Food Stuffs

Spicewalla – (Thank you Mick and Leslie!). Out of Asheville NC, this is a boutique spice company run by 5-times James Beard Award nominee MEHERWAN IRANI. Boy are they fantastic spices!

Burlap and Barrel – I just ordered a few spices from this company, as I am continually on the hunt for great products that don’t break the bank. I have high hopes and will keep you posted.

Bolner’s Fiesta Brand – Ok. I admit it. I have a soft spot for this company. Part of their family lived just two doors down from me in New Braunfels, and these spices are a go to brand for my TexMex tastes. Love you guys!

King Arthur Flour and Baking – My preferred flour, complete with an online storefront. I am drooling over their cooking class offerings … Vermont, London, Paris, Italy.

Colman’s Mustard – This is my favorite dry mustard to use. When I can find it, the prepared mustard is wonderful. Spicy, unique, and better than all the others.

Recipe and Food Blogs

Divas Can Cook – Can they ever! This site houses a several of my favorite from scratch recipes.

Eat your Books – Another project and resources. If you have been to my home lately, you know all about the bookcases (IKEA post later) full of cookbooks. This site helps bring these gems to your fingertips!

Epicurious – I have been using this website f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

The Gumbo Pages – Chuck Taggart, originally from New Orleans, has a mighty fine collection of traditional Creole / Cajun recipes. I just love this site, and I use many of his recipes as jumping-off points and research for authentic combinations of flavors.

King Arthur Flour and Baking (yes listed again) – My preferred flour, complete with an online storefront. I am drooling over their cooking class offerings … Vermont, London, Paris, Italy.

Love Swah – Not only does she make me want to go to Australia, she has some delish recipes. Try the Guinness Layer Cake. Yum!

Muy Delish – This is a new one from the folks at work. Can’t wait to try it out!

The New York Times – Always a great resource!

The Piped Peony – I just signed up for these classes, and I have already learned so much!

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs I found JoAnna when researching frostings and cake recipes. Beautiful site.

The Homesick Texan Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats and Banana Pudding Ice Cream… need I say more?


Buttercream Bake Shop #1 for delicious confectionary treats

Chocolat by Adam Turoni

MilkBar Store – – #1 for originality

Restaurants and Food Memories. We all have them. Memories enhanced by our five senses. The best meals cover them all.

Acme Oyster House – New Orleans LA –

Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood – San Antonio TX – – downstairs for small plates!

Café Degas – New Orlean LA –

Aldaco’s – Stone Oak TX –

Chicago Pizza and Over Grinder Company – Chicgao IL –

City Tavern – Philadelphia PA –

D-Bar – Denver CO –

Dahlia Bakery – Seattle WA –

Doe’s Eat Place – Greenville MS –

Dreamland BBQ – Tuscaloosa AL –

F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar – Nashville TN – unfortunately now closed

Fat Mama’s Tamales – Natchez MS- Go for the Knock-You-Naked Margaritas –

George’s Tavern – Baton Rouge LA –

Green Door Tavern – Chicago IL –

Hye Market – Hye TX

Joe’s Dreyfus Store Restaurant – Livonia LA – unfortunately now closed

Juban’s – Baton Rouge LA –

La Gloria – At the Pearl in San Antonio TX –

La Hacienda de Los Barrios – San Antonio TX –

Lea’s Lunchroom – Le Compte LA –

Lee’s El Taco Garage – San Antonio TX –

The Lobster – Santa Monica CA –

Mansur’s on the Boulevard – Baton Rouge LA –

Morton’s – San Diego CA –

Papa Dante’s – Converse TX –

Portillo’s – Chicago IL –

The Purple Pig – Chicago IL –

Redbud Cafe – Blanco TX –

Rotier’s Cafe – Nashville TN – unfortunately now closed

Serious Pie – Seattle WA –

Tamale Boy – San Antonio TX –

Texas Pride BBQ – Adkins TX –

The Travelin’ Lobster – Bar Harbor ME –

Warehouse No 1 – Monroe LA –

Wines and Wineries

Coming Soon!

Things to do and Places to see. I have been very lucky to travel and to experience places and people outside of my town. Many wonderful memories. These are the ones that left lasting impressions.


–Lake Gunther



–Phoenix AZ


–Arkansas State Capitol – Little Rock AR

–Crater of Diamonds State Park

–Hot Springs National Park –


Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco CA –

–The Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco CA

–Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Los Angeles CA

–Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica CA

–Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills VA

–The Presidio – San Francisco CA

–San Diego CA

–Coronado CA


–Breckenridge CO

–Denver CO

–Durango CO

Mesa Verde

–Pagosa Springs CO




–Panama City Beach FL

–Walt Disney World, Orlando FL


–Plains GA


–Stone Mountain




The Chicago Institute of Art – Chicago IL –

–The Bean

–Chicago Skyline Cruise


–Indianapolis 500



–Kansas City


–Blue Ridge Parkway

Mammoth Cave


–Baton Rouge


Louisiana Old State Capitol – Baton Rouge LA –

The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville LA –

–New Orleans

–Nottoway Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation – Vacherie LA –


–Bass Harbor Light Head on Mount Desert Island

–Acadia National Park

–Bar Harbor



Boston Public Library – Boston MA –

The Freedom Trail – Boston MA –

–The Old North Church

The Museum of Fine Art Boston – Boston MA –

–Orchard House – Concord MA






–Biloxi MS

–Natchez MS

–The Natchez Trace

–Rowan Oak Plantation – Oxford MS

–Tupelo MS

–Vicksburg National Military Park


–Gateway Arch – St Louis MO

–Hannibal MO

–Kansas City




–Las Vegas Strip

–Hoover Dam

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

–The Statue of Liberty – New York City NY

North Carolina

The Biltmore – Asheville NC –

–Brevard NC

–Sliding Rock

–Bridal Veil Falls

–Highlands NC

North Dakota





Independence Hall – Philadelphia PA –

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota


The Ryman – Nashville TN –

–The Elephant Sanctuary


–The Grand Ole Opry


–The Hermitage



–The Memphis Belle

–Fall Creek Falls

–Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, Shelbyville TN


–Stones River



–Cades Cove



–The Alamo – San Antonio TX

–Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham TX

–Bluebell Creamery, Brenham TX

Gruene Hall, Gruene TX –

–LBJ Ranch – Perdenales TX

The Majestic – San Antonio TX –

–The Texas State Capitol – Austin TX

–The McNay Art Museum – San Antonio TX

–Threadgill’s – Austin TX




–New Braunfels


–The Pearl District – San Antonio

–Garrison Brothers Distillery




–Colonial Williamsburg VA

–George Washington’s Home – Mount Vernon VA

–Thomas Jefferson’s Home – Monticello VA


–Bainbridge Island WA

–Carbonado at the Base of Mt. Rainier

Pike Place Market – Seattle WA –

–Space Needle, Seattle WA

Washington D.C.

National Gallery of Art – Washington DC –

National Monuments, by night – Washington DC –

The Smithsonian – Washington DC –

West Virginia



Bucket List Items

Braun Brothers Reunion, Challis ID

See the Milky Way

Meet Phil at Gobbler’s Knob

See the Northern Lights – DONE! Outside of Reykjavik Iceland October 2021

Cooking Class somewhere fun and delicious.

This one! La Peetch

The Southern Hemisphere / the Southern Sky –