Cooking with Ease: No Bake Eclair Cake

Cooking with Ease: No Bake Eclair Cake

(ROCKWALL, TX — July 8, 2019) Every month I am blown away by how “magically” these recipes and stories come together. I rarely have a plan of what I am going to write about. Then, I will make a dish or I will open a cookbook or someone will say something and, instantly, I know, […]

Cooking with Ease: The Perfect Sausage Ball

Cooking with Ease: The Perfect Sausage Ball

(ROCKWALL, TX — June 4, 2019) Most people think of sausage balls as a holiday treat. I am here to shift your perspective. Sausage balls are sausage, cheese and biscuit mix. They are basically a sausage breakfast biscuit. You see where I am going here? Sausage balls are truly an ideal breakfast. Even more so, […]

Cooking with Ease: Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Cooking with Ease: Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

(ROCKWALL, TX — May 10, 2019) The second Sunday of every month, I host supper at Tate Farms. Women only, no theme, no RSVP… just bring a dish, yourself, and any petitions or praises you may want to share with a friend. You don’t have to bring a certain item or check a sign up […]

Cooking with Ease: Bacon-Tomato Tartlets

Cooking with Ease: Bacon-Tomato Tartlets

(ROCKWALL, TX — March 6, 2019) A longtime dream of mine is to one day write a cookbook. And not just any cookbook. A cookbook filled with more words than pictures and more feelings than ingredients. A paperback book overflowing with short stories about food, family, fun, and then ending each story with a recipe […]

Melissa Tate Shares Story of Saving Smirl Chapel

Melissa Tate Shares Story of Saving Smirl Chapel

*This story written by Melissa Tate of Rockwall was first reported by LoveWhatMatters.com and reprinted here with their permission. See their original story:  https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/i-remember-how-dark-and-frigid-the-inside-was-it-was-completely-empty-not-one-piece-of-furniture-nothing-i-wandered-into-a-room-off-to-the-side-i-walked-towards-it-and-instantly-got-chills/ (ROCKWALL, TX — January 31, 2019) “Not many can say the words I am about to say – my dad was the coolest person I’ve ever known. When all of my other […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Gammy’s Mini Pecan Muffins

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: Gammy’s Mini Pecan Muffins

(ROCKWALL, TX — December 6, 2018) I wanted to share with you a story of inspiration this holiday season. Recently I bought some mini pecan muffins from one of my favorite local vendors at the Farmers Market. You don’t see them around much anymore so I try to grab them anytime I do. My mom […]

Preservation Through Relocation: Local family looks to restore historic Smirl Chapel

Preservation Through Relocation: Local family looks to restore historic Smirl Chapel

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 2, 2018) One of Rockwall’s longtime families is on a mission to save one of the oldest buildings in the area – the Smirl Chapel belonging to the First Baptist Church of Heath. Evan and Melissa Tate, who run the Summerfield at Tate Farms events venue in Rockwall, will look to […]

Fundraiser combines art and history

Fundraiser combines art and history

(ROCKWALL, TX — February 28, 2018) Local artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own masterpiece on canvas and help preserve the past for the future during the Rockwall County Historical Foundation’s new annual art auction fundraiser, “American Gothic,” on Sunday, May 6. Held at the picturesque Summerfield at Tate Farms (12992 […]