Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: ‘Grandbaby Cakes’ Caramel Peach Dump Cake

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: ‘Grandbaby Cakes’ Caramel Peach Dump Cake

ROCKWALL, TX – August 24, 2020 — What does “amplify black voices” mean? Well, I’ll tell you what it means to me. For years, I’ve collected cookbooks. Cookbooks from my mother, my late mother-in-law, estate sales, vacations, birthdays and holidays. If you ever wonder what to get me…a cookbook is always welcome! The cabinets in […]

Rhinestone Hoedown: 3rd Annual Sparkle Ball set for Jan. 25 at Tate Farms

Rhinestone Hoedown: 3rd Annual Sparkle Ball set for Jan. 25 at Tate Farms

The 3rd Annual Sparkle Ball benefiting the national, award-winning Dance Variations Dance Company  will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 25 at Summerfield at Tate Farms, 12992 S. FM 548 in Rockwall. The “Rhinestone Hoedown” will include live music, dinner, hay rides, silent auction, and more. Tickets and sponsorships are available at eventbrite Blue Ribbon […]

Cooking with Ease by Melissa Tate: One Pot Lasagna Soup

(ROCKWALL, TX – Oct. 9, 2019) October is probably my favorite month of the year. It’s my birthday month, it’s the opening of the State Fair of Texas, the beginning of fall, cool weather and the start of soup season. I’m not really sure if soup season is a “thing”…But we can make it one. I […]

Cooking with Ease: Lime Tea

Cooking with Ease: Lime Tea

(ROCKWALL, TX – Aug. 8, 2019) A couple of weeks ago, Evan and I stopped at a farmers markets to pick up some fresh produce and on our way out, I picked up a free magazine called “Edible.” I had seen the magazine around Dallas but never stopped to pick one up. Now, you know […]

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: 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 […]

Rockwall County’s Open Space BBQ moved to June 24

Rockwall County’s Open Space BBQ moved to June 24

UPDATE from the Rockwall County Open Space Alliance:  The high risk of dangerous thunderstorms has led us to move the date for this Saturday’s Sunset and Stars barbecue. We are rescheduling the barbecue to June 24th, 2017 and you have the option of transferring your ticket to the new date, so hold onto your tickets. […]

Boy Scout Troop 83 to celebrate 40th anniversary

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 31, 2015) Back in 1975, a new Boy Scout troop emerged in Rockwall. Troop 83 was chartered by the First United Methodist Church. It started with only 12 boys and now has 77 active scouts. The troop has seen many changes over the years, yet has remained a strong and contributing force […]