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Enjoy a Texas Date Night Out

Whether it’s a first date, an anniversary or a spontaneous night out, both Houston and Dallas offer fantastic dating opportunities near Darling Homes communities.

Houston

Couples of all ages have plentiful options for both understated dinners and energetic activities.

Upscale Outing

Delight in upscale dining at Robard’s Steakhouse in The Woodlands. This restaurant provides a gorgeous atmosphere with award-winning food making it ideal for a special night out. With items ranging from roasted corn & king crab chowder to filet mignon and truffle risotto, this menu has items to please every palette.

Romantic Dinner for Two

Romance is in the air at 13 Celsius, a European wine bar and cafe. With a wine list featuring selections from all over the world, this location’s expansive menu includes savory selections such as cheese plates and delightful desserts like s’mores and affogato.

Fireside Seats and Groovy Beats

At Cottonwood, spend a warm night on the patio or grab a fireside seat and enjoy live music while sipping one of the 42 craft beers on tap. Check the Cottonwood Facebook page for a list of upcoming musical guests.

Dallas

Elevate the average date night with a stop at one of these Dallas restaurants.

Decadent Dinner with a View

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, on the 50th floor of the iconic and recently renovated Reunion Tower, offers 360-degree views of the city from its revolving dining room, where you can indulge in decadent Asian cuisine, pan seared Texas red fish, crispy Texas quail or a variety of dumplings. Before calling it a night, take a few minutes to explore as this location also features two casual bars just outside of the dining room.

Tastings and Tapas

There is no need to debate where to wine and dine, rather be a tourist in your own city and select a progressive date. Dallas Wine Tours offers expeditions that stop at three different locations for wine tasting and appetizers. The locations rotate The company provides transportation and a guide for the duration of the tour, creating a fun and relaxing day out.

Appetite for Adventure

At the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas, couples can take time out at the spa or choose from four different delectable restaurants. With the Mandalay Canal on Lake Carolyn, visitors can also enjoy a romantic gondola ride around the area or stand up paddle boarding.

Whether you’re looking to relax or have a unique adventure, opportunities for a fantastic date night out are just around the corner for Darling Homes residents.

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Experience the State Fair of Texas

It’s time for Texans to start preparing for their journeys to Dallas for the State Fair of Texas, an opportunity to indulge in fried food, catch their favorite artist performing live, check out the auto show and spend a few hours having a blast on the Midway rides. The fair begins September 28 and runs through October 21.

Prepare ahead of time

A full schedule of events is up on the State Fair of Texas website for visitors to use for planning their trip around a favorite musical act or special event, such as the Texas Innovation exhibit, the Texas Auto Show, Zuzu African Acrobats and much more. The website has a full list of options posted to help visitors prepare, including tips for arranging transportation, which activities to start with and where to dine.

Food

Foodies will delight in the wide array of choices at the Texas State Fair. A wine garden and celebrity chef kitchen provide an exciting culinary adventure for attendees. Food lovers can also grab a taste of award-winning fare with winners and finalists from the Big Tex Choice Awards, including a creative cotton candy taco and Arroz con Leche.

From delicious fried goods to the thrills of the Midway, this year’s State Fair of Texas is sure to be unforgettable.

Entertainment

The fair has a series of concerts, free with the price of admission this year, taking place on the Chevrolet Main Stage. On opening night, Kraig Park will take the stage as Elvis, followed by a variety of acts through the rest of the fair.

Artists performing at the fair include:

  • Aaron Watson on Oct. 6
  • Austin Mahone on Oct. 7
  • The Molly Ringwalds on Oct. 12
  • Ludacris on Oct. 13
  • Hunter Hayes on Oct. 14
  • Casting Crowns on Oct. 20

The Midway features over 70 rides for visitors to try out, including the Top o’ Texas Drop Tower, the Texas Star Ferris Wheel and the Sparkletts Log Flume.

