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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.

pumpkin blueberry muffins

The sun is shining, and the birds this morning were over tweeting about it. But I can see why they are happy. The clouds are on vacation, its Friday, leftover enchiladas were in the refrigerator for lunch, and there are muffins to be made. These are pumpkin blueberry muffins, with a streusel topping. Which seems like a very fall treat, but the pumpkins we got at Halloween are still perfectly intact, so who says its not pumpkin season?

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The domes on these guys turned out pretty spectacular, like a little snow capped mountain range.

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I ate one while the blueberries were still screaming hot from the oven, so they burned my mouth.

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sunday snacks!

If you ask Jon, he will tell you what an excellent football commentator I am. He will also tell you that I can snack like a champion. So we love Super Bowl day! Plus, we each have a B.S. in advertising so it really is a treat all around. What snacks are you making for the big game? I know I definitely need some chex mix, and those mini corn dogs, guacamole, and sweet potato tots look awfully tasty too!

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weekend biscuits

Lately, our weekend tradition includes going to the gym for a little bit, and then having breakfast together- in our workout clothes like typical Austin people, except we actually just came from the gym. This weekend, there weren’t any parking spots near the bagel place, so we decided to make some breakfast at home instead. We went with our specialty- biscuits. I got a super cool hexagon shaped cutter for Christmas that I was excited to try, and I love the cute little biscuits it made!

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freezer burritos

I made some burritos for our freezer, and now I feel like the most prepared person in the world. All ready for lunches. Just add some avocado.

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Underneath that foil (or in that plastic bag after I ran out of foil), is:

  • A burrito sized tortilla
  • Refried beans
  • Some cheese
  • Some of that frozen southwestern corn with the pepper and onion bits in it
  • And some salsa mixed with plain greek yogurt

So now you can feel like the most lunch-ready person in the world too! Does anyone know if lettuce freezes well?