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Kitchen Pantry Shelf Redo

Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 9:17am. 1,040 Views, 0 Comments.

A Spot of Home Reorganization

 By Celia Hayes

New Pantry Shelves by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe kitchen pantry in my house is a misnomer. It a small kitchen closet, 25 ¼ inches wide by 27 ½ deep, extending all the way up to the ceiling-level. The builders installed shelves roughly fifteen inches apart. When I first moved in, I attached a pair of narrow wire shelf units to the inside of the door, seven shelves, each one just deep enough to hold a single can, small box or bottle. Later, I put in three wire shelves above the existing shelves. These needed a step-ladder to access. I put the little-used items on them ... and then pretty much dropped doing anything more, except for when it was necessary to go spelunking to the back of the deep shelves looking for a box of lasagna noodles. A couple of

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Tomato Ketchup Chronicles

Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 11:28am. 709 Views, 0 Comments.

Tomato Ketchup Chronicles

by Celia Hayes

Ketchup Making Raw Materirals by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI was inspired by an old blog and Facebook friend, Katie Barry, to have a go at making home-made ketchup this weekend. I had often intended to try it before, as this condiment is one that we (as Katie points out in her own housekeeping blog) all have in our condiment collection. I was put off some of the recipes for it in my own collection of canning books, because they called for simply awesome quantities of fresh tomatoes, and unless and until my garden starts producing tomatoes by the ton ... well, I like fresh home-grown tomatoes too much to condiment them. But Katie's recipe started with canned diced tomatoes, and I thought ... oh, that is doable. One six-pound can of diced tomatoes from Sam's Club, and

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The Big Fight-Sisterdale

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 8:24pm. 902 Views, 0 Comments.

Jack Hays' Big Fight at Walker's Creek

Big Sky Country by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn Sisterdale, on Sunday June 8th, historical enthusiasts from across Kendall County and beyond are observing the 170th anniversary of the battle of Walker's Creek – Jack Hays' Big fight at the Sisterdale Dance Hall.

Rural Shed with Vintage Car by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comJack Hays came to Texas late in 1836, worked as a surveyor, and commanded a roving Ranger company based in San Antonio in the 1840s. The Big Fight on Walker Creek made his name; one of the many brush-fire fights between Hays' Rangers and Comanche raiders, who came down from the Southern Plains to make free with any horses, captives and portable loot they could carry away. In the summer of 1844, Captain Hays took a patrol of fourteen volunteers into the hills, looking for Indian raiding parties. One

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Gotta Have Heart

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:02pm. 809 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. 802 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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Lets Rodeo San Antonio

Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 9:29pm. 911 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. 1,620 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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Christmas Message

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 at 9:50pm. 848 Views, 0 Comments.

Christmas Message for The Blog

There are as many kinds of Christmas observances as there are people who celebrate it – the turn of the old year to the the new one, observance of the winter solstice, a celebration of the birth of Jesus, a chance for families and friends to reconnect in person or with Christmas cards, for retail sales to have a final fling as far as profits are concerned, to celebrate the comforts of home, to share a lavish meal, to sing in Handel’s Messiah, dance in The Nutcracker, follow the progression of the Posada, be generous to the kinfolk – or those you don’t know at all.

The customs that we observe all came from different places, some of them accretions which have little or nothing to do with the miraculous birth of a baby in

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Tis the Season

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 at 9:45am. 722 Views, 0 Comments.

Tis the Season

by Celia Hayes

I'm afraid that I have let a lot of traditional Christmas practices go, over the years. Like Christmas cards; just one of those things I got out of the habit of doing. And Christmas Eve Midnight Mass ... that's gone bye-bye as well, just like staying up until midnight to watch the New Year arrive. Decorating the Christmas tree itself is kind of hit or miss as well – what with the way that the cats have of treating it like one big feline amusement park, which is rough on the ornaments.

But there are some new rituals – and that is watching certain new classic Christmas-themed movies every year; this year we started with Christmas Vacation – yes, the Griswald family attempting to have a picture-perfect Christmas day,

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Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market

Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 10:33am. 1,772 Views, 0 Comments.

Quarry Market, San Antonio by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com Goat Milk Soap and Salve by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.com

The Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market

 by Celia Hayes

Squash and Tomatoes by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comFresh Squeezed Orange Delight by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIt's one of my habits – established when we lived in Athens in the early 1980s – going to the local street or farmer's market.  It was the custom of the country that every neighborhood had a day of the week, when a three or four-block length of one of the main streets in the suburb would be blocked off, and the local vendors and farmers would set up two rows of booths and sell to the community, beginning just before dawn and continuing through midday. It was usually seasonal fruits and vegetables, and each little booth pretty much specialized in one item – lemons, or artichokes on long stalks, or potatoes with patches of the damp soil they had been grown in still clinging to them. There was

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