All About Hydrangeas

Ahh hydrangeas, how I love thee! There’s something so dramatic about a yard full of the fluffy, brightly colored blooms and no one grows better hydrangeas than my mom. She has blue, pink, white, and green hydrangeas at the lake house and I marvel at them year after year. All of the photos in this…

Winter Wine Warm Up

Ah, winter at the lake house. How I love thee! By some seasonal phenomenon, the lake is unbelievably blue (and still) in the wintertime. My mom and I spent the first week of the new year out at the lake (it’s her tradition but this year I’m joining) and we had the nicest happy hour…

Rodney Strong on the Dock

There’s something about Sunday at the lake that’s just magical. California winemaker Rodney Strong posed the question, What makes us stronger together?, and for me that’s nature and family. Nature has always given me strength, which is probably one of the reasons why I’m passionate about al fresco happy hours. It’s been a stressful few…

Scenes from the Lake

I don’t know about you but I am craving travel content lately. All I want to read about it is lovely places full of lovely food where a lovely time is had. I may not be traveling but I do frequent my parents’ lake house in east Texas. If you follow me on social media,…

Blue Bayou’s Lamb Dinner

Make your own Disney magic at home I can’t tell you how many times I’ve eaten dinner on the screened porch at my mom’s lake house and said, out loud, “This reminds me of Blue Bayou!” The famed Disneyland restaurant is practically an attraction in and of itself. It’s inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride…

Folktale Viognier at the Lake

I still think about the dreamy afternoon I spent at Folktale Winery on my trip to Carmel, California. I loved the wine so much that I shipped quite a lot back home. I opened a bottle of Le Mistral, Folktale’s 2017 Viognier, at the lake house the other day for an evening picnic. In my…

LVE Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018

It was a golden afternoon at The Rose Table when I open John Legend’s rosé at the lake house one lazy Saturday. I was excited to try LVE’s Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 after being impressed by LVE’s Cabernet Sauvignon a few months ago. The rosé did not disappoint. This gorgeously hued wine is the…

Barranca and BBQ

Barranca and BBQ: a match made in heaven. My friends at Kuhlman Cellars have long told me that this is a divine pairing but I hadn’t tried it for myself until tonight when I tucked into some local east Texas BBQ. I can now report that this pairing is a spiritual experience. I was blown…

Ice Cream Party on the Dock

Thank you Brawny® Tear-A-Square® for sponsoring this post. Think of all the ways you can Put a Square There! Nothing says summertime to me quite like ice cream. It’s the quintessential summer dessert. I have so many happy memories of ice cream sundaes after a day in the sun, so I decided to host a…