Friday, September 22, 2017

Winemaker Dinner

My hubby and I are members of 4.0 Cellars Winery outside of Fredericksburg. I'm sure you remember my mentioning that Fredericksburg Wine Trail is now one of the most popular in the country. On the weekends, there are a number of vans and limos on Highway 290 and others radiating from Fredericksburg. They take passengers safely from one winery to another to taste their Texas (mostly) wines. 

Campo Viejo UK  party night red GIF
Last Saturday, as wine club members, we were invited to the 4.0 Cellars Winemaker Dinner. As we entered, we were offered a choice of one of five wines:

McPherson Cellars Dry Chenin Blanc 2016
Brennan Vineyards Tempranillo 2015
McPherson Cellars Les Copains Red 2015
Lost Oak Winery Viognier 2016
4.0 Cellars Gewurztraminer Frizzante 2015

As we mingled with other guests, servers from August E's Restaurant brought out Maple Bacon Wrapped Brie, Mini Shrimp Cocktail Cups, and Vegetable Empanadas with Verde Sauce. This restaurant was also in charge of our meal. Nine of us gathered around a huge round table outside under the covered patio.

Our First Course was Organic Field Greens with Arugula, Sliced Prosciutto, Burrata, Caramelized Apples, and Sliced Almonds with Apple Cider Vinaigrette. This was accompanied with McPherson Cellars Piquepoul Blanc 2015 - delicious.

The Second Course - Beef Short Ribs Bourguignon and Smashed Red Potatoes with 4.0 Cellars Montepulciano 2015. Not a big fan of red wines, but very good.

The Third Course - Pear and Hazelnut Torte with Salted Caramel and Vanilla Anglaise - Brennan Vineyards Mistelle 2015 - sweet and tart white wine. 

We were totally stuffed with all the wonderful food and the great selection of accompanying wines. Such a treat. Wish you could have joined us!

Linda Kay

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Flowers

The flowers in our yard are really beautiful in the late summer/ fall in Texas. As you know my husband is a master gardener, and he has done a fabulous job of planting and nurturing these plants. 

The first picture I want to show you is a rare beauty. The Night-Blooming Cereus is really one of the ugliest cactus I've ever seen. We have had this weird plant for a number of years, and just a few nights ago, it actually bloomed.Jerry took this picture in the middle of the night, as the next day it had wilted beyond imagination.

Did you know cactus have babies? We have two different cacti who are shooting off new starts, so I thought you would find this interesting.



The following are just some pictures from various angles in our back yard plots.





And finally, the purple passion flower on the fence with the coral vine intertwined.



That's my tour of our Texas garden. Hope you enjoyed all the colors!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Letter Writing



I was recently reading an article about the value of writing a letter and the healing power it can offer. As we think of people who are suffering from any number of tragedies, would it be helpful to take a few minutes to sit down and write a letter? I read an article in "The Lutheran Journal" recently entitled just that, "The Healing Power of a Letter". Here are a few ideas:

A Letter of apology - looking for forgiveness when you know you wronged someone.

A letter of condolence over a loss - be it a loved one, a home, a job, etc.

A letter expressing regret and seeking forgiveness - looking to the future.

A letter of appreciation - a simple thank you.

A letter of encouragement - young people in school feeling challenged.

A letter of support and comfort - Reach out with kind words.

Have you written a letter or a note recently. There are many who could benefit, I'm quite sure of it. I think I'll get out my stationary!

Linda Kay


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Left to Tell

Book Reviews are not what you usually see on my blog, but I definitely want to share this one with you. At the recent Global Leadership Summit held here in Fredericksburg, we were privileged to hear from Immaculee Ilibagiza. Her story is in her book, "Left to Tell".


Here is the book description from Amazon:
 Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
    Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.
    It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.
    The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.
This is Immaculee’s first book.

The story is not only spell binding, but also heart wrenching as she takes you through her terrifying experience of persecution and threats. 

In my opinion it is a must read book.

Linda Kay


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Friday Night Art Walk!!!

You all know how much we enjoy our Friday Night Art Walk here in Fredericksburg, enjoying the food and spirits as well as the wonderful art in the shops up and down Main Street and on some of the side streets as well. So here's your tour of Friday night.

These were on display at the Hanna Gallery on Main Street.






The next group is from River Rustic, a favorite of ours.







The following one by our friend Carlos Mosely, owner of gallery - all done with rocks.


This is what you can do with those racks from the animals.....


At Insight Gallery - Some fine art and some wonderful cocktails prepared. If you click on their sight you can see a show of some of the pieces available.


The "Night in Cordoba" priced at a mere $18,000


The Still Life is $120,000


Wonderful cowboy sculpture.

Hope you have enjoyed the Friday Night Art Walk with me!

Linda Kay

Monday, September 4, 2017

Animals at the Fair

Hubby and I head directly for the animal barns to see all the entries from the 4-H boys and girls and the Gillespie County Fair.




These are the "fuzzy" chickens, as I call them. Wonder if their meat is the same as we get at the grocery store?


This one is a bit more realistic.


This ram sheep is getting a sheering. He will be judged on his wool and his other virtues.


This young calf is probably at the fair, because he is nursing his mama, or maybe he is in a special category?




Some fine beef specimens. But this last one is one I never saw before I came to Texas. I call it an "Oreo Cow".


That's all the pictures I have for you. There were, of course, lots of 4-H entries for everything from Hay to eggs to be judged. It's always a fun adventure. Hope y'all have a great Labor Day weekend.

Linda Kay

Sunday, September 3, 2017

National Day of Prayer

Many of us in Texas know someone who is caught up in those awful storms and flooding along the coast. We are thankful that we are not in one of the 30 counties effected by the hurricane. 

The President has declared today as a National Day of Prayer for those victims of the hurricane all along the coast. Take just a few moments to pray for them and to give thanks for your own blessings.

Linda Kay
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