Raising my four children, Caesar salad was my favorite salad to prepare for them. There was never a drop leftover!Today, I am gathering fresh Romaine lettuce from our garden, making the Caesar dressing from scratch, and tossing the salad!
History was made in Austin, Texas 100 years ago. It happened again this month.
Austin – To honor their ancestors, a Daughters of the Republic of Texas – Reuben Hornsby Chapter was formed in April, 1919. For 100 years, members of the chapter held monthly meetings and preserved the history of the Hornsby family. Stories were shared and photos were documented for archives.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas – Reuben Hornsby Chapter celebrated the 100th anniversary with a family reunion. Over 60 family members traveled from around the country to celebrate!Reuben Hornsby, a soldier, surveyor, and one of Stephen F. Austin earliest colonist and his wife, Sarah Morrison Hornsby and their six children boarded the steamer “Pocahontas” at Vicksburg, Mississippi on January 2, 1830. They landed at the head Brazos river in Texas on Feb 5, 1830. At that time this area was part of Mexico. Little did Reuben and Sarah know it at the time, their courage to move to this unsettled territory in the Wild West would be the beginning of Reuben volunteering in the Army of Texas and sons, William, Malcolm, Josephus, and Daniel serving as Texas Rangers and Scouts during 1835 and 1836. In the spring of 1836, William was 19, Malcolm was 17, Josephus was 14, and Daniel was 12.
April 21,1836, Reuben, William, and Malcolm went on to volunteer at the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. Following the victory, they returned home and celebrated Malcolm’s 18th birthday on April 27th, 1836.
The Hornsby Bend is prominently displayed on maps of Austin, Texas. Its location is a horseshoe in the Colorado river. According to some accounts, the Hornsby community may be the oldest settlement in Travis County.
For the Reuben Hornsby chapter’s 100th anniversary – family reunion, cousins brought their favorite dishes for lunch, celebrating Sarah’s Morrison Hornsby’s legacy, her gracious hospitality. Smiles, laughter, and a few tears were shared as stories of living on Hornsby Bend were told. New Reuben Hornsby Chapter Officers for 2019 – 2021 were sworn into office.
“Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.” – Buddy Valastro, Cake Boss
Everyone wants a Cake Boss cake! Just in case Buddy’s bakery isn’t in your neighborhood, you can make a beautiful cake at home. Really, it’s a snap with my delicious buttercream icing and decorating tips!
Back in 2009, I acquired this buttercream icing recipe and I have been making it for years.
It is the BEST buttercream icing because:
The flavor – Creme Bouquet is the secret ingredient. It is available in the largest cake and candy supply store in North Texas, Cake Carousel in Addison, Texas. Even sweeter, because its family owned!
The creamy consistency – The special mixing technique is the secret. The easiest way to learn it is to watch my video. You have to see it to believe it!
Buttercream Icing Ingredients: 2-pound bag of confectioners sugar, 1/4(to 1/3 cup, depending on humidity) cup boiling water, 3 T. Creme Bouquet, 2. T. vanilla extract, 1 t. salt, 1 pound unsalted butter (room temperature), 1 1-pound, small tub of Crisco
If you have attended David Dike’s Fine Art Auctions you know they are so much fun. If you are new to collecting art, no worries. David and his team will make you feel right at home! The fine art ranges from appraisal values of $100 lithographs all the way up tp $300,000 Selinas paintings. There is something for everyone!
The auction will be held at Wildman Art Framing, 1715 Market Center Blvd., Saturday, April 6. The bidding begins at noon. Doors open at 10:00am for a preview. For a sneak peak, join David today or this evening for a cocktail reception from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
While you are admiring the art, taste the tacos and enjoy the open bar. Kick off your boots and stay a while. Promise you will be entertained!
David is nationally recognized for his expertise in Texas art. Following graduation from TCU, he opened his gallery in 1986. Since 1996, David has hosted annual fine art auctions.