Monday, April 24, 2023

Let's Eat ~ Reba's

 

    Right on the Hopkins County line is Reba's, located at 1004 Hwy 154, Yantis, Texas, a little bit of homestyle cooking to feed the soul.  Tara and Steve have built their business from the ground up focusing on creating dishes from family recipes to bring people together to enjoy a good meal in a comfortable setting with quick service.  Named after her Grandmother, Reba's strives to help others. 

    The goal behind Reba's is more than just feeding the public.  Eventually they want to help disadvantaged, single parent families get back on their feet.  Reba was a women who worked up to three jobs while trying to raise a family and keep her children fed.  She did this while working in the food service industry after her husband passed away early in their marriage.  Tara took her grandmother's work ethic to heart and wants to help mother's and father's who are alone re-enter the workforce with help from other local restaurant owners and develop a ranch where the children can be cared for and tutored while also helping the parent gain workforce skills.  With a future for growth, Reba's is more than just a place to drop in for breakfast or lunch but also a place with a mission to help those who in need.

    As a former school teacher Tara witnessed first hand the impact of a broken home in the students.  Her desire to start a ranch and help these families begins with the children in mind.  The restaurant is a stepping stone to reach their ultimate goal of purchasing a ranch and impacting the lives of local families in need. 

    Reba's is open six days a week.  The dining room is open weekdays from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m. and Saturday from 7 a. m. - 2 p. m.  While their take away and bakery options are open until 7 p. m. on weekdays and 2 p. m. on Saturday.  While it might seem like a bit of a drive, Reba's offers quick service and weekly specials.  There is plenty of time to head out there and back on your lunch break. Enjoy the whole menu and specials all day.  Two breakfast specials, and four lunch specials come out each week along with their regular menu.  

    All their bakery items are made from scratch.  Which also includes special services such as wedding and birthday cakes.  Sugar cookies, breads and fried pies fill their case daily and you don't want to miss out.  At least ten fried pie options are on the menu each day, with a monthly special to tempt your taste buds.  This months special is a snickerdoodle fried pie.  The flaky, crust melts in your mouth upon first taste.  You won't want to miss this treat on your visit. 

    On your way out after enjoying breakfast or lunch, be sure to grab a pre-made dinner.  Their take and bake options are great for those busy  nights of sports and dance.  Or just because you don't feel like cooking, let Reba's do the cooking, all you have to do is heat, serve and enjoy. 

    Not only can you enjoy their cooking at their brick and mortar store, you can have them come to you for your next event.  Since Reba's started out as a food truck, they can cater at your location.  Their food truck helped to grow their inside location while remodeling.  Be sure to call and ask about catering your next function.

    No matter if you dine in, order out or pick up a take and bake be sure to tip.  The tip jar at Reba's goes to help feed people in need.  Tara pays her workers a daily wage so that the tips can be given back to the community.  No matter what you should always tip, but at Reba's its even more important and impactful.  

    We hope that you will take a trip out to Reba's to enjoy some homecooked meals for breakfast or lunch.  Tara and her staff are ready with a smile and conversation for when you stop by next.  


    

    

Monday, April 17, 2023

Graduation Party

 


    Graduation is right around the corner and there is no place better than The Oaks bed and breakfast in Sulphur Springs, to host your party.  With an outdoor space for games and fun, while visiting and conversations can happen inside.  We hosted another great party at the last Saturday and more to come in future weeks.  The graduate wanted a crawfish boil and we delivered.  The food and party were a hit.  How you do you like to boil your crawfish?  We always have our boils loaded.  Shrimp, sausage, veggies and more fill the pot along with the crawfish. Add some spice and you have a great dinner to help celebrate the graduate or another family holiday. 




    Decorations were made easy since the grad wanted to feature images and team jerseys that she wore throughout her youth.  A beautiful balloon arch from Paris Party Rentals and flowers from Sulphur Springs Floral rounded out the d├ęcor.  With the jerseys displayed around the car port you could see she stayed active.  We displayed her photos on our moveable wall, with fishing line and paper clips.  The remaining photos were placed on the tables inside so that they would not blow away in the wind. 

   


     Our favorite part of the decorations the grad put together was the photo backdrop.  All those college brochures finally came in handy.  A photo backdrop made from all the brochures that college sent over the years.  They really show off how much waste colleges spend on attracting students. Either way it also creating a talking piece to see where your student actually applied or you could find your alma mater in the mix. So creative and fun!




    Since you never know what people will want to eat and there were little kids attending, we had a grazing board and desserts inside for everyone to enjoy.  Kid friendly drinks and of course apple sauce and fruit salad, go a long way into making everyone feel like they have something they can enjoy.  



    The weather could not have been more perfect for an indoor/outdoor graduation party.  We hope the graduate feels the love and appreciation of those who came out to support her.  Good luck on your future endeavors. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Herb Infused Cocktail ~ Ginger Rosemary Lemonade

 


    Ginger is widely used in Asian foods as a garnish for dishes, to add flavor and to aide in digestion.  As a root plant one would not think that ginger would have such a complex flavor, but in fact it does.  A little spicy, ginger is a compliment to sweet and savory dishes and make a wonderful addition to this cocktail. Although not an herb, but rather a spice, we find our herb for this particular cocktail is rosemary.  



    Rosemary is the garnish for this cocktail but if you let it sit in your drink for a small amount of time the oils from the fresh cut stem will seep into your drink and add a woodsy flavor.  Which is not at all unwanted.  



    The only part about this drink that is time consuming is the use of fresh lemons.  Make a big batch and save time that way.  If you do not want to use fresh lemons, that is up to you.  There is always store bought lemonade, just look for one with a low amount of sugar.  The smallest amount of sugar is best since we are making a ginger simple syrup to feature in this recipe.

Ginger Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup ginger slices

Ginger Rosemary Lemonade

1 cup fresh squeezed lemonade (5-8 lemons)

1/2 cup ginger simple syrup

2 cups water

4 oz bourbon

Fresh rosemary, for garnish

Cook the simple syrup and let it set for about 30 minutes.  In a large carafe, mix together the simple syrup, water, and fresh lemon juice.  Add the bourbon.  Pour into glasses over ice and garnish with a spring of fresh rosemary.  



    As summer approaches this is a great thirst quenching drink from after working outside or just taking sometime to relax after a day at work.  If you want to make this a mocktail, just leave out the bourbon and enjoy.  

    You might think the spicy ginger would make it hard to drink the but it really adds to the flavor, and helps to mellow the fresh squeezed lemons. Be sure to check out our


YouTube video on how to make this drink.   As always drink responsibly and have a designated driver.  Until next month Cheers, from the Oaks bed and breakfast.



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