Archive | Winter 2011/2012 RSS feed for this section

Day 64 – Kemah, Texas – Sewing Project # 2

12 Mar

I was able to sick to my goal and complete my first little girl dress.

I am pretty happy with it.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

I played around with one of the embroidery settings on my sewing machine to add an extra dash of cute and playful to the dress.  I think it looks like a vine with leaves.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Of course, I had to add something heart shaped to the dress. It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t.  I hand sewed metal heart buttons which look like they have a design of vines and leaves just like the stitching I added to the trim.

I am excited to start the second dress as the fabric is bright, colorful, and completely perfect for spring.  I will hopefully be able to tackle it soon while I still feel comfortable with my sewing machine.

My other accomplishment this weekend was homemade guava pastelitos.  I miss cuban food, and these were able to curve my craving.  These are quick and simple.   Defrost puff pastry, and cut into triangles.  Add guava paste (I use the brand Goya) to the center.  Fold into triangle.  Brush egg wash to the tops, and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 360 for about 18-25 mins, until golden brown.  Some like to bake at 400, but I prefer a lower temp setting so that every layer is baked  completely and it doesn’t brown/color too quickly.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Next time I think I will make some with cream cheese and guava, or maybe just the cheese.  Either way, it will be delicious.

Day 55 – Kemah, Texas – Sewing Projects

8 Mar

Last weekend I pulled out my sewing machine for a small project.

I have never used a sewing machine, been behind a sewing machine, or touched a sewing machine.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

I stuffed the top heart with cotton for a raised heart look, and for extra cushion to push my pins into.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

To get the feel of the power from the sewing machine, and to learn how to stitch the trim, I made a heart shaped pin cushion.   I made three pin cushions to be exact.  The picture above is from the best looking one.  I am slowly learning.

I also played around with all the different stitch designs with an extra square piece of fabric, which took up most of my time.  So many different design possibilities.

My next project is a girl’s dress!  I am still staring at the pieces wondering when I will get the motivation to complete it.  I now understand other bloggers who write about their new craft of sewing, and how they have a love hate relationship with it.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Maybe by this weekend I will be able to finish it…

Or maybe I will have to wait till we go back to Atlanta and enroll in sewing classes at Georgia Tech for the summer.

Day 49 – Clear Lake, Texas – Indian Cuisine @ NASA Parkway

25 Feb

I haven’t been out much lately as you can tell with my lack of posts.  First, I wasn’t feeling well, and my chest was hurting for about two weeks (cleared healthy by the cardiologist, and was told to get over it).  Then a close aunt of mine found out she has breast cancer.  She was told on Valentine’s Day of all days.  On the day, two years ago my family gathered together and showered me with love, laughter, and gifts before I became Mrs. Nunez.  A day that I have always remembered being filled with lots of joy and love.  I had never felt so much love as I did on that day.  I can only hope my aunt is feeling the love and positive vibes we are sending to her, and will continue to do so everyday.

Due to my lack of motivation to leave the house, and also because we haven’t experienced that many good restaurant’s around the area we live in, we haven’t had the urge to venture out.   Thankfully, one of Luis’ co-workers recommended an Indian restaurant to us, that was said to be excellent, and it snapped us out of our funk.

Food = happiness.  Especially good food.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

I had the Mulligatawny soup.  It is a lentil soup flavored with cumin.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

We had two appetizer’s; vegetable samosas and chaat papdi, which has wheat rounds, potatoes, crunchy noodles tossed with mint and tamarind chutney.  The chaat papdi (pictured below) is very freshing.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

We shared the Lamb Madras with garlic naan.  If you have ever had an Indian dish with Kadai sauce it’s similar, just less sweet.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Rus Malai for dessert.  Homemade cheese stewed in cardamon flavored milk.  I love it and can’t get enough of it.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

We are planning on exploring some more parks this weekend, even though it is suppose to be in the 40’s.  Maybe we will swing by the BBQ cook-off as well, or possibly a rodeo.

No matter what we do, I need to get outside and enjoy myself.  All I keep thinking is I am next.  I have a mammogram scheduled for the second week in March, and I am making it my yearly goal.

I am thinking I should add it to my new year goals list (that you can read here) that I make every year.  It can help me not forget, AND it will make me feel good to cross off once it has been completed.  Is that odd?

I love you, stay strong!

Day 41 – Love From Home

16 Feb

My mom, er.. I mean our family dog, Dudley sent Luis and I a Valentine’s Day gift.

He sent us a message in a bottle.

DSC_0001
DSC_0006

I laughed out loud.

This is very cute, just look at his adorable face on the M&M.

“Woof, woof”!

