Friday, June 23, 2017

grand lake

last weekend, T and i drove up to grand lake to stay at our friend's lake house with our tulsa crew. one house, seven couples, and too many laughs and cocktails to count. it was such a blast start to finish, and it had us all wishing the weekend was just a wee bit longer. 

[sunset driving]

our first night, T and i got to the house just in time for pizza and late night shenanigans. think loads of pool hangs, pranks, golf cart debauchery, and belting out our favorite tunes. i initially had every intention of taking it easy the first night, but that did not only the best way.

the next morning was a late one for the house altogether. but, once we did come around, the am gang made breakfast for everyone. oh, it was so good...especially the tofu scramble!

then, we loaded up our goodies and set out to hit the lake for the day. so much sun, laughs, swims, and dancing. really, just the perfect saturday. 

[hunky husband]


[lily pad lounging, a new lake fave for me]

[taking in the views]

after we wrapped up on the water, we brought all the toys in, and T and i with matt and julia got to work on dinner. that night, we hung in, played games, and found a new hilarious favorite in melmojis. 

[natalie working on brunch]

but like all good things, it had to come to an end. we had such a great time with these goofs, and cannot wait for the next lake trip!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

baking 'ventures

as much as i love to bake, there are some recipes i steer clear of that seem too technical or outside of my skill level. for a long time, the swiss roll was on that list...until a couple of weekends ago. honestly, the idea of rolling a cake didn't quite click for me until i'd watched an episode of the great british baking show that featured it. the way the judges broke down each step and the logic behind it suddenly made it so simple. i had to finally see if i could do it.

first up, i had to whip the egg whites to lift the sponge cake...

then, to bake the cake to the perfect level of light golden and quickly roll it. oddly enough, this stage wasn't as hard as i thought it would be. minus, burning my fingers from rolling a hot cake. 

[goodies ready to go]

once the sponge cooled, i slowly unrolled it, added the cream and berries, and got to re-rolling it. 

then, to taste it...thankfully, T and my brother were sweet enough to be my guinea pigs. it was everything i'd hoped it would be, and i've already begun dreaming up new combinations :)


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

field of dreams

last weekend, T and i celebrated the first friday in june by watching the okc dodgers play in chickasaw bricktown ballpark. it was the perfect summer night with perfectly warm temps, a cool breeze, and a gorgeous sunset. plus, we had dynamite seats!

now, i've been to my fair share of baseball games, and had the game explained to me many, many times. but, only until then, did i actually start to understand the game. T very sweetly answered every question i had until i finally got the hang of it. i had the added benefit of also being able to learn more about T playing ball when he was little. 

[classic coney dog with mac 'n cheese added]

[my favorite baseball game treat]

it was the best way to kick off the weekend, and get out of our normal routine. go dodgers!

Friday, June 9, 2017


[sunday funday]

have any of you watched the great british baking show? it quickly became one of my favorite shows between the quick wit of the hosts, the commentary and skills of the judges, the delicious bakes made week after week, and the kind nature and humor of the contestants. this weekend, i'll be tackling the intimidating swiss roll. i'd long assumed it was way out of my skill level, but after watching their breakdown of its bake, i think i can do it. wish me luck!

[stay lit]

["can i have some?" - solo]

[restocking on some of my favorite local goods]

[wings with the wings]

[a dapper pup mailgram]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

a bit of new

within the past month, T and i have tried out several new (and new to us) places between our 'ventures in okc and tulsa. one of them led to the very first (and second) latte i've ever, ever liked, seeing my first burlesque show, cheering on mike in his proam race, and finding a perfect spot for a sweet day-date. 

after a 62 hour workweek, i felt the best way to toast to its end was by checking out chick n beer with m+j. normally, i'd want to hang in with a good movie marathon and take out, but for whatever reason, i felt like switching it up. boy, am i glad i did! i had finally found my favorite wings. also their pickled cucumbers were the perfect way to counter any kick from the wings themselves.

[all the things]

we wrapped up the night by walking over to guernsey park to enjoy their happy hour sushi and cocktails. 


on our most recent trip to tulsa, T and i got together with our t-town gang for a respective girls/guys night out. after dinner, us gals walked over to she theatre to see their burlesque show. it was my first time to see a show in person, and holy cow, the performers were crazy talented...especially the aerialist. i know it's the goal, but she really did make it look so easy. 

[love these girls]

later that night, we checked out the unicorn club. you heard me right. it's a club themed around the spectacularly awesome, unicorn. they practically took a page out of '90s lisa frank school supplies between the glittery decor, unicorn murals, cotton candy drink garnishes, and generally adorable atmostphere. it had my middle school self squealing with glee. 

[margaritas with sugar rims and lime cotton candy]

[daytime happy hour at guernsey park with chicken lollipops - yum]

[mini evergreen tree]

now, i'm not exactly a big fan of coffee so, you can imagine my surprise when i found not only one, but two coffee drinks i actually like. the first, came from the phoenix in the form of their lavender latte. and the second, came from crimson & whipped cream in the form of their peppermint and vanilla latte (above). 

last weekend, T and i got to take a peek at mike's pro am race in downtown okc. we were so excited to see him out there, and get to cheer him on with each lap. quite literally, he was awesome :)

[go mike, go!]

[post-race bro-time]


after enjoying their food truck pizza slices in the past, T and i were so excited to show support for hall's pizza kitchen, and their newly opened brick and mortar. everything about it was exactly what i'd been looking for in pizza locales in the metro area. the restaurant was perfectly nestled in one of my favorite areas in the city, the service was attentive and personable, and the food...oh man, i am a big fan of their pizza and cookies. 

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