Texas Shaped Waffles Are Fun – and Delicious!

Our grandsons Ryan and Tyler are native Texans and I humor them in any interest they show in their native state, history and minutiae.  If grandpa has anything to say about it, these boys will grow up to be proud Texans with a good knowledge of this amazing state. When the kids recently discovered Texas Shaped Waffles at La Quinta and became really excited about them, we simply had to have the appropriate waffle maker.

So we ordered one of these waffle makers from Amazon (see information below).  I’ve been wanting one for a long time anyway, so here it is.  Our first foray into making Texas shaped waffles.  It takes only a few minutes to whip up the batter, and maybe 4-5 minutes per waffle to cook them,  as with any other waffle maker, be sure to condition the cooking surface before use with a liberal application of vegetable oil.  You will likely have to throw out the first waffle (like the first pancake) but in our case, the kids snacked on the first one with no complaints.

The batter was made from scratch and the kids insisted on including rainbow sprinkles – so here they are in all their glory

 

 

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This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies

This Day in Texas History:

Alamo Survivor Dies

October 7, 1883

On this day in 1883, Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson, survivor of the Alamo, died in Austin.

Susanna Wilkerson DickinsonThe Tennessee native married Almaron Dickinson in 1829 and moved to Gonzales, Texas, in 1831. Susanna’s only child, Angelina Elizabeth Dickinson, was born in 1834. Her husband went off to serve in the Texas Revolution in October 1835. She joined him in San Antonio, probably in December, and lodged in Ramón Músquiz’s home, where she opened her table to boarders (among them David Crockett).

On February 23, 1836, the family moved into the Alamo. After the battle of the Alamo on March 6, Mexican soldiers found her–some accounts say in the powder magazine, others in the church–and took her and Angelina, along with the other women and children, to Músquiz’s home. The women were later interviewed by Santa Anna, who gave each a blanket and two dollars in silver before releasing them.

Legend says Susanna displayed her husband’s Masonic apron to a Mexican general in a plea for help and that Santa Anna offered to take Angelina to Mexico. Santa Anna sent Susanna and her daughter, accompanied by Juan N. Almonte’s servant Ben, to Sam Houston with a letter of warning dated March 7. On the way, the pair met Joe, William B. Travis’s slave, who had been freed by Santa Anna. The party was discovered by Erastus (Deaf) Smith and Henry Wax Karnes. Smith guided them to Houston in Gonzales.

After the tragic events at the Alamo, Susanna lived a long and troubled life, marrying five times and sometimes making a living as a prostitute before achieving a measure of stability and prosperity with her last husband, Joseph William Hannig.

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Today’s Notable Texan: Sly Stone

Apparently a lot of people aren’t aware of of the fact that Sly Stone is a native Texan.  That’s right, the immensely talented and controversial performer born Sylvester Stewart on May 15, 1943, was born in Denton, Texas, but his family moved away around the time he was three months old.

Sly in the Studio

Sly in the Studio

Born into a very religious family with five children, Sly was a musical prodigy at a very early age, becoming proficient on the keyboards by age 7 and by the age of 11 had mastered guitar, bass and drums.

As a DJ for KSOL in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60s, he began mixing in material from white bands like the Beatles and Rolling Stones with the station’s predominantly black artist lineup.  At the same time he was a staff producer for Autumn Records, working with bands including the Beau Brummels, Bobby Freeman and Grace Slick’s first band, The Great Society.

Adopting the stage name Sly Stone, he was instrumental in forming The Stoners and eventually Sly and the Family Stone, which produced a remarkable combination of Funk and Rock material.  Sly being a multi-instrumentalist, was know to single-track entire songs.  This is the fine art of playing each instrument himself, one track at a time, layering up the song with himself as the only musician.

Bobby Vega

Bobby Vega

I met Sly in 1975 when I was an engineer at Motown Records and he was collaborating with Jeffrey Bowen on a Diana Ross album.  Sly subsequently hired me away from Motown in August of 1975 and a library of images from this era is online at one of my other websites.    This gallery of images was taken at CBS Studios in San Francisco in 1975.  My friend Bobby Vega played bass on this session.  I spent a lot of time at Sly’s home in Novato during this time as well.  During the Bill Wyman sessions at The Plant in Sausalito, Sly played bass, Van Morrison played keyboards and Tower of Power was the horn section.  The enigmatic Gary Kellgren was engineering these sessions in “The Pit” – a studio originally built for Sly adjacent to The Plant’s other two studios.  It is now known as Studio C.

I could tell a lot of stories about Sly, but I will leave that for a book that is in production also featuring my photography and interview about this iconic and controversial figure.

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This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time

This Day in Texas History:

“Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time

June 5, 1880

On this day in 1880, Myra Maybelle (Belle) Shirley Reed, the “Bandit Queen,” married her second, or possibly third, husband, Sam Starr, in the Cherokee Nation.

