Category Archives: favorite products

Yellow Hammer Design Shop

Couldn’t be happier with my latest random purchase from Yellow Hammer Design Shop!

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I was looking for a unique set of low ball glasses and stumbled across these hand crafted beauties.comeandgetit4

The matte gold lettering is subtle and modern.

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They were even shipped with this adorable gray and white tray!

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Make sure to check out Yellow Hammer Design Shop; beautiful, simple designs that a Texas girl can really appreciate. COME AND TAKE IT, ya’ll!

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Wild

I recently just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. If your a twenty-something year old female who’s been feeling a little lackluster, I definitely recommend giving it a read. It’s both inspiring and a bit soul crushing at the same time. Cheryl Strayed writes about her summer hiking solo through the Pacific Crest Trail (a trail that runs along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to Washington State) in efforts to cope with her mothers death and her failed marriage. She was 26 years old when she started her hike. Hiking the ENTIRE California coast, BY HERSELF, at the age of 26 with NO PRIOR HIKING EXPERIENCE. Insane? Yes. Completely motivating? Yes.truly want to just pack up a giant backpack and take off right now. Seriously. BUT, alas, a hike like this takes an extremely large amount of planning, gear, and knowledge that I have not begun to scratch the surface of. And of course I start Googling hiking gear and get lost in a fanciful world of completely impractical camp gadgets and garb. So let me dream a bit and plan my fairytale hiking experience. Thanks.

“Wanting to leave is enough.”  – Cheryl Strayed

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I hate packing with every fiber of my being. That is why I’m posting this. Procrastination via obnoxious, Texas pride blog postin’. Tejas and all of it’s calorie-packing goodness awaits me in less than 12 hours. Yee-freakin-haw ya’ll.

Texas Texas Yeehaw!

Wood Texas Pendant Necklace

Texas My Texas

Bone Barn Lettering by Jeff Rogers

Texas Flag

Lone Star State

robb walshs texas barbecue brisket

BBQ Sandwich

Texas Sheetcake TEXAS Sheet Cake

Texas Sheetcake

Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla

Whataburger

What A Burger

Embroidered Texas Pillow

brisket tacos recipe, Dallas style

Brisket Tacos

Texas Margaritas

Texas Margaritas

gosh i need this.. well the outline... so soon!

Tx tattoos

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My heart lives in Awesome Austin Embroidery

Texas Map - Mustard Yellow Vintage colorful illustrated map of Texas - 1960s picture map - Fun Retro Colors

1960’s Mustard Texas Map

texas, our texas

Vintage Varsity Sweatshirt

Please Send Queso Poster by Simon Walker

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The Homesick Texan’s Queso Flameado

Retro Cowboy Throw Rug

Texas My Texas

Here’s to You, Orange & Vanilla


So it’s getting hot and I’ve been craving delicious, cold things. A lot. Like creamsicles and sorbets. Sometimes I take for granted these two very simple and natural flavors that combine to make intense mouthgasms. Here’s to you, orange and vanilla. Never break up. Never.

Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Orange Freeze

Vanilla-Orange Freeze

Chobani Champions Orange Vanilla

Organic Orange & Tahitian Vanilla Bean Lotion

Organic Orange Vanilla Lotion -- 1 1/2 oz. BPA FREE Jar- Like a Creamscicle with Organic Orange & Tahitian Vanilla Bean

Orange Vanilla Bliss Blender Drink

Nestle Orange Vanilla Bliss

Vanilla Orange Jelly

Vanilla Orange Jelly 8oz Jar (Low Sugar)

Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub

Orange Creamsicle (sugar scrub)

Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

Liquid Creamsicle

Liquid Creamsicle Ingredients

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Hunger Games

Anyone else excited about the Hunger Games premier? I never really got into all the hype of crazy book trilogies; Twilight, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings. Blah… I guess it’s finally my turn to go a little nuts. I freakin loved these books and am STOKED to see the midnight showing of the movie tonight! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be toasting with an Everdeen Fizz for lunch and a Panem Clipper for dinner!

