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averyhappylife:

“I’ll be coming home soon, beneath the wide open skies, where the bluebonnets bloom.”
-Robert Earl Keen



In Texas they don’t mow the medians, so that wildflowers can grow. I think that’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

averyhappylife:

“I’ll be coming home soon, beneath the wide open skies, where the bluebonnets bloom.”

-Robert Earl Keen

In Texas they don’t mow the medians, so that wildflowers can grow. I think that’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

party ‘til you puke.

I saw him. It was magical. SXSW 2012 was the best.

What’s funny is I was near the back with Houston, Chris, and Lisa, when two older dudes pushed their way past us, one of them saying, “I gotta see this!” I said, “You and me both, dude!” and one of the guys motioned to me to follow him. I laughed it off and stayed where I was. Literally minutes later I decided to go up front, and I saw the same guy. He offered to let me stand in front of him so I could get a better view. What a nice guy. He’s probably just a cool dad who likes to party.

I had to hop on one leg the whole time because I twisted my knee earlier in the week at a Wavves show. Party. Hard.

(image via Spin.com)

This was my actual view:

Today feels like a spring day in Austin. It’s about 60 degrees outside, and Christmas is in one week. That being said, I’m excited to go back to Illinois and experience real winter for a little bit :)
-Caitlin

Today feels like a spring day in Austin. It’s about 60 degrees outside, and Christmas is in one week. That being said, I’m excited to go back to Illinois and experience real winter for a little bit :)

-Caitlin

(Source: quiet-nymph, via anthropologie)

Also, the pictures from the wedding I helped decorate are up! These photographers, The Nichols, are awesome. I really like their style.

Photos are HERE! This one below is one of my favorites showing the altar piece.

As promised, some photos!

This is the only evidence of the cheesecake I made for Thanksgiving. I got the recipe from the PPK (always so many good recipes) and it was insanely good. You can definitely make it without the crunch topping if you wanted to have a plain pumpkin cheesecake. What’s nice about this recipe is that it doesn’t use vegan cream cheese, which can end up making one cheesecake really expensive. The creaminess comes from a mixture of silken tofu, cashews, and banana. For whatever reason, the banana was a really prominent flavor (at least for me). I might cut down the banana a little bit next time. I also realized that since this was a marbled cheesecake, the regular cheesecake parts that didn’t have pumpkin in them were probably the more banana-y tasting bites. There you go. Analysis.

Some vegan goodies at the farmer’s market downtown.

My smoky potato “sausage” breakfast taco. Yummmmm.

We went hiking at Mt. Bonnell, Austin’s highest point!

Merry Crimbus! (Thanks Jetski for taking this picture.) We are so excited to go home for Christmas. I love Austin but it’s been rough being away from friends and fam.

I’ve got some ‘za in the oven, and it smells heavenly. Have a good weekend.

Caitlin

Just sharing a photo from a wedding that I helped decorate/set-up in October. See that giant blue-ish/teal-ish fabric thing behind the bride and groom? I MADE THAT! Hopefully there will be more pictures soon.
Right when we moved to Austin, I was pretty desperate for a job. I stumbled upon the website for The Nouveau Romantics, a paper/floral/event/design studio. I emailed Liz and asked her if she needed an assistant or any help with projects, etc., and eventually she got back to me! I was so excited. She had an upcoming wedding and needed help with a giant fabric installation, to act as an “altarpiece”. I ended up helping her for 3 days, tearing huge sheets of fabric and thinking it would never end. Her giant dining room table looked like it was covered in seaweed. I also helped with other little tasks, like ironing tablecloths, pinning name tags to an escort board (so guests could find their dinner tables), and tying name tags onto tiny white pumpkins for the table settings.
The day of the wedding we finished all the little things, ate lunch at Whole Foods (vegan pizza for me!), and we were off to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I can’t wait to go back in the spring once the flowers are blooming more. The wedding was beautiful and I’m glad I got to help! I was kind of nervous, being a (small) part of a wedding that was so…organized, I suppose. There was a real wedding planner and a florist and event designers and the like…most weddings I’ve been to have been planned by family members, and set up by family members as well. I guess that’s central Illinois for you.
It was an interesting experience! …plus we got to eat so many leftover fries from the caterers :)
Happy (early) Thanksgiving! Pictures and a post soon about Thanksgiving goodies, including a pumpkin cheesecake that doesn’t involve several tubs of Tofutti cream cheese…
-Caitlin
(photo via Liz Lewis of The Nouveau Romantics)

Just sharing a photo from a wedding that I helped decorate/set-up in October. See that giant blue-ish/teal-ish fabric thing behind the bride and groom? I MADE THAT! Hopefully there will be more pictures soon.

Right when we moved to Austin, I was pretty desperate for a job. I stumbled upon the website for The Nouveau Romantics, a paper/floral/event/design studio. I emailed Liz and asked her if she needed an assistant or any help with projects, etc., and eventually she got back to me! I was so excited. She had an upcoming wedding and needed help with a giant fabric installation, to act as an “altarpiece”. I ended up helping her for 3 days, tearing huge sheets of fabric and thinking it would never end. Her giant dining room table looked like it was covered in seaweed. I also helped with other little tasks, like ironing tablecloths, pinning name tags to an escort board (so guests could find their dinner tables), and tying name tags onto tiny white pumpkins for the table settings.

