Oktoberfest On The Riverwalk 2015 – Win Free Tickets!




Last night, my husband and I got an early taste of this year’s Oktoberfest!  Our friends over at the BierGarten on the Riverwalk graciously hosted a pre-festival preview, complete with beer, brats and sauerkraut.  This is one of our favorite spots on San Antonio’s beautiful waterway, not only because of the location, but the great food and atmosphere.



In San Antonio, this is the only BierGarten you’ll find that boasts of European style and German Engineering.

Below is the Oktoberfest Bier Drinkers Platter, which includes:

  • Bratwurst
  • Knockwurst
  • Polish Sausage
  • Frankfurters
  • Krautwurst Balls
  • Sauerkraut
  • German Potato Salad
  • Royal Bavarian Pretzels
  • Bier Cheese Sauce
  • German Spicy Mustard

My mouth was watering as I typed that – there wasn’t anything on that platter that I didn’t love!




If wieners don’t do it for you, how about a pretzel-bun burger?  Also delicious.




Oh, and don’t forget the beer! Prost, Y’all!!



 At the BierGarten, you’ll be welcomed to a taste of Bavaria and the historic Oktoberfest, right here in San Antonio!


Now it’s time for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a VIP pass to BierGarten THIS FRIDAY NIGHT to help kick off Oktoberfest on the Riverwalk.  The winner will be announced Friday, September 25th at noon!  The details are below:

Even if you don’t win, be sure to head down to the San Antonio Riverwalk and BierGarten anytime during Oktoberfest, September 25th-27th & October 2nd-4th.  Good Luck!

Peace & Love,


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How To Makeover A Chair Using Maison Blanche Paint

Mason Blanche ChairOver the weekend I went to a furniture painting class and learned how to makeover a chair using Maison Blanche paint.  I’m always interested in learning new things and trying new products, and this experience did not disappoint!

The Burlap Junkies out in Pipe Creek, Texas host Painting Parties to teach people how to give new energy to an old piece of furniture.  It’s an afternoon of food, fun and new friends that you can enjoy with or without wine.  Your choice.

I signed up for the small furniture painting class early in May, and thought I had plenty of time to find a piece to take.  However, time got away from me and I found myself a few days away from the event with no piece.  Never to fear though, the Chair Junkee is here! Sweet Claudia (a.k.a. Chair Junkee) partners with Lisa from Burlap Junkies to make sure that no one leaves empty handed.  The best part is, the price of her chairs (which are well priced), include reupholstering! She saved my bacon by having this beautiful chair available to purchase.

Now, on to the how to…

Because of the fabric I had picked out, I decided on the Coffee Bean chalk paint from Maison Blanche.  With the chip brush, I applied a quick coat of paint.

Mason Blanch Chair

And then another, and then another (because of the dark shade of paint).

When the paint was thoroughly dry, I took a 220 grit piece of sandpaper and created a well-used look, allowing some of the original wood to show through the paint.  After the sanding, I applied a clear wax with a chip brush

Mason blanche Chair

When the clear wax had been buffed with a rag, I then applied a product called Lime Wax.  I was pretty excited to use this because I had never heard of it before.  It ended up being the magic to this piece, creating a truly aged look by putting a greyish white into all of the grooves, including the grain of the wood.

I have to admit, I had not been happy with the color of the coffee bean alone, but with the lime wax, it was spectacular!  Here is the finished product:

Mason Blanche Chair

While I worked, Ms. Claudia recovered my seat with the fabric I brought.  When I finished the chair, she screwed the seat on and it all tied together so well!  I couldn’t have been happier with the result.

If you’re in the San Antonio Area, be sure and check out the Burlap Junkies and the Chair Junkee on Facebook!

Peace & Love,



The House {Boozey Ice Cream and Brews}


The House

Last night, a dear friend and I had ourselves a girls’ night out down in Southtown (the south side of downtown San Antonio) at a delicious Belgian restaurant called, La Frite.  The food was amazing, and our night probably would have concluded there, except just next door we spotted a “boozey” ice cream shop.  What the what?  It didn’t matter if we were full, this was a must-try situation.

The House (it’s actual name) was hopping with hipsters, and mohawks and tiny children who wear Vans.  And this 40 year-old mom felt a bit out of place, but I didn’t care.  I wanted the ice cream.  I NEEDED the ice cream.

When we finally made it to the counter and asked to sample some flavors, the most awesome thing happened…WE GOT CARDED!  FOR ICE CREAM!!!  I always love getting carded, but for ice cream?  Best day ever.  They weren’t kidding about the boozey, were they?

I ended up with the oh-so-nummy Bourbon Vanilla.

The House

 My friend ended up with a waffle cone full of Mint Chocolate Chip, flavored with a crème de menthe liqueur.

The House

 We were both extremely happy.

If you’re not the “boozey” type, or wondered what on earth those children were doing there, don’t worry – they have several flavors that don’t require an ID.  Last night was actually their first night to be open, and was a “soft” opening that we were just lucky enough to attend!  Based on what I tasted and saw, I think they are gonna do OK.

I couldn’t find a website, Facebook page, Twitter handle OR Instagram for The House just yet, but I will tell you, they are located at 732 S. Alamo St., San Antonio 78205.  Show this new local business some love!

Peace and Love,