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Tofu and Truth in Texas


The dynamic pace of life is responsible for many exciting new trends.  One not to be missed is the trend in healthy eating for more and more Americans every day. In  Franchesca Silveira’s latest blog post, she reveals a recipe for something that I could never have conceived on my own. It is vegan, full of good cholesterol, and is a heart healthy breakfast choice.

The recipe adds a minor twist on a timeless Texan food classic, eggs and chorizo. That is where the similarities start to peel away. The recipe 86’s the usual eggs in favor of the artery friendly egg alternative, Tofu. The chorizo also comes from the soybean, and the combination sure does look and sound delicious.

Dishes like this show that eating healthy can be done, and flavor need not be compromised. The trend in healthy eating, and home gardening is thriving here in Texas as well.

The climate and chance to grow so many organic vegetables, in home gardens, and boxes, is alive and well here in Texas. Today’s austerity economically is forcing us to become DYI er’s and the directions you could take your life in Texas is as wide open as the range is in West Texas, out by Big Bend National Park, Texas overlooked corner. There truly is a lifetime of peaceful healthy living, down here in Austin.

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Surprises In The Texas Hill Country


Texas produces the fifth highest amount of wine in the US. That’s a surprise.  The American Southwest extends eastward all the way to Georgetown, Texas. That’s another one I was not aware of.  It seems the area of the Lone Star state known as “Hill Country”, is full of pleasant surprises. The area historically, allowed for cultural immersion between Germans and Spanish, which led to the accordion being used as a popular instrument in Tejano music. The area is also home to some interesting, endangered and endemic species, which call the Balcones Canyon lands National Wildlife Refuge home. They are two songbirds and info can be found by clicking the link below

The city of Georgetown, lies in the Hill Country and is a very popular retirement area for millions of boomers. In 2007 the city got a very favorable rating from the seventh edition of Retirement Places Rated, and this has continued to solidify the area’s reputation as a prime destination.


The city is rife with cultural things to do for just about any age and interest.  There is live popular and classical music. There are guided tours of the courthouse. and art exhibits.  The calendar of events is full of things to scroll through. See the link below.

This climate begs for fun in the sun, and all the SPF in the world might still leave you a little longing for moisture. There are ten or more Spas in the area to rejuvenate your body and soul.

The city boasts several pools, and a ropes and challenge course, along with many other diverse park offerings. The following link will explain this in more detail.

The economic climate in Texas is warm right now, with low unemployment, and the population is growing, which reflects that. Here is a link with some info on great rebates on a home purchase.

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Colors and Confusion Make Sense in Texas

Colors and Confusion Make Sense in Texas

“Roses are red” or so the old saying goes. Texans may be eager to elaborate on that. Roses are yellow in Texas. Strawberries are red and Texans even see it that way. In Pasadena they celebrate the parade of roses, California that is. In Pasadena, TEXAS, they celebrate strawberries.

The 44th annual strawberry festival takes place in Pasadena this year on May 19th, 20th, 21st 2017. It is one of the biggest fund raisers to take place in the super sized Lone Star state. It is encouraged and promoted by the San Jacinto Day Foundation, a 501(c)# non-profit. The funds go to support several educational initiatives in the Pasadena area for high school students and also those at the post secondary level.

The festival is priced afford ably, and that is good news. There is so much going on, it may need more than one trip! There is the Buzzberry Kids Adventure Zone, which is a hands on learning by fun area. There are several other children’s activities, including pig races, and balloon rides.

The whole community gets involved in the celebration, and there is a beauty pageant before the festival. There is a parade, and in past years a Guinness world record was set. In 2005 the world’s largest strawberry shortcake was prepared there.

Family entertainment that is affordable, and fun for all, is accessible all year round in the Gulf tropical breezes of Pasadena Texas. Click the link below for info on current rebates.

By James W Dunnigan, as a freelance contributor for

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Scenic RV Campgrounds In Central Texas

Author: Morgan

Texas is a beautiful state located in the South Central United States and it is nicknamed as Lone Star State. It has diverse landscapes and scenic backdrops and therefore this place is visited by a number of tourists every year. The state is generally regarded as a part of American South. It is a high profile state with lavish lifestyle.

RV camping is gaining immense popularity in Texas, especially the region of Central Texas. Some of the best RV campgrounds located in Central Texas are:

1. Texas Rose RV Park

They have a total of 46 RV sites. Full hook-ups at all the sites are available and free internet access is another common feature offered here. One can have campfires at request and laundry facilities. They accept cash and check payments only. Call them now for quick reservations.

