Home Again.

I am happy to say that we are safely back home after our trip to Austin.  While I loved being away, not having to worry about work, seeing my family, eating great food, etc., it is nice to be back home. 

Tony made me a delicious breakfast this morning – it was nice to have a home cooked meal!  Creamy spicy eggs in a Pam fried corn tortilla. Love the extra sriracha on top!

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While on vacation I ate a lot of food. 

Italian beef sandwiches with chips and cookies on the boat.

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I need to recreate this dip at home – Lizz recommended it and it was so spicy and delicious!  I think I ate 3/4 of the container by myself with everything flat bread crackers.  We found this at HEB – biggest grocery store ever!

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Best sausage hands down at The Salt Lick:

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The brisket was good too:

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They let me enter the employee doors to get a good picture of the pit at Salt Lick – the smell is amazing!

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We had burgers twice for lunch:  One at Elevation Burger.  This burger was good, but what made it great was a balsamic mustard sauce – I must recreate this sauce at home!

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And Mighty Fine Burger.  Tony and I were underwhelmed at this burger for the price.

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One night Joe, Lizz and I went to Chuy’s Mexican restaurant.  The place was packed on a Tuesday night!  The Boom Boom sauce on the side was amazeballs:

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We had avocado egg rolls and sweet and spicy shrimp at Kona Grill.  Tony and I never thought we’d ever say these words, but it was too much avocado in these rolls, and they had stinky red onions in them. Sad smile

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I ended up getting a delicious pan fried noodles with beef tenderloin.  I asked them if they could make it spicy and leave out the onions.

udon noodles, beef tenderloin, vegetables, black bean garlic sauce

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I really wanted to eat this whole dish, but I ended up eating half of it.  So flavorful, the meat was tender.  I never even heard of Kona Grill before but found there are two in Illinois.  Open-mouthed smile

And on the last day I finally got to go to my first food truck!  I realized that a lot of the food trucks are either open at lunch time – typically 11:00 to 2:00 and then don’t open again until like 11:00 at night for the bar crowds.

We found that Garbo’s Lobster Truck was about a 20 minute drive from Joe and Lizz’s house and that was our lunch on Friday.

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You had your choice of either doing it “Connecticut Style” or “Maine Style.”  Joe and I went with the Connecticut style – toasted bun, lobster and tarragon butter sauce.  Tony got the Maine style which is the classic version with a light mayo dressing.    After taking the stinky scallions off, this was an amazing sandwich – so much lobster!

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But the best food for me was at Rudy’s BBQ.  Blog readers Peggy and Mary told me it was the best BBQ in Texas.  Best suggestion ever.

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You buy the food by the pound.  Tony and I ordered half a pound of the lean brisket, and a link of sausage and potato salad.  Lizz and Joe step up to order a pound of the moist brisket, 1/2 a pound of turkey breast, jalapeno sausage and creamed corn.

They just give you butcher paper for a plate and lots of white bread!

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The moist brisket was to die for.

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I love my step daughter-in-law and was glad we spent time to get to know her better.  They moved away to Austin about three months after they started dating, got married at the justice of the peace last November and had a whirl wind trip to Chicago after that and we didn’t get to see much of them.

#1 reason I love her?  She loves her food!  She’s tiny, probably about five feet tall and maybe 110 pounds?  It was amazing to watch her build her sandwich at Rudy’s.

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I drank lots of beer:

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So I was shocked as shit when I stepped on the scale this morning.  Not kidding I had a dream while on vacation that I stepped on the scale when I got home and it said I weighed 206 pounds and I was worried how I was going to explain a 26 pound weight gain to you guys!

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I lost 2.4 pounds!  I don’t recommend this diet to you, but I am happy not to have gained 5 pounds, because we all know that it takes four times as long to lose the weight than it is to gain.

We had fun with Joe and Lizz:

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Lizz is a huge Brittney Spears fan, love it!

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Got to see my brother Charlie and his family.  Charlie and I being goofy!

