a day at a pet-friendly beach with our french bulldog.

almost two weeks ago, David and I packed up his jeep, grabbed our bathing suits, and took Franklin, my french bulldog, to the beach. I believe it was his first time at the beach. you see, I rescued him from a family that did not pay attention to him; he came with numerous health issues and lived outdoors, to name a few things, so I highly doubt they ever took him to the beach. I’m extremely happy to report that he loved it! :)

april is not your typical time to go to the beach, but it was my birthday weekend and I felt like doing something different. I’m not a fan of the beach, but for some reason, I was craving the beach, you know? I have always wanted to take Franklin because I had a feeling he would love it, and, well, he did.

we spent our day at Mustang Island State Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. I had been there before with my family and when I found out they were dog-friendly, we took this trip the next day. thankfully dogs are allowed anywhere as long they’re on a leash.

going to the beach mid-april was probably the best decision we could’ve taken because, thanks to the nice weather, Franklin didn’t get overheated, we didn’t get sunburnt, and there wasn’t a crowd. it was very calm and it was honestly the first time I have absolutely loved going to the beach. I want to go more often now, but I know that once the weather starts to get hotter, the beach won’t be as enjoyable because it won’t include those aspects I liked of this visit. also, am I the only one that feels bad for going to the beach because of the contamination people generate? :\ it’s so sad seeing it. thankfully this beach was clean and its staff caring. they even featured Franklin on their instagram! :)

you don’t know how in love I am with that little guy… I know that because of his health he won’t be with me for a long time, so I’m trying to give him the very best life I can right now to make up for the suffering he endured before; to show him more of the world and new experiences. I know he’s just a dog, and that I probably sound silly talking as if he were a person, but if you’re an animal lover like me, you totally get it.

afterwards, the three of us got hungry and went to a burger joint just around the corner from the beach– the Padre Island Burger Company. BringFido said they were dog-friendly and had good reviews, so our decision wasn’t that tough. the staff was sooo friendly they even let us bring Franklin inside to be able to order. even the bar’s patrons were happy to see him. we ate in one of their picnic tables outside while Franklin observed customers go in and out the restaurant. I didn’t take photos with my camera while we were there, but I have some highlighted on my instastories if you’d like to check them out :)! and yes, their burgers were really good!

^ boyfriend wanted some pictures of his red jeep at the beach. I’m so proud of him. it’s his second car, but this time new and he bought it himself after he graduated and got his big-boy job. seeing your friends succeed, or in this case, partner, is such a good feeling. I’m happy to see him happy.

^ fun fact: got inside the water to get this and another shot above just because I wanted the water to come out. I am so glad my camera did not fall into the ocean! I didn’t have a strap on it or anything. bad owner. ^

I did not use to appreciate the fact that we have the beach 3 hours away until a friend who moved to our city thought it was amazing to have the gulf of mexico so close. it’s one of those facts you know but don’t realize. because she’s right, not everyone has a beach nearby and can take a sunday trip to it like we did. not to mention the road is also nice since you’re going through many cute rural towns. now every time I talk about where I live I throw in that little fact with pride.

I loved this day. we only did those two things and it was truly perfect like that. and seeing how excited Franklin was running into the water and rubbing his body in the sand was priceless.

Do you live nearby a beach? Have you ever taken your dog to the beach? Know of any places we must visit with Franklin around Texas? Let me know :) & thank you so much for stopping by. you can follow my blog via wordpress or by email or follow me on instagram @dianaagabrieela :)

– diana

p.s: in case you’re curious, this is the camera and the lens I used. Franklin’s yellow bow tie is from my own Etsy shop.

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my favorite vegetarian quesadilla – recipe

I have to admit it: I am 22 and I really don’t know how to cook a lot of things. this become more obvious to me last week when my family left for spring break to mexico and i stayed behind. finding three meals (or sometimes two, if i woke up really late) to eat during the day was kind of challenging. most days cereal was my breakfast and i can’t remember what i would eat for dinner..

one of the things i do know how to make–and i really love making!– is poblano pepper quesadillas. they’re flavorful, colorful, and vegetarian! and i mean, they have cheese. who doesn’t love cheese? (if you wanted to make it full-on vegan, you can substitute the cheese with something else and the flour tortilla for a corn flour one!) also, if you prepare it well, you can get away with only using one pan.

if you’re like me, then this recipe is for you.. and nope! it’s not spicy. don’t worry. btw, i don’t really have specific measurements. i just eyeball everything, and you should too to your liking.

