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The Best Barbecue in Texas

Photo - Texas Over Fifty The Best Barbecue in Texas This barbecue thing has been the subject of much debate and the topic of many a tourist's questions. Year after year, all across the Lone Star State, where beef is king and there's a brisket smoking somewhere down every major thoroughfare, we all want to know. Just exactly who sells the absolute best? Texas Monthly Was Our Guide After four straight years of publishing its list of The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas, one of our state's most widely read sources has

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An Unusual Evening at Shady Grove in Austin, Texas

*This post has been updated since it was first published,  and I've experienced a whole lot more of Austin since then. However, nothing has happened that has made me laugh any harder.  An Evening at Shady Grove No one has ever called me a dumb blonde.  From time to time, that shoe just almost fits, but I prefer the word ditzy.  I really feel like it's ok to be a little ditzy, and there can actually be some advantages to it. Ditzy blondes may not always understand ditzy blonde jokes; therefore, they are never really

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21 Compassionate Ways to Bless a Single Parent



National Single Parent Day affects over 14 million parents in the United States. My daughter is one of them. Single parents are near and dear to my heart. My mom was a single parent to me and my brother for several years, and our daughter has been raising the sweetest munchkin on the planet by herself for even longer. Nobody really wants it that way. It just is what it is. No two single-parent situations are completely alike, but one thing is likely the same in each and every instance.  The biggest concern

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3 Best Happy Hours in Austin

Very shortly after we arrived in Austin, someone gave us a great tip.  Find the best happy hours, they said.  You can eat on the cheap and still have an opportunity to enjoy a flavorful menu of fantastic foods in some of the city's best restaurants. So, we are making our way around the city doing just that. Here are 3 of the best happy hours in Austin, where the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is amazing, and the budget won't take too much of a beating. W Austin The W Hotel in Austin is home to this restaurant called TRACE.  I

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Growing Old Gracefully (From a Man’s Perspective)

Growing Old Gracefully Means Exactly What? This subject of growing old gracefully has been on my mind a lot lately. Not only have I been contemplating how to do it, I've found myself really examining what it looks like if we wind up being able to claim we got it done. Better yet, would my friends, my family, and my coworkers say I'm a person who is growing old gracefully? Men Don't Talk Much About It When I decided to write a post on the whole subject of growing old gracefully, I suddenly found it quite difficult to pour all

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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day with a Prize-Winning Recipe

National Pound Cake Day? Hey, I’ll bite. Have you ever seen a hypnotist in action? Well, you know how it goes. He gets a willing audience into a hypnotic state that looks like some kind of deep sleep, then he deliberately and methodically instructs them exactly how they are to react when they awake. Example: When you wake up and hear the word “dog” you’ll bark. Pound Cake Has a Hypnotic Hold on Me Whenever I hear the words pound cake, I feel as though I must have been hypnotized to react in the same way every single

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What I’m Reading This Month

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) [caption id="attachment_9238" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Harlan Crow Personal Library (Photo by Dan Piassick – Special Contributor / Dallas Morning News)[/caption] Before we discuss what I’m reading this month, let’s just take a little gander at what is considered to be the most beautiful home library in Texas. Isn’t it

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A Weekend in San Antonio Sure Does a Body Good

[caption id="attachment_9161" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Photo from Shutterstock - Sean Pavone[/caption] Most of us who have grown up in Texas have visited the city of San Antonio at least once. But Texas is so big, so vast, so wide and so long that getting there may not happen all that often. After a recent trip from up north to down south, I found myself feeling a little sad about that, because a relaxing weekend in San Antonio sure does a body good. San Antonio is a Long Way from the Panhandle Growing up in Amarillo,

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Texas Next Year

(Note: This post may contain affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) Happy Valentine's Day, Y'all! Here in the United States, we've been planning for this day since right after we rang in the new year. That's when all the stores start stocking shelves with pink and red goodies while bakeries are busy ordering the ingredients for royal icing. Valentine's Day is a big deal, and rightfully so. It's the

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15 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $15

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions are my own.) Valentine's Day is on Its Way If gift-giving is your love language, or if you're just a pretty organized person in general, Valentine's Day is probably one of your favorite occasions of the year. If you're a little more on the side of lagging behind, however, take heart. LOL There's still time to send a little something to the ones

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