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I only got to see my niece Sarah (on the right) for a quick lunch before she had to head back to Denton where she’s working this summer while school is out.  I got to spend more time with Rachel since I slept over at their house on Tuesday.  I knew she had to leave the house by 8:15 and when I woke up at 7:45 and she was still asleep, I went to her room and climbed in bed with her.  She had the radio alarm going and I started singing Demi Levato’s Heart Attack really loud to wake her up!

Yep, I am the crazy Aunt B.!!  We laughed so hard at that.  This Wednesday I am going to send her a text at 7:45 asking her if she wished I was there to sing her awake! Open-mouthed smile

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Charlie and my SIL Laura:

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And I will miss Cinnamon Bun.

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It just reminds me how much I miss having a dog, and Cinnamon is just so friendly.

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Tony liked him too, well, until Cinnamon decided to jump off the couch several times using Tony’s balls as a spring board!  Tony also thought he was a noisy dog, but I got used to it.  If we ever get another dog, Tony would never go for a tiny dog like Cinnamon, but I loved him.

We enjoyed our time on Lake Travis – Tony is a great captain!

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Of the 507 pictures I took?  Not one of me and Tony together!  I’ll have to see if the kids took any on their iPhones.

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Now I am off to meal plan and do a grocery store run.  It will be nice to get Bizzy in my Kitchen again!  I only made salsa once so I literally haven’t cooked anything in 9 days – I think that’s a record!

Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day.  I probably won’t post again until Wednesday – I hope to walk before work tomorrow!  See you then!

35 thoughts on “Home Again.

  1. Awesome! Welcome home! Glad you had a great time AND great food!

  2. Sound like you had an AWESOME vacation. Tomorrow is my first day back at work too, after 10 days away (that is 1/3 of a month) so hard. I have been totally off plan for more than a month..and have gained more than I care to admit.

    But I have made plans for the next few months…doing Ronis Streaker Challenge (walking/running at least 1 mile a day until July 4th), no alcohol for the month of June, and tracking everything again.

  3. Sounds like an AMAZING trip! That mustard-balsamic sauce from that first burger sounds incredible…please share if you come up with a copycat recipe! 🙂

  4. myjourneytofit

    Rudy’s IS the best – that’s what we served after graduation for both of my kids…and there’s one less than a mile from my house. Oh and I can practically throw a rock and hit Chuy’s – but their Boom Boom sauce is too much for me!

    Glad you had such a good trip!

  5. Looks like you had an amazing time with some amazing food! Now I really want a lobster roll..I just recently learned the difference between Connecticut and Maine style. Awesome that you lost 2.6 too! Woo hoo!

  6. YAY, you’re home! Looks like an amazing time was had by all. I’m sure you are looking forward to cooking again! I can’t imagine 9 days without cooking more than once…

  7. Welcome home Beth! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip: good food, good company, good food, cute pets, good food, fun times with family, good food. That brisket looks simply delish, has my mouth watering . What is the recipe for the detox water, do you boil and pour over ingredients, and what are the amouns? I missed your daily postings. 😦

    • Thanks Laura! The Detox water is 2 quarts water, 1 lemon sliced, 1 cucumber sliced and about 1/4 cup of mint. Just leave in the fridge overnight and drink the next day. I just drink it cold. 😀

  8. Girl you need to go on vacation every week!

  9. Glad you are back, missed your blogs. Having “Biz” withdrawls 😉 Yes, will be looking forword to your “copycat” balsamic musturd and that 1st hamburger looks really good. Oh and that sandwich that Lizz made sure looks De-lish too! Food is always good 4 bonding especially with in-laws.

    Will be looking forward to seeing what you make this week after being inspired by Texas cooking 🙂

  10. Ordering food by the pound? That is awesome. I love lobster anything. So good. The roll looks amazing. Glad you had so so much fun with your family. Pugs rock!

  11. Oh my… I was hungry before I read your post but now? I’m ravenous.

  12. Glad to have you back! Looks like you had a great time )

  13. Welcome back! Your photos are absolutely lovely and it sounds like you had a lot of fun. FWIW, it’s really hard to find M and I in the same photo when we’re traveling, usually because my face is behind a camera for so much of the time.

