State FAIRwell!

2013 Most Creative Fried Thanksgiving Dinner
2013 Best Taste Deep-Fried Cuban Roll
2012 Most Creative Deep Fried Jambalaya
2012 Best Taste Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
2011 Most Creative Fried Bubblegum
2011 Best Taste Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack
2010 Most Creative Fried Beer™
2010 Best Taste Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie
2009 Most Creative Deep Fried Butter
2009 Best Taste Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
2008 Most Creative Fried Banana Split
2008 Best Taste Chicken Fried Bacon
2007 Most Creative Deep Fried Latte
2007 Best Taste Texas Fried Cookie Dough
2006 Most Creative Fried Coke
2006 Best Taste Fried Praline Perfection
2005 Most Creative Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream
2005 Best Taste Fried PB, Jelly and Banana SandwichImageChili cheese fries at state fair of texas 2013



Bluebonnet Time!

Oceans of bluebonnets with paintbrushes sprink...

Oceans of bluebonnets with paintbrushes sprinkled about, simply beautiful, April 15, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t love wildflower season in Texas? I’m already seeing some striking yellow color along the highway.  It’s only a matter of days until the Indian Paintbrushes and Bluebonnets, our wonderful state flower, are in full bloom. Check out the link below about bluebonnet sitings. Photo opp….don’t miss it!—Gallery-I-201634961.html


Beautiful Lakes of Texas


Texas has 170 lakes. This list is narrowed  to 10, choosing beautiful lakes within a short enough drive from Dallas/Fort Worth that they qualify as weekend retreats. Yes, there are closer lakes that are not included. Most of the lakes on the list  are not owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which prevents property owners from building docks or boathouses. The two lakes on the list that are owned by the Corps—Lake Texoma and Lake o’ the Pines—are worth making an exception for.

Of course, Arlington has it’s own Lake Arlington, great for a quick afternoon of fishing or skiing. It’s convenient and usually not too crowded. Joe Pool Lake is located in Grand Prairie and has campgrounds on either side, plus a lakeside restaurant for enjoying an evening out with live music.

See the following links for more info on Texas lakes.