Modern Texas Living Issue 20

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HEART OF TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIP Cheers to the Champions

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IN THIS ISSUE

80 HEART OF TEXAS CHAMPIONSHIP

Heart of Texas Championship Spotlights

The Pulse

41 LIFESTYLE

DIY Wine Bouquet

Steal the Style

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AT HOME

Historical Charm Steal the Style

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHTS

Jaja Chen & Devin Li

Casey Hooper

Josh Blake

Angela Wommack

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The Citrano Family

Krista Brinser

Wendy Taddia

The Campbell Family

IN THE KITCHEN

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Lemon Pepper Wings

Salty Dog Cocktail

Fiesta Chicken

Mai Tai

ON THE COVER
Photo by Photography by Cecy | Camille Johnson, Thanh Le, Hanna Braud, Brian Brown, Dakota Hansen, Mark Stewart

From the publishers desk...

OUR BELOVED CITY OF WACO IS FULL OF NOTEWORTHY STORES, RESTAURANTS, AND MORE, with just about anything you’re looking for. This year, we decided to highlight Waco’s favorite businesses in all different categories through our Heart of Texas Championship. This one-week online March-Madness-style competition has brought out the competitive yet playful nature of our community’s business owners as they rallied to collect votes. One of our locals said it best - “The only thing worse than competing against your friends is losing to your friends!”

We were so pleased with the overall success of the competition, and we already cannot wait for next year’s championship. We would love to offer

a special word of congratulations to the winners of this year’s championship - each and every one has a dedication to excellence that has truly set them apart as the very best Waco has to offer. We are grateful for all they contribute to the community, and we honor them with the Heart of Texas Championship awards for 2023. Throughout this issue, you will see our award winners featured in the exciting ideas we have gathered for your summer. We hope you’ll be able to kick back and relax in the summer heat as you discover new recipes, businesses, and more in this radiant and refreshing issue of Modern Texas Living.

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The Sweet Retreat, and Ice Cream Dream AirBnb is now open. This retreat adds a sprinkle of fun to your next stay, with brightly colored, fun ice-cream themed decor sure to be an exciting stay for the family.

VELVET TACO

Another popular chain option recently opened in the area is Velvet Taco. This popular, funky taco spot is a great addition for globally inspired flavors. velvettaco.com

THE BASIN

Waco’s first rock climbing gym is coming in 2023, introducing an athletic community with opportunities for adults and young kids alike. basinclimbing.com

WACO JORGE’S

The owners of George’s are opening this new Mexican-style cantina on Franklin Avenue, opening at the beginning of next year. jorgeswaco.com

UNION GROVE

Union Grove, the second location of the popular food hall in Downtown Waco, Union Hall, is scheduled to open in Woodway Fall 2023. unionbrandstexas.com

EARLE-HARRISON HOUSE & PAPE GARDENS (REOPENING)

After 3 years, the Earle-Harrison House & Pape Gardens has reopened to host events. earleharrison.com

CAVA

In Fall 2023, Waco will be getting its very own Cava - a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant chain with nutritious bowls and more. cava.com

THE COLLECTIVE

A curated collection of boutiques is now open and includes well-known local names such as Katygirl Goods, Maddie B, Beeloved Boutique, and Textured Threads. thecollectivewaco.com

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HISTORICAL charm

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This modern family home was designed by Susana Simonpietri, creative director of Brooklyn-based interior design studio Chango & Co. The homeowners wanted the space to reflect their laid-back and easy-going lives for their four young children and pet dog. The result is a home filled with creams, blues and warm tones to help the family relax at the end of the day.

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airy comfort

Located adjacent to the entry is the hallway with arched ceilings, which provides contrast to the hard lines of the surrounding architecture. The living room is bright and features neutral accent tones that balance out the space. The room is painted a light cream to allow the space to be illuminated by the panoramic window, and the seating area surrounds two coffee tables with marble finishes to contrast the simplicity of the room and add depth.

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bold and cozy

The dining room is filled with terracotta, cognac leather and different tones of blue which appear in different variations throughout the rest of the home. The walls are lined with textured wallpaper, and the large window facing the table brightens the room and allows the residents to enjoy the view while sitting on the built-in bench underneath.

The study provides a great distinction from the light tones of the rest of the home, with walls painted in a rich navy blue. The tan leather sofa and orange chairs bring warmth to the space, and the coffee table with the geometric brown and blue design tie together the color palette of the room. The space is complete with built-in bookshelves and a bright orange geometric piece to match the orange tones in the seat fabric.

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sunny oasis

The brightness of the living room continues into the sunroom. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling arched windows, the residents can relax and enjoy the surrounding greenery. The room is centered with a sectional and a round stone-top coffee table. Two wooden cage lights give a natural feeling to the room.

a serene space

The primary bedroom returns to the original clean tones of the home, providing a sense of calm and serenity. The king bed is completed with a beige leather bench and simple white table lamps, as well as a gray carpet to compliment the similar accent tones in the room.

charming retreats

Heading into the girl’s bedroom, there is a colorful patterned wallpaper. The vast window that takes up one wall allows natural light to flow into the room and is framed by salmon pink curtains for privacy. The crib and armchair are placed right in front of the window to allow the residents to enjoy the outside scenery and natural sunlight with comfort.

The boy’s bedroom is filled with cooler tones, and the beautiful rich blue walls match the floor-toceiling drapes. The room features bunk beds and matching builtin shelves. Each bed includes a white sconce and white bedding outlined in dark blue to tie the room together.

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playful places

The nursery features wallpaper inspired by the animals from Noah’s Ark, as well as light blue bubble side tables, standing bookcases, and a silk hand-loomed burnt orange throw blanket. A felt rug enhances the soft, comforting feel of the room.