The day of the wedding we finished all the little things, ate lunch at Whole Foods (vegan pizza for me!), and we were off to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I can’t wait to go back in the spring once the flowers are blooming more. The wedding was beautiful and I’m glad I got to help! I was kind of nervous, being a (small) part of a wedding that was so…organized, I suppose. There was a real wedding planner and a florist and event designers and the like…most weddings I’ve been to have been planned by family members, and set up by family members as well. I guess that’s central Illinois for you.

It was an interesting experience! …plus we got to eat so many leftover fries from the caterers :)

Happy (early) Thanksgiving! Pictures and a post soon about Thanksgiving goodies, including a pumpkin cheesecake that doesn’t involve several tubs of Tofutti cream cheese…

-Caitlin

(photo via Liz Lewis of The Nouveau Romantics)

Have you ever seen the movie Slacker?  It’s a really great movie that was filmed in Austin back in 1991 that I actually based my idea of this city off of before I moved.  Incidentally, some local filmmakers just released Slacker 2011 on August 31 at the Paramount Theater & now it’s playing (maybe still?) at the Alamo Drafthouses around here.  I intended to go see it, but I’m a busy busy lady these days.  School consumes me from 9-4 and then I’m off to babysit until about 8 p.m.  No time for fun!  Anyway, you should watch the original.  I haven’t found Austin to be anything like it though.  I’m still waiting.  Anyways, that is my note about living here so far.  What I wanted to do, though, is post some old baking projects I’ve done that never made it onto the blog, including a wedding that Caitlin and I did this summer.  SO!  Here goes…

It’s almost fall!  I made the goldish cupcakes shown almost a year ago for my friend Emily.  She likes the richer desserts, so I made a chocolate cupcake with chocolate chip cookie dough baked in the middle and a caramel frosting on top.  Vegans can be fat, too.

The others are all for my lovely friend, Emma’s wedding.  Caitlin is shown rolling the red gum paste balls we topped on the vanilla vanilla cupcakes and I’m sprinkling the chocolate chocolate with sage green pearls.  We made 350 of those puppies!!  It was crazy, but the challenge was one that makes me really proud to say we accomplished so well.  We DID NOT, unfortunately create that awesome cake shown in the corner of one of the photos…someday…

So what should you take from this post?

I’m really sorry I haven’t contributed enough to this blog.

I can’t wait for fall and I bet you can’t either.

We made A LOT of cupcakes this summer.

We love you!

Blessins from Texus,

Jessie

It’s been a busy month. We moved to Austin! We’re here and it’s great. The food is ridiculously good. Our apartment is cute. Jessie started school today. We all got jobs. Yaaaay!

Since it’s been busy, I’m just now getting around to (finding and) posting pictures from Lauren and Erik’s wedding, which was one month ago tomorrow. I took some film photos but they are still in Illinois, as far as I know.

For Erik and Lauren we made chocolate, vanilla, and coconut-lime cupcakes, as well as a coconut-lime mini-cake for them to cut. The ceremony was short and sweet, and the reception was beautiful (albeit HOT HOT HOT). The reception was in a gorgeous restored barn outside of Peoria…seriously, the prettiest location. I was really glad Cakestand got to be a part of it! I got lots of good reactions to the cupcakes. Steph asked a little girl if she liked them and she yelled, “Yeah, they’re pretty good, FOR VEGAN!” and then ran away. That’s good, right?

This is the table set-up. Erik & Lauren decorated everything…so the trays, pedestals, and little cake bunting are all theirs. We can only take credit for cake :)

Our friend Phil (right) was the best man. He did a good job of holding the cake while E&L cut it. WAY TO GO PHIL!

Just a shot of the interior of the barn. It was so dreamy!

It works. I used it.

The flowers were adorable. I think I took some similar photos, and I want to see them really badly.

I was worried the cupcakes would melt on my way to the wedding but they did fine. It ended up being a really nice afternoon, seeing friends and eating some of the best food ever! 

All photos: Meredith Nunn

May is a hectic month

I’m waiting for Caitlin to get here so we can late(ish) night bake at Eli’s.  The month of May has been pretty hectic in recent years passed and this one is no different.  This month is Eli’s Community Celebration which is the 2nd busiest time of year after the Pumpkin Festival and we’re kind of running behind.  On top of that, Caitlin and I have a graduation party and 2 big weddings to prepare for.  1 of which we are both bridesmaids.  On TOP top of that, it’s my birthday on the 15th, I’m graduating from a 2 year institution after 3 years of torment, and Caitlin and I need to start looking for jobs and getting serious about apartments in Austin.  I really don’t mean to complain.  As little as I contribute to this blog, I just wanted to post something that expressed how grateful I am to have such supportive friends who allow us to have these experiences and opportunities.  Although there is craziness ahead, it only means we are going to have some awesome blog posts coming up!!!  So even though it takes us (mostly me) a really long time to post anything, we are still going strong and will eventually have some nice stories to share with you. 

Happy Spring!

-Jessie