2. Mill Creek Ranch RV and Cottage Resort

This is Texas’ one of the finest new resorts. It is a first class RV resort with 5-star facilities. They fulfill all kinds of your lodging and housing needs from well maintained RV sites to deluxe rooms for your rest. It is an ideal destination for business travelers as well. Meeting and conference rooms are available here. Come and enjoy with your family in this terrific setting in Canton, Texas.

3. Buck Creek RV Park
Located in Abilene this is a wonderful place to visit with scenic backdrop and breath taking locations. If you are a tired traveler then you can come here and relax your senses, they are just a few minutes away from the hot attractions of downtown Abilene. The Abilene Zoo and the famous museum are just a few minutes of drive away. You will find here a lot of lavish pubs and restaurants in Abilene.

4. Wonderland RV Park
It is a spectacular RV Park for all the campers! It is spacious and about hundred of trees are present here. The area is fully fenced so the full safety is provided to you and full RV parts and supplies are also available in this campground. It is always a fun to be here because of the presence municipal golf course and a huge city park. The resort is located just next to the famous Texas Pipeline Plunge.

Mentioned above are some of the best RV campgrounds in central Texas. Don’t forget to enjoy RV camping in one of these Resorts on your next trip to Texas.

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Pets, Produce, Peppers and Plenty More in Grand Prairie

Pets, Produce, Peppers and Plenty More in Grand Prairie.

The concept of a farmer’s market instantly brings to mind a multitude of positive images. Family, fresh fruits and vegetables, the scent of alfalfa, and a nostalgic aura to the whole experience.

In today’s world where GMO dominated food is so readily available, this connection with tradition is even more important. Wellness is best when maximized and a healthy diet is a major piece of the puzzle.

The market runs from early Spring until a week or so before Christmas. Texas weather is as hospitable as the people most of the time, so there are three full seasons of enjoyment to be had.

Market square in Grand Prairie is the spot. The city of Grand Prairie is a medium sized suburb of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The economy is solid, with the school district, and some defense contractors, and some other high tech industries chained firmly as anchors.

I did mention a healthy diet, and the Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market has that and then some. Locally grown fruits and vegetables, plants, tamales, breads, salsas, dips, relishes, soy candles, eggs, meats, soaps, honey, wines, chips, cookies and more are available.

All of that wonderful food, along with love, and some healthy exercise are a great trio for wellness. They can all be achieved, with a visit to the Grand Prairie Texas Farmer’s Market on 4/01/2017. There will be giveaways and live entertainment along with a 5K run for those wishing to run or walk that day.

The benefits of yoga are apparent, and it is becoming a popular alternative to more traditional forms of exercise.  The feeling of meditation, combined with the physical exertion, are a treat for the body and soul.

Adopting a pet is also a self less undertaking, and with the trail system available in Grand Prairie, the benefits of a walk should be available to the canine you adopt, if that is your choice. The city is also one of many cities in the US designated “A tree city”.

This designation can bring a great deal of benefits to a city, as the following link from The National Arbor Day Foundation states.

The Park Department has received some lofty praise nationally, and this really should affect livability, and attract buyers.  The city was awarded the National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA), Gold Medal, for excelling in a wide array of factors.

The press release can be found Grand Prairie Parks department

The weather and climate in Grand Prairie seem to be kind, and the living appears to be fun and easy, and best off all, healthy! These types of activities, and many, many more can be had by choosing to live in Grand Prairie.

Please click the following links for information on some significant current New Home Texas Rebate or Austin Texas Home Rebates

By James W Dunnigan a freelance contributor to the a fore linked websites.


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The Merry Month of May in Killeen

Killeen Texas is a community that has an interesting history, and a bright future.  The city was originally founded in the late 1800’s as a railroad stopover, as the tracks began to criss-cross the Lone Star State.  The town remained relatively small until the early 1950’s. This is when the US Army commissioned Fort Hood as a permanent base.  The base has grown over the years to become one of the Army’s major bases. The city has grown right along with it, from a small population in 1950, to the booming metropolis of today. There have even been some relatively famous residents to come from Killeen. Notably, Elvis Presley, and Robert Griffin III, the pro football quarterback.

 May brings on the Green Avenue Farmer’s Market. The Market is open three days a week, which is convenient. Fresh, local, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and crafts, are available. There is nothing else as enjoyable as a stroll through a Farmer’s market on a sunny day. Life’s simple pleasures.

