Sunset Cruise

If you follow me on Instagram, you are well versed with the lake life my family enjoys at my parents’ lake house in east Texas but I rarely talk about the lake here on my website. My friend Sarah came to visit me from Los Angeles and we took her out to the lake this…

A Great Day for Rosé

Happy National Wine Day! It’s a great day for rosé, don’t you think? Kuhlman Cellars has some of my favorite rosés. Their winemaker Bénédicte Rhyne is from Provence and I feel like you can taste a bit of that French passion for wine in every sip. Today we’re talking about the 2020 Kuhlmanation Estate Rosé…

Visiting Efurd Orchards

It’s a beautiful day in Texas, 75 degrees with a light breeze and no clouds in sight. I’m working from my parents’ lake house in east Texas this week and we decided to take a break this afternoon to pick up goodies and enjoy homemade ice cream at Efurd Orchards, a place with old Timey charm…

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…