Dealing With the Stress of Unexpected Changes
Oct02

Dealing With the Stress of Unexpected Changes

By Mimi Greenwood Knight         You’ve undergone life changes you didn’t sign up for or expect. But here you are. When it happened to our family, we made a lot of mistakes. But we also learned some strategies that helped, and continue to help, as we move forward. On November 6, 2014, our home phone rang at 3:00 in the morning and life for our family was never the same. An hour before, our dynamic, world-moving daughter had a freak...

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Cozy Sunday Cooking
Oct02

Cozy Sunday Cooking

Recipes and photos By Meghan Bassett The seasons are changing and a cold breeze will be heading our way in no time. Cozy up to a weekend bowl of creamy pumpkin soup, or heat things for sports with spicy chicken tortilla soup. You can even pair them with a slice of homemade no-rise bacon and sage bread. All recipes serve from 6 to 8 people.     Creamy PUMPKIN SOUP INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 small white onion, chopped 2...

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Renewed Spirit
Oct02

Renewed Spirit

Travel destinations that’ll leave you uplifted for whatever life changes come your way By Annette Brooks In a hectic, tumultuous world, finding a place on earth that instills wonderment, if only for a few moments, makes an impression that lasts a lifetime. Spirit-renewing experiences are deeply personal and often happen serendipitously as you explore new destinations. A singularly still moment while touring San Antonio’s Spanish...

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Fair State – One of Mind, Body and Fried Foods
Sep06

Fair State – One of Mind, Body and Fried Foods

Proclaimeth the operators of the State Fair of Texas: “Since 2005, the Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the State Fair of Texas as the top fair for great food creations.” Clutch your hand to your chest gingerly and think of your arteries, dear reader, cause that’s not all a decade of fried delights have solidified. The question, of course, is whether we’d have it any other way.   It is now a Texas tradition, and...

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Weird Texas
Sep05

Weird Texas

Things you’ve never seen—just outside your front door In addition to its well known wide-open ranges, rolling vineyard-filled hills, and action-packed theme parks, Texas has its share of odd destinations—really odd destinations. From kitschy roadside attractions to towns devoted to beloved rodents to alien gravesites, Texas truly has it all. Cadillac Ranch Amarillo When people think of Texas oddities, it’s possible that they first...

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Stick to Your Ribs
Sep04

Stick to Your Ribs

Smoky, tangy, indulgent favorites for all. Photos and recipes by Meghan Bassett In Texas it’s always grilling season, and we’re taking advantage of it. In honor of our Texas issue, this month we’re headed back to basics with a classic BBQ spread. Our version of dry rub ribs pairs with a tangy vinegar slaw and some super comfortable baked mac and cheese that’ll leave you and your guests super satisfied—and perhaps ready for a little...

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When it’s Winter
Sep04

When it’s Winter

  Though it might not feel like it now, winter is right around the corner—and like so much Texas weather, it’s impossible to predict what it might have in store. But even if we don’t see any snow, cold temperatures are worth paying attention to. Get your home cold-weather-ready with these simple steps. Tune Up Your Heating System A professional technician can inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good...

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Updating A Houston Classic
Sep04

Updating A Houston Classic

  About the Designer: Founded in 1991 by principal Jay Baker, Jay Baker Architects is Houston’s premier residential architecture firm known for harmonizing form and function. For more than 25 years, the firm has designed new homes, renovations, and additions throughout Houston and Southeast Texas, leaving an indelible mark on the architectural tapestry of the region. The firm has committed itself to providing a uniquely engaging and...

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Treatment Time
Sep04

Treatment Time

For breast implants or lifts, fall and winter make for perfect timing. Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? So, if you’ve been thinking about enhancing your bust line, then fall and winter are a great time to consider it, so you can have that downtime to be camouflaged beneath cold-weather attire. “Colder weather months are a good time to undergo surgery,” said Constance M. Chen, MD, FACS, a board certified plastic surgeon...

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Celebrating Our Style Icons
Sep04

Celebrating Our Style Icons

What Would Make Your List? Texas has embraced and nurtured an attitude and style all its own from the very beginning. Not surprisingly, when it comes to fashion, design, and tastemakers, natives of the Lone Star state make an impact. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite style icons to highlight in our edition that celebrates everything Texas. Tom Ford When it comes to world-renowned fashion designers, many would agree that...

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Deep In The Heart
Sep04

Deep In The Heart

Focus On Being Heart Healthy. Cardiovascular disease takes many forms. These include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, valvular heart disease, stroke, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat). Astoundingly, the World Health Organization estimates that worldwide 17 million people die annually from cardiovascular disease. In this country about 80 million people have some form of cardiovascular disease, and it’s responsible for...

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Abundant Allergens
Sep04

Abundant Allergens

Our state is a hot spot for sniffles and sneezes. We all know Texas is big. Almost three United Kingdoms or more than six Icelands could fit inside the Lone Star State. Unfortunately, Texas is also a huge hot spot for allergy sufferers. In its report released in spring of this year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) listed McAllen as the No. 1 most challenging place to live in the entire nation for spring allergies,...

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Finding Home
Aug30

Finding Home

A young artist returns to Texas By Audrey Ashe   There’s an old saying, “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.” Years ago, I would’ve rolled my eyes at this. I still may, but perhaps with a little more whimsy. As a child who grew up in rural Texas just north of Dallas, I have memories as far back as I can remember of distinctly not wanting to be in Texas. Being a decidedly shy kid who was much...

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