Monthly Archives: October 2018

The Carpenter Hotel – Retro Comfy Meets South Austin Trendy

Austin has no shortage of great places to the stay the night. If you want fancy, we've got it. Prefer rustic? There's plenty of that around these parts, too. But if you're looking for a hotel that offers a retro feel with a side note of history, you might want to check out The Carpenter Hotel on Josephine Street. Hall Turned Hotel This is the way the building looked back in the day when it was the Carpenters Union Hall. [caption id="attachment_7860" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Photo from The Carpenter

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Outstanding in the Field – An Event for the Bucket List of Every Foodie

If you're a wordie like I am, nothing captures your attention any quicker than a good play on an ordinary word. Take a common phrase and give it new meaning? Now, I'm really listening. Such is the case with the four words that make up the brand of the world's most inviting table. Outstanding in the Field Leave it to an artist like Jim Denevan to capture a culinary vision like this one. This is the kind of idea we all wish we could have been the first to have. However, as every regretful poetic line begins - Alas - it was not

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2nd Annual Essential List of Home Tours

As the sayings go, a man's home is his castle, his sanctuary and where his heart is. Home is where we let our hair down and enjoy some solitude away, ballgames on tv, and sleeping in our own beds. The opportunity to visit someone inside the four walls of where they live is an honor on any day of the week, but on home tours, the experience takes on an added air of expectancy. Our homes are where we dwell, where we think, where we smile and where we discuss all manner of topics. It's this opportunity to see inside the soul of

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3 Best Restaurant Chains Worth the Money

When you get a chance to meander down or across to a big Texas city, do you first scope out the foodie blogs and plan your meals around the latest local faves? Me, too. Recently, however, I found myself thinking about how nice it is to enjoy a traditional dinner in one of Texas' best restaurant chains. There's a lot of competition around here, but these three places have determined to stay on top. They can definitely be a little pricey, but with consistent menus, stellar service, and desserts with plenty of wow factor, I believe

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#25 – Lamentations 3:22-23 – Because of the Lord’s Great Love

Dear Grandparent:  This is #25 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Lamentations 3:22-23  Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed. His compassions never fail; his mercies are new every morning. Great is your

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Great Places to Snap Some Fall Scenery Around Austin

Listed as America's top state for business, Texas ranks high in categories that make this a great place to live and do business. One such qualifying criteria for our high marks measures quality of life. Truthfully, we do have an exceptional quality of life here in the Lone Star State, don't we, pardners? Nowhere can you find any more fantastic food, amazing entertainers (George Strait!), captivating culture nor satisfying scenery. Speaking of scenery, here's just a smidgen of exceptional places to snap yourself some fall scenery

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