The playroom provides a spark of color, with many fun details for the kids to enjoy. The standout piece of furniture is the Teepee, and the brightly colored chairs and stuffed animals complement this room. The black and white wallpaper is decorated with colorful portraits, and an entire wall is converted into a chalkboard and a bulletin board to encourage creativity.

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VINTAGE WALL SCONCE walmart.com

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2. Ask for the “Lip Flip” and gone are the days of the gummy smile.

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4. Neck band injections are helpful for improving smoothness and tightness of the neck.

Botox and Dysport typically last anywhere from 3-6 months depending on the individual, constitution of the product, and the amount used. What’s great about these treatments are affordable and will wear off should you decide you do not want the commitment or like the treatment.

The Hydrafacial remains one of our most requested treatments. It has been known for contributing to a more glowing and healthy skin appearance. The procedure can also be customized for all skin types.

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ANGELA WOMMACK, owner of WHouseDesigns, is a woman who has turned her passion for monogramming into a thriving business. Her journey began when she needed a napmat monogrammed for her oldest son, and she decided to give it a try herself. She quickly realized that she loved monogramming, and could do it from home while raising her children. After a year of working out of her kitchen, she built a workroom in her new house and invested in a 16-needle machine, and her business took off.

ANGELA WOMMACK, owner of WHouseDesigns, is a woman who has turned her passion for monogramming into a thriving business. Her journey began when she needed a napmat monogrammed for her oldest son, and she decided to give it a try herself. She quickly realized that she loved monogramming, and could do it from home while raising her children. After a year of working out of her kitchen, she built a workroom in her new house and invested in a 16-needle machine, and her business took off.

ANGELA WOMMACK, owner of WHouseDesigns, is a woman who has turned her passion for monogramming into a thriving business. Her journey began when she needed a napmat monogrammed for her oldest son, and she decided to give it a try herself. She quickly realized that she loved monogramming, and could do it from home while raising her children. After a year of working out of her kitchen, she built a workroom in her new house and invested in a 16-needle machine, and her business took off.

Angela is a proud Waco native and loves the community. She appreciates the small-town feel of Waco, but also the growth it has experienced in the last ten years, which has brought great restaurants and unique shopping options. Angela’s business, WHouseDesigns, is all about fast, reliable work with exceptional customer service. She creates quality products and only sells items that she would put her own children in.

Angela is a proud Waco native and loves the community. She appreciates the small-town feel of Waco, but also the growth it has experienced in the last ten years, which has brought great restaurants and unique shopping options. Angela’s business, WHouseDesigns, is all about fast, reliable work with exceptional customer service. She creates quality products and only sells items that she would put her own children in.

Angela is a proud Waco native and loves the community. She appreciates the small-town feel of Waco, but also the growth it has experienced in the last ten years, which has brought great restaurants and unique shopping options. Angela’s business, WHouseDesigns, is all about fast, reliable work with exceptional customer service. She creates quality products and only sells items that she would put her own children in.

As a mother of three boys, Angela’s days are never the same. She works during nap time and whenever she can find a spare moment. But her love for a good to-do list and her organizational skills keep her on track. Angela’s attention to detail and planning skills have been a great help to her business, and she has learned a lot from the embroidery community on social media.

As a mother of three boys, Angela’s days are never the same. She works during nap time and whenever she can find a spare moment. But her love for a good to-do list and her organizational skills keep her on track. Angela’s attention to detail and planning skills have been a great help to her business, and she has learned a lot from the embroidery community on social media.

As a mother of three boys, Angela’s days are never the same. She works during nap time and whenever she can find a spare moment. But her love for a good to-do list and her organizational skills keep her on track. Angela’s attention to detail and planning skills have been a great help to her business, and she has learned a lot from the embroidery community on social media.

Angela’s favorite part of her job is meeting customers from all over and hearing the stories behind the pieces she is stitching. She loves being a part of special occasions, sports events, birthdays, weddings, and more. As her business continues to grow, she has added vendors and new products, fonts, and options. The options for monogramming are endless, and Angela loves working with customers who want something specific.

Looking ahead to the next five to ten years, Angela sees a more organized and predictable schedule, with structured work hours. But for now, she is happy with her fast-paced days and the ability to be her own boss while raising her children. Angela is grateful for her relationship with Jesus, her husband’s support, and her three boys. The one piece of advice she would give to someone starting out in their own adventure of owning a business is to find something you enjoy doing, and surround yourself with people you can trust to help excel and expand your business.

Looking ahead to the next five to ten years, Angela sees a more organized and predictable schedule, with structured work hours. But for now, she is happy with her fast-paced days and the ability to be her own boss while raising her children. Angela is grateful for her relationship with Jesus, her husband’s support, and her three boys. The one piece of advice she would give to someone starting out in their own adventure of owning a business is to find something you enjoy doing, and surround yourself with people you can trust to help excel and expand your business.

Looking ahead to the next five to ten years, Angela sees a more organized and predictable schedule, with structured work hours. But for now, she is happy with her fast-paced days and the ability to be her own boss while raising her children. Angela is grateful for her relationship with Jesus, her husband’s support, and her three boys. The one piece of advice she would give to someone starting out in their own adventure of owning a business is to find something you enjoy doing, and surround yourself with people you can trust to help excel and expand your business.

Angela’s favorite part of her job is meeting customers from all over and hearing the stories behind the pieces she is stitching. She loves being a part of special occasions, sports events, birthdays, weddings, and more. As her business continues to grow, she has added vendors and new products, fonts, and options. The options for monogramming are endless, and Angela loves working with customers who want something specific.

Angela’s favorite part of her job is meeting customers from all over and hearing the stories behind the pieces she is stitching. She loves being a part of special occasions, sports events, birthdays, weddings, and more. As her business continues to grow, she has added vendors and new products, fonts, and options. The options for monogramming are endless, and Angela loves working with customers who want something specific.

