Texas Trip: Temple, TX

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hay Bales

I have family that lives an hour north of Austin, Texas which is where we headed first on our brief 4-day trip. For being an hour outside of a metropolitan area and only 2.5 hours from the second largest city in Texas, Temple sure feels like it's nowhere near the city. Gravel roads, open acreage, horses, tiny little main streets with Western facades. Towns whose entire police force consists of a part-time sheriff and a deputy. 'You drive an hour outside of Pittsburgh, you find a similar thing, although, probably less of those two-story wooden facades. It's the [very] east coast where this just isn't possible. You drive an hour outside of Philadelphia...and you're still pretty much in Philadelphia.

It's nice to get out every once in awhile.

However, it took us awhile to get out there. Our US Airways flight from Charlotte to Austin was delayed several times due to broken jump seats on our partially empty plane, resulting in them having to ready an alternative aircraft which just generally lead to even more delays. I think we ended up only being 2 hours late or so.

Eva the horse
Flower
Tractor
Flowers on a fence Dog
Texas.
Logs

  1. One Day in Temple, TX
  2. Two Days in San Antonio, TX
  3. One Day in Austin, TX

Success? Maple Pickled Beets

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maple Pickled Beets

A half batch of PuttingUpWithErin's Maple Pickled Beets. Although I used peeled shallots instead of pearl onions, because that's what I had on hand. We'll see how they taste. At the moment, I think canned beets can't possibly be worth the effort required to peel them. I mean, first you have to boil or roast them, then you have to use a paper towel to scrub the skins off. It takes awhile and makes a tremendous mess. Your cuticles will be died pink for several days.

Ordinarily, I don't find beets something to get excited about so it's not difficult to keep my expectations checked.

Maple Pickled Beets

Success: Chocolate Macadamia Pancakes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Breakfast for lunch!

Amazon sells this exact pancake mix that my mother brought back for me from Hawaii, but the price is a bit ridiculous for 1.5 batches of pancakes. I really liked the macadamia in the pancakes, though, so maybe it's worth trying this recipe from MinimalistBaker?

Maui Pancake Company - Chocolate Macadamia Pancake Mix

Tomato Tomahto

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tomato Bounty

Well, the fire escape tomato plant started producing a few weeks ago. Now we have a small collection of tiny tomatoes that taste sort of...like nothing. Maybe next year (if we weren't moving) I'd try some cherry tomatoes. Something small and flavorful.

First ripe tomato!
Tomato & Basil from the Fire Escape
Fire escape tomato plant

Success? Gingery Pickled Beets

Friday, September 12, 2014

Gingery Pickled Beets Gingery Pickled Beets

I followed FoodInJars' Gingery Pickled Beets recipe pretty much exactly. And there's another canned beet post coming up next week (with maple!). I bet you can hardly withstand the suspense. Taste reviews later, when I actually, you know, taste it.

Success: Cranberry Orange Scones

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cranberry Orange Scones

I made a half batch of Ina Garten's Cranberry Orange Scones, and wish I had used a bit more cranberries and orange zest. Otherwise, they came out pretty tasty.

Cranberry Orange Scones

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