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You Won’t Believe These South Texas Destinations

You Won’t Believe These South Texas Destinations

Some of us do whatever we can to escape this Texas heat in the summer. Lucky for us, nature provides us Texans some truly beautiful locations to beat the heat. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a quick weekend getaway, Austin TX may be the perfect location. Besides the amazing nightlife, city, and not to mention incredible food, Austin is home to some incredible natural preserves. The first and probably most famous is Hamilton Pool.

Morgan C. Hamilton, Hamilton Pool

Named after it’s previous owner, Morgan C. Hamilton, Hamilton Pool is iconic in the Texas area. It was created when erosion caused the dome of an underground river to completely collapse. The waterfalls and mist from the river keep the whole camp cool in the summer, creating a real-life oasis for visitors. This pool is the ultimate swimming hole for all ages.

 Hamilton pool lives the Pace Bend Park & Campground

Not far from Hamilton pool lives the Pace Bend Park & Campground. The camping here is hard to beat. With over 300 campsites there is no need to reserve. Just show up and pick the one closest to the water! When you jump off one of the many cliffs and into the deep water of Lake Travis, you’ll know that this is the way to do a Texas Summer. Grab some floaties and relax in the beautiful blue lake water. Tubing, water skiing, and wakeboarding are all popular activities on the lake, as well as cliff climbing! Climb up the cliffs, and fall backward straight into the water.

We hope you enjoyed reading this week’s article! Enjoy your summer, and try and beat the heat!

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EASY Never Fails 3 Steps Key Lime Pie

EASY Never Fails 3 Steps Key Lime Pie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons Key lime zest*
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 (9-inch) graham cracker piecrust
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Garnish: fresh Key lime slices*

THE PROCESS

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together condensed milk and next 3 ingredients until well blended. Pour mixture into piecrust.

Step 2

Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until pie is set. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Chill 1 hour before serving.

Step 3

Beat whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until soft peaks form, gradually adding powdered sugar. Top pie with whipped cream. Garnish, if desired.

3 STEPS to Delicious Louisiana Ribs (SLOW COOKER)

3 STEPS to Delicious Louisiana Ribs (SLOW COOKER)

INGREDIENTS
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. onion powder
2 lb. baby back ribs, trimmed and cut into 4 to 5 pieces
1 c. barbecue sauce, divided
1/2 c. water
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cajun seasoning, salt, oregano, and onion powder. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel then rub spice mixture onto ribs.
  2. Brush about ½ cup barbecue sauce onto ribs and place in slow cooker. Pour water around the ribs and cook on low until tender, about 8 hours.
  3. Brush the remaining barbecue sauce on the ribs.
A Southern Taste – EASY Corn Fritters

A Southern Taste – EASY Corn Fritters

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups corn kernels (See Kelly’s Note)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sliced scallions, for serving
  • Sour cream or garlic aioli, for serving

 

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl, stir together the corn kernels, flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Stir in the eggs and heavy cream until the batter is well-combined.

Line a plate with paper towels. Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with vegetable oil and place it over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, scoop 2- to 3-tablespoon mounds of the corn batter into the pan, spreading it lightly into a flat, circular shape. Cook the fritters for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip them once and cook them an additional 3 minutes until they’re golden brown and cooked through. Transfer the fritters to the paper towel-lined plate, season them immediately with salt and repeat the cooking process with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as needed.

Garnish the corn fritters with scallions and serve them with sour cream or garlic aioli for dipping.

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