Many a youthful happy hour did I spend at Austin’s famously peripatetic Cedar Door bar, the self-proclaimed inventor of our state’s most famous native cocktail, the Mexican martini. A frosty metal shaker of sweet-tart elixir, a salt-encrusted coupe glass, fat green olives impaled on a wee plastic sword—this was what summer in Texas was made of. The Austin establishment latched on to the idea, someone dubbed the drink a Mexican “martini” (prompting someone else to throw in some olives), and the rest is history. Alas, the Mexican martini you’re likely to get nowadays is a mass-market impostor composed of premade margarita mix and delivered in a cloudy plastic shaker. Not particularly Mexican and not a martini, this is a damn tasty, fittingly weird gift from Austin to the rest of the world.texasmonthly.com
Beat winter break boredom with free DIY activities
Looking for a way to beat the hit and keep your kids engaged during the Winter holiday break? There are some thing you can do without breaking the bank that can keep them entertained for hours. Spin Master is a leading global children’s entertainment company best known for award-winning brands PAW Patrol, Bakugan, Kinetic Sand, Air Hogs, Rubik’s Cube and GUND, and is the toy licensee for other popular properties.
Move over gingerbread house! Houston ‘cookier’ shares the new cookie craft to try this holiday season
Local candy shop Cypress Sweets shares festive edible craft for the holiday season
Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, party ideas or just want to satisfy your sweet tooth Cypress Sweets is the one stop shop that can fill all your candy needs. Owner Courtney Okanlomo along with Sweets Specialist Karina Williams shared a festive candy craft that the whole family will love.
Nora Brown, the banjo prodigy singing tales of Appalachia
At an age when most teenagers are busy learning the latest Tik Tok dance craze, banjo virtuoso Nora Brown has just released her second album of old-time twang. When her parents gifted her a ukulele for Christmas at age six they never envisioned she would grow into one of the bluegrass world's rising stars. The now 16-year-old raised in Brooklyn is among the musicians carrying on traditions from the mountains of Appalachia passed down from the genre's old masters.news.yahoo.com
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Spring Gardening Tips: 5 ingredients for growing big tomatoes
HOUSTON – If you want to grow tomatoes from your own garden, spring is a good time to get you started. Ashley Grubb, the founder of Mustard Seed Farm and Market, shared her very interesting secret recipe for growing big tomatoes. The right balance of nutrients, good soil, water, and sunshine are all you need,” said Grubb, who shared the key ingredients that help her tomatoes develop. If you’re wondering where you can get a dead fish to plant your tomatoes, Grubb suggests going to the seafood department in any grocery store or a bait shop. Fish in grocery store (Mustard Seed Farm & Market)For more details on the fertilizer ingredients, see Grubb’s interview in the video above.
4 tips for an easy spring cleaning
HOUSTON – Spring is the most popular time of the year for home maintenance and deep cleaning. To help you tackle your chore list faster and more efficiently, Kathryn Emery, home improvement & lifestyle expert, shares 4 products for an easy spring cleaning. Tackle deep cleaning with a battery-powered shop vac. Sylvania LightSHIELD Germicidal Light Bulb (Sylvania)Product: Sylvania LightSHIELD Germicidal Light Bulb“This is a revolutionary way to clean. Sylvania LightSHIELD light bulbs are everyday lights with germ-fighting benefits.
Houston horticulturist shares 4 tips to help your garden recover after the winter freeze
HOUSTON – Winter storm Uri wreaked havoc on people’s plants and trees all across Texas, but it’s possible for your plants to survive with the right care. Brent Moon, horticultural manager with the Houston Botanic Garden, shared helpful post- freeze tips to get your garden back in shape. Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha ‘Hinckleyana’) (Houston Botanic Garden)“It is very important to remove dead and rotting foliage as soon as possible. Firebush (Hamelia patens) in the Upland Forest (Houston Botanic Garden)“For plants such as Hummingbird bush (Hamelia), Ixora, Oleander, Duranta, Esperanza, etc. To connect with Houston Botanic Garden, click here.
Let’s Fix This: How To Repair Your Home After The Houston Freeze And Access A Winter Storm Relief Fund – Houston Public Media
As Greater Houston recovers from the Winter Freeze, master builder Matt Risinger offers guidance on DIY home repairs. We also learn about a new Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund. We also learn about a new Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund, and how the money will go to local nonprofits to help families meet basic relief needs. CVS says starting tomorrow the pharmacy will be offering COVID-19 vaccines at 15 NEW locations in Greater Houston. This is in comparison to just 6 locations in Greater Houston, mostly in the suburbs, when CVS first started rolling out vaccine appointments.houstonpublicmedia.org
4 low-maintenance houseplants that anyone can grow
However, it’s easier than it looks if you find one that requires little to no maintenance. Ashley Grubb, Founder of Mustard Seed Farm and Market in Richmond, shared her picks for best durable houseplants for beginners. (iStock)Forgiving plant, requires low light and very low water needs in case you forget to water it occasionally. (iStock)Trendy plant, easy to care for, grows fast and it’s easy to divide and grow more of it. Ashley Grubb (Mustard Seed Farm)The organization is raising funds to start construction next year in Fort Bend County.
Domino artist Lily Hevesh shows off tricks and secrets to build dominoes like a pro
HOUSTON – With over a billion views on YouTube, Lily Hevesh is considered a domino superstar. She creates jaw-dropping domino designs that take hours or days to build, and only seconds to fall. Spin Master Games_H5 Domino Creations Lily Hevesh Headshot (Spin Master Games_H5 Domino Creations)Hevesh’s passion started when she was only 9 years old while playing with her grandparents’ dominoes and has taken her to the TV sets of NBC’s Saturday Night Live & The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She was also hired to build amazing domino projects for the 2016 film “Collateral Beauty,” where Will Smith played the main role. To watch Hevesh’s complete interview and tips, watch the video above.
4 must-haves items to help you clean and organize your home in 2021
Home improvement & lifestyle expert, Kathryn Emery, shares four must-haves items that could make your tasks a bit easier. Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Rail Garage Storage System (Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Rail Garage Storage System)Product: Rubbermaid Fast Track Garage Storage Rail SystemGet it: here“When organized, the garage can serve as another room. Shark IQ Robot (Kathryn Emery)Product: Shark IQ RobotGet it: here“I tested four robotic vacuums recently and I love the Shark. Rejuvenate Antibacterial Floor Cleaner (Kathryn Emery)Product: Rejuvenate Antibacterial Floor CleanerGet it: here“This product will kill germs within 5 seconds. Since it’s an antibacterial cleaner it will kill germs everywhere so use it in common, high touch areas such as faucets, doorknobs, remote controls, light switches and more.
Got post-holiday décor blues? Houston designer shares tips to beat them
HOUSTON – If you dread taking down your holiday decorations, you’re not alone. Pamela Hope Designs Principal Designer Pamela O’Brien has tips to help you get the job and give your home a fresh start for the new year. HOLIDAY TAKE DOWN TIPSPamela Hope Designs Principal Designer Pamela O’Brien shares tips to help give your home a fresh start for the new year. REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEARPamela Hope Designs Principal Designer Pamela O’Brien shares tips to help give your home a fresh start for the new year. To connect with Pamela O’Brien, visit the Pamela Hope Designs website.
The beloved Logan Square ‘Christmas house’ shines on
Frank Lopez, the creator of one of Chicago's most beloved Christmas houses died last year, but his masterpiece lives on. Family members said they'd keep the lights display going as long as they own the house, and once again the whimsical Victorian is shining brightly with outsize expressions of holiday spirit.chicagotribune.com