OKMH: Houston Edition

Hello!

You might remember previous posts about my One Kitchen Many Hearts friends…you know, the ones who mail each other boxes filled with goodies every other month?  Well, we all haphazardly met through our blogs and decided it was kismet and became friends.  In February, we met in person at Jeanne (Inside NanaBread’s Head) lovely home in Houston, TX!

Jeanne made us all feel welcome with hand-crafted monogrammed pillows (see tutorial here), individual coasters, and lip balm.

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She and her husband, “The Complete Package”, cooked feasts for us for every meal.  I didn’t take a single food picture because I was too busy shoving my face full of deliciousness.  None of my pants fit by the end of the weekend, but that’s precisely how it should be.  Noteworthy favorites: homemade horchata, peach cobbler, ranch beans, smoked brisket, french toast waffles, fried pies, Mexican martinis, and biscuits and gravy.

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After a huge debacle with Thrifty rental company (I will never use them again), we finally rented a molester van from Avis.  I was able to drive it and my pal, Kevin the Donkey, all around Houston for the weekend.

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Besides feasting, we also chatted late into the night, shopped until we dropped, laughed until we cried, and hung out with real donkeys!  I’ll show the rest of the weekend in pictures before this post turns into a TLDR post.

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The donkeys who became our fast friends…one was pregnant!

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Sipping beers with the pineapple farm and tiki torches. This beer was phenomenal and I need to source it somewhere in California.

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Buc-ee’s the best place to source all things Texas. I found a lovely American flag beer koozie here and I cannot wait to break it out at the cabin this summer.

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Jeanne taught us how to make fried hand pies because she is the best woman in the world. #grateful #pieislife #shegetsme

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These were my traveling partners in crime! They were all so wonderful. I don’t know how we lucked out and found such a normal and fun group of women from across the US.

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One of many antique/kitchy shops we visited in Houston. Al Porccino, the metal flying pig, was acquired at this particular stop.

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Holding hands and frolicking like weirdos. Perfectly choreographed by our sorority representatives.

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A creepy prom photo with Kevin. If you look closely, you can see Kevin is crying because we were leaving that day.

On top of the entire weekend of festivities, we were also able to exchange our gifts in person.  Kirsten (Comfortably Domestic) got me such wonderful treats.  Thank you, Kir!

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She got me a book for my flight, Eden Close, which looks riveting. Isn’t the detail on that scarf beautiful? The James Dean purse cracks me up and the necklace is so fun! She did a great job finding things I will cherish.

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Obviously no gift is complete without a hilarious pug magnet. hahaha

I had an absolute blast and I cannot wait for our OKMH: 2015 reunion.  A year is so long to wait!

Thank you to Jeanne and The Complete Package for letting 7 women descend upon your house!  Thank you to Kirsten for the wonderful gifts!  Thank you to Allison, Kat, Beka, and Megan for being such wonderful travel companions!  And thank you to Katie for meeting us in Brenham for a day of fun!  I seriously loved every minute of our adventure.

-Mads

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8 thoughts on “OKMH: Houston Edition

  1. Pingback: {Field Trip Friday}: One Kitchen Many Hearts -The Reunion #OKMHHOU | Comfortably Domestic

  2. Mads, you have my undying loyalty for heading up the Van Brigade and also being our designated driver all weekend. It’s good to know you have a career as an airport shuttle driver if your other life plans don’t shake out. Ha! I love that we took Kevin (aka DammitKevin) with us everywhere. As mascots go, he was fabulous. And that he got to meet his people? Well, it still brings a tear to my eyes. Having an entire weekend with all of our OKMH clan in one place was such a dream come true. I love youze guys more than bacon. -j

  3. Mads, that weekend was wonderful. I am so lucky/glad that you were there to see it all and to have these people with me. I don’t ever want to stop doing wild stuff with you, okay?

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