Angela’s business, WHouseDesigns, is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and dedication. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has a dream they want to pursue. Angela has built a loyal following both in Waco and around the country. As her business continues to grow and change, one thing remains the same: Angela’s love for monogramming and her commitment to quality work.

Angela’s business, WHouseDesigns, is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and dedication. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has a dream they want to pursue. Angela has built a loyal following both in Waco and around the country. As her business continues to grow and change, one thing remains the same: Angela’s love for monogramming and her commitment to quality work.

Angela’s business, WHouseDesigns, is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and dedication. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has a dream they want to pursue. Angela has built a loyal following both in Waco and around the country. As her business continues to grow and change, one thing remains the same: Angela’s love for monogramming and her commitment to quality work.

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“WHouseDesigns is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and dedication. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has a dream they want to pursue.”
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“WHouseDesigns is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and dedication. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has a dream they want to pursue.”
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“WHouseDesigns is a testament to the power of passion, hard work, and dedication. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has a dream they want to pursue.”
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CASEY HOOPER

THE ART OF NEAT | OWNER

CASEY HOOPER and her team of two other talented women, Kayleigh Cunningham and Maggie Moore, are taking Waco by storm with their decluttering expertise. The Art of Neat is their professional organizing company based in Waco that specializes in helping clients minimize, organize, and systemize spaces within their home or office.

Casey’s background is in special events and marketing, but she has always had a passion for order and creating systems that lead to a simpler and more organized life. Kayleigh and Maggie both have experience working closely with people and helping them create peaceful and sustainable solutions for their lives. The team loves collaborating on projects and helping clients see that living with less truly is more fulfilling.

While these women aim to make spaces aesthetically pleasing, their main goal is to create sustainable systems that serve clients and their families long-term. Organizing homes is not a one-size-fits-all approach. There is much more to consider when beginning a project such as budget, family aesthetics, flow of the home, and daily rhythms. The Art of Neat takes all of this into consideration when creating customized proposals.

A typical day at The Art of Neat starts several weeks before entering a home or office. Prior to arrival, the team has already completed a consultation, estimate, approval, and has purchased all products necessary for the job. On project day, the first step is taking everything out of the space and sorting by like categories. Clients are often hands-on in helping pare down and deciding what can be tossed or donated, and Casey, Maggie, and Kayleigh assist by asking the difficult questions and pushing back when appropriate. Once the space is cleared, the team helps prioritize items and organize them back into the area using bins or baskets and labeling them.

This team’s main purpose is to help make a home a space of peace, rest, and joy. They give clients the gift of time – more time spent with those they love and less time spent on their things. The most rewarding thing about their work is seeing the looks of relief, joy and peace on clients’ faces or tears in their eyes when the job is complete.

Casey, Kayleigh and Maggie hope that by using their services, clients can see and use the things they love while realizing what they have is truly enough. Their main advice for someone trying to make their way in the business world is not to be afraid of change and to give themselves and their business grace to ebb and flow as needed.

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“This team’s main purpose is to help make a home a space of peace, rest, and joy. They give clients the gift of time – more time spent with those they love and less time spent on their things..”
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“His love for the community shines through in his work, and he strives to make the funeral process as easy and comforting as possible for families during a difficult time.”

Meet JOSH BLAKE, the NextGen Professional of the Year Award winner from Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, a familyowned and operated business serving the Waco community for 98 years. Josh is a licensed funeral director and is passionate about providing quality customer service to the families he serves.

Josh grew up in Waco and credits the city and its people for raising him. He left for a while to live in big cities like Los Angeles and Bangkok, but realized quickly that Waco was home. His love for the community shines through in his work, and he strives to make the funeral process as easy and comforting as possible for families during a difficult time. He helps families plan and carry out funerals, meeting with community organizations, vendors, and staff to ensure the funeral home runs smoothly.

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home has served multiple generations of families in the Waco area, and they are known for their compassionate and rewarding service. Customers refer to them as a Waco Institution, and they are often praised for walking alongside families during their time of grief.

When Josh isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, supporting his nephews and niece in their interests, playing tennis and pickleball, traveling (he has been to 14 countries), and supporting Baylor sports. He possesses qualities like patience, organization, and a high EQ, which have helped him excel in his role. He says that “coffee gets him out of bed, and the opportunity and ability to work gets him through the door”.

Josh’s advice for those navigating their career path is to have an open mind, get to know people, and never burn bridges. He emphasizes the importance of being willing to learn and take on tasks, no matter how small they may seem.

Josh Blake is a friendly and engaging member of the Waco community, who is passionate about his work at Wilkirson-HatchBailey Funeral Home. He is dedicated to serving families during their time of grief, and his love for the community is evident in his work.

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Wine Bottle Bouquet DIY

Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled to come up with a unique gift idea or creative way to decorate your home for a special occasion. Raises hand. Well, fear not my fellow gift-giving and home-decorating enthusiasts, because I have a solution that’s both beautiful and functional, the wine bottle floral bouquet!

Whether you’re a seasoned floral designer or a complete newbie, this project is easy to do and will leave you feeling like a true artist. And the best part? You can use either fresh or faux flowers, depending on your preference.

Here’swhatyou’llneed:

• Fresh or faux floral stems

• Scissors

• Wet or dry Oasis foam block (depending on whether you’re using fresh or faux florals)

• Bottle of wine or your beverage of choice (because let’s be real, everything is better with a drink in hand)

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Select fresh flowers that will complement the wine and occasion. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and textures to create a unique and visually appealing bouquet.

Use a sharp knife or scissors to cut the Oasis block to fit the size of the bottle neck. Gently press the top of your bottle into the center of your Oasis block until fully secure and the top of your bottle is visible.

