That Mom in Dallas

Unfortunately this wasn’t the best introduction to Dallas for That Mom, since she spent the majority of her time in our living room and sleeping on the floor of our office on a blow-up mattress. I wish we could have planned outings and lunches and crafting (That Mom is an expert crafter if you didn’t know, just look at the centerpieces she made for my wedding), but those will have to wait for next time.

She really enjoyed driving around in my convertible all week. She did such a good job taking care of me that I’ve decided to forgive her for leaving the top down overnight through a Texas thunderstorm (those of you who live in Texas know what those are like!). All is well and my car Abbie is cleaner than she has ever been because of it.


Mom flew in the day before I had surgery and so we were able to spend a little bit of time out on the town. Of course I took her out to my new favorite salad place discovered at Taste of Addison, Greenz Salad for Z’Adventorous. The manager told us they are working on franchising which made me very happy. EVERYONE should have the chance to eat there. It’s that good.


While the manager was talking mom’s ear off I indulged in a little self-portraiture. It’s been awhile since I’ve done one and I had to take a few to get a good one. I’m getting a little rusty since my college days.


We went for sweet and spicy and split between the two of us.

The spicy:

Spicy Panko Shrimp

Greens with daikon and edamame sprouts, panko-breaded shrimp, carrots and wasabi peas. Drizzled with spicy lemongrass vinaigrette and served with a wonton crisp.


The sweet: (AKA the BEST SALAD EVER)

Warm Pear and Goat Cheese

Mixed greens topped with poached pears, goat cheese, strawberries and candied pecans. Lightly tossed with apple-chamomile-honey vinaigrette.

FYI this salad is NOT dairy free. No matter what they tell you.


Right next to the salad place there is a cute little park. This area, with the park and fountain and the shopping center surrounding it, would be perfect for engagement photos and I’m hoping I can convince some of my clients to meet me out there!


Best mother-daughter picture we’ve had for a long while. That Mom chose the perfect little pool of light for us to sit under!


We ended the day with a trip to Central Market where we were disappointed to see a giant eggplant and artichoke but no onions. We LOVE onions in the Andersen family.


Yellow and purple and green cauliflower, have you ever seen it?


And the most BEAUTIFUL heirloom tomatoes I have ever seen.


I hope her next trip down is a little more eventful than this (not like having your daugther undergo back surgery isn’t eventful). I’m very blessed to have parents who can, and still do sacrifice so much for me, even after I’m an old married woman. Thanks again Mom! I love you!

23 thoughts on “That Mom in Dallas

  1. You two got a salad with the word spicy in the title? Are you okay? I love the picture of you two in the park! Why no onions!?! Come one, life is all about onions! Those tomatoes are amazingly beautiful! I want to take pictures of them they look so beautiful. And usually I get bored of taking pictures of things that aren’t people or wedding related 😉

    Jenna Reply:

    I felt some pressure from the guy we were ordering from. He was trying to make us get appetizers. Who orders appetizers for a salad?

  2. Why isn’t my hair that long? I have been growing it out way longer than you! Practically all my life!

    Jenna Reply:

    Every little trim counts honey. I trim regularly but only the smallest amount possible and no layers. You can do it!

  3. My sister took pictures of us during Christmas in that little park in Addison!! I love the Addison Circle Area, we’ve been considering moving a few blocks North just to live there!!!

  4. These are beautiful pictures, beautiful items. Beautiful women 🙂

    On a separate note, I LOVE those red shoes. They do look like they have a bit of a heel. If your back isn’t so great, I’d recommend sticking to flats or heels– it helps me SO much to keep my back at one level!

  5. You’re very lucky to have such a Mom. It’s great to be surrounded by supporting people in life and it sounds like she made the whole thing so much easier and fun for you.
    Kuddos to your mom. And great pictures too. I agree that the park would be such a great site for pictures, you could play behind the trees and all. I just love the way the path swirls around the trees.

  6. You are amazing. I have no idea whether your time with your mother was really as fun as this looks, but just making recovery from surgery *look* fun is impressive in my book.

  7. Glad to see you’re out and about again. I’ve been thinking about you and hoping that all is well. Glad to see you with your fun mom! Love to you both!!

  8. How is it possible that you’re barely-out-of-the-hospital and still looking so fresh and cute?? And thank heavens for mothers flying to their babies’ side when we need them — how on earth would we survive without them?!?!

    Jenna Reply:

    Haha, these are “pre-hospital” pics. Post-hospital was much worse I assure you.

  9. I love moms, heirloom tomatoes, and wearing red shoes with a blue sweater (and I think I have the same sweater!). Your mom is too cute!!

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