I used to like summer, but then I had school aged kids

Summer in Texas was about soaking in the rays, hanging out with friends at water parks, driving with the top down with the music blaring and eating late night dinners under the stars. Even in college and just past, that didn't change much for me, even with an infant or toddler. There were lots of … Continue reading I used to like summer, but then I had school aged kids

All Good Things Must Come to an End

I have spent ten Christmas drives from Michigan to Texas planning where to eat. Twenty-five hours is a long time to fantasize about food. Only getting to eat perfectly seasoned white meat at  Chick-Fil-A, creamy bean and cheese tacos at  Taco Cabana, or the most moist smoked brisket at  Rudy's once a year is torture. … Continue reading All Good Things Must Come to an End

Ten Years without Texas

Ten years ago today, I married my best friend, DW. It was hard to imagine ten years into the future as I packed up my little green KIA Sportage to make the trek from San Antonio to Michigan, the rest of my personal belongings stashed inside a U-Haul truck. I didn't think I owned much, … Continue reading Ten Years without Texas

Like It Was Yesterday

I don't know what it is about traveling to Texas that makes me want to break out singing 80's rock ballads, but all I could  think about while my plane touched down in Dallas Thursday night was the song Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Jefferson Starship. Texas is where I grew up. It's where … Continue reading Like It Was Yesterday

Savory Saturdays: My Favorite No-Fail Spanish Rice

The thing I miss the most about living in Texas (besides my friends and family, of course) is the food. Mealtimes are events in the south. They happen late in the day, lasting hours, over drinks and music. Everyone brings a dish to pass and no one leaves before pitching in to help clean the … Continue reading Savory Saturdays: My Favorite No-Fail Spanish Rice