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Hot Soup on a Rainy Night

(This meal was sourced entirely from Dollar Tree in Nacogdoches.)
(cost per meal = 95 cents)

It was a dark and windy evening and about to rain . . . soup and bread seemed like the perfect meal for a cozy supper tonight.

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Vegetable Beef Soup
French Baguette
Raspberry Sherbet
Fudge Mint Cookie

SOUP
There are many different options for soup. There were at least four brands of things like “beefy vegetable” or “vegetable beef” and I choose this particular brand for no particular reason other than I liked the picture on the can. They also have several chicken options, chicken & veggie, chicken & noodle, hearty chicken, etc, plus our old standby of classic Tomato.

This soup was indeed very thick – it would work fine to add a little more water and maybe an extra can of of beans or corn, if you’d like to extend it even further.

BREAD

French Baguettes – such a fancy name adds a special fancy feeling to the meal, and I think meal time is about a lot more than just re-fueling the tank (at least most of the time, anyway). Emotional connection and a pleasant experience matter a lot.

These breads were the item that inspired this whole meal. They caught my eye and I thought they looked perfect to cut into four pieces and then it was a quick jump to add soup with them.

These needed about 6 minutes in a hot oven and they were great just like that, right out of the package. You might also add a bit of butter or garlic powder, perhaps?

I think they will also work beautifully sliced in half again, longways, and used like garlic bread with spaghetti or lasagna, or perhaps sliced in rounds, to make dipper chips for hummus, pimiento cheese or tuna salad? So many options to try!

SHERBET
I have always loved sherbet and still do.
🙂

I used raspberry tonight, but Dollar Tree also has orange sherbet available.
(We have both in the freezer right now!)

FUDGE MINT COOKIE

I added the cookie just as a little bonus at the side of the sherbet, to look pretty and add another special touch to the dessert.

These cookies tasted just like their packaging implies they might. I think they would work just fine in any recipe that calls for a different brand of similar cookies in similar packaging.

Visit Shangriladoches on Facebook, too.
See you there!

2018 Halloween Options Nacogdoches

Trick or Treat?
That’s a spooky prospect indeed!

Sending your children off to stand at long lines so they can take candy from strangers? Or even worse, driving all over town, so you can visit the homes of people you know?

Try these other options on Halloween night instead!

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST
Event Page Here.
Millard’s Crossing Historic Village
Target audience: Families with younger children
Experience: Traditional trick-or-treat experience, walking house-to-house in the village, but with the fun twist of meeting a “ghost” from the past (story teller wearing facepaint) who will share some history from their real life and also give you a candy treat. This is a great event every year and a fun time to visit the village.

Alcohol-Free, Family Friendly. RAIN OR SHINE.
Parking at the Rebellion Barn property (Formally the Flea Market).
$5 per person, age 3 and under free.

Ghosts, Candy, Headless Horseman, Hayrides, Magician, Food Trucks, Fae Painting, Bounce house, Photo Area, Games, Popcorn
Dr Rainbow will be out doing all his amazing things including Balloon Animals and a Fire show, a Doggy Costume contest with prizes,
and so much more!

HALLOWEEN DUNGEON CRAWL
Event Page Here.
Gamer’s Hollow Game Store
Target audience: D&D players, and their friends
Experience:
Try to survive while you adventure through dark realms, poisoned rooms, scary monsters and more. There will be several tables that you could randomly be assigned to. Just a $15 per table entry, enter as many tables as you like if you don’t survive the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd! Premade characters will be assigned to you by the DM of that table. No need to bring your own. Please do bring a pencil and 7-set of dice if you have them or they will be available for purchase. Amazing prizes all night long!

Event Page Here.

Pythian Poster Contest 2018

Since 1960, the Pythians have had a poster contest for students grade 9 to 12, in the past mostly with public schools. This contest is now open to students of similar ages and experience who are in private schools and home schooled students. Great cash prizes, too!