The entertainment doesn’t stop there – the fair also offers up shopping, creative arts experiences, historical exhibits and will host college football games throughout the fair.

Livestock

It wouldn’t be a state fair without the livestock, and this year’s State Fair of Texas is no exception. In addition to fun events, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about agriculture and interact with a variety of farm animals.

Livestock activities include:

  • Farm Day at the Fair for students in 2nd through 4th grade
  • Cow milking demonstrations
  • Livestock terminology lessons
  • Cows, sheep, rabbits and llamas on display
  • Hands-on educational exhibits

New Attractions

Every year, the State Fair of Texas works to bring in new exhibits. This year, the state’s inventive side is on display with a unique exposition, “Celebrating Texas Innovation,” which showcases local contributions to agriculture, medicine, science and more.

Innovation isn’t all the fair is adding this year. Other new exhibits and shows include Amazing Archery, Dallas in the Time of MLK and an All-Star Stunt Dog Show.

This year’s State Fair of Texas is filled with fun experiences, delicious food and thrilling rides Texans won’t want to miss!

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Get a Taste of Texas Coffee

Darling Homes’ communities in Dallas and Houston are situated in suburbs filled with hidden gems from boutiques to restaurants and more. Whether you’re a resident or visitor of the community, take time to explore the surrounding area and enjoy one of these local Texas coffee shops or cafes.

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Darling Homes builds an incredible range of homes in several communities in McKinney, which is also home to a series of highly-rated coffee shops and cafes. At the McKinney Coffee Company, a new family-owned establishment in town, delicious varieties of coffee and pastries are on display. That’s not all the shop has to offer the city – this location is filled to the brim with artwork made by friends and loved ones of the coffee shop’s owners, giving it a unique and cozy atmosphere.

Spoons Cafe, also in McKinney, offers its loyal customers all-day breakfast, lunch, comfort foods, snacks and dinner options throughout the day. Nestled in a historic building with sidewalk seating, this cafe has gained a reputation for its friendly atmosphere, including weekly live music, and good food.

At Snug on the Square, locals can indulge in a menu of quick, delicious bites and coffee creations at their McKinney or Prosper locations. The coffee menu offers both coffee classics and specialties, including honey cinnamon lattes and sweetly inspired drinks such as cini-mini mochas, peppermint bliss and snickerdoo.

Houston

In Cypress, Darling Homes residents can head over to The Bake Shoppe and Cafe for a refreshing meal and a cup of joe. The homey atmosphere at this cafe provides its customers with fresh drinks, food and dessert and the high-quality care doesn’t stop there – this cafe offers an entire line of frozen lasagnas for patrons to take on the road for a later meal.

The Season’s Harvest Cafe treats its guests to only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant in Cypress is a farm-to-table establishment, utilizing locally-grown and in-season foods for their menu. With meat and vegan options available, this cafe has options to offer every diet.

For impeccably decorated cookies, cake pops, quick bites and savory coffee, Plum Coffee is the place to visit in Cypress. This adorable location has a full range of food choices, but it’s known for its dessert and pastry menu, which are great to take to parties or on-the-go.

What is your favorite coffee shop or cafe near your Darling home?

 

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A Dining Room fit for a Dinner Party

Looking to host a dinner party in your new Darling home in Dallas or Houston? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you pull off a party your guests won’t forget.

Decor and Atmosphere

Set the stage for a dinner party with a simple, elegant centerpiece that shows off your style and personality. Gain inspiration from the season, using fresh flowers in the springtime through the end of summer, or fall-inspired colors and decor during the autumn months.  

Darling Homes’ dining rooms are impeccably-designed entertainment spaces. Homeowners can add their personal touch with the addition of a few art pieces or mirrors to the walls.

In addition, for your dinner party, set the table and adding in decor ahead of time with a full range of cutlery, cloth napkins and any dishware necessary to help prepare you for an evening of hosting guests.

Consider playing light background music from the living room or kitchen area to help set a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

The Menu

When it comes to choosing a menu, it’s best to pick something that you are comfortable cooking that is also a generally popular food.

