Monday, July 14, 2014

Date Idea Jar


 

Well I FINALLY made my own Date Jar!! I read all of those websites on pinterest and put all of their lists together!! So my list is AWESOME!!! 

The first thing to do is to make your categories. I had three categories: Eating Out, Staying In, and Going Out. Some other ways to organize your Date Jar would be by cost: Free, Under $20, Under $50, Over $100. I then painted the jumbo craft sticks using spray paint (each category gets a different color). I wrote on the sticks using permanent marker. SUPER EASY!! 

How the Date Idea Jar works: First, we see what we're in the mood for...a new restaurant, a night out, or a night in?? We then both pick an idea out of the jar and select the best one. Don't forget to write the date on the back of the stick before you put it back in the jar!! Or you can also remove the stick and make it a goal to empty the jar!! I like the idea of writing the dates down, and there's nothing wrong with doing some of the dates more than once!!


Eating Out
2.       Café Crepe
3.       Scholz Garten
4.       The Oasis
5.       Nutty Brown Café
6.       Red’s Porch
7.       Magnolia Café
8.       Freddie’s Place
9.       Whip In
11.   Contigo
12.   Easy tiger


Staying In
1.       Build a fort and watch a movie
2.       Take the 5 love languages test and enjoy a nice dessert
4.       Board Game Night (Challenge: Who can win the most games?)
5.       Cook a NEW meal together
6.       Complete a Puzzle
7.       Play Twister (Maybe even messy twister??)
8.       Karaoke Night (YouTube it!!)
9.       1000 Questions for Couples (Or try these for free: dating.lovetoknow.comonlyartblog)
10.   Theme Night (Italy, Greece, Germany, Mexico)
11.   Build Your Own Pizza
12.   Beer Tasting at Home. Buy ten NEW beers to sample.
13.   Video Game Night
14.   Dance off!! Youtube dance moves and give them a try
15.   Let’s get crafty (Painting??)
16.   Nerf Gun WAR!!
17.   Water balloon fight
18.   Paint fight
19.   Water Gun Fight
20.   Paper plane contest 


Going Out
1.       Stargazing (Must find 10 constellations)
2.       Contemporary Austin Art Museum ($5 per person)
3.       Tennis Match
4.       Laser Tag
5.       Umlauf Sculpture Museum ($5 person)
6.       He picks the dinner, she picks the movie.
7.       She picks the dinner, he picks the movie.
8.       Volunteer 
9.       Go for a hike
10.   Play H-O-R-S-E
12.   Fly a Kite
13.   Go to the dollar store and buy 2 presents for each other.
14.   Wine Tasting
15.   Brewery Tour
17.   Arcade Night
18.   Bowling
20.   Kayaking Day
21.   Zoo Trip
22.   Food Truck Dinner Date
23.   Roller Derby
24.   Check out the Flea Market
25.   Bar Trivia
27.   Go to a local sporting event
28.   Comedy Club
29.   Cupcake sampling
30.   Thriftstore Date (find something entertaining for the night)
31.   Random Acts of Kindness
32.   People watch on 6th Street
34.   Play some mini golf
35.   Ghost Tour ($20 per person)
36.   Jazz club (Brass House or Elephant Room)
37.   Dancing lesson
38.   Batting cages 
39.   Go Karts 
40.   Top golf
41.   Rock climbing (Main Event, AustinPark&Pizza)
42.   Museum of the weird ($8 per person)
43.   Let’s be tourists in our own town!! 
44.   Go see a Play or Musical                     
45.   Gift Card & Coupon Date (Let's save some money!!)
46.   Restaurant Hop (appetizers at one restaurant, main dish at another, and dessert at another)
47.   House Hunting (let's visit some open houses)
48.   Wishing Well Date (3 pennies, 3 wishes each)
49.   Make a boat and have a race in the creek/river
50.   Planetarium
51.   Acquarium


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Some of my friends I decided to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding here in Bastrop!! It was sssooo much fun!! We even did the famous head stand!! If you're interested check out the Bastrop River Company. They offer kayaking, tubing, canoeing, and they even have floating concerts in the summer!! I absolutely LOVE this place!! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf


GLAZE INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup chili sauce (or substitute ketchup, but I liked chili sauce)
4 tbsp brown sugar
4 tsp cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)

MEAT LOAF INGREDIENTS
2 tsps vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsps Dijon mustard
2 tsps Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 pound ground beef chuck
1 pound ground pork
2/3 cup  quick oatmeal
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
8-12 slices of bacon


INSTRUCTIONS
1. For the glaze: Mix all ingredients in small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened and set aside.