Deadline is April 24, 2019

Rules on the images below.
Contact local Pythias lodge for more information.
Lanana Lodge, Knights of Pythias in Nacogdoches

Pythian main site here.
The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, established in 1864 in Washington, DC, by Justus H. Rathbone and was the first fraternal order to be chartered by an Act of Congress. The Order bases its lessons and builds it ritual largely on the familiar story of the friendship of Damon and Pythias, who were historical characters living about four hundred or more years before the beginning of the Christian era.

Cancer Research at SFA

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(Credit to The Daily Sentinel for this great article.)

March 3 – Community Open-Mic Night

At The Bosslight in downtown Nacogdoches

Calling storytellers,
poets,
short-story writers,
singers,
magicians,
comedians,
jugglers,
hula hoopers.

Community Mic Night is your chance to get up and do your thing.

* come by and sign up ahead of time, so we have some idea what you’re planning.
* music must be 100% acoustic. No worries, the room will make you sound great!
* comedians, please be funny. And no inappropriate material. Sorry!

More info at the FB event page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/195870190999435/

Events for Dec. 3 – 10, 2017

ELF SCAVENGER HUNT

December 2017 – all month

https://www.facebook.com/events/1910000655994453/

Grab a scavenger hunt card from the Nacogdoches Visitors Center, or any of the other 30+ participating locations, and be sure to fill it out when you go out to shop, eat and scout for the magical elves that will be watching over Nacogdoches this Christmas. After finding all of your elves, take your scavenger hunt card to Party N’ Things to enter for a chance to win gift certificates for their amazing toys! $100, $75, and $50 gift cards will be provided. For more information, call Nacogdoches Main Street at (936) 559-2573.

HEALING CENTER 15TH ANNIVERSARY

December 3, 2017 (Sunday)

6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

(The Healing Center)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1175239655953430/

 Join Isaiah 61 One as we celebrate 15 years of ministry at the East Texas Healing Center!

The band will do a full worship set along with all the other festivities!

There are rumors of tacos!

WRITING CONTEST

December 3, 2017 (Sunday)

Now – until Dec. 31, 2017

(online)

https://www.facebook.com/BigThicketBooks/

 

Write a piece of Loop Poetry and you may win a prize!

See details at the BTB page.

 

HOUR OF CODE

December 4, 2017 (Monday)

4:30 p.m. – until Dec. 8th at 5:30 p.m.

(Library)

https://www.facebook.com/events/144290439629087/

The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science, inspiring kids to learn more, breaking stereotypes, and leaving them feeling empowered. Drop in any day between December 4th and 8th at 4:30pm to try a fun, hands-on coding activity and get inspired! All ages. Children under 8 should be accompanied by a parent.

THEOLOGY ON TAP

December 5, 2017 (Tuesday)

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

(Front Porch Distillery)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1643155759083447/

Theology on Tap meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Locations will vary, but we will always find a place that has good food, good drink, and space to talk, listen, think, and share about faith and life. Please contact Jenni Marshall at jzmarshall101@gmail.com.

 

 DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

(tabletop)

December 7, 2017 (Thursday)

6:30 p.m. – until late

(Gamers Hollow)

https://www.facebook.com/gamershollow/

Gamer’s Hollow is now Nacogdoches’ premiere collectible card game, board game, tabletop and RPG game store, and is also a great place to hang out with your old friends, and meet new ones.

 

FINDING CHRISTMAS

December 8-10, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Lamplite Theater

https://www.facebook.com/events/285247388607322/

Getting ready for the holidays is beginning to wear down everyone in town — and is definitely hurting the spirits of Santa’s elves, who are trying to get things ready in time. Then, when a homeless family strays into the workshop, Christmas might be delayed even more. 

 

BEAUTY IN THE BOOKS SPA MAKEOVER NIGHT

December 8, 2017 (Friday)

5:30 p.m. – until ?

