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070923 lake life

We've had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time on Lake Livingston lately. We’re blessed to have friends and family who have lake houses and boats and we’re enjoying the lake life. Time seems to slow down a bit and life’s little stresses seem to fade away when you’re on a boat with the wind in your hair and a cold beverage in your hand.

We recently enjoyed a lovely dinner with family and friends at Andy and Allison’s lake house in Indian Hills. We brought a big bowl of boiled shrimp and cocktail sauce to snack on as Andy finished preparing a fish dish. He baked amberjack that he and his sons had caught in Venice, La. Amberjack is a thick, firm fish that is mild in taste with a bit of a buttery flavor. It is similar in taste to mahi-mahi. I had never had amberjack before and it was delicious. Andy had seasoned it perfectly and baked it with fresh lemon slices on top. Allison prepared two big beautiful salads, a garden salad and a fruit salad. We finished the meal with key lime pie and chocolate pie and then set off in the boat to view a magnificent sunset.

A few days later, we were back at Indian Hills for a pre-Fourth of July get-together in which our friends, CC and the Road Dawgs, were playing classic rock. Situated on a wooden deck that served as the stage, under two giant shade trees, the band had a beautiful view of the lake as they performed. Our friend Louis plays guitar for the band and over the years, we’ve gotten to know the other band members and they have become good friends too. Carlos handles the vocals, Lee plays percussion and Steve plays guitar. You may have heard of them before. They’ve played at

Across the Tracks several times and earlier this spring played for an Earth Day event at Tempe Creek Vineyard and Farm.

Afterward, we ended up at Jimmy and Andra’s lake house where we grazed on cheese and crackers and a red and blue fruit tray with white dip. Jimmy and Andra treated us to a boat ride with good tunes and cold beverages. Daughter enjoyed hanging out with her cousins, James and Seth. They took turns swinging from the rope swing on the pier into the lake. Seth does a great backflip from the rope swing. He also pulled in fish every time he cast a line. I threw together a potato, corn, tomato and basil salad and Andra made some pinto beans while Jimmy grilled delicious steaks with beautiful grill marks. Afterward, we enjoyed watching some fireworks.

We spent the Fourth of July back at the lake where our friends, Tommy and Karen, invited us and Julie and Louis out to their condo in Waterwood to spend the afternoon on their boat and swimming in the cove. We had the opportunity to meet and hang out with some other friends of theirs, Larry and Debbie and Gina and Ed and we had a wonderful time. Karen had pre-packed all the fixings for delicious chicken salad sliders and Julie made that good creamy jalapeno cilantro dip like they serve at Chuy’s. We had fun and spent several hours playing and floating on the lake. As the afternoon wore on, we experienced some thunder and lightning and decided it was time to get off the lake. We returned to the condo and feasted on Karen’s slow cooker queso chicken tacos with lettuce, cheese, onions, pico de gallo and fresh guacamole. We capped that off with red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles that I’d baked earlier that morning.

I mentioned earlier that we’re very blessed with good friends and family. And we truly are. And we’re looking forward to more outings on the lake before summer ends.

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