The Big D!

I took a speedy trip to Dallas earlier this week for some work and, most importantly, my mom's birthday!!!

On this particular road trip, since I was all by my lonesome, I stopped off in Corsicana at the Collin Street Bakery for some delicious treats and my all-time favorite: pecan bread.

There's something you should know about this pecan bread. It is absolutely the best bread ever. I love it. Love, love, love, love. When I was younger, my mom and I always dropped in to buy an armful of the loaves because I would eat it out the wazoo - and we're talking breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just couldn't get enough, nom nom nom...

Well, since my metabolism isn't cranked up to what it used to be, I can't eat pecan bread around the clock. But I sure did relish a couple slices this week. I gifted a couple special folks, like my mom and my sister, with some fall gift bags and custom labels I made (I was in the mood for fall!) then tucked in a loaf of pecan bread to boot.

So my mom toasted some up for breakfast one morning with butter and fresh peach jam that I brought from a recent stone fruits dinner I attended.

Even though the Texas Stadium is gone forever (and revived in the new Cowboys Stadium located in Arlington), I still love the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I see Dallas appear around the corner. Nothing says "welcome home" more.

God bless America.
And yes, I did take these pictures through my windshield while on the road. Don't worry, no one was injured.

Which brings me to the next topic: my newest freelancing gig. I am proud to inform you all that you're readin' the writin' of the new editor in chief of Dallas Brides magazine! The whole thing went down last week and I was thrilled to my toes to receive the offer and accept the position. I absolutely love bridal magazines and writing about weddings and working with vendors in the industry. It's something I would never have even known about myself, until I was offered the same position with Houston Brides magazine (they're owned and published by the same company).

I am so pumped to have my own magazine again. The semi-annual publication is a great notch on my freelance company's belt, and I can't wait to get the first issue out and about on the streets of my hometown.

To take a detour down memory lane, let's revisit my first-ever editor's note in Houston Brides - which, ironically, talks about my own planning process in Big D for my big day.

In between a bit of work, there's always a chance to play. Like staying over at my mom's house, getting to spend some much-needed time with her and celebrating her birthday. We watched TV shows, made country patriotic pillows and jewelry (more on those later!), concocted late night sandwiches, blogged, attended my sister's baby adoption, went to dinner at Rockfish, saw Easy A at the theaters (hilarious!) and enjoyed an all-around good time. I love hangin' with my mom. :)

My mom has held art class at her home every Tuesday night for more than 30 years.
One of the gifts for my mom's bday - a Pumpkin Spice scented candle.
Her homes always smells like this in the fall, usually from freshly made pumpkin muffins!
Now that's my idea of a late night snack!

There were also two little kitties who seemed happy to see me. Snowball and July (I'll let you guess which is which!). Like I've said before, I'm just so ready to have a place to call home base for awhile and get all our pets and things in order. And in one location. All in due time.... patience is a virtue, and I need it now!!!

Today has been a long day - I drove back to Houston last night, woke up completely exhausted today and then had a flu shot and blood taken at the doctor's this morning. I don't know about you, but I don't "do" needles. Like I turn pale white and look a little questionable. So getting poked and prodded with a sharp object just isn't a great start to my morning. But I resurrected it with a lil bit of shopping, some of which is for a project I'll be posting soon! Think pillows and turquoise.

For now, dear readers, the bed, my new read by Jeffery Deaver and a little LED book light are calling my name. Happy weekend, y'all!


  1. That is awesome about your job! Congratulations! And that bread sounds amazing :)

  2. I love it when I see a new posting by Texas Tales!! Poured myself a cup fresh cup of coffee and enjoyed reading every single word! YOU are amazing!

  3. You can't go rubbing in all your Texas-ness in my face now that you are home. It's not fair! I may need to lie down and pout.


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