Bring a friend and join us for DIY facials, manicures, and cosmetic makeovers. Enjoy sweet treats, warm beverages, and even warmer company for this laidback, stress relieving evening of pampering. Please visit www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us/library or call 926-559-2970 to register.

 

 

MAGIC: THE GATHERING

December 8, 2017 (Friday)

7:00 p.m. – until late

(Gamers Hollow)

https://www.facebook.com/gamershollow/

Draft, tournaments, casual, serious, formats may vary, please call to see what’s happening this week. Gamer’s Hollow is now Nacogdoches’ premiere collectible card game, board game, tabletop and RPG game store, and is also a great place to hang out with your old friends, and meet new ones.

 

 

JINGLE AND MINGLE

December 8, 2017 (Friday)

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

(downtown)

https://www.facebook.com/events/521075944896946/

Join us in Downtown Nacogdoches for our annual Jingle and Mingle. We have revamped the previous years events to make this the biggest downtown shopping event of the season by adding food trucks, live entertainment, and more. Participating stores will be open late so you can mark plenty of people off your Christmas list. Take a stroll downtown on December 8 and you will be sure to get into the Christmas spirit!

 

FARMERS MARKET

December 9, 2017 (Saturday)T

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/nacogdochesfarmersmarket/

Local produce, baked goods, eggs, cheese, jellies, canned goods, honey, personal care products, local wineries, and locally produced crafts. Help support your local community! The Farmer’s Market is a Smoke-Free facility. We welcome animals on a leash.

 

CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES

December 9, 2017 (Saturday)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/162368724503450/

Join the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc. at the 2017 Christmas Tour of Homes. Celebrate this holiday season by visiting five incredible and unique homes in Nacogdoches. See link for list of homes and more details.

 

CLOTHING SWAP

December 9, 2017 (Saturday)

2:30 p.m.

(Library)

https://www.facebook.com/events/128279277813492/

Gather gently used items you no longer need and come to a clothing & toy swap party. You may bring adult’s and children’s clothes, as well as toys, household items, and accessories, to exchange with others, just in time for the holidays! Party leftovers will be donated to a local charity organization. We’ll also accept new, unopened toys for gifts to local foster children. In collaboration with Resilient Nacogdoches. Please visitwww.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us/library or call 926-559-2970 to register.

 

PROGRESSIVE DINNER

December 9, 2017 (Saturday)

5:30 – 10:00 p.m.

(downtown)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1533347590058888/

Nacogdoches Main Street is excited to announce the return of the Downtown Progressive Dinner, and it’s sure to be BETTER THAN EVER. On December 9, you’ll begin your evening with artisan cheese by the Daily Rind and wine by NacaValley Vineyards hosted at Morning Glory Yoga’s newest location, MGY2. Then you’ll move on to Dolli’s Diner for your soup and salad course. Your entree will be served at The Fredonia Hotel with a one of their signature cocktails. Your final stop will be at the Fredonia Brewery for beer flight with delicious homemade dessert by Blue Horse Bakery. Tickets are $100 each. Seating is very limited.

 

 

NAC NIGHT OF WORKSHIP

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

December 9, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1792283864405671/

Interdenominational community based worship for Christmas.

 

ARTS & SCIENCES EVENT WITH POTLUCK

December 10, 2017 (Sunday)

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 (ish)

(at Pecan Park)

http://amtgard.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SunFallAbbey/

The Republic of Sun Fall Abbey is an Amtgard park that plays in at Pecan Park (826 Starr Ave) in Nacogdoches Texas, right next to Stephen F Austin University. We meet on Sundays, starting at 12:00 pm. This week we will have arts and crafts of various types on display, plus potluck. Bring something to share and please join us!

 

Still thing there’s “nothing to do” in Nacogdoches?

For even MORE things to do this week, please see the Nacogdoches Events Calendar!

Click here!