 May 18-20th features Rodeo Killeen. The 70th annual Rodeo is an affordable family event. The usual rodeo events are sprinkled over five locations over the weekend, and there will be a crowning of the 2017 rodeo Queen. This is a great way to experience some family fun, cowboy style.

 The economy is sure to remain stable in the area, as Fort Hood provides an anchor like no other locally. The base employs over 58, 000
people, and this certainly provides a base for the town’s business.

The town also knows how to have a good time. There are some nice family events planned in May. There is a sleep over night for mothers and daughters.
There is live music in the Amphitheater on the final Friday of the month. The event is alcohol free, and family friendly.
Below is a link to the town’s calendar of events.

The economy is stable, the weather is Texas nice, and there are some great rebates available right now on new home purchases.
Click the link below for more info.

written by James W Dunnigan as a free lance contributor.

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Bright Lights Seven Nights A Week


I have been a football fan for most of my life. Sundays were structured around the game, food, relaxation, and fun. The culture of American football is alive and well in Odessa Texas. There surely is football, and several other fine reasons that Midland and Odessa, in the Permian Basin, shine brightly every night of the year.

One casual scroll along the Website:,   from The Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau, and you see exactly what I mean. There are a lot of different of events going on all year. The offerings are as diverse and wide open as the skies on a trip west from Houston.

There are baseball games, musuem exhibits about glass pieces, and a Boz Skaggs concert. If that isn’t wide open enough for you, not to worry. There is also theatre, a flower market, and something called a mudbug. Your guess is as good as mine. Must be one of those well kept Texas secrets. Maybe you’ll uncover a few Texas secrets of your own? Click the link below for some current rebates.

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Should You Buy New Construction or an Older Home

Should You Buy New Construction or an Older Home?

New home or existing construction? Most people start the process with a preconceived notion of what kind they like, but it the question deserves a second thought. This can be one of your most influential decisions. Have you really thought about the differences between these two types and the fact that one might be a better choice for you than the other? Here are some pertinent facts to help you compare and make that decision.

Newer Homes Typically Have Modern Construction Features

In addition to new appliances, newly built homes also have modern features that people today have come to enjoy. Granite countertops, great rooms, spacious interior design and other such features are found in new homes.

New Homes Have New Material

When a builder builds a new home, you can expect new materials and appliances. That can mean less maintenance, and less worry about things breaking down, at least for a few years.

New Homes Have Modern Safety Features

With a newly constructed home, you can expect all the current safety features that builders are putting in homes under up-to-date codes. As a result, there are fewer hazards for your family.

Older Homes Have More Traditional Features

If you’re looking for a home like your parents’ home, with a familiar floor plan, a resale home is just right. Older homes have features like formal dining rooms, family rooms and other such features, that were common a few years ago.

Resale Homes Often Have Bigger Yards

With an older home, you generally have access to a larger lot than with a new home. New homes are often built closer together on smaller lots, leaving less room for old-style big yards.

You Can Typically Get More for Your Dollar With Resale Homes

New homes almost always cost more than older homes because they have the latest features and amenities. Another benefit is that older homes are usually taxed less as well, depending on the local jurisdiction.

Resale Homes Are Often More Easily Negotiable

As a buyer, you can usually negotiate a better price on older homes than on new homes. In places where need for new homes is healthy, it is more difficult to get a better price. This can result in getting a larger resale home for the amount you would have to pay for a small new home.

New Homes Have Higher Levels of Efficiency

Window manufacturers and appliance makers have greatly improved the efficiency of their products. Efficient windows mean better insulation in winter and in summer. More efficient electrical and gas appliances mean better energy efficiency and lower monthly bills.

There are definite advantages to choosing an older home, but there are advantages to buying a new one as well. Making the final choice, of course, is often a matter of personal preference. Either way, evaluate your options before deciding which way to go. That’s the best way to get the home you want.

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New home purchases negotiation tips for new homebuyers

Author: Aubrey Clark

There are many techniques to negotiating a new home purchase. Almost everyone has their own brand and approach to negotiating, as evidenced by the dozens of books written on the subject. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to negotiate as long as you have the basics down. The biggest difference in negotiations is the personality and egos of the people who are negotiating.


That being said, I thought I would chime in and share some of the negotiating tips I have learned over my last 15 years in the mortgage business. These are what I would call “the basics”, with a twist of my personality added for good measure. I hope you enjoy.


