My Big Announcement

22 Apr

I know some of my readers have been chomping at the bit to hear my latest news. As many of you know, I was unceremoniously laid off from my job recently as a geeky software business analyst of almost 16 years with the company in one fashion or other.

One of my friends asked me, “So now what are you going to do with your life?” My knee-jerk reaction was to say, “Well I guess get another business analyst job.”

But then I woke up that night with an epiphany. Do I REALLY have to go back into the same profession? My future is a blank slate! I have many skills besides being an analyst and writer. I like to cook, I like like to make great food and serve it to others (and I’ve been blogging about it for over 6 freakin’ years). WHY NOT OPEN MY OWN FOOD TRUCK???

And so I did.

My Food Cart

My Food Cart

Well, technically it’s a Class IV food cart, but to me it’s my own food truck and my future. The permitting process has been tedious at best, but we are getting so close to the final stretch.

I’ll be selling Texas-style street tacos on a busy riverfront plaza downtown where I live, and have the option to work events and festivals (with more permits, of course). I’ll serve breakfast tacos for the morning downtown workers, then regular street tacos for lunch and weekend nights (beef, pork and chicken). And my creamy spicy pinto beans will be served up all day!

Creamy Spicy Pinto Beans

Creamy Spicy Pinto Beans

The logo and website designs areย still in process, as well as the final street vendor permit. I don’t want to say much more about that part lest I jinx any outcomes. Of course I’ll be using the standard social media platforms to also promote my new business.

I’ve been cooking up a storm with my recipe development, and my poor family is about taco-ed out, ha!

Carne Asada Street Tacos

Carne Asada Street Tacos

I’ve also landed my first gig catering a breakfast taco brunch, which will be a good test for cooking larger quantities. I have a commissary/commercial kitchen at my disposal for my food prep, but all food will be dished up fresh and hot on the cart, complete with cast-iron warmed corn and flour tortillas. I also have three signature salsas for patrons (my Texas Green Sauce has been getting raves) to choose from, as well as the other standard street taco garnishes.

Egg, Potato and Cheese Breakfast Taco with Texas Green Sauce

Egg, Potato and Cheese Breakfast Taco with Texas Green Sauce

So that’s it! Oh, you want to know the name of my business too? Well I’m sorry you’ll have to wait longer on that one until everything is finalized. I know, I am such a tease. Many of my close friends and family know, but I’d really like to kick off with my new logo. Stay tuned! XOXO

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139 Responses to “My Big Announcement”

  1. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser April 22, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    Woo-Hoo-much success KR!!! xoxoxo ccc

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

      Thank you CCC!!! XOXOXOXO

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      • Lynne Polley April 23, 2017 at 7:45 am #

        This is so amazing!! So excited for you. You have always amazed me with your talent and drive. I wish I lived closer dang it!! xo โ€”Lynne

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      • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:32 am #

        Lynne! OMG so great to see you over here. I sure wish I could see you more often, I haven’t made it to Florida in quite awhile although my husband has been back. And thank you!!

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  2. Cathy Fouche April 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    Omg, I am so thrilled for you, Kathryn! Wishing you all the best, I know you’ll rock it for sure! Woot! โ™ฅ

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  3. Connie Kisor April 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    Oh, my gosh, how great for you!!! You will soon be rolling in the money!!! Best wishes for your new endeavor! Luvyagutz

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  4. apuginthekitchen April 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    WOW, Kathryn I’m so jealous. How wonderful CONGRATULATIONS I know you will be a great success. This is intensely cool๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

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  5. PriyaPandian April 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    Thats great ๐Ÿ‘ Wishing you all success in your new venture โ˜บ๏ธ

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  6. Anuradha Mukherjee April 22, 2017 at 6:58 pm #

    Wow! Wish you all the very best on your new endeavour.

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  7. Sam Fleming April 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    One step closer ! You go , girl!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  8. Joanne nyquist April 22, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    We can volunteer to be a food taster for you! II am so excited for you. It will bs awesome!!