Carefully remove the Oasis block from the wine bottle. Use a small bowl filled with water and soak your Oasis block for a few minutes until it becomes completely saturated. This will ensure that the foam will hold moisture and help keep your flowers fresh.

Place the wet Oasis block back onto the top of the bottle neck. Pro tip - you may want to wrap your block using plastic wrap to keep drips at a minimum.

Pre-cut your flowers to your desired length. Begin to arrange your flowers by inserting them into the foam. Start with larger blooms in the center and work your way outward with smaller flowers and foliage to create a balanced and visually appealing arrangement in the round.

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INGREDIENTS

DONUTS

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour

DONUTS

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

GLAZE

GLAZE

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted for best results

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted for best results

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 to 3 tablespoons milk, half-and-half, or cream

2 to 3 tablespoons milk, half-and-half, or cream

Food coloring, sprinkles, glitter; optional

Food coloring, sprinkles, glitter; optional 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, optional

1/2 cup white chocolate chips, optional

DIRECTIONS

DIRECTIONS

DONUTS

DONUTS

Preheat oven to 350F and spray two 6-count donut molds very well with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

● Preheat oven to 350F and spray two 6-count donut molds very well with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

To a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and whisk to combine; set aside. To a separate medium bowl, add the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and whisk to combine.

● To a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and whisk to combine; set aside.

● To a separate medium bowl, add the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and whisk to combine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.

● Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.

Transfer the batter into a piping bag with a large tip

● Transfer the batter into a piping bag with a large tip

Carefully pipe the batter into the prepared molds, taking care to fill each mold to 2/3-full. Not more (they will inflate like balloons in the oven) and not less (they’ll be flat and skimpy looking). Blot any messes in the center areas or in any area of the donut pan with a paper towel.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, on the center rack, rotating pans once midway through baking for optimal results. Donuts are done when they look set and are springy to the touch. Allow donuts to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes before removing and placing on wire racks to cool completely. While the donuts cool, make the glaze.

GLAZE

● Carefully pipe the batter into the prepared molds, taking care to fill each mold to 2/3-full. Not more (they will inflate like balloons in the oven) and not less (they’ll be flat and skimpy looking). Blot any messes in the center areas or in any area of the donut pan with a paper towel.

● Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, on the center rack, rotating pans once midway through baking for optimal results. Donuts are done when they look set and are springy to the touch.

● Allow donuts to cool in the pans for about 5 minutes before removing and placing on wire racks to cool completely. While the donuts cool, make the glaze.

To a medium bowl, add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and drizzle in the milk slowly, as needed, whisking constantly, until you achieve a consistency that is just runny enough to adhere to the donuts but not so much it will run right off.

GLAZE

● To a medium bowl, add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and drizzle in the milk slowly, needed, whisking constantly, until you achieve a consistency that is just runny enough to adhere to the donuts but not so much it will run right off.

If you are making multiple colors of glaze, do that now by adding uncolored glaze to separate bowls (up to 4) and add a few drops of pastel food coloring (or the colors of your choice) to each bowl, as desired, and stir well to combine so there are no streaks.

Dip the donuts in the glaze for about 1 to 2 seconds, shaking lightly afterward, and allowing excess glaze to drip back off into the bowl. Place donuts on parchment paper or a wire rack after they’re been glazed. Repeat the process with as many colors as desired.

● If you are making multiple colors of glaze, do that now by adding uncolored glaze to separate bowls (up to 4) and add a few drops of pastel food coloring (or the colors of your choice) to each bowl, as desired, and stir well to combine so there are no streaks.

● Dip the donuts in the glaze for about 1 to 2 seconds, shaking lightly afterward, and allowing excess glaze to drip back off into the bowl. Place donuts on parchment paper or a wire rack after they’re been glazed. Repeat the process with as many colors as desired.

Optionally, to create vertical stripes, melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips in the microwave in 15-seconds bursts until it can be stirred smooth. Add food coloring to achieve desired shade. Transfer to a small Ziplock bag, seal, snip a corner with a very small slit, and pipe onto the donuts.

Optionally, add edible glitter, sprinkles, or any other festive garnishes as desired before the glazes sets up fully, about 20 minutes.

● Optionally, to create vertical stripes, melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips in the microwave in 15-seconds bursts until it can be stirred smooth. Add food coloring to achieve desired shade. Transfer to a small Ziplock bag, seal, snip a corner with a very small slit, and pipe onto the donuts.

● Optionally, add edible glitter, sprinkles, or any other festive garnishes as desired before the

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“When I do things for others, it always brings me right back here to Mission Waco, and it’s a reminder of what God can do in every life.”
-Isaac, former resident at My Brother’s Keeper and Meyer Center/MPowerment Participant
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At Pure Energy Solar, we truly value our roots here in Texas, and we take immense pride in serving our fellow Texans. The solar industry is experiencing remarkable growth in central Texas, and we’re grateful to be a part of it. As the demand for energy independence continues to rise, we want our fellow Texans to know that we have their backs. We understand that many individuals have chosen non-Texas companies, only to face difficulties when it comes to servicing and connecting with those out-of-state or out-of-business companies. Our local presence and established reputation allow us to be there for you when you need us most.

We humbly ask you to consider Pure Energy Solar as your local and reliable choice. Let us be the ones to provide you with exceptional service, knowing that we are here to serve our community and ensure your energy needs are met.

Finding the Best Solar Fit:

• Research & Reputation - Take the time to research a company’s reputation and how long they have been in business.

• Local Presence - Opt for a familiar face and a company that knows the local regulations, permits, and incentives.

• Experience - Look for well-established companies with a proven track record of successful installations.

• Certifications & Licenses - Ensure that the company holds the necessary certifications, licenses, and insurance to operate in your area.

• Warranty - Inquire about the warranty provided by the company for the maintenance of the solar panels and other equipment.

