Wander Woman

Eggs Galore

by on Jan.19, 2015

Deviled eggs for a mid-afternoon snack and “breakfast salad” as the day’s first meal…

To make the breakfast salad, we threw in chunks of hardboiled egg, chopped bacon, tomato, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and croutons over romaine, then added an easy-to-make yogurt and champagne dressing.

Why breakfast salad?

When you have a crate of lettuce and not enough meals to eat it up, breakfast salad to the rescue!

My hiz was like, “Salad for breakfast? Meh. Count me out.”

But then he would’ve starved, cuz I ain’t the kind of wife who makes her hubby special meals. And he wasn’t about to venture into the kitchen to make his own meal. So he ate it reluctantly… and actually loved it!

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December Bites

by on Dec.23, 2014

I’ve done more dessert-making in the past week than I’ve done in the last year.

I made these “Magic Eight Bars” for hiz’s work team, and they’re pretty good. (Seriously sweet, though!) I also baked up the requisite chocolate chip cookies and peanut buttery buckeye balls… and now I’m totally, utterly sick of eating sweets.

In Jasper Land, I was over-the-top excited to take a day off work to ferry my tiny one around to her holiday events. This chick has a busier social life than I do!

I eagerly signed up to make meatballs for her classroom party (because protein is important in a baby’s diet, and I like meatballs a lot).

On the day of the party, I labored over these orange-glazed turkey meatballs…

I was crazily anticipating all the toddlers running to the food table to nosh on these meaty, sweet munchies.

And, whoops….

We showed up 15 minutes late to the party, thinking it was no big deal, since soirees never start on time anyway.


Kiddie parties start at the scheduled time, if not EARLY.

The kids had already eaten in that 15-minute window of time and were on to their playtime activities.

Such a bummer!

None of the monkeys wanted my meatballs!

Jassy humored her unpunctual mama and nibbled on a few meatballs while the party raged around her.

Needless to say, we had meatballs for dinner that night. And for lunch the next day, and the week after that…

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Jasper’s Uber Fun First Birthday

by on Dec.16, 2014

It has been sooo long since I last posted! Life and Halloween and Turkey Day capers has swallowed all of my time and energy for weeks.

But I’m finally here to blog about happenings this past season.

Here’s a recap of Jassy’s super special first birthday back in October. She likes animals, so we celebrated with a pony party (and lots of beer and whiskey cocktails for the grown-ups).

Piglets would’ve been cute, too, but she’s such a rough lil’ lady, she’d probably end up maiming the poor piggies.

Jas went bananas for the ponies, and since then attempts to ride everything she can squeeze her legs around, like dogs, parents, UPS boxes, and laundry heaps…

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Serious Beef

by on Oct.30, 2014

Took a quickie road trip from Austin, through the dry plains of Central Texas, on to Lubbock.

Along the way, we pitstopped at a cattle ranch-slash-restaurant in Buffalo Gap that always gets a ton of praise from the beef-eatin’ folks in the state.

Eating melty filet in a twinkling wood cabin?!

Pretty incredible.

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About & Out

by on Oct.24, 2014

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

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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Everyone’s Favorite Sandwich

by on Sep.18, 2014

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

Like I really need a reason to shove a burger down my throat. It’s what I do every week anyway.

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Small Biscuits… and 11 Months

by on Sep.15, 2014

Venison biscuits at Odd Duck, this newish small-plates place in South Austin. Not a fan of small plates (I hate having to order 5 menu items that all have entree price tags), but this dish was reasonably satisfying… paired with five more plates.

And how cute is this dinosaur-toy-with-its-spine-carved-out planter?!

I think I need to mutilate one of Jassy’s toys and turn it into something with adult purpose.

Just last week our Peewee hit the 11-month mark. She’s a busy body—climbing up and down the stairs, running laps around the house and restaurant interiors. And she has three whole teeth: Two on the bottom and one on the top, with another big upper tooth is about to make its debut.

What else?

Jas jibber-jabbers constantly. Her wake-up chit-chat with herself makes my heart dip. I listen to her through the baby monitor and wonder what thoughts are bouncing around her mushrooming mind. (Probably something to do with wanting a bottle or scheming up a crib escape. I’d like to think she’s admiring her Chinoiserie wallpaper… maybe she is.)

She is consistently sleeping through the night (till 7am-ish), which is amaaaazing. And as far as foods go, she likes anything she can eat with her hands: baby meatballs, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, sweet potato chunks, any type of fruit. Doesn’t care for more than 5 bites of oatmeal (which comes on a spoon) or sitting in a highchair for longer than 7 minutes. She finishes most of her meals while on the run (I follow her around jamming chunks of food in her mouth) or on my hip.

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by on Sep.11, 2014

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