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When you think about beaches, Texas isn’t the first state to come to mind for the best place to find a warm, sandy beach. But don’t count this southern state out just yet. You can find some pretty awesome beaches right here in my backyard in Austin, TX!

Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point

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Located on Lake Travis, this park is part of the Travis County park system with a boat ramp, a pavilion, picnic facilities, a beach and swimming area, showers, and sand volleyball court. This park is so popular that it can be closed when it reaches capacity, so plan to go early to avoid disappointment. The location on the basin of the lake makes it a favorite for windsurfers and sailboat enthusiasts. Admission costs $10 per vehicle per day.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

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Part of the Austin Park System and located on Lake Austin, Emma Long has a nice sandy beach and swimming area. Kids can also jump in the waves made by the wake of passing boats. Day passes are $5 per car Monday through Thursday, $10 weekends and holidays. You can also camp at Emma Long, with fees ranging from $10 to $25 per night. Online reservations for camping are highly recommended.

Pace Bend Park

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Another of the Travis County parks, Pace Bend Park is in Spicewood on the far western side of the lake and has more than 9 miles of shoreline. It is one of the best places for sunsets in Austin and has several designated swimming coves where no boats are allowed. The park has many campsites, two boat docks, picnic areas, barbecue grills, restrooms, and numerous hiking trails. The rocky beach areas in the coves are shallow, perfect for dogs and kids alike. Day use is $10 per car.

Volente Beach Waterpark

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If it is a sandy beach you are craving, Volente is the place. Volente is a water park on Lake Travis that offers not only a nice beach, but rides and amusements, picnic areas, two restaurants, volleyball, and plenty of other options to keep the entire family amused. Kids will love the pirate ship area. Admission is $21 for adults and kids over 42 inches; $16 for kids under 42 inches; and free for kids under the age of 2.

West Lake Beach

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In business since 1954, going to West Lake Beach is like stepping back in time. Family-owned and -run, it’s located in West Lake Hills on the western side of Lake Austin. There are tons of things for families to do, like picnic, boat, and play sand volleyball. The admission is reasonable — $8 for adults and $5 for children — and there are daily specials where children get in free with an adult. The entire place can be, and often is, rented out for parties and events, so call ahead to make certain the beach is open to the public.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and dive in!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Happy Friday everyone! It’s the weekend which is the perfect time to make dessert for yourself or the whole family. Even better, these desserts only have 5 ingredients so you’ll have plenty of time to eat your cake and go play too!

Rocky Road Clusters

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RECIPE HERE!

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

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RECIPE HERE!

Molten Nutella Lava Cake

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RECIPE HERE!

Mint Chocolate Chip Avocado Ice Cream

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RECIPE HERE!

Have a Great & Sweet Weekend Everyone! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Happy Tuesday everyone! If you’re in Austin, TX and you’ve stepped outside lately then you know summer is officially HERE! It’s the time of cool water, cool treats, and my favorite part, grilling. So dust off the BBQ pit and get to cooking some of these delicious recipes.

Pineapple Tofu Kabobs

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RECIPE HERE!

Veggie Burgers

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Tofu

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Fruit Salad

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Corn w/Sriracha Aoli

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Guacamole

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Pesto Potatoes

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RECIPE HERE!

I’m ready to get grilling! Are you?

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

You read that caption right. Check out these amazingly delicious seafood recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less. Perfect for the summer weather!

Teriyaki Salmon

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Ahi Poke Bowls

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Sriracha Glazed Scallops

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Mango Chipotle Fish Tacos

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Paella

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Buttery Garlic Steamed Clams

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Don’t these recipes just scream SUMMER! So what are you waiting for? Get to cooking!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

And you thought your crockpot was only good in the winter. Time to break out the trusty dishware once again!

Coconut Lime Chicken

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

BBQ Ribs

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Shrimp & Crab Bisque

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Peach Crisp

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Berry Cobbler

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Don’t these recipes just scream summer! Which one are you most excited to try next?

Leave a comment on my post. Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

How amazing is it that National Doughnut Day always falls on a Friday. It’s like a double whammy! Who doesn’t enjoy these delicious ooey, gooey treats from time to time. There’s plenty of places to enjoy a free donut today, click here to find out where! But if you’re like me and think it’s national donut day every day, check out these recipes below so you can make your very own. From classic to new, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Chocolate Glazed Donut

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Copycat Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Baked Salted Caramel Chocolate Donuts

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Donut

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!

What are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy this beautiful Friday with a nice hot donut!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Delicious cold treats that are great for children and adults alike!

Slurpees

Homemade-Slurpee

GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Ice Cream Sandwich

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Rainbow Pudding Pop

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Frozen Fruit Pops

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Kool-Aid Ice Cubes

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

No Churn Unicorn Ice Cream

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

School’s officially out for summer, are you ready!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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