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Monday, December 26, 2011

What's your favorite thing to do the day after Christmas.  I have to work this afternoon so going to try to snatch up some bargains on the way.  Let me know what you do.
Looking forward to a great 2012.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

LET'S GET REAL!

LET'S GET REAL!:

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fun, Dreamy, Surreal, Heart Thumping, Giggly, Peaceful, Easy, and Inspiring

What a wonderful week.  What a special experience.  What an extremely talented group of people.  I feel like all the worlds problems could have been solved by the 40+ people gathered at Rachel Ashwell's The Praire for The Bloggers Luncheon.  Far removed as it was from the fast paced life most of us live, it was like a walk into the past with a real forward thinking leader.



To cover this event will take several entries.  Everyone deserves their special time in the spotlight.  It took four different groups to bring this event to fruition.  Of course the one and only, Rachel Ashwell, Bud "The Pieman" of Royer's Cafe fame, Kelley Copeland of The Hidden List, and Dwell with Dignity's Kim Turner and Lisa Robison.  Each of these incredible spokes in the wheel drove us down a very special trail to The Praire.



Rachel is the quintessential hostess.  She has surrounded herself with top notch people who make everything look effortless. "A gracious woman with an ease about her that makes you feel so relaxed" is a great way to describe what it is like to spend time with her.  She doesn't mind telling you that "she's had her trying times that everyone knows about", "that she cried from stress AND had a wagonwheel chandelier", "that she has no formal training and just used her own personal love and passion for design."  (She had to dress up the deer to make him fit in!)




After our fabulous lunch provided by Royer's Cafe and Bud (more to come on this later) we moved on to tour Lilliput Lodge with Rachel.  Many more great stories were told of her and her team living in the Lilliput while staying at The Prairie.  Most of these pictures were taken by my niece, Kate Ragon of Jaxon Ivy, a repurposed lifestyle store, in Fredericksburg, TX.

















Next to come will be the Blogger's Luncheon itself........

Monday, September 26, 2011

What a day....gonna take some time to do this up right.  Stay posted.  It was a dream.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

oooooooooooooo bring it on.  Packing for The Prairie Luncheon, Royer's Cafe, Marburger, Warrenton, and Round Top.  Not much time to share right now, but Watch out, here it comes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

HGTV pushes personality with series - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety

HGTV pushes personality with series - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety:

Junk Gypsies Prom, Thursday night, Sept.29, following our luncheon at The Prairie with Rachel Ashell on Monday, Sept. 26 and Marburger, Sept. 27, Warrenton, Sept. 28. Whoot!
HGTV is all over JuNk GyPsies and a new series.....

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'...

get those doggies rollin', Rouuund Top!



Don't try to understand 'em,
Just rope and throw and grab 'em,
Soon we'll be living high and wide.
Boy my heart's calculatin'
My true love will be waitin', be waiting at the end of my ride. 






Move 'em on, head 'em up,
Head 'em up, move 'em out, Move 'em on, head 'em out Round Top! Set 'em out, ride 'em in Ride 'em in, let 'em out, Cut 'em out, ride 'em in ROUND TOP.









The Praire by Rachel Ashwell….
come a long for the ride.














Friday, September 16, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Wine and Cheese Pairings - Host a Wine and Cheese Party

Always trying to figure it out. Always worried if you are doing it right (whatever right is)? Well this is a great article to take the jitters away. Print and save and worry no more. Cheers!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Marburger Farms and a new opportunity.

Oh my, what an exciting week in Round Top in September.  First I am doing the Rachel Ashwell event on Monday and NOW, I will blog from Marburger starting on Tuesday.  Stay tuned, folks!

Friday, August 26, 2011

RSVP to Lunch on The Prairie

Well, I made it!!!  And better yet my sister and my niece, Binky and Kate, were accepted, too.  This is going to be one exciting trip.  The luncheon will have 35 of us with Rachel Ashwell at her new B&B.  You can preview it on http://theprairiebyrachelashwell.com/   It is so beautiful.  After the luncheon and tour then that evening we get to go shop her new Shabby Chic Couture Shop.  Going to be quite an adventure.  Will keep you posted as we get ready to take this trip.  We then come back and blog the event.  Winners get great prizes from The Pie Man, Bud Royer!  Those of you who have been to Round Top know all about Royer's Cafe.  Let me know if there's anything you want me to try and find for you while we are there.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shabby Chic at it's ULTIMATE!


Lunch On The Prairie

exclusive event
Here’s your opportunity to meet and have lunch with Rachel Ashwellat her amazing new Bed and Breakfast, The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, in Round Top, Texas.  OMG.  What an opportunity.  I have sent in my RSVP as fast as I could.  Everyone pray and cross your fingers that I could receive this opportunity.  My sister, Binky, and I did this show together once, but I did it many times by myself.  We had just made plans yesterday to go this year.  We also talked about Rachel Ashwell's new B&B in Roundtop, as I have one in Fredericksburg.  I will keep you posted.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summertime Food

It's nice to lighten up and enjoy what's fresh.  However, I have a staple at the Lazy T that is good anytime of the year.  So I am going to share my favorite granola recipe.  It is so easy to make and change to suit your taste or allergies.  It makes a good snack, too.

Makes 6 1/2 cups, serves 12 (not at my table)

3 c. old-fashioned oats
1 c. slivered almonds
1/2 c. coconut
1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. canola oil
1 c. dried cranberries
1.2 c. dried banana chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Stir together oats, almonds, coconut, honey and oil in a large bowl.

Spreak in a rimmed baking pan and bake until oats are golden (about 30 minutes).  Stir often to prevent sticking.

