Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Celebration Dallas Style

Today My Love & I are celebrating our anniversary! This pic is 15 years ago when we first started dating compared to today, our 9 year marriage anniversary, having breakfast at Cafe Brazil :) Which apparently is where we went to breakfast last year as well! 
Then we went to the Nasher Sculpture Center.
This is the first sculpture the Nashers collected :)
Life imitates art!
I wonder how Picasso would feel about selfies? ;)
Then we walked across the street to the Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, which was open this time. We walked around the courtyard on our Art Walk for our 6 year Anniversary :)
They have an exhibit of wooden Tibetan book covers. They are beautiful and a great piece of literary history!
This is essentially a book spine, this is the side you would see on the shelf, and the carvings tell you which book it is.
They were so intricate!
My Love had to ring the bell!
Our next stop was Maple & Motor.
Someone is getting a little impatient with my obsessive picture taking ;) We shared the cheese fries with bacon and jalapenos, they were not skimpy on the toppings! My Love got a bacon cheddar burger with a fried egg and grilled jalapenos and onions. I got a bacon pepperjack burger with chili, grilled jalapenos, and onions. They were both great burgers, but we agreed we would skip the bacon next time. It was not crisp enough to be on a burger, so one bite and the whole piece tried to come out.
Of course, because today was a celebration, we had to get dessert on our way home! :) We did a Google search for ice cream and found Carnival Barker's.
There is no indoor seating, you order at the window, and eat at this very cool street sign table :) I got Nutella ice cream, which was creamy and chocolately! My Love got an Old Fashioned Vanilla Malt, it was heavy on the malt and delicious!
Happy 9 year anniversary My Love! This year has been quite the year, but together with God we can do this! Thank you for a wonderful day, and a wonderful life together! I love you!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Texas Discovery Gardens

Today we got to visit Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park!
We were celebrating AddieJane's birthday!!
The kids got to color on the tablecloth & play with butterfly stickers while we are lunch :)
That's one way to mark your water bottle!
Lioittle butterflys wanting some birthday cake! ;)
After lunch we got to see the butterfly habitat!
It was so beautiful!
There were butterflys everywhere!






and a couple birds :)



Birthday girl getting an upclose look at a butterfly laying an egg!
This giant butterfly likes fruit :)

These 3 were hanging upside down

I waited a long time for this big guy to open his wings, but he didn't want to show off his bright blue wings.
Then we went out to explore the gardens
and we found the Snake Shack!

Leah wanted to pet them :)
This guy was checking out his dinner
but he ended up curling up back inside his water bowl for a nap. Dinner will still be waiting later.
We really enjoyed our day at Texas Discovery Gardens! Happy Birthday AddieJane! Praying for a wonderful year!

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Market

This weekend is the grand opening of The Market at the Dallas Farmer's Market. They completely renovated the indoor space formally known as Shed 2 & it now houses multiple restaurants & shopping spaces.
It's a really cool little spot & I'm always up for new places to eat!
Today I tried Cajun Tailgators.
Their Boudin Balls were full of flavor and a little spicy, very tasty!
I had to get ice cream at Cool Haus! This is one of our favorite food trucks & I was very excited to see them in a permanent location! They make ice cream sandwiches from their house made ice cream & cookies! Today I opted for my ice cream in a bowl because I wanted 2 scoops & adding cookies to that seemed ill advised ;) But don't let my restraint hold you back, they will totally make you a 2 scoop ice cream sandwich!
I got their Balsamic Fig Marscapone and their Dirty Mint. I love all things fig & this ice cream did not disappoint! And Dirty Mint is my new favorite ice cream! It is not a super sweet candied mint that you normally get from ice cream, instead you can see the tiny chopped up pieces of mint mixed in with the chocolate chips! It's like eating ice cream out in the garden, which is fitting at the Farmer's Market :)
I ate my ice cream outside and enjoyed the music :)
Then I wandered over to The Shed. In theory this is where the local farmer's would be selling their fruits & veggies for Dallas to enjoy. The new owners have new rules that only local farmers can sell at the Farmer's Market, which is great in theory. What it means in practice is there were 6 farmers with a table each of produce & the rest of The Shed was the baked goods/canned goods who used to have tables in Shed 2 & several people selling live plants. The days of walking through the Farmer's Market trying the fresh new produce, deciding what to bring home for dinner are gone. I truly hope these are just the pains of change & they can build it back up to what we grew up with. But for now, the Farmer's Market is a great place to go have lunch (truly, I love what they have done with The Market), but I need a new place to try unique produce.
However, I did meet the most informative Plumeria Farmer! We talked for probably 20 minutes about how to grow plumeria. I will be going back to see him!
As I was leaving I saw Vertical Life Farms posing their Tower Garden & thought it was a cute idea!
So my new Plumeria needed to pose as well :)
Let's keep visiting the Farmer's Market, and maybe more farmer's will see it as the place to be! And if you find yourself in need of a Plumeria, I've got a guy!