Wander Woman

Outside + Grilled, Stuffed Zucchini

by on May.22, 2015

Lawn art in New Braunfels…

A first for me: low-carb cooking! This would be stuffed zucchini (it’s just sauteed peppers, onions, garlic, goat cheese, and tomato-y chicken, with a gob of fresh jalapeno hummus).

And The Rusty Mule, a new favorite beer and music stop in our ‘hood.

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H-Town and a Killer Kentucky Hot Brown

by on May.04, 2015

Crashed for a night at this grown-up hotel in Houston (because the teepee motel I really wanted to stay at was just too far away)…

And gave our diets the finger with this cheesy Derby Day Hot Brown, with bourbon-maple-glazed bacon and sriracha on an herby biscuit. Sooo worth it.

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Campfire Supper

by on Apr.27, 2015

To celebrate our wedding anny, we packed up our car with all sorts of meat and metal and spent the afternoon roasting our supper at Pedernales Falls.

A meaty feast and strong cocktails…

Those are chicken drumsticks, garlicky herbed potatoes and tzatziki sauce over sausage wraps. (Crowned by mouthfuls of s’mores that I didn’t snap shots of.)

Hands down the best date night we’ve had in 11 years of coupledom. Happy togetherness, baby!

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This + That

by on Apr.09, 2015

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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Bore Snore Lucky Charms Treats

by on Mar.17, 2015

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like leprechaun-themed cereal, am I right??

I forgot to add green food coloring to the marshmallow so they’re not as St. Patty’s Day-themed as they could be… Oh, well. They taste the same either way.

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Oysters in ATX

by on Mar.13, 2015

We hit up the Austin Oyster Festival a couple of weekends ago—when an ice storm engulfed the city, leaving us shivering in 30 degree weather.

Baked, grilled, fried, Rockefeller, Vietnamese-style… there were all kinds of oysters, if you got ’em before they ran out. Turns out even arctic temps can’t stop this town from partying al fresco.

There was one heater in the whole festival… brrr. We ended up warming up in our car halfway through the fun. Lines were sizeable to pick up oysters, but—bonus!—they gave out free beer to compensate for long waits. We slurped down at least four free beers at the festival! Amaaaze.

And here’s a warm coffee from a bar that opened in South Austin a while back, Radio Coffee & Beer. Love it there…

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Love-Themed Stuff

by on Feb.16, 2015

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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Weekend Chomps

by on Feb.02, 2015

This past weekend was a slow one…well, slow for us, since we seem to always be zooming at light speed through life.

On one rainy night we baked these S’mores Cookies and inhaled them relentlessly while imbibing the last episodes of “The Fall” (best show ever because it stars Scully).

And we brought this Layered Seafood Dip to our friends’ Super Bowl partay. (I ditched the weirdo lettuce and used sautéed bell peppers instead.)

I can’t stop thinking about the dip! Shrimp, crab, cheese, cocktail sauce, tomatoes… so simple and yumzies, even to people who are squeamish about shellfish (who are these crazies?!).

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Good Face

by on Jan.30, 2015

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

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