Surf & Turf & Arrowheads

We always look forward to spending time at Tom and Annette’s ranch in the Hill Country. The drive there is just beautiful, and as we enter that gate, all the stresses of life seem to just melt away.  We truly feel like we’ve stepped back in time.  This past visit was no exception.  After enjoying a glass of wine and appetizers, Tom suggested we take a drive around the ranch.  Little did I know, he had a plan.  I’ve mentioned a time or two that I’d love to hunt the ranch for arrowheads, and I’d give my first born child LOVE to actually find one!  A short drive up to one of the old Indian mounds told me this was going to be my lucky day!   Let’s just say this city girl now knows the excitement of finding arrowheads! Yeah Baby!!!

All that hunting really worked up an appetite, so we headed back to the house to fire up the grill.  Tom grilled up some fabulous New York strips and skewers of marinated shrimp, while Annette whipped up Giada De Laurentis’s delicious Grilled Asparagus and Melon Salad. We headed out to dine poolside under a beautiful blanket of stars.  SO ROMANTIC!

Dessert was a “to die for” chocolate brownie topped with a homemade Raspberry Sauce adapted from “Down Home with the Neeleys“. Thanks Tom & Annette for a night I’ll always remember!

Raspberry Sauce

Adapted from “Down Home with the Neeleys”

Printable Recipe


  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Put berries, vinegar, sugar & pepper flakes in saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Lower heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until thick

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