Halfway between Dallas and San Antonio and within 60 minutes from most points in Bell County, is Salado, a storybook village with a feeling of Brigadoon, the fictional Scottish town that comes to life for one day every 100 years. Except this Scots-settled village is a daily source of life, a…

Receiving wedding day presents is fun and easy for brides and grooms. Also fun, but not as easy for a bride, is giving the perfect present to her bridesmaids — that unflappable group of ladies forming her support system throughout the big day.

In six months or less you will be walking down the aisle towards the man who will share your life. Everything is in place: the venue is secured, vendors are lined up, and the dress is ordered. While your wedding planner or coordinator is taking care of the wedding details, it’s time for you …

Stroll into Blends Wine Bar in Belton and chances are you will hear soft jazz playing over the sound system. The intimate lounge is filled with comfortable chairs and small tables, just large enough to rest a glass of wine while listening to live music or conversing with friends, new and old.

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you’ll find lots of options to savor in a new cookbook by James Beard Cookbook Award finalist Terry Thompson-Anderson. Her collaboration with photographer Sandy Wilson features the best breakfasts in Texas.

Kim Bates-Wallace stands at the kitchen window inside her food truck. While she is chopping, prepping and filling menu requests, she keeps an eye on her customers, mingling and talking to each other as if they were longtime friends.

When it comes to eating, out diners have a broader selection of places to choose from thanks to the ever-increasing number of food trucks. Family owned and operated, the food trucks bring a taste of home and country to the masses, and offer everything from pizza to gourmet dining. Here are t…

Graydon Hill and his brewmasters at Barrow Brewing Company in Salado are busy making sure the equipment is clean and ready for the next batch of craft beer.

If it’s Tuesday at the Harker Heights Armed Services YMCA, Registered Dietitian Carey Stites is in the test kitchen getting ready to teach a group of 7- to 13-year-olds how to cook. She doesn’t focus on food pyramids or plates divided into quarters of lean meat, fruits, vegetables and a star…

Wander around a 19th century settlement, immerse yourself in the sound and light of a Texas cave and peer at bone tools created by humans 12 thousand years ago — all in a day. A trip to the Mayborn Museum Complex in Waco is like stepping into a time machine, except there’s air conditioning.

World travelers Bob and Linda Bilec took a step back in time to an era of elegance and sophistication on the high seas when they boarded the Queen Mary 2 last October.

“Discovering Westcave,” by S. Christopher Caran and Elaine Davenport, published by Texas A&M University Press 2016, is not your typical guidebook, one that merely points out the native flora and fauna of a particular place or region. But it’s not merely a coffee table book either; chock …

When those Texas summer temperatures start hovering over 100 degrees Fahrenheit this summer, keeping cool will be a lot easier with all of the community pools and splash pads open to kids of all ages. From north to south and east to west, there is someplace to cool off all around Bell County.

Last month Charlie Gantenbein and Wendy Randolph won the Texas Bass Couples Tournament Central Division on Lake Waco. It was their fourth tournament with this group, and their first win for the heaviest five-fish bag weighing in at 20.92 pounds.

Good news, Central Texas outdoor enthusiasts. All Bell County lakes, parks, campgrounds and picnic grounds are open for business this summer. All except for Sparta Lake Park, which remains closed indefinitely due damage sustained by the torrential rains and flooding in 2015.

Downtown Troy is about a half block long, but residents Eric and Brandi Warren are turning the street into a community gathering place with the newly re-opened Troy General Store owned by Eric’s parents Sammy and Florence Warren.

As education director at Westcave Preserve outside Austin, Paul Vickery enjoys job perks any naturalist would envy. Golden-cheeked warblers. Towering cypress trees. An emerald green grotto with a spring-fed waterfall that flows year-round. But above all the splendor that Mother Nature has be…

In the boardroom of the Baylor Scott & White Central Texas Foundation, a group of tireless volunteers and foundation staff members are putting finishing touches on the 2017 Boots and Bandanas fundraiser to be held May 20, benefiting the Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center.

On the islands in the Visyasas region of the Philippines, people struggle every day to find enough food to sustain themselves.

The small town of Lampasas contains an interesting history, natural sulphur springs, a nature park, painted murals, a sculpture garden and unique shopping and dining options.

Walk through the doors of the Bead Bistro in Killeen and there is a sensory overload of colors and textures.

Ask Pam Shepperd what she does at The Hub, and she’ll tell you she likes to stay behind the scenes of Temple’s newest retail establishment. She and her husband, Joe, leave the day-to-day operations to their managing partner and co-owner, Holley Gosh.

Kelly Harp was the guest speaker at the luncheon for the 2017 Temple Daily Telegram’s Day for Women Event at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple. It was presented by Academy Sports+Outdoors and sponsored by Precious Memories, Smile Doctors and AFC Urgent Care.

I don’t have much time to garden, nor do I particularly have a green thumb, but if I did have the time or some semblance of a gardener’s touch, I’d be referring to the 2016 edition of Howard Garrett’s book, “Texas Gardening the Natural Way” (University of Texas Press).

Home décor is a matter of personal choice for people who may or may not want to follow decorator trends. And different decorators and interior designers all have their own vision of what is trending and what isn’t.