Keeping busy in Mission

LOCATION: In our tiny house in Mission, Texas

WEATHER: Very nice. High mid-70s

We took our neighbor to Harlingen, about an hour from here, to catch a flight from the airport there. That is something nice about Retama Village, where we live…..people are always willing to help others.

After dropping her off, we drove into the historic downtown and drove around a bit. Harlingen has seen better days. We stumbled upon a great Mexican restaurant. The parking lot was full, and there was a line waiting for tables – all locals, like police, teachers, neighbors. There was a sign saying that it is one of the top 50 best Mexican restaurants in the US. I had read that their flautas are good, so I ordered a platter.

We thought it would be enough food to share, but we didn’t want to appear too cheap, so we ordered a soup, thinking that it would be something small. NOT…….

It was called caldo de res – beef soup. It came full of vegetables, then a huge pile of unidentifiable beef to add as you eat. So much food!

While in Harlingen, we found a nursery and bought a new shrub for our front area. It is a plant that is supposed to attract butterflies. I couldn’t find any basil to replace my former plant (that died while we were in Asheville), but I did plant some seeds.

DINNER: I tried a new recipe – cauliflower Caesar salad. Similar to a regular Caesar salad, but with roasted cauliflower instead of lettuce.

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