DIY Print Painting

Wow, well it’s Saturday and I’m finally getting around to saying hello. It was a crazy busy week but in the best possible way. Things have been picking up in my “business life” and so this weekend is made for relaxing and just hanging out. Last weekend was similar. The only activity besides watching Scandal last Saturday evening was a DIY “painting”. 

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IMG_6005I spotted a cute print on Pinterest and loved the saying, but didn’t want to spend the $30. So I decided I could just do it myself….I gathered up the tools (pink acrylic paint + white paint + plenty of sizes of paintbrushes + thick, durable paper + pencil) and referred to the print I had called up on my phone. All of the supplies can be found at Michael’s.

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I had so much fun painting and focusing all my attention and effort on ONE activity. You don’t get that luxury very often these days!

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I also baked these guys while I went to town on my painting, but I think I over-baked them. They were a bit crunchy, but they had chocolate, so naturally I ate them.

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The masterpiece  :) 

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And here it is right over our little bar station! It was a lot of fun to make, and adds some character to the room. It wasn’t as easy as I thought, but I think it turned out pretty well.

Anyone else have fun, easy DIY projects for around the house? Searching for a new one! :)

 

Walton’s Fancy & Staple

So this week is going by quickly and I’m kind of digging it. Being my own boss, client meetings and coffee catch-ups are on me. Otherwise, I’m plugging away at my desk in my house–and I’ve come to realize human interaction is what fuels me. So I scheduled 4 coffee dates this week, a happy hour and a workout with a friend. Made sense at the time.

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{the photo above is from happymouth.ca found. the rest are mine} 

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and tell you guys about Waltons Fancy & Staple in Austin, Texas. My husband and I were in Austin for the weekend for a family reunion (his side) and we snuck away for a little lunch date just the two of us. I did some Yelp-ing to find a fun spot (because let’s get real, I’ve got a long restaurant wish list over there) and stumbled upon Walton’s! The cutest little old school country store-type feel in a space that used to be a flower shop but now offers baked goods, breakfast lunch and some delicious coffee options. They even sell flowers and pretty little succulents. So basically it’s a blogger’s paradise, right!?

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Let’s just say Yelp did not lead us astray on our lunch choice. We both ordered the turkey sweet. Ohhh myyyy yum. It’s got Thanksgiving turkey as opposed to deli turkey (it’s a thing, I promise), bacon, caramelized onion with apple and white cheddar on a croissant. It was so so good. If you enjoy salty and sweet, this is your jam. It’s pretty big though, so in hindsight, we would’ve shared it. 

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It was a weirdly cold and rainy September Saturday afternoon so we both ordered tea and enjoyed macarons for dessert. 

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We’ve been on a bit of a macaron rampage lately and I don’t see an end to it in the near future. We opted for the pistachio and the salted caramel. They weren’t up to our standards–a little on the dry side (#macarondiva). Our favorites in Dallas are Bisou Bisou Patisserie. They open in West Village in a few months but sell their macarons at various farmers markets around DFW.

Get yourself to Walton’s if you’ve never been. Especially if you live in Austin (little sis: I’m looking at you). The breakfast menu looks delightful and I’d definitely want to try more baked goods and a wonderful latte too. Have a great evening!

 

new recipes, VSX, + faves

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Warning: this post is going to be all over the place. You have been warned.

So basically my weekend was spent like that ^. Coffee mug in hand, book in lap and crazy dog running around. My husband and I drove to Austin to spend the weekend with his family and it was so relaxing and nice. Most of the weekend was spent in pajamas or a swimsuit, so it was a win-win. Because Texas weather is crazy, one day it was in the 90s and the next day it was raining and in the 60s. The pool was heated, so it was such a treat to get to swim (with the pup too!) and spend time with R’s side of the family. I read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and loved it. It was extremely motivating and inspirational. I recommend it to all you entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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I discovered Bark Thins. Dark chocolate with sea salt and pretzel. They call it “snacking chocolate” so somehow I justify eating my weight in dark chocolate as just a “snack”. That last piece was enjoyed al desko. <– see what I did there?

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I also reacquainted myself with chai tea lattes. Holy yum. The above iced chai was from Whole Foods with almond milk and I would’ve been happy to swim in it. Yep, that good. I followed it up with a hot chai tea latte this weekend (temps below 70 call for it!) and I am sipping a homemade one in bed as we speak (err….type).

photo 1I received these Victoria Secret Sport yoga pants and sports bra from Influenster. I was thrilled to find out I was included in this program as I generally go to 3 yoga classes per week and love to switch things up! 

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The sports bra is really cute, but I’m not sure I can get behind an underwired sports bra…it felt a little weird. I wasn’t a fan of it in yoga class this morning, but perhaps it would be better for a run? We shall see. The yoga pants are PERFECT. They wick away sweat, are a really nice material, fit perfectly and look really awesome on. I tried to snap a photo of me in them post-yoga, but nobody wants to see that…

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Last week I made my own marinara for the first time! I used this recipe and used fresh basil from our Tower Garden (more on that later). Oh and tonight I made this but subbed plain Greek yogurt for heavy cream. I believe it will be a new weekly favorite of ours.

photo 4A morning last week when we were waiting for our new couch to be delivered, so I decided to make banana bread pancakes. I think I’m a little obsessed with mornings.

photo 5And if you follow me on Instagram (@thatfoodiegirl) you’ve already seen this uber-bloggy scene. The little things. :)

And with that, I’m out. I’ve got some zzzzz’s to catch.

Banh Shop Dallas: A New Yum! Brands Concept

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I was lucky enough to get invited to the Banh Shop media preview/tasting and walked away extremely satisfied and excited to return…and let’s get real, a little jealous this wasn’t here when I went to SMU. Banh Shop is actually a Yum! Brands concept, first one to roll out right here in the Big D. This location (on SMU Blvd) opens this Friday, while the second location will open at DFW Airport later this month. The chefs behind the concept are husband-wife duo Braden & Yasmin Wages of Malai Kitchen (pictured above). 

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Banh Shop is a fun, inviting space (inside an old mechanics shop) perfect for a fast casual concept. You’re in, you get your fresh Asian fare (before you even sit your food will be ready), and on with your day…or stay for a ginger margarita.

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If you read my blog, you know I’m not much of a beef-eater, but wow. This is their #1 grilled steak banh mi with pate (which honestly grosses me out) but it was cooked to perfection in a honey-caramel glaze. So. Good.

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They offer all sorts of banh mis–even a tofu banh mi! It had a nice chili-coconut glaze, but it wasn’t as flavorful as the others. We also tried their American style banh mi that had cold cuts, but I’d much rather stick to the Asian flavors–and I really can’t wait to try the coconut chicken breast banh mi. Mmmm….

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On top of banh mi, they also offer wok bowls, drunken noodles, a soup and a few salads. This particular bowl is called the “Banh Fire” Bowl because of the jalapeño pesto on top. Super tasty with the chicken meatballs and just the right amount of kick.

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Dessert was this dangerous layered magic bar-type confection. Too good to pass up!

After the lunch spent tasting a million different mouth-watering dishes that were hard to take just one bite of, I was happy I began my day with greens:

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Kale smoothie to the rescue. All about that balance–and that was the underlying theme at Banh Shop too! Must be why I love Thai and Vietnamese food–gotta love the salty, sweet, savory balance in each dish!

Banh Shop opens Friday– go give it a try! I might just see you there :)

Hope you all have a great evening!