Nat’l Homemade Cookie Day

October 1st celebrates HOMEMADE cookies. Hailing from Texas, I naturally looked for what is considered the true TEXAS cookie. Cranberry Pecan Cookie Ranger Cookie Texas Sheet Cake Cookie Texas Cowboy Cookies Cranberry Pecan Cookie The Cranberry Pecan Cookie was selected as the Reader’s Digest favorite best TEXAS cookie. While this cookie contains pecans, which are certainly a Texas staple, the cranberries seemed an odd Texas choice. As cranberries are grown in Northern states: Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington – just to name a few – these cookies don’t seem to easily trace their roots to Texas. They sure sound mighty tasty, though. Recipe link below: Recipe – Supplied by Louise Hawkins, Lubbock, TX. Ranger Cookie Then […]

Remembering Texan, Mac Davis!

‘With my favorite jeans and a cheap guitar I ran off chasing a distant starIf Buddy Holly could make it that far then I figured I could tooI thought happiness was Lubbock Texas in my rearview mirrorMy mama kept calling me home but I just did not want to hear her’ – lyrics to Texas in My Rearview Mirror. Legendary musician, Mac Davis, a shining country & pop star, finally comes home to Texas. Teenage years spent in the 70s: meant Mac Davis was one of my favorites. I Believe in Music – 1971 Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me – 1972 Everybody Loves a Love Song – 1972 Your Side of the Bed Stop […]

Bring Texas Museums into your home.

Feeling trapped??? Let ART soothe your restlessness. Loads of virtual tours currently available. Enjoy the eye-candy! National Cowgirl Museum Here’s something fun for the young at heart (and the young for real). Cowgirl Story Time Click on the link to hear this week’s latest story time tale. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Virtual Tour Tuesday Evening stroll through The Modern. Click on this link to set up an automated reminder for this week’s tour. Currently, Mark Bradford: End Papers‘ exhibit is on display. Blanton Museum of Art This links provides a work-by-work tour inside the Blanton Museum of Art. Once on the site, visitors can choose their favorite art style, then region, and […]

Beautiful Botanical Gardens – Texas-Styled

Do flowers still bloom if no one is around to see them? Absolutely! Just because the Fort Worth Botanical Garden is currently closed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a stroll through the grounds. Touring the FTW Botanical Gardens doesn’t require a plan . . . strolling, gazing, sniffing the flowers . . . are all perfect ways to spend an afternoon. But for overachievers, here’s a map to ‘plot’ out a strategy for your next in-person visit. There’s loads of shade, but this is Texas, fellow visitors. Keep in mind: afternoon heat, intensely-bright sun, and a fair level of humidity. Wear sunblock. Hats–especially light-weight or loosely-woven–are always a good idea. Water bottles are permitted (except […]

Welcome to Texas slang 101

Every region of the country has its own colorful sayings. Texas is NO exception. Texas folks don’t mind newcomers . . . and in lots of small Texas towns, if you’ve moved in during the last 50 years or so, you might still be considered a newcomer. Learning Texas slang helps ease the transition. Remember, that the slang is based off history. Texas Saying . . . Faster than you can shake a stick. Meaning . . . pretty darn quick. The ‘tighter than Dick’s hatband’ was one of my mother’s favorite expression. She referred to folks who squeezed a nickel harder than she could as tight-fisted, cheap, or just plain old mean money-spirited. I […]

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, […]

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.