Everdeen Fizz

1 oz. North Shore Eldergin (or Plymouth Sloe gin)
1 oz. gin (something more floral than dry: PDT recommends Plymouth for a sloe gin fizz; I used St. George’s Botanivore)
¾ oz. lime juice
½ oz. mango puree
½ oz. simple syrup
club soda

Shake all ingredients except soda vigorously with ice. Strain over new ice in a Collins glass. Top with soda water. If you must smuggle, pre-mix everything but the soda and carry the soda separately for on-the-spot mixing. The current through the fence is usually turned off. Don’t tell the Peacekeepers you heard it from me.

Panem Clipper

2 ounces Calvados or other apple brandy
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce real, blood-red pomegranate grenadine
2-3 dashes absinthe
Thin strip of lime zest, for garnish

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass; garnish with lime zest.

I came across a whole collection of fan-art book covers. They were all really amazing. These were my favorites!

'The Hunger Games' fan made book covers

'The Hunger Games' fan made book covers

Things I want to make:

Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese & Apple Tarts

Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese and Apple Tarts

Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread

Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread

Capitol Orange Juice

Capitol Orange Juice

District 11 Bread

District 11 Bread

Things I want to buy:

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to ?Groosling??More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy

Hunger Games - Coffee Cozy Crochet - Team Peeta - White and Blue

May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor Hunger Games Print 8" x 10" Black and White

Hanging Tree Hunger Games Quote on Ultra Long Leather Wrap Bracelet

Gold Arrow Ring - Hunger Games Inspired

Sweethearts – Hunger Games Sugar Cookies

The Hunger Games Embroidery Hoop - Real or Not Real

Beautiful Hunger Game inspired Print by Sherri Dupree:

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May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Sunset Inspiration

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Rabindranath Tagore

The Sunset Cookbook

outdoor dinner with the sunset

My kind of sunset

Vintage Summer Mountain and Sunset Save the Date Card - SAMPLE

Sunset lights

Sunset Pillow Cover $29

Summer Sunset heart banner/ garland/ bunting - Felt hearts in red, orange, yellow and white - wedding decor

SALE Labradorite Necklace, Sunset Statement Jewelry, 14K Gold Fill, Natural Gemstone

Giraffes at Sunset, Masai Mara Park, Kenya

Zombie Sunset - Superwash Merino Bulky Yarn - Hand Dyed - 137 yds

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Blackberry Muffins

Well blackberry season has just come to an end and I found myself with a freezer full of frozen blackberries waiting to be used. What to do? I bought them because I’ve been heavy into smoothies lately and I thought they would be a nice addition to my morning routine. Turns out, I’m not such a huge fan of blackberries in my smoothies. Same reason I don’t use raspberries- just too seedy for my to drink. Emphasis on DRINK…not eat. I could eat seedy berries all day long and throw them in about any dessert and be happy.  So I searched for the perfect blackberry muffin recipe and I think I might just have a winner.

This recipe from SimplyRecipes.com is simple (no way…), moist and easily adaptable depending on what you have on hand. They don’t come out looking perfectly symmetrical and that’s what I love about them. They’re rustic, messy and stick to the paper a bit. Perfect.

I made a few changes to the recipe when I made them. One being: I split it in half! I’ve quickly learned that making full batches of ANYTHING proves to be difficult when you don’t live in a full house. I find myself pushing baked goods on my boyfriend and friends so often I feel almost guilty. It makes much more sense and I might prove to have skinnier friends if I simply limit the quantity of goods poppin’ out of my oven! (The oven in my kitchen. Don’t go there…) I also didn’t have sour cream so I substituted Chobani Greek Yogurt- this substitution I would definitely recommend. I’m a big fan of Chobani subs for a lot of things! (Check out a Chobani substitution list here.) I also used Splenda in place of sugar, coconut milk in place of regular milk, and used half whole wheat flower and half all purpose.

I’m sure the recipe is super delicious just the way it’s written too. Give it a shot!

Blackberry Muffins Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 Tbsp warm melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 5-6 oz) of fresh blackberries, cut in half (often available at Trader Joe’s, you can use frozen blackberries if fresh are not available, defrost and drain them first.)

Directions

1 Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups. (Actually, with the berries you’ll have more batter than just for 12 muffins. This batch made 18 muffins.)

