No, but seriously, that’s the first thing my mom can think to say to me when she saw me in this outfit? Well, I’ll take it! Who doesn’t love the Chipmunks? Speaking of the Chipmunks, is it Christmas time yet? Our household is overdue for some Christmas music.
But on to more important matters. Yes, I’m still loving this new bike of mine. Enough to ride it to our neighborhood middle school, and had so much fun riding around their playground while we shot a few iPad photos. People looked, children played basketball, so it was an all around awkward, yet still fun afternoon. But hey – that “A” sweater needed its one shining moment. And while we are on fashion – we ladies need more bicycle assessable outfits, more skorts, better shoes, fabrics friendly for longer rides about town and real clothes rather than spandex and sneakers.
Like Refinery 29 said so perfectly, and first:
There’s nothing hotter than a smart, sassy local lady two-wheeling around town. And, of course, the wisest of those ladies knows that it’s essential to wear a bicycle helmet…
And it’s true. If you cycle, you need a helmet. They are hilarious looking, and can be quite dorky feeling to wear. But safety first, yes? But enough about that as we aren’t the police, we just want people to be safe.
Today was a mighty good day, people. We had sunshine, BBQ, visited Doc’s Records for National Record Store Day, and best of all, hung out with our bestest of friends Katie for a belated birthday get-together. We do love her, she is a friend that just gets “it”. The world is a better place because she is in it. And she is the funniest of the all funny people because she knows how to be herself. Those are the people who make a day like today one to remember.
I’ve waited patiently for this little beauty of a dutch style bicycle to come to my door, checking the windows constantly every time the FedEx truck drove by our new little house. And she (yes, she) finally arrived today! I sold my not-that-old bike that I had customized to a very kind and chic girl a few weekends ago. So, it was time to finally find my own dutch style bicycle I have been dreaming of for a long while. I was fortunate to find it at Critical Cycles. And I love it! Love, love, love it! The dutch style of bicycle is really cool and practical, with a step through frame and upright position, which is a must for any of us who don’t ride clothed in too much spandex. We added Emory’s basket, and I am sure my husband will think of a thousand ways we can make this bike even more my style. Quite the pick-me-up that was much needed after this long week!
And nothing ends a post like a little Emory Holden action. We HAD to get these Mickey Mouse shirts at Petsmart, if we didn’t purchase them it would have been a crime against nature, I tellz ya!
Valentine’s Day came very early for us this year. My parents were incredibly kind and generous in that they surprised us with a brand spanking new iPad Mini. Something we quite needed to make our business even better! But as Apple products are so versatile, we know that it is not just for Lost in Drawers Vintage but also for recipes in the kitchen (I mean why not)! And being that a new recipe was to be tried, we found ourselves buying a new popover pan and trying these Blarney Castle cheese (similar to gouda) & Black Pepper popovers to go along with our soups that we have been making. I mean, who doesn’t love bread and cheese and butter and cheese again?
And we do have to say they turned out pretty great, crispy on the outside and soft chewy and cheesy on the inside.
2 cups whole milk
4 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ounces Gruyère cheese, cut into 16 small cubes, plus freshly grated cheese for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 375˚ and position a rack in the bottom third. Place 2 muffin pans (or enough to make 16 popovers) in the oven to warm.
2. In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat until it is hot (about 125˚) but not boiling. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the salt and black pepper until smooth. Slowly whisk in the warm milk. Add the flour and whisk until the batter is just combined. (It may be slightly lumpy.)
3. Remove the muffin pans from the oven. Spray the pans generously with nonstick cooking spray. Pour about 1/3 cup of the batter into each of 16 muffin cups. Set a cube of the cheese on top of the batter in each cup.
4. Bake the popovers until puffed and deep golden brown, about 40 minutes (do not open the door or they may collapse). Remove the popovers from the pans, sprinkle with the grated Gruyère and serve immediately.
This is the second time we’ve gotten on our bicycles this summer, somewhat of a travesty if we are being honest. No one rides a lot around here if given the option. The Texas heat really is brutal, and when we ride we like to take Emory along with us. So, we haven’t wanted to torture him (I mean he is wearing a fur suit!) and there is the bugs to deal with. Our bikes are geared for the easy life, and we hope to get them out more as summer slips into fall. Speaking of bicycles, Bo and I have been discussing our helmet situation i.e we need them. We’ve been looking on Amazon for Emory a little doggie helmet (yes, they exist it turns out) and yet it is proving difficult to find a safe, comfortable yet stylish helmets for ourselves. And if I keep hinting to Bo about how much I want an electric assist bicycle, a good helmet will be a must. Hopefully all these things will happen sooner than later.
Back to the topic of summer, what says a Southern summer weekend afternoon like an RC Cola and a Moonpie? Not much, I say. It’s quite the unlikely but perfect combination. But it being the summer, it is as if all Sundays are precious and boring and lovely…all in the same breath. We did absolutely nothing and everything in the same day. All at home. My mom always seems to jokingly ask “Do you guys ever stay home?!” And as much as we love an outing/adventure. Yes, we indeed stay home. Since, I’ve been on a baking kick we made some biscuits together and got several overdue things done around the house. Though it was a long day, we were once again reminded how blessed we are with air conditioning, something that is fickle in a home you rent. Ours has been on and off lately.
And the cherry on the end of the weekend was Turner Movie Classics showing Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders! Shockingly something we have not seen. We seem to always get inspired for our Halloween costume by one of Godard’s films,. It’s summer, it’s hot…can it be Halloween already?