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A day at the Beach {Corpus Christi Texas}

I’m not really a big fan of the beach. It’s sandy, it’s salty, it’s sticky. I don’t like being sticky. Even as a young girl, I didn’t love going to the beach because I knew the entire drive home would be sticky. BUT, my California boy LOVES the beach…it is his Zen. He dreams of it, yea dreams of living on it someday…that is not my dream. Actually if I don’t get in the water, I can tolerate it much more. We live 3 hours from the beach, but haven’t been since my family reunion last November (remember the extended family pictures with the beach balls?) Last weekend, we took a drive down to Corpus Christi, Texas to go to the beach and visit my brother, too. I thought I’d share a few fun shots of us playing at the beach.

family beach trip

It had been raining the entire week before, but the day we went to the beach, the stars aligned, and it was a gorgeous, most perfect day! The kids loved playing in the waves, and the water was the perfect temperature–not too hot, not too cold. It was even warm enough that I didn’t freeze when I got out of the water.… Continue Reading

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

There is this Tex-Mex restaurant just down the road from me called Chuys that introduced me to this creamy jalapeno ranch dip  10 years ago. Everyone raves about it, says they could swim in it or have it drenched over their heads and they’d be happy. I tend to agree. They serve it with their chips and salsa (but only if you ask). They also serve it as a dressing for their salads.  I came across a recipe at one point, but I changed it around a bit and added the limes.

If you see the word “jalapeno” and want to turn away–DON’T! I do not like jalapeno’s by themselves. I don’t put them on anything, in fact when I was making this, the idea of pickled jalapeno’s made my stomach turn just a bit as a spooned them out of the jar. But I pressed forward because I knew the end result was pure delicious-ness.

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

5.0 from 3 reviews
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip
Cuisine: Tex Mex
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Serves: 10
This delicious dip is great for chips or as a salad dressing
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup tomatilla salsa
  • 1 small handful cilantro
  • 5 T Ranch dressing mix (or 1.5 packets)
  • ⅓ cups pickled jalapeños
  • 1 squeezed lime juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  2. In a large blender or food processor, pulse til smooth
  3. Refrigerate 30 minutes serve with tortilla chips.
  4. This dip can continue to be refrigerated, covered, for about a week. If you want it more runny for a dressing, add more lime juice

Here is a close up of the two unique ingredients that you likely won’t have at home and may be searching for at the store:

pickled jalapenos

The jalapeno’s give a bit of a kick to the ranch, but not too much. I don’t care for too much spice in my food.

Jalapeno Ranch DipWhip up a batch to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend! Or just to enjoy in a quiet corner of your home;) What do you think? Sound weird? Delicious? Can anyone out there vouch for this goodness along with me? Try it, you won’t regret it!

If you like this dip, you might also enjoy my Easy 4 ingredient queso with Velveeta Block Cheese

velveeta queso dip


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My family in the Texas Bluebonnets

I don’t necessarily take my kids out every year to capture them in the bluebonnets, because the novelty of those lovely flowers wore off of me a few years ago. I mean, one can hardly tell that this picture in 2004: 

Is taken a year after this picture in 2003:

(Both taken with my film slr camera, as is.  Scanned the prints today)

One must look closely at my hair and fuller face (6 months after baby) and my boys sleeves to know they aren’t the same time frame.

That was the last time we did it as a family. I broke the current cardinal rule of not being matchy matchy, and wore all white tops and tan bottoms both years!  What was I thinking?  I should have at least worn something slightly different to differentiate the years. Then another year or two later, I put my daughter in pale lavendar with my boys in white, when my older daughter was almost one.

Guess who wasn’t saying NO to Auto then??? Something happened in a year because my photography improved (I went full Manual), but my editing left a little something to be desired.

Just before age 2 with the pettiskirts: 

Then a year later… 

I recently pulled this outfit out of a bin in the attic for my youngest.  I thought it would be fun to try to immitate these shots, since the bluebonnets are out, and all. So we went for a family outting to a field nearby, and we took some shots.

It was pretty much impossible to pose my little one the same way we did with her big sister a few years ago…even though we (my older daughter and I) tried. So here are just a bunch of fun shots we took…while my boys watched but mostly explored the woods around us.

Does she look like her big sister?

Below, I asked her to put her hands in her pockets and she went looking for them…then dad stepped in to guide her….then she got it and looked whistfully in the distance…

Big sister practicing some shots while giving instruction. Notice the backwards shirt–we do that a lot, as needed.

Immitating herself, 4 years before…


When I was editing these images, I found myself talking to her (the images) in the baby voice I use when I just can’t get enough of her cuteness. She is my baby, after all…

The End.