An update on life, vacations, and carrot cake

Hello, world!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written, but for good reason. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, from vacations to Thanksgiving to still trying to be an adult.

Let’s start with vacation. Two weeks ago (second week in November? Maybe?), I took a vacation to the happiest place on Earth: Disneyland! Disneyland is truly my favorite place on this planet, and it was my first time visiting during the holiday season.  And it did. not. disappoint. I spent five days exploring the two parks, eating some amazing food, and even got to take a backstage tour and take a picture inside Walt Disney’s private apartment above Main Street! I’ll be honest that this was barely a “vacation”; I came back more tired than when I left, but it was nice to unplug and be in a place with some of my favorite people.

I took a red-eye from LAX to MCO on Saturday night and had Sunday to recover. Monday brought me back to work, but not for long! I took Tuesday and Wednesday off to head to Louisiana for Thanksgiving. Can you say “NOLA”?!

You shouldn’t, because we headed to Broussard, a small town about two hours west of New Orleans, where my sister and her husband live. We packed up my car and left for the nearly 10-hour drive. It was a great week and it completed two of my 25/6 items: I baked an AMAZING carrot cake from scratch and practiced my Spanish with my Abuela!

The carrot cake is a copycat recipe of the cake from Morton’s Steak House. It’s a recipe from my brother-in-law’s side of the family, so I unfortunately can’t share it, but it is a three-step process involving hand shaving carrots and more buttermilk than I’ve ever needed in my life. It was so good that I couldn’t get a picture, but if you ever need a flawless carrot cake, give me 48 hours of notice and I can certainly whip it up!

My Abuela came with us for Thanksgiving, providing me with five days of Spanish lessons.  My lack of Spanish skills is a blemish to the family, so Abuela made sure I spent plenty of time practicing my verb conjugations while learning how to properly cook platanos (in her words, this will make it easier for me to find a “novio”).

I’m actually very excited to get back to work and have some routine back in my life. And finally cook for myself after a few weeks of takeout and frozen dinners!

Erica

 

 

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