 

FOR 1 QUESADILLA YOU WILL NEED:

  • a poblano pepper
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • oaxaca cheese (aka melting cheese)
  • corn
  • black beans

also, save the plastic bag the peppers came in. if not, get a ziploc bag big enough to fit them.

 

STEP 1:

Broil the peppers. If you have a gas stove, put them directly on the fire. I have an electric stove, so I had to put them in a pan. They will make popping sounds, but don’t worry, everything is good. Make sure to turn them so they broil on all sides.


They’re ready when they’re mostly burnt and the skin already peeling off in some areas. Place them in the bag I mentioned earlier. Close it well, set aside, and let it sit for 10 minutes.


STEP 2

While the steam does its magic, shred the cheese. Oaxaca cheese is so easy to pull apart. Make whatever amount feels right to you– it’s your quesadilla! This was the amount I used for two.

STEP 3 

Once you’re done or 10 minutes have passed, take the peppers out of the bag, and start taking off their skin. If you were patient and waited a good amount of time, it will be super easy to take the skin right off.

Once its off, cut the pepper open, take out the membrane and seeds. Cut into little pieces–strips or squares.

Prepare your corn and black beans.

looks delicious so far! getting there..

now the fun part!

STEP 4

Get your pan on low/med heat, cook (is that the correct word?) one of your tortillas. When you get to the second one, turn the heat a little bit down and cook only one side of your tortilla. Flip it and bam, act fast:

put a layer of cheese, poblano peppers, corn, and beans:

Put another layer of cheese on top to attach the first tortilla you cooked. Make sure you have cheese on the sides too, so it acts as glue to seal everything in. Put the first tortilla on top. If you want to be extra-awesome, you can flip it. I always fail, so I don’t do it, haha. Put it on your plate, garnish some of the left over veggies on top, & YOU’RE DONE!

Yay! Please make it, it’s so good and easy! Perfect for meatless Monday! You can add any other things you want to make it yours.

Enjoy! Happy Wednesday!

–diana

we were talking and eating pizza.

we were talking about the space between us all, and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion. never glimpse the truth, then it’s far too late when they pass away.

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we were talking about the love we all could share. when we find it, to try our best to hold it there with our love.

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with our love we could save the world. if they only knew..

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we were talking about the love that’s gone so cold. and the people who gain the world and lose their soul. they don’t know. they can’t see. are you one of them?

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when you’ve seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there.

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and the time will come when you see we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

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strong words by the beatles. but they kind of fit the sort of thing we need right now in this world, don’t you think? coming together, understanding each other, engaging in conversation, having a delicious pizza cuz why not. no, but seriously. november has been kind of rough, but with love and unity we can do anything.

p.s. thank you for always letting me take pictures of your faces, david and didi.

a happy list, by didi

Wow, I hadn’t shared much here lately. I always do this. I never like it. And I don’t do it on purpose. I just sometimes don’t know what to write or when to post things. I don’t want to post things for the heck of it. I want them to come naturally, you know? But I’m back and excited to write and share little adventures.

Anyway, I hope you are all well. I am here today to share with you guys a happy list that my very close friend Daniela (we call her Didi) wrote. Here are

10 things that make didi happy:

· the smell of books, both old and new.

· when people play with my hair.

· rollercoasters.

· cold days that are perfect for hot chocolate.

· writing. i love to write fiction stories.

· to be waken up by my dogs.

· playing the ukulele.

· spending time with my friends.

· watching silly cartoons, because one is never too old for cartoons.

· listening to music. mostly music that makes me want to dance.

 

 

I love these lists. They make my day. If you would like to share a list of things that make you happy, send it to me and I will post it here.

I hope you have an amazing day. I have more posts lined up that I would love to share and hopefully you will love to read. Thanks for stopping by! And thank you, didi, for your happy list. <3

–diana

 

 

happy birthday

…to the man i love the most. my best friend, david.

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i was planning on writing something original and meaningful to explain to you how much you mean to me. but i couldn’t find words that illustrated just that. i also didn’t know where to begin. we have a lot of history. just know that i love you always– even when i’m grumpy.

and i wrote this in my blog because i am still that silly teen you met years ago that loves you and likes to scream from the rooftops how much she does and how happy she is to be by your side.

te quiero flaco,

diana + the piggies.