Dine With Design: Thanksgiving

I have to say that I do believe Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The foods of the season bring back so many good memories of my maternal grandparents. For as long as I can remember, we would all pile in our station wagon and head to my grandparents’ house in the then small-speck-on-the-map town of Dripping Springs. There wasn’t even a grocery store in the town at that time. Other than a few churches and local mom & pop stores, Dripping Springs was literally in the middle of nowhere. My grandmother used to drive all the way in to Oak Hill to purchase groceries. Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Sausage and Sauerkraut

I am bartering with my dad right now to run my son all over creation in exchange for this pork roast dinner. It’s a hearty meal for cold winter nights and works really great as a New Year’s Day meal paired with black eyed peas. Other than browning the roast, this is a throw-it-in-the-crock-pot kind of meal, which is how we like to roll when we can. The only thing tricky about crock pot meals is remembering that I need to take something out of the freezer the day ahead if it’s something I have already thrown in the freezer.

Printable Recipe Card: Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Sausage and Sauerkraut

Enjoy the holiday season and let us know what you think! Comment below and let us know what other types of recipes you would like to read about on the blog.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Dine With Design: Mexican

Tex-Mex cuisine is a staple here in Texas, and is also a favorite among a lot of people. You can’t go wrong inviting a group of friends over for a taco bar, enchiladas, or or my famous Bond Family Chili with Beans. I love one-pot meals like this because they are easy to make, and the leftovers just keep getting better. In our family we usually always have Mexican food prior to Christmas. Hopefully, this table idea will come in handy if your family decides to try this idea. Continue reading

Fall Creek Vineyards Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon Certenberg Vineyard 2014

When Renee and I visited Fall Creek Vineyards recently our top pick from the tasting was a white (believe it or not!). Our second favorite and close runner up was this Merlot/Cab blend from their Terroir Reflection collection. We tasted mostly mocha and cinnamon, though the wine review indicates roasted red currant and black plum.

Tasting notes from the vineyard’s website:

Fall Creek Vineyards Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon Certenberg Vineyard 2014“This is a wine with finesse and a soft, elegant finish. An opulent middle palate that suggests roasted red currant and black plum, freshly-turned black soil, forest floor and a hint of prune and pencil shavings. An approachable and enjoyable wine that will satisfy the serious wine lover as well as the novice.

Pair this beauty with subtle beef preparations, duck, mushrooms and creamy cheeses.”

With the holiday season coming up, we are sure that there will be lots of parties and get-togethers to attend, and this wine would not only make a great gift but would also pair nicely with the many appetizers you are likely to encounter. If you would like to purchase a bottle of your own, you may do so directly from their website here, or even better, you can visit the vineyard in person and do a tasting of your own! It’s just a short drive outside of Austin in Driftwood and is right across from the original Salt Lick BBQ to make for a lovely evening out.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Dine With Design: Italian

There are a couple of elements that I think are absolutely necessary on any table. One is candle lighting, and the other is some sort of natural element (sticks, plants, flowers or even vegetables). I think the natural element and the fire component combined bring both life and movement to the setting, and the candle lighting also adds an extra level of ambiance. Besides, let’s face it, we all look better in candle lighting. Continue reading

Gluten Free Pecan Pie Bars

Serve these pecan pie bars as a delicious alternative to traditional pecan pie for a casual holiday gathering.

Printable Recipe Card: Gluten Free Pecan Pie Bars

If you give this recipe a try, I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below and let us know what other types of recipes you would like to read about on the blog.

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Fall Chianti

Kick off the holidays with this fantastic Chianti that will work for any entertaining you do between now and the new year!

Printable Recipe Card: Fall Chianti

If you give this recipe a try, I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below and let us know what other types of recipes you would like to read about on the blog.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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