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Thank You, Television, for Making My Weekend and Making Me Fat

I spent a lot of this weekend on the sofa. Well, not the entire weekend. I hit up a couple of E.A.S.T. studios and caught the Murdocks/Kinch/Local H show on Sunday night. But most of the weekend was spent on the sofa watching Flashdance and TV shows on DVD.

Television is magical, and in most cases, a waste of time. TV also makes me fat. But why does some stuff on television have to be so wonderful? Continue reading


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Glorious Weekend Happenings: Garden Party, Studio Tours, National Peanut Butter Month

This weekend is certainly happening.

I’ve already started celebrating National Peanut Butter Month by baking  mounds of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, and I will continue to do so this weekend by baking a gut-wrenchingly beautiful peanut butter pie, recipe courtesy of my favorite Homesick Texan. So, that’s happening.

east austin studio tour

Along with peanut butter pie we have the East Austin Studio Tours, a free nine-day artist-run event that started in 2003 to bring the community and artists to East Austin’s studios and art galleries. It’s going to be nine days and and two jam-packed weekends of more than 200 artists, 154 galleries and studios, and work in a multitude of mediums including painting, sculpting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, metal, and mixed media.

The event runs from November 14-22. Studios are open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th and again on Saturday, November 21st and Sunday the 22nd.

Check out some of the studios, exhibitions, events, and programs on EAST’s Web site.

The Austinist has been ramping up EAST preview coverage with some stellar artist interviews. Read Tolly Moseley‘s interview with Bonnie Rue of Model Citizen and another Austinist interview with Abi Daniel.


And if last week’s Austin Bleet-Up wasn’t enough fun for you, Austin Eavesdropper and Bad Seed Promotions have put together another swank and sassy social event, this time with a theme and costumes, to support sustainable living and urban gardening.

It’s the Austin Garden Party, a 1920s kind of night at The Liberty with swingin’ ’20s and 2000s tunes by Richard Gear,  a photo booth (these never get old!) by Trevor Ray Thompson, and door prizes (bottles of rum and plants!)

The party is from 6-10 p.m. and the cover is five bones ($5, wink).

The Liberty
1618 1/2 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 600-4791

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut butter is good for everyone – athletes who needs juts of protein and sugar,  school children who love the comforting PB&J for lunch every day, dogs, and just regular-o people like me who just like to slather it on everything.

Except for babies. Peanut butter is not so good for babies. The gooey-ness makes for a severe choking hazard, plus they could be allergic. Thus, no peanut butter for babies.

I like peanut butter in and on just about anything sweet, although eating globs of it by the spoonful can be quite unattractive. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that nasty smacking, “crap, I have goo all over the roof of my mouth” sound that goes with eating globs of peanut butter.

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Make Your Mouth Water – Pineapple Yogurt Cake with Orange Glaze

I give Dreena Burton’s eat, drink & be vegan a serious shout out in my post “Six Good Reasons to Love a Vegan.” Writing about how much I love this book made me really want to get into it and bake one of my favorite cakes, vegan or not – pineapple yogurt cake with orange glaze. It also happens to be wheat-free.

Pineapple Cake

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Why Bird Fly Good Is Excited About the Austin Bleet-Up

If you’re an Austin blogger, you’ve probably already heard about the Austin Bleet-Up, tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at the Mohawk. Heck, if you’re on the Internet you’ve probably heard about it by now.


As someone new to the Austin blogosphere, I think the Austin Bleet-Up would be a great opportunity to get out from under this rock that’s a computer screen and the World Wide Web to meet my fellow Austin bloggers. You, blogger and blog reader who live in Austin, should do the same and here’s why:

– Because drinking and eating are fun, especially when it’s free. Mama Fu’s is providing the free eats and Sweet Leaf and Tito’s vodka are providing the free cocktails. What a team.

– Shopping is always fun and it may be even more fun on the Mohawk balcony full of bloggers. Check out pop-up shops by Prototype Vintage and Rene Geneva Designs.

– I’ve never even been to a silent auction! The Bleet-Up is having one benefiting Girls Rock Camp for a guitar signed by Debbie Harry. Nice.

– Free Lonestar provided by Bird’s Barbershop and a Cory Ryan photo booth make me nervous AND excited about the entire thing.

– Fun Fun Fun Fest ticket giveaway! RSVP to enter!

– Music! Austin Eavesdropper has coordinated this entire event and put together a great line-up for the night:

Learning Secrets DJ’s @ 8:30 in the Green Room

Outside Stage:

The Lennings @ 9:45
Built By Snow @ 10:30
Corto Maltese @ 11:15

Inside Stage:

Politics @ 9:45
Sad Accordions @ 10:45
The Great Nostalgic @ 11:45

In addition to all the music, booze, and excitement, I think I am most jazzed about meeting more bloggers. We’ve gotten to know each other only a little through Twitter, Facebook, and the magical blogosphere. Now it’s time to put blogs to faces and have a good time doing so.

There is still time to RSVP to the Austin Bleet-Up, but do it now because RSVPs will close when they hit capacity. Tickets are $7 at the door.



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Six Good Reasons to Love a Vegan

I am not a vegan. I have flirted with the idea and I know a lot of hardcore meaters who used to be vegan, but the decision to cut out meat products entirely from one’s lifestyle should be a personal decision on it’s own.

My main motivation to go vegan would be the health benefits. All that really means is cutting out the opportunities to eat stuff that makes me fat like ice cream, grilled cheese, donuts, and cake balls. However, I’ve read a lot about vitamin and mineral deficiencies in poorly planned vegan diets, which sounds not so healthy.

So, because I am not a very good meal planner and I have a serious affection for cheese and eggs, I continue to eat animal products and wear leather while loving every second of it. Continue reading



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Gourdough’s: The Fattest Donuts in Town

I’m having an affair and it’s with a bunch of donuts. Don’t worry about my boyfriend; he knows all about it. In fact, he’s having the exact same affair. We’ve both found the second love of our lives: its name is Gourdough’s and it lives in an Airstream trailer off South Lamar.

Gourdough's Donuts

Gourdough's Donuts

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