Writing a Book has it’s Moments: “Business Work” in Austin Texas

Hotel San Jose Austin Texas

Writing a book is hard work but it’s also really fun and wonderful. A few weeks ago I road-tripped down to Austin and met up with the amazing Amanda from Spruce (and HGTV, check out her stunning upholstered door project) to check out her space and drop off a few chairs with big potential but in need of a major makeover. Since it was also my friend Jenny’s bridal shower, I made a weekend of it and spent a little me time at Hotel San José. It was a luxurious relaxing retreat since we usually make Austin a day trip or stay with friends. So yeah, it was me in one of those super soft cotton robes. Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can score a few yards of this stripey soft cotton?

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If you can find me some, I’ll buy you one of these the next time we’re in Austin. It’s called a Blue Heater (even though it’s pink) and it’s a delish poolside champagne, blueberry, blue agave, lemon balm, etc cocktail.

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The only thing prettier than that scene is the splendid Spruce headquarters. Have you ever so wanted to live in a retail shop?

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Isn’t Amanda a gorgeous Mama-to-be?

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This place is full of lovely items that have been given new life under Amanda and her team of artisans capable hands.

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I even picked up some remnants. I spy some Skinny LaMinx!

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GAH!! What the what is that? Seem out of place? Yes, these are my beauties that Spruce is going to spruce. That little rocker was $5 and it’s Clare’s favorite. She can’t wait to get it back. That blue beast is insanely comfy, which is why I’ve moved it 5 times. Amanda and I have worked together to pick out the perfect fabric for this chaise and bring it from the dark corner of the guest room to the focal point of the living room. I’m excited to show you the big reveal in our Pretty Prudent Home book next year. That little rocker is going to be decked out in my own Texas Modern Sunset fabric (can’t wait to see it!)

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From Spruce, I headed to brunch with my girl Lauren Bayne from MILK (yup, they dropped the TX so everyone can feel the love, and designed a pretty new site.) She insisted I pose for a pic with this cool honky-talk cowboy who was totally calling me out on hiding around the corner when this was snapped. Also, Jorts.

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Then a quick bit of shopping on South Congress. Remember how I was asking y’all where I could buy shed deer antlers? Well I found them all. Plus an taxidermy armadillo that I would have scooped up except stuffed armadillos are crazy expensive. Anyone has one they want to give to a loving home? You’re judging me, I can feel it. Just keepin’ it weird y’all.

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One more Jo’s for the road and I started home. Austin, why ya gotta be so perfect, and so far away? See ya soon love, I’ll be here writing and crafting and sewing and writing and dreaming of my next Blue Heater by the pool.

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Pretty Prudent Reader Round-Up: Nursery Essentials

It’s always a treat to see the ways people have put their personal touch on Pretty Prudent projects. K:Creates made a padded travel changing pad with button closure.

Little Feet sewed a changing pad cover. How adorable are those giraffes?

Our crib sheet by Annie Get Your Glue Gun in owl fabric is too cute. The sleeping baby says it all.

A Lemon Squeezy Home sewed up our DIY Nursing Cover.

Seriously?! This adorable bundle of joy from Notions is wrapped up in our New & Improved Swaddle Blanket.

Never Home Maker did an incredible job on No Sew Tassel Garland for her nursery. I love that space!

Like the World made our Beginner’s Baby Blanket with the sweetest fabric.

I love Pretty Things by Laura H’s take on the DIY Pocket Bib.

We’d love to see your Pretty Prudent projects too! You can share them on our Pinterest page, Facebook, or email them to us here.


Giveaway: America’s Test Kitchen: The Six-Ingredient Solution

America’s Test Kitchen has done it again with their wonderful book, The Six-Ingredient Solution. The name pretty much says it all with this one. With six ingredients or less, America’s Test Kitchen has found ways to develop flavorful dishes without all the hassle. We’re talking Fig-Glazed Pork Loin with Roasted Potatoes and Bacon, Grilled Italian Sausages and Polenta with Pepper Relish, and their spin on a classic – Six-Ingredient Spaghetti and Meatballs. I made the Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Sage the first day I opened the book. It was love at first bite.

With 175 different recipes to choose from, there are plenty of ways to keep dinner exciting. One of my favorite parts about this book are the “Why This Recipe Works” sections for each meal. They go into detailed description about why each ingredient was chosen and how they come together to make a most memorable meal.

This is one of our favorites so we just had to share it with you today by giving a copy away to one lucky winner!

Find out how to enter for the chance to win America’s Test Kitchen The Six-Ingredient Solution after the jump…



Jammin’ with Jaime: Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Jam

Caramelized onion and roasted garlic jam recipe
As you may have noticed, as of late I am obsessed with jam and jelly making. Has it ever occurred to you that jam and jelly need not necessarily be sweet? No? Well, it has occurred to me. Trust me on this one! Savory jelly is mind-blowing! Here is a savory (yet semi-sweet) jam recipe that will surprise and delight even the most jaded of foodies.

roasted garlic jam recipe
This recipe for caramelized onion and roasted garlic jam is easy enough to execute and results in a truly unique experience for your toungue. A little bit sweet, but mostly savory, it’s perfect served with a stinky cheese plate and salty meats.

Caramelized onion jam recipe
Serve it at cocktail hour with crackers, smoked meats, and cheese (stinky, soft, or cream varieties work best) and red wine. Win!

onion and roasted garlic jam recipe
I gave you the full play-by-play with step-by-step photography on my Blackberry Basil Jam recipe, so this time I’m going to share my Caramelized Onion and Roasted Garlic Jam recipe after the jump… (more…)