Crawfish Boil

David and I decided to have a crawfish boil. Ok, well, I really wanted to eat crawfish and basically made an excuse to have a spontaneous get together. It was so much fun running around getting everything together, frantically cleaning, and making decorations. We couldn’t ask for better weather and I found my favorite new place in town to get live mudbugs. Austin Seafood Products is the bomb diggity! It was also Damon’s birthday. Happy birthday Damon!

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Vintage Chromecraft

So, David and I were so very lucky to inherit an AWESOME vintage Chromecraft dining set  from his mom and dad. (Thanks mom and dad!) They took it apart and shipped it to us in three big boxes. It took a couple of hours to get it all set up, but man, it’s pretty cool! It comes with a leaf and two extra chairs (which we are using in the office). After so many months of trying to find the perfect dining room table, we ended up with the dining table that David grew up with. He told me how when he was young, he and Kenny would spin each other around on the chairs (heart attack!!) So we are looking forward to THAT in the future…hee hee.

Crappy iPhone pic (soon to be replaced with a better photo):

Anyway, as cool as the table and chairs are, we are in the middle of looking for a dining light fixture that is just as cool. We’ve sort of narrowed it down to these very classic designs:

Nelson saucer lamp (most likely the flattened UFO looking one):

or a classic sputnik style lamp (which would match the wheels on the chairs!):

What do you think?

Meet Kona!

We are so very happy to introduce the newest member of the Schulze clan. Meet Kona! Our 9-week-old Staffie (American Staffordshire Terrier). We waited a year after our beloved Jasmine Dogg passed away to get a new furry friend, and we decided this month to take the plunge to adopt Kona. We got Kona from Austin Pets Alive! a local rescue group who gets many of its dogs and cats from the Town Lake Animal Shelter. Most of the animals are days away from being euthanized when APA steps in. They believe that EVERY animal deserves a long life in a caring home.

We are so excited about having her grow up with us!

Aren’t I a doll? Seriously. Don’t I look like a stuffed animal?

So sleeeeeeeepy

With her new mama and papa

Snuggling with Lola

One of my favorites (so far!)

Our Wedding Album…finally!

Well, it’s taken FOUR LONG YEARS, but I finally got around to making our wedding album. I’m so happy it’s finished and I love flipping through it. It’s a nice, heavy, quality book. It brings back so many memories, and I’m happy to know I have something to show my future children and grandchildren. “See kids, grandma and grandpa weren’t always this grouchy and senile!”

Joyce Chen Spiral Slicer

Ever since David and I ate at the Raw Food Bar at Whole Foods Market, I’ve been obsessed with slicing veggies into spaghetti-like spirals. I’ll spiralize anything I can get my hands on!! I made beet “pasta” with stir-fry vegetables and they were so fun. I’ve also made a Japanese cucumber and seaweed salad as well as sweet potato shoestrings. Recipes to come 🙂

I might be returning the spiral slicer for a more industrial one soon if I keep this up!

Detoxing

David’s good friend Ken is an acupuncturist at Georgetown Acupuncture and Herbs. He is leading us and a few others through a 21-day purification program, which basically includes eating whole, organic, and unprocessed foods, and taking whole food supplements. David and I are on day 11, and we’re both feeling pretty good. We’re eating a TON of veggies and avoiding alcohol, caffeine,  sugar, dairy, gluten, and soy, which is somewhat difficult because they are in everything.  The most interesting part about this whole program is that it forces you to be creative with what you eat. Here are few of the things we’ve made in the past week:

Brown rice kim bab

Bean salad, pressed red cabbage salad, brown rice, snap peas

Damon and Jeanie’s Baby Shower

One year ago to the day, Damon and Jeanie got married on a beautiful beach in Puerto Vallarta. Now they are celebrating the upcoming birth of their baby boy! I was feeling a bit creative, and after having made a sushi diaper cake for my sister-in-law Minnette, I went crazy and made a drum set diaper cake for Damon and Jeanie. (Damon plays drums and percussion). Check it out!