Spinach Feta Pasta Salad

I wasn’t planning on photographing yesterday’s lunch but it was too delicious and I just had to share. I will be making this again and again and again. Full of veggies and crunchy almonds and tossed with a super light lemon zest dressing, this pasta salad won’t weigh you down! This takes minutes to prepare,…

Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

An easy pasta salad inspired by one of my favorite French dishes! Ratatouille is one of my favorite French dishes. The simple stew has just a few ingredients: eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, parsley, and basil. I’ve taken some of those ingredients and turned them into a delicious pasta salad that can be made ahead for easy entertaining….

Carriage Picnic 2018

Last weekend I packed up a picnic and headed to Black Star Sport Horses with my friend Morgan for the annual Tejas Carriage Association two-day event, one of my favorite events of the whole year. Basically, you hang out on a beautiful fall day and watch a bunch of horse-drawn carriages compete in various events…

Pumpkin Picnic

This week I baked one of my favorite fall treats, my pumpkin oreo pie with cinnamon whipped cream, and headed out to Black Star Sport Horses for a little pumpkin picnic with my horse, Wendy. I laid an earth tone colored quilt down in front of the pasture and decorated with a few medium sized…

Summer Picnic Inspiration

Need some summer picnic inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! I took some friends out to beautiful Black Star Sport Horses for a summery picnic. My gorgeous, fashionable, lovely friend Wendy Darling (not to be confused with my horse of the same name) and I shared a picnic blanket and collaborated on the design…

Cheesecake Mason Jars with Blueberry Sauce

What is more delightful than cheesecake in a jar? Get ready because I’ll be making variations of this recipe all summer long. I love it because it does not require turning on the oven and you only need the stove for minutes. It gets hot here in north Texas so any delicious dessert that doesn’t require…

Cucumber Tomato Dill Salad

This salad is so damn good. I’m not a huge dill fan but it’s perfect here, and gives it such a different flavor. This salad tastes fresh and healthy and is a great side dish. This would also be delicious tossed with some lemony orzo for a heartier lunch! Photos by Darling Photography  This is hardly…

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…

Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

These are positively swoon-worthy, the kind of cookie that will have you saying oh my gosh with every bite. Thick, buttery cookies bursting with cinnamon flavor encase an ever thicker layer of whipped cream cheese frosting. (I always buy original Philadelphia Cream Cheese.) You’d think one would be enough but we all gobbled up two….

Carriage Event at Black Star Sport Horses

One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Tejas Carriage Association two-day event at Black Star Sport Horses. Black Star has 255 acres of woods and uses them for an epic cross-country carriage event on Sunday. On Saturday carriages compete in dressage and a cones course. I love setting up a picnic and watching…

Italian Pasta Salad

Why have I not been making pasta salad every week? This was so fast and easy. I already had plain cooked pasta in the fridge. It took me five minutes to toss this together for my picnic at San Martino Winery & Vineyards with my friend Jen, who is always up for a picnic. Located…

Picnic and Carriages at Black Star Sport Horses

In case you were wondering, yes, this is my dream Saturday. Today my friends Jen and Joseph joined me at Black Star Sport Horses for a picnic while we watched the annual Tejas Carriage Association combined driving event. I absolutely adore carriage driving. After all, what could be a better way to exercise your horse than wearing a…