Friday morning I paced back and forth trying to decide what combination of turquoise to wear, then we dressed up and headed to the rodeo!
It was a great people-watching, beer-drinking place to be on a Friday night. We perused booth after booth full of cowboy hats and sparkling "rodeo" jewelry, grinned at little boys sportin' their hats and spurs and wolfed down BBQ-loaded baked potatoes and funnel cakes like they were going out of style. There were giant pigs and big fat goats (which won upwards of $100,000!), baby livestock and plenty of bling.
At the end of the night, the husband even recreated a "famous" picture of his younger brother when he was a football player back in high school. I helped things out a little by photoshoppin' in a football on the right. :)
On Saturday, we went for a late lunch at The Yard House in the ever-developing CityCentre area, followed by a bit of shopping at Anthropologie, Sur la Table and The Tasting Room. We sipped some super amazing wines and each left with a bottle (or few) of our favorites. I think the guys were happy once the boring clothing stores were over and a little vino was on the menu!
Next, we stopped by Amanda's apartment to have more wine and hang out with her and Mark (the husband's brother) for a little while. Finally, I just had to give the in-laws a peek into my favorite Texas grocer chain, HEB. We went to the huge location off I-10 that has literally everything you'd ever need and plenty of products from Texas-area vendors, like a cute clay pot with the state of Texas on the front for just $10. It was the perfect addition to our front porch and the mini palm-looking plant we had out there.
After all that, we were wiped out. So Saturday evening was spent at our house, cooking, playing darts, watching a movie and drinking our new vino. It was so nice. Dinner was awesome, too, since I tried out a couple new twists on some traditional items (like brown butter glazed ravioli). It was great to have my mother-in-law in the kitchen helping me out! We even made some pepper jack cheese-and-shrimp-stuffed-jalapenos as appetizers, along with chips and homemade guacamole. I think we literally ate our weight in food. If your mouth is watering, check back tomorrow for my recipes on each item for your own feast!
Church and a family lunch (complete with margaritas) rounded off our Sunday. The in-laws made their way on to Galveston for a night before returning to Dallas, and the husband and I met friends at the movies that evening to see The Lincoln Lawyer. It was really good and had a couple twists that kept me interested, especially since I haven't read the book.
We are so fortunate to have such wonderful family on both sides and enjoy every opportunity they are able to come down and see us. (My mom and sister also recently spent some time in Houston, check out our yummy food ventures and shopping excursions here.) Now it's time to work off all the eating we enjoyed the past few days and gear up for a busy week. We are hoping to get away somewhere close this weekend and I am keeping my fingers crossed this sunny weather holds out for some potential pool time!
Look for new recipes tomorrow, and happy Monday y'all.