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DSC_0083There’s just something about being at your grandma’s house that makes healthy eating go out the window – who’s with me!? That’s why this post is a departure from my usual healthy recipes. I’m aaaaalmost at my threshold for unhealthy eating… but not quite. Which is why I made two of my favorite quiches for my family today in my grandma’s kitchen. Chile Rellenos quiche with a hash brown crust and tomato basil quiche with an almond flour rosemary crust. YUM. Two totally different flavor profiles – over here you’ve got southwestern and over there you’ve got fresh… but they both have one thing in common – cheese. And lots of it. Bring. It. On. (Healthy eating starts Jan. 1) Continue reading

Last week it felt like I went on a mini tour of Texas – a few hours of shopping and friends in Dallas, home to see my family in Stephenville…
Brenna Mader riding horses
to a lovely friend’s ranch wedding outside Killeen…

Congratulations to a match made in heaven - Meredith and Austin!

Congratulations to a match made in heaven – Meredith and Austin!

I can't take too much credit for this beauty - it's not hard to do pretty hair and makeup on a former Miss USA contestant! :)

I can’t take too much credit for making Meredith look beautiful – it’s not hard to do pretty hair and makeup on a former Miss Montana USA! (and Miss Congeniality winner I might add!)

…and since Killeen is so close to Austin… I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a longtime friend and check out a tiny piece of their renowned food scene!

South Congress Cafe had come highly recommended and after viewing several different restaurant menus, it seemed like an easy choice! It’s a known fact that South Congress Cafe has one of the most coveted brunches in Austin, so it’s also a known fact that you’re gonna have to wait a while to get it. My friends and I were lucky enough to find seats at the bar where I downed several iced americanos and they enjoyed mimosas, so the wait didn’t seem bad at all.

In front of South Congress Cafe with Callie and Patrice. Such a great morning!

In front of South Congress Cafe with Callie and Patrice. Such a great morning!

We decided to share 3 different items so we could get a good sampling and I’m not sure what my favorite was because it was all ridiculous.

Um… carrot cake french toast… what?!?

Just in case I needed to sell this to you more, it is comprised of: carrot cake, cinnamon vanilla egg batter, cream cheese-pecan syrup, seasonal fresh fruit...

Just in case I needed to sell this to you more, it is comprised of: carrot cake and cinnamon vanilla egg batter served with cream cheese-pecan syrup.

Short-Rib Hash:

short rib, fingerling potatoes, collard greens, red peppers, jalapeno, eggs your way

short rib, fingerling potatoes, collard greens, red peppers, jalapeno, eggs your way

….aaaand an Austin staple, Migas, which I clearly couldn’t keep my fork out of for long enough to take a photo of it in one piece…

I think it's safe to say  I'm PASSIONATE about Mexican brunch items and this dish is everything I want at any brunch: eggs, house made corn tortillas, tomatoes, onions, jalapeƱos, three cheese blend, refried black beans, smoked gouda potato pancake, and choice of salsa

I think it’s safe to say I’m PASSIONATE about Mexican brunch items and this dish is everything I want at any brunch: eggs, house made corn tortillas, tomatoes, onions, jalapeƱos, three cheese blend, refried black beans, smoked gouda potato pancake, and choice of salsa

It was also so great catching up with Callie, who might literally be my longest friendship… I don’t remember ever not knowing her.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAll in all, I had so much fun on this trip and would love to spend more time in Austin exploring their food and music scene! Where are your favorite places in Austin?