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The San Antonio River Walk will be illuminated on Friday, Nov. 28, for the Ford River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, one of the nation's only nighttime river parades. Look for lighted floats, live music, celebrities and more. Texas Highways will join the festivities to help embrace the holidays.

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The centerpiece of Texas Highways' December 2014 cover is San Antonio's San Fernando Cathedral bathed in the brilliant light of a visual and musucal art installation. This cathedral-turned-canvas showcase can be viewed in free presentations through Dec. 31.

Dallas Food Editor Cathy Barber recalls: I asked my mom, Louise Saathoff of San Antonio, to give me the recipe for her cranberry salad, we both realized that the sugar was missing from the ingredient list. The recipe had been circulated around my family, and it turns out my mom had given me her cousin’s copy. I guess her cousin had just estimated the amount of sugar when she used it. So my mom had to go back and dig out her own copy, the original version of the recipe. It needs lots of sugar to offset those tangy cranberries.

Austin American-Statesman Food Editor Kitty Crider recalls: My grandmother Lois Barrett O’Kelly (we called her Nannie) had a pear tree. Every fall she turned its harvest into mincemeat for holiday pies. It’s one of her few time-consuming recipes I still use.

Yellow Velvet—a sensuous blend of corn and squash—won the Austin American-Statesman’s annual Christmas Cookin’ Contest almost 15 years ago. Yes, it’s rich, but we still get requests to reprint the recipe during the holiday season.

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With the holidays comes travel for many. And with travel comes the stress of loading up the car, trying to minimize stops while navigating the traffic that comes with this season of gridlock. But if you have to negotiate just one stop, make it a Texas Travel Information Center.

Untitled-31As you make travel plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, consider this - you probably shouldn't travel on Wednesday! It's the worst day for the holiday drive. At least, that's the word, according to a recent Google Maps study that took data from 21 cities across the nation. And, if you're thinking about driving back home on Saturday, you might want to rethink that, too.

Cleburne-Big-Bear-NA-MuseumCleburne is adding to the Chisholm Trail experience with its newest addition –– the Big Bear Native American Museum of artifacts dating back to 15,000 B.C. A grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, Nov. 15.

La-Belle-one-twelfth-scale-modelAfter a 330-year journey, the legendary French ship La Belle has landed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Wrecked in Matagorda Bay in 1686, La Belle lay in a murky grave until 1995, when archeologists made the heralded discovery and carried out a painstaking excavation.

Heros: With a B-25 bomber as a backdrop, (left to right) retired Rear Admiral Charles D. Grojean (executive director of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation), Leland Sims, Joseph Lajzer, Roger White, Howard Peacock, Chester Gould and Doug Hagie visit the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

Texas Highways celebrates our veterans on this Veterans Day and always. Enjoy a few veteran stories we've shared, and find museums that help keep their stories alive.

flygirlsThey changed the face of the United States Military when they answered the call of duty in World War II. On Veterans Day, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) will be celebrated at the Bullock Museum in Austin.

Texas Highways magazine recently won big at the annual International Regional Magazine Association conference and awards ceremony held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The awards recognize excellence in general-interest, regional publishing.Plates

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