Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Happy Texas Independence Day!

On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico and became the Republic of Texas. Life was never the same again. For 10 years, from 1836 to 1846, Texas existed as a seperate and unique nation. In Texas, March 2 is an official state holiday - Texas Independence Day.

If you're not from Texas, you really can't grasp what a big deal this is for Texans. We even had a tourism campaign a few years back: Texas, its like a whole other country! That is so true. We are a strange breed here. Proud is a great word. Yes, we have rednecks and I'm borderline hillbilly, but you can kiss my big fanny if you don't like it.

We call everyone who lives north of the Red River a yankee. Doesn't matter what part of the country you come from. You're a yankee to us.


If you want to see some authentic Texas cooking, check out Texas Cooking online. If I can find time, I'll try to post some of my recipes for some good old Texas homecooking.


  • At 12:49 PM, March 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AoM: You will LOVE this!

    Rules to Enter Texas:
    Applies to each person as they enter Texas.
    Learn & remember: East Coast and California-types pay particular attention!

    1. Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.

    2. Let's get this straight; it's called a "gravel road." I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

    3. They are cattle & oil wells. That's what they smell like to you.
    They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? I-20 and I-10 go east and west, I-35 and 45 go north and south. Pick one.

    4. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000 cotton harvesters that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

    5. So every person in every pickup waves. It's called being friendly.
    Try to understand the concept.

    6. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of doves are coming in, we WILL shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

    7. Yeah, we eat catfish & crawfish. You really want sushi & caviar? It's available at the corner bait shop.

    8. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

    9. We open doors for women. That is applied to all women, regardless of age.

    10. No, there's no "vegetarian special" on the menu. Order steak.
    Or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham & turkey.

    11. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and Picante Sauce.
    Oh, yeah.... We don't care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat... It AINT REAL CHILI!! Chili was born and bred in San Antonio ... and real chili never met a tomato!

    12. You bring "coke" into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice. You bring "Mary Jane" into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

    13. College and High School Football is as important here as the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

    14. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards - it spooks the fish.

    15. Colleges? Try University of Texas, Texas A&M or Texas Tech.
    They come outta there with an education plus a love for God and country, and they still wave at passing pickups when they come for the holidays.

    16. We have more folks in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, than any other state, so "Don't Mess with Texas." If you do, it will get you whipped by the best.

    17. Always remember what our great governor Sam Houston once said:

    "Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States can't make it without Texas."

  • At 1:58 PM, March 02, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I absolutely LOVE it. You're right! Thanks for sharing that. After living in Midland and getting used to the oil well smell, it is true. And, the cattle smell has always been there. We had one track in Rio Vista where there was a cow pasture at one end of the track. So, running the two-mile at the district track meet was greeted by cattle smell eight trips around the track. Yuck.

    I like to have the door opened for me. My 5-year-old already holds the door open for women. We teach it from the womb here to our men. If you don't hold the door open for me, I'll likely mutter what an asshole you are under my breath and wonder what your mom would think.

    I grew up with two spices - salt and pepper. Thankfully my yankee husband (from Minnesota) introduced me to others and I like them, even!

    Football is the Lord's gift to us. But, you did leave Baylor out of that college list, but since I worship a forgiving God, I'll let that one slide. ;)

  • At 2:31 PM, March 02, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Good point. I love steak and potatoes.

  • At 4:37 PM, March 02, 2005, Blogger Uzz said…

    I read somewhere that the Texas economy is like the 8th ranked economy in the world by itself!!! Crazy!!!


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