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  9. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso April 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    After years in the food scene, I can only admire your spirit and stamina! The food sounds fabulous and just perfect for this type of service.
    My one suggestion would be to have some reliable extra help, because no matter what, no one can do this on their own.
    Best of luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. abbeycoseattle April 22, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Super fun!! I am so excited for you! What city are you in? I feel like this is one of those life moments where you truly find something that makes you happy!! Best of luck! โค

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

      Thank you Abbey! I’m in Bend, Oregon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • abbeycoseattle April 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

        WE LOVE BEND!!! Next time we make it down there we will be sure to stop on by ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • anotherfoodieblogger April 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

        Thanks Abbey, I see you are in Seattle and your blog looks fun. Followed! I hope to see you some day at my cart. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Kathleen (161 Days in Paradise) April 22, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    OMG I am so so so envious! I have thought about doing this for years, but the startup costs, and the permits and the paperwork. So scary. I wish you all the success in the world! And if I’m EVER in Bend, Oregon, I will be sure to stop by! Actually, since my knowledge of Oregon geography is terrible, how far are you from Portland? I have a friend there….

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

      Thank you Kathleen! The permit process is horrible, that is for sure. Bend is about 2 1/2 hours southeast of Portland in Central Oregon. You have to go over Mt. Hood and the Cascade Mountains to get here. I hope you can visit!

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  12. thefoodandwinehedonist April 22, 2017 at 8:02 pm #

    Holy smokes!! This is an awesome development! Was thinking sorry for the job and that my co might have BA positions… but this is so much better. Best of luck!

    (Been out of blogging commission lately, but glad I caught this)

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  13. Kat Myrman April 22, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

    This is fantastic news Kathryn. Sending lots of positive energy your way in the final stretch! Can’t wait to hear more!!!! โค๏ธ๐ŸŒฏ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿฅ™

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

      THANK YOU FRIEND!! I sure need all that positive energy, I’m counting on it! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค โค โค

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  14. Food Meanderings April 22, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    congrats! Sooo exciting!

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  15. Lina April 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    This is so great…congratulations! So happy for you:) good luck with the catering too:)

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  16. anyone4curryandotherthings April 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

    Wow, wow, wow KR – congratulations! What a great new step in your life – I am full of admiration, because making this decision could not have been easy. And it is lovely to have the support of your family – good luck especially dealing with bureaucracy (I assure you this is the same all over the world ๐Ÿ˜‰). Can’t wait to see your new logo๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†, Carina

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm #

      Wow thank you so much Carina! Yes, the red tape seems to be the same all over. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned!

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  17. Gerlinde April 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm #

    Congratulations, that’s really great news. I wish you all the best and I am sure your food will be well loved.

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  18. Elaine @ foodbod April 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm #

    Absolutely wonderful!! Huge congratulations and lots of luck for your exciting new venture ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  19. Michelle Williams April 23, 2017 at 1:12 am #

    Rock on sister! And sporting your Longhorn cap to boot! This is great news! I am super excited for you. I look forward to the day I show up to have a Texas street taco from you! Way to go! Hook ‘Em!!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:16 am #

      Woo hoo, thank you Michelle! I figured you would notice my Bevo cap, hee hee. I sure hope you do show up one day!

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  20. chefkreso April 23, 2017 at 2:05 am #

    Sounds amazing! So happy for your and wish you all the luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Garfield Hug April 23, 2017 at 3:06 am #

    Congrats!! I am so thrilled for you. I may be out of a job soon and guess I could do cashiering at a local store here. Nothing aa exciting as yours ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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  22. Mad Dog April 23, 2017 at 3:25 am #

    Good luck! I wanted a food truck myself, after seeing “The Chef” ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Josette@thebrookcook April 23, 2017 at 3:35 am #

    WOW! No way! How absolutely fabulous!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you much success.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:19 am #

      Thank you so much Josette! I’ll still be saving lots of your recipes, we can’t eat tacos ALL the time… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  24. Bernadette April 23, 2017 at 4:48 am #

    I would wish you luck my friend but you don’t need it. You are enormously talented and have such courage that you cannot help but thrive and be a success. I just wish I lived in Texas so that I could stop by the food truck and help myself to some of those tacos.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:20 am #

      Wow thank you so much Bernadette for your extremely kind words. It would be a pleasure to serve you up some tacos!

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  25. StefanGourmet April 23, 2017 at 5:03 am #

    Congratulations and good luck!!!
    PS a friend of mine has a food truck here in Amsterdam and he makes most at festivals.

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  26. spearfruit April 23, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    Kathryn, I am so very excited for you – what a great job change! I wish the very best in your new endeavor and look forward to reading more about it in future posts. Have a happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. chef mimi April 23, 2017 at 5:07 am #

    How exciting! And I’m so glad you’re not back in an office. This is definitely where you belong. A most wonderful life-changing decision!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:26 am #

      Thank you Mimi, I am quite glad I have left the corporate office life behind me. Your support means a lot to me!!

