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What the Bernie?!

This last weekend I went a traveling (more details next week) & visited two towns not pronounced the way they are spelled. I was mocked for my pronunciation difficulties by my Dear family. Four places in Texas I know are said different than spelled.
Is it:
Mexia or Mahayah?
Boerne or Bernie?
Buda or Boodah?
Gruene or Green?

All are pronounced the second way but spelled the first way. Where have you traveled that was a speaking nightmare?

I’ll end this with a joke. Two men are driving to South Texas. They start to argue about how to pronounce Mexia. One swore it was Mexia & the other swore it was Mahayah. They stopped for lunch at the local DQ for lunch. Exasperated, one of the men turns & looks at the waitress. He tells her to tell that fool how you pronounce the name of this place! She turns, looks, and lowers her head to his and says real slowly, “it’s called dare-ee queeen.”

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How to Travel like a British Person

I believe everyone should travel light, and why not travel like an English butler picked your suitcase?

Heres how you travel British style:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BL9qmFRbd4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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City Committees – Your Job

Hey oh! I do not know if you are aware of it, but your town has committees to be involved with. All sizes unless you live here:

One person Mayor? Bet he votes for himself…

Why am I talking about this on Travelin’ Thursday? Because if your town stinks, I do not want to visit any time soon! There are o many places that do not care about their own cities but expect others to visit and increase tourism in their areas. So I ask you today whaI community involvement have you stepped in nd assisted?

City Committees are boards and commissions to address what needs to be focused on by your own town. Such as parks and recreation (not the show), human services advisory (like mine),traffic/transportation, community development or library or whatever is specialized in your area. This is a plea for you to get involved and make a difference. sounds cheesy, but very true.

In Texas, our Municipal League speaker Susan Horton, helped train us committee folks in our roles & responsibilities. This is definitely worth having because we need a little guidance on what we is really needed from us to perform correctly.

So, for my tourism (money)sake, get your act together and get on your local committees! I need you to make your town worth visiting!

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Memorial Thursday: Paying Respect

Some travelling Thursdays aren’t of me going far away or doing expensive things, mainly because I don’t have the funds or much time for the great big world around me. But thankfully I can still do the little trips. The local things. The community things.
Something I did tonight.

I visited the American Legion Post #71 for their first Field of Heroes opening ceremony. This honor ceremony celebrated POW, MIA, KIA, & Veterans. There was an Army Colorguard to present the flags & God Almighty had a strong wind whipping the 125+ flags in a fervor.
To participate, you donated $20 for an American flag to be flown this weekend in honor of a current, past, or personal hero. Name, branch, etc. I dedicated it to my cousin Row who served Air Force until recent retirement. At the end of Tuesday you are able to pick up the flag & take home to fly.

Here’s a few shots:

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How will you honor & celebrate this Memorial Day weekend?

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Minted Cookies

While this recipe won’t help you mint your own coins, it will help you make delicious minty easy cookies. These Andes mint cookies have long been on my to do list, but due to the seasonal shortage of regular size Andes mints, placed on the back burner. But no more!

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With a nice gesture from an Olive Garden waitress, & cookie request from a missionary in need (more on them at a later date) I got the chance I was looking for.
So many of the recipes were mixed in Andes bits, not thumbprint style, & many were complicated more than I felt they needed to be. I ended up doing a Google picture search hoping I’d see the cookie for me. At last, I found a pretty cookie with a small ingredient list! Below is the recipe, with an important ingredient change.

Andes Minted Thumbprints

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1 egg
½ c oil
1 TBSP water (as needed)
12-15 Andes mints (or ¾ c Andes bits)

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap & cut mints in half. **Keep handling of mints to a minimum as they’re prone to melting before necessary.
2. Mix cake mix, egg, & oil in a bowl. Here is where my problem with the original recipe started. They only used ⅓ c oil which left the mix very dry & crumbly, to the point you couldn’t roll dough together. I had to add oil & eventually a little water so the dough was thoroughly moistened & clumpy. If dough is still a little dry, add water. Dough should lightly clump & hold shape when pressed together.
3. On parchment lined cookie sheet, place 1 TBSP dough 1″ apart. A measuring spoon helps keep dough form. A flattened bottomed cookie is a good thing. Fill sheet. Applying light pressure, use your thumb to make an indentation on the top of each cookie.
4. Bake for 8 minutes, a maximum of 9. Do not over cook. Set your kitchen timer.
5. Finish scooping dough on second cookie sheet & indent cookies.
6. While still warm & on cookie sheet, place half an Andes on top of each indentation. If the indent isn’t deep enough, use the back of a spoon to press a slightly deeper hole. Let Andes melt. Test for swirling consistency, then swirl mint with handle of spoon.

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7. After swirling cool cookies on cooling rack for up to 2 hours. Store in an air tight container. If needing hardened Andes quicker, refrigerate for a few minutes until firm but not moist (watch condensation).

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Getting down to the nitty gritty

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This weekend Denton will be hosting a city wide clean up in partnership with the Great American Cleanup.
Sign ups are Saturday at 0800 at the Denton Civic Center (321 E McKinney St). After a morning of scrubbing everyone will reconvene at the Civic Center for fun & free lunch. Last year 4 tons of waste was collected from Denton alone.

The Bulb eater: recycles fluorescent bulbs of all sizes, eyeglasses & cellphones.

The city landfill is offering free dumping for residents from 0700-1200 but freon appliances will be 50$ & monitors/televisions are 15$.

If you’re not in Denton please check in your local area for doing your part in keeping America beautiful.

Keep Denton Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful
Landfill
The Great American Cleanup

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10 Most Underrated Music Hubbubs

I don’t know how many people have read this article yet,  but since I live in the #1 spot… I can’t help but have a little pride.

If you haven’t read this article yet, that why I included this link.

BUT I will add that three other national musicians from there; including Lecrae, Backwater Opera & Seryn.

Were you excited about the list? Or were you disappointed by the listings?

Here’s to a musical world!

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