Hot Grits

I’m truly a Southern Belle. Born and bred in Eufaula, Alabama. If you know anything about us country girls, it’s that we don’t play about our food, especially our grits.

Maybe a month or so later my husband and I finally ran into these Jim Dandy grits at Publix! Or maybe they found us? Super excited, I rushed home to make one of my all-time dinner favorites: fried catfish with cheese grits. Hot grits.

Success, finally! I had really missed the taste, but I think I more so missed the comfort that that down home meal brought back to me. Connections to memories from food are so real to me. Suddenly, those hot grits began to tell me a story, and one that I needed to be reminded of.

You see, I realized that more than the meal, I had been missing myself. The greatest component to any meal is love. You can feel it in the food, and that’s what truly gives you the feeling of fullness. That meal made me come back to myself. When I was a little girl, let’s say around elementary school age, I had a pastor who i absolutely LOVED! And he would always push me

What College Didn’t Teach You: The Post-Graduation Journey

College may have been the best time of your life, or it could have been one of your biggest challenges to date. You met some really cool people along the way, and yet, there were those who you also had to leave behind. This day didn’t come by surprise! You dedicated your time and hard work FOR YEARS, and today is the last day of your college career. You hair is laid for life, or your haircut is on fleek (hey fellas!) Numerous clips of you shaking the hand of your institution’s president, in exchange for that incredibly expensive piece of paper, have played in your head repeatedly. Everything up to this moment has unfolded exactly how you planned. Your tassel has now been moved from right to left. Your degree is secured, and you’re free to party until the sun comes back up. The sun just came up… so now what?

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Maybe you will go back to school? More degrees, more money, or so they say. I’m still doing research on that. There are those of us who will be gainfully employed only days after graduation. (Pat yourself on the back, great job!) There will even be a select few of us who will get to travel abroad, and indulge in perfect freedom before having to dive into the real world of adulting. And then finally, there are those of you like myself: young and just trying to figure things out.

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Up until about 30 seconds before I graduated, I felt like I had everything under control. I have always been the person who operates according to plan. And then college graduation approached, and every plan went out the window. My job at the time was paying me pretty decent, and even though it wasn’t in my field, I stayed with it for a while. I didn’t have a solid next move.

I told my parents approaching graduation that I just wanted to be genuinely happy and financially stable no matter what I did next. There were a lot of days that I was mentally unhealthy during the end of my senior year, and I feel that at this time, living my best semi-unstructured life is working for me. Reaching a higher place in life is a top priority, and I am still actively looking for jobs in my field. I am also chasing my dreams by hosting this blog as well as a podcast. As of now I’m happy. Working towards building a greater financial stability. But happy. And eventually, I will land that job. Speak things into existence kids, it works.

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You see, kids, college prepares you for many, many things. We learn lessons about our future occupations, while gaining a comprehensive outlook on this well-rounded education. But no amount of school work will prepare you for the real life lessons you get from college. All the math equations in the world couldn’t help you figure out why you’re short on the rent this month. Or why all of those sure fire resume building tips still haven’t landed you a job yet.

College taught me to never give up. Ever. So what you don’t have that office job you set your heart on. Or the internship you held each summer didn’t land you the job you thought would surely be yours. No testimony without a test right? You have so much life to live. And when it feels like you haven’t done enough, just remember you haven’t been grown long enough yet. Keep swimming.

Who Ate All the Red Velvet?

This week I appear to be seamlessly taking L’s. I mean L’s across the board, y’all. Are you wondering which one hit me the hardest? This is kind of an emotional time in my life, so I feel your understanding and patience from wherever you are in the world, and I appreciate you. Y’all… Publix is SOLD OUT of their Premium Red Velvet Cake ice cream.

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I know, I know. Third world problems, right? WRONG! I channel every fiber of Drake’s whole being when I say, I’m upset. Seriously. Please don’t judge me, y’all. It’s just really that good. So good in fact, that last night I went to the four closest Publix stores near my house. (That last statement was made with absolutely no shame.) Let’s retract for a moment. I think I need to explain how this whole thing happened.