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  28. Adam J. Holland April 23, 2017 at 5:27 am #

    Whoa! Congratulations! Wish I could be the person who adds your business on Yelp โ€” then gives it 5 stars. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:28 am #

      Well Adam, I guess a trip up to good ol’ Bend, Oregon is in order, huh? Perhaps your family needs a vacation to Crater Lake, no? It’s only 1.5 hours away. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (And THANK YOU!!!)

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  29. Jodi April 23, 2017 at 6:12 am #

    Oh Kathryn!! !!! This is soooooo exciting!!! Wishing you so much happiness and success! Hope you’ll have time to stay in touch and share all the adventures. Wooooohooo!!!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:29 am #

      Thank you so much Jodi, I certainly plan on sharing my adventures on WordPress! And still find time to cook something besides tacos, ha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  30. Teagan Geneviene April 23, 2017 at 6:41 am #

    Kudos, Kathryn! This is marvelous. I’m fond of saying “The pen is in your hand” (about writing a new chapter in life), but you not only took up the pen, you took up the spoon! Way to go my friend. Wishing you a smooth road with the rest of the setup details. Mega hugs.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:30 am #

      Thank you so much my sweet friend Teagan! You always have the most lovely words to say to me, and I appreciate you for that. Mega mega hugs back! xoxo

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  31. D. Wallace Peach April 23, 2017 at 9:17 am #

    OMG. So fun! I love it, Kathryn. Who says we can’t be inspired, keep reinventing ourselves, trying new things, and following dreams? I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to hear more. I know that you’re going to do wonderfully. Great food, enthusiasm, inventiveness, and personality – the perfect mix. Congratulations!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 9:20 am #

      Thank you so much Diana! You most certainly know about reinventing yourself in more ways than one. I admire you just as much my friend. Now you MUST make a trip to Bend and I’ll serve you up some tacos, GRATIS of course!

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  32. fromthefamilytable April 23, 2017 at 9:26 am #

    Hook ‘me ‘Horns! Love your cap and admire you’re spunk. I wish you great success, and you will have a brick-and-mortar before you know it.

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  33. Sean Munger April 23, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    This sounds awesome!!!! Best of luck to you! Looks like some very tasty things will be in your future.

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  34. whatsupmomsblog April 23, 2017 at 11:53 am #

    Congrats! We wish you the best in the future, and hope to try some of your tacos.

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  35. FrugalHausfrau April 23, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    I cannot congratulate you enough!! Kudos! You kept saying you were busy, lol!! I wish I could be at the front of the line!

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  36. PantryPortfolio April 23, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Oh my goodness!! This is so amazing. What an accomplishment!! Your food will be a hit and what a joy to be able to cook and share your food with folks all day! Excited for the updates!!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 23, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      Thank you so much, that is so appreciated! I’ll be sure to regularly post updates in between everything, and of course a new recipe when I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  37. NoPlateLikeHome.com April 23, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Congrats on your new adventure! I was a software business analyst and QA tester before I was laid off too. I’ve thought of doing a food truck too. Good luck to you and hope you find great success.

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  38. Marisa's Italian Kitchen April 24, 2017 at 5:13 am #

    WOW! How exciting Kathryn….I am sure you will rock it!! Makes me wish I lived in Texas so I could be in front of the line. All the best to you๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 24, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      Thank you so much Marisa! The support of my blogging friends like you has meant so much to me! xoxo

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  39. lulu April 24, 2017 at 5:23 am #

    If your food cart is anywhere as near successful as the one we enjoy on Rockport Harbor, you will do well. I look forward to what you share about your new endeavor.

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  40. goatsandgreens April 24, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    Awesome, and those photos look mouth watering. Best of luck in your new venture! (Wish I lived close enough to visit and try!)

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  41. lynne hoareau April 24, 2017 at 6:54 am #

    That is fantastic Kathryn !!!!! congratulations I am really happy for you !!! All the best with your business, and I know you are going to do so well. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  42. robbiesinspiration April 24, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    You are very fortunate to be able to combine work with something you enjoy so much. A most enjoyable post.