Food Network put together a list of 34 simple yet savory courses for hosts to try during their next dinner party, with options including lemon and garlic roast chicken, eggplant parmigiana and seafood gumbo. Whether you’re looking for a simple, quick menu or a more complicated, multi-course meal, this list provides plenty of options from appetizers to unforgettable desserts.

Get Inspired

Check out photos of our Darling Homes Dallas and Houston dining rooms on Pinterest for more inspiration, and share with us how you plan for your perfect dinner party!

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Host the Perfect Summer Party

Summer is winding down, and there’s no better way to send off the season than hosting a party in your Dallas or Houston Darling home.

With incredible backyard spaces, open-concept kitchens and living room spaces, a Darling home is the perfect place to gather friends and loved ones.

Creating the Space

Lee Crowder, Darling Homes’ design gallery and model home branding manager, recently shared tips for creating the ideal backyard living space. She recommends thinking through details such as the arrangement of outdoor furniture, grilling station and tables. Align these fixtures to help improve flow to the kitchen, so your home can be ready for both indoor and outdoor entertaining.

When there’s a crowd, Crowder recommends setting up a designated food area for serving or for guests to help themselves. Setting the food in a certain area helps organize the party, and leaves the rest of the home open for entertaining. Crowder recommends serving easily portable food options, such as appetizers, hamburgers or other party staples, to help give guests more freedom to move around and visit.

Entertainment

In the backyard, open seating, a drink station and yard games, such as cornhole, ping pong or badminton, create a charming and fun atmosphere. Back inside, in the kitchen and living room area, background music and table games can help guests feel at home.

To keep your privacy while hosting a crowd, consider closing bedroom doors and guiding guests to areas where they can relax and enjoy their time, including game rooms and media rooms.

Fresh food, delightful drinks, good company and a Darling home create a recipe for a successful summer party.

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Making the most of your Texas Garden

This summer, many Texans and Darling Homes residents in Houston and Dallas are planting gardens as a way to experience delicious homegrown food from their very own backyard.

Houston and Dallas are in different planting zones, meaning different types of produce grow better when planted at different times, but both zones grow a variety of fruits and vegetables well throughout the hot summer months.

In Houston, June and July create the perfect planting season for eggplant, melon, okra, peas, peppers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, watermelon and pumpkins, according to the The Old Farmer’s Almanac planting calendar. For summer cooking, these Houston-friendly crops make great side dishes to any meal. Peas, watermelon and peppers are perfect for seasonal salads.  Harvest Green, a community in the Houston area, is labeled as an “Agri-hood” where residents have access to goods grown in a community farm, making agriculture a central theme of the neighborhood.

Similar to Houston, the Dallas planting calendar lists okra, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes, watermelon, eggplant, melon, peas, peppers and pumpkin as ready to plant. Harvesting all of these in both Texas cities continue throughout the fall months as vegetables become ripe, though the growing time is different for each one.

To help your plants grow and increase your yield, there are a few tips and tricks for beginners that can help gardeners of every skill level. These delicious crops can be kept in separate pots or in one communal garden, depending on how many different plants you’d like to maintain throughout the year. Depending on how many different plants and what types you’d like to grow, creating a designated space for a garden bed for items such as watermelons or pumpkins, or planting in a series of pots for smaller items including herbs and peas, can create a manageable garden space in your backyard.

HGTV put together a list of tips for gardeners, including helpful guidance on cleaning pots, how to use garden tools and even how to get dirt out from underneath your fingernails after tending to the plants. From start to finish, gardening requires a lot of patience and care to produce healthy, flourishing plants.

Gardening can also have unexpected health benefits, including mood-boosting, decreasing risk of dementia and combating loneliness.  

Do you have a Texas garden or want to start one? Check out our list of Lone Star State-friendly recipes and garden spaces for Houston and Dallas and let us know what recipes you love to make with your home-grown food.

