Announcement, Baby Stuff

A New Addition to the Food Banjo Family

21 April, 2017

baby announcement baby announcement

We’re expecting a new addition to the Food Banjo family! A little girl will be joining us in late September. We’ve wanted a baby for quite awhile, and we’re thrilled it’s finally happening!

So this is the real reason why posts have been so lacking this year. That first trimester is brutal. Thankfully, my “morning” sickness was pretty mild. I had nausea for a few weeks, mostly in the afternoons/evenings. I kept a bag of Trader Joe’s Ginger Chews with me at all times, and those helped a ton.

What was bad though? The TIREDNESS. And complete lack of motivation to do anything other than lay on the sofa. I’d go to my full-time job, and when I would get home I would have no energy to work on Food Banjo posts or even think about the blog. The weekends were the same. I’d start the weekend with big plans to develop recipes, shoot photos, and write posts. Did any of that happen? Nope.

I was able to keep up with our Instagram account, simply because it was on my phone and easy to do. We managed to get up a whopping total of SIX blog posts the first three months of the year. And two of those were written and published before I found out I was pregnant.

Huge thanks to Josh for pretty much taking care of everything around the house for the last three months… and he’s still doing it even though we’re well into the second trimester now. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, heading out to get me chicken strips several times, etc. This is all between him being super busy with his own stuff and having a million other things to do. Rockstar husband.

And remember that post at the start of the year about how I was going to eat healthy and cut out carbs? No? It’s a distant memory to me too. Because all of that went out the window once I hit about six weeks pregnant. Suddenly my life became all about pizza and mac & cheese and hamburgers and fries and KETCHUP. I tried to toss in some healthy meals like lentils, scrambled eggs, and veggies, just for balance. But let’s be real. Carbs all the way.

But thankfully, the second trimester seems to be a bit better. I’m over eighteen weeks now! And that means a big appetite (doing a much better job eating more veggies and less mac & cheese) and a lot more energy.

Also, hello daylight savings time! Having that light in the evenings means I can actually shoot photos when I get home from work! So fingers crossed you’ll be seeing a lot more posts soon.

Here’s a few bump photos, if you like that sort of thing:

And Sydney is REALLY excited about her baby sister, can’t you tell?

Snacks, Veggies

Blistered Shishito Peppers

18 April, 2017

blistered shishito peppers

I think the first time I tried shishito peppers were at a restaurant. I can’t remember which one, but I was blown away. Peppers that aren’t really spicy? Peppers that are charred but retain such a fantastic flavor? Sign me up to eat these everyday.

I looked for them at the store. I think I found them at Whole Foods once, but never saw them again. Then one day, I saw them at Trader Joe’s. They don’t always have them, but if you pop in at the right time of the year, you’re able to pick up a nice bag (or five) of these.
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Sweets

Fresh Strawberry Cobbler

7 April, 2017

Easy Strawberry Cobbler

A few years ago, Josh and I took a road trip with some friends out to the town of Marble Falls. There are some strawberry growers out there, and we stopped off at one where people can walk around and pick strawberries fresh from the vines. It was SO fun and we wound up with a ton of strawberries. While I don’t think we’ll make it out there this year, I still want to make all the strawberry desserts! I love strawberries.
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Austin

A Trip to Jo’s Downtown

4 April, 2017

Jo's Coffee in Downtown Austin

Sometimes on dogwalking adventures we don’t just stay on South Congress. Many times we find ourselves venturing all the way downtown for breakfast.

When this happens, one of our go-to spots is Jo’s Downtown. They also have a South Congress location, but the downtown one has a full kitchen, which means more food options!

I absolutely love to get their migas taco. It’s just the perfect balance of EVERYTHING. Toasted flour tortilla, eggs, cheese, jalepenos, salsa, etc. My love for all things savory could eat three of these in one sitting. Luckily, I practice restraint and just order one. And then regret not ordering three.
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Sweets

Lemon Buttermilk Cookies with a Raspberry Glaze

17 March, 2017

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All this past week, SXSW has been going on in Austin and that means we haven’t had time to make or shoot new recipes lately. So we’re throwing it back to this recipe I made for a Christmas gathering back in December and never posted. Nothing like having those backups, huh?

I got this lemon buttermilk cookie recipe from the Orangette blog. I’ve been making it for YEARS. Since 2009 at least. I remember the first time I made it was in my Seattle kitchen. It speaks to the deliciousness that I have come back to it again and again. In fact, I need to get the ingredients and make it again this next week.
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Austin

Austin’s Dog-Friendly South Congress

28 February, 2017

dog friendly south congress

South Congress (or SoCo as nobody calls it) is a lot different than it used to be just 5 years ago. But, regardless of what you or I may think of the changes, there’s one species who loves going to this highlight of Austin: dogs! SoCo now has a few more places that are great for hangin’ out with our best friends. Here is some of the best as ranked by our dog, Sydney (but she doesn’t understand how numbers work, so…).

note: special icons for each for @water bowls and %dog treats

Mañana Coffee & Juice
1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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Tucked into the side of the new So. Congress Hotel is one of the best cafés in town. The hotel pastry chef makes everything in-house: macarons, sticky cinnamon rolls, flakey croissants, and more exotic varieties of buttery goodness. They also press their own juices! Help yourself to their flat and sparkling water taps and relax in the secluded courtyard with your pooch or pig (yep, seen people out with their pigs – it is South Austin after all). Half-off all pastries from 5-7pm everyday!
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