Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Third Winner of the Aprovecho A Mexican American Border Cookbook

Antonia Lloyd from the Food, Glorious Food blog is the third winner of the August weekly sweepstakes prize of the Aprovecho, A Mexican American Border Cookbook. Congratulations! She organizes and hosts wine-tastings and wine-related events in London - United Kingdom.

Here is what Antonia’s profile says about her.
“Good food and wine are my greatest indulgence. I am never happier than when pottering in the kitchen, cooking up a storm for a crowd. Food shopping excites me more than clothes shopping. I take cookery books to bed. I dream about freshly-caught mackerel. I hang out at farmers' markets. I think you're getting the picture.”

I hope you will go to her beautiful blog and congratulate this wonderful foodie friend. Her writings are eloquent and her photos are superb.

There will be 1 more winner this month. Good luck.

Before I get into the final portion of the Texas brag, I wanted to share with you a short “poem” that my daughter had to write in the spare of the moment (5 minutes) in one of her classes yesterday. I was so moved by it, I felt compelled to post it here on my blog to share it with you. She was asked to write something to tell the others in her class who she was. This is what she wrote.

Who Am I?
By: Lily Cordell

I am from desert and mountains
From Mexican food and chicos tacos
The prettiest sunsets and wildest winds
I am from the home of the Miners

I am from crazy ideas
From moving on from the past and onto the future
From having all the time in the world to no time at all
I am from life experiences

I am from a loving home
Where being together was everything
From swimming and barbeque's in the backyard
I am from family

Here is the last installment of the “Texas Has It All”. Hope you enjoy it

Here are some little known, very interesting facts
about Texas :

1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles
2. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles
3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883 .
5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel
in North America built over water.
6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William
Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice
University in Houston ..
7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any
other area in North America .
8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North
America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.
9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.
10. The worst natural disaster in U.S . history was in
1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives
were lost on Galveston Island .
11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969,
was " Houston .."
12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode
Island .
13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall
record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July
of 1979.
14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by
TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the
Republic of Texas to enter the Union ) instead of by
annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the
same height as the U.S. Flag, and it may choose to
divide itself into 5 states.
15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be
1500 years old.
16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.
17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is
no period in Dr Pepper.
18. Texas has had six capital cities:
Washington-on- the Brazos, Harrisburg , Galveston ,
Velasco, West Columbia and Austin ..
19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the
U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in
Washington DC (by 7 feet).
20. The name " Texas " comes from the Hasini Indian
word "tejas" meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for
Texas ...
21. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an interesting
bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have
four babies. They have one egg, which splits into
four, and they either have four males or four
22. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the
Astrodome in Houston ..

Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross
Trails Church in Fairlie , Texas :

(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God.
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff


Kelly said...

Lucky winner!

Gloria Chadwick said...

I love Lily's poem. It's beautiful!!

Adam said...

Congrats to the winner, she's a sure lucky one!

And I like that poem. It's very heartfelt, and something to be very proud of. You have to know where you're from to know where you're going :)

ARLENE said...

Your Lily is gorgeous and her poem speaks volumes about her mom. (Hi, Gloria, I made your enchiladas again last night).

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

Two beauties - the poem and your daughter!!! Congrats to the winner!