• Transparent Pricing - Make sure the company provides a detailed quote that outlines all costs to avoid hidden fees.

If you're interested in seeing if solar is the right fit for you, reach out to: Jarom Ngakuru (385) 382-4007 jaromngakuru@pure.solar Brad Showalter (254) 300-6192 bradshowalter@pure.solar Visit pure.solar for more information.

BANKING & FINANCE

Banking

Financial Advisors

AUTOMOTIVE

Car Sales

Auto Body Repair & Service

PETS

Pet Boarding, Grooming & Sitting

Veterinarians

HOME

Appliance Service & Repair

Blinds & Window Treatments

Carpet & Flooring

Countertops

Electricians

Home Builders

CHAMPION

First National Bank of Central Texas

Doug Still

CHAMPION

Bird Kultgen Ford

Dunn’s Auto Repair

RUNNER-UP

Central National Bank

Russell Livesay

RUNNER-UP

University Kia

Christian Brothers Automotive

CHAMPION RUNNER-UP

Best Fido Friends

South Bosque Veterinary Clinic

CHAMPION

Busy Bee Appliance

DesignCo

DesignCo

Texas American Marble and Granite

Bowen Electric

Garrison Construction

House Cleaning Neat as a Pin

Movers

Pest Control

Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Agents Commercial

Real Estate Companies

Roofing Contractors

Swimming Pools

Title Company

Move Waco

855Bugs.com

Camille Johnson

Gregg Glime

Bentwood Realty

Clark Roofing

Aquanauts Custom Pools and Spa

First Title Company of Waco

Camp Bow Wow

Cottonwood Creek Veterinary Hospital

RUNNER-UP

Mr. Appliance of Central Texas

Budget Blinds

Advanced Carpet & Interiors

Italian Granite

BP Services

Andy Horn, Inc.

Merry Maids of Waco

College Hunks Hauling Junk

GGA Pest Management

Amanda Nesbitt

Raynor Campbell

Magnolia Realty

Talbert Construction

Crystal Clear Pools & Spas

American Guaranty Title

2023

SERVICES

Alternative Medicine

Charitable/Community Services

Dry Cleaners

Employment Agencies

Funeral Homes

Graphic Design

Web Design

Accounting & Tax Services

EATS & DRINKS

Asian Food

BBQ

CHAMPION RUNNER-UP

Waco Center for Functional Medicine

Mission Waco

The Laundry Room

Job Link

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey

Studio Braud

Sidekick Creative Agency

Pattillo Brown & Hill

CHAMPION

Ichiban

Helberg Barbeque

Brazos Integrative Medicine

Isaiah 117 House

Fluff Wash & Fold

Sedona Staffing Services

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Sidekick Creative Agency

Digital Media Butterfly

JRBT

RUNNER-UP

Clay Pot

Vitek's BBQ

Breakfast George's Lolita's

Brunch

Burgers

Desserts

Fine Dining

Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria

Dubl-R Burgers

Milk Bottle Cookies

Di Campli’s Italian Ristorante

Italian Di Campli’s Italian Ristorante

Lunch George's

Mexican Food

Outdoor Dining

Pizza

Seafood

Steaks

ENTERTAINMENT

Bars & Night Clubs

Airbnb

Sports Bar & Grill

Casa De Castillo

Slow Rise Slice House

Slow Rise Slice House

Tejan Cajun

135 Prime

CHAMPION

George's

Tudor on Austin

George's

Cafe Cappuccino

Whizzbang's Hamburgers

Sugar Doodles

DiamondBack's

Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria

Slow Rise Slice House

Hecho En Waco

The Brazos Landing

Moroso Wood Fired Pizzeria

135 Prime

DiamondBacks

RUNNER-UP

The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill

Uptown Peach

The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill

HEALTH & MEDICAL CHAMPION RUNNER-UP

Chiropractors

Eye Care

OB/GYN Clinics

Physical Therapy

Medical Aesthetics

Dentists

Orthodontists

Home Health Services

Landmark Chiropractic

Green Eye Associates

Kast Chiropractic

Brazos Eye Surgery of Texas

Deerwood Women’s Health & Wellness Complete Women's Care of Waco

Elite Therapy Center

Waco Primary Care

Central Texas Dental Care

Brazos Braces

Bluebonnet Health Services

Active Therapy Group

Waco Medical Laser

Heart of Texas Smiles General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Collins & Greer Orthodontics

Visiting Angels

2023
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With immense gratitude, Di Campli’s thanks the Waco community for voting us the champion of fine dining and Italian restaurants in the inaugural Heart of Texas Championship. Grazie mille for your support!

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Garrison Construction is honored to be voted as the champion of home builders in the Heart of Texas Championship. We thank the Waco community for their support and trust in us to build their dream homes. Garrison Construction CENTRAL TEXAS’ TRUSTED CUSTOM HOME BUILDER 254.230.5966 | garrisonconstructionllc.com 84 | moderntexasliving.com

George’s

THE ORIGINAL WACO LANDMARK

1925 Speight Ave: 254.753.1421 | 1201 Hewitt Drive: 254 420-2060 georgesrestaurant.com

At George’s, we’re beyond appreciative to be crowned champion in the Heart of Texas Championship for breakfast, lunch, and bars/nightclub categories. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for choosing us and allowing us to continue serving you delicious food and drinks since 1930.

