Monthly Archives: November 2016

3 New Happy Hour Favorites

Austin is our first experience at city-life.  Like Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert in Green Acres, moving to a new spot sometimes involves a pretty steep learning curve! I probably saw all 170 episodes of Green Acres, over six seasons, and I don't remember Lisa Douglas ever learning to cook or clean. She just kept wearing her fancy jewelry and looking pretty - pretty out of place. When you move to a new place, whether rural to urban or city to country, there's going to be a learning curve. Some things are learned on purpose and

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One Really Great Reason to Be a Member of a Church

Our daughter, Aly, got married last March, here in Austin.  She married the man of her dreams. Actually, he wasn't the man of her dreams - he was the man of her "list."  Aly is one of those decisive, headstrong and gorgeous women who has always known what she's looking for in life.  She's known she wanted to be a nurse since 2nd grade.  She also knew she wanted to someday get married, but not just to any ol' guy.  Aly made an actual list of about 12 things that were non-negotiable, deal-breaking characteristics of what she

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A Day Trip to San Antonio

My step-dad doesn't know that we are supposed to be speaking with shorter words when conversing with millenials.  But, for the whole time I've known him, he has been a pro at calling cities and towns by half their real names. San Antone is short for San Antonio.  Until I was 14 years old, I literally Did.Not.Know.That. Same with Albu-kerk.  That's only the half of it.  I should have figured it out sooner.  We listened to plenty of country music on family trips in the brown station wagon - but, for real, I thought the singers

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Austin’s Best Flan

I don't remember when I had my first flan.  It's really remarkable that I even had ever tasted the stuff as one of five kids growing up in a casserole world.  Basically, my mother and grandmother cooked everything I ever ate, and I really don't remember them getting in the kitchen and making flan.  We ate out once a quarter at Furr's Cafeteria.  Maybe they served flan there one Sunday. What I do know is this.  Somehow, I've loved flan for a long time, and although I didn't realize it, my relationship with flan has been a secret

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Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (She Should Have Gone to Trader Joe’s)

According to Wikipedia, the lyrics to this nursery rhyme were first published in 1805 and have remained largely unchanged. [caption id="attachment_1824" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Pinterest[/caption] Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard, To give the poor dog a bone; When she came there, The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. Poor thing didn't have a Trader Joe's. When we lived 10 miles outside of town, I loved going to Sam's and stocking up.  We had 3 dogs, a horse, and several

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Iz all Good, Mrs. McDearmon

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” - Philippians 2:14-15 Do you remember when your oldest child started dating? I remember when ours did.  We read every book James Dobson ever wrote, and I listened to Focus on the Family every morning at 9:00 a.m.  Mike and I discussed how we planned to handle it all.  We armed ourselves with tactics and measures to get rid

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Austin’s Life at Night

“And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day, Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and silently steal away.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow If you're like us, when we're about to go on vacation, we Google what there is to do in the city we'll be visiting. There are always a few great lists, like Top 10 Things to Do in Paris, Texas.  These recommendations are like the greatest hits on the town's playlist, and it's always fun to plan a trip around them.  While I don't think it's on Austin's Top

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Small Plates are a Big Deal At Emmer & Rye

Part of the pure-dee fun of writing this blog is scoping out restaurants so I can tell you about them.  Add to that the fact that some Austin restaurants have attained national fame, and I'm double-down for trying a new spot. One of our most in-the-know friends has subscribed to Bon Appetit magazine for years. Mention a spice or a restaurant and she joins the conversation with, "Oh, yes, I read about that in Bon (in her decidedly French nasal tone) Appetit (with a beautiful drawl and a lilting emphasis on the last syllable -

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