The Painted Siegel
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Houston…we have no problems

I had a great time in Houston this past weekend with my family. My mom & dad’s new condo is the bees knees and a combination of retro chic and high tech. Best of all I got to see my brother who was in Europe for the last month and a half. We ate Chinese dumplings, attended a spinning class, ate Indian food, and watched Twilight: New Moon & Eclipse and the kind of cried a little when the USA Women’s Soccer Team lost to Japan. 


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Truckers hat day at work and all three librarians wore camo hats!

Truckers hat day at work and all three librarians wore camo hats!

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At Dallas Nightclub. 
I always thought this place was a strip club.

At Dallas Nightclub. I always thought this place was a strip club.

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Weiner in the background

Weiner in the background

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Last night’s party had a 30 ft long slip-n-slide. Whataparty!

Last night’s party had a 30 ft long slip-n-slide. Whataparty!

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Casa Colombia with Andrew.

Casa Colombia with Andrew.

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Last week I made this Rachel Ray recipe, minus the steak. As I hollowed out the tomatoes I realized the recipe might be a little too advanced for my cooking skills. With that said, it came out pretty good and gave me a little confidence boost in the kitchen. I don’t think I’ll make it again, but it was fun! 

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Roastess With The Mostess

Lately, I’ve been roasting veggies like they are going out of style, mostly because it is so easy. I always use organic fingerling potatoes, but the other ingredients vary based on my mood. This roast includes zucchini, green beans, carrots from the vegetable garden at work, mushrooms, and a few white onions. I top it all off with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and the Italian Seasoning mix from the bulk section at Central Market. About 400 degrees for roughly 30 minutes on the top rack of the oven and you’ve got a tasty and nutritious dinner. 

Other vegetables I recommend are purple onions, fennel, whole cherry tomatoes, and turnips. 

Happy Eating

!! Roast

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2010 Wins Best Thanksgiving Meal, Yet.

I think it is safe to say this year’s Thanksgiving was the best meal yet. It was hosted by my Cousin Mike and his Wife Jenny at their beautiful home in Terrytown, West Austin. I don’t think one dish was a bomb, they all exceeded expectation. The only thing missing was my mom, who had to work because cancer doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. (She works at MD Anderson, Cancer Hospital)

the spread

Turkey and Brisket from Rudy’s BBQ, two kinds of stuffing, Aunt Helen’s creamed spinach that I made (vegan), brussels sprouts with bacon, green bean with bacon and mustard sauce, too much cranberry sauce (that I made), sweet potatoes, and creamed corn. 

Kid's Table

The Kid’s Table, where I will sit for the rest of my life. 

Plate

Now you see it. 

No Plate

Now you don’t. 

Family

My cousin Autumn and her baby’s daddy Dennis with their 4 month old Stella. I am now pressuring my brother Myles into having a baby with an Asian girl. 

Dessert Storm

The Dessert Storm

Stella

One more of little Stella. 

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Listening to Little Dragon on the eve of Thanksgiving. Of course there’s a Dragon Turkey out there…of course. 

Happy Thanksgiving