Hopefully, you had glazed sweet potatoes, sweet potato casserole or sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving. I contributed the latter from my own homegrown sweet potatoes. I’m pretty sure none of you hand candied yams since yams aren’t produced or sold in East Texas. Yams (Dioscorea alata) are the…

What is the most important ingredient for the holidays you ask? Food safety is by far the most important ingredient while preparing food for the holidays. Most people who get sick from food that has not been cooked properly will get better on their own, although foodborne illness is not a ve…

Along with poinsettias, Christmas cactus is one of the most popular plants that bloom at Christmas. Actually, some bloom at Thanksgiving. There is also a variety of cactus that blooms during the spring. The Christmas cactus popularity comes from the fact that it has beautiful cascading red, …

The Quercus Shumardii, commonly known as the Shumard Oak, is a large Texas Native tree with a beautiful orange to deep red fall color, depending on the soil and weather. Relatively fast growing, the Shumard Oak matures to a height of 30 – 120 feet with a deciduous leaf, 4 – 8 inches long and…

I’m pretty sure that I was born in love with the outdoors and would consider myself a naturalist as well as a horticulturist. If you too like learning about nature, perhaps you would like to sign up for the 2021 Texas Master Naturalist training co-sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife De…

What is the purpose of East Texas Giving Day, Giving Tuesday and Tyler Gives? If you answered that they are online giving events meant to daze and confuse local donors, you are only half right. They are online giving events, but they are not meant to daze and confuse local donors. Admittedly…

The holiday season is here! Transform your holiday baking with tips to make your recipes lighter and healthier. Try these healthy recipe modifications:

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