Out for a Walk

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The weather has been gorgeous lately, so what better way to spend the early evening (while there’s still great light) than to take one (or both) of the boys on a walk!

I grabbed my favorite Wednesday tee and headed out with our rescue, Oscar. (photobomb courtesy of Charlie Parker)

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{outfit details: tee (it was a gift!), Champion sports braOld Navy compression pants, ASICS GEL-Neo 33 (on sale!)}

We’re lucky that our little corner of Texas has nice hike and bike paths …and while we’re near the end of the season, the wildflowers are still marvelous!

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Elderberry

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Indian Blanket

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Silver-Leaf Nightshade

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Could be Engelmann Daisies or Huisache Daisies (I’m not an expert!)

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Thistle

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I love how big and open the sky is here. I’ll leave you with one last picture of my partner-in-crime.

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“Less snappin’. More walkin’,” he said.

Mom’s Meal of the Month Club (May)

My Mom, J, has been baking since she was nine years old and took up cooking not too long after that age. For Christmas, she and my Dad, L, gave us a gorgeous, cashmere throw from Restoration Hardware. It’s yummy and warm without being too hot. It’s just the right weight to cuddle up and doze off on a chilly, early spring night.

But then she handed me a bag that contained a rolled up, laminated calendar that was tied with a simple red ribbon. I untied the bow and unrolled the calendar that was titled “Mom’s Meal of the Month Club” ………

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I quickly started reading the calendar, looked up and asked, “Is this real?” We get a homemade meal once a month? Made by Mom and delivered by Dad?” And not just any meal. Nope. It’s the “greatest hits” from my childhood… which have now become some of M’s most loved dishes Mom makes.

Mom’s family is from Hungary (my grandparents were first-gen Americans); among other things, I grew up eating chicken paprikash. While the days of my grandfather making handmade dumplings are gone, Mom still makes the dish (and by dish, I mean that crazy good sauce) just as he did! 

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The roasted red bell peppers swim in the sauce. And the flat dumplings plump up in 20 minutes flat.

I like it served with a green salad (bright vinaigrette dressing) and cinnamon apples (sweet to balance savory.)

I would share the recipe, but Mom hasn’t even shared it with me!

 

 Our family believes that “food is love” – is it also true for your family? What are the “greatest hits” from your childhood?  

Empanadas for Everyone

I’ve learned during my business travels that, at the airport, it’s best to eat where the pilots, flight attendants, and ground crews eat. Watch where they go and then get in line.

There are several places within Miami International Airport (MIA) to find lightly golden, delicious pillows of goodness known as empanadas. But there’s really only one place you should get them from: La Carreta. It’s a cafe that serves empanadas, pastelitos, sandwiches and other snacks…along with coffee (American and Cuban), tea and other beverages. La Carreta is inside the D Terminal (Gate 37) and there’s one outside of security in the E Terminal (along with several other locations throughout Miami.)

Empanadas make the perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And only when I’ve had an empanada (or two!) do I consider my trip to Miami a complete success.

I go for the chicken variety…

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and the spinach and cheese variety.

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And if you’re looking for something less savory and more fruity, the guava pastelito does not disappoint!

Here’s the link. Vamonos a La Carreta! 

 

Easter Egg

I absolutely adore these shoes from J.Crew, but seriously feel like I’m channeling an Easter egg when I wear them. I’m a big fan of layers when I travel. I wore the cardigan at the office and took it off for a quick walk to the hotel (there’s a reason the basketball team is called the Miami Heat!)

 

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Outfit Details

Gap cardigan

Gap white tee

 Banana Republic pants (similar)

J.Crew loafers

Banana Republic belt (similar)

J.Crew Factory necklace (similar)

 

 

MIA on the 12th of May

I traveled to Chicago on Friday to celebrate Mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, L1’s dance recital, L2’s First Communion, and L3’s love of “Frozen” (the nieces’ and nephew’s names all start with L!)  I’m spending M-W in Miami for meetings and a business dinner. This is as close as I’ll get to downtown or SoBe. Ahh, isn’t business travel so glamorous!

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(picture of downtown Miami skyline taken by yours truly on 12 May 2014)

 

Giddy as a Baby on a Swing

I’m an avid blog reader and today (12 May) I took the leap and created my own blog. I’ve been married to my best friend, M, since Dec 2005 and my passions include travel, style, food and vintage cars. You can expect an occasional appearance by my favorite four-legged friends, Charlie Parker and Oscar Winn. Keep up with me on Pinterest and Insta, too!

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(picture taken by yours truly in Charleston Feb 2013 and, speaking of, if you’re traveling to Charleston, I like to stay at the Mills House Hotel and I highly recommend making time for a cooking class – and lunch! – at Charleston Cooks! – so yummy!)