Today we are talking about one of my favorite subjects…FOOD! I skipped lunch today after a huge breakfast at iHOP with a teacher-friend Benita. Lemon-blueberry pancakes and turkey bacon. Ha! I was so enthusiastic about diving into my food that I forgot to take a picture, knowing full-well that I would be blogging about food later in the day. So you are going to have to take my word for it that those pancakes were delicious and I ate every calorie.
I want to further preface this post with a disclaimer.
I do cook.
I am no gourmet chef but I can throw together a pot of Hamburger Helper like nobody’s business.
This month, however, PC and I have indulged in more than our fair share of fast food and dinners out. My Prince could truly (and quite happily) eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger and wash it down with a large blue Powerade everyday of this world. Such discriminating tastes! So that is his go-to treat for every season.
And when we aren’t eating at Big Donald’s (as my daughters used to call it) or enjoying Hamburger Helper in anyone of its cheeseburger-y flavors, we seem to frequent the same restaurants over and over and over here in El Paso.
Thank goodness, we have just come back from vacation and I had an opportunity to sample cheeseburgers at some out-of-town McDonald’s (they tasted the same).
This McDonald’s is just west of San Antonio.
We celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary at Joe’s Crab Shack on the San Antonio River Walk.
We don’t have a “Joe’s” in El Paso so this was a new experience for us. We (over-)indulged with fried seafood platters that sounded better than they tasted. I ordered extra hush puppies because this Tennessee girl can never have enough of that deep fried goodness but they were a real disappointment, too.
I like mine sweet and these were just gritty, greasy balls (somehow that doesn’t sound quite right).
We spent that night at the historic Crockett Hotel.
The next day we headed north to meet up with my daughters, brother and sister and each of their families in New Braunfels, described by New Braunfels Dot Com as “a little bit of old Germany smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country”.
I kind of anticipated that we would be enjoying some of those regional delicacies with an el sound at the end…strudel or schnitzel or spatzle.
My sister Valerie suggested we eat at The Grist Mill for dinner that night. The restaurant is lovely: set in the trees on the banks of the Guadalupe River. On their webpage, The Grist Mill describes their menu like this,
“We’ve built our reputation by
serving fresh fish, succulent
chicken, thick, juicy steaks, big
juicy burgers, plus a complementary
array of salads, appetizers and
I had the fresh fish,
not fried but grilled. And no hush puppies.
Guess what PC had?
Here’s a hint.
No, not a cheeseburger.
Then some of us (my sister Mimi Val, my niece Shelby, and I) enjoyed some time posing with my granddaughter Cady in the trees, which I do realize has nothing to do with food.
The following evening I cooked.
‘Tis true. I cooked on my vacay.
We were staying in some cabins at the Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort. Really a great place. Read more here.
I had planned to fix a Mexicali Hashbrown Casserole but was overruled (however, I did make that later at the beach). I wound up fixing queso and chips, fruit salad, cream cheese dip with raspberry-chipotle glaze, baked beans, hot cheesy corn dip
First picture: my bro, bro-in-law, nephew Trey and niece Shelby. Second pic: nephew Jacob, PC, son-in-law Corey and daughter Bren. Third pic: Kevin, Valerie, Roby and Trey.
Valerie and her husband Roby cooked our last evening in New Braunfels and they fixed…
Wait for it, wait for it…
But no one got a picture of them. You can see my brother-in-law Roby behind me in the first picture, tending the grill while PC keeps him company. But somehow we have no picture of the twelve, beautiful, New York strip steaks Roby cooked to perfection. The middle picture is Valerie’s son Trey, my brother Kevin, Cady, and Kevin’s kids Shelby and Jacob. The third picture is of my beautiful daughters, Brennyn and Lauren.
This post has turned into more of a travel brochure for my vacation.
As well as a culinary tour of my summer eats.
Who knew I had so much to share?
I try to have ice cream every Saturday. This was particularly delicious. And it was on a Sundae. I mean Sunday.
Would love to hear about your favorite summer eats and go-to treats. Do you have a special day set aside for ice cream, too? Tell me about it in a comment below.
Then pop over to my blogger buddies’s blogs to see what they’ve been noshing on. If you area a blogger, link up with us by clicking below.
Finally, promise to come back again to read the fascinating part 2 of my summer eats series.
Hugs and kisses,