Thursday, October 1, 2015


Cue the music...

The "Bootiful Wimberley" program added quite a few new boots around town, so I'm still discovering some I've never seen before. Check this one out, spotted on the steps in front of Gallery On The Square.

So, how many of you noticed what was spinning around inside the boot, there at the top? Nope, you're not imagining things. That is indeed a disco ball!

Only in Wimberley, right?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


When we first moved here, my greatest delight was exploring all the many little Hill Country towns, each one unique in its own special way. Over time, however, we more or less fell into a routine. Now our path is confined mostly to trips between Wimberley, San Marcos, Kyle and Austin. We keep talking about going somewhere different for a change, but never seem to get around to it. Needless to say, I was tickled to death when two of the Muses suggested an outing to Dripping Springs yesterday. It's been over a year since I was there, and then it was just for a doctor's appointment.

First stop was at Crêpe Crazy, and the weather was just perfect for dining out on their lovely covered patio. 

We each ordered a different kind of crêpe, then split each one three ways, so we could taste them all.

One Florentine, One Chicken & Mushroom
The hands down favorite was a dessert crêpe with sweet cream cheese and strawberries!

Did you know that Crêpe Crazy now has a second location? This one's in Austin, on S. Lamar I believe. Try it, you'll like it!

Once we were stuffed to the brim, Fiber Woman suggested we walk across the side street to the quilt store. I didn't even know Dripping Springs had a quilt store. Expecting some tiny rinky-dink place, I was in for quite a shock. For starters, the place is huge, taking up the entire space where Timpone's Market and Deli used to be. Welcome to Valli & Kim -- so much more than a mere quilt store!

Need a coloring book perhaps?

I tell you what, it kinda made me want to take up sewing again -- especially when I saw those matching sundress patterns for little girls and their dollies. Too bad I gave my sewing machine to my daughter.

The biggest surprise came when I asked one of the salespeople how long the store had been open, and she told me "about five years." Whoa! I really need to get out more!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


A couple of days after we went in for our travel immunizations, my hubby and a couple of the kiddos went to the Craft Beer Fest in Austin. There was a guy there, set up with an old-fashioned typewriter, who could write you a poem for a wee bit of cash. All you had to do was give him a word to get him started. Well, Hubby's arms were probably pretty sore by then, so the first word that popped into his head was "vaccinations", and this was the result.

At first I had it hanging on the refrigerator door, but then it occurred to may that perhaps it was time to pull that Sudanese travel journal back out -- the one I started months ago, when we thought the trip was going to take place in August.

When things got pushed back to late December, the journal sort of got shoved aside to make room for other projects. But now, it's back!

Monday, September 28, 2015


Everyone I know who has an herb garden is scrambling to harvest the last of their basil, before the first serious cold front hits. What do you do with a tub full of basil? Why, you make pesto, of course! And, what's the very best thing to do with a freezer full of pesto? Well, you might start with that yummalicious Tomato Pesto Tart that I'm always yakkin' about. But what if you don't do carbs?

Recently there was a recipe popping up on Facebook that contained pretty much all the same ingredients as my tomato tart. The only difference was that, instead of piling said ingredients up on a tasty pastry crust, you mound them on boneless chicken breasts. Perfect for all my carb-phobic friends, right? So I decided to give it a try.

Preheat your oven to 400 F. You'll need one small boneless, skinless breast per person. I pounded the thick end down a bit, so it would cook more evenly. Place the breasts in a baking pan and spread with a layer of pesto. Top with some grated Mozzarella cheese and finish with some Roma tomato slices. Season with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper.

Bake 40 minutes at 400 F. (more or less, depending on their thickness) et voila!

The only trick is keeping all the toppings on the meat! Of course, I think those crispy cheese bits left in the pan are the very best part, so I had no problem with that.  I have no problem with the occasional carb either, so I'll be keeping both this recipe and the one with the pastry crust, for both are simply scrumptious!