Well hello there.
It’s been a while.
Let’s get reacquainted, shall we?
The name’s Becca. Back in 2014 I started this here food blog. It was a place to document my culinary adventures and play around in the glorious online community of foodies. Three years, 141 recipes, and thousands of hours washing dishes later, it kind of fell by the wayside.
And that’s okay. Life got in the way, you see. I was feeling a bit burned out on the whole shebang – testing, photographing, editing, posting, and the endless frenzy that is social media relevance. So I decided I’d take a little break.
Then we sold our house and bought a new one within two months of taking that little break.
And then within a month of that I was prego.
And then I forgot I ever even had a food blog.
But I’m back, baby!
So yeah, life looks a little different now, but in the most beautiful way. I’m momma to the sweetest, funniest, squawkiest, most curly headedest baby girl in the world, Emilia (we call her Emma, or Emmadoodle, Grumpadoodle, or Gremlin). The boy, Kevin, and I just celebrated six years of marriage, and we live in Georgetown, Texas – the Lone-Star-State version of Pawnee, Indiana. It’s home to “the most beautiful town square in Texas,” and it’s nestled just 30 minutes north of Austin.
Even though I disappeared for a while, you didn’t. Somehow the Google and Pinterest gods smiled on this website, and there has been a consistent and surprising readership, even after nearly two years of radio silence. I kept waiting for it all to peter off and go gently into that dark night, but it didn’t.
That was incredibly encouraging, and it got me thinking about coming back to this space, freshening it up a bit, and making it reflect a little more of what life looks like right now.
So here we are. It’s still Dash of Texas, but with a different focus. I still enjoy cooking, but not with the same gusto I used to. These days my time is limited, what with the tiny human at my feet and the never-ending desire for a nap. So unless it’s something healthy and ideal for all three of us, I have no desire to spend my precious extra time in the kitchen. I may post a recipe every now and then that we make on repeat that I want to share, but for the most part, I’ll be highlighting existing recipes.
What will be new is the life-side of it all.
Motherhood. It’s my job now, and I want to talk about it. I relish sitting down with other moms and discussing sleep patterns, pregnancy stories, baby-led weaning ideas, and so so so much more. I never thought I’d be that mom, but I am. And I need to be. I need a place to talk to other moms about mom things, because Emma is not a great listener, and Kevin – bless him – tries, but doesn’t fit the bill. Likely because he lacks a uterus.
So motherhood musings will run rampant. Look away if you like. If mommy blogs make you shudder, just quietly turn around and shut the door behind you. Or just stay in the recipes portion of the site and steer clear of any topics pertaining to poop consistency, real mom talk with real moms, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, maternal self-image, sleep training, and Zoloft.
Home and lifestyle stuff. Just after I took a break from the food side of the blog, we sold our house and bought a new one. By new, I mean built in 1960 and in need of some TLC. We’d always wanted a fixer upper, and this one fits our capacity… plenty of work we can do ourselves for years on end, but not bad enough that it needs to come down to the studs.
Since we moved in, we’ve done a ton of work – everything from painting to tiling to landscaping to electrical misadventures (like the night the kitchen light just FELL from the ceiling and asbestos insulation floated down like snowflakes). So for anyone who loves to soak up home DIY ideas and home transformations, we have content coming for that.
And there you have it. The resurrection of this little online space of mine. I hope you’ll stick around and peruse some the posts, new and old.
There’s lots more to come!
*Featured image taken by the talented April of April Mae Creative