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If you have been here long enough, you probably know I am the wildest of party animals, so it should come as no surprise that on Saturday the younger version of myself decided we were long overdue a night out at the famed Austin 6th street in order to celebrate Halloween early.  For those of you who don't know, sixth street can often be found littered with drunken young people on weekends (and sometimes week days) because it is covered in bars so much so that they close the street at night causing madness with traffic.  

This momentous occasion would mark the first time I visited this legendary location.  At about midnight, wayyyy past my bedtime, we took off dressed as Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck.  For almost two hours we searched for parking to no avail.  At this point we decided we had had enough. 

As far as I'm concerned, I partied hard.  Laughing in the car with my little Daisy Duck was more fun than I could have had in a crowded bar filled with strangers.  Please don't tell anyone.  It may ruin my street cred.

Happy Halloween everyone!!
Posted by : Linda Jauregui

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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1 cup margarine or 1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Quicker Quaker Oats or 3 cups Old-Fashioned Quaker oats, uncooked
1 cup raisins


1.  Heat oven to 350°F.
2.  Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy.
3.  Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
4.  Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
5.  Stir in oats and raisins; mix well.
6.  Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
7.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
8.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.
9.  Makes about 4 dozen.
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I fell off the p90x wagon again.  I will be restarting today.  Why you say?  This is why....

Mud Factor Obstacle - Triple Threat
Mud Factor Obstacle - Mud Crawl
Mud Factor Wire Crawl
Mud Factor Obstacle - Cargo Net

See, what happened was this...We bought the admission into this race a looonnnggg time ago so clearly I had already forgotten about it.  In comes little sister with her have you been exercising face, and proceeds to show me what I actually signed up for...and that IT IS THIS SATURDAY.  


So, here I am putting on my shorty shorts about to turn on the workout video...because four days of exercise is clearly enough time to prepare for a race that someone apparently took from the depths of my nightmares...There's barbed wired people.  I may have to resort to showing up, bypassing the obstacles and just rolling in the mud before the finish line...Just kidding!  I will do EVERY SINGLE OBSTACLE, even if it takes me hours to finish or the barbed wire ends up taking my life.  Stay tuned for an inevitable hospital post....
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Mint &Teal

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This is what heaven must taste like.  Be warned, it is incredibly sweet, which is why I topped it with some fruit.  Enjoy!!

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

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Blue skies are gonna clear up

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Dress:  Express
Shoes:  Gifted

...because sometimes a girl just needs to put on that curve hugging dress with her favorite cheetah print shoes...and some dancing music.  What can I say, Little Sister loves to feel the rhythm in her soul (and borrow my dresses while doing it).  I am more of a private dancer, frequently found shaking my groove thang while doing my hair or fist pumping while driving to work.  I am safe.  I swear.  Hand dancing is allowed while driving and should be encouraged.  You should try it.  It's very liberating.  The rhythm is going to get you people...well, at the very least, you will make the person driving next to you smile because you look like an uncoordinated lunatic and spread the sunshine you feel in your heart as your whip your hair back and forth on the I-35.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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Caveman Steak

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 Step 1:  Find yourself a grill.  Leave the boyfriend there with mesquite wood, lighter fluid, and a lighter.  Go and make rice, which you will ruin because you were watching a movie and forgot the lid on too long, creating a pasty, bland mess.

Step 2:   Come back to the grill.  Apologize in advance for the terrible rice.  Observe that the wood has miraculously turned into glowing, white-red embers in your absence.  When the guests waiting inside the house ask you how the grill is doing, speak with confidence as if you are responsible for the success of said fire.

 Step Three:  Rub generous amounts of salt and pepper on rinsed and dried pieces of steak.  Throw these directly on the embers.  Hug your grill master and assure him he has your utmost confidence all the while telling the party guests that you are certain the black steak coming out will go perfectly with the rice mush in the kitchen.

Step Four:  Have someone manly remove the steak from the embers for you.  Slice them up and serve them with anything but the ruined rice.  Enjoy!

I'll be honest.  I will never order steak when I go to a restaurant.  Honestly, it's tough, bland, and expensive.  Even when I have been to restaurants where this is their specialty, I have just never been blown away.  The oh-yes-it's-super-delicious smile and mmhmm usually follows when someone asks me to taste the-best-steak-they-have-ever-had because you really do not want to be the jerk that pees on somebody's rainbow when they are really enjoying their food.  I just don't see what the big deal is.  

This steak is the exception.  Oh my goodness, IT WAS SO GOOD.  A+ all the way! ...and a big thanks to the boyfriend for being such a skilled foodie.  You really must try this!!
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Halloween '11

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 For Halloween, most women end up dressing up like this:

I don't know about you guys, but sexy kittens just don't scare me.  For Halloween last year, I wore this outfit, inspired by a film that I find truly horrifying and mesmerizing at the same time:

Sadly, this is the only surviving picture of this costume...

He even had a wheel chair that he used the whole day and bruise makeup...need a hint?  Perhaps some of the pictures I used for inspiration might help.

This is, in my opinion, one of the scariest movies ever made without being over-the-top with gore.  It's just pure crazy in a bottle, and I love it.  If you haven't seen this movie yet, I suggest you put it on your Netflix queue, but be warned that men don't take well to this movie.  Apparently the subject matter of this film makes them scare easy.

