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TGFM- Thank God For Momma






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This weekend my momma is coming to town and I am so excited! It has been awhile since we have had a  “girls weekend” filled with good shopping, good food and great wine. Yesterday I said I was a daddy’s girl. Welp, today I am a momma’s girl. Some things never change? Regardless, my momma and I get along well and always have — aside from the b*tchy teen years. Sorry about that, mom. Happens to the best of us. Anyways, I cannot wait to spend the weekend with her. It’s great when she comes it town because it is an excuse to escape “my Dallas” and jump into different “getaway Dallas.” I don’t have the itch to go out to bars or see everyone. I can lay low and just be. I always need a weekend “away” everyone once in a while! A little R&R with my momma is exactly what I need!! Now another positive aspect of momma coming to town: we have very similar taste in clothes so it tends to work out well when we go shopping together. This weekend we might also make a quick stop by Dry Bar for a little refreshing hair-do. And it wouldn’t be fair to have great hair & keep it cooped up inside– so we made reservations at Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. I cannot wait to cross this restaurant off my Dallas foodie list!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

xx, MEB

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Tuesday Recap & Links


This.week.is.hectic. Four words that clearly don’t do enough justice. I may be in and out this week with blogging. My career is slowly taking over my life and will be for the next couple of weeks. My plan is to work on the blog in my down time and/or this weekend. I apologize for my slacking lately. I declare this week as time to enjoy a (read: BIG) glass of wine and some quiet time when possible. Err— if only it was possible. I will try my best, don’t you worry!

As for now, here are a few recipes I am dying to try. One that I may or may not (busted: I totally am) making tonight with the boyfriend. I will be sure to document the process! Bon Appetit!


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Mini Corn Dog Muffins

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And last but certainly not least for the choco-holics (like myself)…


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Until next time… have a wonderful day!!

xx, MEB

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Weekend Recap: NYC

This past weekend was beyond amazing. New York is such a great place to visit. Keyword: visit. Although it is wonderful, I don’t think I could ever live there. But that is just my personal opinion — clearly there are many people who would agree with me! The fashion was spectacular — hello, Madison Ave — and the food was even better. This was the boyfriend’s first trip to NYC and I think it safe to say he is a fan, as well. Below are a few (read: A TON) pictures to help review this weekend! We started off Saturday at Freedom Tower and some exploring in the city. Saturday night was a hit with seeing The Book of Mormon (hilarious!). Sunday we visited the MET and took a stroll through Central Park followed by a long walk through the city. Monday was short day in the city but we made a quick stop by The Empire State Building to get some beautiful views of the city. Perfect weekend trip if you ask me! I apologize, pictures uploaded in reverse order so just pretend it was on purpose…



Empire State Building








Beautiful city — how great is this picture. I love all the brownstones in NYC!




Taking a quick break in Central Park



Outside the MET — fantastic museum



Frattiest kid that ever lived. I want him to be mine (one day)!


Scored this coat at a sale in SoHo (C.Wonder — available in stores only)






Have a great four-day-week!!!

xx, MEB

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The Good Stuff


Last night I had an impromptu night of cooking with my roommate & friend. We made, you guessed it, stuffed bell peppers. I have always been a fan of stuffed peppers. Something (err— everything) about them is just fantastic. I think it has something to do with the mix & match of meat, vegetables, and rice — all of these make a balanced meal in my mind. Not to mention, I love baking things. Is this weird? I would MUCH rather bake something than an other form of cooking. Its so simple and easy! Okay,  I understand that may have just qualified me as a lazy cook but whatever, the food turns out great and allows my kitchen to remain mess-free. Perfectly good justifications if you ask me. I have used the recipe from Let’s Dish before and once again, it was a complete success. Bon Appetit!


2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
2 cups cooked rice
4-6 red (or green) bell peppers
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove seeds and ribs.  Coat the pepper halves inside and out with about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.  Place into a lightly greased baking dish.  In a large saute pan over medium high heat, saute the onion and garlic in remaining olive oil until soft.  Reduce heat to medium and add ground beef; cook until beef is no longer pink .  Stir in taco seasoning.  Add diced tomato and green chilies, corn, beans and sour cream.  Stir and cook until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in cooked rice and cilantro.

