Sweet tooth

7 May

Billy and I spent our Sunday night giving in to our sweet tooth.  We watched the Ben & Jerry’s documentary on Netflix and indulged in some Blue Bell ice cream.  Yes, it seems as though we should have been eating Ben & Jerry’s, but to be honest, Blue Bell just MIGHT be more delicious than Ben & Jerry’s and it’s definitely way, way cheaper.

Did you know that Ben from Ben & Jerry’s can’t smell most things?  So when Jerry would make the ice cream with the recommended amount of flavoring, Ben couldn’t taste it.  So he kept adding flavor until Ben could taste it.  And that is why their flavors are so intense.  Who knew?!

To coninue the “sweet tooth” theme, here’s a recipe I came across on Pinterest to satisfy your cake cravings!

5 Minute Mug Cake (yes, it only takes 5 minutes!)

– one egg

– 4 tbsp flour

– 4 tbsp sugar (I used 2, 4 seemed like a lot)

– 3 tbsp milk

– 3 tbsp oil

– 2 tbsp cocoa (I didn’t have this, but I did have hot cocoa mix so i used that instead!)

– This wasn’t in the original recipe, but I added some chocolate chips for fun

Mix the flour, sugar and cocoa first, then add the egg, then add the liquids.  Zap it in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Top off with your fav ice cream and devour.

Obviously this isn’t going to be EXACTLY like your typical chocolate cake, its not quite as fluffy, but for something that easy that will satisfy my cake craving is good enough for me!


Angel Wings

4 May

My mom, dad and sister went over to see Addison last night and they were able to give her my little prezzie.

It’s a bracelet with angel wings that I found on Etsy.  One with a J and one with an A.  Like best friends bracelets.  Because we are BFF.

I wear mine every day and Erin told me she won’t take hers off either!

And then they all played dinosaurs.

Love them.

Black Diamond

27 Apr

It’s two-posts Friday!  Well, at least this Friday it is.

Fiesta is kicking off this weekend here in San Antonio and that means no one works.  Except me.  Literally, companies close so people can go to all the Fiesta events.  Except mine.  So since it’s super slow here at work, I’ll blog!  Lucky you guys!

What is Fiesta, you may ask?

“Fiesta San Antonio” (or simply “Fiesta”) is an annual spring festival held in San Antonio, Texas with origins dating to the late 19th century. The festival began as a single event to honor the memory of the battles of The Alamo and San Jacinto.  Fiesta is the city’s biggest festival, with an economic impact of $284 million for the Alamo City. More than three million people take part in Fiesta. They can choose from more than 100 events that take place all over the city and beyond.

Let’s just say, it gets wild.


Last weekend Billy and I went back to Chicago and we went to the Black Diamond Charity’s 2nd annual event that my mom is in charge of.  Last year, they raised around $8,000.  This year it was closer to $16,000.  My mom has done an amazing job and we hope it keeps doubling each year!

My favorite part of the night was the photo booth.  Let me show you a few gems from the night.

And this one…

And this one…

And this one…

And this one…

There are lots more, but I think 5 are enough!

It was so great to see everyone!


Austin Love

27 Apr

It’s no secret Billy and I love Austin.  Since it’s only an hour and a half from San Antonio, we tend to go there A LOT.  Now we will be going even more because my BFF from college, Cobs, is moving there this summer!

He was accepted at UT to get his Doctorate.  Such a smarty pants.

He came down to visit last month during SXSW and we went to the most amazing restaurant called Moonshine.

It was like a little piece of Heaven in my mouth.

Can’t wait to find more amazing restaurants with you Cobs!

P.S. It’s supposed to be 97 degrees today.  Welcome to Texas.



20 Apr

Thank goodness it’s Friday.  That means that Addison is DONE with her first day of treatment.  I think the first one is always the hardest.  Not that any of the other times will be easier, but let’s just say it’s good to have one day down. 

Which reminds me, thank you for all who have been thinking of her and praying for her.  She really appreciates it and even sends a “thank you” picture!

Such a sweet girl!

Billy and I are jetting back to Chicago early tomorrow morning.  I can’t wait to be back and hopefully get to give Miss Addison a big hug and a little present I got for her.  Since we don’t know how she is going to react to the chemo, we aren’t sure if we will be able to actually see her.  Fingers crossed.

On another note, here is an amazing picture to look at to get you through Friday.

Billy and I went here a few weeks ago, it’s called Hamilton Pool.  It’s AMAZING and is only about 30 minutes outside of Austin.  You have to walk down this rocky path about a quarter mile to get there, and you feel like you are in the middle of Ferngully.  Super lush.

Then you cross this little bridge and it opens up to the pool area with a waterfall.  Apparently, this natural pool was created when an underground river collapsed.  You can swim, catch some rays and just enjoy this little beaut.  Billy’s favorite part, of course, was standing directly under the waterfall.

Happy Friday!


Hill Country

16 Apr

Although it already feels like summer, its springtime in Texas!  And the best thing about spring in Texas is that it’s wildflower season!  You can see fields of wildflowers pretty much everywhere you look, its gorgeous.

Billy and I decided to take a little day trip to the hill country on Saturday.  We first stopped in Comfort, TX so Billy could attack this huge mountain biking ranch.  While he did that, Gus Gus and I took a little jog around the town.  I don’t think much has been updated since 1854 when it was established, but it was cute.  There were a lot of little antique shops and Gus made a bff with a woman who owned one of the stores.  She kept giving him little treats, so obviously he was smitten.

After we picked Billy up, we continued on to Fredericksburg, TX.  We stopped at this quaint little restaurant called Hondo’s and had a delicious lunch.  They have the best chicken strips in the world here.  And homemade parmesean potato chips.  Yum. 

Our next stop was the Wildseed Farm.  It is the largest working wildflower farm in the country.  And it was packed!  The fields were gorgeous.

My favorite was probably the Rocket Larkspur.  Probably because it is purple.

Apparently the poppies were too much for Gus, he looks like he’s asleep.

It was a really nice day and we apparently wore Gus out.  He didn’t move the rest of the night.

Prayers: Update

12 Apr

Hi friends!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in over a month, but this has been one of the craziest months I have ever had.  While I would love to tell you about what has been going on, I really can’t…  Yet… 

What I did want to do for this post was to ask for your help!  We found out just a few days ago that my little munchkin cousin, Addison, is sick.  The doctors found a cancerous mass in her liver and she will be starting chemo soon.  So I would like to ask that you please send a quick prayer to whatever God you belive in, and ask for her speedy recovery!  No 6 year old should have to go through something serious like this, so I appreciate every prayer you can give!

Addison as the "bubble girl" at my wedding!

While there is a donation link on the website, we would appreciate if the donations were sent directly to the family.  If you would like to donate, please contact me and I would be happy to accept a check and pass it along.  You can read up on her progress at Children’s Memorial  Hospital here:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/addisonlocke.  We are also in the process of setting up a fundraiser for her and will let you know details as soon as we have them finalized!

Billy and I are going back to Chicago next weekend to visit the little peanut and to attend my mom’s annual event for the charity she runs, Black Diamond Charities.  If anyone is interested, we would love for you to attend!

Addison teaching me how to bust a move.

Thanks again for your support!