March 30, 2013

very berry

blueberries are not my fruit of choice, but a good blueberry muffin is just something i cannot resist. 
i was craving one since this post & decided to give this recipe a try.

i wouldn't say my attempt at baking these babies was a complete success, as i probably should have used sour cream instead of non-fat greek yogurt to give the muffins more of a tart flavor (& i wish they had come out bigger and "messier" looking), but it was definitely not a flop, as they came out edible.

i think i need some more practice...

March 27, 2013

it ends in blueberry muffins

it's been a while since i've been on the blog, but it's because my grandfather passed away.
i haven't had words or inspiration to share.

it happened at 10:20 pm march 16th. 
he just took his last breath, at home, in his bed, on her side. 

he had been sick & in pain for some time, so we all knew it was coming.
but you can never prepare yourself for what you will go through when losing a loved one. 
it knocks you on your knees, it floods through your eyes and it hurts your heart. 
but he is in a better place.

he is still with us, though.
he proved it when all the grandkids were sitting around talking in grandparents living room after the visitation and all of a sudden the light flickered off...and none of us had touched it & we were all there to witness it. it was the weirdest feeling & it could have been a coincidence, but i think we all felt his presence. 

he was the best man i have ever known.
a true example of what a gentleman, a great husband and the most wonderful grandfather in the world should be! 

since the funeral, i have been spending time with family (cousins flew in from tennessee, michigan and austin), working training at my new job & trying to strengthen my relationship with dek. the move here has been a bit stressful on our marriage, but seeing as we have such a great relationship we can just talk about what's bothering the other person and vow to work on it and to make a change. that's what we did the other day and we had wondered why we hadn't talked sooner. communication really is key. 

random, but craving blueberry muffins right about now.
going to make these

March 13, 2013

back at the bux

i got a job!
you are reading the blog of the next starbucks barista. 

March 7, 2013

herbs & things

this morning dekel & i wandered downtown to find farmer's market
it was a fun way for us to explore around dallas a little bit.

we found some herbs. 
then a great spot for a photoshoot.
then we grabbed some grub.

we want to create a recycled pallet vertical garden.
anyone ever done that?
or have suggestions for planting a cute herb garden?

anyways, here are some photos from our day, if you would like to see...

downtown dallas

what we took home:

we definitely took home some of those  juicy red grapefruits
for the chilly, but sunny day i wore: 
zara jacket, zara maxi skirt, marshall's top, nice west boots, borrowed purse from my sister


a stop at jason's deli was a must!
i had half of the ranchero wrap with a side salad & dekel had a spinach veggie wrap with tortilla chips & salsa on the side
 he helped me finish my strawberries :)

March 6, 2013

spring fever

copying what my blogger friend anait did, i would like to name a few reasons why i can't wait for spring & warmer weather:

concerts at the arboretum

bare arms & legs

iced coffee


smelling freshly cut green grass
all photos via

March 5, 2013

with my hands

slowly getting in the routine of things. 
of life. 

it helps that the girls have put together a "monthly crafts night" where each of us will host a little get-together to make the item of our choice. here is where we finally get a chance to actually create those things we've pinned on pintrest! dandi is first up to host & we will all try to meet at her house on the 15th. 

i would like to go next & i have a few ideas up my sleeve.

but these items are beautiful creations i cannot wait to make when dekel & i purchase a home:

all photos via

March 2, 2013

i can get there

dekel & i signed up for a gym membership the other day.
it's been a while since i've seen the inside of a gym, but it's about time i whip my butt into shape!
i want to eat healthier & feel healthier.
here is some inspo from a new board i started on pintrest!

we signed up!