I am not much of a baker but when I came across this recipe for pistachio-chai muffins while flipping through my Cooking Light magazine I couldn’t stop staring at it. I was intrigued at how this muffin could possibly taste. I like pistachios…I like Chai Tea from Starbucks…..so with some help from my sous chef a.k.a my daughter, we whipped up a batch….
This month 31 years ago I came on to the scene and even though I often try to convince my mom to put me back where I came from (this world can be cruel!), I am still here and standing (wonder woman pose.) So in the spirit of my arrival 31 years ago, I decided to let you in on a couple of tidbits and facts about me.
- I am way too vain when it comes to my hair
- I usually do not learn my lesson unless it was learned the hard way
- I haven’t swam in a pool since I was 9…hence my first fact
- I hate lobster
- I can sleep a whole weekend away and still wake up tired monday morning
- I’m addicted to buying books I never read and coffee mugs I never use.
- I can only fall asleep on my stomach
- Grocery shopping is my therapy
- My Mom is my Idol
- I am neurotic about my fridge being organized. Labels must be facing the front!!
- I am the biggest procrastinator
- I will only eat stove popped popcorn and I can only eat it if it is drenched with Tabasco sauce
- I am the epitome of “the baby of the family”
- I’d give my only child to live in New York…. okay…. That’s a little extreme but you get the picture. Mommy would never do that Mya
So in July I went to Texas for a family reunion. I have to admit, I was not looking forward to this “vacation.” I did not feel like the hassle of having to be at the airport at 4:30 am to catch my flight at 6:30 am, I wasn’t thrilled that my summer vakay would not consist of an ocean front view, I also was not looking forward to my hair going into shock at the first touch of humidity and I definitely was not looking forward to sharing a hotel room with one bathroom to 3 adults and two kids! But whatever, I was going and I was going to try to make the best out of it.
I have to say, upon arrival and while waiting for the shuttle, I was getting nervous. Any moment I was afraid my hair was going to poof to the size of Texas….it never did. The happy hour at the hotel…oh wait!….free happy hour at the hotel eased any anxieties I had about sharing the room with my two sisters, daughter and niece. Even when I came home at 11pm to find my sister laying in MY bed sheets in a wet towel with wet hair to boot! No sweat! It wasn’tgoing to destroy my buzz (but a mental note was made in case I ever thought it a good idea to share a room again.) I got to try some famous Texas bbq and the people of Texas were so nice and hospitable! A big change for this Cali girl…..but I have to say the best part about my trip to Texas was seeing the pride my family has in Family. The warm fuzzy feeling I got seeing my daughter play with cousins she never knew she had but acted as if they’ve known each other forever. Listening to our matriarchs as they spoke at our meet and greet (only 2 left out of a total of 14) and just realizing how amazing it is when two people meet, fall in love, have children and started this legacy I was witnessing right before my eyes!
So even though this vacation did not come equipped with a cabana overlooking the ocean with a corona to my right I have to admit I had a good ol’ time in Texas. I’ll be back now ya hear!