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Where to Eat in Austin – Add These Favorites to Your List

Where Should We Eat? People ask me this question all the time, but for lots of different reasons.  Maybe company is coming to town. Perhaps they're new to Austin. Most are celebrating something special that has happened in their lives. No matter why they’re asking, however, I’m always thrilled when they do. Because over five years of living in the Capital City of Texas, I definitely found my favorites. This is my go-to list of 10 restaurants I always recommend when the subject of discussion is where to eat in Austin.
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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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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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Where to Buy Texas Pecans for Your Holiday Pies

Where to Buy Texas Pecans for Your Holiday Pies Until I started researching Texas pecans for this post about where to buy them, I was totally oblivious to most every pertinent fact. Only one thing did I know for certain on the subject. Pecans are my favorite nut, and Thanksgiving can never come and go at my house without at least one slice of pecan pie. But, hey. A pecan pie made with Texas pecans? That's got to be the ultimate.

Photo - Goode Company Pecan Pie made with Texas Pecans If I Were

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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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