roses are red

In preparation for the freezing weather, I went to the store and bought like a week’s worth of dinners. Because no one wants to risk the grocery store parking lot in the ice. So hopefully we won’t be forced to leave home much until the sun returns. But this guy doesn’t seem to mind the cold at the moment. Roses are red, bluebonnets are blue, please don’t freeze, it will be spring soon!

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a new skirt

After spending a week in the sunny, almost spring of the northwest, its kind of a bummer to come to the cold, drizzly south. But at least I have this new skirt for sunnier thoughts. Its my first time sewing a knit, and it actually went pretty smoothly. The bottom of the skirt is a flowy, cascading shape, so I had to model it to show it off. I’m looking forward to wearing more skirts this spring!

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burgers in austin: phil’s icehouse

We love our hamburgers. Its one of the foods we crave and debate most often. We thought it might be fun to critique some of our favorite spots!

First off, the smell of hamburgers remind me of high school football games. So those are the hamburgers we tend to like best. Not so much the fancy pants kind. People swear by places like Hopdoddy, which is good, but we kinda think once you get too much stuff going on, it becomes more like an intense sandwich.

Our most recent hamburger date took place on Valentine’s Day afternoon. We went to Phil’s Icehouse. We can walk there from our house, and it was such a pretty day outside, so that already had us in a good mood.

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We usually get the classic burger or the one with bbq sauce. Their burgers automatically come with half regular fries, and half sweet potatoes fries, which is the best of both worlds. The buns are big, fluffy, and slightly sweet. They don’t get all gross and soggy if you need to take your time eating. They have the good kind of hamburger cut pickles. The burger patties aren’t ginormous, and just the right amount of juicy. We also like that the menu items are named after local neighborhoods, and of course, there is an Amy’s ice cream shop right next door. They have lots of outdoor seating, or they open up the big garage type doors on nice days so you can eat inside with the nice breeze.

Definitely our favorite hamburger in the neighborhood, and we can walk off all the burger calories on our way home.

how to iron fleece

Fleece is a pretty cool fabric. You can leave the edges raw, and it still looks nice. Its forgiving if you mess up a bit. Its fluffy. But, it is awful when it gets wrinkled. And what a bummer when you order some fleece online, and it arrives as a wrinkly mess. After melting my share of fleece, I’ve finally figured out a way to iron it that doesn’t ruin it!

First, here is a wrinkled piece of a future yellow chick.ironfleece2

Next, get a spare washcloth, and make it damp. You can also spray it with a water bottle. Bonus points if its Spiderman themed. Cover the fleece with the damp washcloth.

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With an iron on medium heat, gently iron over the top. Check the fleece frequently to see how the progress is going. When all the wrinkles are gone, be sure to lay the fleece flat somewhere to cool down.

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And now you don’t have to pull your hair out that your fleece is all wrinkled!

trip to enchanted rock

Last weekend, we took an adventure day to go climb up Enchanted Rock. We went all the way up to the top. I was a little terrified coming back down, but we made it round trip in one piece!

It was a nice, sunny day, with a little bit of chill in the wind. We were glad we had long sleeves when we got to the summit. The wind up there was cold on our ears.

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When you are this far away, you think, oh it doesn’t look that steep. Extremely deceiving. Like a stair stepper times a hundred, plus the added danger of falling off the side.

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We took a different route home and stopped for some bbq. The meat here is good, but they don’t have pickles on the side. Instead they have jalepenos. Just in case pickles with your bbq is a deciding factor.

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We made it home in the afternoon, and then took a nice nap. All that danger and sandwiches made us sleepy.

february gardening

Like any good tiny business owner staring out the window at the perfect weather outside, I’ve done all my work in the morning, and spent the afternoon tending the yard and getting ready for our spring garden. I count it as getting my fresh air, exercise, and helping my legs not look so winter pale.

Our winter garden is still growing along. We haven’t bought lettuce in forever. Our herbs are getting to be pretty impressive too.

Have you ever grown cauliflower? Maybe we accidentally picked a fancy variety, or maybe it turns white later??

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I inadvertently picked a baby carrot while weeding. I was positive that none of the carrots made it through the colder months, so I was excited to see it anyway!

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And we already have some spring peas growing! Nothing like peas straight from the vine.

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We still have some garden beds to prepare, but we are hoping to be all ready to plant our tomatoes the first week in March. At least a month earlier than we got them in the ground last year, and we are hoping it makes for even more tomatoes!