Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Fabulous Fall Gardens

13th September 2013

Finally, cooler weather is here and it is time to plant for fall. The fall garden season is one of the most rewarding for us. Cooler temperatures, more frequent rainfall and fewer insect pests make it easier for gardeners to be successful. The variety of plants that we can grow makes the fall garden very worthwhile.


Lettuce in all its shapes, forms and colors is one of the stars of the fall garden. Sweet Buttercrunch lettuce is always a favorite of our guests. Merlot, Red Sails and…

Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality, and longtime journalist. Formerly of The Washington Post, Kim has also written for USA Today, Real Simple, Country Gardens and Culinate.

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What is your favorite kitchen tool and why?
Generally, I prefer hand-cranked tools to electric – food mill, potato masher, mortar & pestle, whisk.  I get great satisfaction witnessing the transformation of ingredients knowing that…

Yoga Remedies for Lower Back

3rd September 2013

Some Causes of Low Back Pain:
Backaches often result from a tug-of-war between the abdomen muscles and the gluteals (muscles in the bottom) and the hamstrings (muscles in the back of the thigh).
If the abdomen or thigh muscles are weak, the lower back frequently wins the tug-of-war and takes the load thereby working harder than it should.
Also, if you are carrying extra weight in the abdomen area, the body is pulled out of line and the lower back feels stress and strain from absorbing…