corner with our vintage step stool that we found in Portland, our record player, and our small collection of records. I’m excited to find more records of Edith Piaf, Howlin’ Wolf, Ray Charles.


We’ve been eating really well now that we get a weekly Farmhouse Delivery. Most weeks I prep most of the veggies the day we receive them, then we make composed bowls or salads throughout the week. They usually start with some rice or beans, then pretty much anything else we have on hand. Last week I also made kale chips, which we nearly finished that day. So good.


This is one of the first years that I’m anxious for warmer days to arrive. I usually HATE summer, and wish that fall/winter would last forever. But this year, I’m ready for our swimming pool. I’m ready for skirts and sandals and sun.

Left: I made lime cordial for gimlets and sipped a Pimm’s cup with the window open one evening in hopes of luring warmer days in. Not quite yet.

Right: Another evening patio time, this time with deviled eggs topped with pickled beet stems, steamed sugar snap peas with salt, and rosé.


Left: I loved the idea of making angostura sugar cubes for summer champagne cocktails (found on Reclaiming Provincial), so I made some. So fun.

Right: I’ve started using this process for my daily notes/lists/journal. It has worked fantastically! Also, this light – every evening my desk is kissed by the sunset.

Also, currently listening to this on repeat.