BlogHer Food 2013, Austin

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I spent last weekend in Austin, Texas for BlogHer Food 2013. This was the first time traveling without my guys, so it was a little bittersweet, but I had fun hanging out with my gal pals! It was my first time visiting Austin and I already want to go back. It is a great city…with lots of good food and fun!

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The weekend was full of parties, dinners, late nights, and lots of girl talk. I loved these little avocado tostadas at the Tasty Kitchen party! So good! I hosted a ZipList party with Lori from RecipeGirl but didn’t snap any photos. I guess I was too busy visiting with friends. It was so fun seeing old blogging friends and meeting new faces! The blogging community is all kinds of awesome!

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Hanging out at the KitchenAid booth! Our nails matched the new watermelon mixer! I also attended a dinner with KitchenAid at Uchiko. If you ever go to Austin, you must eat there. It was amazing!!

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I went to The Backspace with Michael Angelo’s and had the BEST pizza! Pizza perfection and lots of fun!

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On Friday night, I hosted a Kitchen Conversations dinner with Land O Lakes and The Pioneer Woman. We talked about modernizing vintage recipes. I will be sharing our recipe on Friday. Stay tuned-it’s a good one! I loved the table settings and the vintage Land O Lakes recipe boxes!

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The Kitchen Conversations group-Becky, me, Sommer, Ree, Julie, and Brenda!

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I always love seeing Ree! She is the best!

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The dinner was at Moonshine and the food was fantastic! The highlight of the meal was the skillet apple pie with maple ice cream! We all grabbed a spoon and dug in to this baby!

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On Saturday, I hosted a Nestle luncheon with my blogging buds, Amanda and Jenny.

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The lunch was at Parkside and the food was incredible. I can’t stop thinking about the grilled vegetable salad with pesto breadcrumbs! It was one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten!

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And the trio of desserts were fabulous! Dark chocolate crisp and berry parfait, key lime pie, and Butterfinger mousse. I devoured them all! It was such a fun afternoon!

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Since my boys stayed at home, I shared a room with my best bud, Lisa. We had so much fun. I love her to pieces!

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I went to a Driscoll’s party and fell in love with this Strawberry Shortcake cupcake. It had a shortbread crust at the bottom-genius! The cupcake was similar to pound cake and it had whipped cream frosting and strawberries on the top. Swoon!

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Getting a little crazy at the closing party with my favorite friends-Heidi, Rachel, Jeanine, and Kelley!

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I had a chocolate chip salted caramel ice cream sandwich from Cool Haus and it sent me into sugar shock. It was too good!

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Sunday morning, I went on a walk by Lake Austin. It was nice to get out and enjoy the scenery!

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After our walk, we had breakfast at the Austin Whole Foods. It is the flagship store and the mother of all Whole Foods. It was paradise! I wish I could live there!

Thanks Austin and BlogHer Food for a great time! Until next year!

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