Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hye Meadow Winery


One of my friends recommended Hye Meadow Winery to me and I am so glad she did!! I LOVE this place!! The wine is really good and I love the atmosphere!! This might be one of my new favorites too!!

Here's what we tried today (5 stars means I love it, 1 star means I won't be having it again):
Dolcetto Novello (*****)
The Full Monte (*****)
Hye Jinx (***)

Ron Yates Winery


Just another trip to Fredericksburg!! Ron Yates was recommended to us so we decided to give it a try.  It was good, but somehow I don't need to go back. There are so many AMAZING wineries in the area that if I had to pick one to visit this wouldn't be it.  Not to say it was bad, just not my favorite.

Here's what we sampled (5 stars means I loved it, 1 star means I won't be having it again):
Cinsault Rose **
Sangiovese Rose ***
Mourvedre ****
Pinot Noir ****
Tempranillo ***
Zinfandel ***

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Creamed Corn


My fiance LOVES creamed corn, so I decided to try to make him some myself. He said it was amazing...hopefully he wasn't just saying that just to make me feel good! haha

Ingredients:
4 cups frozen corn
1 cup heavy cream
6 tbsp butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

I didn't say it was healthy...haha.  Add all of the ingredients to a crock pot and cook on high for 2-4 hours. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Office Makeover


I finished decorating my apartment...so now what?!?! Well I realized I spend more time in my office than I do at home and I hate the way my office looks!! So I decided it was time for some changes!! 

The file cabinet was super easy!! I removed the hardware and spray painted it all black. Then I painted the frame of the file cabinet grey. I was going to spray paint the cabinet but to be honest I got impatient. So I just used some paint I had left over from a previous project and rolled it on. Next I used contact paper to do the drawers. The hardest part was making sure I got the chevron pattern on the drawers straight. 

The desk was pretty easy too. I bought some cheap paneling at Home Depot and attached it to the front of the desk. I used some wood to frame the edges and top. Then I painted the entire desk in chalk paint and sealed it with a polyacrylic. 




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Austin Graffiti Park


My sister came into town for Spring Break so we decided to visit the Graffiti Park...aka the Hope Outdoor Gallery!! It's a huge area where anyone is welcome to come and paint!! Most people are using spray paint, but we used latex paint. Basically the only rule is to be courteous of other people's artwork.  Don't paint over something that is art, but feel free to paint over the rest.  


Monday, March 6, 2017

Magnolia Market


My sister and I went to Magnolia Market!!! YAY!!! If you've never seen the show Fixer Upper then you should go to your Netflix account right now!! I LOVE Fixer Upper!! It's a show about a husband and wife who fix up old homes in Waco, Texas. A few years ago they opened Magnolia Market where you can purchase some of their home decor items. There's even a courtyard area where you can play games and relax outside. 



If you do end up going to Magnolia Market then be sure to try the bakery there!! We ate some yummy cupcakes!! There are also food trucks along the side if you get really hungry.  Magnolia Market is super cute but we didn't end up buying anything other than a cupcake. Some of it was decently priced, but the rest was a little too pricey for me. We looked around the shop, enjoyed a cupcake, and took some photos of the area. 


I would definitely suggest going to Magnolia Market on a weekday. I've read that it can be super crowded on the weekends.  We went on a Monday and it was perfect!! 

My last suggestion is to look up some other places to visit while you're in Waco.  There are a lot of other cute little shopping areas. We visited Spice Village, definitely worth checking out!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

White Chocolate & Cherry Shortbread Cookies


We went over to my mom's friend house to help her make some Christmas cookies this year. These were AMAZING!! Some of my new favorites!! 

Ingredients

2/3 cup maraschino cherries (drained on paper towel)
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
12 ounces Ghirardelli White Chocolate (half for cookies, half for drizzling)
1 tsp almond extract
2 drops red food coloring
2 tsp shortening

Steps

1. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs (you may need to use a food processor for this). Stir in the drained cherries and 4 ounces of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and food coloring. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
2. Divide dough in half and roll each half into a cylinder approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Roll the cylinder up in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
3. Preheat oven to 325. Using a sharp knife, slice the chilled dough into 3/8 inch thick slices. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottom are lightly golden. 
4. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the remaining 8 oz of white chocolate and shortening. Heat for 30-45 seconds, stir, and heat again. Once it starts to melt, shorten the amount of time you microwave it each time (try 10-15 seconds). Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Transfer the melted chocolate to an icing bag. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies and let them set.