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Hidden Culinary Gems

on March 24, 2013

Back home, I used to watch Food Network a lot to get inspired to do more cooking.  One show in particular I love is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  Basically, one man travels the country and finds these amazing restaurants in the small-town parts of America.  They are local favorites that you wouldn’t normally consider.  Of course Texas Roadhouse is great food – everyone knows that, but do you dare try the small Ma & Pop restaruaunt around the corner?? 

Watching this show has given me a very sad false sense of reality.  Every small town must have one of these local gems that produces THE BEST of what is food.  Let me tell you, as a woman traveling from small town to small town – this is completely false.  We do have one more place in El Campo we hear is great food, and its right up Rudy’s taste with fresh seafood.  Hopefully we will try it before he move again, which is rumored for Tuesday.  

I quit believing the rumors a few days into this adventure, most of them are either too early or just entirely false and created out of complete stupidity.  I was hoping we’d be on break in Louisiana by this time, but unfortunately some murmured threats of job loss are preventing us from taking that break.  

On the “home” front – Deidrick is trying so hard to crawl!  Although I’m convinced he could care less about it, I’m hoping he at least does a little bit.  He’s more interested in walking.  Whenever he is sitting up and can get his hands on something higher than him, that’s his opportunity to pull himself up.  He bounces, smiles and coos with joy – and then plops back down again.  But – he is like a living definition of Chumbawama’s “I get knocked down, but I get up again…” because he just keeps grabbing and keeps trying.  The only time he gets frustrated is when he’s hungry (he is MY child, for sure…) or when a toy is just out of reach.  

Laundry yesterday proved to be an exciting one for Deidrick as he made a few friends close to his age.  It is such a wonderful thing to see, and as much as I enjoy this time with him while he’s little – I can’t wait to see him grow up and show compassion towards others.  He’s always so considerate and friendly to anyone around, so I pray he keeps that and it translates to a big heart when he gets older.  Of course, if he’s anything like his parents – a big heart comes standard.  

Another exciting update: Deidrick is now in a big boy car seat.  He seemed a little unsure when we first strapped him in, but now he’s happy to see out the window a little better.  Let’s hope it is more comfortable for him on the next big drive.  

Much love from the Sanchez family — soaking up the sun in Texas! 🙂 


One response to “Hidden Culinary Gems

  1. Grandma Dean says:

    Deidrick’s Grandpa walked before he crawled! Actually, your Daddy rolled first. Your Grandpa used to jokingly say we were going to be the only parents whose son would say, ‘Hey wait for me’ and then roll to the ball field or wherever his friends were. 🙂 He had to have been walking ALL alone for 2 or 3 months and really studied a friend younger than him. He then got down and crawled all over with him…..each time he was around him. 🙂 Thanks for helping me with my sweet memories! MUCH LOVE TO YOU THREE!

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