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taking a little break

2017 September 18
by dena

taking a little breakhi hi. you’ve probably noticed i haven’t posted in a while. sorry, not sorry. i was so passionate and into this blog for so many years (started in with makenzie back in 2012. wowie zowie). anyway i’m just not feelin it right now, so i’m taking a little break, but hopefully i’ll come back someday and when i do i’ll be sure to let you know.

on a side note, what i AM into right now is Fall. this is the first time in my whole entire life i’m kind of ready for summer to be over and Fall vibes to kick in. it’s weird and also so inspiring. i’m also into dark green velvet and thrifting cigar boxes. i’m in a weird (semi-trashy) texas country on the radio phase and have been brewing lots of random tea, keeping it in the fridge and mixing it with fake milk and ice every morning. it feels so fancy to make and drink my own milky iced tea everyday. speaking of fancy, i’m also into lighting candles and white christmas lights (nick don’t get mad at me getting ahead of my seasons and all). lastly sewing a lot in anticipation for the holiday craft market season and fake eyelashes. yeah, seriously.

see you when i see you internet world.

dena

houston events calendar: august 21 – 27, 2017

2017 August 21
by dena

houston events calendar august 21 27 2017sorry i didn’t do the calendar last week, i was doing a little vacation thing in nashville. one last fun thing before school starts back up . BUT here’s this week calendar – and for the that cool couple i met at the farmers market this past saturday, ALL the yoga i could find !!

monday august 21, 2017:

tuesday august 22, 2017:

wednesday august 23, 2017:

thursday august 24, 2017:

friday august 25, 2017:

  • the illustration show . insomnia gallery . 7-11pm . FREE
  • critical mass . marke square park . 7pm . FREE
  • godpsell . miller outdoor theatre . 8pm . FREE

saturday august 26, 2017:

  • presidio market . presidio htx 911 w 11th st . 8am – 2pm . FREE
  • yoga . discovery green . 9am . FREE
  • instore: andrew karnavas . cactus music . 1pm . FREE
  • dream machine 2017 . 215 grove st . 6pm – 2am . $20
  • godspell . miller outdoor theatre . 8pm . FREE

sunday august 27, 2017:

  • uhhh . anything? anyone?

on going events:

  • yoga . levy park . weeknights 6pm // weekends 10am . FREE

 

 

houston events calendar: august 7 – 13, 2017

2017 August 6
by dena

houston events calendar august 7 13 2017monday august 7, 2017:

tuesday august 8, 2017:

wednesday august 9, 2017:

thursday august 10, 2017:

  • los chicos del 512 a tribute to selena . miller outdoor theatre . 8:30pm . FREE

friday august 11, 2017:

saturday august 12, 2017:

sunday august 13, 2017:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: july 24 – 30, 2017

2017 July 23
by dena

houston events calendar july 24 30 2017

monday july 24, 2017:

tuesday july 25, 2017:

  • body by broadway . market square park . 6-8pm . FREE
  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30 – 7:30pm . FREE
  • poly wanna podcase LIVE . rec room . 8-9pm . $5 suggested donation

wednesday july 26, 2017:

thursday july 27, 2017:

friday july 28, 2017:

saturday july 29, 2017:

sunday july 30, 2017:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: july 17 – 23, 2017

2017 July 16
by dena

houston events calendar july 17 23 2017sorry i skipped out on the calendar last week, sometimes i’m just busy on sunday night and maybe this doesn’t seem like it’d take that long but it actually really does take a few hours so. anyway. i spent the weekend in san antonio and had such a great time – mucho bueno city. excited that my favorite bb boy nick is headed back from cambodia this week. get ready to do all the things with me this week nick !!

monday july 17, 2017:

tuesday july 18, 2017:

wednesday july 19, 2017:

thursday july 20, 2017:

friday july 21, 2017:

saturday july 22, 2017:

sunday july 23, 2017:

on going event this week:

DIY: fermented refrigerator pickles

2017 July 6

remember like forever ago when i teased y’all with my SO EASY homemade refrigerator pickle recipe. well like one million days later here it is. (I’ve just been all about the felt crafts + getting ready for my first year teaching kindergarten in the fall and have not wanted to sit down even for the 9 minutes it’ll take to write this post. so that’s what the hold up was all about)

anyway, pickle time !!

