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December 27, 2010

2010 holidays

happy holidays from austin modhouse

happy holidays to you and yours.  we hope 2011 will be just as fantastic as 2010 was.  we are closing the year on a high note...

nutcracker goes to hooters

kat took the two older kids to the austin ballet's Nutcracker on the 23rd.  she bought #1 son a souvenir nutcracker.  #2 son and I met up with them at this restaurant across the street afterwards. 


father son zombie farm

#1 son and I looking at my zombie-farm

salad shooter sony alpha

my dad came down christmas eve, he was enjoying his new sony dslr camera (his food pics below)

shrimp salad

salad with orange sections, roasted tomato, caramelized walnuts, feta and shrimp.

miso-gravlox salmon

my latest recipe I've been working on, miso-gravlax salmon.  low sodium white miso mixed with brown sugar and some spices.  rub it on at least an hour before oven roasting and broiling.  we call it fish candy and serve with toast points or crackers.

pan seared steelhead trout/salmon

pan seared steelhead.

kat still playing around with her ball recipe.  they are different balls every time, Jean helped and entertained us with her curiosity.

cheers xmas 2010

cheers!  that was a good feast and good times.  lots of laughs were shared.


christmas 2010

#2 son caught on quick.

tokyo mew-mew

eichler is on home detention

the dogs are on house arrest as our invisible fence is non-op.

ducking out for a bit

kat figured that if a cajun whole fried turkey was so good, duck would not suck.

 duck watching

dad keeping a close eye on that duck.

cajun whole fried duck

it was pretty good, I enjoyed the breast.  I'm a breast man.

had some friends over in the afternoon...  got international.

we got international


we managed to get to the mall before the throngs of people.  the deals were as easy as the parking and we were done with the mall by lunch time.  we went to matt's el rancho for a nice refuel.

 matt's el rancho

kat enjoyed her caldo de res and I had some delicious holiday tamales.  kids had their usual, smoked chicken enchiladas with verde (green chili) sauce.

freeze in central texas

we had our first real freeze of the year on christmas night.  our banana trees act as our canary in the coalmine for the first freeze.  the leaves are all wilted and I will probably be chopping them back soon.

see you in 2011!


December 20, 2010

winter in tx holiday party season 2010

 christmas in texas

winter in tx, decorate the agave in mid 70's and no chance of rain.

our fake plastic tree

my mom is on the way to NE for christmas with my sister, so we opened a few gifts early.

felted hat

since she is now in the felt hat making business, we got lids.

felted hats for sale

and we went out and about downtown.  first, for a friends birthday; el chile

then we managed to get ourself into the Living Room Lounge at the new W hotel.

w living room lounge secret bar

vinyl collection at w hotel living room lounge

the place is beautiful!  roaring fire and seven thousand vinyl records for the dj to select from.  sound was good but not so loud you couldn't have a conversation.

1965 econoline

the van is back from the pro-mechanic.  drove home without any issues.

vending machine like aerodynamics

check out that shadow, all the aerodynamics of a vending machine! 


we had a blast at the yelp elite holiday party at icenhauser.  a great spot to hang with friends.  warming up by the fire out back.

you know I had to get in there.

snuggie party

there was a snuggie theme and contest.

free moonshine cocktails, free batter blaster pancakes and a cookie exchange kept things lively.


yes, it WAS that much fun.

then we hit up a food trailer and to bar 69 with some new yelp friends

I may not be tall.

December 13, 2010

winter music schedule and an actual smile captured on film (digital film)

#1 son was complimented from his teacher for singing so well and loud in the holiday muscial event


both two older kids had piano recitals this past weekend.  all the kids did a great job on the piano.

I was told that he DID brush his hair, but there was still this bird's nest looking lump on the back of his head  it was his performance in the audience that most affected his parents.  he made noises, fidgeted, teased his sister and made goofy gestures. 

reader, I tell you this in confidence, his parents were so upset they nearly wanted to choke him.  he had ignored all their pleas to stop and please behave.  now I know what his poor teacher is experiencing.  

we used yelp to find the nearest mexican food establishment.  luckily we found nuevo mexicana was next door to the recital hall.

liquid valium-micheladas

sure, it was cold outside and we had jackets on, but we still drank beer over ice... 


kat approved of their menudo.

then something happened....  like a beam of sunlight through the clouds, she smiled

the elusive smile

and I captured it with the real camera, no crappy iphone pic.

I made #1 son help me with a photo shoot of our 1970 porsche 911t we are going to sell 

behind the scenes porsche photo shoot


1970 porsche 911t for sale

3.0 sc with weber carbs and MSD


December 06, 2010

winter cabin modification, mother falcon, burlesque and fall vintage van drive.

since austin has cancelled the Trail of Lights, we made the emily anne theater trail of lights our first holiday season event.


recycled water bottle xmas tree

the green tree is made from recycled water bottles.

winter cabin polycarbonate wall

we used some translucent material to close in the screen room.  this extends our cold weather cabin use.

the composting toilet with urine diverter works great.  we have started the "liquid gold" half of the plan. 

pork rinds!!

we went to the last wimberley market days for a while, closed till march.  kat was so excited to find her favorite snack vendor.


early van dent accupuncture

I spent the week working on un-denting the van and hatching a paint scheme...

1965 ford econoline e100

I found it is a 65, not a 66 as it was listed as.  I had purchased the van from heirs of the previous owner.  so I don't have the luxury of knowing his plans or experiences with it.  I know that there was a spare fuel tank that came with it, I'm guessing that tank was his way of sending me a message... 

it ran pretty good so we figured we'd take it to our pro wrench in dripping springs after a run to wimberley, about 80 miles in total.  I figured that would be a good "shake down" trip.

hill country fall drive

beautiful day for a drive through the texas hill country.

vintage van road trip!

the van drove pretty good!  for about 50 miles....  then I came to a stop.  luckily it stopped right by the wimberley market days.  we pushed it into a parking spot and got some BBQ and rode bikes.  I was pretty sure what the problem was; no fuel delivery due to a clogged fuel filter!  the old man's message was coming in loud and clear now.  I let it sit for a couple hours, then restarted it and drove it to our ranch.  the next morning it ran good so I drove it the remaining 20 miles to the pro wrench, no AAA tow truck required! 

1965 ford econoline

slightly shorter tires in the front give it a slight rake.  I like.


we missed the member's party for the current exhibit at the blanton.  but I bet the B-Scene party was more fun.

el john selector (of thievery corporation) provided DJ service, but mother falcon was the highlight of the evening.

tamir of mother falcon

Mother Falcon played and we REALLY enjoyed their show.  something about a bunch of real string instruments playing whimsical and emotional chamber pop like it really matters....

if you enjoy artists such as the magnetic fields and sigur ros, you should most definitely seek the mother falcon. 

mother falcon

cardinal cyn and friends provided vintage burlesque entertainment as well.

cardinal cin burlesque

this dude with the big nose approved.

take it off!

vintage burlesque

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