Wander Woman

Spooky Wooky H’ween Pumpkin Truffles

by on Oct.30, 2015

I made these little effers for my daughter’s Halloween party at school. I’m pretty proud of them! They’re white chocolate pumpkin truffles. The red decorating gel adds jarring, unneeded sweetness, but the rest of the truffle tasted pretty good.

Think a bunch of two-year-olds appreciated the delicate artistry of my work? (I know, I’m Duff Freaking Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” because I was able to squirt on some eye veins. I’m convinced I should open my own bakery because I can buy the right ingredients and follow a recipe without mucking it up.)

Nope, the kids didn’t give these truffles a second look! Not scared, not impressed… nothing.

I really need to warm up to less time-consuming desserts and apps for my munchkin’s parties. She and her little friends are just as happy eating crap store-bought cookies—or their own boogers, even.

But it was a fun little dessert project.

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Two Years of Keeping Our Child Alive!

by on Oct.21, 2015

Has it been two years since this crazy girl spun into our world? Wow, it has! Two years of nonstop feeding, bathing, burps, diapey changes, dress-up, plastic toys and Band-Aids. What did our life even look like before The Jas? Truthfully, I remember it well, but I dig this life too.

We don’t have slow mornings or back porch happy hours anymore, but as it turns out, AM cartoon spooning in bed and naked, post-bath, high-speed pursuits are just as fun. Jassy has an ocean of personality, strong likes (smoothies, pockets, streaking) and equal dislikes (filet mignon: “This is yucky. No like this”), and just about anything she says or does makes us heave with delirious love.

To ring in her 2nd birthday, we had our first kid party. That’s right: It was the first time we entertained more than two children in our house. So I went out and bought a garish slide, made munchkin-friendly snacks (artisan cheese plate, popcorn and fruit pouches) and a grilled cheese bar, set out a pumpkin-painting table, and put together favor bags. (I must’ve stood in the Party City aisle for an hour before deciding what to give seven one- to four-year-olds. I have zero idea how to entertain little kiddies, other than dunking them in a swimming pool.)

Halfway through the party my mom brought it to my attention that while we had enough beer and wine to intoxicate a platoon, the kids had nothing to drink. Whoops! I knew I bought apple cider and OJ for the monkeys. How the hell did I forget that??

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Fugs to Funk: Staining Our Concrete Foundation

by on Oct.08, 2015

This was the easiest project ever.

For the past two years, we’ve been detesting the ugly unfinished concrete foundation on the back of our house. It’s 10 feet tall in some parts, making it pretty friggin’ noticeable when you’re on the west side of our backyard looking toward the house.

To turn this eyesore into a brash backdrop, we considered covering it in stone, brick or metal (that would’ve been awesome), but decided in the interest of time and money that we’d stain the foundation instead. We mulled over stain colors for weeks, and one Sunday afternoon attacked the Great Wall of Concrete with gallons of gunmetal grey concrete stain. It only took one coat to fully cover the foundation (we’ll see if it starts to chip and begs for another coat).

We dig, dig, dig how it turned out! It gave our run-of-the-mill home a tight, two-toned look and looks pretty wicked against the pool deck.

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So Long, Summa

by on Sep.20, 2015

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

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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California Love

by on Aug.25, 2015

We took a weeklong trip back to our (overhyped) home state to see family, pals, palm trees and grinding traffic. It was a fast-paced social blitz, but tearing ourselves away from Austin and spending time with our SoCal peeps is a must!

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{Wandering} Eating Our Way Through Japan

by on Aug.04, 2015

My hiz’s job has been taking him to some pretty groovy places. One week last month he had meetings in Yokohama, so I met him in Tokyo the second he was free. It was a fast-moving, foodie-paradise trip where we bounced like youngens from city to city—just the two of us…

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Here + There

by on Jul.21, 2015

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 Melt + a Nap

by on May.29, 2015

Stuffing my face at our usual honky tonk…
Why are patty melts so damn soul-filling?! Crunchy, meaty, drippy heaven!

And a quick nap for my tiny big girl…

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