Awesome Weekend Fun – Dec. 1-2, 2017

 

December 1, 2017 (Friday)

OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
At Millard’s Crossing Historic Village

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

$10 Adults
$5 Children
Free – 3 and younger

Petting Zoo
Pony Rides
Face Painting
Happy Train Rides
Christmas Music
Live Nativity
Delicious Food
And more!

December 2, 2017 (Saturday)

AN EVENING IN OLD BETHLEHEM
Friday, December 01, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 02, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: 50 cents

This is an awesome event.
Take the family & friends and make a night of it.

Location: George H. Henderson Exposition Center, 1200 Ellen Trout Dr. , Lufkin, TX US 75904

Bring your family, join your friends and step 2,000 years into the past, as we recreate the old city of Bethlehem. As you stroll the streets of the ancient marketplace, you’ll see how the residents lived and worked. You’ll meet the inhabitants of the town where Jesus was born and learn about the crafts and skills of olden times. Your visit will become especially significant as you experience the joy of the Nativity.

MORE INFO HERE

PHOTOS HERE

Events for Nov. 4-5, 2017

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017

7:00 a.m. 
59th ANNUAL BAZAAR AT PERRITTE UMC
You saw that right – 59 years – and still going strong!
https://www.facebook.com/events/472993766417568/

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
VINTAGE MARKET DAYS
http://www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/east-texas/

5:30 p.m. 
FAMILY GAME NIGHT (at the library)
https://www.facebook.com/events/758603484324349/

6:30 p.m.
TROLLS – FREE MOVIE
Festival park / downtown
Also with Halloween Candy buyback-
trade in your candy for cash!

7:00 p.m.
MAGIC THE GATHERING
at Gamer’s Hollow
https://www.facebook.com/gamershollow/

7:30 p.m. 
NACOGDOCHES HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Last home game of the season

8:30 (ish)
NACOGDOCHES MARCHING BAND
Last chance to see the award-winning band at home

7:30 p.m.
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Hosted by Lamplite Theatre
https://www.lamplitetheatre.com/

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

7:30 a.m.
FAMILY 5K – “GET THE LEAD OUT
check-in & on-site registration – Family 5K “Get the Lead Out” 
https://www.active.com/nacogdoches-tx/running/distance-running-races/get-the-lead-out-family-5k-2017

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
NACOGDOCHES FARMERS MARKET
https://www.facebook.com/nacogdochesfarmersmarket/

10:00 a.m.
VETERAN’S DAY PARADE
downtown Nacogdoches

10 am to 2 pm
DOG FAIR 2017
Talent showcase for dogs, dog first aid demonstrations, adoptable dogs, weiner dog races, costume contest, longest tail, and more, with concessions available
http://business.nacogdoches.org/events/details/dog-fair-2017-21854

8 am to 2 pm
COMMUNITY PARKING LOT SALE
(help benefit Habitat for Humanity)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1540192179394494

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
VINTAGE MARKET DAYS
http://www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/east-texas/

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
KIDS AND TEENS COOKING CONTEST
https://www.facebook.com/events/132182447432340/

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
BOOK SIGNING BY RICHARD D. RAMSEY
Science Fiction author
https://www.facebook.com/events/292203714600534/

Hosted by The Bosslight bookstore,
https://www.facebook.com/thebosslight/

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. 
BACKYARD ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
https://www.facebook.com/events/399221680510154/

Hosted by Pineywoods Permaculture
https://www.facebook.com/pineywoodspermaculture/

4:00 p.m.
SFA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT
http://business.nacogdoches.org/events/details/sfa-percussion-ensemble-concert-21869

3:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA
https://www.facebook.com/events/718277681702616/

7:30 p.m. 
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Hosted by Lamplite Theatre
https://www.lamplitetheatre.com/

10:00 p.m. 
WRITING CONTEST
BIG THICKET BOOKS
Find out the theme for our November contest.
https://www.facebook.com/BigThicketBooks/