Friday, December 6, 2013

five on friday: presents and food!

Why does the holiday season fly by? This week is no exception! Here are my Five on Friday, and if you want more of me, don't forget to check me out on Instagram on The Blog Baton today!

1) I am loving twitter this week. I think I say that pretty often but this week it's just extra fun. The interaction during the day just adds a little something to the monotony of work, don't you think?

2) I always like Spotify, but moreso during the holidays. Are you on it? Let's be friends! My username is my first name and last name, no spaces (I don't want to write it out for google purposes but if you don't know it, ask and I will share). To find any user with their username, type in spotify:user:username in the search bar and there they'll be!

3) I got to try a new to me restaurant, Jus' Mac. I have been wanting to try this place for forever but as I am never impressed with mac and cheese, Andrew hasn't wanted to go. Luckily, some friends wanted to go so we did and I really liked it! I thought the prices were reasonable for the portions, the texture was great, and it had flavor. Some mac and cheese just tastes like flour and is too thick. Not this place! I was really impressed and I will definitely go back! I had one with poblano peppers and pepper jack cheese. Next time I want to get The Big Easy that has bell peppers and andouille sausage!

Top: Rachelle's Chicken Mac | Left: Sarah's Mexican-ish Mac with tomato and avocado | Right: Miranda's Frito Pie Mac | Bottom: My Poblano Mac

4) Good friends! I can't stop bringing up how happy I am that this blog has brought me girlfriends. I never knew how badly I needed them until I had them. Somehow, Miranda, Rachelle, Sarah and I spent three hours at Jus' Mac - no drinks, just dinner and lots of girl talk. I love that we are four people with little directly in common besides the fact that we blog, but somehow we work. And there were presents! Rachelle made us all a pretty handmade card and a little notebook with a glittery gel pen that we all fell in love with (seriously, it was like 8th grade all over again). Sarah made yummy oreo balls and packaged them all cute with holiday gift tags that you can print for free on (one of) her blog(s)! Since we didn't talk gifts, Miranda and I both showed up empty handed, but we think that our uncrafty selves should make something for them together. I'll update you if that ever happens.

The photo doesn't do any of it justice but our lady date was long and I still had to type up this post! I am in love with the embossed envelope behind the card!

5) Family time. My step-sister and nieces are coming to town this weekend and I am so excited to see them. It's a quick trip and I will only get to spend part of Saturday with them but it will be great. The little one just started Kindergarten so I can't wait to see how grown up she seems! My father-in-law is also coming to visit and let's just say that Andrew has filled out our meal plan with yummy places quite nicely... updates to come next week for sure!

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22 comments:

  1. The Mac place sounds so fun!! So does the blate! Why cant I live closer>! You girls sound like you have so much fun!!!! Yay for family time!!! Cant wait to see all of your food porn!

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  2. Are you going to the meetup on Sunday? Was wanting to go but I don't know that I know anyone going... And that Mac and Cheese place sounds awesome!

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  3. the blogosphere is such an amazing place and the people you make connections with/meet are incredible, aren't they? your blate sounds like so much fun!!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. I need girlfriends, I so wish some of my blog friends lived closer! At least I have you guys online.

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  5. Happy blog baton day!

    I rarely order mac & cheese out, I prefer mine made at home, but I would totally go to a place that specializes in varieties of it. That makes no sense I know.

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  6. That food looks delicious! And, yes, I too am so thankful for the girlfriends blogging has given me. Stopping by from the link-up. Happy Friday!

    Christa
    Forever Young

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  7. I echo Kelli's comment.. at least I have girlfriends online! and ahhh I am so jealous of that mac and cheese place I can barely type this. Grrr to you with all your awesome Texas food joints! ;-)

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  8. Yes twitter made work fun but then they blocked it. And the lab I work is a dead zone and I am still pissed. I miss it! Jus mac sounds awesome even though those look like tiny portions that would do nothing for me lol I made a christmas playlist on my spotify so I will find you! Sadly worke blocked that too :( They just want me to work and have no fun around here.

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  9. Okay... I've seen that picture twice and now I feel like I need to get my booty to Houston to have some of that deliciousness! And I love that y'all are making time for girl time and the gifts... they rock! Have fun with the family this weekend! Happy Friday, and thanks for linking up! Can't wait to read all about the weekend adventures next week!

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  10. That restaurant sounds TO DIE FOR!! And girl time is always a blessing in disguise. Stopping by from the linkup today.
    Meghan @ Lipstick Skulls Blog

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  11. A restaurant specifically for mac & cheese. I need to move. ASAP. Holy yumminess.

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  12. The mac and cheese creations look so good! I typically don't order mac and cheese when I go to restaurants, somehow they seem overly cheesy to me. I know, I am a strange one. But I would give this place a shot because they specialize in it and have all different types.

    The whole blate sounds like so much fun. There is nothing like girl talk.

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  13. Stopping by from Five on Friday!!

    I, too, LOVE Spotify. I'm a premium subscriber and really... you can't go wrong. From work, car, home... I'm always listening.

    I have TWO Christmas lists going and I can't get enough. :)

    Happy Friday!!

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  14. http://open.spotify.com/user/brookelsmith6 !!!!!

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  15. Your picture of the food looks so much better than mine! I should steal it for my blog :) I hope you have a fun weekend with your family!

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  16. Blog friends are great! I wish I could see mine more often! The gifts are ADORABLE and yummy! Enjoy your family time! I can't wait to hear about the new places y'all visit with the Pops In Law! Happy Friday!

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  17. I've been wanting to try this Jus' Mac place... and now I want that for dinner!

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  18. Whoa... a place that has just mac n cheese?! I never knew I could be as jealous as I am right now...!

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  19. A mac and cheese restaurant? Oh em gee. Now I'm craving some Mac!! :)

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  20. All that food looks amazing!! Glad you had a great time with the girls!

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  21. Seriously bloggy friends are such a blessing!!!! I love that you've got your group...and I'm super *jealous* that y'all get to hang out so often!

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  22. Somehow I am just seeing this post! I have never seen the term "blate" until now but I like it... maybe... I am grateful for blogging too because I would have 2 friends in Houston (my husband and SIL) without it. So glad I met you three at at BE and that we can hang out so much. It really is funny how we are all SO different, yet we enjoy hanging out. Blog friends for life!

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