Backporch Banter

Italian Bean and Pasta Soup

Italian Bean and Pasta Soup

The temperatures have been up and down a lot this winter, and I feel like we’ve had more cold weather than normal for north Texas. When the temperatures dip, I like to make a pot of homemade soup to warm me up. One of my favorites is this Italian Bean and...

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Vacation on Hilton Head Island

Vacation on Hilton Head Island

In January, Izzie and I vacationed on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for a couple of weeks. We drove 1145 miles across east Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia through rain and a little sleet and snow. As we travelled to and from South Carolina,...

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Happy Holidays from Izzie

Happy Holidays from Izzie

Happy Holidays!!! I had a great Christmas. How about you? Our outdoor Christmas tree is in the backyard so all of the neighbors on our greenbelt can see it. Grandma liked looking at the Christmas tree, so Mom puts it up every year so Grandma can see it...

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts & Raisins

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts & Raisins

These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts & Raisins are delicious and overflowing with autumn flavors. As an added bonus, the cookies are vegan and packed with healthy ingredients. I've listed many of the health benefits below. Pumpkin Pie Spice is a...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh what a beautiful Thanksgiving day! It's so nice outside, I don't want to come inside. But, Mom says I have to. Darn! I hope all of you get to spend time with your friends and family today. I’m going to stay home and take a nap while Mom spends...

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Trip to Big Bend

Trip to Big Bend

Last week, my sister, Tami, and brother in law, Mike, and I took a road trip to Big Bend in west Texas. I’ve included links so you can read more about the places we visited. Day 1 – After leaving Izzie at the Canine Country Inn, we headed out on our trip...

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Easy Composting

Easy Composting

I compost my kitchen scraps and want to share my tips for easy composting. Not only is composting good for my garden, it reduces the garbage I send to the landfill. Many landfills are rapidly filling up, and about a third of the waste is compostable...

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Dog Statues in Chicago

Dog Statues in Chicago

As my niece, Sarah, and I walked along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, we passed by colorful statues of German Shepherd Dogs. The dog statues were part of the Chicago “K9s for Cops” campaign. Local artists designed the 54 inch tall fiberglass statues, while...

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Walk through Lincoln Park in Chicago

Walk through Lincoln Park in Chicago

Hello, Fall. Usually the changing seasons brings a change in the weather. But, here in north Texas, the temperatures are still in the 90s. Next week, forecasters are calling for cooler temps which will signal that fall is finally here. Fall, also, is the...

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