Friday, May 18, 2012

We're Moving To Indiana...

We are going to be Hoosiers!
So I guess now that everything is official and we are less than 2 months away from our next big adventure, it is now safe to blog about it. For those of you who do not already know, Nick was accepted to Purdue University for his Masters and after weighing his options he accepted their offer.  Because of this, we are officially quitting our jobs and moving to Indiana come July/August. Nick will be furthering his studies in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Acoustics and I will be working. I have been applying for jobs and I am hoping to get a job on campus. I am trusting in God right now and I know it will all work out because so far He has guided us this whole way. We are both so grateful and pleased to be moving somewhere new and to start our next big adventure. Of course it will be different, I mean I was born and raised in California while Nick was born in Illinois, but raised since age 6 in California. I have never lived nor visited the Mid West (I call it the Mid East since it is part of the Eastern Time Zone) until recently when we visited the campus about two months ago. I am anxious to experience Fall and the other 3 seasons. Although we will both greatly miss our family and friends, we know that it is merely temporary and we are hoping to move back to Cali or the West Coast if Nick is able to find a job here after he graduates. But starting in August we will be living on campus in the Grad Married Housing, which is a 5 minute walk from Nick's research lab, which is great! The campus of Purdue is gorgeous with brick buildings and tons of greenery, plus it isn't as flat as the rest of Indiana. So that is the big news, we officially leave California late July and then we will embark on a 3 week trek across the country with stops in Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone, The Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Sioux Falls, Illinois, and ending in West Lafayette. 
 So please excuse me as I have not been blogging a lot, pretty much all of this has been in the works since our trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti. We basically planned that trip because we knew we wouldn't be traveling out of the country for a couple of years. I will continue blogging and once we are settled in Indiana I will probably end up blogging more about life than food, but don't worry I will never stop blogging about food. So yes please bear with me and pray for us too as we plan our new lives.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sesame Tilapia

Nick was in charge of dinner the other night and he found this recipe for Tilapia. It was quite delicious, I highly recommend it. It was perfectly paired with some sauteed veggies with a dash of the remaining sauce and some rice.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Beer-Battered Avocado Tacos

 Last summer when we went to the OC Fair we got a chance to try out some amazing beer batter avocado tacos from the Seabirds Food Truck. They were so good that I haven't stopped thinking about them since last summer but have never thought to make them myself...well until now that is. Our neighbors kindly shared some fresh picked avocados with us and I wanted to do something other than guacamole and so I searched online for a beer battered avocado taco recipe and what did I find, none other than the actual Seabirds recipe as posted on Good Morning America. I knew I had to give it a try and they were absolutely amazing. I highly reccommend that everyone try some fried avocado tacos sometime in their lifetime, it is a must. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ding Dong Cake

It was my fathers birthday last week and so I decided I wanted to bake a special cake for him. I found this awesome recipe for a giant ding dong cake and I knew I had to make it. It turned out absolutely delicious and the cake tasted just like the official Hostess Ding Dongs. Seriously it was so good, I was sad we didn't have much leftover.
Happy Birthday Dad!