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Peel & Stick Wallpaper: New DIY Obsession!

Peel & Stick Wallpaper: New DIY Obsession!

Oh my goodness, I just discovered peel-and-stick wallpaper and it is the MOST fun. It’s easy to apply, and there’s virtually no commitment: you can peel it off and move it as many times as you want! We got this one for the laundry room: I’m putting it directly over our old wallpaper (circa 1990) […]

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More Summer Inspiration!

More Summer Inspiration!

So how is July treating you? Hot? So hot, I know. Well, here are 10 more ideas to cool you down and brighten up your long summer days! If you have other ideas to share, please do! Thank you and happy summer, Marie 1) Make homemade cherry limeade! Pit a bunch of cherries (10-20), and […]

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20 Things to Do This Summer

20 Things to Do This Summer

Here we are already halfway through summer! In Texas, the hottest days are yet to come. If you need inspiration, like we do, for getting through another month or two of the dog days, here are some ideas: 1) Hook up a slip-n-slide and make everyone take a turn (even mom and dad!) 2) Cut everyone […]

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DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

After Sister was born, my friend Christina delivered a huge box of baby clothes to us — all the clothes that her baby girl had outgrown one year earlier. I love the clothes. Love. But guess what? I love the scent of the clothes even more. Every time I pull one of the little cotton outfits […]

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Fig Bacon Salad

We Found a Fig Tree!

Last week, I was in search of a fig tree for our yard. Thanks to some great suggestions and insight (thanks especially David M., Chelsea B., Shannon D., Natalie T., Dave E., Susanne H., Tiffany M., Miriam P., and Carla C.!), we found a little Celeste Fig Tree at Barton Springs Nursery. I wanted the […]

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Easy Pulled Pork Sliders

How I Cope With Tragedy (Like Boston)

TV off. Radio off. Oven on. It’s how I cope. During times of stress and tragedy, my instinct is often to curl up in bed and wish everything away. But it’s not the best way to cope. At least for me. I need to be busy. Cooking. Baking. Cleaning. Playing. Hugging. And as I’m keeping […]

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Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Spring makes me do funny things. Just as the mountain laurels start to bloom, I actually (if falsely) believe that our house could be clean for an extended period of time. Like one day or something. And under that belief, I get very determined and start cleaning at odd hours like a crazy woman. Then one […]

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Quinoa

Quinoa with Butter, Almonds and Cranberries

Okay, so I am officially becoming my dad. I am usually in bed before 9 p.m. I have a Japanese car (with light-colored seats!) that gets good gas mileage. I’m an over buyer, especially as to milk and paper towels. I use my blinker like a Driver’s-Ed instructor. I can’t stand loud restaurants. And my […]

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Texas Chili

One Helluva Texas Chili Recipe

I’ve been a bad Texan. Yes, I own boots and a Stetson hat. But I don’t have my own chili recipe.  Oh the shame. My dear Texas, I want to make it up to you. Will this suffice? What if I told you that it was made with 12 ounces of Shiner Bock Black Lager? […]

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Valentine's Day Recap

Valentine’s Day Recap

If Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of love, it was. For the third year in a row, we had John’s band and their families over for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The guys cook (and drink beer) and the ladies chat (and drink champagne). The kids make a huge mess. But back to LOVE. […]

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Easy and Elegant Recipe for Pork Tenderloin

Easy and Elegant Recipe for Pork Tenderloin

Isn’t in funny how times change.  A decade ago, it was perfectly acceptable for Martha Stewart to provide a recipe that took multiple days to prepare.  Whereas, these days, Rachael Ray doesn’t even waste time on extraneous syllables! (EVOO, veg, sammy, delish.) I think I’m somewhere in the middle:  I love a recipe that looks […]

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Photograph Cupcake Toppers

Personalized Cupcake Toppers

I freaking love hosting parties.  Planning, shopping, preparing, cooking, baking.  I love it all.  And I especially love thinking of some little way to make the party “extra special” . . . like these personalized cupcake toppers. I made them for a couples wedding shower that we hosted not too long ago for our friends, […]

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Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders

After a wonderfully hectic Christmas, John and I rang in the New Year with a double-date dinner at one of my favorite Austin restaurants, Fabi & Rosi.  Have you been?  If not, you must go.  The atmosphere is peaceful and romantic. The menu is European with strong German influences. (The owner, Wolfgang, is from Germany […]

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Gift Idea for New Mom

Gift Idea for New Mom

Jenna, my best friend growing up, just had her second baby.  That’s us in the pic below, circa 1987 or so. I haven’t talked to her yet, but I can imagine that she is — in equal parts — thrilled, overwhelmed, and exhausted.  (And that pretty much sums up motherhood, doesn’t it?)  A mutual friend […]

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Our Thanksgiving, In Pictures

Our Thanksgiving, In Pictures

The day before Thanksgiving: Pies cooling on the table.  So pretty. On Thanksgiving morning, John and Jack ran in the Turkey Trot. Then our cousins stopped by to visit and pick up a pie. The cooking on Thanksgiving is always a team effort … it’s more fun for everyone that way.  This year, Jack and […]

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Cooking Show - In the Making

Cooking Show – In the Making

In a previous post, I wrote about how KLRU, the PBS station here in Austin, has accepted my cooking show proposal … with the “minor” caveat that I have to secure underwriters for the show. Although I am a little daunted by that task, this past Thursday morning (while Jack was at school) seemed like […]

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Recipe for Peas: Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Mint

Recipe for Peas: Sautéed Peas with Shallots and Mint

So John and I had a dinner party last night.  Pretty much everyone who came is either a great cook or married to one, so I was a little intimidated when planning the menu.  Here’s what I came up with: Appetizer: Lump Crab Cakes + Cheese Plate + Lil’ Smokies (long story) Main Course: Prime […]

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Embrace the Craziness

Embrace the Craziness

My middle brother, Chris, joined me at the Taste of North Austin this past weekend.  He is working with me on my PBS show, so we thought it would be a good idea to film some practice reels when we have the chance … and well, ten back-to-back cooking demonstrations in one day seemed like […]

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How to Make a Jungle Diaper Cake

How to Make a Jungle Diaper Cake

Say what? Let me explain:  My sister-in-law, Jennifer (or as we call her, “Gigi”), is having a baby in a few months, and we are throwing a baby shower for her next weekend.  Gigi’s husband, Andrew, is a journalist and often writes about Africa.  To reflect this part of their lives, the baby shower is […]

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Dining Room Remodel (And Dinner)

Dining Room Remodel (And Dinner)

If you’ve been following our remodel (see previous posts here, here,here, here, and here), now we have some before-and-after pictures of our dining room. BEFORE AFTER And there’s nothing like a new dining room to inspire some entertaining!  So we had friends over this evening.  I served chips and salsa to start.  Here’s a pic of my favorite green, and […]

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