Our “Keep Austin Weird” Day

We had an awesome family day! We decided to theme our day as “Keep Austin Weird.” We took the kids downtown to show them some of the famous things of Austin. Obviously, we didn’t see everything, but we picked out a few we thought they would enjoy. Guess we can always make more “Keep Austin Weird” days.

Before we got going on our little day trip, I made breakfast for the family. Today, I tried “Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal” from Gazing In. Thank you, Sarah! The baked oatmeal was a huge hit! Soooo yummy! The recipe called for the mixture to be baked in ramekins…which I don’t have any of those. So I baked them in a jumbo muffin pan, which worked out perfectly.

Our first stop was to climb a “mountain.” Austin’s tallest peak at probably 2 feet above sea level. LOL. Just kidding! It’s taller than that! Here’s our pictures of climbing up Mt. Bonnell. Hannah even brought a backpack full of supplies, just in case… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Since it was 102 degrees, and climbing a mountain was hot, hard work, we decided, next, to take a dip in Barton Springs pool. The water is a constant 72 degrees year round because it is fed from a natural spring. The large trees and rocks surroundingsย  this pool make it a beautiful and natural place to swim.

After spending all day out in the sun, everyone was starving! I had a few places picked out but we all decided to head over to Kirbey Lane Cafe, a dining landmark of Austin. It had been 10 years since I had been there, and the kids first time. They are famous for their pancakes (which they offer, gluten-free and also vegan versions), and also their extensive menu. Kirbey Lane Cafe prides itself on being “locavore,” which means that they get their products and produce from local sources. All their milk and meat came from local farms and their produce is all grown locally.

Shawn loves their pancakes, so he got the gluten-free gingerbread pancakes (made from rice flour). Jacob and Logan split an order of vegan cherry almond pancakes (MY favorite!!) and gluten-free cinnamon apple pancakes. I had a black bean taco salad….which was DELICIOUS!! Hannah and Julia had nice “brown meals.” (I let them pick whatever at restaurants because we go so infrequently) Hannah: hamburger with fries and Julia: grilled cheese and fries.

Anyways, that was our “weird” day! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kelly

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