Blueberry Saturday

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Rob and I went blueberry picking two Saturdays ago at Chmielewski’s Blueberry Farm in Hockley, TX. The farm has approximately 8 arches of berry bushes and they are free of chemicals! We got there pretty early to beat the crowds. We picked about 3 pounds of berries in all and the cost was below $10. Some were eaten as snacks, some were drizzled into parfaits and of course, some were made into dessert.

Never been blueberry picking? Try it some time, its relaxing, plus you get to eat while you pick. ;)

Road Trippin through Texas | Part V

Today I bring you the close of our weekend getaway. Waking on Sunday morning was a little difficult. The cabin bed was very welcoming and I was sure mr. buns, (our weekend pet rabbit) wanted us to stay a while longer, but we still needed to make our final stop in Austin.

We arrived at Austin a bit too early for our next activity so did some shopping downtown and grabbed a bite at 1886 Cafe & Bakery. Thinking through Austin’s activity was tough. We wanted to do something different and thankfully Rob found a very cool attraction called iFLY, which in short, is indoor skydiving. Yes friends… and it was actually pretty cool. I am 99-steps closer to jumping out of an actual airplane.

The experience was exhilarating, “bawdness”, “total coolosity” and hilarious. Adjectives used by my husband. I can assure you I was nothing but calm until I stepped into the air filled tube. I now know how Dorothy felt when that tornado hit her house before dumping it, her and Toto off in The Land of Oz. My coach kept giving me the hand signals we practiced before entering but my frail 99lb body didn’t stand a chance. After struggling for a few seconds I motioned that I wanted out. My coach urged me to try again, and I reluctantly did, because I didn’t want to be remembered as the girl who chickened out on pseudo skydiving. I have pride people! Attempt number two was a success and I was glad I tried it. Rob, as always, did a perfect job. I’ll say no more, check out the footage and if you get a good laugh while watching my portion of the vid, you’re welcome. Video courtesy, iFly.

On a scale of 1-10 I give our weekend getaway an 11, but I’m plain biased. Have you done any travels recently or have favourite trips? Share them!

Ciao friends!

Road Trippin through Texas | Part IV

Our fifth stop was at Enchanted Rock. Have you ever been there? It was breath taking, literally. Rewind to days before the trip, Rob showed me the web page for Enchanted Rock while scoping out different places to visit. I saw a beautiful piece of rock surrounded by greenery and hiking trails. So I figured, “Great! We’ll get pictures near the rock and on the hiking trails.” Little did I know that the actual rock was a hike, all by itself. Heh

We got there an hour before sunset, Saturday evening. The sky was blue and the rock was orange. Mind you, I still hadn’t awakened to the fact that hiking up the rock was on the agenda. After walking in the direction of the rock and nearing it, I noticed that the people in front of us were beginning to climb the rock and people were climbing down the rock, heading our way. It all made sense to me then. “Babe! Do we have to climb to the top?” There was a piiinch of terror in my voice. Rob laughed.

“Not if you don’t want to.” Phew. But as we climbed and climbed and climbed some more, the top of the rock didn’t seem to be getting any closer. I was gasping for air and shot my hand up like a toddler trying to communicate who hadn’t yet learned to talk. Rob handed me my water bottle and I inhaled it.

As we sat and contemplated whether to continue or not, an aged lady and what seemed to be her daughter, passed us on their way back down. Rob asked them how much further to the top. The old lady said, “Fifteen more minutes I think.” And she confirmed with her daughter. Then she looked back at us as cheekily and said, “The view is worth it. If I can do it, you guys can definitely do it.” Thanks for bruising my ego little old lady.

I motioned with my hand for Rob to continue along and I’d soon follow. We were pretty high then and I was able to see miles and miles of land before me. Trees, buildings, farms, roads and teeny-tiny cars. ‘Ok, you can do this. You work out three times a week for calories sake.’ I was up again, this time taking small strides. Finally, I made it to the top. I felt like Rocky and could even hear his theme song playing in my head. The view really was worth the climb. My photos will do the talking now.

After witnessing one of the most spectacular sunsets ever, we headed back home and called it a night. Stay tuned for the final part of our Texas adventure!

Road Trippin through Texas | Part III

We were greeted on Saturday morning by a golden sunrise and mr. buns at 6:00am.

Then we went back to bed and re-awoke at a much weekend appropriate time, 8am. For breakfast we headed to one of the town’s popular cafes. I’ll skip the dets of our meal and head right into stop number four.

Pedernales Falls. The park is home to many woodland creatures, birds and the ever unpopular, snakes. We did a short hike, explored the waterfall and cooled down at a popular bathing spot.

The river is prone to flash flooding and coils its way through the park for 6 miles. Some images below show limestone gorges filled with deep pools. At the falls’ overlook, persons can marvel the gorgeous view then venture down to explore its vast canyon of limestone and pools. As tempting as this area looked for bathing, we were not permitted to swim, wade or tube. But there were other designated spots for bathing that were just as lovely and refreshing.

There are also numerous hiking trails to fit your adventurer side. It can be as short as 30 minutes or long as 4 hours. Just remember to wear a cap, bug spray/sunscreen and carry your water!

If you’d like to visit or want more info on this State Park, get it here.

 

Road Trippin through Texas | Part II

Trecera stop, Fredericksburg. When we told our Trini friends that we would be moving to Texas, the essence of Fredericksburg is what I think they all had in minds. This quaint city was rich with aged German architecture, adorable shops and farming. This is what their Subway restaurant looked like… and their Mc Donald’s, DQ, Burger King and Pizza Hut to list a few.

Sadly, that was the only photo I got on Main Street. Our plans to explore were foiled by another Macajuel lunch but this time accompanied by its syndrome, sleep. I’m getting ahead of myself here and into Saturday afternoon. Take one step backward please.

