Super Simple Sensations


For me, breakfast was always a toughie. Which is a pretty amazing statement, considering that I manage two B&Bs, right? But growing up, breakfast was not, as they say, the most important meal of the day in the house where I grew up. It usually consisted of cold cereal (and in the 70s, novelty cereals Continue reading →

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Woot! We Have a Winner!

I assigned a number to each entry in the order in which they were received. I then used the random number generator at to get my winning number.

Congratulations to Melanie Riley, who wins the French rolling pin (retail value $15.99) and awesome William Bounds Ltd. pepper grinder (retail value $55.00)!

I’ll be contacting Melanie via e-mail to arrange for delivery of her prizes.

This was fun! We will do it again soon!

Caprese? Easy!

It is amazing how much delectable goodness can come from a little whisking, boiling, chopping, and mixing. For the Fourth of July, we had our annual cook-out with friends and neighbors. Way too much food, as always, but gosh, it was good! Burgers, dogs, sausages, rosemary garlic shrimp, grilled corn on the cob, salads, chips…the Continue reading →

Time for a Giveaway!

In my post yesterday, I extolled the virtues of the French rolling pin and the pepper grinder, and urged you to go buy them.

So I thought it would be pretty amazing to gift one lucky person with…what else?…a French rolling pin and a pepper grinder!


So I visited Ruth, the proprietor of The Hearty Gourmet, the local shop for all things culinary in Gonzales. I told her what I was doing, and she helped me choose the perfect accessories for this giveway.

So here’s the deal: Like Belle Oaks Inn or Boothe House Bed & Breakfast on Facebook (click on the links on the right to bring you to the page(s)). Share this blog on your Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest account, or other social media. Leave me a comment on this post letting me know you’ve done it (yup, I’ll be checking), and you’re in!

We’ll give it a week. Next Tuesday, July 9th, I’ll draw a name from everyone who has left me a comment, and one lucky reader will get these lovely kitchen accessories to help them in their own epicurean adventures!

Good Luck! I’m very excited!

Let’s Do Lunch!


A Bed & Breakfast doesn’t always mean just a place to sleep and the morning meal. At Belle Oaks Inn, there’s often more going on. Weddings, luncheons, dinners, afternoon teas — it’s all part of creating a place where people can celebrate and enjoy the elegance of a special event. We had the honor of Continue reading →

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Belle Oaks Inn and That Awesome Pecan Orange Bread

pecan orange bread

This is Belle Oaks Inn. Pretty nice, huh? I still marvel every day that I get to work here and consider it my second home (we’ll talk about my first home later). Built in 1912 by the Dilworth Family (Mr. Dilworth owned the Dilworth Bank — which makes sense considering his name was on the Continue reading →

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