Call me crazy (lots of people do) but I found it hard, even after giving permission, to send my girls off to Houston (yeah, Houston ~ TEXAS) to the rodeo/JoBro Concert by themselves.  I initially must have had some sort of brain fart or was caught off guard or misunderstood or something, when I said “Sure. That sounds like fun.”  The more I thought about it, the less like fun it sounded.  Them going was fine, it was the coming home, after dark, driving in Houston, after dark, possibly having a flat or something, after dark, that had me a little worried.  More than a little actually.  So, being the problem solver that I am, I took the bull by the horns (pun intended) and got a hotel suite for us right across the street from Reliant Stadium.  AND there is shuttle.  Ben and I will either go to the rodeo plaza and look at cowboys, cowgirls, cows, etc or we will go to the zoo or museum or we will vegetate in the hotel.  Any of those options are fine by me.  Hannah has two extra tickets (nose bleed seats) for the concert and I *think* it gets us into the rodeo grounds and if it does we will decide then what to do.  It also depends on how I feel since I am trying to beat a cold at the moment.

A couple more hints about the project:

It will involve many of MY favorite things: cookbooks, aprons, canning, baking,  flour sacks, thread, yarn, wood, glass, paper…


More on this soon…very soon!

And now your recipe for today and to show you how bi-partisan I can be, although arguably quite possibly the best thing to come out of the Bush administration, I give you former First Lady Laura Bush’s

Cowboy Cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sweetened flake coconut
2 cups chopped pecans (8 ounces)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In 8-quart bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Beat in vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until edges are lightly browned; rotate sheets halfway through. Remove cookies from rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

NOTE: For 6 dozen smaller cookies, use 2 tablespoons dough for each. Bake at 350 F for 15 to 18 minutes.

I think I am going to bake a batch of these to take on our road trip this weekend.

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Sounds like a most excellent plan to me. How did we both get colds at the same time. Drink tons of water, I tell you, tons! You will begin to recover. Thinking of you. ~Kelly


Have a wonderful time this weekend, getting out of town is always good for the spirit!

Houston is a great city to visit – I love the rodeo plaza there! (Although there is nothing quite like the Ft. Worth Stockyards if you want to see some real cowboy/rodeo action!) Maybe since I just started reading I’m not sure about your special project, but it def sounds like something I would love nose around so I can get more good ideas! 🙂


I think this is a great plan!! You deserve a getaway! And you won’t have to worry about your girls. Have to say, makes me feel better too. Know they aren’t mine—-but now I know they’ll be fine and I’ll bet you all have a good time. Have a great trip!

Don’t bother with the zoo. It’s not that great really. I did my exotic animal clinicals there. IF I remember correctly tickets will get you into the grounds. We held season tickets to the rodeo when we lived there. It’s much, much fun and the food vendors are amazing!

the rodeo sounds fun. used to attend the rodeo every year while I lived in Arcadia, FL. Your upcoming project sounds really fun….can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to.


Hi Susan, sounds cool to go to Houston ! I’m also on my way to Texas soon, not going to rodeo, but to conference in Denton in 2 weeks from now, first time in Texas, really excited about going there, I suppose there are many overalls folks, also at the rodeo ?!? I’m actually going to meet some of the overall gang, Liz ( living close to Denton !

Sounds like fun! I avoid zoos. People watching can be so much more fun 😉

The Give Away is getting more intriguing by the minute!

By the way, where did you find that drawing of me to use at the top of your post?