Monday, March 23, 2015

Family Is The Most Important Thing In The World

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.

My family came to visit me this weekend.  They arrived Thursday night & left Sunday morning.  So, instead of my normal day by day recap I'm going to do things a little differently this time.

Our original plan was to go to Fredericksburg so my brother could see Enchanted Rock & then do Austin on Saturday.  Unfortunately it rained basically the entire time my family was in town so Friday after breakfast we headed to Austin.  Which would've been 100x more fun had it not been raining, or had I actually been there for SXSW & not just dodging crowds.  It wasn't a terrible time by any means, I just felt like I could've found something more exciting for them to do.

I had also wanted to try a new BBQ place, well new to me, but none of those options were available by the time we got there so I took them to Stiles Switch, which is still bomb BBQ & will always hold a special place in my heart because it's located where part of Dazed & Confused was filmed.

After BBQ I took them to South Congress to show them some of the shops & of course stop at Hey Cupcake.  My mom & I both got a triple chocolate while my dad got a carrot cake & my brother got a red velvet.  Tired of the rain we headed back to Houston for the night. 

Saturday we decided to have a chill day in Tomball, which is where I used to live.  I miss that little town so much & really wish my rent hadn't gone up to an unreasonable price because I miss EVERYTHING about that place.  Despite the rain we decided to check out the farmer's market, some antique shops, & of course Frosted...because cupcakes.  When I lived there my goal was to try all the flavors...I haven't...

These are the 6 we got though.  I still have the blueberry cream cheese sitting in my fridge.  I ate the salted caramel one last night...SO good.  The other 4 I sent with my family.

The Food
When they came down I knew we'd be eating BBQ at least once.  That really wasn't even a question.
Thursday night we went to Spring Creek which is a chain but still pretty good.  Definitely better than something like Dickeys.  
Friday before we left for Austin we wanted to stop at a breakfast buffet in Tomball that we've gone to both times my parents had been here before but they weren't open yet so we tried a place I'd never been to, CCs.  It was good.  An adorable little diner that made me wish I was back in Tomball even more.  
For lunch we went to Stile Switch.  Their BBQ is amazing...even more amazing is the potato salad.  I could eat that potato salad all damn day.  
That night we just ordered Dominos so no picture necessary...y'all know what Dominos looks like.  
Finally Saturday morning we got to go to the breakfast buffet.  It's in Tomball & it's called The Patch.  That's all I've ever had there but it's good...and clearly it proves 2 things.  1)I'll never be a vegetarian & 2)there's a good chance that I'm going out by way of heart attack.  
Having eaten so much food all weekend we skipped lunch.  
For supper I took them to a place that I'd been to once before with Mr. Fireman called The Potatoe Patch because everyone wanted catfish.  The free appitizers they give you, fried okra & fried green tomatoes are so so...but the pickles & throw'd rolls are really good.  The catfish & shrimp were good too.  The scallops were meh.
Sunday morning before they left we tried another place I'd never been too & it was good but at that point I didn't care enough to take anymore pictures.  It's called I-45 Diner & it's your standard diner.  It was good but nothing fabulous to write home about.  I'd still go again though.

The Restaurants
Top 2: CCs Cafe
Middle 2: Stiles Switch BBQ
Bottom left: The Patch
Bottom right: Potatoe Patch

Odd Finds
These were random ass things I saw while were were on South Congress in Austin & looking through different stores in Tomball.  That cat freaks me the hell out.  The two signs with the piss poor spelling are from the same store...  That armadillo purse...real armadillo right there.  It's also $90 freakin dollars.  I get why it's so expensive but what I'm unsure of is why anyone would pay that much to carry around a dead armadillo...and I have a weird fascination with them...


  1. You guys were definitely busy!! Looks like a great time! xo, Biana- BlovedBoston

  2. Sounds like despite the rain, you guys had a wonderful weekend! So glad they got to come visit you!

  3. Bummer on the rain! I hate when the weather messes with my plans. Those cupcakes look wonderful!!

  4. What a fun weekend with your family, despite the rain! Ugh, those cupcakes are killing me. I want that Butterfinger one haha!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. Those cupcakes look amazing! Sorry about the rain, that's always a bummer but yay for family time!

  6. Pass on the armadillo purse! I was fascinated the first time I came across one while driving at night...I thought it was an opossum at first.

  7. Looks like you made the best of it aside from the rain. The cupcakes sound and look amazing!!

  8. I'm from Texas and love showing people around that aren't from there. We just have our own mini-cultures going on. And the, I love Texas food.

  9. Looks like a good weekend girlie in spite of the rain. You are right family is the most imp. Also those cupcakes ... yum!