Celebrating this Labor Day-Hacienda de Arínzano


It marks the unofficial end to summer, a reason to gather with friends and family and enjoy the fruits of our labor. While some may consider staying at home with children as a break from labor, those who know are aware it is anything but a break. The days are long, we don’t ever clock […]

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All the Hoopla

After a bit of an indulgent weekend with company, it was time to return to clean eating. And while that should mean a break from wine, one bottle was staring at me with puppy dog eyes. Who could resist that little guy? Hoopla Chardonnay says it best on their label and on their site. “Wine should be […]

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Millions of Peaches


…peaches for free. Well, not quite millions or exactly free but close enough. Our tree is heavy with fruit this year. Since the blossoms became buds, we’ve been throwing out plans for the crop. This weekend we picked our first round. Each year around Memorial Day, Central Texas is in full peach swing. My husband likes to make […]

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Here, There, and Everywhere


Inspiration can come at the most surprising times, from a variety of places. An idea takes seed, and in the right conditions, can flourish. What are those conditions? Who is to say? For me, it varies but usually requires a combination of space, time, and heart. Space to tumble around and gain momentum, time to plan and accomplish,  and a […]

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Love at First Sight-Sonoma County


We arrived at nearly midnight, weaving up Plum Creek Road, the canopy above blocked our view below. We entered through a porte-cochere, hidden again, and after a brief tour of the essentials, gave in to pull of the pillow after a long day of travel. As I went to sleep, I wondered what I would see […]

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Bridging Seasons with Roussanne-Texas Tuesday

Summer to fall, winter to spring. While the calendar gives us a definitive line, the weather doesn’t always obey the equinox. One bleeds into the next, hints of change and temperatures tease. Depending on who you ask, this winter has been divine. I wish we’d seen more of a chill. I found myself reaching for […]

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Fake it Till You Make It-Fall Recipes and Wines


This is the time of the year when I most miss my childhood home.  Glossed and changing leaves, tips curled, blanket the path and create a quilt of color.  The air, sweetened and chilled, hangs with a bit more weight. Bins of Macintosh line the path to the pumpkin patch and cider doughnuts punctuate most […]

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Savory and Sassy-Texas Tuesday

I have a tendency to hold on to things. A letter (ok, 20) from high school, jeans that MIGHT fit again (cough, cough), and wine. In some circumstances it can be a good thing. After all, the fashion from middle school is coming back around.  In others, well, what can I say…I’m sentimental. When it comes to […]

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Summer Salmon,Two Ways

School’s…out…for summer! Somehow I tried to believe that I, too, was now “off.”  I have to admit: I’ve been a little casual about cleaning and a little last-minute lazy in the kitchen.  But aren’t I allowed?  I always try to keep it simple, even more so now.  Throw something on the grill (or let my husband).  Turn […]

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