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Indulge in Food Truck Cuisine this Summer

Beginning in early June and continuing through the rest of the month, Sienna Plantation is hosting Food Truck Fridays.

Darling Homes residents at Avalon at Sienna Plantation are welcome to partake in this delicious weekly event taking place from 5-9 p.m. every Friday. The fun doesn’t stop at Avalon at Sienna Plantation, with food truck events taking place throughout the Houston and Dallas areas throughout the summer for Texans to enjoy. This would be a good opportunity to say something about our communities and the ability to enjoy these types of events or simply a closing remark like “ everyone can experience the innovative twist on dining al fresco”.  

On Friday evenings at Sienna Plantation, the Sawmill Lake model home park is being transformed into a foodie’s paradise. With a changing lineup of food trucks accompanied by live music performances, this free event is open to all ages looking to satisfy their appetite and enjoy a night out with neighbors and friends.

The fun doesn’t end in June. Food truck fans can look forward to the Houston Food Fest on August 18. This celebration will bring together over 100 different cuisine options, from food trucks, to local restaurants and vendors. From noon to 10 p.m., Houstonians will delight in sampling a wide variety of provisions from local artisans.

Dallas is no stranger to the food truck frenzy. With websites like Roaming Hunger and Food Trucks In, foodies can easily find their favorite mobile meals throughout the area.

On Saturdays throughout the summer, different trucks gather at Klyde Warren Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dallas-area families, socialites and all taste buds in between are welcome to try out new local cuisine and relax at the 5.2 acre park. A selection of trucks for upcoming weekends are kept posted on their event page, letting locals know which mobile restaurants will be rolling in.

With food trucks serving up delectable treats from coffee to ice cream, pizza to BBQ and everything in between, Darling Homes residents in Houston and Dallas will delight in the incredible range of options to try out this summer at a local food truck.

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A Roundup of Holiday Recipes by Darling Homes DFW

Are you hosting the holidays this year? We’ve put together a roundup of holiday recipes shared by our own Darling Homes team members that are sure to make your next holiday gathering a hit.

Meet Anita Jantz

Food and family were key ingredients in Anita’s childhood. Growing up in South Louisiana, Anita spent much of her time with her 12 aunts and uncles, gaining some of her fondest memories in the kitchen. A highlight of her youth was the time she spent with her uncle, a retired cook who worked on a Navy submarine. He taught her recipes like sauce piquant, etouffee and jambalaya and lifelong lessons she holds dear.

“I’m thankful for the lessons I was taught, like to always put others first,” Anita said. “To this day I still love to cook and spend time with my family.”

Anita’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Simply Irresistible Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Ingredients, 8-10 servings

  • 1 pound peeled shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can cream style corn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

First, season shrimp with Creole seasoning and set aside. Next, boil potatoes in water until slightly tender, drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, sauté onions, celery, garlic and parsley flakes with butter until golden brown. Then, add shrimp and continue to sauté until the shrimp is light pink. Add flour and continue to sauté until mixture thickens.

In a 5-quart pot, combine milk, half and half, both cans of corn, salt and pepper and Creole seasoning to taste. Cook on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, or until reaching desired consistency. If mixture is too thick, add water to thin out.

Finally, garnish with paprika and enjoy!

Meet Brenda DeRemer

Each year, Brenda celebrates Thanksgiving with family, food and football.

Growing up in Michigan, she and her family would begin the day watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then gather for an amazing Thanksgiving feast at noon. After filling up on their favorite dishes, the family would gather in the living room to watch football for the rest of the afternoon. It’s a special day filled with treasured traditions and memories that Brenda looks forward to each year.

“We have a very large family and lots of cousins,” Brenda said. “All the cousins together spelled nothing but trouble and guaranteed fun.”

Now, as a Texas resident, Brenda continues to carry on the holiday traditions while reminiscing about Thanksgivings past.