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  43. Kouzounas Kitchen April 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    OMG you have no idea how HAPPY I am for you! This is literally one of my dreams to have my own food truck. You have no idea how I am dancing with joy for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wow, I am speechless. I am so proud of you and you know I think being laid off was a blessing in disguise for you? ( I hate to say that, but do what you love my friend.) CONGRATULATIONS! You ever want to do a Greek inspired food truck, you keep me posted, because I will move to the next state and come see you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    WELL DONE!!! May this adventure be amazing, beautiful, and such a great experience for you.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

      LOL thank you SO MUCH Krystina! I really had to go back to my “roots” for this one. I’m a Texas gal at heart and I have this kind of food in my soul. xoxo โค

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      • Kouzounas Kitchen April 24, 2017 at 11:06 pm #

        YAY! I think this is so amazing, and what a great adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚ You have a #1 fan here!!! Yeah Texan food is amazing.

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  44. Kouzounas Kitchen April 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    Btw, I can send my friends over to see you. I really want to get in my car and visit you now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  45. KR April 25, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    I am so envious… I have been thinking about cgange in my life already too long time, but I have not courage… I whish you luck!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  46. Conor Bofin April 25, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    I thought I ought to add my vote of confidence here too. I am DELIGHTED!
    Go Girl!

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  47. cookingwithauntjuju.com April 26, 2017 at 5:08 am #

    Terrific new profession cooking and sharing with your local town. Everyone loves tacos too and I am sure you will be a big hit. I have a few “road truck” cookbooks and what a variety of food people make. One in particular “Food Truck Road Trip” is a favorite. Can’t wait to see future posts of your truck, your name and of course your food! Best of luck to you Kathryn ๐Ÿ™‚

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  48. Linda April 26, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    That’s wonderful Kathryn!! I’m thrilled for you!! And wish you all the best success in the world!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  49. Lynz Real Cooking April 26, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    This is so exciting! I want to come visit you KR! Best of luck I know you will be a huge success!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 26, 2017 at 8:11 am #

      Oh you DO have to pay me a surprise visit some day, wouldn’t that be fun?? Thank you so much Lynn! xoxo

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  50. Fourth Generation Farmgirl April 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    This is so wonderful and exciting, Kathryn!!! I’m thrilled for you! And, I know you’ll be a fantastic success. Your future patrons are very lucky. All the best! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰xo

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  51. Melody Procter April 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Opening your own food truck!!! You go girl!! Congrats and I know you will be an instant success because EVERYONE โค๏ธ TACOS (and pinto beans!!) I wish you all the best!!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

      Thanks so much Mel!!! I think I’ll have much better success up here in Oregon than trying to compete with the Texas taco trucks, lol! XOXOXO

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  52. Sheryl April 26, 2017 at 8:02 pm #

    Isn’t there an old saying that goes something like, “When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade”? You’re definitely making lemonade. Congrats and best wishes. Based on the wonderful foods I’ve seen on this blog over the years, I feel certain that your food truck will be the most popular in the city.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 28, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

      Thank you so much Sheryl! Somehow I missed this comment when you posted it. I really appreciate your support!

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  53. Karina Pinella April 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Truly a blessing in disguise! Congratulations for going for something different. Of course once you’ve established yourself, you’ll have to apply to one of those Food Network cooking contests, such as Chopped, for starters, or Cooks vs. Cons, or Guy’s Grocery Games Contest.

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  54. flavours2017 April 28, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

    All the best ๐Ÿ‘

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  55. Kate April 30, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    Kathryn, I am so proud of you! That’s a big step and definitely something new ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you all the luck in the world and await the day when you start shipping the food you make overseas ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • anotherfoodieblogger April 30, 2017 at 9:48 am #

      Ha, thanks Kate! I can only wish I would be that successful to ship overseas! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Kate April 30, 2017 at 10:18 am #

        Haha,of course you will! I believe in you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I only hope the people from the customs would also agree and the shipment costs wouldn’t leave me broke ๐Ÿ˜›

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  56. Tikeetha T May 2, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    Cool and congratulations

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  57. Karen May 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Sorry I’ve been out of the loop and just now being able to wish you all the best with your new adventure. I know it will mean extremely long hours and lots of hard work but I hope you will enjoy each and every moment of it. Good luck!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

      Thank you Karen! This is the first time I’ve had a chance to even glance at my blog in over a week! I hope to give an update this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  58. Smiling Notes June 8, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    They say every cloud has a silver lining. Well, look at you! I’m so happy for your new venture ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish you all the very best and success!

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  59. Sumith June 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    Wishing you all the best!!

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  60. Cooking For The Time Challenged July 24, 2017 at 2:01 am #

    Awesome! Congratulations!!๐ŸŽ‰

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