Hico Happenings

To start off my year right, I took a quick road trip to a small town called Hico, which is about an hour away from my hometown.
I made banana nut muffins the night before and packed a bag with a few more snacks to eat on the road and made hot chocolate in the morning to take with me.

I’m more of a scenic type of girl so I take back roads until I reach my destination.
Many of you may have never even heard of Hico, I’ll admit I didn’t know it was even a town in Texas until I stumbled upon it last year while making my way to San Antonio. At the time I was not able to explore it the way I wanted to and I knew someday I would visit again.

When I finally arrived in Hico, I made my way to the Koffee Kup which is one of Hico’s landmark restaurants.

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Each meal is served with fresh rolls and cornbread and everything is homemade and from scratch.

Next I visited Opera House Antiques which was the towns former Opera house dated back to 1895!

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Afterwards, I walked through downtown and saw this cute shop called, Hico Popcorn Works.

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There are so many options to choose from and best of all, you are able to sample them all! In addition to popcorn, the shop also sold homemade fudge.

While walking through the town, I realized that most of it is untouched with it’s old charm and vintage advertisements still painted on the side of the brick walls of buildings.

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If you are looking for a quick and quiet getaway with tons of antiquing, Hico is the town for you!

With love,

-R. Vargas

Shulammitegirl Snaps: September

During the month of September, I:

  • Booked my first flight ever!
  • Made my way to El Paso and met my favorite couple. (We discovered each other on Instagram and met in person.)
  • Visited Meow Wolf in New Mexico on a quick road trip.
  • Crossed the border from El Paso into Juárez, Mexico.

What did you do in September?

Xoxo,

–  R. Vargas

Shulammite Spotlight

During this months Shulammite Spotlight, I would like to shine the light on A Girl & Her Van.

Alex & Talkeetna roam around in her loyal VW and have the idea that a life lived passionately is better than any paycheck. 
I am currently obsessed with her blog and Instagram account and I’m sure you will be too!

Random fact time: I have wanted to save money for an Airstream/RV since I was a little girl to travel around and enjoy the simple life.
Needless to say this video encouraged me to keep on saving in hopes of someday having one of my own.

I’ll be going out of town this week on a road trip with my best friend Chelsea where we will be staying in the Airbnb of my dreams so stay tuned!

Xoxo

– R. Vargas

Cinnaholic

I was recently invited to Cinnaholic to try some of their amazing gourmet cinnamon rolls and I was greeted by two lovely sisters Elisa and Brittany who own and operate this franchise location.
Their warmth and wonderful hospitality is one of the many reasons why people keep coming back for these cinnamon rolls.

This franchise was opened a little over three months ago and the concept began when Elisa and Brittany made a trip to California to check out a Cinnaholic location there which was recommended by their sister Jennifer and fell in love with the product and the company.

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Not only are these gourmet cinnamon rolls 100% vegan, they are made with quality ingredients, they are also dairy & lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free.

Too good to be true right?

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Raspberry frosting, topped with blueberries and pie crumble.

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Chocolate frosting, topped with coconut, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce.

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Their bestseller, “Cookie Monster.” Cream cheese frosting, topped with cookie dough and chocolate sauce.

These may be vegan but I promise you will not taste any difference in them and as a matter of fact, they taste better than a regular cinnamon roll and you won’t have any guilt after indulging in one!

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Indulging in the, “Cookie Monster.

Cinnaholic’s frosting flavors include: Almond, Amaretto, Banana Cream, Butterscotch, Cake Batter, Caramel, Chai, Chocolate, Coffee, Cream Cheese, Hazelnut, Lemon, Macadamia Nut, Maple, Marshmallow, Orange, Peanut Butter, Raspberry, Strawberry and Vanilla.
Their toppings include: Almonds, Apples, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Brownie Bites, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Sauce, Coconut, Cookie Dough, Gingersnap Cookies, Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, ‘Oreo’ Cookies, Pecans, Pie Crumble, Pretzels, Raspberries, Strawberries, Strawberry Jam and Walnuts.

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Not only do they offer cinnamon rolls but they also have brownies, cookies, and cookie dough all made from scratch!

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This bakery had such a great atmosphere and is set in an area where partnering with local vendors, schools, and investing in the community is truly valuable to this family based business. Building relationships with the community is key.

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Partnering with local vendors like Addison Coffee Roasters and Sterling Tea from Rockwall.

I can’t thank them enough for hosting me!
If you’re ever near Richardson, Texas make sure you stop by to visit Cinnaholic where you’ll be greeted by the sweetest sisters ever!

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At one time there was about 10 franchise locations and now there are 50 with 20 more to yet to come! So look for a location near to you!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas