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Farmers Market at Historic Pearl

I know I have blogged about it a few times before, but guys, I LOVE the farmers market here. We go at least twice a month. It's my favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning. We went quite a few times in November and December. It doesn't matter how many times we go, I love it every time. 

The farmers market is at the Historic Pearl, only 15 minutes from us. I love everything about it and feel like I find something new to see and explore every time we are there. It's so easy to get to, just right off the freeway and there is plenty of free parking. We have learned to try to get there no later than 11:30, ideally, 10, as the crowds get crazy and things start to sell out! 

"Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space features retail, dining, picturesque green spaces, paseos riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of The Culinary Institute of America. As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with LEED-certified complexes mixed with historic architecture."

There is also the stunning hotel Emma. The lobby alone is so cool to walk through. The employees are super nice and don't mind if you come in to explore a little, at least no one has said anything to us! Can't wait to take a staycation there someday! It has a really interesting history, the original building being the only brewery that survived the prohibition.

One Saturday in December we went and the weather was incredible, I think it was a high of 70 or 75. It felt like the loveliest spring day. The sky was clear blue, we enjoyed plenty of yummy food while watching kids run through the water fountains. 

I don't normally take selfies but the lighting was perfect I wanted to document the lovely day with my Bear! It was seriously the most perfect day out.

I honestly haven't had anything bad to eat there, but some of our favorites...

Yapa Empenadas - My #1 favorite. Their ham and cheese is incredible. I crave it all the time! Ask for their green sauce to drip it in! 

Sol Y Luna - #1 favorite for baked goods! Incredible breads and danishes. Can never go wrong here. Their honey butter croissant and lemon blueberry danish are a couple of my faves. They always have free samples and the friendliest employees. Thankfully they also have a brick and mortar location if you find yourself craving them during the week (as I often do!)

Mings Thing - I've only had their pork belly breakfast plate but wow, so good.  

Humble House Foods - I am always soooo tempted by their french toast, but I have yet to give into the tempting plate heaped with sugar. Someday. But they have yummy lemonades and pretty good hot chocolate. I'll have to try their amazing sauces some time too. 

Wildflower Caramels - I mean, with that name how could I not love them? They are usually only there on Sundays. So sad because you miss out on their ADORABLE camper. So cute. We only got to see their cute set up because they were there for a weekday winter market. But if you go on a Saturday and still want to try their caramels go into Larder, they sell them at the counter!

But honestly, there are so many yummy things there, I really don't think you can go wrong.

There are always lots of cute dogs too! 

I don't think I will ever get sick of this place! 


We had a quiet Thanksgiving to ourselves this year. I ended up really sick with a cold that ended up turning into a sinus infection, so I suppose it was good we didn't have plans to travel. I had absoultely no energy at all. So we just had a calm and quiet Thanksgiving, just the two of us. I pounded some cold medicine and still made us a Thanksgiving dinner. For my first time it turned out pretty good, not perfect, but the turkey at least was pretty good, and that's the most important thing, right? And the mashed potatoes I whipped up last minute were really good too (potaotes, a little butter, a little milk, a little cream cheese, a little sour cream, and salt and pepper. Perfection.) My rolls didn't rise (probably because I had all the windows open and it was like 69 degrees inside) I didn't follow the stuffing recipe and it was rather soggy, and the sweet potato casserole had way too much butter and ended up with a weird texture, but all in all I still considered it a success. If you have never made yourself Thanksgiving dinner, go run, don't walk, but run and give a huge thank you to whoever makes Thanksgiving dinner for you. Because ya'll, it's tough work! So major thank you to my mom and Aunt Rachelle for their continued, uncomplaining slaving over Thanksgiving dinner, that always turned out absolutely amazing.

Funny side note (and a reminder to myself to follow even the most seemingly menial promptings) as the timer for the turkey went off and I prepared to take the temp for the turkey, I thought, I should have Dave check it. But I, being stubborn, shrugged it off, thinking, No, taking the temp is not that hard, I can do it myself. Well it only said 94 degrees. Stange, but ok, I continued wrapping up some work on sides while I let it cook a little longer. About 20 or 30 minutes later I check it again but it had only gone up to 96. I caved and said to Dave, "Ok, am I taking it in the wrong place? It hasn't even broke 100 degrees." He checked it and got the same reading of 96. Then noticed the thermametor was set to celcius, not fherinhiet. So in fact, it had been perfectly done the first time I checked it. Y'all! I do this ALL THE TIME. I get these tiny baby promptings over these menial, not imporant things and I shrug them off, because it's not important. But then, in hindsight, I later realize I was getting that "menial" prompting for a reason! It's never over something major, just something little, but I am often annoyed with myself for often I do this. Please tell me I'm not alone!

