And so it begins!

Last week marked the start of my dietetic internship adventure!

It has just been a whooole bunch of orientation, but regardless of how boring it might be, I’m still so stoked to be getting started.

This post is actually just a quick check-in.¬† School starts on the 27th, so getting everything in order for that along with furniture-moving, meal-preparing, sanity-maintaining, time-with-the-Lord-spending, and beauty-sleep-obtaining, a girl just doesn’t have a ton of extra time to blog! ūüôā

Fingers crossed, I’ll have a more detailed post up by the weekend.

Be blessed you guys! ‚̧

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Tortilla overload

So I have a question:

What is a girl living all by herself to do with such an obscene amount of corn tortillas?

Yep, that’s right.¬† That right there is ONE HUNDRED corn tortillas.¬† Send help.

Wait no, not really. ¬†I think I’ve got this under control.

I may or may not be in said tortilla¬†situation.¬† If you’re like me, here’s what you can do:

Make tacos, tacos, and more tacos!

or enchiladas!

or tostadas!

Cut them up and stick them in the oven to make your own baked tortilla chips!

Or!  You can do as I did just a few days ago and make some baked chicken taquitos.

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but they still came out great!¬† They were super easy to make, too.¬† Totally had that legit crunch factor.

I think my package of tortillas might secretly be magic.¬† I’ve been eating taquitos¬†for what seems like a century, and I swear that package is just getting more and more full.

I’m pretty sure the best option for me is just to befriend 9348 people and invite them over for a make your own taco party.

And then I’ll make a quick note to myself: Never buy the hundred pack.

Fiesta

I’m back and in action!¬† It’s unfortunate that my laptop broke, but I’m definitely a very blessed little lady for that fact that I was able to get a new one so quickly.

Topic of the day: grocery shopping.  Is it weird that I love it?  Cause I do.

It’s been interesting getting used to the different grocery stores that are out here.¬† I’ve switched from my beloved Sunflower Market, Trader Joe’s, and Fresh & Easy to H-E-B, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and a new discovery…Fiesta!

Any store whose name means “party” is probably going to be a good store.

As you might assume from the name, the store was largely Hispanic-influenced, which is completely awesome in my book!¬† (I tried a cactus fruit for the first time!¬† I guess they’re very popular in Latin America.)¬† However, what was even more awesome were the serious business ethnic food aisles in the heart of the market.

It was so cool to see rows and rows of items that you would normally have to venture to various international markets for.

Seriously.¬† Japanese, Thai, German, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Italian,¬†Mediterranean… The list goes on.¬† They had it all here.

Told you.  They had it all.  (Yikes.)

Ps – What do you do with flattened rice!?

I moseyed in and out of the aisles of the store for a while.¬† My aimless wandering must have made me look like a completely lost little lamb because a kind worker ended up asking me a couple times if I needed help.¬† (“Necesitas ayuda?“)

I know a fair amount of Spanish.¬† By no means am I fluent, but I can get by.¬† However, the moment someone begins to speak to me in Spanish, I choke and it’s all I can do to squeak out a little, “No, gracias.” or “Bien, y tu?”¬† Oh, 4 years of high school Spanish, where are you when I need you!?

The outside of the store was flanked with little stands that transported me straight to the streets of Mexico.¬† Random knick-knacks, children’s toys, knock-off designer clothing… I dug it.¬† They even had a stand selling tacos and another one selling fresh grilled corn on the cob!¬† The smells coming from the stands were mouth-watering.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Fiesta and definitely intend to come back.  Such a fun experience and such an easy way to soak in all the culture Texas has to offer.

Have a fantastic day!¬† I’m off to get myself Rosetta Stone or something. ūüėČ

So long, laptop

Hey guys!

My poor little macbook bit the dust today. I’m going to be looking for a new one this week, so until then I’ll probably be quite absent.

Hope you all are having a happy Sunday! Be blessed! I’ll leave you with a picture of the most wonderful strawberry vanilla cake pop I had today from River Oaks Coffeehouse.

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Adventures in austin

Two days ago, I made a quick trip to Austin!  I tagged along after another intern invited me to go with her to pick up a bicycle.

We left Tuesday afternoon and got back late last night, making our trip about a full day.  Not long, but we definitely maximized our time there doing plenty of exploring and being silly.

Exploring and being silly… ¬†This is my life.

We had lunch at Kerbey Lane Cafe.  No pictures to show for it, but I can assure you it was tasty (and pretty inexpensive).  Win.

We did some walkin’. ¬†We didn’t wear the best shoes. ¬†Gellies and slip-ons bound to result in blisters… ¬†All in the name of style!

By the time we got around to shopping, it was getting a little later in the evening and most shops were closed.  We did get to see a couple cute boutiques though, including New Bohemia, a fun vintage shop where I proceeded to take the dorky picture of myself above.

After walking around for a couple hours, we came across a large gathering of food trucks and decided a cupcake would be completely appropriate fuel.

This was probably one of the best decisions that has ever been made because this was the best cupcake I’ve ever had. ¬†Coming from a former red velvet hater, that says a lot. ¬†It was perfect. ¬†Thanks, Hey Cupcake!

Then came some more walking and window shopping.  We stopped at a place highly recommended by the worker at Hey Cupcake, Bouldin Creek Cafe.  I tried a tofu taco that was pretty good!  Very nutritional yeast-y.

We walked out around the town for a couple more hours after that before calling it a night and crashing at a friend’s house.

The next day entailed breakfast at Magnolia Cafe, swimming at Hamilton Pool, and a bit more shopping.

Hamilton Pool was great Рa nice break from the heat.  I love nature!

Gonzo was another of the many food trucks that abounded in Austin. ¬†Solid menu with salads, wraps, sandwiches, and juice/smoothies. ¬†Very yummy. ¬†My friend had a watermelon lemonade she couldn’t stop raving about.

Mhm.  This was our last stop before heading back home.

Even though we were in Austin for a very short period in time, I think we got a good feel for the city and we both desire to make a trip back soon!