Here is Brenda’s most frequently requested holiday recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (not canned)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup melted butter

Topping Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

First, prepare a 1½- to 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and melted butter. Next, pour the mixture into the casserole dish.

For the topping, combine brown sugar, flour, melted butter and chopped pecans. Sprinkle over the top of the mixture.

Finally, bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until cooked throughout and the top is lightly brown. Enjoy!

Meet Fanny Almanza

As a busy mom of three, Fanny loves making her homemade hot chocolate recipe that’s as simple as it is delicious. Best served with French bread for dipping, this sweet treat is a recipe she enjoyed as a little girl and now makes for her children during the holidays.

“I remember my mom would make my siblings and me hot chocolate after playing in the snow during one of Texas’ very rare snow days,” Fanny said. “I now make it for my children whether there’s snow or not, and I love watching them enjoy it as much as I did.”

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  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tablet Mexican Chocolate Abuelita
  • Sugar to taste

Directions

In a saucepan, add the milk and chocolate. Turn the stove on to medium heat and stir until milk is bubbling or approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve with a cinnamon stick and French bread for dipping.

Meet Henry Valenzuela

As a child, Henry learned to cook from his mother and while watching Julia Child on PBS during the 70s. Today, Henry and his significant other Teresa love to cook and even grow their own vegetables and herbs, plus raise backyard chickens.

Needless to say, Henry and his family are avid foodies and have created special traditions and memories while cooking in the kitchen.

Buñuelos have been in Henry’s family for generations, a delicious dessert they enjoy every year during the holidays.

“We’ve made this recipe every Christmas Eve since I was a young kid,” Henry said. “Some people have sugar cookies, but I always had Buñuelos.”

However, the roasted pecans recipe is a recent tradition that’s become a popular request in his family.

Those looking for a sweet treat to serve during the holidays, experiment with these delicious indulgences shared by Henry.

Ingredients for Buñuelos

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup lard or butter, melted
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Shortening or Canola oil for frying

Directions

First, mix ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar and cinnamon together and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to a boil and let cool. Then, stir in beaten eggs. Add flour mixture and mix well.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Next, shape the dough into small balls (1-1½ inches). Cover dough balls and let rest for 5 minutes.

Then, roll each ball into a flat circle, making them as thin as possible without tearing. Then spread them on a clean and dry counter area.

Next, heat oil or shortening till hot (approximately 375 degrees) and fry the flattened dough balls on both sides. Be sure to keep an eye on them as they will fry quickly.

Remove them from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Immediately sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Ingredients for Sugar Roasted Pecans

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

First, preheat the oven to 225 degrees. In a large bowl, beat egg white and water until frothy. Then stir in pecans until well coated.

In a small bowl mix sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour mixture over the pecans and toss to coat.

Next, bake the sugar-coated pecans on a greased baking sheet. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Do you have a special recipe you prepare for the holidays? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter @DarlingHomesDFW!

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Enjoy a Lovely Easter Brunch at Home with Darling Homes Houston

Imagine an intimate Easter brunch brimming with delicate pastels and beautiful shades of a robin’s egg blue from the comfort of your very own home.

Easter is a great opportunity to transition your winter home furnishings into vibrant spring decor. Pair that with a decadent Easter brunch at home to ensure a memorable day everyone will enjoy.

Start with an elegant tablescape with charming table settings and a large arrangement of fresh flowers as its centerpiece. This gorgeous bouquet includes lovely shades of pink, cream and orange with an Easter-inspired twist you’ll simply love. Spread adorable egg candles around the house and you’ll have created effortless elegance and charm in your home.

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With warm spring weather just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to enjoy your Easter brunch outdoors. Darling Homes’ model home at The Woodlands, Jaden Oaks features a spacious courtyard with plenty of room to dine and entertain in luxury.

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The Woodlands, Jaden Oaks

For your drink menu, treat guests to an array of freshly squeezed juices, iced teas and chilled cocktails. Then, delve into warm, fluffy scones and pastries for a decadent appetizer as you put the final touches on the main course.