Well, our turkey was a tad dry, but honestly it still turned out really well. I had initally considered doing it in the crockpot, but then I saw a recipe for it in the dutch oven and decided to give that a shot. I used a ton of veggies to catch the drippings which I didn't love, they soaked up pretty much all of the drippings so I didn't have anything to use for gravy, but other than that it was a pretty easy way to cook the turkey, and I didn't have to worry about buying a roasting pan.

And I made a few mini pies for us, my first time making pecan pie! I thought I didn't like pecan pie, but I guess I have never had a good one, but this recipe was so easy and so yummy. I'm converted! I ended up making a full pecan pie later because I was dying for more! Sorry pumpkin! But pecan has got you beat!

While being sick was not ideal, I'm grateful for the quiet but enjoyable Thanksgiving we got to share together. I'm thankful for my Bear, our home here, and all we have been blessed with. I'm grateful for the fun adventures we have had this year. I'm grateful for my family and the technology that connects us, even from afar.

Bear's Birthday!

Dave turned the big 3 0! Earlier in the week, we went to dinner with some friends to Pappadeaux, an amazing seafood restaurant here. It was so yummy and so much fun! Dave was sweet to let the kiddos sit on his lap and share some dessert with him. They love him! They get so excited to see him, it's always so cute.

His birthday was on a Thursday, so while he was at work I decorated the apartment with balloons and made him a little cake. I decided just to make a mini cake just for the two of us. I just looked up a cake recipe online and only made half the recipe. It turned out perfect!

I'm so grateful for my Bear and all that he does for us. This year has lead us on so many amazing adventures and I am so excited to see what the future holds!

Mom and Pop Cavanaugh in Texas

Dave's parents and Christina overlapped by one day so we had a couple weeks jam-packed with lots of fun.

After dropping off Christina at the airport we took Dave's parents to lunch at Chuy's. It's not the absolute best food in Texas, but I quite love their enchiladas. When they bring out their chips ask for their creamy jalapeno sauce! So yummy. 

We then took them to the Japanese Tea Gardens. Such a cool place! 

Later that day we took them to one of our favorite parks, Denman Estate. It's this huge beautiful property with a cute pond, beautiful trees, and a large historic estate house. You may recognize it from lots of photoshoots I have done there this past fall. It's close by and provides tons of different beautiful background options.

The next day we took a drive to the hill country to visit Fredricksburg. We went to visit Wildseed Farms and little did I know, October is when lots of wildflowers are in bloom here. There were so many different beautiful flowers in bloom! It was so pretty! This was another place we had been to before in April, when I normally think of as springtime and prime time for lots of beautiful flowers, but October is more of spring in Texas. Such a cute farm to explore, they also have a little shop with jams, salsas, and other yummy canned goods. 

Along main street of Fredricksburg, there are lots of fun antique stores. We went to one that we hadn't seen before that was packed with tons of cool French antiques. We spent so long exploring in there.

That night we went downtown to the river walk for a boat tour and some dinner. They have all new boats since the last time we went, and they are a lot nicer now! The old boats were so loud sometimes it was hard to even hear the guy giving the tour.

The next morning we hit the road for Waco, Texas to visit Magnolia Market. That place is always so crazy! But it is a cute place to look around. I will say, I was quite unimpressed with their bakery, not the best cupcakes and the scone I got was quite dry. In all honesty, if you are not already close, or going to be passing nearby, I don't really think it's worth driving out of your way for unless you have some good money to blow on home decor. 

Our last final full day we had breakfast at the Guenther House, a pretty house turned restaurant with yummy food. After that we went to check out the Alamo, probably the thing Dave's dad was most excited about, being such a big history buff. Next, we took them to Mission San Jose. And then had an early dinner at one of our favorite places, Down on Grayson. And for dessert, our favorite churros from Honcho's. We are obsessed!! We always get their "frozen" churro, a churro, cut in half, with ice cream and your choice of two sauces. I was obsessed with their seasonal pumpkin spice, with chocolate. 

It was lots of fun having them in town. I wish we could have taken them to the Farmers Market, but hopefully, they come again soon over a weekend! I'll update this with a vlog from the trip soon!