Fun facts Friday-How I got to Austin

I’ve only ever lived in 3 areas and all in Texas.  San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Austin.

The week after I graduated from TAMUCC in May 2004, I had a job interview for a consultant job in the galleria area of Houston.  Unfortunately I was the runner up for the job.  I had no experience and that hurt me.  In hindsight, I am not sure that was the right job for me, long  hours in the sun, crappy hours, etc.  But the money was good.

I didn’t have another interview until September.  Between June and September I worked full time at Kohl’s.  I HATED it.  I liked the discount though.

I interviewed for a job with the state in September, accepted the offer on September 22, which was my sister’s birthday.  The hardest part was telling her and my best friend I was moving away.  They still had a couple years left in college.

And the rest is history.  I moved the next week and started my job on October 4.  Later this year marks NINE years.

Gosh, where does the time go?

I love the Austin area and i’d have a heck of a time if I had to leave now 🙂

You did what with a hot dog?

These are the best hot dogs EVER.  They sell them at Target.  I don’t go to Target often for groceries, but they have good meat.IMG_0789[1]

I needed a quick lunch on Saturday, so the hot-dog salad was born.  IMG_0795[1]

Sauteed carrots, dill pickles, grilled peppers and hot dog slices.  Put over butter lettuce.  Finished with some spicy mustard 🙂

Don’t judge, it was tasty 🙂

Here are more of my random hot-dog recipes.  I don’t eat them often, but when I do, I like to be different 😉

Recipe Review: Sweet venison tenderloin

New recipe for me this week.  I had a big vac-saver bag of venison tenderloin in the freezer and I wanted to do something different.  Found this on recipezaar (thanks user TCSmooth!).  Apparently it’s been the top venison recipe for like 8 years!  I’d imagine this would be awesome with beef too.

I didn’t do the bacon, I didn’t have any (but I will be trying next time).  I baked half (to eat later) and cooked the other half as medallions on the stovetop.

Since I didn’t really want to put forth much effort, I sliced and added to a salad with sliced and cooked granny smith apple.


Sweet Bacon-Wrapped Venison Tenderloin

Total Time: 1 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 2-4

2 lbs venison tenderloins ( a single deer loin or Moose or Elk or Pork or Beef)
1/2 lb bacon ( Plain, thin-sliced Bacon is best)
3 cups dark brown sugar
2 cups soy sauce ( Regular NOT low-sodium. You’ll want the saltiness) I USED BRAGG’S
1/4 cup white sugar ( Optional for added Sweetness) I DIDNT USE

Mix brown Sugar and Soy sauce together in a bowl. They should combine nicely into a soupy soy liquid.
Put Deer Loin in a cooking tray and pour Brown Sugar/Soy Sauce mixture over loin. Roll tenderloin over in mixture, completely covering it.
Let meat marinate in mixture at least 3 hours or overnight in fridge. It’s best to marinate for 8 hours if you have the time. Also GREAT to use a Food Saver or other Vacuum device to Vacuum pack/seal the meat with Marinade. With this method, you can achieve Overnight-level marinade in just a couple hours!
Remove loin from tray, and place on a slotted bake sheet with a drip pan or aluminum foil below to catch dripping. Don’t throw away marinade.
Wrap a piece of bacon around the very end of the tenderloin, securing the bacon strip with a toothpick.
Repeat this process until the entire loin is wrapped in ten or so bacon “loops.” The tenderloin should look like an arm with a bunch of wrist watches on it, the watches being the bacon strips.
Drizzle remaining marinade over deer loin. You can continue to baste the loin with the marinade throughout the cooking process with either a brush or a turkey baster.

Monday funny


I seriously laughed out loud, this is totally me.  Except I keep my 2 jars in the pantry.  The garage fridge is full of them once they are done with secondary.   And I always have at least one in the fridge at work, because I like it extra cold.

Thanks Girl Meets Nourishment for the great clipart!

I am making 2 big jars a week which usually amounts to about 8-10 bottles.  My scobies got too thick and I had to thin them out yesterday.  Wish my intern was ready to make some, because I hated to dispose of them!   I am still experimenting with flavors but peachy flavors are still my #1.


