All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

50 Fabulous Ways to Celebrate the BIG 5-0 in Austin

 Welcome to the Fabulous 50's, my friend!  How are you feeling about your big 5-0? Are you giving yourself some pats on the back for getting out of bed and smiling - with Every Breath You Take? Or are you finding your Down Under to be a little stiff, making you feel a little like Mr. Roboto? Say it Isn't So! Well, You Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' before you have a Total Eclipse of the Heart, so Jump out from under your knitted afghan, because If This is It, and you're really 50, there's going to be some Dancin' in the

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A Full List of Fall Home Tours

HAPPY TEXAS FALL, Y'ALL!  While it's not, by the calendar, technically FALL for a few more days, it's close enough for you and me, isn't it?

We start getting ready for a pumpkin spice latte just about now, right? And football - and leaves changing from green to burnt orange - and being wrapped in a blanket on a cool morning - and - well, you know - just all things FALL!

Back in the panhandle where I'm from, the leaves are changing and blowing right off the trees about now, but the hearts

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An Anniversary Weekend in Johnson City, Texas

Happy anniversary to us!  There are about a jillion ways to celebrate an anniversary in the Texas hill country, but before we moved to Austin, I didn't really know what they were. Now, after a whole bunch of anniversary celebrations in fascinating parts elsewhere around the country, we are finding that the only places we really want to go are the ones to which we haven't been - right here in our own big ol' Texas backyard. So, this anniversary, we explored the tiny little hill country town of Johnson City, where we discovered

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A Carefree New Place to Eat on Congress Avenue

If you've been reading along with me on this intentionally-adventurous journey, you know that I dearly LOVE all things Congress Avenue.  From the sights (weird and not) to the sounds (hustling and bustling), and from the south (shopping) to the north (the prettiest Capitol in the whole wide world), it seems like I never get enough. And now, there's a cute and carefree new place to grab lunch with friends or have coffee on Sunday morning. It's called Caroline.  From the font to the front door, Caroline's mission is

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50 Fun Ideas to Do While You’re Stuck Inside on a Rainy Day



Raindrops keep fallin' on my head But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red Cryin's not for me 'Cause I'm never stop the rain by complainin' Because I'm free Nothin's worryin' me.            - B. J. Thomas

This weekend, Hurricane Harvey is keeping us all inside, and the raindrops are forecast to be falling on our heads for a while longer. So, if you're running low on ideas to pass the time indoors, here's a fresh list of indoor fun! 1. Play UNO. 2. Drink coffee.

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I Will Repay You – 66 Faith-Building Verses #29

As Kynzie (my granddaughter) and I approach the 29th verse on our quest to memorize one verse from each book of the Bible, we sense the momentum that has built along the way. By now, we've clearly heard and understood, verse by verse by verse, God's plan and God's heart for his people. He has continually assured them of his plans for their lives, his principles of discipline for their own good, and his passion for keeping them as his own. In what feels like our final lap around the Old Testament, we are memorizing verses from

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All This and More Can Be Yours at Buc-ee’s

If it's really true that everything is bigger in Texas, Buc-ee's is one place that proves it.  With its Beaver-beholden label on loads of signature snacks, Buc-ee's is drawing roadsters in for their roadies like nobody's business. (Taffy is one of Buc-ee's bestsellers.) If you forgot to bring a nice piece of jewelry home from your business trip to Houston, just stop for a bag of these Beaver Nuggets or Buc-ee's Nug-ees for your sweetie. There's a chance she'll be just as happy. But, hold it, first stop - restrooms!

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#28 – Hosea Makes the Headlines

Note: This post provides the backdrop for #28  in the list of 66 faith-filled Bible verses my granddaughter and I are memorizing together. We started at Genesis 1:1, and we're working our way through the whole Bible, one verse from each book.

And he did. Hosea married a cheater. Not the kind who didn't keep her eyes on her own paper, either. At the beginning of Hosea's career as a prophet, he married a woman who had an unappealing name and a reputation that was even worse. Described as adulterous,

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The Question I’m Asked Most Often

Where should we eat? People ask me this question all the time, but for lots of different reasons.  Maybe company is coming to town. Maybe they're new to Austin. Most are celebrating something special in their lives. No matter why they’re asking, though, I’m thrilled that they do! I love Austin, and I love to share about what we've found to do, see and eat. Since moving here, we’ve kept a running register of the restaurants we’ve tried. Would you like to guess just how many different names are on the list?
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Everybody Needs a Favorite Burger

Everybody needs a favorite burger. In Amarillo, we frequented a family spot where you placed your order and waited until the familiar words rang out on the sound system for all the patrons to hear: Brenda, YOUR BUNS ARE UP. In Austin, when it's time for a burger (and somehow, we all just know when it's time, don't we?), we make a mad dash to the nearest P.Terry's Burger Stand. With 14 locations, we've never had to go very far for a 100% real beef, never been frozen, cheeseburger on a wheat bun - with real Idaho potato-fries,

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