Monday, May 11, 2009
Here's what's on the menu for today: Jan and Tom's kitchen.
It's located "out back," just steps from their Texas Hill Country red-tin roofed, stone-walled cottage. So, put on your Stetsons and cowboy boots (even if it's just mentally) for a quick tour of the friendliest place in the state. That's the best description for Jan and Tom's abode and outdoor kitchen, where platters of finger-lickin' vittles more often than not grace their long wooden table with the tree trunk base. It's a setting where neighbors and friends -- and friends of friends -- gather almost every weekend to enjoy folksy music, dancin' , and heart-to-heart talkin' around their stone fireplace (shaped like the Alamo, by the way).
(We're moving our store, The Green Plum, to Salida's historic downtown this week. Plus, I've got magazine work to do. So, with those jobs on my to-do agenda, this may be the post of the week. I hope you enjoy it. It's getting to be that time of year -- for everyone, everywhere -- to get out, enjoy nature, the outdoors and friendly gatherings.)
As you can see, it's all about Texas for Jan and Tom -- really truly, a most gracious, fun-loving couple. They've created a personal space and decorated it in a style that celebrates the area where they live. Plus, it's all no fuss, no muss. Look at the fun and very accessible decor. Even if you're not a Texan, perhaps you can be inspired by the design, the rustic look and easy living. I hope to post more outdoor kitchens on down the road that exude a whole different flavor. What are your plans for spring and summer? Or, better yet, how do you enjoy time with friends? I'd love to know.