Fadi's and Family...

Let me introduce you to....  Fadi's. Have ya'll met?

This weekend, on Sunday, our family met at Fadi's for lunch and one last hoorah before we parted ways. 

Fadi's is an amazing Mediterranean restaurant in Dallas, have you experienced it yet?  I think they have locations other places but Shreveport is not one of them, sadly.  (but we do have Athena.  Yummm) But they don't have Shwarmas. 

Shwarmas are amazing, wonderful, fabulous Mediterranean wraps.  They can be with chicken (our personal favorite) or with lamb. The meat is cooked on a spit.  (Que My Big Fat Greek Wedding quote:  "What?  What you mean you don't eat no meat?  That's ok, I make you lamb")  I love that movie.

Tate had not experienced a shwarma before.  Crazy I tell you.

He loved it! 

Fun story.  Stephen and I had one of our first dates at Fadi's.  It was such a fun lunch, I was in heaven with a shwarma and him beside me.  We shared a veggie plate and split a shwarma.  He had me at hello Hummus. 

We also celebrated Lauren, Dad's and my birthday.  I gave Lauren this darling tray with their initials. (don't you love it?)  It was really just because I wanted one but I couldn't go and buy myself an acrylic monogram tray without getting her one.  She needed to have one if I had one...

It's what sisters do.

She got me some awesome photography books...  me=love photography books or anything to do with my new obsession.

Dad was up next. 

Dad's been experimenting with his new rotisserie, but had some issues with flavor.  Stephen and I found a solution called a Marinade Injector.  Have you ever heard of such a thing? Sounds awesome doesn't it?  Anything that shoots juice into grilled meat sounds like a good choice to me.

Speaking of grilling... Have you see Steve Raichlen on PBS?  (Yes, we watch PBS... ohhh, we love America's Test Kitchen).
Steve Raichlen

Anyway, Steve Rachien is worth watching even though he's a little different.  Yes, he wears transitional lenses during his cooking show (and looks like all the time from the fuzzy picture above).  (Let me tell you, transitional lenses never transition.  Exhibit A, above)

His grill skills are top notch.  And even though we don't have a pizza oven, we dream of the day and learn from him so we're prepared to make a mean Margarita pizza.

Texas Best Gas Station (but it's way more than a gas station)

Back to our trip to Dallas. 

On our way back to Shreveport, I insisted that if we stopped, we stop at a Texas Best.  Up until this point, I will stand by my love for QuickTrip.  Best gas station on the planet.  (But this Texas Best place will have to do when you don't have QT) 

Texas Best smells like bar-b-que heaven. (Steve Raichlen would love it!)  They have an entire section devoted to beef jerky.  They also have clean bathrooms and great snack selections.  Like beef jerky.

Can I tell you when I last had beef jerky?  New Life Ranch Camp, 1994.

This stuff is amazing.  Much better than stuff I got at camp.  Man... Stephen and I had to put it in the backseat before we ate all of it before leaving the parking lot.

Anyway, our trip to Dallas was a blast.  I will say though, that I'm definitely not used to that traffic.  When I only drive a mile to and from work, including the grocery store... driving 75 on a freeway that has 5 lanes sure does stress a girl out.  And to think, I used to drive that everyday.  And use my horn.

People don't use their horns in Shreveport.  It's been a hard habit to kick, but I can say I do like the change.  My car has less aggression issues.  She's much happier.


A European Lunch...

Saturday, before the fabulous wedding we went to, we had a fabulous lunch with friends.  Our sweet friends, the Lindstroms, treated us to the what I would call a European lunch... it made us feel as though we were sitting outside of a cottage in Italy.

Gina had prepared Gazpacho that was so refreshing and light.  It was the perfect start to this summer lunch.

Stephen has asked that we start eating this for every meal going forward. 

I'm ok with this.

She even had caprese salad and fresh fruit, which was perfect with the 100+ degree heat outside.  Everything was amazing.  Can you think of a better lunch during this heat?  I cannot.

Stephen and I had fun company during our lunch too ;)

These sweet friends are so precious.  The girls had to run off to go swimming, but we got them for a little bit ;)  Oh to be thirteen again.

Or nine...

We had a little visitor to our lunch...

Pugsy and Daisy (their precious pugs) love to party.

I miss this family.  Can you tell?

Especially when it requires being silly ;)

So, what is your favorite meal to fix in this heat?  I need some menu ideas.  It's 120+ outside.  I can't think clearly.


Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Watson...

This weekend, we celebrated a fabulous wedding.

Let me introduce Mr. and Mrs. Colin Watson.

This wedding was so much fun!  Tons of fun details, like the menu.

Oh yes, that's right.  Paciugo!  Amazing foods and sweets!  But lets talk about the cake.  That is the highlight of most receptions... and this one definitely made a statement!

The cake was SOOOOO good.  As my sister put it, "It tastes like ice cream in the middle" and she was lying. It tasted better.

The most hilarious part of the night was the cutting of the cake.

We start off good.  This was my test shot as I asked Colin to pose.  I love that he's already playing with his new ring.  True sign of a new groom.

The cut seems to be a bit difficult.  Kerri's holding her composure.

Bit more difficult.

This is hilarious.  Not working!

OH!  It's Styrofoam?  That's why it's not working!

I love this.

Look how easy this layer is!

The next scene was also hilarious. They forgot about the toast.  Champagne was missing.  So Colin decided to offer his own drink as their toasting beverage.

Kerri has a back up as you can tell.

She loves it, can't you tell?

Might be her favorite drink of all time.

I just love them.  So cute.
The night was gorgeous.  Kerri was gorgeous, Colin was fabulous as always, and it was so much fun to celebrate with them. 

Can you believe her dress.  Amazing.

This basically shows you why Lauren and Kerri have been best friends for so long.
Here are some cute pics of the fam...

All in all, it was such a fun evening/weekend.  Loved every second!

These are some of my favorite pics from the night... hope you like!

Mr. Stephen took this one.  So fun!

I added her new initials to this one, just for fun...

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!