Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Five Inspiring Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

The end of the summer is upon us! I don't know about you all, but I'm excited for the prospect of cooler weather and have been eyeing my long skirts and sweaters with anticipation. I've missed them. They are ready to be released from the confines of my closet.

But in celebration of the impending last hurrah of the hottest of seasons, here are a few ideas to liven up these final sweet gasps of summer.

End-of-summer sangria.

And put that sangria in a portable wine cup.

Maybe add some fancy ice cubes.

Drink it in the river while listening to tunes from your waterproof speakers.

And don't forget your summery temporary tattoos!

(Photos via respective linked websites)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jessica Hische Print: You're Officially Awesome

This might be my most favorite thing I've seen all week. I am such a huge fan of Jessica Hische I would probably fan-girl faint if I ever met her.

(Photos via Jessica Hische)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Halibut with Sliced Potatoes and Wilted Spinach

We recently moved and I'm still in awe of our new kitchen. A stove with four burners that work properly! A deep sink! An island with places to put things on! I know this might make our old kitchen sound like a dump, but it really wasn't. It was just tiny.

So this is the first meal that I'm blogging about from the new digs. It's nice for things to be settled and back to normal. Well, normal with four burners that work, a deep sink, and a kitchen island.

This dish is good. And simple. Like life should be in the summer. If you like fish, definitely give it a try.

Halibut with Slice Potatoes and Wilted Spinach
Serves 2

1 baking potato
1/2 pound halibut
Sea salt and pepper
Olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of spinach

Preheat oven to 450. Peel and thinly slice the potato. Slice halibut in half. Line baking pan with a sheet of parchment paper. Place the potato slices in a few layers on top. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with some olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes.

Take out and place halibut halves on top. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Roast about 15 minutes longer.

While halibut is baking, mince garlic and chop up spinach leaves. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet and cook garlic for one minute on medium-low heat. Then add spinach for a few minutes or until it begins to wilt. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide roasted halibut and potatoes among plates and serve the wilted spinach on the side.

(Adapted from Epicurious)

The Best Austin Map Ever

The fine folks at Holstee are putting out a map of Austin. It is so cute! And there's a Willie Nelson quote on it to boot. Definitely putting this on my wish list.

 (Images via Holstee)

Vintage Book Find: The Fat of the Cat (1925)

When Chris and I were in Comfort for our Valentine's Day weekend getaway, I found this book at one of the vintage shops in town, and I am sort of obsessed with it.

The other day I started researching the original German author Gottfried Keller and the American adapter Louis Untermeyer. According to Britannica, Keller was the "greatest German-Swiss narrative writer of late 19th-century Poetischer Realismus (Poetic Realism)." And Untermeyer was an American poet who was also the "author, editor or compiler, and translator of more than one hundred books for readers of all ages." He was also married to some pretty amazing sounding women.

The book has some lovely illustrations and a full-page of color that I keep looking at in the front matter.

Here's to amazing vintage store finds, y'all. Makes me want to hit up Room Service this weekend.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Best Not-So-Hidden Texas Swimming Hole

Have you ever been to Krause Springs? Before my current stay in Austin, I lived here for five years while going to UT. And during undergrad, Krause Springs never even crossed my radar. 

And for that, I am very disappointed with everyone who knew about it and didn't tell me. 

Since moving back to Austin, Chris and I have been out to Krause Springs a handful of times, and it's honestly just magical. I mean there is no real magic going on there, Witches of East End fans, but you get those feel-good-summer's-gonna-last-forever vibes when you're out there. And if that's not magic, then I don't know what is.

Here are a few shots from last summer when we took my nephew swimming there while we were babysitting one day. Def try to go while it's still that nice kind of hot.

Let the good summer times roll, y'all.

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