The Golden Rule 

Negotiating is a game of leverage, meaning the person that has the advantage in a negotiation is most likely the one to emerge victorious in that round of the negotiations. I emphasized “that round” for a reason, because when buying a home, the price is only the first battle in a long string of negotiations. Knowing who has the advantage in each round of negotiations is a key factor to winning the war.

For example:

Let’s assume that you and your wife have found a home that you love and want to buy. Whether you know it or not, when you make an offer on a home you are negotiating from a position of weakness. The owner knows that you want to buy the house or else you wouldn’t be making them an offer to buy it. Apart from those sellers that are in bad financial shape, the seller will usually win the first battle.

Advantage seller

However, most people forget that the negotiations last throughout the length of the sale until the deal is closed. A mortgage transaction could take as long as a month and maybe longer to close. You still have appraisals, home inspections, mortgage issues and many other negotiating battles to be fought and won. So, don’t be too hard on yourself if you didn’t come out of the first round of negotiations “smelling like a rose,” just get ready for the second round.


Meanwhile, the seller has put a chunk of his own money down on a new home in anticipation of you buying his home. He has scheduled movers, picked out drapes, and applied for a mortgage. The savvy negotiator realizes that the once reluctant seller is not so reluctant anymore. The power in the negotiations has now shifted, just in time for the home inspector. It’s now the seller that needs you to do something for him, namely buy his house. Advantage buyer.


Deal with a motivated seller:


Have you ever began negotiations with someone who has the attitude like “I don’t really care to sell this, but make me an offer anyway?” That’s usually just a negotiating gambit used to get the buyer to make the first offer. Much like the home shopper who plays coy with the realtor or home owner as to how badly they really want the home. However, there really are people in the market who really don’t want to sell and whole-heartedly expect you to make them a ridiculous offer. Your first job in negotiation is to be able to distinguish between the two. If you are dealing with the latter, you should walk away or be prepared to pay a lot for the home.


Know when to walk away: 

I have walked away from a dozen homes in the last 15 years, partially over the mechanics of the deal but primarily over emotions. Personal emotions have no place in a negotiation, and I should know since I have blown quite a few good deals over my ego. The point I am making is for you to be prepared to walk away. I tell most couples in the market for a new home “that after you find the perfect home, go find another one that is near to perfect.” If you are using a realtor, don’t let on which home you want to buy until you have the two homes picked out.


To negotiate price from a position of power, you must be prepared to walk away and you must do it if you don’t feel you have a good deal. Some of the best deals I have made on properties materialized two weeks after negotiations had broken down. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t always get that second call and that great deal, most often you won’t. However, one way to improve your chances of getting that second call is to always leave the negotiations in a civil manner. I always like to use the “oh shucks” method which basically says “I really like your property, and it is probably worth every dime you’re asking, but I just can’t afford it and thank you anyway.” This will leave the door open for further negotiations.


Ask for it all and then some : 

Everyone likes to think that they are a shrewd negotiator and hate to feel like they have lost in the negotiations. The best negotiators in the world get exactly what they want and leave their opponents smiling at the table. The way to do this is to make a fair offer on the home, and by fair I mean a price a little higher than you would like to pay. Then, attach a laundry list of things you would like the seller to address. Ask them to fix the roof, put in carpet, leave the refrigerator, paint the inside and anything else you can dream of.


This creates a myriad of issues that you and the seller can each give and take on. By offering the seller a fair price, you have their attention and haven’t insulted them with a low opening offer. I wince when I see new homebuyers, aided by inexperienced real estate agents, throw a low-ball number at a home owner and expect them to capitulate. The entire negotiation will end with two counter offers and be decided by an impasse on price. If someone could say “I’ll pay that price, but you give me the roof and carpet,” each negotiator has an opportunity to win.


My last bit of advice is that you pick a good experienced Realtor™ who isn’t going to pass you off to one of her newbie buyer’s agents. Begin your negotiations with her commission and keep in mind that you want her to work for you. This means if you beat her up too bad on the commission, she will email you houses from the MLS and call you every two weeks. Pay her a fair commission and make her earn it.

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Simply Healthy | Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

Simply Healthy | Banana Cream Pie Smoothie

This rich, creamy smoothie is just right for a wake-up call, but even better as a healthy dessert.

Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
Makes one 12 oz. smoothie

2 bananas
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 graham crackers
4 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately