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Foodie Friday: Military Meals

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 11/14/2014 at 16:15

Happy Veterans Week!

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This past week, I have celebrated my Airman dad and our armed forces through fun feasts!

Taylor County Taphouse (Military Discount)

Taylor Co. on Tap

Dallas Blonde & Pear AleCHEERS!!! — at The Taylor County Taphouse.

Taylor Co. Taphouse's unique array of appetizers & entrées

Unique array of appetizers & entrées: CFS * Waffle Wings 🍗 * Texas Craft Beer & Cheese Soup topped w/ Chili Dusted Popcorn — at The Taylor County Taphouse.

Coldstone Creamery (Military Discount)

Sundae Sunday: This Marine deserves a Military Discount!‪#‎DISPObustAFlow‬ ‪#‎DISPOsAlwaysFly‬ ‪#‎SaluteThisMilitaryGuy‬ ‪#‎SemperFi‬ ‪#‎Support‬ ‪#‎Honor‬ ‪#‎Remember‬ 🇺🇸🎊🎆🎇🎂🍨🍮 — at Cold Stone Creamery.

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Oreo Overload in Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone w/ Rainbow Sprinkles at Cold Stone Creamery.

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Pumpkin Pie in the Sky in Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone at Coldstone Creamery.

Fazoli’s (Military Discount)

Fazoli's Military Meal

Military Monday: Build-Your-Own Pasta Bowl * Strawberry Banana Minute Maid Smoothie * Breadsticks * Classic Cheddar Pasta Bowl * Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake — at Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant

Fazoli's Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Irresistible Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake — at Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant

Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 photo couldn’t do justice: Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake — at Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant

Olive Garden (FREE Military Meal on Vets Day)

Olive Garden on Veterans Day

*Veterans Day* full of festive flavor: Strawberry Passionfruit Limonada * Orange Cranberry Limonada * Porto Vita Rossa * Smoky Mozzarella w/Chicken Gnocchi * Grilled Chicken Butternut Squash Fettuccine Alfredo w/Zuppa Toscana — at Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Our servicemen and –women deserve our highest respect and honor.

*CHEERS to our Military*

Foodie Friday: Getting Fed in Religious Ed

In Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 10/17/2014 at 07:00

F is for …

Faith * Food * Fellowship

Easygoing Evie and I, as *Excited Elaine* enjoy eating after we team-teach our Religious Education second graders every Wednesday. When we celebrate our students’ birthdays, we also are blessed with goodies to go with our lessons about †GOD†!

Sharing is Caring!

Mezamiz Deux Coffee House

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Birthday Cupcakes from Sweet Life

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Sour Apple Smoothies from Monks

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Caramel and Pumpkin from Olive Garden

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Birthday Cupcakes and Fruit Snacks

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Foodie Friday: Fight Food and Game Grub

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/20/2014 at 02:40

This past weekend, the Stones threw down a Stonecold weekend: Fight Night and their little girl’s birthday party, complete with a ♠kick-ace♠ menu!
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This past weekend, the Stones threw down a Stonecold

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Moral of the story?

Foodie Friday: Birthday Trip

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/29/2014 at 22:15

Eat, drink and be merry…

And so I did on my birthday trip!

Road Trip Food

Ghost Town Grub: Starlight Café (Terlingua, TX)

Santa Elena

Santa Elena (my namesake) Margarita ~ CHEERS!!!

Terlingua Chili Fries

Terlingua Chili Fries

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Family Feast: Tokyo Asia Fusion (Abilene, TX)

Sake

Sake Black & Gold

Hibachi Chicken

Hibachi Chicken w/Miso Soup (me-so hungry) & salad ~ gotta top off w/Lo-Sod Kikoman!

YOLOs all the way around!

Foodie Friday: Valley Fave Craves

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/08/2014 at 08:00

Being just a hop, skip and swim away from the border means there’s access to …

Really delicious, not always healthy food!

Here are my favorites (aside from my in-laws’ good homecooking, o’course), that I’ll miss in this neck of the woods, or shall I say: foot of the Valley!

Bubble Tea (Tea Rush Café in Sharyland/Mission, TX) ~ during my West Valley Church Tour

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Koko’s Mexican Cuisine (Uptown/McAllen, TX) ~ for my classmate, Dr. Alejandro Garza’s Birthday

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Sweet & Tasty Bakery ~ also for Dr. G’s Bday, with this Banana Split Pie to die & the BEST pan de polvo

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¡Salud!

Foodie Friday: Road Food

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/25/2014 at 18:50

♪And I drive 1,000 miles♫

That’s exactly what I did when last weekend, and I usually grab an apple when I’m on-the-go. Thanks to my family, the food that they did provide helped tide me over during the two 500+mile rides! What would I do without their generosity?

Look who's welcoming home ...

Look who’s welcoming home …

When I left the Valley a week ago, mi Cuñada stocked up on snacks to last me a week’s worth of survival in the wilderness! Starbucks was where it was at!

... It's Annie!

… It’s Annie!

My GODmother hooked us up with pasalubong, so the mocha cake came in handy!

Ninang Auring‘s such a giver!

Then when I took off back to el Valle, my dad made a pot of Papa Jun Joe, and my sister hooked me up with horchata and breakfast tacos from La Popular!

Foodie Friday: Memorial Week

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 05/31/2014 at 00:30

Happy Memorial Week!

This heaping helping of TGIF YOLO is devoted to this week’s feasts and treats!

From la familia

For my mom’s birthday, my sister baked bodacious beet-chocolate cupcakes that can’t be beat!