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Just a quick picture of what I will be wearing as I travel home today.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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The one with the weird phone call...

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Shirt, Sweater, Sunglasses:  Old Navy
Pants:  New York and Company
Boots:  Marshalls

False alarm guys....it's hot again.  I wore this to school today...only to stand there sweating, waiting for the bus stop as young people in shorts walked by.  

I received the weirdest phone call last week.  A man with a clearly disguised voice answered the phone and quickly said that he loved me and had messed up any opportunity he had with me by having a one-night-stand.  This person was calling from an untraceable number.  I initially thought it was probably the weakest joke anyone had ever played on me until things started to get weird.  At that point, I knew that no one I knew would play such a terrible joke, knowing full well that I would be frightened by it.

I thought maybe it was one of those prince-of-Nigeria-needing-a-bank-account phone calls so I asked him if he needed money for a cab, a ride home, or to meet somewhere to talk calmly (none of which I intended to carry out), but he rejected each of these and said he just wanted to talk to me.  He said that I always made him feel terrible by ignoring him, at which point I asked him to tell him things he knew about me so I could make sure this wasn't a stranger calling, and he did.  This man refused to tell me his identity and even got flustered saying I knew who he was, to just think, which brings me to my next point.  I think it is important to know what to do in situations where self defense is necessary, so I thought I would share some points:

  1. SELF DEFENSE HAS NO RULES - In a life or death situation rules go right out the window. You need to use everything at your disposal to stop your attacker. eye gouging, biting , throat strikes,  & groin attacks are all fair game when trying to defend your life. Do whatever it takes to win!
  2. Don’t Put yourself in Bad situations – Avoiding conflict is just common sense, but all to often people seem to forget this most basic of rules. To trully defend yourself means to avoid the confict in the first place. 
  3. Confidence - Believe it or not an attacker can smell your fear from a mile away, criminals are experts at picking the right victim. Criminals tend to go after people who they feel are weak and or vulnerable to attack.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings- Avoid talking on your cell phone, texting, listening to music while looking down at the ground.  Leave buildings with your keys in your hand and lock your car doors immediately.
  5. Stay Aware - Become an expert at body language. How an aggressor is standing, looking or motioning can give you clues as to what he is about to do.
  6. Control the situation – Don’t react, ACT. The person who can control the situation is ussually the person that will come out on top.
  7. Hurt them first – If a fight is unavoidable, hurt them first and hurt them bad.  Your goal is to immobilize your attacker and physiologically defeat anyone who may be thinking about joining the fight.
  8. Get Away - As soon as you can, get away….. far away!
    Don’t let your ego get you killed, remember if your dead you didn’t win the fight.
For college students:  Please be aware that your school lists your name, phone number and address in the school directory, making it extremely easy for someone with malicious intent to find you.  You have the option of change your information to private if you contact them.
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The cake tragedy

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I fully planned on having a wonderful nutella chocolate cake recipe for you guys today.  This Sunday was designated as my cake baking day.  I chose a theme and meticulously cut out a picture, whose theme will be kept a secret for a future post.  I should have known not to use a cake recipe that I was not familiar with.  This is the beautiful creation I have for you today.

So, what do you do when you cake looks like someone stepped on it but tastes like heaven?  Why, put it in mason jars of course!!  Everyone knows mason jars make everything look cuter.  

If anyone asks, yes, this was the way I wanted it from the very beginning.  The cake is in individual portions and is in travel containers I can just grab in the mornings to accompany my very boring healthy meals.

Much better.  By the way, it refrigerates very well.  No recipe will be posted today since it was such a calamity, but I will try again with a different recipe some time this week.
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Fall is officially here!!!

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Jacket:  Express
Pants:  Old Navy
Shirt:  Old Navy
Scarf:  Stolen from older sister's closet

Until recently, the only indication of the arrival of Fall was the sudden abundance of thanksgiving decorations in just about anywhere....Well my friends, it is colldddd.....Not Antartica cold, by any means, but it's 52 degrees right now.  Some of you may be rolling your eyes right now, but, in Texas, this is Eskimo coat weather.

I spent one glorious summer up in Chicago a couple of years back doing some cloning and protein purification (nerd speak).  Sixty degree weather was short and sandal time for locals.  I bought a coat.  Eighty degree weather was the perfect environment for a heat stroke for the locals.  God forbid it reach ninety degrees.  I thought there was a nice cool breeze.

I love to layer clothes.  I love the hot food.  I love cuddling under warm blankets while the rest of the house is freezing.  In other words, I love the cold.  This is going to be a great week!

Linking up to:
Nany's Klozet
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For the love of carbs

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I took a trip to Central Market recently and left my face grease imprint on a lot of glass surfaces...so much pretty....All that's missing is a giant bucket of melted grease to dip the bread in for my heart to be happy.
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A $2 Ann Taylor blouse

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Blouse:  Ann Taylor- thrifted ($2)
Skirt:  NY&C ($20)
Shoes:  The Shoe Department ($20)

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  During one of my thrift trips, I found this beautiful Ann Taylor blouse for $2.  It wraps beautifully around the body and ties in the back.  Gloria recently borrowed it for a school function.  I would have never thought of pairing it with a red skirt...probably because I do not have one, but it's always interesting to see how someone else can have a completely different vision for an item that you would have never thought of before.
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