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7.31.2009

Friday Faves: Pillsbury "simply" Cookies

Since I make dinner from scratch every night, I sometimes want to be a lazy cook. But since I am used to that home-cooked taste, I don't want to sacrifice taste for the ease of ready-made items. This is why I am so happy that I discovered Pillsbury "simply" cookies.

They are ready-to-bake cookies that taste like they are homemade. Seriously! It is because they are made with all natural ingredients (the same you would use for baking cookies yourself: butter, eggs, flour, etc.). My husband and I through down the whole batch like it was nothing, as they were addictively good.

I will definitely buy these again!

7.28.2009

Travel Tuesday: Camping Packing List


I know it's been a few weeks since I last posted, but I have been busy travelling. :) We just got back from an amazing trip to Costa Rica. However, this Travel Tuesday post is not about Costa Rica (that one will come later).

As you know, the hubs and I camp as much as we can. Because of this, we have a master camping check-list for items to pack that we use each time. Because some friends have asked for this in the past and have found it helpful, I thought I'd share a generic version of the list here for you guys as well. Feel free to print and add to it for your own needs.

Camping Equipment

Charcoal/Wood
Lighter Fluid
Matches/Fire Starter
Lantern
Rags
Sleeping Bags
Tent
Spikes
Hammer
Chairs

Food/Cooking

Can Opener
Coffee
Sweet N' Low (or your preferred coffee sweetener)
Cooking Utensils
Dish Soap
Drinks
Water Bottles
Wine Opener
Food
Napkins
Non-Stick Spray
Paper Towels
Pots/Pans/Plates/Cups
Seasonings
Silverware
Trash Bags

Clothes/Personal

Egg Crate
Fishing/Rugged Clothes
Hand Soap
Hats
Night Clothes
Pillows
Socks
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Sweatshirts
Tennis Shoes
Toiletries
Towel
Travel Clothes
Underwear

Outdoor Accessories/Other

Binoculars
Cameras
Tripod
Fishing Poles
Tackle Box
Maps/Directions
Site Confirmations

7.07.2009

Travel Tuesday: Where to Eat in Austin, TX

For this week's Travel Tuesday post, I want to highlight my favorite places to eat in Austin, TX. If you know me, you know my husband is a proud Texan, and that Austin is one of his favorite places in the world. Because of this, I have had the opportunity to visit Austin several times. I have to say, Austin is my favorite city in Texas. It if fun, young, unique, cheap, and has a ton of great food! I often catch myself daydreaming about some of the good eats there that you can't find anywhere else. Since my husband lived there for 4 years when he went to college at UT (Hook 'em Horns!), he has some great experience with eating there, and thankfully, he introduced them to me.

Kerbey Lane
2606 Guadalupe St.
Austin, Texas 78705
512.477.5717

Voted Best Breakfast in Austin 2005-2009, this is a must-eat place near the UT campus. My recommendations are the Kerbey Queso (white cheese queso dip with guacamole in the middle) for $7.95, and their signature pancakes with blueberry (Short Stack is $4.25). My husband's death row meal includes those blueberry pancakes from Kerbey Lane. As he once described to me, they are as if they were created by the hands of God himself. My husband loves the hyperbole.


Picture of Kerbey Queso from the Kerbey Lane website.

Texadelphia
2422 Guadalupe (The Drag)
Austin, TX 78705
512.480.0107

Just trust me on this. I have never had anything like their Texas-style Philly Cheesesteaks and am salivating just thinking about it.

Juan in a Million
2300 Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702
512.472.3872

This joint has also been ranked in the Best of Austin, but not just for food, but also for best handshake by the owner Juan. Quite often Juan stands at the opening of the restaurant and gives you this sweeping, powerful, but like-he's-happy-to-see-you-again handshake. I have one recommendation for food here, and you'd be crazy not to order it: the famous Don Juan - El Taco Grande. For only $3.60 you will get full off this over-stuffed monster of a breakfast taco. Not only that, but it tastes delicious and will cure any hangover you may have from hitting 6th Street a little too hard on $2-$3 cocktails the night before.


Picture of the Don Juan from the Juan in a Million website.



Matt's El Rancho
2613 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78704

The hubs always told me about how amazing Matt's queso and fajitas were. I was skeptical at first, because I have had me some great fajitas in my day. I grew up in Southern California after all! But one visit to Matt's quickly convinced me. Yes, their queso dip is amazing (get one for the large one for the table for only $6.95), but their fajitas are where.it's.at. There is honestly something special about these fajitas that make them the best I have ever had. I couldn't place it for sure, but think it has to do with the marinade the meat has been in. Do check this place out for a nicer, sit-down meal in Austin.

Double Dave's
3000 Duval Street
Austin, TX 78705
512.476.DAVE (3283)

If you are looking for a quick and different bite near campus with cheap, cold beers, check out Double Dave's. I recommend it because they have these awesome pizza rolls that are something so delicious and different that it would bring me back.

Touche's
417 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
512.472.9841

Now, a lot of the bars on 6th Street and the area are a ton of fun and cheap as all heck. But there is one place that I recommend you stop while on your bar hop in Austin: Touche's. You MUST order a round of Flaming Dr. Pepper's. It is a drink and a show. Not only does it taste like Dr. Pepper, but it is only $7 (which in LA is the minimum drink price), but it includes a fire show by the Cocktail-esque show bartenders. Just remember to stand back!


Picture of the Flaming Dr. Pepper in action at Touche's. From this website.

Alright, now if you go to Austin, check these places out, and you can thank me later.