Jason Taylor can guarantee — 100%, without a doubt — that the beef patties in the hamburgers at his JT2 Gourmet Burgers & Ranch Market in Lindale are fresh from the ranch.
As a recent transplant to East Texas, I enjoy exploring the area's incredible small towns. In that spirit, I recently visited Mineola (population 4,686), which is located at the junction of highways 69 and 80 in Wood County.
The first thing I do every Saturday morning, no matter where I am, is visit a farmers market or nearby produce stand. I have been to fruit and vegetable markets throughout the United States, South America, Central America, China, Europe, Japan and even Saudi Arabia.
Located about 20 miles north of Interstate 20 on U.S. Highway 69, the Mineola Nature Preserve is home to a wildflower garden, trails and critters that fly, crawl and swim.
Patrick Mahomes is making us all proud. The Super Bowl MVP is the epitome of class. He gives others credit for his team's success. He is polite. He is respectful. Somehow he remains cool, calm and collected when he should be falling apart.
Perhaps nothing in East Texas signals spring and the promise of warmer days ahead more than the annual blooming of azaleas, dogwoods and wildflowers.
Christus Trinity Mother Frances is building a new facility in Tyler to provide a higher level of care in orthopedics and sports medicine and help athletes become the best they can be.
Fueled by my first cup of steaming hot coffee at the break of dawn, I finally stopped shivering. It had been a cold November night, but the weather report promised a sunny and warm day; perfect for gliding a canoe through the Big Cypress Bayou.
A bridal shower is a celebration in honor of the bride-to-be. Traditionally the event has provided an opportunity for friends and family to give gifts for her to set up her new home. It was generally a women-only event.
Dylan Humphrey knows cake. He should. He's been baking them for people since he was 13 years old. Inspired by his grandmother’s love of baking, Humphrey signed up for a Wilton Cake Decorating class at a Michaels store and hasn’t looked back.
Are you dreaming of tying the knot on a gorgeous stretch of sugar-white sand? Maybe the backdrop of a Tuscan villa is your perfect location. Destination weddings are growing in popularity, but is it the right choice for you? Here are a few things to consider before saying "I do" to a destina…
Over the past two decades, I have been fortunate enough to plan and host many special occasions, including bridal showers and parties honoring couples to be.
Depending on your age, you may think of the TV show "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" touting champagne wishes and caviar dreams, or possibly Kanye West lamenting in his song "Gold Digger," when you think of prenuptial marriage agreements.
There’s something almost magical about cozying up to a bowl of warm soup on a cold day. Watching the swirl of steam rise, spoon poised to take the first dip that will bring the liquid to your lips, pausing briefly to let it cool for a few seconds before you open your mouth for a taste. You c…
John and Ellen Musselman consider themselves caretakers of one of Tyler's architectural jewels. Since 1978, they have owned and lovingly maintained their historic home at 700 S. Broadway Ave.
When Neita Fran Ward moved back to East Texas five years ago after living for a decade in New Mexico, she was puzzled and then she got a little mad.
With the addition of Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist Dr. Mojirayo Sarumi, Christus Trinity Clinic recently launched a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program that is treating patients from across East Texas.
A nearly 100-old building in downtown Marshall has experienced a grand renaissance thanks to East Texas Baptist University.
You'll find food, shopping and wine adventures in Fredericksburg. Known for its abundance of wildflowers, scenic vistas and German traditions, the Hill Country getaway is a popular destination.
The fragrances in Michelle Stewart's home are amazing. When I stepped through the door of her Gladewater home, my sense of smell immediately shifted into overdrive. An unmistakable mixture of potpourri, citrus, spices, lavender and mint saturated the air.
Molly Wellmann is many things – a successful business woman, club owner, bartender, mixologist, speaker, author and history buff. Oh, and award winner. The Nightclub & Bar Media Group selected her as the 2019 Bartender-Owner of the Year.
From Thanksgiving dinner until the New Year’s Eve toast, we weave family traditions, culture, food and happy conversations while gathered around the holiday table.
Physical activity is important for children and adults of all ages. Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day.
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Maybe this year is the time to trade your dreams of snow for that of sand — a gorgeous 32-mile stretch of it — in Galveston.
In this edition of Lifestyles, we are happy to draw attention to Marshall's fabulous Wonderland of Lights. Millions of lights transform downtown into a destination that attracts tens of thousands of visitors who love holiday experiences.
Chase and Whitney Williams know how to create a dream home for others. It is a skill they have perfected in their family business, Chase Homes. He is a homebuilder and she is an interior designer.
In the middle and late 1900s, Joseph Glasco was one of the most praised abstract expressionist painters in the United States.
Homemade edible gifts make the holiday season brighter. These types of thoughtful, personal presents take some planning, but they convey to the recipient how much you really care about them.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, with gifts to buy, crowded shopping centers, back-to-back diet-busting parties, and loads of family obligations, it may not feel so wonderful at times.
When I was a little boy, my parents each year took me and my brother on driving trips to look at neighborhoods that had beautiful holiday light displays.
Appetizers are the new dinner party. Small plates, snacking and shared meals are all the rage as restaurantgoers and home diners alike turn away from overwhelming portions and look for something different.
For many, this time of year brings an avalanche of stress. In fact, in some surveys, parents identify the start of the new school year as one the most stressful times. But it doesn't have to be.
From a modest beginning at the turn of the 20th century, when Frisco was known for cotton gins and railroads, over 100 years of progress has turned this little train stop into a mecca of cultural and sporting events.
I’m in southeast Colorado traveling through a valley tucked between the San Isabel National Forest and the White River National Forest, the amazing fall foliage of the Elk Mountains of Colorado are at their peak of color.
Tiny homes are exquisite architectural gems that stylishly provide the necessities of daily living in the smallest of footprints. When designed well, these small spaces offer endless possibilities for living large.
In the May/June Lifestyles, I listed 10 things on an East Texas bucket list — places and experiences that reflect our history and culture. These are experiences that every East Texan should do at least once.
Crystal River, Florida, the Manatee Capital of the World, attracts visitors from around the globe who come to swim with the lovable, gentle giants. But manatees are not the only attraction in this quirky, eclectic town.
As the head chef at the Horn and Cantle at the Lone Mountain Ranch resort in Montana, Chef Eric Gruber has found a place in the culinary world.