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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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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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13 Delicious Things to Make With Texas Peaches Before They’re All Gone

Is there anything better than fresh peaches in the summer?

Here in Texas, peaches are plentiful, especially in the Hill Country around Fredericksburg, but are also grown on orchards in other parts of the state.

Family-owned Efurd Orchards, located east of Dallas in Pittsburg, sells several varieties grown on over 15,000 trees on the property.

With summer's abundance, there comes a frenzy around here about this time of year.

People are canning them, freezing them, and

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Restaurant Weeks in Texas – 5 Helpful Tips to Make Your Experience Amazing

Texas is blessed with a world of restaurant choices any time of the year, but during August, we have an opportunity to try something new while also helping local food banks.

It's Called Restaurant Weeks

Local Texas food banks have partnered with hundreds of Texas restaurants to fund thousands upon thousands of meals for those who need them.

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Every August,

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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day in Texas

Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Y'all! When it comes to national days of celebration (more than 1500 of them!), how can it get any better than this one?

I mean, some things just deserve their own day, right?

Mothers ... Fathers ... Independence ... and Ice Cream Sandwiches! Oh, well, why not?

It's fun to celebrate, and who doesn't love an ice cream sandwich, so I'm all for it. Definitely down for dat, my friends.

August 2nd, you are a day to be commended. <br

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Cool Summer Desserts We Texans Love to Eat

It's No Secret We Texans love to eat. And, my goodness, why wouldn't we? With such a rich heritage of all kinds of wonderful foods across the miles and miles of the Lone Star State, our choices are endless, and our taste buds have grown accustomed. When it comes to dessert, however, even with all the possibilities, there are just some desserts upon which we all stake our claim of affection, especially the cool and creamy treats of summer. Cool Summer Desserts We Texans Love to Eat Recently, a friend was visiting from

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Texas Farmers’ Markets Sell Bushels of Fresh Veggies and Homegrown Fun

Texas is Big on Farming and Farmers Markets Not everyone in Texas has had the privilege of growing up on a farm. But every Texan knows how to appreciate the homegrown goodness from the acres and acres that make up our local agriculture. What is a Farmers' Market, Anyway? By definition, a farmers' market is an indoor or outdoor marketplace where consumers buy fresh eats and locally-inspired products. Most Texas farmers markets sell a spot for 30-50 local growers to set up their own unique space. When the market opens, eager

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken Two known facts:  A)Boys like to eat, and B)Fried chicken makes boys very happy. During the five years we lived in Austin, we maintained a running list of restaurants to try, but until our son Keagon came home from college begging and pleading for fried chicken, Gus's hadn't been on it. I mean, yes, we love fried chicken, but I just usually think of getting a bucket for a picnic.  Or frying up a bunch in my mom's electric skillet for a Farmer Family Function.  Those occasions have typically

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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 decided

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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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