Whew! Did anyone else think November just flew by?!? Well for me it did! Last month I shared my first monthly “Dishin’ It Up;” a blog post featuring real life photos of things (mostly) other than food. Like what you would find on my Instagram feed, only all the photos that never made it on my Instagram feed or a few details about those that did… because I am a bad Instagramer or maybe because I thought they were too personal to share.
I decided to keep it going, highlighting all the November happenings, and I am actually on time bringing this to you December 1st.
November was actually a quieter month around these parts, but some very significant events did take place!
Of course November entailed lots of eating! We finally got to try a local Austin restaurant called Bacon. And yes, you would guess right (almost) every item on the menu contains bacon! Can’t go wrong with that! We each got a Double Grind Burger: “All natural house ground steak and bacon blend, crisp romaine, tomato, red onion, pickles and house mayo.” If I was going all out with a burger at a restaurant named bacon, I decided to get extra bacon and cheese added and substituted Bacon Aioli for the house mayo. While the burger was good (and ginormous!), I thought it was a little dry. Maybe I went in with too many expectations? But that doesn’t mean I won’t go back. The cute little refurbished house turned restaurant with nice outdoor seating, friendly staff and a motto to use fresh local ingredients, is defiantly a keeper. Maybe, next time I’ll stick with a classic BLT (with the house cured bacon) or get breakfast and get a Broken Yolk BLT or chicken and waffles.
Thanksgiving came early for us with Friendsgiving! One night while playing cards with friends I decided we needed to have Friendsgiving, which I thought was an original idea and so did my friends. Sadly like most ideas these days, the internet ruined my ‘original’ idea; but of course it was still a fun and tasty success (even with two people who keep Kosher, two vegetarians, and a Paleo all in attendance) and will become an annual tradition!
I never take selfies, but included one in this Instagram collage. However, what you didn’t see were all the behind the scene selfie photos that I took before I got the perfect one! LOL! And this is why I don’t do selfies….
I thought November would be a relaxing month. Normally my schedule is full of cooking classes, and while November was rather slow with cooking classes, picked up with additional work. But here is a behind the scene photo of me in action teaching kids to cook!
The biggest event that took place in November was my birthday! My 30th that is! We actually celebrated rather low key, just with dinner, but I received lots of birthday wishes from friends and family. Although some might fear entering a new age bracket, I am ready to embrace it! My motto: “Thirty, flirting (with and embracing life, oh yeah and my man too. Smile!) and thriving!” (quick name that movie!)
My Aunt’s birthday is just a few days after mine and she had a big birthday as well! Her celebration was much larger than mine, with a huge 50’s themed party. My family and I helped set up and decorate and it was a smashing success. (By the way my other Aunt had made all the cute themed décor!)
Thanksgiving was celebrated Texas style and spent with the in laws. We had fried turkey, Chocolate Pecan Pie, and I added a little Cajun flare to the menu by making my family’s Cornbread Dressing. This has become quite popular with my in laws and I am the fourth generation in my family to make it!
And I ended the month of November by contributing Gingerbread Truffles and Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats (recipes coming soon!!!) to the Austin Bakes Bake Sale. Austin Bakes is a group of bloggers, foodies and local businesses based in Austin, Texas, who raise money to help those in need in times of disaster. In the past they have helped relief efforts for the West, Texas explosion back in April and the Bastrop, Texas wild fires in 2011. This time the effort was to raise money for the Austin Disaster Relief Network, to help local Austin, Texas flood victims from the October 2013 floods. Not only did I donate some treats, I picked up these adorable treats too! These cookies are so cute I don’t even want to eat them, but I guess they wont’ keep forever! Austin Bakes raised over $4800 at the local bake sales and even more in online donations. You can still help flood victims, no matter where you live, by donating online here!