Belle StarrBelle Starr was born near Carthage, Missouri, in 1848. During the Civil War her family supported Confederate irregulars such as the raider William Clarke Quantrill. By 1864, after Carthage was burned, the family had migrated to Scyene, Texas, near Dallas. There, in July 1866 Cole, Jim, Bob, and John Younger and Jesse James, Missouri outlaws who had ridden with Quantrill, used the Shirley home as a hideout.

Her first husband, Jim Reed, became involved with the Younger, James, and Starr gangs, which killed and looted throughout Texas, Arkansas, and the Indian Territory. After Jim Reed was killed by a deputy sheriff at Paris, Texas, in 1874, Belle may have married Bruce Younger. If that relationship existed, it soured before she married Sam Starr. Belle and Sam Starr were later charged with horse stealing, and she received two six-month prison terms. In 1886 she was acquitted of yet another charge of horse theft, but in the meantime her husband and an Indian policeman had shot each other to death.

Belle Starr subsequently took several lovers, including Jim July (or Jim Starr), Blue Duck, Jack Spaniard, and Jim French. In 1889, while Starr was living in the Choctaw Nation, near the Canadian River, an unknown assassin killed her from ambush with a shotgun.

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Many of Our Images in Pencil Skirts

We have more than one fulfillment company that handles applying our vast library of images to a variety of products.  Just recently they started offering pencil skirts as an option and of course we hopped right on it and started engineering images for this medium.

All you gals know that a spectacular pencil skirt is a must-have, right?

New images are being added regularly as we go through and re-configure for this size and scale.

Currently our library includes florals, skylines, weather, abstracts, automotive, Route 66, Dallas, Fort Worth and Alaska.  At only $35.00 each these are an excellent value.  And if y’all would like yours personally autographed, just sashay on over wearing it and I’ll be happy to oblige.

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We even have WINSTON in a pencil skirt!  That cute little rascal finds his way into everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art Show Reception May 8th at North Haven Gallery

Art Show Reception!
Please join us May 8th from 4-6:30pm for a reception at North Haven Gardens Gallery.

Come on down and visit.

May 8, 2015

4pm – 6:30pm

The Gallery at North Haven Gardens

7700 Northhaven Rd
Dallas, TX 75230
214-363-5316

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This Day in Texas History: Fess Parker Dies

This Day in Texas History:

Fess Parker Dies

March 19, 2010

Fess ParkerOn this day in 2010, Fess Parker, who portrayed both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, died at the age of 85.

Parker, born August 16, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas, was tapped to play the part of Davy Crockett by Walt Disney in 1954, which catapulted him into the national limelight. He had numerous roles in both film and plays prior to being discovered by Disney.

His film credits include the voice of Leslie the chauffeur in Harvey, Them!, Springfield Rifle, Island in the Sky, The Bounty Hunter, Battle Cry, Old Yeller, The Searchers with John Wayne and Bus Stop with Marilyn Monroe.

After his acting career, Parker devoted a great deal of time to operating the Fess Parker Family Winery and Vineyards in Los Olivos, California. The location includes over 1,500 acres of vineyards, a tasting room and visitor center where they are known for selling the coon skin hats Parker made famous in the 50s.

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This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School

This Day in Texas History:

Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School

February 18, 1943

Dolly SheaOn this day in 1943, Dolly Shea graduated with the first flight-nurse class of the United States Army Air Forces at Bowman Field, Kentucky.

The San Benito, Texas, native served in the European Theater during World War II. She was killed on April 14, 1945, when her evacuation plane, ferrying wounded Americans to hospitals behind the front line, was shot down over Germany. She was one of three women in the Army Nurse Corps known to have been killed by direct enemy action and the only one from Texas.
Her awards include the Air Medal, the Red Cross Medal, a Special Citation from President Harry Truman, and a posthumous Purple Heart.

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This Day in Texas History: Space Shuttle Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Crew

This Day in Texas History:

Space Shuttle Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Crew

January 28, 1986

On this day in 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. Seven American astronauts were killed, including Texas resident Judith Arlene Resnik.

Judith Arlene ResnikThe world watched as, 73 seconds into its flight, Challenger broke apart in a violent explosion, casting debris into the Atlantic Ocean. Disintegration of the craft began when the o-ring for the right solid rocket booster failed, resulting in a massive explosion.  While the crew compartment survived the explosion, it’s impact with the ocean surface was too intense for anyone to have survived it.  All seven crew members perished.

She was the second American woman astronaut. She had taken her first space flight in August 1984 aboard the orbiter Discovery.

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This Day in Texas History: Fifty Cent Act Repealed

This Day in Texas History:

Fifty Cent Act Repealed

January 22, 1883

1876 Fifty-CentOn this day in 1883, the Fifty Cent Act was repealed. The act, advocated by Governor O. M. Roberts and passed in July 1879, provided for the selling of Texas land for fifty cents an acre, with one-half of the proceeds to be used to pay down the public debt and the other half to establish a permanent school fund.

The act opened to settlement about fifty-two Texas counties, in which the state sold 3,201,283 acres for $1,600,641.55. The Fifty Cent Act was repealed as a public necessity due to fraudulent land speculation.

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