Someecards
Nov 25, 2013

Posting every day is hard. Have you noticed that I’ve been posting every day in November??? You better be noticing, dear readers. I’m not doing this for my health. :)

But I am sure glad that November is almost over.

And since I don’t really have any topic for today, I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite Someecards.

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Bedroom Inspiration
Nov 24, 2013

When you’ve been out of town, one of the best things about returning home is sleeping in your own bed.

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Although I’ll sleep like a rock tonight, my bedroom is dull. I’ve always put more effort into decorating my living room and kitchen.

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I’d like to take on the bedroom next year though. And I’m thinking a combination of white, gray, and red with the clock I bought yesterday being my inspiration. I’ll still want my white owl lamp too that I got as a gift last year. But everything else decor-wise can go.

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Relishing these odds & ends
Nov 23, 2013

1. I’m loving all of the gift guides on How Sweet It Is.

I already bought a new planner from Erin Condren that was recommended on one of the lists.

2. Too cute!!!

3. 15 Signs You Are Obsessed With Your Dog

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4. If you love Pitch Perfect like I do, you’ll love this video.

5. This red clock that I bought today from Josephine & Co.

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Austin Bakes for Austin
Nov 22, 2013

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From the Austin Bakes press release:

On Saturday, November 30th from 10 am until 2 pm, hundreds of bakers, bloggers, businesses, and consumers will unite for Austin Bakes for Austin, a bake sale fundraising event to help those affected by the recent flooding in Austin, Texas. Over 80 home cooks & dozens of local businesses will be contributing baked goods at locations throughout Austin, with proceeds going to the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Austin Bakes for Austin locations:
Central: Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd Street, 78751
Downtown: Whole Foods Market Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Boulevard, 78703
East: Sugar Circus Bakery, 2613 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
North: Make It Sweet, 9070 Research Blvd #203, Austin, TX 78757
South: Crema Bakery, 9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748

Baked goods will include cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pies and pastries of all kinds. Several home bakers
are creating Texas and holiday­ themed confections for the sale, while others will be baking locally sourced,
organic, vegan or gluten­free items. In addition, customers may purchase gourmet pastries that have been
donated by some of Austin’s finest professional bakers and restaurants.

All funds raised will go to the Austin Disaster Relief Network, to benefit survivors of the late October flooding that ravaged home in Austin & Pflugerville. Those who wish to make a gift in advance of the sale may do so at the Austin Bakes for Austin’s secure online giving page.

Get Involved:
We encourage everyone to visit the bake sale locations to support this effort by spreading the word, liking
Austin Bakes on Facebook, following us on Twitter (@austinbakes), or by making a gift online

Austin Bakes for Austin is being organized by the same team of food enthusiasts and bloggers who
presented Austin Bakes for Japan, Austin Bakes for Bastrop, and Austin Bakes for West. The group’s
citywide bake sales have raised over $45,000 for humanitarian relief since 2011. 

The Austin Disaster Relief Network is nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization
comprised of a network of over 110 churches in the Austin area. They are coordinating volunteer and support
teams to help over 500 families impacted by the recent floods, as well as providing financial support directly
to families in need.

Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip
Nov 21, 2013

What a name for a recipe, huh??

Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip

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My aunt made this dip for a Labor Day get-together and we gobbled it up!! And I made it for a Halloween get-together too and everyone enjoyed it.

It’s a winner. My photo was not. But trust me, my food tastes better than my pictures look. :)

Texas Trash Warm Bean Dip

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 can (16 ounces, each) refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

Mix together the cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Mix in refried beans until combined. Stir in the taco seasoning.

Spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with both cheeses.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and slightly browned.

**After baking, I prefer to stir the cheese into the bean mixture so all the goodness is combined.

Serve with tortilla chips.

**If you have leftovers, you can use the mixture in flour tortillas too to make bean burritos.

Wordless Wednesday
Nov 20, 2013

Thanks Okahoma for the pretty scenery during my drive today from Austin to Wichita.

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Made for TV Christmas Movies 2013
Nov 19, 2013

It’s that time of year again!! Okay, sorry, yes, Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet. ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas hasn’t started yet.

But is it my fault that Hallmark Channel is already playing Christmas movies morning, noon, and night??! Thank you, Hallmark Channel.

It’s no secret that I heart cheesy Christmas movies.

My DVR is already full of them.

Today, I’ll share 3 new (or new to me) Christmas movies that I’ve enjoyed this season so far.

1. Christmas with Holly

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2. Christmas Magic

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3. Snow Bride

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PS…not recommended: The Thanksgiving House, A Very Merry Mix-Up, The March Sisters at Christmas

8 of My Favorite Podcasts to Listen to
Nov 18, 2013

When I go back to Kansas, I drive home instead of flying. It’s a 9 hour drive versus a 4-5 hour flight. But I figure that after you factor in time checking in at the airport, going through security, waiting at the gate, etc etc, plus the risk of flight delays & cancellations…I’ll drive. Plus it’s easier to drive with Haley than fly with her. Double plus, I can pack a ton of stuff and just throw it in my car. Triple plus, I have lots of time to catch up on my favorite podcasts.