2. For the meat loaf: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in medium skillet. Add onion and garlic; sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool while preparing remaining ingredients.

3. Mix eggs with thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and yogurt. Add egg mixture to meat in large bowl along with oatmeal, parsley, and cooked onion and garlic; mix until evenly blended.

4. With wet hands, pat meat mixture into approximately 9-by-5-inch loaf shape. Place the mixture in your meatloaf pan. Remember the meatloaf pan is the secret to making awesome meatloaf!!  Brush with half the glaze, then arrange bacon slices crosswise over the loaf, overlapping slightly and tucking only bacon tip ends under loaf.

5. Bake loaf until bacon is crisp, about 1 hour. Cool 10-15 minutes. While meat loaf is cooling, re-heat remaining sauce and brush over meat loaf. 

I got this recipe from the following website: www.ourbestbites.com

Peanut Butter Pie




1 graham cracker crust
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1 (8oz) container whipped topping, thawed
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Minis (optional)

Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar and peanut butter. Slowly add milk, mixing well. Fold in whipped topping and pour into crust. Top with peanut butter cups, and freeze until firm. 

You'll need to thaw the pie for a few minutes before you serve. ENJOY!! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Barton Springs Pool


I finally visited Barton Springs Pool and I LOVED it!! It's closer than some of the other springs I've visited, and it's bigger!! Parking is $5 on weekends, but it's free during the week. It's $3 per Austin resident to enter the Springs, and $4 for non-residents. We brought some towels to lay out on, and when we got super hot we jumped in!!  The water was chilly, but it felt ssoo nice!! There are lifeguards present, but I'm not sure I'd take my kids with all of the topless sunbathers. If you're going to visit Barton Springs I suggest visiting their website to take a look at the prohibited items: http://austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Round Rock Express


Round Rock Express Baseball Game!! I LOVE going to baseball games!! They are so festive and fun!! Tickets are $14 for infield or $7 to sit on the lawn. They also have great promotions!! 

Monday's: $1 Hot Dogs & Sodas
Tuesday's: Half Price Tickets
Wednesday's: Bring 2 HEB canned food items and sit on the lawn for FREE
Thursday's: Beer Specials and $1 Sodas
Friday's: Fireworks



Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Outfit

My mom, sister, and I made outfits for the fourth of July!! We used white hats/visors ($2), white shoes ($5), and old shorts. We bought some fabric paint, foam brushes, small brushes, star stickers, and masking tape. 

Here's my outfit for the night!! 

Directions for shorts: We painted one layer of white on the shorts using the foam brushes. We let the layer dry for an hour before painting a second coat. We then used a pencil to lightly draw the lines. Lastly, we used red fabric puffy paint to trace over the lines.

These are my sister's shoes!! 

Directions for the shoes: We first taped off the edges and areas we didn't want to get paint on. We then placed the star stickers onto the shoes. We used the foam brushes and regular brushes to paint the blue sections. We waited a few hours for the paint to dry before removing the tape and stickers. We did the same on the red section. I wanted my red and white lines to be a little smaller, so I cut the masking tape into skinnier pieces.


Here are the hats/visors. We did these the same way we did the shoes.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tres Leches Cake


Ingredients


Cake

9 eggs, separated
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup milk, mixed with 1 tbsp baking powder

Filling

3 egg yolks
2 cups half and half
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting

2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
3 tbsp sugar


Instructions


Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking pan.

2. Beat together egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale; add the vanilla. Add flour alternately with the milk mixture. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Stir about a third of whites into batter, then fold in the remainder until completely blended. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake for about 30-45 minutes. Cool on a rack for 2 hours.

Filling
3. Beat yolks. Bring 1 cup of half and half to a boil. While beating yolks, slowly pour in hot cream; beat until foamy and cool. Add remaining half and half and evaporated and condensed milks; beat thoroughly. Add vanilla. Cool in refrigerator while the cake is cooling.

Assembly
4. When the cake has cooled, poke holes in it with the end of a wooden spoon. I also suggest using a fork to poke even smaller holes into the cake. Slowly pour filling over the cake, which should absorb all of the filling. My cake only absorbed about half of the filling, so I let it sit for a few hours and then poured the remaining filling over-top. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Frosting
5. Chill bowl and egg beaters by placing in freezer for one hour. Beat whipping cream and add sugar. Beat until stiff but don’t over beat or you’ll have butter! Swirl frosting on top of cake in big strokes.

I got this recipe from the following website: andihelped.blogspot.com