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  1. first you’ll need baby “pickling” cucumbers. not the big daddy ones from the reg grocery store. I got these at canino’s farmer market on airline. I forgot how much they were, but remember at the time being like, wow they’re are so cheap. first i scrubbed and washed them. then i gave them an ice bath before they got cut up and crammed into jars.

IMG_1550        2. this might be more like step one and can be done before the ice bath, anyway cut the butts                   off. the stems make for a non-ideal pickling situation.

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3. here are the hodgepodge of jars i scrounged from my kitchen. since they’re “refrigerator”                    pickles and not going through the real canning process it doesn’t really matter what kind of               glass jars you use.

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4. the only other important/main things you’ll need – besides the cucumbers themselves are                  “canning/ pickling” salt and not-houston-tap water. that box of morton salt was SUPER cheap at HEB. regular table salt has anti-caking agents that can make the water/salt brine cloudy, so you need this special kind. ALSO i used regular tap water (you don’t really love houston unless you drink tap water) that had been left out for 24+ hours. this is the same thing i do for kombucha and it’s worked fine for me for years – otherwise feel free to buy i don’t know – fancy water from the store.

okay so to make the brine, I used 1 Tablespoon of fancy salt to 1 cup of fancy water. supposedly if you’re doing bigger batches you can ease up on the salt a little BUT it was just easier for me to make this ratio again and again. so yep.

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5. i got a little fancy and used a potato peeler to peel stripes of cucumber skin off before cutting            them into 1/2 inch disks / coins / heck, pickle shaped rounds. please say you know what i’m                talking about.

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6. last thing to do before stuffing in the cucumber pieces, i placed some peeled whole garlic                     cloves and fresh dill in the bottom of the jar. this will add flavor to the cucumbers + salt +                   water.

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7. super last step is to stuff those babies into the jars. it’s best, i’ve found, to do this is a semi         ordered fashion otherwise you’ll get huge gaps which isn’t the end of the world but you know,         why have less pickles in a jar when you could have more.

do the good ole “turn it upside down and see if they all stay crammed in there”test. if they                    don’t, rearrange. then fill the jars up with the salt/water brine. you want to make sure ALL the            cucumbers are covered – any part of them above the surface is likely to mold.

Then screw the lids on and leave them on your counter (out of direct sunlight) to start the                    fermentation process. you’ll want to burp them (open the jars to relieve the pressure) at least              twice a day. after a day or two, depending on how warm your house is, give them a taste and if            you’re happy with them you can place the jars in your refrigerator where the fermentation                  process will slow down drastically. If not, leave them out another day or two, continuing to                  burp them often.

how easy is that ? they’ll last in your (or your friend’s refrigerator if you decide to give them as a gift) for quite a while. so what are you waiting for, although actually now that i think  about it, maybe cucumber season it already over for texas. yikes. anyway this method is literally the easiest thing EVER and heck, no cucumbers – why not use something you do have like green beans or radishes.

let me know if you end up making any of these or if you’re my friend in real life i still have a                 bunch of jars in my fridge i’d love to share with ya !!

houston events calendar: june 26 – july 4, 2017

2017 June 25
by dena

houston events calendar june 26 july 4 2017sorry i didn’t do a calendar last week. i was living it up in colorado // wyoming  and then have a one day turn around before the polish pickle festival in bremond, tx – which was just named the polish capital of texas. like WHOA. anyway hope this week’s calendar which goes through 4th of july makes up for it !! also, nick and penny GET READY for all the adventures !!

monday june 26, 2017:

tuesday june 27, 2017:

  • “body by broadway” (it’s a workout to broadways songs thing !!) . market square park . 6pm . FREE (it’s a once a month until november event btw)
  • totoro terrarium tuesday . honey art cafe shepherd at richmond . 5-8pm . $20 . i drive past this place all the time and never knew what it was about. guess it’s about totoro terrarium building. huh.
  • launch of “the story of buffalo bayou park” . brazos bookstore . 7-8pm . FREE
  • yoga . discovery green . 7:30pm . FREE

wednesday june 28, 2017:

thursday june 29, 2017:

friday june 30, 2017:

saturday july 1, 2017:

sunday july 2, 2017:

monday july 3, 2017:

