Disney Dinners: Mulan

Let’s get down to business with an Asian inspired menu! Mulan is my all-time favorite Disney movie. Bold statement, I know. If you haven’t seen it, spoiler alert: Mulan is the best. She goes against everything that’s culturally acceptable in order to save her father and she ends up saving all of China. Mulan’s love interest…

Asian Cucumber Salad

I am obsessed with easy salad! It’s so delicious and simple. I served this at Disney Dinners: Mulan and several guests commented that they don’t even like cucumbers and loved this salad. Not a single slice was left on anyone’s plate! You could certainly use a mandolin for quick, thin slices but I don’t own a…

Shrimp Spring Rolls

I went through a major spring roll phase in college. They’re super healthy and fun to make and you can really fill them with whatever you like: vegetables, chicken, shrimp, et cetera. I made these for Disney Dinners: Mulan and got rave reviews. I hate to even put quantities here because you can fill spring…

Singapore Sling

A sling is an old fashioned gin-based cocktail. Originally made with lemon juice, it’s more often served with pineapple juice nowadays. You could make this cocktail by the glass or a big pitcher for a party. I came up with this for Disney Dinners: Mulan. The gin complements the pineapple juice, making this refreshing and…

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry was one of the very first things I learned how to cook in my college apartment. I was hesitant to cook meat at first so I used pre-cooked chicken, making this a great gateway recipe for beginners! I’ve since upgraded my stir fry with homemade teriyaki sauce and crunchy sesame seeds. The Rose…

The Great Wall of Chocolate

A cake as mysterious as the dark side of the moon. Multiple sources have reported that this is my best dessert to date. One of those sources was my mom, so you know it’s true! I created this epic dark chocolate opera cake for Disney Dinners: Mulan but you can certainly bake this cake for…

An Evening with Dallas Symphony Orchestra

There’s something about the sounds of a symphony that transports me to another place, another time. I get lost in the music as it swells and dances from note to note. I am eternally grateful that I happen to live so close to one of the most renowned symphonies in the country, Dallas Symphony Orchestra….

Raise Your Glass Dallas 2018

It’s a rare week that I venture out of the house on Sunday but Raise Your Glass Dallas was so worth it. My friend Jessica invited me to be her date and I loved it before I even walked through the door. It was a glorious spring day in Texas: high 50s, low 60s, light…

Spring Horse Picnic

Ever wonder what the heck I do the day after Disney Dinners? Why I head to the stables for a nice relaxing picnic with my horses! After Beauty and the Beast, I realized that – gasp! – we somehow had some Veuve Clicquot left and I just can’t casually drink Veuve so I decided on…

Dallas TV Show’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at Southfork Ranch

This weekend I had the good fortunate of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the TV show DALLAS at Southfork Ranch and meet four of the stars: Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Steve Kanaly, and Charlene Tilton. What a thrill! I adored the reboot on TNT starring Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalf and loved the original series, which I…

Feed Program for Roses

It’s officially spring and I’ve got gardening on the brain! I am so delighted that my year-old roses are coming in strong and healthy thanks in part to the new feed program I have them on. I buy many of my roses as bareroot plants from Jackson and Perkins and for the first time ever,…

Dinner with The Count of Buena Vista Winery

“Nobody in the $26 billion dollar wine industry does a dinner like this.” –  The Count of Buena Vista I had the pleasure of attending a Buena Vista Winery wine dinner at Farina’s in Grapevine earlier this week. My regular readers may recognize the name; I visited Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma in 2017 (and…