Monday, April 27, 2015

Baby Girl Sprinkle

This weekend we had a "Baby Sprinkle" for my niece! :)
 Her mom & Aunt Jen are very creative decorators!!!
We had a build your own cupcake station! With several flavors of cupcakes, frostings, sprinkles of course, marshmallows, crushed oreos, & Sixlets.
 I found this recipe for a Funfetti Cheeseball

 Scentsy knew just what we needed with this cupcake warmer!!
We asked everyone to sign this book with well wishes for the little one. I love this idea over a traditional guest book, because this book remains useful for the baby :)
 Gifts! :)
 Father & Son throwing tissue paper at each other!
 That's a skirt not a hat!
 Those diapers are for your sister! :)
 Cute tissue bouquet :)
The Great Aunts keeping the tissue paper safe!
 Can you guess what baby item is in each bag? I'll give you a hint, it starts with the letter on the bag!
 B is for Bib!
 A is for Applesauce!
 B is for Burp Cloth!
 Y is for Yellow Duckie!
 S is for Shampoo!
 H is for Hat!
 O is for Onesie!
 W is for Wash Cloth!
 E is for Elmo!
 R is for Rattle!

Quick, while the grownups are busy, lets eat sprinkles by the spoonful! ;)
Photo Booth!!
 Photo Bomb!
 2 Great Aunts, A Great Grandma, & a Mommy :)
 Pretty Pretty Princesses!
 Who knew a monkey & a mouse could be friends!
I don't want to be a princess today!
We can't wait to meet you little one!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book 7 - The Book of Virtues

The 7th book on my Empty Shelf, "The Book of Virtues" by William J. Bennett, is a book I have been reading to my nephew before his nap time every time I get the chance to keep him :) It has 2 children on the cover, and in every aspect appears to be a book for children. Well, you know what they say, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." He is young enough, his mom & I felt, that I went ahead & finished the book with him. However, this book may not be appropriate for older children who can understand a little more what you are reading them. All the stories have good 'Virtues' in the over all theme, but some of them are a little rough getting there. For example one of the 'faith' stories was about a priest who was in a concentration camp during the holocaust. He gave up his life to save the life of another man, but to tell that story they gave some very detailed accounts of what people were going through in the concentration camp! So I would say this is a book for the more mature. The next book I read to Luke will be a little more child friendly :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

This weekend was Easter! Did the Easter Bunny visit your house? :)
This weekend was also Deep Ellum Arts Festival! Fourtunately, we have friends that live in Deep Ellum who told us about this event. Somehow, we had never heard of it, even though I try to stay up on the goings on in Dallas! So we met them out there for a great night!
We got to wander the streets of Deep Ellum enjoying booth after booth of some really talented artists!
 We had lunch at Monkey King Noodle Company, where they hand pull their own noodles! Their Spicy Garlic Peanut Noodles were everything I hoped for, plus a little extra spice! It was reminiscent of Pad Thai, but different. I will go back for that dish! Hubby had the Hot Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, which he loved. I tried a bite, and it was very flavorful. I was expecting something similar to Pho, which it was not (which is good for Hubby's sake, he hates Pho!), but it was good and the beef chunks were melt in your mouth tender! When you go, plan on eating outside or taking it home, there is no indoor dining, they need all their space to crank out yummy noodles!
 More art to see!
What a cool street to hold an Art Festival! The majority of artists do not allow pics to be taken in their booths, so you will just have to visit next year to see it all for yourself!
 They also had some awesome food vendors!
 Crawfish Pies, they were tasty, but could have used more filling.
 This is the third time we have seen Crepe Crazy at an event! The first time was at the German Christmas Festival in Arlington last year, then they were at the Irish Festival several weeks ago, now here. They make amazing crepes fresh to order! We have had their Nutella Banana Crepe & their Sweet Cream Crepe, yum yum!! They also make savory crepes, which we need to try next time we run across them. Also, I just found out from their website that they have a restaurant in Dripping Springs! Road Trip! :)
To remember the festival, Hubby bought me 2 Deep Ellum pins :) We had a great time, as always!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Revolver Brewing

 A little over an hour outside of Dallas, in Granbury, TX is a brewery that knows it's stuff! We have been fans of Revolver Brewing since trying Blood & Honey at House of Blues.
Hubby's dad joined us to tour the facility
We are all old enough!
They hold events every Saturday, and they have a nice big piece of country property, so they encourage you to come out with the family and have a picnic!
They bring in a band, this week it was Rise & Shine, we really enjoyed them!
Hubby & his dad enjoyed their car!
They have lawn games!
Hubby beat me by a lot!
Giant Jenga!
and a water table for the kids to play on
It looked like fun, but they wouldn't let me play ;)
The real reason we went was to sample some beer!
With price of admission we each got a pilsner glass to take home :)
and you get to try 4 beers. The Mother's Little Fracker Stout quickly became my favorite, although I will still always go back for a Blood & Honey! Revolver Bock was great paired with the brownie I bought from their caterer. I also tried Sidewinder, which is one of their seasonal beers, it was the only of my 4 I tried that I didn't like. There was something sour in it that I didn't enjoy.
You gotta let them know where you are visiting from!
Then we got to listen to a tour of the brewery. Our tour guide is their brewmaster, and he left Samuel Adams to take this job with them!
This vat was roped off because the yeast was so happy it was bubbling over! :)

How do you tap this keg?! ;)
Like father, like son

We had so much fun hanging out at the brewery! I think they have re-imagined the entire concept of what a brewery can be! I would have never thought of a brewery as a family friendly picnic destination! But they built on a big piece of the country, and look what happened!