Friday, July 29, 2011

Fredericksburg, TX

one of the cookbooks!

our deserts

me and my middle bro at crazy hat place!

key lime pie
                         Where can you eat at a world famous bakery that has published at least 3 cookbooks, go to a variety of adorable shops including one that sells the weirdest/coolest hats,visit several museums and historical sites, and Pedernales Falls State Park? Fredericksburg, TX, of course!Rather Sweet Bakery, which makes AWESOME lunch and pastries,is tucked in a little alley behind a pretty old (real!) well, and , as unassuming as it looks, is ALWAYS packed. The upstairs features cool pictures of chihuahuas!My tip- If you go for lunch get the chicken salad sandwich!(my mom and dad  say the ham and Swiss on focaccia is good,too!)  :-0


One of the awesome libraries in our area The Cedar Creek Lake library,does a fun reading contest every year, thanks to all the librarians and the GREAT children's/teen librarian, Mrs. Melissa.They have a prize for certain age groups, and the prize for my age group was a Kindle like the one above. So, I read... and read... (and I love reading so this was not hard, just time-consuming!:-) until finally I had to turn my reading log in. Everyone had entered for the Kindle, so I was REALLY nervous... but I won!!! I normally have NO luck with drawings or prizes,so I was thrilled. Well, I'm going to go read on it now, so, bye!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Old Red Museum

Okay, so, to those of you in Dallas, (TX) this courthouse is probably a pretty familiar sight. But to the majority of y'all, this is unfamiliar, and living over 1 hour from it, I hadn't seen it too much. It is across from the School Book Depository (see my post on it!)The courthouse was really old and falling apart, but they restored it and now it is a REALLY cool museum all about Dallas!(I took all the pictures except the top one.) I liked the early years of Dallas best. You could hold brown sugar and mold it like they did in the old timey days, and touch a tea brick, which is a brick made out of tea, and in the olden days people would just pinch off bits of tea and use it! also you'll see what looks like a bag. Well, used to there weren't any pockets so people just tied those to their waists. Plan a trip!

sugar mold

old dish that belonged to a founder of Dallas
TEA brick

Confederate Army hat

Old rolling pin 

more dishes
p.s. On the poll it says that people like m&m's more than Sour Patch kids. How is that possible?!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Our Current Pets

With the recent addition of 17 new "family members" , I feel I should take it upon my self to tell of our pets!:-)
3 dogs-Heidi, Max, and  Marshmellow. 
Marsh and Max 


                                                        Eleanor and Socks, my kitties...

One goat,  Gertie..
 8 rabbits...5 mini Rex and 3 Californian.
2 duck eggs

15 ducks..
1 donkey

1 'loaned' horse
(And some cows.)
I think that is it... lol!

George Washington Carver by John Perry

                  I am trying Book sneeze, and I was really excited to get my first book,  George  Washington Carver, by John Perry. It covered all of Carver's life, and told many little-known facts about him. It made me think. Although I wouldn't recommend it for very young children,(because it had some graphic details on lynching) :-(  I think it would be a good read-aloud. The book told things that were amazing, like: George discovered 145 uses for the peanut, about 245 uses for the sweet potato, and 60 uses for the pecan. That he managed to do all of this despite prejudice and poverty makes this a very inspiring read. The book was Christian based, and the author did a good job of putting in spiritual quotes from George, like "Peanuts are a part of a 'natural diet' given as a great gift from our Creator."  All in all, I really liked the book,and I'd give it 4 stars.
 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertisingstars. 

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Why is Exercise Important?

              Why is Exercise Important?
   Because it reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and lots other diseases. It can make you look younger and better. Basically, exercise is not an option! You should exercise whenever you have time.
Stretching and balancing exercises (like yoga or gymnastics) help you get good posture. Working on your flexibility through exercise reduces the chance of injury and improves balance and coordination. If you are stiff and tense exercise can help in that area, too. Exercise can help you burn off calories. If you burn off more calories than you intake, you’ll lose more weight! Good exercise lifts moods, relieves stress, and refreshes your body and soul. It can even help you sleep better.
       How often should you exercise? says,” If you are a beginner, start off slower than you think you should. Three days per week is realistic, safe and effective. If you are experienced, do cardiovascular (aerobic) exercises such as walking, jogging and bicycling for no more than 200 minutes per week with no more than 60 minutes per session.”
There are two types of exercise- Physical Exercise, as we have just talked about, and Spiritual Exercise. As 1 Timothy 4:7 says, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.” Spiritual Exercise is: 1. Reading the Bible. 2. Praying. 3. Going to Church. Although both kinds of exercise are important, Spiritual Exercise should always come 1st!
                   Happy exercising !