Generously fill peppers with meat and rice mixture.  Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until peppers are just tender.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Return to oven, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes more, until cheese is melted and peppers are tender.  Garnish with additional cheese, cilantro, avocado or sour cream, if desired.

* My friend brought over a side salad which included goat cheese (my favorite!!), shaved almonds, apples and a few other goodies. It was delicious!

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PS. Can you tell the difference in quality of photos? I used my dad’s camera that I talked about yesterday and I think the pictures are so much better. But I am a nerd and notice these things. Maybe I finally found a hobby? We’ll see!! Bare with me as I am still learning how to use it :) Enjoy your Wednesday!

xx, MEB

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Currently Coveting: Food

Below are some recipes that I have been dying to try but have not yet got around to making. They all look delicious so it’s inevitable that they will eventually get cooked–all in due time!! Feel free to let me know if you try any! Click on the recipe names below the images for the links to the recipes!

|Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon | 

| Honey Chicken Salad with Grapes and Feta |

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Happy Thanksgiving!

| 1. Spiced Apple Cranberry Pie | 2. Chorizo & Andouille Cornbread Stuffing | 3. Salted Turkey with Citrus & Herbs | 4. Sweet Potato Casserole |

Do these all not look to.die.for?! I am overjoyed with the fact that today is Thanksgiving. I cannot wait to enjoy a wonderful meal with family and loved ones!! Enjoy the holiday and time away from school or the office. Put away cell phones, laptops and anything that connects you to the world. This is a time to be with family, blood-related or not. Have fun, eat lots, and most importantly…enjoy it! Bon Appetit!

May you have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be back on Monday!

xx, MEB

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Hello, pumpkin!

I told you once and I’ll tell you again- I love foodgawker. Well for the umph-teenth time, foodgawker has prevailed and amazed me all over again. This time it is a pumpkin bundt cake (recipe below). When i first moved into my “big girl” apartment I obviously had to do the necessary kitchen supply shopping. When in a cute kitchen boutique in Dallas i came across a bundt cake pan. I had to have it. If you’ve never tried Nothing Bundt Cakes, you haven’t lived. They’re heavenly. Always moist and just enough frosting that will make you stop after two (maybe three) slices. So this was my mission. I figured it can’t be THAT difficult to create a bundt cake. However, after reading one of my recipe blogs, I realized I may not know what I just signed myself up for. How oblivious was I!?!? I thought i could just follow the recipe and bake it like a cake—ta da! Silly me. Apparently there is a science behind this tasty treat. One which includes perfecting the turning over of the cake while having it remain in one piece. Mine surprisingly turned out okay! Although, it wasn’t as easy as I had originally planned. It all tastes the same, right? Last time i posted pictures they weren’t the prettiest of the crop so I’ll stick to the professional ones this time. Let me know if you’ve cooked any pumpkin recipes this year so far. I’d love to try them! Oh and PS. the best part about this recipe was i had to buy very few ingredients. Most of the stuff I already had at home from my last baking extravaganza!

Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Yields 24 servings

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canola oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 10-inch bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil until combined.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, and add vanilla with the last egg.
  4. To the egg mixture, alternate adding flour mixture and pumpkin, beating well on medium-low after each addition.
  5. Pour into prepared bundt pan.  Bake for 60 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack.  Let cool completely and then dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Have a tasteful Wednesday!

xx, MEB

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Currently Coveting: Blogs

Now I know what you’re thinking, what is the point of talking about another blog on my blog? Although I may be new to the “blogging world”, I am an old friend of the “blog world”. My morning routine consists of a few things, one being that I must read my favorite blogs. I have about eight or nine that I read religiously and absolutely love. Am I the only one who thinks they’re real-life friends with the authors of the blogs they read? Happens all the time.

