It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, I sang that as I typed. Our bellies are filled with turkey and gravy; and our hearts are filled with thankfulness, joy and excitement. Even in adulthood I still find Christmas a magical time of year. My lights and tree are always up the day after Thanksgiving. When night falls and the lights illuminate my home I feel like a child again with an instant smile on my face.
Tradition runs deep in my family. Ever since I can remember we would drive around neighborhoods together and look at all the spectacular light displays. The Texas Hill Country is a wonderful place to experience the lights of Christmas. The most recent tradition is about 8 years old. I can remember the first time my husband (then fiance) took me to Windcrest for the annual Windcrest Light-Up, it was/is simply amazing and I can’t recommend enough a visit for you and your family! There is also the Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail with 11 communities participating. All small hill country towns light themselves up in Christmas glory. This year we plan on also doing Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels and I couldn’t be more excited!
There are so many things to love about fall; cooler weather, changing leaves, football, the return of your favorite shows on TV. For me, when fall approaches I whip out my recipe book and start planning to make some good old fashioned comfort food. Fall is a time for soups, roasts, stews and baking.
I think the challenge for many of us is finding the time to make such a satisfying meal. Last fall I was given a recipe for taco soup that is hearty, delicious and best of all quick and easy to make. I feel compelled to share it as I know between hectic schedules of work, kids, school and other activities; we find ourselves with limited time to cook.
TACO SOUP (and really its so hearty that it should be Taco stew!)
1 pound ground beef, turkey or pork
1 can each:
chili beans (you can just use kidney beans if the chili beans are too spicy for you)
petite diced tomatoes
1 packet of ranch
1 packet of taco seasoning
Shredded cheddar cheese
Brown the meat in a pot and drain. Then add all canned goods (do not drain), stir well to incorporate all the seasonings and let it warm. To serve: fill the bottom of your bowl with fritos, pour in some soup and top with cheese.
This recipe literally takes 15 minutes to make! Enjoy!
Oh how I love October! It’s the best weather, amazing colors, and all the fall decorations are my favorite… and it marks the beginning of the “holiday season” – Thanksgiving and Christmas are not far behind… In our neck of the woods, festivals abound this time of year! And they should! It’s a GREAT time to be outside! Where will you and your family spend quality time? Let’s all share our favorite farms, hayrides, festivals, pumpkin patches, etc. One of our family favorites is the Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch in Medina, Texas. Hosted at Love Creek Orchard, the drive there takes you through some beautiful Hill Country scenery; and once there, enjoy hayrides, scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, pony rides, games and LOTS of wonderful photo opportunities! The website with details and directions is right here.