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My Favorite Fall Cookie Recipe of All Time



My Favorite Fall Cookie Recipe Many times, I've thought that if cookies could be a love language, that's what mine would be. Forget words of affirmation, gifts or acts of service. Just gimme cookies.

Cake vs. Cookie When it comes to cakes, my favorites are Wanda Mason's pound cake, Texas sheet cake with creamy chocolate icing, wedding cake and carrot cake in the spring. I've made cakes for office potlucks and taken really good ones to grieving friends. I've baked Paula Deen's strawberry cake for my

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Top 10 Texas Day Trips to Take This Fall

Fall Has Arrived! It's finally fall in Texas, y'all! And you know what that means, right? We're out and we're about. Our minds are off the heat, and we're ready to experience a little weekend adventure around this beautiful state of ours. I've been so excited to bring you my list of this year's Top 10 Texas Day Trips to Take This Fall. There's something for absolutely everyone, including music, foliage, boating and hiking. Each location can be enjoyed in the space of a day, but if you want to stretch your day trip into a full

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Lady Bird Hike-and-Bike Trail (Austin) – 15 Things to Know Before You Go

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake is a 10-mile stretch of outdoor beauty, thanks to the effort of two very forward-thinking Austin friends. On a trip to London in 1971, as Ann Butler and Lady Bird Johnson stood together admiring a portion of the beautiful Thames Path, they wondered if something similar could be accomplished in Austin. When they got back home, these two visionaries decided that it very likely could. And then it

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What it’s Like to Visit a Starbucks Reserve Bar – My Review of the Experience

What it's Like to Visit a Starbucks Reserve Coffee Bar Marketing marvels exist in so many ingenious ways, don't they? There's the start-ups that end up going gangbusters (Facebook), the solutions that soon become sensational successes (Dave Ramsey), and the institutions we see as commonplace that got that way because they refused to be common at all (Chick-fil-A). And then there's Starbucks.

Photo - Starbucks Reserve Coffee Bar experience menu Starbucks - a Dot on the Over Fifty Timeline When I think

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Seeing Life as a Daring Adventure

An Ailment of the Eyes Recently, I came down with an old fashioned case of the dreaded pink eye. Otherwise known medically as conjunctivitis, the symptoms of this ailment include several annoying things, like redness, itchiness, and waking up goopy. It's been a long time since anything has been wrong with my eyes. I couldn't see very well in 2nd grade, but got glasses in the 3rd, contacts in the 8th and then had Lasik surgery at 41, no longer needing either one. So, I didn't like having this eye condition one little bit. I had

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How to Make Outrageously Good Coffee (at Home!)

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee If you're a coffee lover like I am, you may not remember your very first cup, but you most likely have fond memories of when you really started to enjoy drinking it. I was a college freshman at a small university in the Texas panhandle, living my best life with four gorgeous roommates and one beloved guy named Mr. Coffee. Yep. That's when I started loving the smell, the taste and even the sounds that came from a smallish, inexpensive contraption that lived on our apartment's kitchen counter. Whether

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A Romantic Weekend in the Backwoods at Caddo Lake State Park



Romantic Weekends Back in the Day When we were younger and had a nest-full, I agonized relentlessly about leaving the kids at home while my husband and I were off on a romantic weekend away. Would they remember to do their homework? Would they forget about a project that was due? How would my mother get them to all their activities? And mostly, how well would they b-e-h-a-v-e? Oh, well. In the end, my man always prevailed in convincing me that a weekend away from our kids wasn't going to kill them or us. <br

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Visit NASA During the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing

Just about 30 miles southeast of downtown Houston is a place most Texans have never visited, but one we all should see at least once. Considering this is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this might be the best time to Visit NASA. NASA - Johnson Space Center On May 25, 1961, just five months after his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy announced a lofty goal. He declared that the United States would now be on a mission to send an American astronaut to the Moon before the end of that very decade. To that end,

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4 Perfect Planners for Men Who Have Plans

U.S. Hwy 287 On a recent drive from Dallas to Amarillo, I was sitting in the passenger seat jabbering about life while my hubby sat behind the wheel doing all the work. Watching the road. Paying attention to the traffic. Keeping us safe. Do you know where Hwy 287 starts and where it ends? I asked him. These are some of life's most important questions, after all. Where highways start and end. "No, not really." That usually means he's thinking about it but he hasn't had the time to formulate an intelligent answer. Then, as is

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Beloved TV Shows That are Turning 50 This Year

From September 26, 1969 to March 8, 1974, at the age when a lot of us were reaching that memory-making point on the timeline of childhood, a new TV show became a regular part of our lives.

It was called The Brady Bunch.

And this year, the story of a man named Brady turns 50 years old.

Beloved TV Shows That Are Turning 50 This Year Experts say that kids' memories start to crystallize around the age of 10, making the former things a little harder to remember, and the things from that

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