dr. spaceman for chatterton's

Did anyone watch the live 30ROCK last Thursday? Dr. Spaceman (pronounced spuh-cheh-men) for and against Chatterton's cigarettes made me cry it was so HIL.AR.IOUS. He might be my favorite 30ROCKer.



culinary quests: falafel

One of the culinary quests I've longed to venture upon for years is the homemade falafel! This recipe got preeetty darn close to those delicious littler buggers that got us through our time in Israel, food-wise. 
If you're craving some mediterranean/middle eastern cuisine definitely give this a try. I used this recipe which is "authentic" and called "easy" and "the best falafel recipe EVER," so it can't be that bad!

(25 falafel balls)

2 cups of dried chickpeas, soaked in water for 12 hours,
 (or 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained)
Crumbs from 2 slices of white bread

5 + cloves of garlic

2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup chopped parsley

1/2 cup chopped coriander

1/2 small onion
1 spoon of sesame seeds

2 teaspoon cumin spice (or more!)

1 teaspoon paprika
Salt, pepper

Oil for baking

1. Wash the soaked chickpeas and put them in a food processor with the garlic, onion and spices. Grind until you get a rough moist texture. Add a little water if needed
2. Move the mixture into a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and put aside, covered, for 30-60 minutes.

3. Warm the oil – it should be hot, not boiling. Add the baking soda to the mixture and knead a little.

4. Wet your hands and shape little balls (smaller then apricots). Fry until you get a deep brown shade
DO NOT TRY TO FRY THESE! They fall apart. We baked them on a greased baking sheet at 350 for about 15 mins (flip them halfway through). Not SURE about the baking time so just make sure they're browned on both sides. 

Serve hot! 

and this sauce is ESSENTIAL!

         1 (6 ounce) container plain yogurt
         1/2 cucumber - peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
         1 teaspoon dried dill weed
         salt and pepper to taste
         1 tablespoon mayonnaise


:type travel tuesday: {la belle epoque, paris}

I had to post this photo I took in Paris (I old-ified it a bit) as it corresponds so well to yesterday's mention of La Belle Epoque (I was speaking of the era not this cabaret/restaurant). SO, lets ignore the fact that it's a cabaret, and focus on its name. I'm not promoting the place!


midnight in paris

We had a little Paris-themed date night this weekend and it was good fun!

I made from-scratch French Onion Soup and we watched "Midnight in Paris," finally. 

I really liked the movie. A lot of movies set in Paris have that stock B-roll type Paris scenery to set the scene and then spend the rest of the time on a set. This movie has tons and tons of Paris in it and they take you back in time to Paris in many different eras. I'm with Marion Cotillard's character when she says that the golden era in Paris was La Belle Epoque, but then part of the moral is that you shouldn't wish you lived in another era or romanticize another time as perfect. I thought the premise of the story was pretty cute. 

In addition, I have a bit of a girl-crush on Marion Cotillard (I've kept this in-flight magazine for quite some time) and I think she is magnifique. She is so quintessentially FRENCH and so lovely with that classic, simple, understated-yet-striking French allure. 


bluebonnet glamour

We finally did our bluebonnet photo shoot! Here are the resultant glamour shots.

The bluebonnets have lasted for over a month, but we caught them just in time, before taller weeds choked them out and blocked their blue beauty.

Thanks to my neighbor Jessica for taking these!


easter 2012

We stayed in Waco for the Easter holiday and had a wonderful time! We're so thankful for Christ's sacrifice and for the new community he's blessed us with here in Waco.


our little corner of reality

Here are some new photos of our little dwelling place. I like to call it our "luxury town home,"
which makes my mom guffaw as she truly appreciates the irony, after having helped us move in.

Now that we're settled, however, I'm taking a liking to it and it's feeling more and more like home.
I  wanted to share some updated photos (since I've haven't really posted any since we first moved in)
that I took a while back when I did a DEEP clean before we had a visitor.


follow by email

Hello faithful friends! As I only post semi-regularly slash always-sporattically, I wanted to let you all know that I just added a new option to "FOLLOW BY EMAIL." This way you will get an email alerting you to new content, which is especially nice for those who don't use rss feeds.

Hope that helps. Thanks for reading!!!

texas bluebonnets

For the last few weeks or so Texas has turned a vivid green and been spread with a blanket of bluebonnets. They're such a beautiful introduction to spring!

Unfortunately, most of the flowers line large highways, busy roads, and fenced in properties, but I finally found a huge patch that was pedestrian accessible. I hope to get back there with Brandon for some glamour shots...but we'll see if that happens before they're gone.


:type travel tuesday: {eternal one}

eternal one

PRAISE to the Eternal ONE!

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
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