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Dad in Town {December 2017}

Back in December, just before Christmas, Dad came for a visit. In the past, honestly we haven't taken him out to explore much, but this time we made sure to get out a little more. He comes here for business, so they are usually quick trips, but he took some time to take me on a little daddy-daughter date which was so fun! I love my dad and spending time with him. I'm grateful business makes him come down her on a semi-frequent basis. Next, he just needs to bring mom for a visit!





The first day he was in town we went downtown to the Alamo and see the Christmas lights along the River Walk. I have to say, I wasn't really all the impressed with the lights along the River Walk. Most of them were just draped over the trees, as opposed to what I'm used to seeing in SLC, where every single branch of just about every single tree is wrapped with lights. It honestly looked kind of sloppy in my opinion, hahaha.


But there was one really large, pretty tree over by the Alamo. So at least there was one good one. Hahaha




Rex wasn't sure about Dad the first time he met him, but he's come to warm up to him.


The next day we did dinner at the Pearl with some co-workers. If you have been reading the blog, you will know it's no secret about how much I love the Pearl, it's where they have the weekend farmers market, easily my favorite place in the city. Their Christmas light display was actually rather impressive, I was really surprised. Dad even said he preferred walking around the Pearl more than the river walk (Christina said the same when she was in town too). 




The next day Dad and I drove out to explore the Texas hill country a bit. I knew he might enjoy some of the antique stores in Fredricksburg. We stopped a few random places along the way, first this place that we thought was an antique store, but was actually a rather odd clothing boutique.... Lol, but a pretty cool looking place.





Next, lunch, and exploring in antique stores. Plenty of interesting and strange finds.








And lastly, we checked out one place I have always been curious about, Das Peach House. Peaches aren't exactly in season in mid-December, but it was still a cool place to walk around.






Dad is known for always taking the long way home, he always wants to explore a new route (really just so he can level up more in Fog of World). We drove by this pretty place on a random back road. I need to go and take pictures when the trees are lush and green!



And that's about it. Thanks for taking the time to hang with us a little Dad! Love you! Now come back with Mom!

(December 11th - 13th)

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! 



Thanksgiving



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.