Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Exploring Austin

If you know us, you know we've spent countless weekends (and week days for that matter) exploring the city of Austin. Scoping out murals, watching Texas football games, eating our way around our beautiful State Capitol...The whole nine yards.... Austin is just our city. And not to mention, a great city to spend a weekend in! We're sharing a list of our favorite things to do, for the perfect weekend getaway in Austin. 

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Barton Springs Pool
Austin can get hot... Like really hot. It is Texas, after-all! Barton Springs is the perfect place to chill out after a long day of exploring Austin in the Texas heat. Barton Springs is a natural spring fed outdoor pool right in the middle of the city and the water stays at a glorious 70 degrees, year round. If swimming just isn't your thing, there's also a massive grassy hill overlooking to the pool that is perfect for relaxing and getting some sun!

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Rowing Dock
SUP? No, not literally. SUP stands for stand up paddle board and it has quickly become one of our favorite activities to do on a weekend in Austin. Rowing Dock is our go-to place for renting your SUPs (or kayaks and canoes) during a weekend getaway and is located right in the heart of the city on Lady Bird Lake. Whether you want to Kayak or SUP, visiting Rowing Dock is the perfect activity for a weekend in Austin.  

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State Capitol
There's just something so cool about walking around the State's capital! Take in the breathtaking views from inside or just explore the grounds. Regardless of which you choose, you will not be disappointed. 
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Mural Hunting
If you've been following us for a while, you know we love to find awesome murals in different cities. Austin has one of the biggest collections of murals in any city we have ever traveled to. If you love murals as much as we do and want the low down on where they are, you have to check out our 17 awesome murals post!
Being from Dallas we're never short on Tex-Mex. Austin is no different. Trudy's is home to all of the normal Tex Mex favorites but it's the drinks where Trudy’s takes the key to city. Every day Trudy’s has a drink special where they serve cocktails in shaker cups for discounts with each day being different. Our favorites are the weekends. Friday’s it's Sangria Marg shakers for $4.50, Saturday’s, it's Strawberry Marg shakers for $4.50, and Sunday is our for real favorite Deep Eddy shakers, made with different Deep Eddy Vodka flavors for only $6. Tex Mex, perfect patios, and Deep Eddy shakers are the way to spend any Sunday in Austin. Trudy’s has 4 locations spread out in Austin so find a location near you and get your Tex Mex on.

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P Terry's Burger Stand
Move over Whataburger and In-N-Out. There’s a new sheriff in town, that’s actually not so new. P Terry’s has been around since 2005 starting near Barton Springs Pool and is now up to 14 locations in and around Austin. Their Angus cheeseburgers with their special sauce and their perfectly made fries are the perfect option for a quick, but classic bite when spending a weekend in Austin. They also have caramel root beer shakes. Seriously. Caramel and root beer come together to make heaven in a cup. You can't miss their adorable buildings and quintessential burger stands. Major shoutout to Shaguna from for finally convincing us to try this one a few years ago!
What do burgers, donuts, and desserts all have in common? They can all be found at Gordough’s. This crazy donuts establishment serves items like donut burgers, donut sandwiches, and massive donuts for dessert. This is the spot in Austin that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or after the bar closes on the weekends. I mean, who wouldn’t want a donut topped with grilled bananas and cream cheese icing with brown sugar after they have been drinking all night (that's the Funky Monkey). We sure would.
6th Street
Speaking of drinking, Austin is home to some of the best bars. Right smack in the middle of Austin is historic 6th Street. 6th is one of Austin’s main entertainment districts and it is the most popular spots for bars and drinking. No trip to Austin, no matter how long, is complete without time spent on 6th. Maggie Mae’s, The Blind Pig Pub, Midnight Cowboy, and The Jackalope are some our favorites for a night out.
Whether you're in Austin for a short stopover or have a well curated weekend getaway, Austin is filled with tons of fun things to do!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Double Chocolate Overnight French Toast

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Now, if you're anything like me, you know the holidays are hectic, and time is usually pretty tight. Theres nothing that I love more than the tastes of homemade this and that, but more times than not, there just isn't enough time for every aspect to be homemade.
Which is why I love turning to Marie Callender® pre-made loaf cakes! They are made from scratch, taste amazing, and are the perfect addition (or spotlight) to any meal!
As I was scanning the frozen aisle at Kroger, I saw the Marie Callender® Double Chocolate Loaf cake, and knew I could create the perfect holiday breakfast with it!

1 Marie Callender Double Chocolate Loaf cake
2 eggs
3/4 cup of half and half
1tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. vanilla extract

1. Thaw Marie Callender loaf cake for 1.5 hours on the counter.
2. Remove Marie Callender loaf cake from packaging.
3. Slice Marie Callender loaf cake in to 1/2 inch slices; should yield between 8-10 slices. 
4. Cut each slice in to 6 cubes, and line a glass dish with cubes, and set aside.
5. In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, half and half, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract, and whisk for two minutes. 
6. Pour mixture over cake cubes, and cover. A small amount of the mixture will be visible in the bottom of the dish. Place in refrigerator overnight.
7. Heat oven to 350°.
8. Uncover, and bake 20 minutes on bottom rack, recover with foil, and back on top rack for 20 minutes. Uncover and cook on top shelf for 5 minutes.
9. Let cool, and serve with Reddi-Whip!

And I always top my sweet breakfast treats (or any treat for that matter) with Reddi-Whip, because it seriously is the perfect addition to any recipe! Now, I'm not saying this recipe is guilt free, by any means, but Reddi-Whip is made with real cream and is 15 calories per serving, so win-win? I think so!

Not only is this dish incredibly delicious, it's easy to prep and easy to cook on any holiday morning! If you'd like to purchase either of the items I mentioned, you can click below to add them to your shopping list, and check out the coupons!

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