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Green Eye Associates SEE WACO CLEARLY 816 Lake Air Dr, | Waco, TX 76710 (254)-752-0471 | greeneyeassociates.com
Green Eye Associates serves Waco with honesty and excellence, providing comprehensive exams, custom glasses, specialty contacts, along with advanced dry eye therapy. Schedule with us today so you too can “See Waco Clearly!”
Dr. Avery Platt, Dr Leigh Anne Green
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With over 26 years of experience, Job Link Personnel Services specializes in matching skilled candidates to job requirements. They offer direct hire, temporary assignments, and comprehensive services for employers. JobLink YOUR LINK TO THE WORK FORCE 717 Jewell Drive | 254.399.WORK | joblinktx.com MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 87
Waco Primary Care would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the Waco community for voting us as the champion of medical aesthetics in the Heart of Texas Championship. We are proud to offer the highest quality of care to help you look and feel your best. Thank you for trusting us with your aesthetic needs! Waco Primary Care FAMILY MEDICINE, AESTHETICS & WELLNESS 7100 Old McGregor Rd | 254.300.5978 | wacoprimarycare.com 88 | moderntexasliving.com

Active Therapy Group

GET ACTIVE, BE ACTIVE, LIVE ACTIVE

At Active Therapy Group, our passion is to empower individuals to live their best lives. Being named a champion in the Heart of Texas Championship is a testament to the strength and resilience of our community. Thank you for trusting us on your journey to wellness!

331 W Hwy 6 Suite G 254.300.1941

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Bird-Kultgen Ford

EXPERIENCE BETTER

Since 1936, we have been Waco’s trusted Ford dealer, known for integrity, honesty, affordability, and quality service. We are dedicated to serving our community, exceeding customer expectations and making driving fun.

1701 West Loop 340

254.666.2473

bkford.com

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Bluebonnet Health Services

YOUR HEALTH, YOUR CHOICE. ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR BLUEBONNET HEALTH SERVICES

THANK YOU for voting for us as a Heart of Texas Champion! We are the leading home care and hospice service provider in Central Texas, providing exceptional care for nearly 20 years.

Home Care: 720 North 64th St. 254-772-5577

Hospice: 307 Londonderry Dr. 254-751-1790 bluebonneths.com

Move Waco

PREMIUM

At Move Waco, we take pride in providing exceptional moving services that exceed your expectations, and this recognition is a testament to our commitment to excellence. We couldn’t have achieved this without our amazing team and the Waco community. Thank you, Waco, for this incredible honor!

1225 Franklin Ave 254.327.0134

movewaco.com

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MOVING SERVICES
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Neat as a Pin

YOU BECOME THE HERO OF YOUR HOME

HELPING

We are still in disbelief and beyond honored to be named the champion of house cleaning in the Heart of Texas Championship! Thank you, Waco, for your incredible support and trust in Neat as a Pin. We take pride in our work and will continue to strive for excellence in everything we do.

254.715.3888

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Waco Medical Laser

TURN BACK TIME

At Waco Medical Laser, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to help our clients feel beautiful and confident. This recognition means the world to us! Your trust given to our team never goes unappreciated.

318 Richland W Cir

254.776.8009

wacolaser.com

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215 S Interstate Hwy 35 254.412.4402 aquanautspoolservice.com Aquanauts WE BUILD YOUR BACKYARD DREAMS 5201 Bosque Blvd #240 254.265.7007 landmarkchiropractic.com Landmark Chiropractic HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS 254.772.8453 designco.co DesignCo MAKING YOUR SPACE BEAUTIFUL 218 S 11th St 801.921.0313 milkbottlecookies.com Milk Bottle Cookies FRESH BAKED COOKIES & ICE CREAM 92 | moderntexasliving.com
MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 93 E x p e r i e n c e f u l l - s e r v i c e E R a n d u r g e n t c a r e t h e w a y i t s h o u l d b e : Emergency room open 24/7 | Urgent care open 7AM to 9PM daily No appointments, walk-in only Short wait times On-site CT, X-ray, ultrasound and labs See ER-trained staff at every visit Only pay for the level of care you need 70% of patients are billed at urgent care levels In-network with most major insurances, including all Medicare plans W e p r o v i d e e m e r g e n c y a n d u r g e n t c a r e s e r v i c e s t h e w a y i t s h o u l d b e , under one roof. San Marcos 1509 N Interstate 35 San Marcos, TX 78666 512.648.6188 Temple 7010 West Adams Ave Temple, TX 76502 254.228.1200 Waco 221 S Jack Kultgen Expy Waco, TX 76704 254.537.9452 Woodway 9110 Jordan Lane Woodway, TX 76712 254.399.0740 www.premier.care
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PAGE TURNERS

Here’s what Waco locals are reading.

Beth Raymond The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Beth is reading a book about a Hollywood actress who reveals the elaborate secrets behind her seven marriages.

Kim Neuhaus Never Enough Time

Kim is reading this book about a woman who discovers a timetraveling device that allows her to revisit key moments in her life, leading her to recognize that time, no matter how much, is never truly enough.

Brad Boozer The Match

This book follows the incredible true story of an epic golf match between Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan, as they battle it out in a competition that becomes a metaphor for life itself.

Melissa Hoekstra Code Name Hélène

This book tells the true story of Nancy Wake, a fearless British spy during World War II, as she undertakes dangerous missions to become a celebrated heroine.

Noelle Carpenter All My Knotted Up Life

Noelle’s current book follows the story of a young woman who navigates the complexities of life to find healing and purpose amidst the chaos.

John Morris Riding with the Blue Moth

This is the autobiographical tale of a man who rode his bicycle from coast to coast to try and shake the blue moth of depression after the tragic death of his son, Will, in a plane crash.

Stephanie Stewman The Soulmate

The book Stephanie is reading at the moment delves into the intricacies of human connections and the complexities of love as it details the lives of two women with intertwined fates and shared secrets.

Julie Romig Meant To Be

Julie’s current read involves the reunion of two childhood sweethearts several years later, with a turn of events that leaves them to question whether they are truly meant to be.