Birthday Cupcakes

My Mom’s Birthday Cupcakes ~ baked with LOVE from Joanne

After the Journey concert, my sister provided Memorial Day meals that were mmmmmm mmmmmm good!

Memorial Day Breakfast

Who needs Rooty, Tooty, Fresh & Fruity? We got Red, White & Blueberry!

For breakfast, we had berries and waffles, complete with raspberries for red and blueberries.

Memorial Day Lunch

Tribute to my Sister’s Mother-in-Law’s Memory: Tater Tot Casserole! {Jackfruit (yellow) Bubble Tea & Avocado (green) Bubble Tea from Hong Kong Market}

For lunch, Joanne cooked tater tot casserole, a traditional recipe from her late mother-in-law.

Cookie and Cocoa Swirl

Who needs the PB&J time? Cookie Butter & Chocolate‘s my dream Goober!

She also gave me the Ultimate Super Spread: Cookie Butter Cocoa Swirl!

Southwestern Burritoes

Perfect combo of flavors & spices: my Mom’s Southwestern Burritoes!

My mom cooked scrumptious southwestern burritoes that have lasted me all week long!

Southwestern Burritoes

Rice & BeansUp close & personal.

From mi amiga

M&M's Chocolate Bar

Yeah, real healthy after exercise … But I’ve only eaten one-quater at a time!

My friend Evie and I hit Hastings’ Hardback Café yesterday to reward ourselves after our workout!

Jones Soda

Jones Root Beer: Serious Soda with Cute Cat Pic for a good kick!

When I tagged along with her to pick up gaming grub today, she gave me an IBC Cream Soda for my studies!

IBC Soda

IBC Cream Soda to tide me over while I do my homework!

CHEERS to ☼Summer☼ almost here!

IBC meets Jones

Cream Soda + Root Bear = Supernova Soda … All I need is a soft serve scoop for a float to seal the deal!

Foodie Friday: TGIF Twists on Treats

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/23/2014 at 20:22

Thank GOD It’s Friday for Food!

Today’s Foodie Friday is devoted to concoctions that combine different edibles into one, such as cake and cookies and fruit and more fruit. I’ll rate them on a scale from 1-5.

Tiramisu Cookie Sandwich = 4 points

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A dozen SDJ Tiramisu Cookie Sandwiches, STAT!

Sweets du Jour, my favorite new bakery in Abilene ~ which is now offering a limited-time 15% discount off online orders from the SDJ app ~ has created an innovative addition to its menu: Cookie Sandwiches! I got a dozen of the Tiramisu flavor for my mom’s birthday.

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Cookie Close-up!

    • Pros: sweet mascarpone cheese filling (+5)
    • Cons: cookies remind me of Snickerdoodles with espresso dusting, yet the softness makes up for that (-1)
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Slam Dunk into Coffee or Cocoa!

Brunch of Champions = 5+ points / 100+%

Brunch by Joe

I was just expecting “eggs and fruit,” but this is a whole different ball park here (clockwise): Buttered Toast + Spiced Sunny Side Eggs meets Steamed Banana complete w/Banana Leaf, Refried Black Beans, Steamed Sweet Potato + Pineapple & Mandarin Oranges

When I met with my Church friend after Adoration yesterday, he cooked up a storm! And I, as usual, got camera-carried away with this eye candy that tasted as picture-perfect as the presentation looks!

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Brownies baked with Waffle Batter … I’m in Chocolate Heaven!

  • Pros: the BEST brunch I’ve ever had, both home-cooked and at a restaurant, beats everything out by far, bar-none (+10)
  • Cons: NONE whatsoever
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Deer Droppings ~ Joe’s Homemade Candy, as he says: they’re better than the real thing!

Grāpples = 3 points

Grapple

Grab a Grāpple!

Grape … I mean, Great News: I’m going to teach at the college level again!!! You know what that means: an apple a day scores yours truly an A! This is a batch of grape-flavored apples, enough said.

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2 of my favorite wine vine fruits in 1!

  • Pros: sweet fruit fix, hence delicious and delicious (+5)
  • Cons: artificial grape flavor, so what’s the point? (-2)

TGIF Brunch

Avocado for Brunch

Avocado rounds out this meal in a Shake & as a Spread!

Today was my only day to sleep in, so I was grateful for a second day in-a-row to enjoy a savory meal and take my time without being in a rush!

Avocado & Spinach

Lean Mean Green Machine!

Happy ***Memorial Day*** weekend, including to y’all Kings & Queens of the Grill!

Foodie Friday: Cuckoo for Cookies!

In Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 04/04/2014 at 22:30

These cookies are coo-worthy for being both healthy and tasty! Let these nutritious and delicious photos speak to you, just as the cookies that appear in them called my name…

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Macaroons in Caramel Sea Salt by Hail Merry
* Gluten-Free, vegan
{I tried the Chocolate-flavored in my Welcome to My Kitchen on Pretty Fit}

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Grace’s Best Petite Sunflower Seed Cookies
* Bite-sized, light and crispy

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Flourless Chocolate Cookie from La Boulange of Starbucks
* Melt-in-your-mouth meringue

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What’s better than these cookies flying solo?

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Savoring a little bit together!

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Added Bonus: Top them on the Tiramisu Gelato that I featured last Foodie Friday!

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Nothing beats Cookies & Milk! Try this Almond Breeze Blend of Almond & Coconut Milk for a new nutty twist!

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CHEERS!!! Let’s clink our frosty mug of milk or fist cookie bump!