Weekend Recap: Cupcake ATM, Bayou Bend & Bishop's Palace

Hiiiii! I know I know, I can’t believe it has taken me three days to recap our weekend adventures… I’ve been crazy busy finishing up my summer course, work and other good personal reasons (like doggie snuggles)! Sooo… let’s take it back to Friday after work!

Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream

I was on Pinterest one night and saw a pin about this crazy ATM that serves cupcakes! At first I had my doubts but my dreams were really true. FRESH CUPCAKES FROM AN AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE! It was the most adorable ATM I ever saw.  Sprinkles is known for its quality cupcakes, ice cream and cookies! The experience was definitely over the top and the cupcakes were fairy-tale like… they were moist and sooo creamy! Ugh, my mouth is literally watering as I try to describe the tiny taste of heaven.

We also went inside the bakery. C’mon, we couldn’t pass up a cupcake sundae!! *Slice cupcake in half, toss bottom of the cupcake in the cup, add ice cream, add top of cupcake*

 

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Lucky Strike

After our cupcake ATM dream came true, we headed to Lucky Strike to bowl with some friends! The bowling alley was on the third story and very cozy. I felt like it was more of a lounge bar because they only had a handful of lanes. I also love the fact that Houston bars have strictly enforced dress codes.  Oh, by the way it is safe to say that I’m probably the worst bowler ever!  Regardless, it was fun to catch up with everyone!

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Saturday

We pretty much spend our entire morning sleeping and snuggling with Mr. Frank.  I’m not sure where or how but we found some motivation to head to Bayou Bend! I literally searched “Hidden Gems in Houston” on Pinterest and Bayou Bend Gardens & Collections appeared! It is literally that simple to find new adventures around you.

 

The admission fee of $12 included a group guided tour of the house and a self-guided tour of the gardens. Our tour guide was a little grouchy but she was able to provide us with great information about the many styles of furniture and the history of the Hogg family. The house was absolutely beautiful but it felt empty. Many items in Ms. Hogg’s collection have been removed for the house. The gardens are organically kept so they were not in the best of shape but still attractive. 

 

After roaming through the gardens, Andrew and I were famished! We decided to stop at Whole Foods to grab a quick and healthy lunch… 6 different cookies and $30 bucks later, I present to you a quick and “healthy” lunch.

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We spent the rest of our evening cleaning and just watching Netflix. It was a very low key day with my sweet husband!

 

Sunday

After dropping Mr. Frankie off at doggie day camp, Andrew made a huge breakfast and we headed to Galveston! We drove by Bishop’s Palace so many times and have always wanted to stop but we were always busy with other plans until Sunday.

The tour was self-guided with an automated tour guide through a cellphone like recorder. The 19,047 square foot house was built in 1887 on the small lot located on Broadway and 14th Street in the East End Historic District. The oversized house is Victorian but some say it should be described as Chateausque because of the many combinations of materials, cast iron galleries, and complex roof style.

 

Bishop's Palace has four floors. The raised basement which once housed the kitchen and servant's areas now contains the gift shop and ticket booth. This basement is followed by three formal floors. The Gresham family, who built the home in 1887, raised their nine children in the mansion.  Bishop’s Palace was one of the few houses to survive the great hurricane of the 1900s. The Gresham welcomed all survivors into their home.  In 1923 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston purchased the house, and it served as the residence for Bishop Christopher E. Byrne.  After the diocesan offices were moved to Houston, the diocese opened the mansion to the public in 1963, with proceeds from tours being used to help fund the Newman Center, operating in the basement, serving Catholic students at the nearby University of Texas Medical Branch.

The home is estimated to have cost $250,000 at the time which in today’s time is estimated at over $5.5 million.

The house is owned by the Galveston Historical Foundation and self-guided tours are available daily. A portion of each admission supports the preservation and restoration of the property.

After our charming experience at Bishop’s Palace, we adventured over to Star Drug Store to grab lunch! The history behind the old U-shaped counter is certainly encouraging as this vintage store was founded in the late 1800’s. It is no longer operating as a drug store but it still serves those deli sandwiches and soda fountain classics.

I ordered chicken salad on wheat with a side of pasta. Andrew tried there famous patty melts and said it was the best one he has ever had!

What were you up too this weekend?!