Saturday, February 25, 2012


Today we loaded up on topo chico to make some completely non-season-appropriate mojitos. It was almost 70 out. It may still be February, but it feels like spring has sprung. I'm planting tomatoes next week.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dallas By Chocolate

For our late Valentines celebration (as I was on night float all last week) Ethan got us reservations on a chocolate tour of Dallas, appropriately named "Dallas By Chocolate". It was overall a good experience, visiting Empire Baking Company, Bolsa Mercado, Dude Sweet Chocolate, and Rush Patisserie. We also stopped shortly at a pop-up pie shop that was only at that location for this weekend (?). I did not get pie because my own are so damn good that I was afraid of being disappointed. Also, It was near to the end of the tour and I was frankly getting a tiny bit chocolated out.

The best place for CHOCOLATE was Dude, Sweet Chocolate in the Bishops Arts District (bonus points for having yarn-bombed trees out front). Empire Baking Company had great Baguette (which we bought). Rush Patisserie is run by a woman named Samantha Rush who trained at the Cordon Bleu as a pastry chef. Bolsa Mercado has promise, but they were low on stock for the more interesting things when we went.

The only downfall? the advertised limousine bus was more than a little beat-down, and the advertised wine was a couple of bottles of cheap white zinfandel. Since I'm not 16 and tasting alcohol for the first time, I didn't drink any. Overall, though, the positives definitely outweighed the minor rough spots. It was a really fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Best Valentine EVER.

When Ethan and I got married, we were both students, and both poor/ living on student loans. We decided (mostly I told him) that I would rather pool all available funds towards a kick-ass honeymoon than towards an engagement ring. Ethan ended up selling his motorcycle and we took a 2 week honeymoon to Paris.

It was awesome and I've never regretted that decision. I figured it was only jewelry, and knew Ethan would eventually get me something for an anniversary or some special occasion.

Ethan ended up buying me this antique ruby ring for Valentine's day! It's beautiful and it goes perfectly with my wedding ring and my grandmother's ring. I love it!

I am a spoiled girl.

Pet peeve

Expedition taking up two spaces in the parking garage. YOU ARE NOT COMPACT!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Funny and true

This is funny. I have no clue where it is originally from, but I love it.