Backporch Banter

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

Happy Father's Day, Dad. Izzie and I hope you have a wonderful day. You didn't get to meet Izzie, but I'm sure the two of you would have gotten along famously. Dad passed away in 2002 at the young age of 75. I only have a few pictures with both of us in...

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Vino Amores, the wine tasting club that I belong to, meets once a month. In addition to bringing our appreciation for fine wine, we also bring an appetizer. I usually make some kind of dip that goes with crackers. Last month, I made a tasty Smoked Salmon...

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Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Granola

Over the holidays, I discovered Whole Foods 365 Pumpkin Spice Granola. It was deliciously yummy, but sadly only available during the winter holidays. So, I decided to experiment with Tara's Homemade Granola to see if I could make my own Pumpkin Granola...

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House Reno Part One

House Reno Part One

Hi Everyone! Life at our house has been very busy, and it's soon going to get very messy. We're about to begin a whole house reno. Last fall, I decided I wanted the kitchen and laundry room cabinets painted. Here are a few photos before the work started....

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Happy Spring!!!

Happy Spring!!!

Happy Spring!!! I'm so glad spring is here. I love to explore around the backyard, and since Mom has work in the yard to do, I get to be outside more. I'm always on the lookout for intruders. People walk by with their dogs on the greenbelt path, and I have...

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Carrot Muffins with Raisins, Walnuts, and Maca Powder

Carrot Muffins with Raisins, Walnuts, and Maca Powder

These Carrot Muffins with Raisins, Walnuts, and Maca Powder are delicious and packed full of healthy ingredients. The recipe is based on one from Laila Ali in her new cookbook, Food for Life, which I found in the February 2018 issue of Oprah magazine. To...

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AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery

AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery

Bright and early this morning, my groceries were delivered to my front door. At 7:20 AM, the deliveryman from AmazonFresh rang my doorbell. Just barely out of bed, I greeted him in my pajamas. He dropped off three large bags filled with fresh produce and...

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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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