Day 39 – Kemah, Texas

14 Feb

Happy Day of Love!

DSC_0001
DSC_0009

I did something simple for his lunch today.  Just a little “Hi, I love You”!

I also included a little note and my favorite pasta, butternut squash with a garlic, sage, and butter sauce.

DSC_0010
DSC_0014
DSC_0012

Now I am waiting for him to get home from work for our dinner date at Joe’s Crab Shack.

DSC_0099

I am still not feeling 100%, but better than last week and I am showing off my I have lost 10 pounds smile.  =)

I love you!

Day 28 – 30 in Austin, Texas and Chest Pains

8 Feb

We carpooled to Austin this past weekend with two other co-ops.  The drive was smooth and didn’t take as long as I thought, about 3 hours.

I am happy that I was finally able to see a part of Texas that is not ugly.  I saw green grass, small rolling hills, and lots of trees.  Yay! A part of Texas that was actually pretty.  I love seeing farms with rolling hills and cows on the tops of them, probably because it’s my dream to own a rolling hill farm.

I enjoyed 6th Street more than Bourbon Street in New Orleans.  If I had to pick a place to party, it would be Austin, which could change once I go to Las Vegas.  Until then, Austin it is.  The drinks were inexpensive (at least at the places we went to), and there were lots of places to step into and shake your booty.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

We met up with the other co-ops from the Freeport location, we are at the Deer Park location, making the group 13 of us.  We started off our nights at a bar called The Library.  It was a fitting place since Engineers spend lots of time in them.   They were serving $3.00 Long Islands. I have never paid $3.00 for a Long Island in a normal sized glass, it was awesome. We hopped around 6th Street, darting in and out of bars, having whatever the drink special was at the moment, stuck around and danced for a few songs, and then moved onto the next place.  We met some pretty cool Austin locals and some out of towners celebrating birthday’s, graduations, and new job opportunities.  Oh, and a guy who was showing off his rock band, even though he had just quit the band.  At 2:00 a.m. the bars and clubs shut down, and the police and fire department do a sweep of the streets (a clean-up if you will), making everyone leave. Very interesting, but none the less a good thing since most of our group was done for the night.  On our walk back to the hotel, a cold front decided to wake us up with a down pour. A very cold down pour.  I enjoyed running in the rain until I remembered I had my camera with me.  Thankfully, after a few minutes of waiting underneath a shelter the rain lightened up, allowing Luis and I to continue our run through the rain. It was a good night.

The next day, Luis and I split from the group and went to check out some items I had on my Austin list.  We walked around The University of Texas, Zilker Park, Austin Nature and Science Center, the bats at Congress Ave Bridge, the Capitol Building, and explored some of the 1400 food carts Austin has.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
DSC_0128
DSC_0131

DSC_0135
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
DSC_0154
DSC_0155
DSC_0156
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

DSC_0042
DSC_0045
DSC_0049
DSC_0035
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

I know I am only 28, but Austin kicked my butt, which lead me to believe that I am getting too old to rebound quickly after a few nights of drinking and dancing. Sunday and Monday my chest was tight with sharp pains. I called a doctors office to schedule an appointment, but was told to go straight to the emergency room.  The emergency room?  That freaked me out. I have never been to the hospital, and the thought of going to a hospital freaked me out.  It couldn’t be that serious.  So, being freaked out I called my uncle Danny, who has had heart issues and asked him for his thoughts. After a few questions to rule out a stroke or heart attack, I took some Aspirin as he recommended.  After a few hours the pain went away just in time for my mom to call me.  Now that I was much more calmer, I could actually have a conversation with someone.  Even though a trip to urgent care would probably not have harmed anything, I just really didn’t want to believe it could be something serious.  Monday evening did not help either, I felt like I was having an anxiety attack, a two hour attack.  Something I have never felt before.  I really think I just pulled something with all the dancing, plus being dehydrated, then the attack because I freaked out.  I still feel slightly odd, but much better.  I have a appointment with the cardiologist on Monday.  See what I mean about getting old? This is only the beginning, haha!

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

I really enjoyed Austin, chest pains and all.  Austin has everything I love; parks, food carts, cheap drinks, interesting people, and a great assortment of bands/music.

Day 26 – Kemah, Texas – Dessert Reveal

3 Feb

I made buttermilk blueberry cupcakes with maple brown butter icing, known as cupcake #19 from a website my friend, Angry Muffin forwarded to me.  The website is called Ming Makes Cupcakes.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

They were delicious.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

A snap of my breakfast this morning.  Leftover from the dinner I made last night.

Now we are off to Austin with the other co-ops.  I hope you are having a wonderful Friday!