1. I got a library card! I can finally cross it off my to-do list after a million years. I got my first couple books last night, and I’ve had my nose in them ever since. As a bonus, our nearest library has a pretty cool sign.
2. I made some banana bread yesterday evening, and it was a delicious breakfast, and also afternoon snack today.
If we ever are craving a “fast food” hamburger, we always go to P. Terry’s. We both get cheeseburgers, with the added pickles and onions, and we share an order of french fries. They have excellent crispy, hot fries. The burgers are the perfect size so you don’t end up extra full, and have the classic toppings. Mr. P. Terry makes all the food with fresh, natural ingredients, plus, we both get fed for under $10, and you can’t beat that. Sometimes, for an extra treat, we sit and chat for a bit after we eat to make room for milkshakes. Or we make an evening drive-through milkshake detour on our way home from the gym.
The schools in Austin were cancelled today, on account of the winter weather. We celebrated our “snow” day with some french toast this morning for breakfast.
And here is all the snow and ice, which is hard to see on account of all the sun that came out today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We made it home in the afternoon, and then took a nice nap. All that danger and sandwiches made us sleepy.
Over the weekend, we went on a date to Mozart’s to see the Christmas lights. Fun fact: We found out about all the lights there the night we got engaged. This time, we got there right before it started getting dark, and drank our hot chocolate in peace outside before all the hoards of families came to join us.
We BYOCC and put baby candy canes in our hot chocolate.
The light show is half amazing technical feat, and half cheesy Christmas fun. Even the normal display that doesn’t move is still pretty impressive, and very Austin-themed!
In our extra hour last weekend, we planted our winter garden, which we could also call our future salad garden. Lots of lettuce, kale, broccoli, onions, and cauliflower type veggies.
We interspersed the veggies with complimentary herbs and flowers. We had a bit of trouble with bugs last winter, so we are hoping the smell of the herbs confuses the bugs and they leave peacefully. And the flowers are for our friends the bees.
You know sometimes plants are a little wilty when you first plant them? I checked on them the next morning, and they all looked crispy and happy! It just rained for 2 days straight, so I hope they are off to a good start in their new home.