For awhile I have read Luella & June and Gal Meets Glam. They remain two of my favorites. Bradley of Luella & June is actually a friend of a friend (although I’m not entirely sure she knows it) and lives in Dallas. Her fashion-based blog is very chic and always has fantastic giveaways! Julia of Gal Meets Glam lives in San Fran with her (freshly married) husband and they’re adorable. Julia’s style&beauty-based blog is amazing. Her posts include pictures of her daily outfits which are always so effortless and classy- my kind of gal.

Within the past six months I have added quite a few blogs to my list:

Cupcakes and Cashmere– if you want to see some who is rocking all trades of the business, check out this blog. Emily is a balancing act. She has written books, created blogs, you name it and she has probably done it. Its amazing to see the possibility of a blog. She started in 2008 and it has continually grown ever since. Her posts range from home decor to sales to style pictures to holiday decor! Its incredibly versatile and would be a good read for many people.

Things That Sparkle– Alex Kaehler (formally Berlin) is a Chicago-native who has a passion for interior design. So much so that she decided a few years back to open her own interior design business (Alexandra Kaehler Design). She posts about not only home decor and design but also about fashion. Best of both worlds if you ask me. Not to mention, she is recently married and her wedding photos (and venue) are to die for!!! Oh… AND she has a yellow lab— i know, i am biased. Anyways, Alex is extremely talented and I seriously can’t help but love all of her work.

A Piece of Toast– Molly + Sally + A Piece of Toast = without a doubt the cutest sisters (and blog) ever. The Dallas girls teamed up and created a blog a few years ago and have been a hit ever since. They write about real life things that we are all really thinking about. Yes, fashion and style but also the daily questions we ask ourselves. They bring clarity with a touch of sass and humor. It’s perfect.

Elements of Style– when first reading Erin’s blog i was immediately attracted to her style of writing. She doesn’t beat around the bush which i can relate to just a little :). This might have something to do with the fact that she lives in the Northeast– again, I am biased. Lately, her blog has focused a lot on her recent move with her husband. Their house is beautiful and she has been posting about the renovations along the way. Her talent for putting all the pieces in a room together is insane. I can’t wait to see all the finished products together. I know it will be wonderful!

Sequins and Stripes– I was introduced to Liz of Sequins and Stripes by Alex of TTS (above) when they decided to open an office together. She is involved personal styling and overall style management, whether that be consulting or tip&tricks. Liz is one of those girls you really think you would love if you ever met. She is so sweet (errrr…or looks like she would be sweet!!) and can usually be found in something from J.Crew (always a good choice in my opinion).

Damsel In Dior– Last but certainly not least is my new favorite. Jacey is a serious fashion icon in my books. Not kidding, she has Catt Sadler from E! News in a lot of her photos. Apparently their best friends which makes me want to become friends with Jacey somehow too. But anyways, her style is fantastic and she utilizes the best accessories! She posts her wardrobe photos every day which I always love to admire!

I hope you are able to check out a few of the blogs I read. I get some of my inspiration from reading the blogs above so if you enjoy my blog, please check out their blogs, as well!! Don’t forget about me though :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

xx, MEB

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Weekend Recap

This weekend was wonderful and the weather was perfect, as well. Friday night the boyfriend and I had a date night at Hibiscus. The food was amazing! We had never been there before so it was great to try somewhere new! Saturday I took Bennett on a morning run (which turned into more of a time to play fetch once he found a random tennis ball). Later, I did some shopping and relaxed with boyfriend&dog. It was an uneventful and perfect weekend in my books.

| this is what the boyfriend ordered; Spit Roasted Porchetta Chip with a nicoise salad, smokey mustard and poached egg |

| a peplum top I fell in love with! |

| some very necessary TLC— because he is sooo deprived |

| and then my mother had to send me daily updates on the pup back home, Macie |

Sorry for the poor quality of Iphone photos. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Have an even better Monday!

xx, MEB

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Friday: Tasteful Advice

I am so happy it is Friday— ps. can we talk about how frightening it is that we are already in November?! This weekend is going to be filled with quality time with the boyfriend, which I am very much looking forward to, snuggling with the pup, good food, relaxation and TCU football; some of my favorite things in life. All of these make me a very happy girl :)

Hope you have a fantastic and happy weekend!

xx, MEB