Hot Springs, Arkansas

ARRIVALThis place is so cute! We are staying in Hot Springs Village, a 26,000 square mile master planned community about 15 miles north of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Basically it's a retirement community but it's awesome! There are 9 golf courses, 13 tennis courts (real...

Tri Fort Worth

Five months ago I began training for Tri Fort Worth. Tri Fort Worth is Fort Worth's very first Ironman and Half Ironman distance triathlons. After completing two Sprint Tri's in 2016, I decided to take a stab at a Half. The Sprint Tri's consist of a .5 mile swim, 12.4...

Fort Worth Botanical Garden

For my birthday Nathan and I went to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. The weather was gorgeous and here are a few of my favorite images!If you haven't had a chance yet to visit the gardens, it's really a great way to enjoy an afternoon in...

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Last weekend Nathan and I ventured to Scarborough to the Renaissance Festival. He was a first-timer, so I was really excited to see what he thought. Mom and Dad used to take J4 and I every couple of years growing up. I always remember thinking it was funny to see...

Skiing in Ruidoso, NM

For this year's second annual ski trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico, we stayed at Andrea's house (a friend to Nathan's parents). She has a wonderful home in the mountains that has a beautiful view. Below is the view from her back porch after a light snow. How gorgeous!We...

Christmas and New Years

This year for Christmas everyone made their way up to Kalamazoo, MI to spend some time with Grandma Mary... Mother Mary... or Mary Weezie as I like to call her. I was lucky enough to arrive a day before everyone else, so it only seem natural to take advantage of our...

Chai Spiced Apple Clafoutis

If you are looking for a really good dessert for fall, check out the Chai Spiced Apple Clafoutis featuring unique spices from Raw Spice Bar.  INGREDIENTSRawSpiceBar’s Peppercorn Chai3 eggs1 cup milk or heavy cream12 tbsp. butter1 tsp. vanilla extract2⁄3 cup...

Thanksgiving in Kingwood

This year we decided to spend Thanksgiving in Kingwood, TX at John 4's new home. He and Clare were the best hosts and everything was just so lovely.  Here are some of my favorite moments from our fun week!For the first time ever in Cochran history, we participated in...

Vadouvan Butternut Squash Soup

Recently I decided to give Raw Spice Bar a chance. I've had great experiences with Blue Apron and Hello Fresh as far as the meal delivery services go. Raw Spice Bar is similar in that it's a monthly subscription, but instead of sending you entire meals, it focuses on...

Project H

As many of you know, I've always been coming up with ideas... lots of ideas. Custom-painted shoes in high school, cake decorating, jewelry made from dollhouse miniatures, Fat Ass Plates: The Honest Choice in Dinnerware, Snitches Get Stitches Greeting Cards, etc. I'm...

2016 Texas State Fair

Nathan and I enjoyed another trip to the Texas State Fair!Up first was the fried chicken and dumplings. It's funny, I don't know how they decide new foods to fry, but it always amazes me. This was pretty tasty, but I probably won't get it again next year. The little...

The Hawk – October 2016

Below is the October issue of The Hawk, the official newsletter from the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. We have several writers who contribute to the stories and the I assemble the newsletter and add all of the...

September Newsletter

One of my tasks is overseeing The Hawk, which is the monthly newsletter from the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. At the moment, we have 63,000 current subscribers, but that number is consistently growing. Here's the September issue of The...

Ben Hogan Ads for Global Golf Post

Global Golf Post is a designed-for-digital weekly golf news publication. It is delivered overnight Sunday, 50 weeks a year, to a global audience of super-avid core golfers. Below are several of the ads that I designed for the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment...

Skiing in Ruidoso

Last week Nathan and I went on a week-long ski trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico with his parents. They rented a great 3-story cabin that had an awesome deck. Our first winter adventure was to Ruidoso Winter Park to go tubing. Nathan and Gary were brave and went on the fast...

A recap of the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show

The 63rd PGA Merchandise Show, the industry’s annual “MAJOR of Golf Business,” came to a close Jan. 29, in Orlando, after successfully marking the kickoff to the PGA of America’s Centennial Celebration and welcoming more than 42,000 golf industry professionals from 91...

A Christmas to Remember

This year's Christmas was pretty interesting to say the least. The original game plan was for the four Cochrans to spend Christmas with Grandma in Kalamazoo. I was going to fly from DFW to Grand Rapids and J4 would drive up from Houston while Mom and Dad would drive...

Thanksgiving

For the last couple of years our family has spent Thanksgiving at homes we've found on VBRO.com. It has worked out really well and we've had a blast each year. We stayed in a cute house near Gun Barrel City, TX that sat on a huge canal. The house had hard wood floors...

An Austin Getaway

While I worked for the Texas Golf Association/Legends Junior Tour, I was fortunate enough to meet some really special people and one of those was junior golfer James Ragan. James was a young man from Corpus Christi who played on our Junior Tour and when he was 13 was...

A Saturday at the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas isn't necessarily something I need to attend every year, but certainly every few years. For those who don't live in this great state, this fair is known world-wide as one of the highest attended and best state fairs in the country. In fact, it...

Meet the Staff

Here's a little video I did for work introducing some of our key staff members that we have now who previously worked for Mr....

#TBT Golf with the Cochran boys

In 2012 our family decided to go on an Irish golf trip. Trips like that don't come along very often so if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right. We used PerryGolf to organize our trip and it couldn't have been more amazing. Here's a throwback picture...

Blue Apron’s Fresh Linguine with Roasted Fennel

On Tuesday I got another box from Blue Apron which included a recipe for roasted fennel on a bed of linguine. I love pasta but had never had fennel before. Come to find out, it reminds me of an onion and I discovered that I really liked it. This was yet another easy...

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