All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

Valentine’s Day in Texas: 5 Special Ways to Celebrate

Valentine's Day in Texas  Texans are known for doing things up big. In fact, even if we're low key about something, we know in our hearts that we can always ramp it up a notch. Or two or three. Valentine's Day in Texas can be a huge celebration, blowing out all the stops, as they say. But it can also be a quiet, romantic occasion, with less fanfare. Either way, Texans have big hearts, and we are known for spreading the love. Here are 5 special ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Texas. Tip Your Hat Take your favorite Valentine

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Best Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies Ever

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies Ever I never met a cookie I didn't like. Tall ones, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones. I love 'em all. Perhaps it’s because of my pleasant childhood memories associated with after-school cookies and milk. It could also be that cookies were the first thing I ever learned to make all by myself. I remember that I felt so accomplished, so trusted, that my mom would allow me full reign in her kitchen. Snickerdoodles were my first favorite, and I made them all the time for my brothers and me. But I never

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Where to Find Chocolate in Texas

Texas Chocolate: Delysia Chocolatier in Austin

Y’all know it’s all about living a life filled with everyday intentional adventure here at Texas Over Fifty, right? I believe it’s having those little daily adventures that keeps us thinking about ourselves a little and thinking about every other good thing in life a lot. Like chocolate. That’s a good thing to think about, isn’t it? And, hey. Thinking about a chocolate adventure? Now, that’s a very good thing to think about.

Where to Find Chocolate in Texas  When we first moved to Austin from Amarillo a few years

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Bestselling Books by Texas Pastors

Bestselling Books By Favorite Texas Pastors

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Texans love their churches. Many of us have grown up going to church, and we still love to go. We’re passionate about the worship, excited about the message, and proud of the pastors who lead us. They are great leaders, faithful servants and really good authors, whose writings make lots of

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February in Texas: 10 Super Fun Things to Do



During February in Texas, the weather can be iffy or spiffy - all in the same hour! Yep, it can be snowing in the morning and change to shorts-temperature by mid-afternoon. The good thing is, if you're looking for a good place to enjoy the month of February, you can't get any better than the Lone Star State. We've got hot, and we've got cold. And if you get tired of one, the other is just down the road. Here's just a snippet of the fun that can be had during February in Texas. And, don't worry. If you start havin'

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The Only Resolution I've Ever Fully Kept

The Only Resolution I’ve Ever Fully Kept

The Only Resolution I've Ever Fully Kept Here we are, almost a full month into the new year! Have you made some resolutions? Did you spend some time formulating the goals you want to reach in the coming months? Me, too. However, while most of the bullet-pointed items never come to fruition, one thing I resolved has really stuck. Here's the story behind the only resolution I've ever fully kept.

Water Hoses and Western Wear When I began dating a boy in high school whose dad farmed a little, I bought a pair of

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Tips for Decluttering Cards and Letters

Note: This post was first written when we lived in Austin and had just moved to a downtown apartment. I've recently updated it with some new content after I revisited the subject of decluttering cards and letters.

The Number One Comment The number one comment I hear when we tell people we've moved downtown goes something like this. "We could never do that - we have waaaaaaaayyyy too much stuff." I thought the same thing. Until we did it.

It's a Transitional Process For us, moving downtown was a

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5 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Texas

5 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

[caption id="attachment_29810" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Photo - The King Center[/caption] Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day I remember a few discussions with my parents about separate water fountains and signs that directed white people to go one way and black people to go another. Their words made me think of a black girl on our high school basketball team who had the admiration of everyone in the school. I thought of her as a star student in every way, and if I had gone to another place to get a drink of

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Word of the Year Ideas for 2020



Not too long ago, I had lunch with a super savvy young woman. Over a delicious salad made with slices of ripened pear and spicy arugula, I asked my new friend if she had ever heard of a focus-enhancing habit called Word of the Year. Turns out, she was way more than aware of it, and I couldn't wait to hear more.

Word of the Year Ideas for 2020 Since 1990, the American Dialect Society has been gathering once a year to vote on list of words (or phrases) that became commonplace in their usage during the

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#1 of Top 10 2019

#1 of Top 10 2019 – Looked Into the Future

Happy New Year, my friends! Welcome to the tenth installment of my favorite posts to write this year! This is #1 of Top 10 2019! I’ve really poured my heart out in this list of my favorite experiences of the past year, and while I'm a little sad that this is it until next year, I'm also having some other pretty good "feels." Do you journal? Well, the experts say there are lots of benefits in writing stuff down. From better mental health to unlocking right brain creativity, they say it's good for us to journal. Interestingly,

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