All posts by: Brenda McDearmon

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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5 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat and Enjoy What’s Left of Summer

Summertime ... and the livin' is easy. - DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin If you're good about introducing your children to different genres and styles of music, you're to be commended.  So very wholeheartedly commended, I say. If my mother had not introduced me to Gershwin tunes, I would never have completely fallen in love with this song. Where I was when I first heard it, I just can't remember. But it struck such a chord (so to speak) within me that, even today, when I hear it, my eyes immediately close and I try hard

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How to Figure Out Politics If You’re a Ditzy Blonde – The Post I was Scared to Write

(Note: This is number three in my 3-part travel series chronicling our family trip to Washington, D.C. If you missed out on the previous posts, here's Day One and Day Two.) This is the post I wasn't sure I would have the courage to write.  (At the entrance to a presidential exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.) At no time in my life have I considered myself a deep thinker. I took government in high school and philosophy in college. I understand the basics of our checks-and-balances structure, and

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3 Packed Days in D.C. – Where to Go and What to Eat

(Note: This is Day Two of a series of three posts about our family's trip to Washington, D.C. In case you missed Day One, here's where to find it.) 3 Packed Days in D.C. - Where to Go and What to Eat My dear man LOVES a certain movie. We saw it the first time together, but the million and 12 times after that, he's seen it on his own. In bits and pieces. In small Saturday afternoon splices and Sunday night special scenes. I don't think he's seen it in its entirety more than once, but he NEVER tires of whatever part he gets to

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3 Packed Days in D.C. How We Got There, Where We Stayed and How We Got Around

"Why aren't we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that." - Clark Griswold [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Photo credit - Today.com[/caption] Clark Griswold was right about that. Back in the day, half the fun of vacation was the getting there part. Well...until the driver who had just about had it pulled over to let all of you have it. My step-dad cared not one lick (so to speak) where we were when it was time to pull that big brown station wagon of ours over, either. We could have been

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It’s a Miracle! 4 New Pairs of Shoes that Don’t Hurt My Feet?!?

It's not that I have a fetish or anything (that sounds pretty creepy), but on the other hand, I seriously do notice pretty feet. And I'm certainly not the only one.   The Chinese have long ago discontinued the tradition of foot binding; however, it was a practice long- considered as greatly contributing to the beauty of a wealthy young girl. In India, children bow to touch the feet of their elders as a sign of great respect. Don't show the sole of your shoe when visiting the Middle East, but do try to trip on your left foot when

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We’ve Reached a Milestone! (66 Verses #25)

Kynzie and I have made it to our first big milestone on our scripture memory journey! We’ve now memorized 25 verses together!!! Woo-hoo!!! It has taken time, but not that much. It's taken effort, but it's surprisingly not that overwhelming. It's been hard, but not impossible. We may not make our goal of 66 by the end of the year, but, hey, we've already gotten to #25! Do you know what’s been the hardest part? It’s not remembering the book of the Bible where the verse is found. It’s not the succession of the words in the

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12 Ways to Entertain Your Grandkids in Austin

“The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby’s grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.” - Dave Barry Florida or Texas - Orlando or Austin - grandparents really, actually, of course, love to be with their grandchildren, and if yours is coming to stay a week this summer, well, I know you can hardly wait. Unless ... you can't think of a thing in the world to do when they arrive. Will they be bored? Will they love what you've

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An Italian Wine Pairing Experience at Numero 28

Not too long ago, I declared myself to be a trendspotter. Does anyone remember why??  No? It's ok. I'll remind you.  There's a definite trend going on downtown. If-a you speak-a some Italiano, you might-a know what I'm-a talking about-a. Italian restaurants are the most happening spots for downtown dining right now. It's a trend, all right. Spotter here. Calling it. (Just let me revel in my rightness for two seconds and I'll be done. Promise.) We were introduced to this very cute Italian eatery by some new friends who

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