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Want to dazzle your guests? We suggest trying this Carrot Cake Scone topped with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting from Broma Bakery.

  • First, preheat the oven to 400°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Next, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices and slowly add in cold butter until blended.
  • Sprinkle in grated carrot, coconut, walnuts or pecans and raisins to the mixture then roll the dough into a flat surface and cut into equal wedges.
  • As the dough is baking in the oven for 18 minutes, prepare the coconut cream cheese frosting by combining all of the ingredients into a mixer until blended thoroughly into a rich, creamy frosting.
  • Finally, frost the warm scones and top with a dash of coconut.

 

Imagine preparing your Easter brunch in a Darling Homes gourmet kitchen with expansive center islands and plenty of counter space for an exquisite spread.

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The main course is a chance to let your inner chef shine! An assortment of egg dishes, like this spinach and artichoke quiche or this fresh take on eggs benedict are great ways to impress guests. For a Mexican-inspired egg dish, try this savory huevos rancheros skillet topped with fresh spices, chopped veggies and a hint of lime by Feasting at Home.

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  • First, season the beans by sauteeing onion, garlic and varied Mexican spices then lightly brush the skillets with a layer of olive oil.
  • Lightly toast either side of the tortillas and brush with olive oil for a crispy taste and toasty aroma then lay it across the bottom of the skillet.
  • Separate the bean mixture among the skillets then crack the eggs on top and sprinkle with salt, pepper and your choice of cheese before placing the skillets into a 400°F oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Finally, garnish with fresh avocado slices, cilantro, tomato and a hint of lime juice.

 

For those craving a sweet confection, a fresh batch of Breslin’s ricotta pancakes with notes of tangy orange zest is sure to appeal. We recommend this recipe by Food & Wine.

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  • First, prepare the orange syrup by peeling the zest from an orange into long strips. Boil water in a large saucepan and blanch the zest then simmer orange juice, sugar, water and blanched zest until you have a thick, syrupy texture.
  • For the pancakes, whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, mix buttermilk, egg yolks and ricotta.
  • Next, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat egg whites until stiff, then fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.
  • Once you have your pancake batter, brush a thin layer of vegetable oil onto a cast-iron skillet and cook pancakes until fluffy then top with syrup.

For side dishes, stick with simple and delicious, like crispy bacon, sausage and assorted fresh fruits.

Like what you see? Visit our Pinterest page for more Easter inspiration and recipes.

 

 

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Darling Homes’ Guide to Getting the Best Out of Spring in Houston

Known as The City With No Limits, Houston is America’s fastest-growing metropolis and is the place to be this spring with world-renowned festivals you won’t want to miss.

Need an insider’s view on where to go and what to do? The folks at Darling Homes have put together great insider tips to help you get the most out of each experience, from Houston’s famous Livestock Show and Rodeo in March to its exciting Dragon Boat Festival in May.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, from March 1 – 20, is one of Houston’s signature events. Held at NRG Stadium, this 20-day long festival of classic Southern fun benefits the youth of Texas, supports education and improves agricultural practices. With a variety of fun entertainment, from an exhilarating bull riding show to a parade and children’s carnival, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo offers events and activities fit for every age!

5 Great Things to Do

  • See rodeo entertainment with cowboys and cowgirls competing in tie-down roping, bareback riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and more.
  • Indulge in Southern cooking from smoked meats, brisket, chicken and a Dutch oven dessert from Chuck Wagon and Houston’s Rockin’ Bar-B-Que Saloon.
  • Enjoy kid-friendly activities and entertainment including a children’s carnival, pony rides and a petting zoo.
  • Stick around for exciting concerts every night performed by country and pop superstars like Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and so many more.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day of great music, delicious food and lively entertainment, visit www.rodeohouston.com for tickets and more information.

