Grand Reaction

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Road Diet

I’m not a burger person, at all actually, but there’s something about being on the road.

You just crave burgers, especially at 3 am when your driving through Texas and there’s not a light in site, nor a bathroom for 9235872935 miles.

At first, I thought this was a mirage.

For the past 6 days, my diet has consisted of blocks of cheese, carrots, almonds, clementines, and Jolly Ranchers. Yeah, I know it could be worse, but I’m studying to be a dietitan, alright?

I’d tell you Chance’s diet, but dear lord… we won’t go there.

I hadn’t eaten meat in what felt like years, so biting into this juicy thing was like opening up a KitchenAid Mixer on Christmas.

Guacamole, bacon, jalapeno pepper cheeseburger with homemade fries. Oh yeah, baby.

Not only were we served fresh salsa and nachos as we waited for our food, but at the end, we were given our very own special treat.

Free dessert? I love you New Mexico.

Road Life

Pink= Day 1 driving; Yellow=day 3 driving

Day 3 Complete.

We traveled from Nashville to the border of New Mexico.

Today is Tuesday?

Yeah, I think so.

Between the crazy sleep patterns and time zone changes, I’ve lost track.

It’s day 4, and we’re somewhere in New Mexico. I’ve even lost track of the towns.

After almost a full 24 hours of driving, we finally arrived in New Mexico around 5:30 A.M. Eastern time at a truck stop, where we spent the night. We traveled all night through Oklahoma and Texas, so I really had no idea what the scenery looked liked.

It wasn’t until I woke up sometime around 6 A.M. Mountain time to this…

Nothing as far as the eye can see.

Next stop: The Grand Canyon.

Day 3: Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Some Road Side Cooking

Right now, I’m at a McDonalds in Sallisaw, OK.

By the time you read, this we will have driven probably close to 1,000 miles again.

We don’t mess around.

Hopefully, I stopped somewhere to get breakfast because I will have died a little throughout the night somewhere around 2 am.

Here’s a little of Day 3:

Man, I hope I’m sleeping in Texas by the time you are reading this.

Day 1 + 1000 miles= Nashville, TN

It’s 7 am eastern time, but I just realized I am in another time zone…

I’ve been driving for the past 3 and half hours.

I’ve eaten 1st breakfast (totally getting 2nd breakfast later) at Waffle House around 2 am.

I’ve seen more churches and Super Walmarts than I’ve ever wanted to.

And I really don’t want to admit this, but I’ve been in McDonald’s more than any other restaurant on this trip.

But that’s all okay.

Because we’re in Nashville baby!

Yep, we made it all the way to Nashville, and now I’m sipping  a latte (aka hot milk) in McDonalds trying to find a motel.

Sleep is probably a good idea, since I’ve gotten probably 4 total if that. We plan on spending the day in Nashville, but then it’s back on Route 40…

Stay tuned.

Happy Food Day!

So, this is my family.

Photo Courtesy of Catherine Reusch Daley

There’s really six people there: 5 ladies and 1 gentleman.

Life’s a blast.

And oh, yeah, today’s Thanksgiving, huh? But you know, everyday at the Reusch residence is Thanksgiving. There’s no such thing as dainty meals around here. We always need at least 3 side dishes, sometimes even 2 main courses, and always

always

always

dessert.

Wait! Before I go on, I have a nagging question that I must ask you. When does your family actually sit down for Thanksgiving?

Since the beginning of my life, I was made to believe that Thanksgiving dinner was always around noontime. About a year ago, my life was turned upside down after learning the truth about Thanksgiving.  Are we the only family that does not eat around dinner time?

HOW DO YOU WAIT THAT LONG?

Think about it…

You eat turkey for lunch, and turkey for dinner!

It’s like having Thanksgiving twice!

As you can tell, family dinners are the highlight of life for us.

As well as desserts.

In fact, the turkey is not the star of Thanksgiving around here, either.

I must give credit, where credit is due. From the bottom right hand corner counter clockwise: Chocolate Cheesecake by Rose (me), Chocolate Cream Pie and Pumpkin Pie (real pumpkin!) by Sarah Reusch, Maple Pecan Tart and Raspberry Crostata, both by Sammy. Desserts not featured: Rice Pudding by Mama, and Maple Whipped Cream, or heaven in whipped cream form.

Oh, and these….

Homemade Coconut Delight Girl Scout Cookies, created by Sammy, the other foodie daughter. Dear Lord. I think I ate my body weight in these.

Desserts have clearly taken over the spot light. As they should.

And you can bet ya bottom dolla that I tried every single one, too.

Happy Food Day, everyone :)