Life & Style

The Legacy of a Simple Life

photo by Matt Cornelius
There is something nostalgic and pure about the idea of picking blackberries, gathering eggs and enjoying birds chirping in the morning breeze from your oversized front porch. It evokes feelings of a quiet and uncomplicated life, untainted by the bustle of busy streets. It is country living at its best. Nestled in the very center of Bowie County, down a long and winding red dirt road, sits a small and unassuming bit of the good ole days. Country living is not for everyone, but for Faith and William Ellis, that long dirt road represents more than the route to their home.

Just the Way Life Grows

photo by Tiffany Griffin
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FARMER … There are so many moving parts to running a farm and a business that it’s hard to encompass them all. Every day is different, and every day there are trials you did not have the day before. It is challenging and evolving, and it is a beautiful and hard lifestyle. Still, I feel it should be mentioned that I maintain a level of freedom that is enviable. Once my animals are taken care of, I can go help a friend, go to the lake with my family or take a vacation in the middle of the week.

TXK in Season

photos by Matt Cornelius
“Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” —Daniel Webster … While it may not fit with our American ideal, it is possible to live without new shoes and clothes. While they provide convenience and entertainment, new computers and the latest technologies are not mandatory for life to persist. And while going from place to place would be more difficult, it can absolutely be accomplished without a vehicle.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
I’ve always thought of myself as someone who loves to be outside with nature and animals as long as the day can still end with a hot shower, air conditioning and a comfortable bed. So, as I was pondering the importance of our local farmers, I was a little awe-struck. I think work on a farm teaches life lessons early; it teaches lessons of the unjustness of nature, the payoff of perseverance, the redemption found in faith and hard work and the value of honesty.

The Monthly Mix

Gardening Style … May showers bring June flowers! The weather is finally sunny and warm. This means it’s time to spend all the time outdoors. It is a fabulous time to work on your outdoor space and gardens. Here are the cutest essentials that will help you make your garden the talk of the neighborhood! … This canvas utility apron also has capability to store tools as you work for easy access. There is even a pocket that’s perfect for your gardening gloves and phone! This apron can be easily adjusted to the perfect, comfortable fit.

Bougie Grubs Garden Pizza


1 cup self-rising flour … 1 cup of plain greek yogurt … fresh rosemary


sliced cooked squash … mozzarella … prosciutto … olive oil … micro greens


… • Preheat the oven at 375 … • Mix flour and yogurt. Knead and shape into pizza crust’ … • Top with rosemary and place in the oven for 18 minutes. • Top crust with squash and cheese. Place in oven until cheese melts.

National Nurse Appreciation Week 2022

Once upon a time, I had big dreams of becoming a writer. I remember daydreaming (mostly in my high school algebra and geometry classes) about the day that Life Magazine would publish one of my stories and I would be set. The magazine was going to whisk me off to far-away lands to write stories about interesting people and events that would be historical. In my teenage mind, it was going to be just that easy and everything would go just as I planned. … After high school graduation, however, life crept up on me and I just sort of fell into the profession of nursing.

TXK 411

photo by Matt Cornelius

Doesn’t everyone just love a grilled cheese sandwich? April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! So, just in time for patio weather, we are learning how to bring this tried-and-true favorite outside to the grill. With just a few simple ingredients you can create something delicious!

… • Start with a not-too-hot pan and with room temperature butter to begin cooking. • Pick a nice crusty bread. We chose a traditional sourdough and an out-of-the-box raisin pecan bread. About a half inch thick keeps your bread to cheese ratio just perfect. • Spread both sides of bread with butter.

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