Matagorda – Texas

Despite the chilly weather this Spring Break, I was able to make a quick trip down to my hometown to see my folks. We decided to make a trip to Matagorda one evening for dinner. They must have known my soul was calling for some salt water therapy!

While we didn’t get on the beach, just being near it was enough for me. The smells, the salt in the air, filled my heart up. We hit up some of the local shops and then had dinner at Poco Playa. Despite the weather, there were quite a few people in town. It had been years since I had eaten at this restaurant and I was excited to see if anything had changed.

While we were at a place that served seafood and we were on the coast, I took a different route and listened to my cravings. Beef fajita tacos! Mattie followed suite and got Beef fajita quesadillas! It warms my heart to know that she loves Beef just as much as I do!

My folks shared a seafood platter and the onion rings on this bad boy looked amazing! There was plenty of food to go around and lots of left overs to take home. I made a note to myself at the beginning of the year that I wanted to get to the coast at least once a quarter this year. I am happy to say, I have that first quarter checked off! I can’t wait until the weather warms up and I am able to start traveling more.

If you have never been to Matagorda Texas, you should check it out. It is a quiet little town but packed with people once the temperatures start rising. Since it is close to home, this was my go to place anytime I went to the beach. While it has changed some over the years, there is nothing like feeling that coastal salt air hit you when you get there.

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The Little Big Cup

I love food but have not always been the biggest seafood fan. I spent a week in Louisiana, and I decided that I wanted to venture out and expand my tastebuds. I kicked off my trip with the perfect place to do it.

The Little Big Cup – Arnaudville, Louisiana

One of my friends from Facebook always shares this restaurant’s posts. While we were driving down, we looked up the restaurant, saw that it was only a slight detour, and decided to go for it, and man! There are no words for how amazing this food is. The restaurant was booked but we were able to get a seat at the bar. I ordered the Cajun Kevin Po Boy – a French Bread hollowed out, stuffed with sautéed Gulf Shrimp, Lump Blue Point Crab Meat, Louisiana Crawfish Tails, and Andouille Sausage simmered in their mixed Pepper, Parmesan, Butter, and Cream reduction. One taste of this sauce, and I swear I was in Heaven.

My friend Linda ordered the Crab Stack – Two Louisiana, Blue Point Crab Cakes over fried Eggplant Medallions topped with Crawfish Etouffe garnished with Fried Gulf Shrimp. The Etoufee sauce was a little spicy, so if you like spicy, you are in for a treat!

My friend Debbie came in clutch and ordered the Bread Pudding for dessert. Being a newbie to Bread Pudding, I had to try it. Needless to say, one bite of this dessert and I knew that my diet was going out of the window for the rest of the week! Simply perfection.

This is the cutest little restaurant backed up to the Bayou. It is in a little downtown area and the atmosphere makes you feel right at home. The place was packed! If you are trying to dine here on a Friday or Saturday, you have to make reservations beforehand. On Saturdays, they normally serve around 700 people. They have a Sunday brunch and are only open for 4-5 hours. During that time, the bartender told us they normally serve around 400 people. This restaurant is the place to be!

For more information and pictures to make you stop scrolling and start booking your trip, be sure to check out their Website and Facebook page.

Great food brings joy, laughter, good times, and soothes the soul! This is one place I will definitely go back, it is worth every mile traveled to it no matter how far the detour is!

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Some Small Perks of Living in the Country

I grew up in a small town with about 10,000 people. I was able to spend a lot of time with my dad growing up and he lived outside the city limits. He lived in a neighborhood still but most of the houses had an acre or a little more of land with them. I thought this was living in the country and boy was I wrong.

For the last two years, I have lived in a tiny tiny town called Rosanky. We have a post office and a gas station called The Wagon Wheel. The closest towns with places in them would be Smithville (home of the Hope Floats movie) and Bastrop, which are each about a 20 minute drive. When I first moved here, I did not like it. On the very first day, I had to go to Bastrop and get a new phone because my old phone had no service. Zilch. Internet service, keep dreaming. Mind you, I moved from College Station, so this was a big big change. Buttttt my feelings have changed over the last two years and I am so grateful.

Top 3 reasons why you should live in the country

  • No internet service!

We do have some internet, it is just spotty at times. You can’t stream movies, Facetime and phone calls are spotty, and scrolling online is not really a thing. This may be hard for some to imagine but I am so incredibly thankful for this. Getting off social media has been so good for me. Also, think about all the extra time you have to do things that bring you happiness when you aren’t mindlessly scrolling through social media. My nose is normally stuck in a book, which I am always looking for new recommendations!

  • Wildlife

While, I would love to have cattle in my backyard, I am not quite there yet, but we do have wildlife. Spring/Summer is my favorite time, the fawns show up with their mothers. Watching them run and play so carefree, reminds you of the miracles of life.

  • Stars and the Moon

One of my favorite things to do is just sit outside and look at the stars. Look to find the constellations in the sky. You can’t see that in the city, there are too many lights. But out here, they are shining bright, right along with that moon. Breath taking.

While some of these things may not interest you in the least, you should try getting out of the city more. Even if it is just for a Sunday drive. Look at all the wonderful things surrounding you. All the miracles life brings us. Stop and smell the roses and remember the little things, the little things are the important things. Breath the fresh air, feel the goodness in your soul.

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