Monthly Archives: August 2016

On the Hunt – for the Perfect Sunday Morning Cinnamon Roll

Sunday mornings and cinnamon rolls go together like a covered wagon and a woman in a bonnet. But here's the thing.  I bet no bonnet-wearing woman ever flung a good cinnamon roll out of a covered wagon. I could be wrong...I just can't envision how she could have done it.  A great cinnamon roll just ain't all that easy to make.  (I like to say ain't sometimes.)  I grew up on the sound of the Sunday morning whop - as in, whop open a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.  In 10 minutes, while the hot rollers were still cooling in my

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Only a Day (Trip) Away

Day Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park   Central Idea A day trip to Pedernales Falls State Park is a fun way to enjoy the Texas hill country.

Opening Statement Within the boundary of the great state of Texas there is a beautiful section, region, locale, or whatever you want to call it, known as the Texas Hill Country. It was here in the Texas Hill Country that President Lyndon Baines Johnson spent his days away from Washington. It’s a place filled with scenic roadways, small settlements and big

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What to Wear to Church in Austin

Matthew 6:28-31 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?' I wouldn't really say we worried about what to wear to church when

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What I Learned About LBJ Made Me Wish I Had Known Lady Bird

If it's true at all, it's true about Lady Bird Johnson.  She was surely the phenomenal woman behind a successful man.  I wish I could have known her. Now, I dearly love my new Ivanka Trump perfume - and I even wore a bright red Make America Great Again cap to work for crazy hat day (which, I'll have you know, was an extremely b-r-a-v-e thing to do!). So, yes, it's probably obvious that I'm a big ol' fan of Mr. Trump, but I respect the office of the president, no matter who's sitting in the chair, dadgum it.  (I like saying

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From Ding How to Wu Chow

This whole business of eating out, I mean, regularly eating out, is something our kids do without thinking, but something most overfifty-ers did, well...without. When my mom married my step-dad, we started having roast and fried chicken for Sunday lunch instead of beannie wiennies (I may be embellishing a tiny bit here, but only a tiny bit - lol), and for my Mamaw's birthday every February 26th, we celebrated at this Chinese place on the Boulevard.  That's where Chinese restaurants were located.  It had a large sign situated in

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One Big Austin Surprise

If I could teach the world to sing... No, that's not it. If I could wish upon a star... No, that's not it, either. OK, if I could save time in a bottle... Nope. How about this one: If I could persuade the whole world to believe... That's it.  If I could persuade the whole world to believe in Jesus, that would be IT for me. That would make me so happy! But, here's the thing. I can't. What I can do is this:  I can tell you my own story of faith in Jesus Christ, and I can also point you to a place where you can

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Empty Nesters Move Downtown (Part 3)

The Bucket List Have you seen the movie? It's about two strangers who meet in a hospital room, decide to leave (against their doctor's advice) and strike out on a big adventure together, checking off a list of things they want to do before they "kick the bucket." The movie is fun to watch, and it's definitely made its mark on our society, because now, when you just say, "bucket list," everyone knows exactly what you mean. Still Can't Compare But here's the thing.  I've always felt just a tad guilty for even saying "bucket

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We’re Moving Downtown! (Part 2)

This is shaping up to be the easiest move we've made yet! We have already whittled down our "stuff" so much, which makes the packing much easier.  But there's always that "stuff" that's too sentimental or special to get rid of. The Sentimental Stuff For me, books, photo albums and dishes are the sentimental stuff. Last year, my friend, Jana took me to the grandaddy of book sales. She and I are both book-lovers, so, I was excited to go. However, I had NO IDEA it was going to be such a never-seen-anything-like-it book sale! To

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Johnny and DeNise Merritt – An Inspirational Couple of Austinites

Let me introduce you to an inspirational couple of Austinites, who turned their normal existence into an intentional adventure in the Capital City of Texas. Our acquaintance with Johnny and DeNise Merritt goes way back. DeNise's sister is married to the fine man who was our pastor in Muleshoe, Texas for 7 years. DeNise hosted a luncheon at her house for me to meet some women in Amarillo when we moved back there after living in the Home of the Mighty Mules. We attended the same church. Johnny was an

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Hi, there! I'm glad you're here! My name is Brenda McDearmon, and this website is filled with my own personal brand of encouragement for you, from me. Welcome!