Lost in Drawers

Month: November, 2010

Keep the change you filthy animal!

A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear

“And for something entirely different”…a word on streetcars.

Every city wants to be considered modern, up-to-date, metropolitan if you will.  The hallmark of most of the cities of significance in the United States (and all of Europe, for that matter) is that they have reputable public transportation.  New York has its cabs and subway, Chicago has its trains, Portland has its bicycles & bike lanes and San Fransisco has its street cars.  Street cars.  What a novel idea.  So, what does Dallas/Fort Worth have?  Well, the two share the TRE train – which is a nice connector between the cities.  But is it full service public transit?  No.  Dallas has the DART, but while decent – it seems to be limited in scale and how often it runs smoothly.  Dallas has a cheeky little street car, over in Uptown – but it seems more novelty in an area known for foot traffic and overrun parking lots.  And the buses – oh, the buses.  I still don’t understand the bus schedules.

So, it was interesting to see that a group of proponents for a different look for Fort Worth’s transportation needs debuted a model street car in downtown Fort Worth for citizens to see and get information.  We knew we wanted to get more info on routes, etc.  We got to check it out this weekend, and the honestly – I was pretty impressed.  Nicer than a DART train, reminiscent of the London Underground to be honest, the modern street car is something I really think could elevate Fort Worth further past Dallas in the national consciousness about its place in the list of metropolitan cities.  The routes could potentially connect all the best neighborhoods, cultural and retail/shopping areas of the city.  My first question was if the city would be footing the bill.  The fact is that the initial line and car(s?) would not have to be publically funded.  Pretty awesome, right?

So, why is the city council split?  Why is there a town hall meeting to try to see if it worth discussing further?  Why is there resistance to a culture shift that allows people more access to affordable public transportation?  The fact is that it comes down to money and power.  There is a lot of parking lots and garages surrounding Sundance Square in Fort Worth – some charge upwards of $10 per day per car.  It seems that much of the people who have half of the council’s ear are the power mongers and real estate holders in downtown.  Why they don’t want more citizens, customers and foot traffic in downtown is a mystery.  They already don’t want us bicyclists to have some nice bike lanes to keep us out of traffic but in downtown, but that’s a different post.

Here’s the truth: Texas is a car culture, we are spread out and we need to drive.  I like cars, and don’t mind driving.  But as a one car family, we wouldn’t mind some options.  We want to ride bikes safely, and we would like a simple street car to get us around town.  So, Fort Worth leaders – don’t worry, people aren’t going to quit driving to downtown, but the truth is that you could make a statement to the country that you are truly progressive – and with that watch companies, retailers, restaurants and PEOPLE come to Fort Worth to enjoy how good of a city it truly is.

-Bo

ThanksgivingTime is Here

Wake Up Six

I tried my hand at The Pioneers Woman’s Raspberry Cream Pie for tomorrows Giving of Thanks festivities.  You can’t really go wrong with fresh raspberries, cream and chocolate. So we will see how it goes tomorrow. Excuse the messy kitchen, Emory’s ‘tude because he couldn’t get in the kitchen and my excited nature about actually baking something. Though it may have been the easiest thing to conjure up.  I did it. Just me with my little hands……and it feels pretty fabulous.

Ingredients

  • 25 whole Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 1 cup (generous) Raspberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 containers (6 Ounce Each) Raspberry Yogurt
  • 1 package (3.4 Ounch) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Extra Raspberries For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

To make the crust, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crust cookies in a food processor (or smash in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin). Stir in melted butter until all combined. Pour into a regular pie pan and press crumbs all over the pan and up the sides. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes—just long enough for it to set. Cool crust completely.

Place raspberries on a plate or in an empty pan. Smash them with a fork, then sprinkle on 3 tablespoons of sugar. Stir together and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine raspberry yogurt with the instant vanilla pudding mix (just the powder itself.) Beat on low until combined, about 1 minute. Pour in heavy cream and whip on low for 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Turn mixer on medium-high speed and beat for two minutes, or until mixture is thick.

Turn off mixer, then fold in raspberries until just combined. Pour into cooled pie pan and spread evenly. Freeze for two hours, or until very firm. Cut into slices and top each slice with cookie crumbs, dollops of whipped cream, and extra raspberries. Keep in freezer, allowing time to thaw before serving.

Bo…

Though things get stressful..he ALWAYS makes things better.

Modern StreetCars in Fort Worth?

It seems lately that Fort Worth is leapfrogging its North Texas counterparts in a quest to be a city that can go toe to toe with the landmark cities on the two coasts.  We are developing much of downtown, there are plans for increased bike lanes, premier shopping is slowly creeping into the picture and the restaurant scene is exploding as demand calls for it.  So, it was no surprise but quite the good idea that Fort Worth would have a proposed street car.  A modern one at that.  This city is like all North Texas cities in that we are starving for quality public transportation.  And this makes both us very happy.  Think above ground subway.  We are going to go check it out this week, and that makes us excited for the future of this city.

{All Photos from fortworthology

 

The Pioneer Woman’s Raspberry Cream Pie

The Pioneer Woman’s Raspberry Cream Pie will be attempted for our family’s Thanksgiving this year. I don’t cook……….at all. My husband is a beyond amazing cook. He can bake and conjure up everything and anything. Me, no way. My mom can cook, my husband can cook, my in-laws can cook. So I thought I would try an “easy” type pie. And who else to try than the amazing Pioneer Woman pie. I originally just thought it look really really pretty. The color was irresistible. Upon further examination prep time…10: minutes…difficulty: easy! Yes this will be it! Here goes nothing…..

-Heather

Hitch your wagon to a star

The reality of the holidays beginning in a few days set in today  so the afternoon was set into perpetual motion with errands for all the preparations needing to be made for family arriving on Thursday.  The world is a busy and stressful place the idea of family coming into town and sharing time and laughter is truly a beautiful thing.  The leaves are even changing by the house finally, the puppy wears travel bowls for hats, the stars and moon are aligning.  Life is beautiful, if you reach out and hold onto the moments that matter.  Is it time to eat yet?

vintage sweater: Double Exposure, jeans: Levis, shoes: Mccart Thrift, hat: gift

You’ve got the love

It’s time for Thanksgiving, and the time for bad turtlenecks and reflection is here.  The truth is, we are thankful for today – our first free Saturday in months.  It involved naps, the wonderful flea market with bicycles & Chanel boxes and free treats thanks to Emory’s presence,  bagels – including a doggie bagel which has become Emory’s obsession, fall leaves and a night of fondue and walks.  Saturday is a gift, and today we took full advantage – something we recommend to everyone.  Don’t waste a minute.

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