The Idea It is a Wednesday. The sun is shining. The air is cold and crisp. I’m lunching with a friend, tucked in a light and airy restaurant, enjoying a glass of McPherson Chenin Blanc that accompanies our soup and sandwich. The food is good. The wine is good. I mention that 4.0 Cellars outside […]
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A Three Course January Picnic with Friends Paper-Thin Rare Roast Beef with Balsamic Drizzle and Roasted Red Peppers and Arugula Potato Pie Macerated Tomato Salad Giant Sea Salted Oatmeal Cookies with Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Rare Roast Beef with Roasted Red Peppers and Arugula This is so easy, and so tasty, it is unbelievable. It […]
I’m always looking for a light and easy appetizer to serve before my dinner parties. One that guests will enjoy and one that will not fill them up. The Roasted Garlic and White Bean Dip below seems to fill the bill rather nicely. it is light, luscious, and delicious! I have made a white bean dip before for […]
The Valencia offers a complimentary FIT breakfast each morning, but rather than trying to keep fit we opt for the comfort food of Mi Tierra, the Mexican institution that was founded long before I was born, the late-night haunt for fraternity brothers and their sorority dates back in the day when I was young. However, […]
They say you can’t go home again, but I try. Each time we arrive in San Antonio—a jewel in the crown that is Texas—on a quick sojourn for no reason at all, or when we come here for a very special reason, I always notice something different. Something new. Something changed. Something gone. Traveling toward […]
Friday, November 3, 2017 It’s 2 a.m. and suddenly I wake, wondering—where in the heck am I? What bed, what room, what place is this? I look around in the dark seeing a light to my right and realize I’m home. Really home. But I can’t go back to sleep. My body clock is in […]
The Minster. What can I say about the York Minster that hasn’t been said and heard a thousand times before? Magnificent. Massive. Elegant. Historic. Storied. Masterpiece. Inspiring. Wonderful. We have visited it four times. We could probably visit again and again and again. Each time would be the same—yet different. Popping In After our delicious […]
The weather is miserable. The sky drips. We’re breakfasted and packed and paid up—and it’s over. I do love the Yorkshire Dales and I don’t want it to be over. I want to explore every tiny road that I see on Google maps. I want to take walks and see it in the sun in […]
A cry. A sob. A rather loud accusation. “You id-yut!” There it goes again. “Id-yut,” said with just a wee bit of loathing. Looking at the couple seated at the table across from me I ask, “Did he just say what I think he said?” They nod, eyebrows raised, saying, “I think so.” The reason […]
I thought stopping in Skipton for lunch was a good idea. But I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong. I imagined a cute little Grange-Over-Sands kind of place, but it is big. Too big. With hilly streets and no place to park and too much traffic, and I know Michael is frustrated trying to find […]
Artist - Traveller - Foodie - Avid Hostess - Picnicker - Amateur Chef
Simply put, I love Texas. I have lived almost my entire life in this state. Born and raised in San Antonio, I spent the majority of my adult life in Fort Worth, in addition to ten years—on and off—sailing in and around the Gulf Coast on our 40’ Endeavor, Island Rose. For the past ten years, my husband and I have called Wimberley home—and if I love Texas—I adore the Texas Hill Country.
We have traveled extensively in this state--from deep East to far West, from North to South--and have probably been on more back roads and in more towns than anyone I have encountered. I AM a Texan—through and through!
I’m a foodie. I love to cook. I am a good judge of what is excellent, what is not. We will drive two-and-a-half hours for Saturday lunch; for the journey and the destination. I love picnics and trying out local wineries. Food and wine pairings draw me like a magnet. And music—all kinds. Concerts are on the menu at our house every year, be they concerts in a house, in a park, in a barn, in an auditorium or at a winery--we're there.
I paint. I cook. I entertain. I love back country roads and small towns—we own two convertibles so I can be sure that nothing bars the experience of just being there.
I finally decided it was time to share my love of this state and these hills with anyone who will listen or read, letting them in on on the famous, the infamous and the not so famous places that dot the countryside and cities. I'll share stories, experiences, and recipes.
Hopefully, you will come along for the ride, blaze your own trails and let me know if you are having fun. If you step out your door and take a chance, I know that you will!