Deep In The Heart of Texas

Well, hello lovelies!  Shortly before leaving for Texas, I put together a list of goals for this blog.  I also drafted a little editorial calendar, all outlined and color-coded by day.  And yet, I didn't schedule a single post for when I was out of town.  I don't know why but I've been procrastinating lately when it comes to the blog.  It was starting to feel more like a chore rather than something that I enjoy and I felt myself pulling away.  I want to get back into loving it again so I'm pushing myself to do something different.  I'm joining up with Jenni in her Blog Everyday in May challenge.  The goal is to blog every day in May - all 31 of them - with the hopes of getting back in touch with what we love most about blogging.  I may slip here or there and life may threaten to get in the way, but I'm going to try my darnedest to stick to it and blog every day this month.

Jenni has been so kind as to even provide a topic for each day, which I may or may not always follow but I will use it for inspiration nonetheless.  Like today, for example.  Being May 1st (already???) it's the first day of the challenge and the topic is: the story of your life in 250 words or less.  But rather than share with you a little paragraph on my life (it's not all that interesting, trust me) I decided to share a little glimpse into it instead.  A little bit of my family, the town I come from, and a few days reconnecting with both.

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We spent five awesome days in Texas last week celebrating Fiesta and visiting with friends and family and I think I ate enough Tex-Mex to keep me satisfied for at least another 6 months.  We'll see...

We started the trip off exploring downtown San Antonio with a little stop at the Alamo for some family history then we wandered through the various Fiesta booths and concert stages, sampled just about every food offered to us (Parmesan truffle fries, anyone?), watched a parade in the rain, and took a tour down the San Antonio River.  (It's totally tourist-y but still kinda fun.)

Hare krishnas in sombreros.  That's something you don't see every day...

The cutest mariachis I've ever seen.

On Saturday, my mom surprised us with a fun fiesta-themed party to celebrate our engagement.  And we had even more of my favorite Tex-Mex - chili con queso, 7-layer Mexican dip, homemade flour tortillas, beef tacos, carne guisada, Mexican fried rice, refried beans, margaritas, and a red velvet armadillo cake a la Steel Magnolias to top it all off.  And, in true Fiesta style, we cracked about 5 dozen cascarones and left the backyard covered in bright little circles of confetti.  Even Roxy the pup got in on the confetti action.

So, what do you think of my hometown?





  1. This makes me miss Texas! I'm from the Rio Grande Valley and since my uncle lives in San Antonio, we were there for almost every school break.

    Loving the armadillo cake and his sombrero. Too cute!

    I now need some Tex-Mex food stat! (and Whataburger! You know they're going to start selling the fancy ketchup from Whataburger at HEB! I've already told my parents that they need to send me some when they come out.) :)

  2. Well, I never thought Texas would be on my list of places I'd like to visit, but this post might just make me change my mind. That festival looks colourful and fun and all that food is so tempting. Only trouble would be that I'd probably put on so much weight that I'd have to book two seats on the plane back home ;-)

    Look forward to all your blog posts - not sure I could do one every single day of the month... xo

  3. that armadillo cake - yes! this looks like an amazing five days. and of course your hometown is awesome - so unique and fun and delicious through your eyes!

  4. You know I lived there 13 years and never did Fiesta?! I'm ashamed...

  5. Looks like fun!! Those fries look really scrumptious right now... and it is only 9 in the morning!!

  6. your hometown looks great! although, I must say, the food in those pics is what really gets me! looks amazing!

  7. Armadillo cake! Love Steel Magnolias!!

  8. Well, I think it's beautiful of course!! Also, I dig your style of photography...into it.

  9. i know what you mean about your blog feeling like a chore - i've been feeling that way this week, just uninspired. i like your idea to use jenni's topics as inspiration but maybe not fully follow all of them. i might try that, too!

    in other news, i love your hometown. i went to san antonio a lot for work a few years ago and really love it there. i never made it to fiesta, but it looks awesome. beautiful pictures, as always. the girl at the enchilada stand does NOT look too excited to have you taking her picture in that second one - cracked me up!

  10. Oh boy, I just love Texas! Sometimes I wish my parents had never left when I was 3... but I guess I can always travel there. Reading this has my mouth watering for some good Mexican food. Florida has zero idea what that is. I was going to point out the side eye from that enchilada stand girl too. Haha!

    This looks like something to add to the bucket list. :)

  11. How fun is this?! Your photos are gorgeous, and everything looks like such a blast! Plus, an armadillo cake?! Reminds me of Steel Magnolias :) Thanks for stopping by-- loving your blog!

  12. Your hometown and home STATE is awesome :) I'm glad you had a great time and that armadillo cake is CLASSIC. I love everything about your trip

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  14. I love your post for Day 1! And I think your hometown looks like they know how to have fun!

    Seriously love that armadillo cake and the cascarones...so colorful, so creative.

    Beautiful photos, Stephanie!

  15. A wonderful photo story and glimpse into your life.

  16. What beautiful pictures! I especially love the armadillo cake! Too cute!

    And yes, I am totally with you: Sometimes blogging feels like a chore and that's when I know something's wrong. It should always be enjoyable and NOT stressful. Sometimes I think I put too much pressure on myself, too!

  17. Oh my goodness these pictures are gorgeous! Love. Jordan and I actually went to San Antonio for our honeymoon! It was lots of fun. Your pictures make me want to go back! Following you now, btw :)

  18. Yes! Yes! Yes!

    First of all I went to a few Fiesta events and I still haven't posted my pics. Shame on me.

    Great pictures. Love that armadillo cake :) (Steel Magnolias anyone?)


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