Although, I obviously love listening to music, podcasts help the time go faster on a long car ride. I use the Stitcher app on my phone and here are some of my favorite podcasts.

8 of My Favorite Podcasts to Listen to

1. WTF with Marc Maron

I probably listen to WTF more than any other podcast. I do generally skip the musical guest episodes, but all others I listen to regularly. A few of the more recent episodes I enjoyed: Illeana Douglas, Johnny Knoxville, Jim Breuer, Elijah Wood, and Laura Dern

2. Joy the Baker

It’s no surprise that I listen to Joy the Baker as Joy & Tracy are two of my favorite bloggers. They talk about totally important unimportant things. :) It’s basically like catching up with my two girlfriends, although they can’t hear me shouting my input at them. I only wish that they podcasted more.

3. Freakanomics

Freakanomics is great! Anytime I can learn something, while still being entertained, that’s a good thing. I recommend their recent episode about pet cremation. Okay that’s a bummer, but it was interesting.

They did an episode called The Upside of Quitting too. That episode was one of the factors that led me to quit my blog. Quitting my blog didn’t stick, of course, but the podcast helped me during a time of uncertainty.

4. This American Life

There’s really no explanation needed on this podcast. Everyone knows This American Life and if you don’t, shame on you! You can catch episodes on NPR (as you can with several of the podcasts on my list), but the podcast is great as you can listen whenever is convenient for you. There are SO many excellent episodes. But if you’re new to the podcast, I suggest starting with the Harper High School episodes.

5. Here’s the Thing

Alec Baldwin has a good radio voice, not surprisingly. And he has interesting friends, again not surprisingly. He does at times interject his own story into his interview, but not so much that I’m overly annoyed by it.

Ohhh I see that he interviewed David Simon, creator of The Wire, this summer. I’m sure I skipped the episode back then, but will listen now as I’m currently watching the show!

But my favorite Here’s the Thing episode to date had nothing to do with entertainment. It was his interview with Martin Horn, former NYC Dept of Corrections Commissioner.

6. Uh Yeah Dude

America through the eyes of two Americans! It’s a comedy podcast about things in the news, but nothing serious. It’s like Joy the Baker but with dudes. It’s a fun time. Listen while you’re cleaning & time with fly.

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7. The Moth Podcast

The Moth is a true story podcast. Taken from live shows across the country, it highlights great storytellers. I went to see a live broadcast of it in Austin last year. Here’s two of the stories that I listened to live:

http://themoth.org/posts/stories/from-the-archives-of-the-heartbroken-and-spiritually-bereft

http://themoth.org/posts/stories/good-guys-good-ol-boys

8. Radiolab

Sometimes Radiolab can be just…weird. But many times, Radiolab is thought provoking and that’s what keeps me coming back. The Blame episode had me thinking for days…especially the Fault Line story within that episode.

What are your favorite podcasts?

Book Storage Inspiration
Nov 17, 2013

My Uncle Dennis passed away this morning.

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Dennis was a voracious reader. I remember going to his house once and he had about 5 books that he was reading at one time. He had a list of where he was at in each book and a time line of when to get through current & future books.

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I’m a one book at a time type of gal. But I always wanted to run home and read after visiting him.

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Although I’ve been buying e-books for my iPad, I dream of being surrounded by books one day.

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Surrounded by books and amazing friends like Dennis was.

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Relishing these odds & ends
Nov 16, 2013

1. Finally having a good wine bottle opener. No more breaking corks in half & having to pry out the broken cork from the bottle. I got mine from Crate & Barrel.

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2. Happy to have renewed my subscription to Entertainment Weekly. How else was I to stay informed about new movies & TV shows? I also find out about some great books here too. And who doesn’t love the Bullseye??

I usually only get an EW subscription when I have enough Coke Rewards points to cash in for it. My subscription runs out before I ever have enough points though. That’s when I drink more Diet Coke. Or I steal my Mom’s Diet Coke codes when I’m back in Kansas. Shhhh, don’t tell.

3. I’m still on a big tea kick. I just bought this sampler and oh yes…the honey vanilla camomile is the best!

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4. One of my guilty pleasures is back….The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It’s the only series of the franchise that I still watch. I stopped watching NY after Bethenny left. I only watched one season of Miami. Both Atlanta & NJ were too violent for me. And now that Gretchen won’t be back on the OC one anymore, I doubt I’ll watch that again. I’m still hanging in for Beverly Hills though!!

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Hope that you’re all having a great weekend!!