Friday, September 12, 2014

friend time and good finds

This week was s-l-o-w. If only the weekend moved at that pace, am I right?

1) Last weekend, a pastry chef who grew up in my suburb, was on Top Chef: Just Desserts, and who now works in Chicago (I liked her enough to make sure I ate at her restaurant when I visited) came to Houston and did a breakfast pop-up with a Houston chef who was also on the show. I mentioned this to my awesome, food-loving coworker friend and then told her I wouldn't be able to go because the pets had vet appointments and Andrew had to go to work. She texted me a little after 8:00 that morning saying she was on her way with one of everything from the pop-up. Amazing treats (house made plum pistachio pop-tarts, everything kolaches, and funfetti cinnamon rolls to name a few) and good company showing up unexpectedly made my week.

Funfetti Cinnamon Roll  (very sweet, not a ton of cinnamon) | Clockwise: Everything kolache (bread with cream cheese in the center and then garlic, bacon, and green onion sprinkled on top), plum pistachio "pop-tart," basque cake (kind of spongey with a light, buttery middle),  kouign-amann (like a smaller, slightly sweeter and crispier croissant), and chestnut coffee cake (kind of disappointing but maybe I just don't like chestnuts?)

2) I got it in my head that I wanted an antique stained glass windowpane to hang somewhere in our new house. I found one that was perfect and half the price of every other one I found at an antique mall. Twenty minutes after spotting it, I went back to get it, and the dealer had closed his booth for the day. I was so bummed - it was mine. I went back to the antique mall six days later, spotted it laying behind something else, and learned that someone else had put it on hold the day before... but hadn't paid a deposit so it was up for grabs. I held onto it until I handed over my credit card and made it official. I'm the queen of wishing I had bought things when I saw them so the fact that this thing is now mine is a small miracle.

3) I got to have drinks with my friend Heidi the other night! You might remember her because she used to blog but since moving back to Texas, hasn't found the time. I can tell you she's doing great. We went to Heights General Store because they had a $5 happy hour menu. The prices were right and drinks were good, but the food left something to be desired. Maybe if we had spent more than $5 per plate, it would have been better, but we were too busy catching up to care too much about dinner.

4) If you have Kohl's near you and you don't shop there, I think you should start. I'm not a great shopper but I love a deal. A few weeks ago, Andrew and I stopped in because I had one of those great "free money" coupons and found a small patio set for 90% off. After coupons, it was $25! The more I shop, the more coupons they send and they are often $5 or $10 with no minimum purchase. I have no shame running in there just for a bottle of nail polish or something...

5) And for a little moving update - we are currently scheduled to close on selling the current house on September 23rd and buying the new house on the 24th. Our realtor negotiated a seven day lease-back into our contract so we would have a week to move. Movers, cable installation, and utilities have all been set up accordingly... until I got an email yesterday that the buyers of our current house want to try to close as early as Thursday. I'm not prepared! We have plans this weekend that were made pre-move and I'm slightly panicking, but also excited because I'm ready for our new house. I'll keep you updated, whether you like it or not!

21 comments:

  1. Now I want all the pastries!! Kohls has some great deals, though mine doesn't sell patio furniture?!?! Moving day is so close! Glad you scored the window art piece.

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  2. You have an awesome coworker!

    I love Kohl's! There is not one super close to me, but I stop in fairly regularly when I am in Savannah.

    I would be freaking out a bit as well about the closing date being moved up. But isn't that always the way ... you have everything planned out and something has to change.

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  3. Now I need all the pastries for breakfast!

    I can't wait to see this window, I LOVE old windows as you already know.

    Keep me updated on all things house related, screw that other chick who got her undies in a bunch even though I have no idea who she is. :)

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  4. I'm so excited about your move!

    And would really love a plum pistachio pop tart.

    Kohl's is right up the street and I never go.

    I'm so glad you secured the window. After many years of shopping at Marshalls I know sometimes you have to say YOLO and pull the trigger or it's gone forever!

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  5. Aw I'm glad to see that you and Heidi have gotten to spend some time together! I miss her blog! And how freaking awesome of your coworker to bring you treats! I love that so much! Good luck with all the move stuff--you seem SO CALM! I would be a mess!

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  6. kohls is my kind of store! of course, they're just like any other amazing American company (i'm looking at you, trader joes!) and refuse to come to canada!!

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  7. Funfetti cin roll?!?!?! YES!!!! PLEASE!!!!

    Yay on the window pane score! You gotta buy that stuff right away missy! Learn from your mistakes. (Says the girl that does the same damn thing.)

    Hi Heidi! Yay for girls night!

    Love Kohls. Love love love.

    And OMG about the whole move thing!!!! I expect a picture text when you walk in your new house! So exciting!!!

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  8. I need to spend more time at Kohl's. I always find something I like when I go but its never my first thought. That should change.

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  9. I agree, this week has sort of crawled by, not cool! Yes! When I find something and want to return later to buy (because I want to keep looking or think about it) I ask myself "will you be upset if it's no longer here", if the answer is yes then I'll usually buy it haha. Probably not the best process but too many times I've held off and then went back to find it gone/sold out. Boo! Glad you got it though, that was really lucky!!! :) Have a great week!

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  10. That friend is AWESOME!! They would have jumped up the list in my world! Hahaha! Food = the way to a girls heart!

    I am with you on Kohls! I actually have a $10 coupon I need to use! I love shopping for tops in the clearance. I might not be able to wear it now, but will be in a few months! WOO!

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  11. Congrats on closing on the house! Hopefully the early date doesn't make too much pressure for such an exciting time for you guys!!

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  12. Congrats on closing on a house! That funfetti cinnamon roll looks yummy, too!

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  13. OMG what a sweet friend...and I hate you both:) Also, of course we want updates!!! Selling/Buying is SO stressful!!!

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  14. Awww... I love that she picked all those goodies up since you couldn't go!!!!!!!!

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  15. My mouth is watering looking at that funfetti cinnamon roll :)

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  16. We were set to close 6/13. The movers asked the week before if we could move it up to a week before. Which isn't terrible but we had everything ready to go for 6/13, so yea we didn't do that. LOL..that's awesome not only was there a pop-up, but your co-worker got goodies!

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  17. Ommgggg shutupshutupshutup a funfetti cinnamon roll?! Give me 5. Drooling. I really need to consider Kohls more too. I always say it's almost impossible to pay full price for something there with all of their sales haha.

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  18. that Funfetti Cinnamon Roll looks delish and perfect for me because i dont like a lot of cinnamon! yay cant wait to hear more about the house - even if everything goes smoothly, this time is so stressful, right?!

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  19. Aw! So glad we got to catch up and have yummy drinks! You're making me miss blogging and all the sweet bloggers! :)

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  20. Those treats are making my mouth water!! And awesome score on the patio set, I don't think our Kohls sell them!

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  21. Those pastries!! MMM I want some in my belly immediately :) Just found your blog can't wait to peruse!

    XO Chloe
    A Latte Lipstick

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