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Lunch Break: The Cheap Way

Bienvenidos! It’s Resha K. checking in here with some seriously helpful information. If you’re anything like me, then you’re always looking for the next best deal, okurr. Let’s talk about lunch break, the cheap way.

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Most of us average people get around 30 minutes to an hour for lunch, right? With that being said, no one wants to spend a bag on a meal that they can’t even savor. And in my best Sweet Brown voice, “Ain’t nobody got time for that”. Can I get an Amen? Don’t worry, Big Reesh has your back!

Did y’all know that you can eat lunch at your local Sam’s club… and for less than $5? GASP!

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Maybe I’m late, but it’s worth the read anyway.

Yeah, you read that correctly. Let me stop you in your tracks, because I know you’re probably thinking, “I don’t have a membership”. Guess what? You don’t need one! Eating at the cafe doesn’t require a membership, just your coins. I personally am a member, but I just recently discovered that the cafe was open to the public. My coworkers and I did the hard work and research for you guys on our lunch break, to get these cold, hard facts. You’re welcome.

For as little as $1.50 plus tax (Huntsville,AL), you can enjoy a Nathan’s hot dog with multiple condiments, along with a large choice of fountain drink choices. Other meal options include pizza, chicken bites, frozen yogurt, and occasional limited time offers.

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To each his own, honey, but my thin pockets and I will be dining at Sam’s Club for lunch break.

This was by no way an ad for Sam’s Club.

Truth Is I’m Tired

Y’all. Today is really one of those days. I’ve been nearly asleep at my cubicle all day long. Each hour of the 8 hours I worked was met with my own drowsiness and lack of motivation. And by now, you’re probably thinking, “Why would I care?”. Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t care either! (You can laugh now guys, I am)

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But seriously. I know someone, somewhere in the world is feeling exactly the same way. Having those Monday vibes on a Tuesday? Me too, friend! Sorry not sorry to say I’m about to play devils advocate for a moment: Let’s just try again tomorrow! What? Did y’all think I was coming to deliver a sermon about pushing through your tiredness?

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It’s okay to rest every now and again. Everything works with moderation, right? Maybe your body wants to rest, or in most cases, NEEDS to rest. Skip the gym tonight, sweetie. Put that chicken back in the freezer and order a pizza. You know you didn’t want to cook anyway!

It’s really okay y’all. The world will still need saving tomorrow.

Siri. Play Over It by Summer Walker.

Food Adventures: Beast Mode Food Truck

Y’all. Yesterday was Foodie Friday, and I have some news that I MUST share. I had the best burger of my entire life! And yes, I’m sure. (Trust me, I have eaten A LOT of burgers). Let’s all take a moment to witness the thing that changed my life. My mouth is still watering.

The Cuban Burger

Original photo by Resha K.

Let’s rewind for a moment here, friends. I need to go into full detail about how I stumbled upon this gem.

Like any other normal lunch break, I left my cubicle to satisfy my hunger for 30 minutes. But yesterday, I was on a mission. You see, I have been following Beast Mode Food Truck on social media for MONTHS! They’re typically in the same area of my office building, but for whatever reason I miss them every time. The stars must have aligned for me yesterday, because one of my biggest food adventures came into fruition (Not to mention I’m totally a food truck advocate).

Original photo by Resha K.

What y’all are experiencing right now is the Cuban Burger. Voted Huntsville’s Best Food Truck Dish, this baby is made with a 50/50 beef and Italian sausage blend patty, smoked ham, smoked Boston butt, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, honey mustard, and all stacked between a beautiful brioche bun. Sweetie…..

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A representation of me after the first bite

I’ve never been more impressed. Not only was the food awesome, but the customer service was through the roof. The owner had such a beautiful spirit and inviting smile. I’m sure I will be a regular from here on out. I even brought my coworkers with me! I’m more than certain, it goes without saying that they were pleased as well.

Spring Mix Salad w/ Homemade Balsamic Fig vinaigrette

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Bordeaux Burger

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If you guys are in Huntsville, or surrounding areas, I 100% recommend Beast Mode to be your first stop in the city! And tell them Resha sent you! I have included some links throughout this blog so you guys can stay connected. Also follow them on Instagram @beastmodefoodtruck to see their location each week!

Where should I adventure next, friends?