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Mcdonald’s Houston Children’s Festival

Celebrating its 28th year on April 23 – 24, the Mcdonald’s Houston Children’s Festival offers fun for the whole family with music, entertainment, celebrity appearances and more than 300 activities that are sure to thrill your little ones. Dedicated to educating the public about child abuse and the purpose of Child Advocates, this event has quickly grown into one of Houston’s great fundraisers and charitable events.

5 Great Things to Do

  • See Baker Hughes’ Circus Town Zone with a giant space wheel, Cyr Spinning Wheel Acrobatics, trapeze stunts and a giant puppet palace for the kids to enjoy.
  • Indulge in a variety of delicious, family friendly food for sale and vendors.
  • Test your knowledge at the SABIC Super Science Zone with radical reactions, air adventures, a petting zoo and pony rides.
  • Ride on the festival’s giant swing and carrousel.
  • Take a tour through Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog or Gorton’s Smart & Crunchy Tour.

Guest Appearances from 2015 include Ronald McDonald, Disney Channel stars, Olivia Holt and Jordan Fisher, rising country singer, Kaylee Rutland and American Idol 2012 runner-up, Jessica Sanchez.

For more information, visit http://www.houstonchildrensfestival.com/tickets-info.

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Houston Art Car Parade

Houston is a great destination for weekends filled with artistic talents and energetic participants. Designed for those who enjoy creativity and cars, this unique event combines inventive artistry and automobiles to create this one-of-a-kind Art Car Parade on April 7 – 10.

5 Things to Do

  • See the Main Street Drag with eight unique caravans of brilliantly crafted art cars during the pre-parade art car convoy for a lively show.
  • Dress up for the Legendary Art Car Ball and enjoy live performances from The Suspects, Sam “Shake” Anderson, Gio Chamba and more.
  • Indulge in a delicious assortment of savory barbecue and beverages during the lively Art Car Ball.
  • Experience the official parade with nearly 300 art cars, bikes and motorized vehicles cruising the streets of Houston during the 29th Art Car Parade.
  • Delight in Houston’s Art Car Awards Ceremony where a panel of judges will honor and award the amazing talents and work from the art car artists.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit http://www.thehoustonartcarparade.com/about-the-art-car-parade/.

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Bayou City Art Festival

For one weekend, Houston-area residents are invited to attend a celebration of fine arts and culture at the 45th Bayou City Art Festival, from April 29 – May 1, featuring more than 300 pieces of diverse artwork. While you’re there, meet the talented artists as you tour beautiful, outdoor galleries.

5 Great Things to See and Do

  • Experience Houston’s award-winning fine art festival featuring more than 300 pieces of beautiful artwork.
  • Enjoy live performances from local musical groups and artists performing during the festival.
  • Indulge in a delicious array of local foods from restaurant vendors including Indian, Chinese, BBQ and more.
  • Meet the talented artists behind the artwork as you tour diverse galleries.
  • Be a part of change. The Art Colony Association’s exceptional efforts and exciting festivals have raised approximately $3 million over the past 40 years to benefit local art and service organizations.

For more information, visit http://www.artcolonyassociation.org/.

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Houston Dragon Boat Festival

Ever wondered what a Texas Dragon Boat Race would be like? We’ve got you covered! Enjoy a full day of lively entertainment, Art Cars, delicious food trucks and, of course, Dragon Boating at Brooks Lake at Fluor from May 7 – 8. This fantastic event is a must-see!

5 Exciting Things to See and Do

  • See thrilling dragon boat races beginning every 15-20 minutes.
  • Eat a variety of delicious food and drinks from local vendors, including hot dogs, burgers and cheesesteaks from Bernie’s Burger Bus, Koagie Hots, Pho-jita and sweet treats from Yeti Sunshine.
  • Listen to live performances from local musical favorites.
  • Observe Chinese cultural practices and traditions, martial arts, dances, Chinese Yo-Yo and more.
  • Enjoy gorgeous views of Houston’s lush landscapes as dragon boats glide across the water against the Houston skyline.

For more information, visit http://www.texasdragonboat.com/.

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