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Written by Lois Rodriguez

What a delight to be able to canoe down the Trinity River with its stunning contrasts of the sights and sounds of Dallas and the bucolic scenes of nature.

I love gingerbread pancakes and have had many great versions, but I came up with this recipe because I love ginger and wanted a better ginger kick. I treat candied ginger bits like blueberries or chocolate chips. For me, the more the better.

I do fiddle with the recipe some - adding more sugar or cinnamon based on my mood, but this base recipe should do it.

pancake2Today is Pancake Day … or Shrove Tuesday … or Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Whatever you choose to acknowledge, it’s an amalgamation of indulgences - carnivals and carb overload - before the Lent fast begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. Frankly, because I’m hungry at the moment, my mind is focused on visions (and flavors) of a delectable pancake .. or hot cake … or flap jack….whatever you choose to call them.

43a couple v2Love is a very personal thing, and hopefully you know how to say it best, but just in case, here are a few tips for inspiration.

BeeCaveBobPennsylvania will grab some national attention when Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog predicts the timing of spring by the presence (or lack thereof) of his shadow on Groundhog Day, today/Feb. 2. But on this balmy Texas day (68 low/77 high), it’s hard to believe that the weather in Pennsylvania (26 low/44 high) has anything to do with the weather in the Lone Star State. But that’s been remedied by the little armored Bee Cave Bob and Armadillo Day.

elphm2The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Texas, we have a few museums that work year round to make sure it is never forgotten.

Cattail Marsh3So, the time has come at the beginning of the year when we weigh (pun intended) our physical fitness levels. More often, than not, we're not especially happy with what we see, so we set out to make changes. (Yes, those resolutions we forget to keep). That's the bad news.

th coversOh, the places we have been! Texas Highways is so proud to represent the Lone Star State, and we love sharing the many ways there are to make your travels memorable. Here's a recap of what we've shared in 2015.

In the January 2016 issue of Texas Highways magazine, Associate Editor Matt Joyce shares his experiences at the Hog Butchering and Curing Workshop at Nash Farm in Grapevine. Here are additional photos shared by photo editor Brandon Jakobeit.

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holiday in a glassMost cocktail recipes call for a dash or two of Angostura bitters, but this lush and spicy number uses the bitters as a base spirit.

In the January 2016 issue, Gene Fowler writes about historic adobe structures in West and South Texas, from the magical Indian Lodge at Davis Mountains State Park to exquisite Quinta Mazatlan, a World Birding Center site in the Rio Grande Valley.

NorthPoleExpressThe flurry of Christmas activity has kicked into high gear. For all that said they’d finish their shopping much earlier this year, only a fraction actually did. And for the children who are counting the days ‘til Santa’s visit, the excitement level is about to explode.

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