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.

Vegetable Beef Soup
French Baguette
Raspberry Sherbet
Fudge Mint Cookie

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.


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!

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!)


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.

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Back-to-School Potluck

Back-to-School Potluck!

Bring some goodies to share & let’s meet all the new friends for the semester!

This event is hosted by Amtgard’s Sun Fall Abbey, Kingdom of the Wetlands.

Info from their FB page:

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 usually around 12:00 pm. Our park is in a college town, so during the summer months, and Dec/Jan our attendance drops to just the people who live in town. The vast majority of our populace are ‘newbies’, and every week brings a new set of day 1 people. We are a very high-energy park and, in our opinion, the most fun thing around. We often host Fighter Practices, or Arts and Sciences Nights, periodically through the week and they are announced on this group’s wall.

Library Events – July 2016

JULY 2016

 All events are subject to change.
Please call the Library for updated info and any recent changes.
More info: Call 936-559-2970

July 12, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 7-11 years
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Ninjas are stealthy and ninjas are masters of self-control and ninjas are awesome! Come learn and practice your ninja skills with an hour of ninja fun.

July 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
AGES: 10 years and older
Pre-reg is required. Why wait? Call today!
More info & register: 936-559-2970

July 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Adult Event (18+)
More info & register: 936-559-2970

You’re invited to taste and compare organic vs. chemicals, home-made vs. restaurant, and many more pairings. Can you really tell the difference? Come find out!

July 16, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Learn how to get the most out of your available gardening space and make plans for fall plantings.

July 18, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Cool off at the Library while you learn to make delicious and nutritious smoothies.

Tasty samples will be available!

July 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
All ages.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Join us in an engaging hands-on celebration of cultures, as we learn about various countries represented by some of the many families right here in our very own Nacogdoches. Big city diversity in one of the friendliest small towns in America. We have the world right here!

July 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
(Regular event on the 3rd Tuesday)
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Join your friends for some friendly competition in Spades, Dominos or whatever you’d like.

July 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
AGES: 10-17 years
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Find out if you have what it takes to triumph in target challenges and team combat. Please bring your own Nerf gun. All guns may be checked and will be subject to approval by the Library staff.

July 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
AGES: 10 years and older
Pre-reg required for this event. Why wait? Call today!
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Our Hackathon will provide lots of leftover pieces from chips to wires to scrap metal. Learn how to recycle odds and ends to create cool and clever jewelry. Pre-reg required for this event. Please pre-reg by July 23, 2016.

July 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Bring your own picnic and blanket and food for your family. We’ll provide storytime, fun and games. Enjoy a great family picnic indoors, without the need for bug spray or sunscreen.

July 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
AGES: 10-17 years
Pre-reg required. Why wait? Call today!
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Remember the classic board game, “Hungry Hungry Hippos” ? Make yourself a part of the game in this large scale human version! Please note that pre-reg is required for this event. Please call before July 26th.

July 29, 2016 at 6;00 p.m.
All ages welcome.
More info & register: 936-559-2970

Bring the whole family for over-sized games, books, dominoes and more. There will be something for everyone.

March 28 – Save the date!

feb salad

The date for Spring Fling at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market has been announced already so be sure to get that on your calendar and plan to attend. This is a great family-friendly event, with even more vendors than usual, plus a special children’s area, (often with petting zoo) and special music and special everything. It’s a fun time!

More info will be posted at the Farmers Market main site as it becomes available.

Check here for more info.

More info here and at the Nacogdoches Events Calendar.

Halloween party-prep for teens

With Halloween just around the corner & Halloween party planning underway, now’s the time to learn more about edible decorations to fit the occasion and the public Library is here to help.

Gather your friends together and get signed up for the teen workshop about how to make delicious decorations this Thursday at 5:30 p.m., just in time for the big event on Friday.

Advance registration is required for this particular workshop, so remember to give the library a call to let them know you want to attend.


Library Website Here.

Nacogdoches Events Calendar Here.

Food Manager certification training class

Even the names of foodborne illnesses sound scary & awful. Terms like Cryptosporidiosis, Amebiasis, Campylobacteriosis and Vibrio Infections are enough to inspire anyone to want to learn more about food safety and how to protect yourself, your family, your clients and your customers from illness caused by unsafe handling of food.

Texas A & M is ready to help.

Course Name: “Food Safety: It’s our Business”

Offered by: Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service

Class location: Nacogdoches County Extension Office (near the courthouse)

Fee: $125 (valid Driver’s License is also required)

Re-test fee: $40

Certificate: Food Manager Certification (valid for 5 years)
Enrollment in the class does not guarantee you will pass the test or receive your certificate.

The fee includes all materials and the testing packet.Study materials available after you have paid the fee.

(Short form only. See Library for complete Rules.)

1. Food item must be prepared with minimal adult assistance. Adults may help with sharp or hot items.
2. All dishes must be prepared and and handled according to food safety procedures to prevent foodborne illness.
3. Label plates, serving utensils, etc. Pick up all food items by 5:30 p.m. Leftovers will be thrown away.
4. You can enter two items, but they must be in different categories.
5. Winners will be announced on Contest Day. Contestants and winners will be photographed.
6. Submit a separate application for each entry.
7. Contestants must arrive with their food item by 2:30 on Contest Day. Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. Need not be present to win.

For complete Rules and an official Entry Form, please check with the Library, located at 1112 North Street.