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mary Slessor

Our church has a really nice library with a really sweet librarian,and they have the whole Heroes of the Faith series. What is a Hero of the Faith? A Christian man or woman who did good things.My favorite one (so far!)has been this one, Mary Slessor. But, as you are probably wondering, WHO IS MARY SLESSOR!? Mary Slessor was a Scottish missionary to West Africa from 1876-1915,with very few furloughs. She overcome many things to become a missionary, though...
 Born on a little farm in Scotland, her family soon moved to the city when her father spent all their money on alcohol. He was sadly often drunk and mean, and this is the reason Mary did not like speaking to men until 
she was nearly 30. After her father died, Mary's kind and godly mother, taught her children to love God and want to be missionaries. When 3 of Mary's 6 brother's and sisters died, her mother thought  Mary should become a missionary in their place. Mary wanted to be like her hero, David Livingstone, the famous like her. . She liked him because:1. He was Scottish, like her. 2. He'd worked long,hard hours in textile mills from a very young age to support his family, just like her. 3 He was a missionary in Africa, like she wanted to be. But Mary, who was terribly shy, was convinced she was too shy to be a missionary. And, then David Livingstone died. Mary was crushed. For a few years, she forgot her dream until, with her mom's help, she remembered. As soon as she had applied to the Foreign Mission Board, they assigned her to teach in Calabar,a small area in West Africa. Mary was thrilled- she and her mother had heard of and wanted to help Calabar! As soon as Mary arrived in Calabar, she found many horrible,saddening things: 1. All the European missionaries lived in an area known as Old Town, a refined, elegant area with flowered pathways an large houses. They almost never helped with anything. 2.The natives believed twins were devils and abandoned them in the jungle,, killing them. 3.They believed whenever anyone died, people should go with him, so they poisoned lots of people.  4.They bought beer from British ships and were constantly drunk. Mary set about fixing these things, adopting twins, and moving into huts in remote villages instead of an Old Town mansion.Until her death in 1915, Mary cared for the people of Calabar with her doctoring skills and medicines. She held court, acting as a judge, so disputes could be settled without death, the old way.Mary Slessor is now know by a fitting name-Queen of Calabar.

image from Many Thanks.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Rainbow Girls fundraiser

Saturday was our Rainbow Girls fundraiser, and it was really great. We wove pot-holders to sell, sold candy,cold drinks and peanut patties,Sonic cards, and these super adorable coin purses made out of fun little socks. Yes,cute socks! You take a purse clasp, and either sew or hot-glue it on to a patterned mini sock. Sew cool. The problem was, it was REALLY hot, and it was in the afternoon,so no one came to our booth.  :-( I think we made about $4.00! But  it was fun just hanging out. I am so glad I joined Rainbow girls. To see if their is an Assembly in your area or to find out more, go to

Zodiac grill @ Nieman Marcus

We went to the Zodiac grill at Neiman Marcus. It was really fun and special since it was a (big!) splurge.They make delicious popovers and strawberry butter... AND, for YOU, my loyal viewers (giggle :-)  I have found the recipe!Or maybe I saw it in the Neiman Marcus Cookbook! To see more, view my brother's blog,

 Neiman Marcus Popovers
Makes 12
3 ½ cups milk
4 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 large eggs, room temp
Place milk in bowl and microwave on High for 2 minutes, or until warm to the touch.
Sift flour, salt and baking powder together in large mixing bowl. Crack eggs into work bowl of electric mixer fitted with whisk, and beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until foamy and pale in color. Turn down mixer to low and add warm milk.
Gradually add flour mixture and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Turn machine off and let batter rest for 1 hour at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Spray popover tin generously with nonstick spray. Fill popover cups almost to the top with batter and place popover tin on cookie sheet. Transfer to oven and bake for 15 minutes. Turn down oven temperature to 375 F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer, until popovers are deep golden brown outside and airy inside.
Turn out popovers and serve hot with strawberry butter, recipe below.
Strawberry Butter
Makes 2 ½ cups
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 cup good-quality strawberry preserves
Place the butter in the work bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy. Add the preserves and beat until well combined. To serve, spoon or pipe the flavored butter into 2-tablespoon ramekins or onto side plates.picture from

JFK Museum

As some of y'all have read this blog for a while, you might know that I've written several articles on John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his assassination and got one of them published. So, my parents decided to take our family to the Sixth Floor Museum at the Texas Schoolbook Depository(where JFK was assassinated). It was very sad but interesting. You put on headsets and it told you where to go. There were 3 short movies and a lot of exhibits about JFK's life, presidential campaign,election, and his short term as president.The main exhibits were on his assassination, and Lee Harvey Oswald. The 5th floor was a reading area and about Jack Ruby. You could also walk around to the Grassy Knoll and all around Dealey plaza.There was also a little gift shop. If you go, across the street is The Old Red museum to tour. The only part of the Sixth floor you can't go to is the actual window the president was shot from. It is walled off in glass.

Here is a quick link to my post on his assassination:
above images from and!