  14. Welcome back home, and I’m glad you had such a great trip! I really enjoyed your photos. Also, I have eaten at Rudy’s, and it is fabulous!

  15. Wonderful trip Biz and all the food looks so delicious. I’m so happy you and Tony had such a great time and got to spend so much of it with your family.

    You might want to check out my latest post, I’ll take you on trip in my village in that one.

    Enjoy being Bizzy in the kitchen again.

  16. You must have been busy walking or something to have lost weight while eating all that gorgeous food! That’s awesome! So glad you had a wonderful trip and made it home safely.

  17. love all these pictures!!!! Glad you are home safe and sound back in your kitchen 🙂

  18. This looks like such an amazing trip! It seems like you all had really nice weather, too.

    Bummer about those avocado spring rolls! It sounds like such a good idea.

  19. That stack of white bread is cracking me up. My mom baked a lot of bread growing up and we had it with dinner almost nightly. But there were many times we were out (9 kids, go figure) so she would literally put a whole loaf of store bought bread on the table, stacked up high.

  20. Looks like so much fun! And I’m definitely jealous of the lobster truck visit. I’d love to try that out! Isn’t it funny how needless stressing about weight can end up being? Awesome. Glad you had a fantastic weekend with lots of laughs, beer and good food!! 🙂

  21. sounds like you had a great time in TX with your family. Sorry we missed each other in Chicago this weekend. A meet up would have been so fun and, of course, I would have requested you bring me a jar of salsa! haha I need to spend the day catching up from being away too! I will be making your pizza soon. ( we brought home two slices of leftovers which I shared with my kids, so I know we will need more!) I wish I could say I lost weight after this weekend! haha But um…beer and cheese in Milwaukee and deep dish in Chicago…I’m thinking not. lol

  22. Welcome back! Glad you had such a great time!

  23. Sounds like an awesome trip! I loved looking at all the photos! I’m glad it was such a great time with your family.
    We have been talking about getting a dog at some point in the future, and I am trying to convince my husband that we should get a pug. They are just so funny!! Unfortunately, they are pretty far down the list of types of dogs Andrew wants 🙂

  24. You feasted! Can you tell me how Tony made your Creamy spicy eggs in the Pam fried corn tortilla? It looks so yummy!

    • This is what Tony wanted me to write to you Carrie!

      Step One. Take two eggs and beat them senseless. We have a griddle, heat up the griddle. Spray it with Pam, put the corn tortillas on it. To the eggs add salt and pepper, copious amounts of inedible sriracha, and a few ounces of cheese, I used pepper jack.

      Spray the pan with Pam, while turning the tortilla, put the eggs in the pan and here is the secret to fluffy eggs. Stir them continuously with a spatula until you get the consistency that you want. Take one of the tortillas and put it on a plate, take the inedible egg mixture and put that on top, top with the second tortilla, top with more cheese and inedible sriracha. It is no inedible!

  25. All the food looks so delicious!! That’s amazing that you lost weight too, how cool is that?! Love all your pictures but, that last one is super beautiful!

  26. What a fun time with family! How nice that you lost weight after having all your vacation food too! I bet you did miss cooking and puttering in the kitchen.

  27. It’s great you are back but double great that you had a great trip! Your photos made me very, very hungry. By looking at them I gained what you didn’t!

  28. It looks like you had a great trip! I LOVE Austin. And the food…wholly moly. I don’t weigh myself for about a week after trips like that so I can “right the ship”. 🙂

    Salt Lick is on our list. We’ve been to Austin twice now and Franklin’s BBQ was the best we every had. I still think about that food. Wowza.

  29. Welcome home. The pictures are awesome and the food looked serious. Seriously delicious that is. Glad you had a great trip.

  30. andreaswellnessnotes

    Glad you had such a nice vacation!

    Have a great week!

  31. Wow, sounds like you had a nice time! I never thought I would think that something had too much avocado either but based on your picture I have to agree.

  32. Welcome home! Glad you had a good trip. 🙂 I saw a new kind of mustard in my grocery ad this week and thought of you – Tabasco Mustard!

  33. Heck yeah you have to get back in the kitchen! Seems like you have lots of things to recreate at home!

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