2 Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

3 In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla.

4 Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix together with a few light strokes, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the berries. (If you are using frozen berries, defrost them first, then drain the excess liquid, then coat them lightly in flour.) Do not overmix! Overmixing will cause the muffins to be dense, not fluffy. The batter should not be smooth.

5 Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, 17-20 minutes (or longer). Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack.

Serve as soon as possible, preferably within a few hours of baking.

Yield: Makes about 18 muffins.

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Fiesta en mi Boca

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Let me just say, I’m a big veggie fan- I really am. I am, however, very leery of veggies taking the place of meat on my plate. Take tacos, for example. Normally my motto is: “No meat? Must taste like feet.” Ok, that’s an exaggeration. I’ve never said that in my life. But you get the idea. I like meat. So you really have to have some hearty substitutes if you’re going to trick me into eating meatless tacos.  That said, try these- they’re good stuff. And they don’t taste like feet.

This recipe is straight out of Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch Everyday Ultimate Cookbook. I definitely recommend this book especially if you’re looking for some fun, veggie dishes. You can snag this baby for less than 20 bucks on Amazon.

P.S I’m a HUGE condiment fan- I’ve gotta  have a whole lotta’ textures and temperatures going on in my dishes. So of course I dolled these guys up good before I ate them. (jalapenos, chopped tomatoes, a few squirts of lime, a dollop of sour cream. OK, maybe a few dollops…)

Black Bean and Yam Tacos


Ingredients

2 tbs grapeseed oil
1 large garnet yam, peeled and cubed
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
1 (15-ounce/430g) can black beans,
drained and rinsed
1 large tomato, diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 whole wheat or sprouted tortillas
1 avocado, sliced, for garnish


Directions

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the yam and sauté until almost soft. Add the green pepper, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, and oregano. Sauté 3 minutes. Stir in the beans and tomato and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Warm the tortillas in a small skillet and then place on plate. Spread the yam/bean mixture on tortillas, and garnish with avocado.

Srv: 1 Taco, Cal: 380, Fat:17g, Sat Fat: 1.5g, Col: 0mg,
Carb: 51g, Fib: 11g, Pro: 11g

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Sweet, Sweet Mexican Goodness

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When I lived in Houston, Paul and I would often go to El Canino farmers market in the Heights area. Passing by all the fruit, snatching a few samples and then making our way to the back lot where all the tacos trucks were camped out.  Some of the most delicious freakin’ tacos I’ve ever had- washed down with a Mexican Coca. Doesn’t get much better than that! But wait- it totally does! Right across the street is a not-so-little Mexican bakery called El Bolillo. If you live in Houston- or within 50 miles of Houston, you would be nutso not to swing by this beautiful panadería. Rows and rows of the freshest sweet breads, cupcakes, cookies, rolls, toritillas- a carboholic’s heaven on earth. Go. Now. Don’t walk. Run!

Since relocating to LA, I haven’t had the opportunity to hit many local bakeries, but I DO often walk to the corner market, Jon’s. Recently, I’ve come to find that Jon’s get’s a delivery from a local Mexican bakery every day and THUS, I now have close access to some delicious pan dulce- what you see pictured above. And at 2 for 78¢, I’m definitely not breaking the bank with my sweet tooth. And don’t get me started on those neon cookies. The texture is like nothing else- like biting into a chewy, cookie cloud.

I am DYING to try and bake my own sweet bread but haven’t quite found the time. I came across this recipe from allrecipes.com  that seems to have pretty great reviews: Conchas(Mexican Sweet Bread)  If you try it before I get a chance, let me now how it goes! I’ll post as soon as I find the time to skip a walk to the corner market and make my own sweets. ¡Dulces sueños!

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Dear Doily

Feewf! 30 Days of Happiness- harder than I thought it would be! I’ve realized that food and flowers are what keep me smiling most days. 🙂 To celebrate, how bout one more thing that I have a major soft spot for: The Doily.

Dear Doily,
You remind me of tea time and grandma’s house. I wish I could make you myself but it seems kind of silly to learn when I can buy you for 99 cents in a multitude of colors and sizes. Please continue to pop up in unexpected places and forms for generations to come.

Till we craft again,

Alex

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