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The Texas State Capital Building - The Peoples House and Senate by Celia Hayes So – after a two-hour long stint in the Texas Authors Association booth at the Texas Book Festival this last weekend, my daughter and I decided that we should explore the grounds of the state capitol building, which reared up at the top of the hill just outside the tent where the booth was. No kidding – the tent was at the intersection of North Congress and 11th, just in front of the gate to ... http://ow.ly/2PZTYS

Different Kind of Farming - Another Kind of Farmers Market by Celia Hayeshttp://www.localharvest.org/csa/As much as I try to wedge in useful vegetable crops into various parts of my tiny suburban back yard, there is just not enough cultivatable space to grow enough that our needs for seasonal vegetables can be satisfied from it, day in, day out, year in and year out. Oh, certainly, we have gotten good things from the garden – especially potatoes this year. Sing ye the g... http://ow.ly/2PjYu3

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Autumn Cometh - Autumn Cometh
by Celia Hayes
We have already had one cool snap, and a couple of rounds of rain, all of which herald the end of summer in South Texas, and the advent of what I believe to be the fairest and most pleasant season. Spring has its moments of attraction, to be sure, but there is always the threat of the soon-to-be boiling-hot summer hanging over it, as the days draw out. Autumn has no other threat than perhaps a couple of days below freez... http://ow.ly/2OADrW

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Autum Garden Stuff - In the Autumn Garden – September
By Celia Hayes
That blessed day – the day that we can turn off the AC and open the windows arrived this last weekend. Cool fall weather in South Texas arrived in tandem with the notice from the city regarding brush pickup, so the neighborhood has been serenaded with the sounds of chain saws all this week. Receipt of the brush pickup notice meant for us that it was time to call the tree guy to come and take out ... http://ow.ly/2NOPJv

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Home Made Marinara Sauce - Marinara
 
Since getting the new refrigerator, revamping the larder cupboard, getting the vacuum sealer and experimenting with canning, bottling and picking – we’ve been stocking up even more intensely. Well – now that we have the space, or the re-vamped space, and the technology – why not? Indeed, thanks to a fortunately-timed stop at the marked-down shelf at the local HEB a couple of weeks ago, I can report that our requirements for ex... http://ow.ly/2NmKMj

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The Culinary Frontier - Exploring the Culinary Frontier
by Celia Hayes
This last Friday, my daughter took it into her head to bake a deep-dish pizza for supper; she went rootling through the drawer under the oven, where the römertoph clay casseroles, the Spanish clay cazuelas and Dutch ovens are kept, looking for a cast-iron frying pan to bake pizza in – but she unearthed a particular small cooking implement, still in the original plastic wrap.
I had forgotten ... http://ow.ly/2Mpeem

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Good Stuff - Good Stuff
by Celia Hayes
My daughter and I did our foodstuff stocking up this last weekend, including a run out to Granzins in New Braunfels. Alas, we were disappointed in our intent to purchase a large quantity of beef bones to make home-made beef broth out of, and then to give to the dogs for their chewing pleasure. Their stock of bones in the back room was much reduced by demand, I guess. We should have gone up during the week, as we have on previ... http://ow.ly/2LlbLK

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Kitchen Pantry Shelf Redo - A Spot of Home Reorganization
 By Celia Hayes
The kitchen pantry in my house is a misnomer. It a small kitchen closet, 25 ¼ inches wide by 27 ½ deep, extending all the way up to the ceiling-level. The builders installed shelves roughly fifteen inches apart. When I first moved in, I attached a pair of narrow wire shelf units to the inside of the door, seven shelves, each one just deep enough to hold a single can, small box or bottle. Lat... http://ow.ly/2Il52L

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Tomato Ketchup Chronicles - Tomato Ketchup Chronicles
by Celia Hayes
I was inspired by an old blog and Facebook friend, Katie Barry, to have a go at making home-made ketchup this weekend. I had often intended to try it before, as this condiment is one that we (as Katie points out in her own housekeeping blog) all have in our condiment collection. I was put off some of the recipes for it in my own collection of canning books, because they called for simply awesome ... http://ow.ly/2HG9nA

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The Big Fight-Sisterdale - Jack Hays Big Fight at Walkers Creek
In Sisterdale, on Sunday June 8th, historical enthusiasts from across Kendall County and beyond are observing the 170th anniversary of the battle of Walkers Creek – Jack Hays Big fight at the Sisterdale Dance Hall.
Jack Hays came to Texas late in 1836, worked as a surveyor, and commanded a roving Ranger company based in San Antonio in the 1840s. The Big Fight on Walker Creek made his name; one of the ... http://ow.ly/2Hw9fN
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