Texas Hill Country

If you have ever been to the Texas Hill Country, you probably didn’t want to leave. My family lives in Fredericksburg, a cozy little hill country spot with great shopping and only about an hour from Austin and San Antonio.

If you want to stay outside of town, consider Comfort.  My Aunt and Uncle’s cabins Walnut Canyon Cabins have an amazing view and they are pretty stinking wonderful people.

If you want to stay in town, stay at my Mom’s place called Westendhaus.  Westendhaus is located near the edge of town on the up and coming west end of Fredericksburg. It is the perfect guest house, nestled just 2 blocks from Main Street, where shopping, history, food and fun await you.  Super great location!!

Anyway, if you get away, try these spots.  They are wonderful!


Hot enough to (not)fry an egg!

If you have watched the news at any time in the last week or so, you MIGHT have heard that Texas. is. hot. Like really hot.  Matter of fact, it is so hot that the trains are not able to run on time because they are worried about warping the tracks!

Anyway, I was SURE that it was hot enough to cook an egg.  I mean good grief, it was 114 on my car today!

So, I cracked an egg…on my husbands smoker.  (I have a dog people! She cannot eat an egg!)  Here is what it looked like at 5:30 in the evening.

And this is what it looked like two hours later…I wanted to check it in an hour but totally forgot….So not really cooked, but sort of dehydrated?

Gross? Yes.  A little disappointing? Yes.  Would I do it again? In a heart beat!

I am kind of curious what the egg will look like in the morning!

Weekly Meal Plan

With school fast approaching, (AHH!! I cannot believe I said that word!! hehe) I am super excited about meeting my new students and getting back into the swing of things.

Every year, the swing of things also involves planning for dinners a little more efficiently. So I figured, with the few weeks that I have left, I would make some meal plans for the week so that I can just print and make with no decisions involved!

Here is the first one I have typed up. I only do three meals because, with two of us, it is really all we need and we usually eat out once or twice on the weekends.


Meal Plan 1 HERE!

June Bug

I am not sure if you have met my dog yet. But you should. 🙂 When we got her, she was tiny.

And cute.She chewed on our grass.

And loved to fly through the air.  I swear we didn’t throw her.

Now, she loves to sleep with toys in her mouth.

I am not kidding.

She licks like crazy.

And sort of looks like a lion. Or chewbaca.  Or maybe those little monkey critters in Star Wars.

But most of all, we love her for being, well, June Bug.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

I love me a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk.  Yum-o! In case you haven’t been watching the news lately, I live in North Texas and it has been H.O.T.  I was dying for a glass of chocolate milk but dont buy regular chocolate syrup.  I did have water, sugar, cocoa, salt and vanilla on hand, so I tried to make my own.  Famous last words right!?

First, I made a simple syrup of one part water to two parts sugar.  In my case, I used one cup water and two cups sugar.

I brought the sugar water to a boil until all sugar was dissolved and then added a half cup cocoa, some salt and a little vanilla.  Not super scientific but worth a shot….in the dark…chocolate.  hehehe 🙂

Once the mixture was the consistency I thought looked good…I let it cool on the stove a little bit. At this point, I had NO idea how it tasted because it was boiling hot!!

Once it cooled down, I poured it into this sweet little container and left a little bit out for my chocolate milk.  BOY was it chocolate-y!!

Have you ever made your own chocolate syrup? I would love to know if there is a better way.  For now, I will go with the less-is-more-but-oh-so-delicious chocolate syrup I made that sits in my fridge!

Keeping It Simple

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