Thursday, March 31, 2011

Central Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides

The Texas hill country is amazingly beautiful and there are countless great country roads that offer scenic drives but have you thought about taking in the views from high above? On my way into the Inn Above Onion Creek bed and breakfast I captured some photos of folks that had just that idea. They were getting ready to go airborne when I hopped out to take a couple of quick photos. I did a quick internet search and found a webpage here that has some listings for hot air balloon companies for Austin and Central Texas. Maybe for your next hill country getaway you could go for a hot air balloon ride and make it a trip to remember.

Getting ready for take-off.

Looks like fun.

I can only imagine of some of the great photos she got that day. The one she's taking of me in this photo is not one of them.

Showing Texas pride high above the hill country.

-Bootsie the Cat

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Grand Opening for "150 Market" Farmers Market in Kyle, Texas.

We're very excited to announce that the grand opening of the 150 Market farmers market has finally arrived. The local farmers market was the brainchild of Sharon Michaelis (seen above) and takes place on the Michaelis Ranch, 25 miles south of Austin, Texas on FM 150 and is just down the road from the Inn Above Onion Creek. The 150 Market features dozens of vendors that are offering locally grown produce, fresh eggs and even beef raised right on the Michaelis Ranch.

Brian Bayer is one of the many local vendors featured at the 150 market (seen here with some fresh lettuce that was grown about 20 feet from where the photo was taken). Brian and our very own Chef Galvan have been friends for years, such good friends that Chef was a groomsman at Brian's wedding. Brian is currently a student at Texas State majoring in horticulture and tends to a garden on the Michaelis Ranch. In fact, it was due to Chef Galvan that Brian came to the Michaelis Ranch. About a year ago, Chef introduced Brian to Sharon Michaelis knowing that Sharon was looking to start a farmers market. They instantly worked out a program where Brian would tend to a garden on the ranch and it's worked out wonderfully for everyone, including our guests who get to enjoy the fresh locally grown produce.

The 150 market has a great selection of local vendors. You can find locally raised lamb, fresh honey, organic hummus and even our very own "Mom's Beef Lasagna", made by Chef Galvan, and includes beef raised right on the Michaelis Ranch. Here you can see Sharon Michaelis talking with market guests in the cabin. If you're visiting the Inn Above Onion Creek on a Thursday be sure and stop and see the dozens of local vendors offering sustainable and locally produced products.

The 150 market takes place on Saturdays from 1-4pm at the Michaelis Ranch.

-Bootsie the Cat

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stuffed French Toast

A bit of Karma took place today at the Inn Above Onion Creek. I was checking out the Jumping Rocks Photography blog and their most recent post highlighted a great photo of stuffed french toast. I peeked my head into the dining room and and low and behold we were serving stuffed french toast. Matt and Mark of Jumping Rocks do amazing architectural photography and are probably considered the best Bed and Breakfast photographers in the country.  A couple of years ago we were fortunate to have them come take photos of Maurice's Cottage and Guest Room and they have been an inspiration to me ever since. Along with their great photos of Inns they also do amazing food photography and being inspired I decided to take a crack at reproducing Jumping Rocks great photo. Here are a few attempts to make food look as good as Jumping Rocks Does. You can check out the fore-mentioned JR blog post here.

A Top Down View

I like the shallow depth of field with this one.

I think the Texas Red Bud blossoms add a nice touch