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MODERN TEXAS LIVING | 97 What’s Your Story? SPRING LAKES RANCH Waco Tx • CONFERENCES • REUNIONS • TEAM BUILDING • RETREATS springlakesranch.com

UNLOCK YOUR T rue COLORS

Personal color analysis—a

storm! While the seasonal color system has been going strong in the United Kingdom for more than 40 years, a new generation here in the U.S. is having fun discovering whether they are a winter, spring, summer, or autumn. House of Colour, a local consulting studio, says that for some, the confidence boost from the color process can be life-changing.

Kassie Padgett and Dannee Geshay, co-owners of the House of Colour franchise in Waco, started their colorful journey two years ago when Dannee convinced Kassie that she needed to get her “colors done”. Dannee grew up hearing about her “season” from her mother, who owned one of the original books discussing personal color analysis.

After chancing upon House of Colour on social media, she insisted that her sister join her to find out their best colors with a regional Image Consultant. Blown away by the professionalism of the process, Dannee embraced her autumn season, cleaned out her closet, and told everyone who would listen about the lifechanging experience.

Weeks later, Kassie joined her for a color analysis appointment of her own. Kassie admitted, “I went into the day thinking, ‘I’m still probably going to keep wearing whatever colors I want. Color cannot be that impactful.’ But I could not believe the difference that warm and cool colors made on the appearance of my face. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.” Empowered by her cool, vivid winter palette, Kassie gained confidence in choosing clothes that complimented her features and harmonized with her skin tone.

“Seeing the process was fascinating and FUN! We wanted others to experience that transformation, and not have to drive several hours to do it,” said Dannee. After attending extensive training, the duo are now expert Image Consultants in Waco, trained in House of Colour’s proprietary color analysis process. During each 90 minute personal color consultation, they use a series of precision-dyed colored drapes to narrow down the tones and shades that enhance a client’s complexion. “You learn so much more than what you might initially think,” said Kassie. “People generally assume we are just talking about clothing colors, but you’re going to use your color palette if you add color to your hair, makeup colors, best jewelry metals, nail polish, glasses, and more. Anytime you’re surrounding yourself with color, it can be your best colors.”

House of Colour also offers a style analysis class that helps people find the best clothing and cut for their body. They use body architecture, face shape, and even a fun personality quiz to really determine what clothing silhouettes and style details will be the most flattering to each individual.

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big trend in the 1980s—is back and taking the country by

Mai Tai

Mai Tai

REC IPE BY CHRISTIAN VILLATORO

REC IPE BY CHRISTIAN VILLATORO

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INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 ounces white rum

1 1/2 ounces white rum

1/2 ounce lime juice (freshly squeezed)

1/2 ounce orange Curaçao

1/2 ounce lime juice (freshly squeezed)

1/2 ounce orange Curaçao

1/2 ounce Orgeat syrup

1/2 ounce Orgeat syrup

1/2 ounce dark rum

1/2 ounce dark rum

Crushed ice

Crushed ice

DIRECTIONS

DIRECTIONS

● Pour the white rum, lime juice, orange Curaçao, and Orgeat syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

● Pour the white rum, lime juice, orange Curaçao, and Orgeat syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

● Shake vigorously for 5-10 sec.

● Shake vigorously for 5-10 sec.

● Strain into a highball glass and slowly pour in the dark rum (it should float on the top so don’t mix it in before serving).

● Strain into a highball glass and slowly pour in the dark rum (it should float on the top so don’t mix it in before serving).

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Embracing Imperfection

I had a bad day today.

I often write about the good days, because who wants to hear bad news? I know I don't. I love the positive side of life so much, I solely focus on good news stories at KWTX in a daily segment called "Tell Me Something Good."

But not all days are good, and I had one of them today. I wanted to share this while it's fresh on my mind because only sharing the positive side of life is misleading. Social media tends to make us all feel like everyone else has their life together but us. The kids' perfect outfits, the familys' perfectly posed photographs, the "A" honor roll, or a kid's homerun.

But life isn't always what it seems.

Today, I yelled at my kids. I got frustrated with my husband. I cried while hiding behind a tree in my front yard. I missed my 3rd grader's end-of-the-six-weeks award ceremony. Not on purpose - I just plain forgot. When I picked up 9-year-old Natalie from school, she was fighting back tears as she climbed into my car. "Where were you?" she asked.

It dawned on me that the event on my calendar went unnoticed.

Tears began to flow down my face, so much so that I could barely see the road on the drive home. My kids tried to comfort me. I felt like a failure. A bad mom. I'd been feeling like that for days, between working, getting to ball games, attending after-school events, homework and everything in between. I felt exhausted, overwhelmed and stretched so thin I couldn't possibly be successful with anything.

So, today I'm allowing myself to have a bad day and accept I'm not perfect and, in fact, am far from it.

Thank goodness for good friends and family who help us through the tough days. I'm thankful for a boss who told me to rest, and for a friend who took video and pictures of Natalie accepting her awards when she noticed I was absent. I'm grateful for a husband who encouraged me when I was undeserving of understanding.

As moms, we put way too much pressure on ourselves to be everything for everyone. And every once in a whilewe remember we're human.

So, today I'm okay with not being okay.

But I'm also thankful for a life that, while not perfect, is pretty darn good. And that is good news.

"
And every once in a while, we remember we’re human."
THE REALITY BEHIND THE PERFECT PICTURES

Salty Dog Cocktail

RECIPE BY AVERIE SUNSHINE

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INGREDIENTS

¼ cup coarse sea salt, for rim

Ice

1½ ounces vodka or gin

4 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

Grapefruit wedge, optional for garnishing Lime slice, optional for garnishing

DIRECTIONS

● Use your finger to run a bit of water around the rim of a cocktail glass.

● Add the sea salt to a small plate or saucer and dip the water rimmed glass in the salt, gently moving around to coat.

● Fill the glass about ¾-full with ice.

● Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, and stir with a bar spoon.

● Optionally garnish with a grapefruit wedge and lime slice and serve immediately.

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Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

RECIPE BY AVERIE SUNSHINE

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INGREDIENTS

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chili powder

1.1 ounce packet dry fiesta ranch seasoning mix

1.1 ounce packet dry fiesta ranch seasoning mix

1 tsp garlic powder

12 oz red salsa

15 oz canned corn, drained well

12 oz red salsa

1 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 to 2 tbsps olive oil

15 oz canned corn, drained well

15 oz canned black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tsp salt

1 to 2 tbsps olive oil

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

15 oz canned black beans, drained and rinsed

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (or water)

1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (or water)

7 oz canned diced green chiles (do not drain)

7 oz canned diced green chiles (do not drain)

10 corn tortillas (or flour tortillas), if serving as tacos

8 oz brick-style full-fat cream cheese, cubed and softened to room temp

10 corn tortillas (or flour tortillas), if serving as tacos

8 oz brick-style full-fat cream cheese, cubed and softened to room temp

OPTIONAL FOR GARNISHING

Queso fresco (or Mexican shredded cheese blend)

OPTIONAL FOR GARNISHING

Queso fresco (or Mexican shredded cheese blend)

Mexican crema (or sour cream thinned with milk)

Cilantro

Mexican crema (or sour cream thinned with milk)

Cilantro Lime wedges

Lime wedges

DIRECTIONS

DIRECTIONS

● In a bowl combine the cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and stir to combine the spice rub mixture.

● In a bowl combine the cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and stir to combine the spice rub mixture.

● Evenly drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil and then pat on the spice rub evenly all over both sides of each chicken breast.

● Evenly drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil and then pat on the spice rub evenly all over both sides of each chicken breast.

● Place the chicken breasts in a large 7 to 8-quart slow cooker, cover, and slow cook on HIGH heat for about 3 hours, or until chicken is done (165°F internal temp).

● Place the chicken breasts in a large 7 to 8-quart slow cooker, cover, and slow cook on HIGH heat for about 3 hours, or until chicken is done (165°F internal temp).

● Place the chicken on a cutting board and shred it using two forks.

● Place the chicken on a cutting board and shred it using two forks.

● Add the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker.

● Add the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker.

● Add the cream cheese, fiesta ranch seasoning mix, salsa, corn, beans, green chiles (do not drain), stir to combine, cover with the lid, and slow cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours, or until bubbly; OR slow cook on HIGH for 1 hour or until bubbly.

● Add the cream cheese, fiesta ranch seasoning mix, salsa, corn, beans, green chiles (do not drain), stir to combine, cover with the lid, and slow cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours, or until bubbly; OR slow cook on HIGH for 1 hour or until bubbly.

● Serve immediately, as desired

● Garnish with your favorite cheese, Mexican crema, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice; all optional and as desired. Fiesta chicken will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Reheat gently and on low heat.

● Serve immediately, as desired

● Garnish with your favorite cheese, Mexican crema, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice; all optional and as desired. Fiesta chicken will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Reheat gently and on low heat.

HOMESTEAD HERITAGE

Type of Place: Craft Village

Address: 608 Dry Creek Rd, Waco, TX 76705

Phone: 254-754-9600

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm

MAYBORN MUSEUM

Type of Place: Natural Science & History Museum

Address: 1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX

Phone: 254-710-1110

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm, Sunday: 12pm-5:30pm

DR. PEPPER MUSEUM

Type of Place: Historical Museum

Address: 300 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76701

Phone: 254-757-1025

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5:30pm, Sunday: 12pm-5:30pm

CAMERON PARK

Type of Place: City Park

Address: 2601 N University Parks Dr, Waco, TX

Phone: 254-750-5980

Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 6am-12am

CAMERON PARK ZOO

Type of Place: Zoo

Address: 1701 N 4th St, Waco, TX 76707

Phone: 254-750-8400

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm

WACO SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Type Of Place: Suspension Bridge

Address: 101 N University Parks Drive, Waco, Texas 76701

Phone Number: (254) 750-5980

Things To Do: Tortilla Tossing, Picnics

MAGNOLIA SILOS

Type of Place: Home Goods Market + Food Trucks and Lawn Games

Address: 601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706

Phone: 254-235-0603

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm

WACO DOWNTOWN

FARMERS MARKET

Type of Place: Farmers’ Market

Address: 500 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701

Phone: 254-307-1884

Hours of Operation: Saturday: 9am-12pm

BSR CABLE PARK

REPUBLIC GUN CLUB

Type of Place: Water Park

Type of Place: Indoor Gun Range

Address: 19000 Woodway Dr, Woodway, TX

Phone: 254-307-4867

Address: 5347 Old Mexia Rd, Waco, TX 76705

Phone: 254-227-6388

Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 11am-7pm

Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-7pm, Friday-Saturday: 10am - 8pm, Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

WACO TOURS

Type of Place: City Tours

Address: 215 S University Parks Dr Suite #104, Waco, TX

Phone: 254-300-8725

Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm, Sunday: 1pm-6pm

THE BACKYARD BAR STAGE AND GRILL

Type of Place: Restaurant & Bar

Address: 511 S 8th St, Waco, TX 76706

Phone: 254-235-1151

Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 11am-2am

TEXAS RANGER HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

Type of Place: Museum

Address: 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, Texas 76706

Phone Number: (254) 750-8631

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Things To Do: Take a look at the history, artifacts, and photos of the Texas Rangers

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Embracing Imperfection

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Personal color analysis—a

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Active Therapy Group

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WENDY TADDIA

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THE CAMPBELL FAMILY

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the CITRANO FAMILY

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pages 62-66

KRISTA BRINSER

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JAJA CHEN & DEVIN LI

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JOSH BLAKE

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