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The Smell of Chili

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 9:40am. 179 Views, 0 Comments.

I Love the Smell of Chili in the Morning ...

For much of the 19th century and into the early Twentieth, this was a popular San Antonio thing – various of the public squares, notably Military Plaza and Market Square were the domain of the Chili Queens who established the custom of setting up tables and benches along the edges of the square, in the early evening and selling chili-by-the-bowl to all comers. They would bring huge kettles of chili which they had made over their own home cook-fire during the day, and keep it warm through the evening and into the wee hours.

Very often the chili vendors would entice customers to their own particular stands by hiring musicians to entertain diners. There are some splendid descriptions of how marvelous this

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Gotta Have Heart

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:02pm. 392 Views, 0 Comments.

You Gotta Have Heart!


Climbing Roses by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAh, yes – Fiesta Time is here once again; San Antonio's very own Mardi Gras but with more couth. Or at least we like to think so. Around here, when the floats with the Fiesta female nobility pass, the crowd shouts, "Show us your shoes!" and not anything more revealing than that. Of all the scheduled events during a nearly-two-week-long city-wide block party, one of the most well-attended (to judge by the crowds every evening) is NIOSA, or Night In Old San Antonio, which features every kind of food booth imaginable in the little squares and streets of La Villita. One of the long-time favorites of NIOSA is a South American version of meat-onna-stick called 'antichucios', which a long-ago volunteer discovered while on an assignment

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San Antonio Book Festival

Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 8:52pm. 448 Views, 0 Comments.

In the Shade of the Big Enchilada

By Celia Hayes

In the Shade of the Big Enchilada by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWell, that is the fond nickname given to the Central Library building in downtown San Antonio – a hulking cube with geometric cut-outs, painted in a shade of dark orange which always reminded me of paprika. This last weekend, the Central Library and the campus of the Southwest School for Art and Craft across the street from it was the site for the second annual San Antonio Book Festival. This is the kind of book bash which is a small brother of the Texas Book Festival, which is huge, as far as local writers are concerned. Alas, the Texas Book Festival is so huge, that I couldn't even begin to afford an exhibitor table there, either as a writer for my own books, or as the owner of Watercress Press and

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Hanging Gardens of Spring Creek Forest

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 8:14pm. 525 Views, 0 Comments.

The Splendid Hanging Gardens of Spring Creek Forest – Spring 2014

by Celia Hayes 

The Butterfly Bushes Revived Apr 1 by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAll right then – I confess that after last year’s disastrous tomato adventure – in which that which wasn’t killed by the heat was demolished by invading rats – I could be forgiven for giving up entirely. But darn it, the year before was so bountiful … well, not really all that bountiful, but a good many dinners enlivened with fresh sliced tomatoes on the salad. I hunger for fresh garden tomatoes, and it’s too darned far to drive down to Trader Joe’s for a box of their assorted baby heirloom tomatoes every day or so, with gas over $3.00 a gallon. I stocked up at Rainbow Gardens on a wide assortment of heirloom tomato starts, after the unseasonable hard freeze at the end

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Renaissance Fair

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 8:39pm. 445 Views, 0 Comments.

Ren Faire

by Celia Hayes

I've always thought there was a need in these mostly settled American late 20th century time for people to dress up and be something else for a while. There are local hard-core historical reenactors who do get very, very deep into this, in part to educate people generally about specific events and times in American history. Then there is the Society for Creative Anachronism, where lurk those folks who do more of the European medieval thing, with jousting and swordfights and all that. And the science fiction conventions, where fans of particular movies and TV shows costume for the duration, and take it all very seriously. My daughter and I had a friend through the Salt Lake City con who routinely dressed as a Klingon. One

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Gardening March 2014

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 10:35am. 330 Views, 0 Comments.

Planning for the Garden

By Celia Hayes

Embryonic Garden - Vast Collection of Pots by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comOnce more into the breach, my friends; withRenewed Front Entryway by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com the date of the last predicted frost in South Texas historically being in mid-March, it's time to get started with vegetables. Indeed, the local HEB began putting out vegetable starts late in February, when the temperatures became so balmy and mild that I was seriously tempted in indulge – after all, $1.00-1.25 for a four-inch pot with a healthy young plant in it? Yes, I was eager to enter the fray once again, after last years' disastrous tomato-growing debacle. It was too hot, too soon, and those plants which did manage to bear fruit ... well, the rats got to them. Not just the tomatoes, but the fresh young sprigs, and the leaves of the pepper plants as well.

Low Planting Bed Along the Front Walkway by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe

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Comfort Food – Part 2

Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 7:04pm. 650 Views, 0 Comments.

Comfort Food – Part 2

It seems, we were having winter during the week, and something like spring on the weekends. It was warm enough to get out and do a little yard work and consider all those wonderful garden plans ... before the relatively icy cold drove us indoors again, and to consider hearty, warming comfort food for dinner. Nope, winter is not the time for Salad Nicoise, or for gazpacho. Those are summer dishes; winter is for fortifying soups and stews, for sturdy casseroles of macaroni and cheese ... and meat loaf.

The classic meatloaf that Mom used to make was based on ground beef; back in the day, ground beef was about the cheapest meat protein out there. Mom and other frugal cooks had extensive repertoires of main dishes utilizing it; no

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Lets Rodeo San Antonio

Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 9:29pm. 717 Views, 0 Comments.

At the Stock Show and Rodeo

by Celia Hayes


Get Along Little Doggies by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThis wasn't something that we had thought about for ourselves – going to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo at the AT&T Center – but a friend of ours had two tickets for Sunday, couldn't use them, and offered them to us. In spite of having grown up riding horses, and with neighbors who kept horses and the occasional cow, and chickens, et center – we had never been to a rodeo. In spite of writing extensively about cowboys, cattle drives and livestock ranching in South Texas, I had never been to the San Antonio Stock Show, either. So – it was about time. A particularly handy bit of advice came from another neighbor; don't drive down to the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum, he said; go to Randolph Park and

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The Guadalupe River Texas Parks and Wildlife

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 11:43am. 1,209 Views, 0 Comments.

The Guadalupe River

This story traces the Guadalupe River from its headwaters all the way down to the Gulf, highlighting some of the things you see and can do along the way. For more on Texas rivers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/

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Front Porch Finale

Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 9:14am. 606 Views, 0 Comments.

Leaping into Spring Projects

by Celia Hayes

Entryway with Porch - Nearly Complete by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn between those days of bone-chilling cold, my daughter and I finished up the raised flower-bed part of the entryway to the house this week. The stump of the photinia is buried deep in garden soil, home-brewed compost, with a layer of weed barrier on top of that, and a thin layer of river rock on top of that. We visited Lowe's over the weekend and were sorely tempted – and succumbed to several interesting varieties of day-lily and gladiola corms, and a rose-bush. I might, at a later date, put in some lavender plants, as the soil mix in the raised bed is just what they like; sandy, easily drained, full of good nutritious compost – the very opposite of the heavy clay which occurs naturally around here.

Narrow Bed Alongside Walkway by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com

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