A Calming Lakeview

A week ago this past Friday… My sister… Peyton and I were invited to go to Walden’s Lakeview dining up in beautiful Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas.

I have been up to the Lake Conroe area multiple times, but I had never been to this particular area.

We were invited by the social media team of the restaurant to try three new menu items that they had just put out. I was super excited about this dining experience… Because I love to sample new food.

We were given a preview of what the menu was going to be, they we’re going to be three healthy salads, and each one looked better than the next.

I was extremely excited to try the ceviche, it sounded absolutely amazing!

As I said earlier in the blog I had never been to this particular area of Lake Conroe… So I was excited to see it.

When we got to the restaurant I was beyond impressed… It was a beautiful restaurant, with an absolutely gorgeous view. Upon entering… it was just as pretty inside.

The staff was very pleasant, polite and respectful. Upon being seated at our table… I took a look around the restaurant and with all the beautiful windows at the front of the restaurant, I realized we had a spectacular view of the lake. It didn’t appear as if there was any bad seat in this entire restaurant.

There was live music and dancing… Which for a moment I was a little concerned might stress Peyton. Although, Peyton usually does well in active environments, sometimes a combination of smells, sounds and activity can cause him to become stressed.

I looked at him and asked him if he was stressed, he said absolutely not…. the view was so beautiful and calming that it took his mind off of everything else.

There’s a beautiful deck that encompasses the entire restaurant front, he went out there at one point, and took pictures. When he came back in it suddenly hit me… if he were stressed… He could go stand on that deck, look at the water… take in the beautiful sounds, breathe the fresh air and it would lower his stress and anxiety.

All three of our salads came around the same time… So I was excited to try each one of them. We also got fresh rolls and chips as well.

I cannot say one bad thing about what we ate! Everything was absolutely wonderful.

I honestly can say that this is one of my favorite restaurants now. Between the view, the food, the service and the all over experience…. you can’t beat Walden’s Lakeview dining.

I know this entire blog sounds like just an advertisement for it… But trust me… it is as positive as it is in this blog. because it deserves this positivity.

The restaurant did not put any kind of pressure on us to give a positive review… they wanted us to give an honest review… and my honest review is 10 stars out of five.

I look forward to going back again and I specially look forward to taking my husband for date night, because this restaurant is great for date night… for families… including autism families.. for dancing, for relaxing… and especially for Eating.

Also, here’s the link to their website.

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog!

Our Awesomism Texas Chili

If you’re like us, you really love smoked brisket… My husband makes one of the best smoked briskets, I’ve ever had in my life. I was never really all that much into brisket, and can honestly tell you that I hadn’t had it a lot, before I moved to Texas. Now I’ve become a huge fan of it. We have a Traeger grill which is one of the best for smoking brisket… Well, actually I love our Traeger grill for everything. Unless you have a big family or you wanna freeze some of your brisket, you’re going to have brisket left over. Here is a really (awesomism) recipe that I kind of threw together myself for our version of Texas chili. I add the ground beef with the Brisket because it is what Peyton loves….

This is an easy recipe and awesome for this time of the year! it’s quick

Remember this is using leftover brisket…

Here are ingredients of making Texas Chili:

  • 1 lb smoked brisket cut into small thin  cubes
  • 1 lb ground beef … I cook this before time, so it is fully cooked and browned
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can Ranch Style beans
  • 1 15.5 oz can Buffalo Beans
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 24 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp  chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp water

Throw it all together… again make sure that the ground beef and brisket is fully cooked first! I dump everything into a crock pot and cook it on High for 2 hours and medium for 6… checking every so often and stirring… when checking.

I add 1/2 cup of the grated pepper jack cheese 1/2 way through and put the rest on top after it is done! I love sour cream and tortilla chips with mine as well. Please note that the cheese can be eliminated if you want.

As always… all disclaimers for food apply… have to put that on here! ; )

Thanks so much for reading my blog and following me and Peyton on our 45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays…

The Strength of Texans

I decided to revisit this blog for a couple of reasons….. We have had some bad weather in Texas again lately, and once again… I saw the best come out in people…. and another reason… because I really hope that people focus on the best… even while going through tough times… that is a Life Lesson for always…Hope you enjoy this blog!

 

 

 

As most of you know this past week or so has been an almost surreal time in Texas. As I was thinking about writing this blog, I struggled with how to write this. I want to make sure I make this about everyone who was affected and everyone who gave so selflessly, not about me.

I have been through other Hurricanes as I lived in Florida for many years. I honestly wasn’t stressed about this one, as I figured it would be a day of storms and then we’d be done. As the storm got closer and the weather people became truly stressed, I started to worry. I didn’t want Peyton to know I was worried, as he tends to really stress whenever any storms are happening. I saw him sitting in his massage chair, quite a bit so I knew he was well aware there was some “danger” heading toward us.

Friday night the storm started, we all started to realize this was going to be big, little did many of us realize just how big. Harvey came and he didn’t leave, he seemed to have a love for Texas, like so many of us. The problem was he wasn’t good to us. No matter how awful Harvey was, Texas was stronger. The will, resolve and love of the people of Texas was shown over and over. That love, that determination and resolve was watched by people all over the world. The people watching decided they needed and wanted to help, I truly believe they helped because they saw Texans as awesome people. No one cared what color skin, ethnicity, religion you were, or who you voted for….they cared that you loved, cared, and believed in the goodness of EVERYONE! A week before Harvey came, this country was coming apart at the seams. The people of Houston and of Texas grabbed a huge needle and thread and not only repaired the tear, but did it with love. I sat glued to channel 13, abc news. I cried, I laughed and I cheered as I watched the “Cajun Navy” and many, many, many others come. People grabbed everything they could and went out risking their lives, to save EVERYONE. The resolve and strength of people was overwhelming to me. Whole families’ belongings were reduced to a garbage bag and even sometimes a small grocery bag. Yet, when many were interviewed they were so thankful to be alive. They focused on the positive, thanked those who saved them, and chose to see the silver lining.

This is what is great about Texans, they see what unites them, not what divides them. Oh I know there are some who choose to be negative, but they are a small number, and like Harvey will fade away into the background. Now comes the really hard part… The rebuilding for so, so many… But just like when Harvey was trying to break our will and our spirit. I truly believe we will see the strength, resolve, compassion and love of Texans. That huge needle and thread will become a hammer, saw and nails. I hope the world keeps watching because Texans believe in actions, not words and the lessons they teach are Huge, because everything is bigger in Texas! We are Houston Strong, We are Texas Strong! I am sure Harvey and maybe even a few others learned….Don’t Mess with Texas!