Friday, April 4, 2014

five on friday: things I bought, made, and ate.

Here it is, just five things making me happy this week.

1) If you follow me on Instagram, then you already saw a glimpse of the succulent garden I put together over the weekend. I used Martha Stewart's tutorial, found here. I got the vase, gravel, and sand from Michael's (around $10 total, after coupon) and the plants and soil from Home Depot (soil was less than $5 and a huge bag, plants were $3 - $5 each; I used three. I always wonder what stuff costs so I thought I would share.). The sand looks really messy and I am afraid I'm going to kill it, but I really love it so far, especially with the addition of a dinosaur (painted at a pottery place years ago).

The dinosaur stays. Also, you can see my table. I'll post pics next week.

2) I scratched another restaurant off of the Top 100 in Houston list this week: Bijan Persian Grill. It's right by Andrew's office. I was in the mood for something comforting, but the same old stuff didn't sound appealing; this was perfect. The bread that comes to the table is like Naan around the perimeter, but crisp like a cracker in the center. We each got a plate with mint leaves, sliced radishes, and feta squares to go on the bread - it was a unique flavor but I loved it! I ordered a beef and grilled chicken skewer, and both were great, but Andrew's chicken kebob was my favorite part of the meal. We will definitely be back (and one day, I will finish that "Eat" tab up there... one day...).

The only pic I took. But it was so good! I need some Persian friends.

3) I love World Market and collecting points at World Market. I had a $10 reward, they had $10 off a $30 purchase, and I wanted a $30 tray. I got said tray and a spice jar (the tray was $29.99, $30 minimum purchase) for $11 after tax. Awesome.

The bottom is mirrored but the wood is weathered. I don't know how to style these things so mine is just practical for now.

4) I love looking at the search terms that bring people to my blog. I get some good traffic for writing your own wedding vows and the Austin 360 Amphitheater, but I have also had people find me using "what does Lauren want to eat?" and "Lauren blog Bauer cat." If you remember my name, my cat's name, and the fact that I have a blog, then really that's all you need. I hope you have decided to stick around and read regularly.

Yesterday, a lot of people posted a list of things they would never do (I linked to this post). Many said they would never get a cat because they don't like cats. That made Bauer sad so I made him a meme. Sadly he has yet to go viral. But man, bloggers, why you gotta hate the kitties? I still like you though. I just think you have terrible taste :)

5) I've been on a huge ice cream kick lately. Again, I instagrammed (I should really stop that so I have blog fodder, huh?) the amazingness that is Mexican Chocolate, only available at HEB, so sorry non-Texans, but I don't think I have said anything about the new Ben and Jerry's with the hazelnut core. Holy Nutella yumminess... There's dark chocolate ice cream, hazelnut ice cream, and a core that's basically Nutella. I'm not a Ben and Jerry's lover but this is a new favorite.

This week has passed soooooo slowly, probably because I have been looking forward to today for over a month! I have a lunch date that I am super excited about. I'll instagram it for sure, and you'll hear all about it next week. Hope you have a great weekend!



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26 comments:

  1. I love the core ice cream, except eww I don't like Nutella! and that little garden is so cute, I might make one!!

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  2. Love the little dinosaur!! That tray is gorgeous!!! Poor kitties! Why people have to hate on the kitties???

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  3. I have never had Persian food. I need to find out if we have one here in Tampa, because if so it's being added to my Culinary Tour 2014. That food looks super yummy.

    And I love the dinosaur with the plants - I want one!!

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  4. Hooray for lunch dates! :) Have a great weekend!

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  5. Picture sharing is a hard balance, you want to share but you also want unique blog stuff later.

    I get a ton of hits regarding cankles, I almost want to delete the offending post.

    I love the tray AND the deal you got, I'm such a bargain shopper!

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  6. The Persian food looks delicious! Love the little tray and your new succulent garden! Poor Bauer. We had a cat, but it ran away. I am not a cat person, but I don't hate them, just don't want one. Prefer my high maintenance dogs!

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  7. I'm actually glad they don't sell Mexican Chocolate here, I'm sure it has cinnamon in it and I would never be able to say no to that deliciousness! Poor Bauer, cats aren't at the top of my list because I'm so allergic but they're still cuties :)

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  8. Ummm, you think you could ship some of that Mexican Chocolate ice cream to Georgia?! ;)

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  9. I love kitties! We have two cats. I thought bloggers would be people who like cats? Sad.

    Mmm ice cream... that's the best. My doctor told me last year that it had been over 15 years since he had eaten ice cream! I do not believe him. He's a jolly guy- there's no way.

    Hope you enjoy your lunch date!

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  10. No kitty haters over here!! I love the dino BTW!

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  11. let me know about the durability and longevity of the succulents. i'm looking for new plants for my kitchen window that are durable to direct sun and well, me. LOL

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  12. Salted Caramel Core is where it's AT!!!!!!!!!!! I could probably live off of those and pizza alone, for the rest of my life!
    Okay, now I want to make a little garden... mostly because the dinosaur! haha

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  13. 1) i love the dino 2) i need to make my own little succulent garden 3) i love world market!

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  14. That dino freaking rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need you to make me that whole thing like right now!

    That tray!!! I saw one similar the other day and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. Love love love love love!

    Your food porn made my tummy growl dino style. Rawr!

    It is a proven fact that there are more dog people than cat people. (I made that up.) While I totally am a dog person, I am not opposed to owning a kitty. I love all the furry things.

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  15. I keep hearing about World Market but we don't have it up here. So sad- love that tray!

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  16. I like kitties! Especially Bauer!

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  17. OMG the Persian food looks so good! Yummm. I will eat anything that has feta on or around it.

    I love, love that tray. I almost never go to World Market...I didn't even know they had a point system! Perhaps that place should become my new addiction?

    PS Bauer 4-ever! I don't think you want to know the weird things people search for to find my blog.

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  18. Still loving that dinosaur. This week went slowly for me too. And I'm jealous of your lunch date today, wish I could have joined you two!

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  19. My favorite part is definitely the little dinosaur! I'm going to have to try that Mexican chocolate ice cream. I love all things Mexican chocolate.

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  20. I literally just discovered World Market online ten minutes ago...I want to buy EVERYTHING!

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  21. Oh I really love that tray gimmie-gimmie! lol The best part of your new dining room will clearly be that awesome dinosaur on the table. My husband and I have a toy horse about the same size, whom we refer to as "Mr. Caballo", and who travels around our house. I'm glad we're not the only "adults" who have toys hehe

    PS I tried a new ice cream last weekend that I fell in love with by Blue Bell: Mint Chocolate Chip with Cookies and Cream.....seriously Lauren, it is a life changer!

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  22. I love that tray! I've only been to World Market a handful of times -- I need to check it out more since it has such cute pieces like that! My home decor store of choice for the past 6 months or more has been Pier 1. I've gotten my kitchen table and corresponding chairs there and the newest painting we have in the house.

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  23. That restaurant sounds amazing :)If I ever make it to Houston I have by go to blog to build my eating list from :) We have a cat and a dog.I didn't realize bloggers hated cats...boo!

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  24. I love your hand painted dino - everything that I make at those "paint your own" places looks like garbage. seriously.

    And thanks for the prices - I always wonder the same exact thing.

    Hope you had a great lunch date!!

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  25. Cats rule, dogs drool! Poochie, Beeps and Bauer need to join forces and raise cat popularity :)

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