Day trip to Austin

OUR GIRL IS HOME!!! This past Saturday, Darren and I woke up around 6 am and drove to Austin to pick up our sweet Macelyn.  She left us two weeks earlier for her annual summer visit at my parents.  Usually it is only for a week, but she was able to stay an extra week this summer and she loved it. She had a blast and was spoiled rotten. Her days were spent playing with her cousin Jaxon, swimming and going on adventures with her Bea & Poppy... usually to get ice cream. We were so happy to see her and glad to bring her back home with us.  Although, she said she wanted to come see her surprises (her new big girl room, post coming soon) and then go back to Bea and Poppy's.  I am happy to report I think she is happy to stay with us for a while.
Before we headed back to Houston, we met up with a friend of ours who happened to be in Austin for the weekend.  We headed to Kerby Lane for lunch.  I had never eaten there before (which is sad, I lived in Round Rock for 6 years).  I ordered the Tomato pie - Fresh roasted tomatoes, green onions, fresh basil and garlic all baked together in an individual pie crust and topped with kalamata olives and feta cheese.  It was amazing. The guys stuck with breakfast, pancakes, eggs, sausage & bacon, you know the usual.  I definitely recommend going by and checking it out if you've never been.  Next on our to do list was Gourdough's, at my husband's request.  He had the Blackout donut. Brownie batter, chocolate fudge icing, chocolate covered brownie bites and topped with chocolate syrup.  
So rich! I saved my appetite for our next stop.
The last time we were in Austin we discovered a cute little ice cream shop called Lick Ice Creams.  So of course I had to stop in and try it again. Just to make sure it was as good as I remembered of course. I went with the Goat Cheese, Thyme and Honey and the Caramel Salt lick. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe the explosion of soft creamy flavors on your tongue. Highly recommend popping in here for an afternoon treat during these hot summer days. And for all of my Houston friends, good news... they do sell pints of some of their flavors at Central Market.

We ended our day in Austin meeting up with a few more friends and visiting. It was such a wonderful and relaxing day with good conversation, good food and wonderful friends.
Now to get back to our normal schedule now that Mace is home.  I am thrilled to pieces to have my morning snuggles and kisses back.


  1. Love your new blog!! Totally wish I would have know about this place last week. Looks AMAZING!! I know you're happy to have your baby back!! :)

    1. Thanks Lindsay! Excited to start blogging! :) It is really amazing, you need to go the next time you're in Austin.

  2. I absolutely love this post, Courtney Rose! Your daughter is absolutely adorable - she's just the cutest thing ever, especially in that first picture where she's eating ice cream (: My boyfriend is from Texas, so I'll definitely have to head to Gourdough's next time I'm in Austin. I have a soft spot for all things chocolate and sugary, so the Blackout Donut sounds heavenly!

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  3. Thank you Melanie. :) Definitely visit Gourdough's. I just checked out your blog, which is awesome by the way, and I saw you are in NY. I will be in NY for a week in Oct. It will be my first time to visit the Big Apple. Any places you suggest going while we are there?