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Modern Aesthetics

photo by Matt Cornelius
One of the best parts of spring is getting outside to enjoy patio weather, and there is no better place than the enchanting backyard of Melanie and Chad Dowd. When they bought their house three years ago, they knew they wanted to maximize the indoor and outdoor living that the floor plan already encompassed. The Dowds wanted to create a space that continues to welcome their (almost) grown children and give their friends a haven where they could hang out. … The home itself is a notable example of 1970s modern architecture, reminiscent of the style of Richard Neutra.

TXK 411

photo by Matt Cornelius

Doesn’t everyone just love a grilled cheese sandwich? April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! So, just in time for patio weather, we are learning how to bring this tried-and-true favorite outside to the grill. With just a few simple ingredients you can create something delicious!

… • Start with a not-too-hot pan and with room temperature butter to begin cooking. • Pick a nice crusty bread. We chose a traditional sourdough and an out-of-the-box raisin pecan bread. About a half inch thick keeps your bread to cheese ratio just perfect. • Spread both sides of bread with butter.

The Monthly Mix

Spring Cleaning … There’s something about the longer days and warmer weather that give you that extra motivation to get it all together! I love to use this time to reorganize and clean up my home. Having the right tools to get the job done comes in handy and I’m sharing my favorite ones to get your own spring cleaning in gear! … Have you ever seen a cuter paper towel? There are so many prints to choose from but I’m loving this fresh lemon design! They’re reusable which makes them super eco-friendly. … $18 available via Papaya Reusables … This thing is magic!

A Sarine Thought… or Two

April Showers Bring... … The older I get, the more aware I am of the stormy seasons that inevitably come into our lives. When I was younger, I just assumed that someone being rude, throwing a fit or acting irrationally was because they were, well... a jerk. But the more times I have been rude, thrown a fit or acted irrationally, I’ve discovered it wasn’t because I was a jerk, but because my life felt like it was being “jerked” out from under me and I let that flow into my actions and reactions. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes, I’m actually being a jerk.

Bougie Grubs Taco Tuesday

Birria Tacos

INGREDIENTS

… • 1.5 pounds stew meat … • 1 jar of ranchera salsa … • 32 ounces beef broth … • 1/2 cup of onion … • 1 teaspoon cumin … • 1 teaspoon cinnamon … • 1 teaspoon chili powder … • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano … • 2 teaspoons crushed red peppers … • 5 bay leaves … • Corn tortillas … • Shredded Cheese …

DIRECTIONS

… • Brown Stew meat in a greased skillet. • Move meat to crock pot. • Add all ingredients to crock pot and cook on high for six hours. • Remove meat and shred. • Dip tortilla in broth (consume) in crock pot and place in a hot greased skillet.

It's That Time of Year!

We all know what May brings… Prom dresses, hair and make-up, tuxedos and bouquets! … But what does April have to do with it? It is the month of “promposals.” For anyone wondering what this term means, it is an elaborately staged request to score a date to the prom. Although we don’t know exactly where the term originated, one early article about the idea of asking a high school classmate to prom with a creative, over-the-top gesture, was written by the Dallas Morning News about a group of high schoolers in 2001. Not at all shocking, because, you know, everything is bigger in Texas!!

Bougie Grubs Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS

… • 1 package of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix … • 1 cup of Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips … • 1 egg … • 1 stick of butter, browned (room temperature ) • 1 teaspoon vanilla …

DIRECTIONS

… • Preheat oven to 350 degrees … • Mix all the ingredients together … • Form dough into balls and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. • Bake for 12 minutes … • Cool and enjoy!

If These Walls Could Talk

photo by Kendal Dockery Photography
Words to Live by … She turns seven this month. Getting her here took longer than we thought and started with a year of disappointment. It wasn’t until we were in the midst of the first stages of infertility testing that we were blessed with a positive at-home pregnancy test. Although I didn’t want to hear it at the time, my loved ones were right—it happened once I gave up control and got out of my own way. Our girl was the first grandchild on my side of the family, and it had been six years since the last grandchild was born on my husband’s side.

Beautiful Evolution

photos by Matt Cornelius
Building a house is really a lesson in trust; you might not always see the same vision as your spouse, but you recognize the need to communicate and offer your support. … When Katie and Kyle Trumble went through the building process, they worked together and allowed the house to evolve and change as they went. “I had never built a house before,” said Katie. “And Kyle had a definite vision for what he wanted.” The couple also hired Seventh Day Design to provide mood boards of Kyle’s inspiration pictures and purchasable links to everything.

Dear Mrs. (Slightly) Sophisticated

Over the years, I’ve been given a lot of useless items: a clunky coffee mug, a peace-sign cookie cutter and an expensive photography book still in the plastic. Can I re-gift? Dear Stuck with Stuff, … While I love a thinly veiled insult as much as the next person, re-gifting to a co-worker or relative is never a good idea. Lucky for you, there are many other options on how you can unload the items you find useless. … Start by asking questions. Is your church having a rummage sale soon? Does the teacher down the street have a use for that cookie cutter? Or maybe the art teacher?

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