  • FREE intro to improv class . BETA theatre . 6-7pm . FREE (at their new location 6701 capitol st) … nick? … penny? … have an excuse for us not to go to this one?
  • movie night: the sandlot . axelrad . 8-10pm . FREE
  • the village people !! . miller outdoor theatre . 8:30pm . FREE

tuesday july 4, 2017:

  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30 – 7:30pm . FREE . i’m a little skeptical of this happening on 4th of july BUT it says it’s happening on their website
  • summer symphony + fireworks  . miller outdoor theatre . 8:30pm . FREE
  • freedom over texas: hunter hayes . eleanor tinsley park . 4-10pm . $5 or just go around 9:30pm-ish and watch the fireworks for free on allen parkway

houston events calendar: june 12 – 18, 2017

2017 June 11
by dena

houston events calendar june 12 18 2017

i’m leaving saturday morning for a trip to CO // WY so it’s about to be bye y’all. i’ll be gone for five days and then am back for one, before leaving again for the polish pickle festival. yikes, bye forever for real. i’ll leave y’all with my own “polish pickle” recipe blog post though. so it won’t be the worst thing ever. anyway, here’s this week for ya.

monday june 12, 2017:

tuesday june 13, 2017:

wednesday june 14, 2017:

thursday june 15, 2017:

friday june 16, 2017:

saturday june 17, 2017:

  • food truck festival . 411 w 20th st . 11am – 5pm . $ // ?
  • instore: ruiners . cactus music . 3pm . FREE
  • nohate art show . the hardy&nance studios . 5-9pm . FREE
  • h-town get down . miller outdoor theatre . 8:30pm . FREE

sunday june 18, 2017:

houston events calendar: june 5 – 11, 2017

2017 June 4
by dena

houston events calendar june 5 11 2017i created this sunday night instead of playing dominoes with my fave bar staff. so if you’re reading this, you might owe me a mexican train or chicken foot game !!

monday june 5, 2017:

tuesday june 6, 2017:

  • yoga . 6:30 – 7:30pm . discovery green . FREE
  • neo benshi . the secret group . 8-10pm . $5

wednesday june 7, 2017:

thursday june 8, 2017:

friday june 9, 2017:

saturday june 10, 2017:

sunday june 11, 2017:

on going this week:

  • yoga . levy park . every week day at 6pm // weekends at 10am
  • pop shop houston summer festival . silver street . june 10 – 11 . $ // ?

 

houston events calendar: may 30 – june 4, 2017

2017 May 30
by dena

houston events calender may 30 june 4 2017

tuesday may 30, 2017:

  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30pm . FREE

wednesday May 31, 2-17:

thursday june 1, 2017:

friday june 2, 2017:

saturday june 3, 2017:

  • empty bowls . houston center for contemporary craft . 11am – 3pm . FREE + $
  • menil 30th birthday party !! . menil collection . 2-5pm . FREE
  • open studio: soft sculptures . CAMH . 2-4pm . FREE . DIY your own “soft sculpture” of a family member inspired by the current downstairs show
  • instore: phoebe hunt . cactus music . 6pm . FREE
  • flea by night . discovery green . 6pm . FREE
  • rally and candlelight vigil for TRUTH . eliabeth baldwin park . 6-9pm . FREE
  • ACCORDION KINGS . MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE . 7PM . FREE . YAY YAY YAY !! they open up the orchestra pit for dancing !! all the polka-ing !!
  • compagnie XY . discovery green . 8-9pm . FREE
  • movie: secret life of pets . discovery green . 8:45 – 10pm . FREE
  • bombon quince 2017 . fox hollow . 10pm – 2am . ? // $

sunday june 4, 2017:

 

on going:

  • yoga . levy park . weekdays at 6pm + weekends 10am . FREE (i’ve been, it’s good)