Wanderlust – USA Travel List

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Wanderlust (n): a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

I’ve got a severe case of wanderlust right now. I haven’t had the desire to get away, explore places I’ve never been, see new things … in quite a while. Dealing with anxiety for the majority of last year kinda did me in. It was exhausting, debilitating, and made me want to stay at home and hide from the world. [Read more…]

Spring Desktop Wallpaper

spring desktop wallpaper (Click Image to Download)

 The first day of spring was on Friday, did you get a chance to celebrate it yet? We sure have! On Friday night and Saturday it was raining a whole lot, but it cleared up and we were able to go and enjoy it on Sunday. One of our favorite things to do when the weather is gorgeous and not too hot yet is go biking in The Woodlands.

 So on Sunday morning we packed up our bikes before we went to church, that way we could go straight to The Woodlands. If you haven’t been up there biking you really should! There are so many trails you can go for hours. Plus with all of the trees you wont be in the direct sun for too long, so even in the summertime that helps a little bit.

 Last night when we got done with work we jumped on our bikes and went around our neighborhood and explored for a while. I found myself daydreaming about beautiful summer evenings when it wouldn’t be too hot to bike… But then I remembered that is how it is in northern states and I’m in Houston. So for now, I am going to keep biking and build myself up to being used to the humidity in the summertime so I can stay on my bike all summer long!

 We’re going to be biking a lot this week and next in preparation for an upcoming quick trip to Austin. We haven’t been there for almost 2 years and we’re super excited to get away. Once we park we’re mostly on our bikes or walking, so I’m trying to get my booty used to being on that seat for so long and not being super sore!

 What do you like to do to get outside and enjoy the weather? Is it springtime where you’re at yet? My family is in Minnesota and they just got 6-8inches of snow dumped on them this weekend! Sorry y’all. One good thing about being in Texas right now.

Happy Tuesday!!

*make sure you download the spring desktop wallpaper so you can brighten up your office when you’re stuck inside on beautiful days!*

Drew’s Pastry Place

houston italian cafe There is an adorable Italian cafe near my house called Drew’s Pastry Place. With the most delicious homemade pizza, desserts, and giant mugs for coffee or tea, this is one of my favorite places to go! And I knew I had to grab some friends and share this place with them.

Every month we have a small meetup with the Houston Blogger Social Club. If you’re not a part of it, and you’re here in Houston, please join our facebook page and come to one of our meetups. They’re super low key, and everyone is so friendly. We love it when we get to meet new bloggers in Houston!

I reached out to Drew’s Pastry Place and asked if we could have a few bloggers come out for a meetup. Not only did they reserve a space for us, they were SO friendly! There were only three of us that were able to make it out, but they made us feel so at home. Cozy couches and a comfortable atmosphere made it easy for us to sit back and relax. We got to meet Drew and hear his story about how he came to opening up Drew’s Pastry Place.

drews pastry place

Fun fact- he didn’t start pursing a career in the culinary field until he was in his 40s! Dreams do come true y’all. Listening to his story was so inspiring. And talk about heart and giving back, this guy is such a great example. Giving back to the community is something he loves to do, and that makes me want to support his business even more.

Some fun facts:

  • Drew’s wasn’t flourishing at first, and so they applied to be on Bakery Boss (yes, with THE Cake Boss, Buddy). And they got on the show and Buddy himself came out to Drew’s pastry place and helped them get going. They had to close the door for 10 days for shooting and making changes for the shop, but whenever they re-opened the doors they had lines all the way down the shopping strip, and have been doing amazing ever since!
  • Drew’s grandma comes in every week and makes the most delicious butter cookies for the shop!
  • You can see the episode of Bakery Boss on their website! Click Here

I recommend you try:

  • Meatball Pizza (omg, soooo good)
  • Butter Cookies
  • Tiramisu – I don’t like tiramisu usually, but this is soooooo good.
  • Cannoli Cupcakes, they’re a trademarked item. That’s how good they are, so try them!
  • Cinnamon coffee cake, Drew insisted we tried this and I’m so glad we did.

So if you’re in Houston, come check out Drew’s Pastry Place, have a cannoli (or 3) and help support small businesses!

Drew’s Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

Healthy Chili Recipe

Healthy Chili
 

Whenever it is cold outside the number one food hubs requests is Chili. With a million and one recipes out there for chili I figured, eh, might as well add mine to the mix! Here’s what makes mine more healthy: [Read more…]

Knitting Inspiration

knitting inspiration

baubles // cozy & warm // sweet dreams // pile of pink // chunky jumper

I started knitting in October of this year, and have fallen in love. It is the most relaxing thing for me to sit and do at night while watching/listening to the tv (especially when its gilmore girls). It is such an anxiety and stress reliever. You don’t have to think to much, yet your mind isn’t wandering all over the place because you’re focusing [Read more…]