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So Long, Summa

by on Sep.20, 2015, under Other Lovelies

We just returned from a weeklong trip to Virginia Beach, where we visited my uber-fun aunt and uncle. We jumped through ocean waves, lazed around the pool and feasted endlessly (lots of Filipino lumpia and pancit), and now we are oh-so-ready to stay home and bask in fall’s chill.

No more airplane trips for Peewee for a while (she’s too hyper for seated activities and I love to myself too much to endure the agony of schlepping her anywhere outside of city limits).

Yep, summer was a good one this year: Tons of trips to Lake Travis and Barton Springs Pool (fun fact: Robert Redford learned to swim here), we plopped a pool in our backyard, and even trekked to the ocean twice (Pacific and Atlantic). Summertime was wet around here… always a plus when you live in smokin’ hot Texas.

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A Cake for Mama

by on Sep.01, 2015, under Other Lovelies

I’m not much of a baker, but I wanted to slave in the kitchen and make an amazing dessert for my mother ship’s sixty-something birthday. I came across this recipe for Coconut-Pineapple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, and, man, was it moist and decadent! (I can’t handle dry cake.)

My mom loved the candles on her cake (which, as you can see, melted wicked fast). Lola has a pretty good sense of humor, of course.

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Here + There

by on Jul.21, 2015, under Other Lovelies

Jassy had a screamin’ time at the lake with Nana and Aunt BonBon…

Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter for dindin one night, because Giada knows best…

And hanging at our favey dive with Peewee.

Daddy says Jas is just like her mama: One drink and the clothes start coming off!

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This + That

by on Apr.09, 2015, under Other Lovelies

A quickie Strawberry Nutella Cake brought to some neat new friends….

A run-in with a play fountain…
Our totally exhilarating, recent DIY project: A wood-paneled wall…
An afternoon on the Zilker Zephyr

And the hearty, toothy smile that spins my universe…

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Love-Themed Stuff

by on Feb.16, 2015, under Food & Cocktails, Other Lovelies

For my little nugget’s V-Day event, I made these Bacon-Wrapped Honey Chicken Adobo Bites—although I had originally intended on making these Sriracha Bites, but, whoops, kids can’t eat spicy stuff. So I swapped out the sriracha and used my trusty Filipino adobo sauce as the marinade star instead (adobo is just vinegar and soy sauce). I also used turkey bacon instead of real bacon because it’s healthier, just as tasty (say, for BLTs and carbonara) and I didn’t feel like making a special trip to the store to buy one ingredient I didn’t have.

Her Valentine’s Day party at school was uber cute. The little boogers exchanged Valentines and pigged out on cookies, fruit… and Bacon-Wrapped Honey Chicken Adobo Bites.

That’s a slice of apple beneath the bite, btw. (Classic bacon companion.)

And for V-Day weekend, Hiz and I stole away to Fredericksburg (an hour from Austin) and frolicked at wineries… It was much needed!

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Good Face

by on Jan.30, 2015, under Other Lovelies

This wallpaper knocks it way out of the park in every way. Found in a bar bathroom…

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About & Out

by on Oct.24, 2014, under Other Lovelies

Feel-good street art.

And dream digs…

Walked past this modern, window-filled home and my heart launched through my chest, tumbled and beat its way to the front door.

The white, the Deco house number, the kinda-hidden-but-not-really front porch…

Must have. One day…

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On the Wall

by on Oct.02, 2014, under Other Lovelies


This portrait of our monkey, which hangs next to her crib, is the sweetest.

It was a super special baptism gift from her godmama, Mishel.

The artist used pen and ink with washes of watercolor.

I just love this image of Jasper.

It captures, very softly, her wild child spirit…

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Cabo

by on Sep.11, 2014, under Other Lovelies, Quirky Places

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