Remove from oven, let cool, then stir in cranberries and banana chips.  Store in airtight container after completely cooled.

Substitute the fruit or nuts to taste or for variety.

Enjoy!

Coming up next is about being a first time Bed and Breakfast guest!  Answers to many questions I receive.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication", Leonardo Da Vinci

A home cooked meal, a comfy bed with great linens, bright stars and brilliant sunsets, peace and quiet, or exhilarating conversation.  It's pretty simple.  No themes and gadgets; no silly names and come-ons.  Life at the Lazy T is simple and sensible.  Life in Fredericksburg is the same way.  I ran a few errands the other day and when I came home my average MPH per my car was 20!
Baking brownies, coffee cakes, and pouring wine for new found friends is a great way to live.  It's like throwing a party many days a week.  Someone asked me if I had made any friends in FBG, I answered yes, at least 10 a weekend.  My world expands greatly guest by guest.
   

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Need to Keep Up

Well, it has been pointed out to me in no uncertain terms that I am behind on my blog even though I Tweet, FB, cook, clean, worked on design of new cards, rack cards and now website.  And by the way the Lazy T is having a record third year.  Now I am a full time resident of the Lazy T which means I completed the move from my home of 25 years.  So I am proud to say that I will attempt to keep up.  I really think my guests come first, but some people prefer to push that you are all things to all people. 

It's Spring in Texas and the drought is really bad.  Mowing will be a minimum but watering will be required entertainment.  With gas reaching record highs travel is well thought out.  The world is in turmoil and earthquakes won't stop.  I am sure I could think of more bad things, but I choose not to.

I choose to keep on keeping on.  People continue to need to get away from all the daily life issues that make their lives hard.  It is my job to see that they have the best value experience for their hard earned money.  There are more goodies and bigger breakfasts at the Lazy T.  There are more shared experiences and shared sunsets at the Lazy T.  There are more morning laughs, more music, and more star gazing at the Lazy T.  There is more of a drive for me to "Keep Up" at the Lazy T.  For you see, the guests who come as strangers and leave as friends are my reason to be at the Lazy T.

Happy to be bone weary but "keepin' up".  Hugs and Sunsets, kk

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Need to Satisfy

Being in the B and B business allows for all kinds of interest.  They all revolve around service but can be many things.  As the Innkeeper I get to do all the things I love to do, all the things I like to do, all the things I will do, and all the things I have to do.  The good news is it is a sliding scale that goes from large loves to small have to dos.  Number one love has to be the "need to satisfy."  "Satisfy" can take on many directions in a B&B.  Today I want to focus on satisfying the love of a great breakfast and a morning that can set the tone for a great day.

When I book a reservation one of the first questions I ask is "Do you have any food allergies?"  Most people are taken aback by this.  Some people have even written in reviews about the fact that I ask this question.  I am not a full service restaurant, but I do aim to please--back to "satisfy".  I have run into many different answers to this question.  Some people are gluten free, some allergic to eggs, strawberries, bananas, nuts, etc.  You know what?  It's really not that hard to work around these issues.  After having dealt with all the allergies there are many other questions.  You know what?  We all don't drink 4-5 cups of coffee every morning any more, however, SOME of us do.  Some of us have had 3 cups before we come to breakfast.  So asking, "Do you want coffee at Breakfast?" is a very important question.  Oh, and then there is the question, "Are you coming to breakfast?"  Funny, but there are a few people who book at a  B&B and never mean to come to breakfast.     So do you get how we get into "The need to satisfy?"

Now, my latest discovery in satisfying my guests.  When you ask about the allergies they all say "no".  Then you prepare the most beautiful gourmet breakfast and set it down in front of them and they say, "the only two things I don't eat are bananas and pecans."  This is right after a beautiful presentation of my Bananas Foster French Toast.  This has nothing to do with allergies, it has to do with "I don't like."  Another "I don't like" can often be eggs.  Therefore, I always have on hand my wonderful homemade Granola and a variety of fruit.  That doesn't mean they don't like your thyme potatoes though. So just remember you are there to satisfy.  Satisfy an allergy, satisfy a want, and satisfy a need.  The glory of the need to satisfy for any and all.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The "R" word--Resolutions

Ok, I was reminded today that I have not blogged in a month.  Some how a full house all through the holidays took on a life of its' own.  Lots of food, fun, delightful guests who are now new friends, and many bottles of wine.  Decorations up--decorations down.....the Charlie Brown tree was loved by all. 

So now I must discuss the "r" word.  I don't make resolutions except for the one that has to do with running the Lazy T.  I am pouring my heart and soul into 2011 to make this the best year.  The Lazy T has only been open for 2 years and 3 months.  The first 9 months don't really count because I wasn't on site full time to make it happen.  However, 2010 was a good year despite the economy.  This year I have a list of improvements to make every guests' experience better than ever before.  I resolve that the Great Hall will get a big upgrade through HVAC improvements, furniture additions, and a kitchen upgrade.  That is all a big challenge but WILL be accomplished.  Outside there will be the additions of a large fountain, more landscaping and improved lighting.  The BIG excitement for me is going to be the addition of a garden filled with herbs, tomatoes, garlic, and all things that I can use in the making of my Texas sized breakfasts.  Of course this fabulous garden will have to be Deer fenced so we get to enjoy it and not them.  AND in front of the garden will be the addition of a sunset watching patio!  I am really excited about this.  So you can see I have set a lot of goals for myself this year, and they are all goals to create a more pleasurable experience for you at the Lazy T.  Tell me what you think of my plans.  Any ideas?