We first arrived in Friztown, as some call it, sometime after 6pm on Friday evening. Rob booked us a cottage for the weekend and I was ecstatic. Staying in a cottage as opposed to a hotel room was the epitome of our stay, in my opinion. It was cute, rustic and cozy! We were miles away from anyone and had our own pet rabbit for the weekend. Little buns or as Rob liked calling him rabes, as in rabies, would come out every morning and evening to snack on greens around the cabin. He seemed to be familiar with people because I got really close and he didn’t seem to mind.

The evening sun cast beautiful shadows and bursts of flare about the compound. It kissed and danced off the edges of flowers and bushes. It was all too magical and I wish the sun didn’t have to call it quits for the day. My photos didn’t do justice to the scene that we marvelled. Being there made me want to be proposed to again!

We ended the evening with a visit to the cinema and saw Spider Man 2. The movie was decent. I’m no #1 fan of the Spidey but this new series has been captivating to say the least.

Driving through the pitch-blackness on our way back to the cabin, we had to be weary of deer. Those dense fur-tails kept darting across the road as our car approached with its beaming headlights. At one point we had to stop completely because a deer froze in it tracks while crossing. Amused we were as the situation reminded us of an inside joke related to the Trini term, “Ah manicou ketch in headlights!”

Photos of cabin and sunset loveliness. Confession: The first three photos were actually taken at sunrise.

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Road Trippin through Texas | Part I

Hello peanuts. I’ve been quiet for a while but in my absence I can assure you that I maintained my awesome. One awesome thing that we did was road tripped across Texas last weekend. Apart from hours of driving, listening to Jim Gaffigan’s audio book, Dad is Fat, the scenery, the food and the company were exceptional!

Rob and I made plans to celebrate our birthdays in between our birthdays. He’s late April and I’m late May. As mentioned in my 2014 Resolutions, Austin was a location I wished to visit this year.

*Ticks visits to Austin, with bonus of Canyon Lake, San Antonio AND Fredericksburg off list. Booyoucasherrrr!

Did I take a gazillion pictures? As sure as eggs. Am I going to post them all at once? Naw man. Because who wants to look at 70+ pictures of a trip all in one sitting? We hit the road early Friday morning and our first stop was Canyon Lake TX, where we went tubing on the Guadalupe River. For obvious reasons we didn’t take pictures but as we passed the turtles, swans and ducks in close proximity I was disappointed we didn’t get one of those disposable waterproof cameras. Oh well. It was fun and we saw our fair share or wildlife that day. During three quarts of the trip we spotted an Anaconda sized (ok, maybe not Anaconda sized but it was huge) black and yellow snake casually chillaxing on the edge of some mangrove. You can bet your bottom dollar, we stayed inside of our tubes for the rest that float trip.

Second stop, San Antonio! Our stay was brief but the food was well worth it. I blame hunger for the lack of proof but trust me… lunch was gratifying. We were told that the River Walk was the place to be if ever in San Antonio. We had lunch at Boudros. Peoples, please visit that restaurant if you visit the River Walk. In fact, if you’re in San Antonio ever, find your behinds there and thank me later.

I had the Smoked Shrimp and Pepper Bacon Club Sandwich. Capitalized for emphasis on bessness. The shrimp was smoky and the bacon was sweet! The South Padre Island dressing drizzle was the finishing touch to my sandwich. Rob had the Texas Tapas. Picture his plate, the softest piece of pork tenderloin accompanied by the juiciest Hill Country Jalapeno Sausage and the tastiest, sweetest smoked duck with some other stuff I wasn’t paying much attention to. The meats stole my taste buds. *wipes dribble flowing down my chin.* I’m enduring torture for you people. Appreciate it.

For dessert we shared the Crispy Tortilla Fan with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Imagine a cinnamon, sugar-covered tortilla with rich cream and juicy berries complimented by a two scoop flawless blend of vanilla ice cream.

After our Macajuel sized lunch, we strolled the River Walk, stopping into shops and checking out the scenery. It was a rainy day so we didn’t stay long and explored as much as we’d liked. Stops one and two were good but wait, there’s more! Keep an eyeball out for continued posts and photos of our excursion.

Picture time! Sights at the River Walk: A small collection of iPhone & camera photos.

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The Passion Story + Hot Cross Buns

Approximately 2000 years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified and died for our sins. Judas Iscariot, for 30 pieces of silver betrayed him into the hands of temple guards. Jesus was then trailed, mocked, beaten and nailed to the cross. As a result today is recognized as Good Friday.

Christians all over the globe commemorate this day in many ways. Some attend church services and plays or dedicate the day to prayer, fasting and meditation. Others, like myself, also enjoy celebrating little traditions like eating hot cross buns for breakfast.

I don’t know the history behind hot cross buns nor will I pretend to. What I do know is that their soft, fluffy, cinnamon body, topped with the perfect consistency of icing and unfortunately filled with raisins, which I religiously pick out, beat any breakfast muffin at a five star hotel. Maybe not any muffin… but you get the point.

Word of advice, if you’re like me and raisins remind you of rat turds and taste like grapes that have been left in the sun far too long – see what I did there? – be sure to half the amount of raisins used in the recipe. Although, half turned out to be more than I cared for. Otherwise, just skip them out altogether or replace them with craisins. Wish I’d thought of that before I made these.

But you’re in for a yummy treat if you like ze hot cross le bun buns. I got this recipe from sophistimom, five kudos for that cool lady. Get it. Make it. Eat it. Enjoy it. However you choose to celebrate this good day, I hope that you take some time to reflect on Jesus’ selfless act on that old rugged cross.

“In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see, for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me.”