Lone Star Meanderings Blog

Cooking Tools 101

Are most of your culinary adventures ‘cooking chaos’? Your car mechanic or plumber or fix-it person wouldn’t work without tools, would they? Why should a cook — even a beginner, perhaps, especially a beginner — work without handy kitchen gadgets? But which kitchen tools are a necessity? Let’s start with inexpensive additions. Was one of your New Years’ Resolution to STOP throwing away expendable cash on extras? Worthy, but who wants to give up those treats altogether. 1st step – limit perishable extras. Say, coffee house muffin treats. I didn’t say limit the coffee craving – don’t panic. Focus on the extras. Those high-priced, calorie-laden bakery temptations. Ready to tackle a do-able kitchen experience? Start […]

Texas Suspense Readers Meet Lisa Garner

One of my favorite suspense authors – #1 NYTimes best seller, Lisa Garner. January 2020, Lisa Garner was the highlight for crowds of suspense readers at NRH Library. (that’s Texas, folks) I was a fan girl, too! Meeting Lisa and listening to her writing process, learning tidbits of author knowledge, then obtaining a personalized, autographed copy of her latest release: When You See Me was a true rush. When You See Me – book review If you’re a lover of Lisa Garner, then this book is a journey filled with old friends: FBI agent Kimberly Quincy, Sergeant D.D. Warren, and serial-killer-survivor Flora Dane. These dynamic women stalk then storm across the pages of When You […]

Just Mercy – Texas actor Jamie Foxx

Texas Actor, Jamie Foxx delivers a compelling performance in Just Mercy. Graduating from Terrell High School, in a small Texas town with a current population over 17K, Jamie Foxx was known to his classmates as Eric Bishop. His career beginnings included music and comedy before he became a power-house in the film industry. Whether he’s staring in action films, such as White House Down, Law Abiding Citizen, Collateral or assuming the persona of Ray Charles, Jamie Foxx’s early flair for imitation seems to enhance his chameleon-changing ability in his acting career. Raised by his grandmother, a devout Christian woman, Jamie Foxx learned then excelled at piano (perhaps foreshadowing for his role as Ray Charles, in […]

Famous Texas Flyers

Tomorrow is the 17th anniversary of the Columbia Shuttle . . . disaster? tragedy? devastating event? Whatever terminology applies, it seems appropriate to reflect on the glory & guts of some famous Texas flyers. Columbia Space crew, 7 members strong, died during re-entry. I love that Alan Bean went on to foster another career – that of an artist. He brought the magic of space flight to those of earth-bound. What other barriers have Texas famous flyers broken? First female African-American aviator, Azellia White. Then there was the sweet-singing cowboy who took time from his music career to serve in the Air Force – Gene Autry. Want to visit Texas flight museums? NASA in Houston, […]

Not the same old start!

New Year’s Resolutions: Start as you plan to go on. Is this your path for the new year? Dusty . . . winding . . . uncertain??? Or, are you ready to build bridges that lead to new horizons? Folks come in all shapes & sizes . . . so do New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve read any number of blogs & posts over the past several weeks regarding personal New Year’s Resolutions. Lots of folks put their goals into cyber space – maybe as a way to make themselves accountable – but few follow-up at the end of the year as to what they’ve accomplished. Why? Good question. Why do New Year’s resolutions fail? Not […]

Wreaths across America

Remembering the Fallen US Veterans . . . National Decoration Day is this Saturday, December 14th, 2019. DFW celebrates Wreaths Across America by honoring veterans at National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211 Volunteer Opportunities Lay wreaths on graves on Wreaths Day Coordinate a ceremony or location Lead a fundraising group Help to raise funds for wreaths’ sponsorship Other ways Need to find a Veterans’ site near you? For those who gave their all . . . here is a day to remember the sacrifice and lay a bit of Christmas cheer in honor.

Texans celebrating the SEASON!

So many places to visit . . . so many events to stuff into the schedule, it’s hard to know where to start. If you live in the DFW area or are planning a visit, here’s a complied list for your seasonal fun. Grapevine, Texas 1,400 Holiday events packed into 40 days of seasonal celebration. North Pole Express Board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, visit with elves, enjoy cookies and milk, and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the end of the ride, all while sporting your favorite warm jammies. What could be more fun? Entertaining for both kids and adults. ICE! . . . a wonderland of carved ICE come to life as ‘A Charlie […]

Chasing Destiny Almond Flour Pancakes

Chasing Destiny – characters that cook! Characters absorb parts of the author’s personality . . . and often the writer grows through the character. In each ‘Donovan Legacy’ book, one of the characters (could be a secondary character) loves to cook. Why do my characters cook? Kitchen: the heart of the home. That phrase is more than a saying on a tea-towel or wooden plaque. Most — I didn’t say all — have some fond memories from the kitchen. If it involves food, it could be the smell of grandmother’s special cookies or holiday candies and treats. If the memory doesn’t involve food, it could be the early morning scent of coffee. It might be […]