All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

Outstanding in the Field – An Event for the Bucket List of Every Foodie

If you're a wordie like I am, nothing captures your attention any quicker than a good play on an ordinary word. Take a common phrase and give it new meaning? Now, I'm really listening. Such is the case with the four words that make up the brand of the world's most inviting table. Outstanding in the Field Leave it to an artist like Jim Denevan to capture a culinary vision like this one. This is the kind of idea we all wish we could have been the first to have. However, as every regretful poetic line begins - Alas - it was not

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2nd Annual Essential List of Home Tours

As the sayings go, a man's home is his castle, his sanctuary and where his heart is. Home is where we let our hair down and enjoy some solitude away, ballgames on tv, and sleeping in our own beds. The opportunity to visit someone inside the four walls of where they live is an honor on any day of the week, but on home tours, the experience takes on an added air of expectancy. Our homes are where we dwell, where we think, where we smile and where we discuss all manner of topics. It's this opportunity to see inside the soul of

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Three Restaurant Chains Worth the Money

Whether you live in Austin or come for a visit, do you scope out the foodie blogs and plan your meals around the latest faves? Me, too. Recently, however, I found myself thinking about how nice it is to enjoy a traditional dinner in Austin at one of our national restaurant chains. There's a lot of competition around here, but these three places have determined to stay on top. They can definitely be a little pricey, but with consistent menus, stellar service, and desserts that wow, I believe these nationally known establishments

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#25 – Lamentations 3:22-23 – Because of the Lord’s Great Love

Dear Grandparent:  This is #25 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Lamentations 3:22-23  Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed. His compassions never fail; his mercies are new every morning. Great is your

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Great Places to Snap Some Fall Scenery Around Austin

Listed as America's top state for business, Texas ranks high in categories that make this a great place to live and do business. One such qualifying criteria for our high marks measures quality of life. Truthfully, we do have an exceptional quality of life here in the Lone Star State, don't we, pardners? Nowhere can you find any more fantastic food, amazing entertainers (George Strait!), captivating culture nor satisfying scenery. Speaking of scenery, here's just a smidgen of exceptional places to snap yourself some fall scenery

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Our Journey to Living in a Downtown Austin Apartment

I tend to be (in case you haven't noticed) pretty passionate about ALL.THE.ADVENTUROUS.THINGS, especially when it comes to this one. Here is the story of how we went from being home bodies in the Panhandle to living in a downtown Austin apartment. Y'all. Even as I write those words, I'm amazed. The Meeting My husband and I met in college, he, a sophomore transfer student, and I, a well-adjusted hometown girl who knew exactly what she wanted to do in life. Actually, I only knew partly what I wanted to do, but I felt that I was

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Austin Central Library Makes List of 100 Greatest Places

Ranking in Time Magazine's List of 100 Greatest Places of 2018 is the Austin Central Library. That's quite an accomplishment, considering this is a list of unique places to visit around the entire planet of Earth. If you haven't seen it for yourself, head over there to celebrate National Read a Book Day! There's plenty to see, along with over 300,000 volumes to read. That means that if you're a little bookish, you might want to allow yourself several hours. Tip: the library is beautiful any time of the day, but my favorite time

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10 Ways to Celebrate an Anniversary on the Cheap

Unless you're completely unconcerned about the balance of your bank account, you know that life Over Fifty can be a little expensive. Tuition payments are crazy, medical care can be costly, and a lot of our peeps are helping raise their grandchildren. So, what do you do when your anniversary rolls around, and the dollar needs to stretch like a measured yard of elastic? You get creative, that's what! Try these 10 Ways to Celebrate an Anniversary on the Cheap - and who knows? This may be one of your most memorable occasions yet. 10

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#24 – Jeremiah 29:11 – The Plans I Have For You

Dear Grandparent:  This is #24 in a series of 66 Bible Faith-building Bible Verses to Memorize With Your Grandchildren. The thread that weaves itself through these verses, one from each book of the Bible, is designed to create a heart of strong faith in you and your grandchild as you commit them to memory together.  May God add his blessing to every word.  THE VERSE Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  THE

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Touring Downtown Austin on Scooters – 10 Steps to Success!

There are so many ways to get around Austin, but if you want to try touring downtown on scooters, here are 10 steps to making sure your first time is a big success. One - Eat a Good Breakfast Here's how we decided to go: Brenda emails LifeGroup: Hey, anyone want to get breakfast and try scooters on Saturday morning? LifeGroup replies: One couple is available (and game). The others were big fat Saturday morning chickens! (or already had plans) Sherry and Bryan love a good adventure. They're like us -

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