Something a little low key for Tuesday 🙂  Thanks Heather!

A. Attached or Single? Attached. And lol, attached is the #1 word I misspell. I usually put an extra t for attatched.

B. Best Friend? Michele! I don’t know how I ever lived without her.

C. Cake or pie? Either if they are gluten free. Can’t say that I really eat alot of either.

D. Day of choice? Saturday

E. Essential item? Food, I always have some sort of snack on hand.

F. Favorite color? turquoise

G. Gummy bears or worms? Bears. I like the ones Dan doesn’t like. That’s the one candy though, that Dan could eat his body weight in

H. Home town? Castroville, Texas

I. Favorite indulgence? cheeseburgers

J. January or July? January

K. Kids? No

L. Life isn’t complete without: family, friends, love

M. Marriage date? N/A

N. Number of brothers/sisters? 1 sister

O. Orange or apples? Apples

P. Phobias? Claustrophobia, falling

Q. Quotes? “Loves a gift that is truly handmade.” I’ve always loved that Guy Clark song and that part of it.

R. Reasons to smile? friends, family, pets, babies

S. Season of choice? fall

T. Tag 5 people Eh, I am sure people will do it if they want

U. Unknown fact about me? I have a CHL.

V. Vegetable? All of them! There aren’t many I don’t like.

W. Worst habit? Scratching my chest when I am stressed or nervous

X. Xray or ultrasound? Not sure about this one, um, how about neither. I’ve had more ultrasounds than x-rays.

Y. Your favorite food? guacamole

Z. Zodiac sign? aquarius

Now it’s your turn!

Blessed weekend

I was able to take another Friday off (gosh it’s good to actually have days off again).

I hit the road to San Antonio Thursday after work to my parent’s house.  1 small detour to Cabela’s to pick-up Father’s Day gift from my mom and I.

Thursday night was spent working on parent’s moving sale.  I was still finding and digging things out of the closets.  Then a rainy but successful day Friday morning and a slower but good Saturday.  Almost done with the downsizing.  They are hopefully packing this week.

I had to take off early evening to become this guy’s godmother.IMG_0773[1]

Back home really late Saturday night and then a busy Sunday with chores.

Mom sent me a picture of my dad showing off 2 of his 3 gifts.  I gave it to him Thursday night and he probably only took it out of the box because mom made him.  My dad is so simple and humble.  He was more excited about his bible study bookmark than his Yeti cooler.  The Duck Commander shirt was a random buy last weekend.

My daddy is in SO much better shape since he went gluten free last year, although he does have an addiction to corn tortillas and GF snack (4)

Blessed for sure.

Send the search party

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks!  It’s honestly been nuts.

I had to travel for work toward the end of May, so I didn’t blog, because I didn’t want to take two laptops with me on my trip, and then life really happened.

My parents have a contract on their house and now begins the downsizing of 30 years of stuff.  They had gotten rid of a ton in the last year, but there is still SO much.   What doesn’t get sold, gets given away, they are only renting a small storage until for their vital belongings.  I’ve been home 2 weekends in a row and will be returning for at least 1 or 2 more in the new few weeks.  Closing got moved, so that gives them a little more time.   I unplugged while I was gone except for a little FB on my phone.

Monday night co-ed softball has been fun but I am not pleased with my offense lately.  Defense has been getting better.  I was used to catching in junior high and high school.  I played 1 game this season on 2nd, but now my home is apparently on 3rd.

Work has been nuts and apparently is going to be more hectic, big changes ahead.

Was supposed to head home today to parent’s after work, but it looks like I may have to work tomorrow 😦  Parent’s moving sale is Friday and Saturday and they really need my help, so they are going to be upset if I am not there.  Sunday afternoon I will be leaving early for good reason, my BFF’s baby is being baptized this weekend.

Dan is in Canada this week, Chicago next.  And then begins the no free weekends until like Christmas.  I am not even joking.  I HATE being that busy.

I need a nap.  1 more reason I want to go to the Ville tonight.  Peace and quiet and NO WORK!