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Relational Cultural Theory: The Basis of the Work We Do


I was fortunate to attend an Intensive at the Jean Baker Miller Institute on Relational Cultural Theory for two years.  Much of my work at the State Fair of Texas and within the community is based on this theory.  Relational Cultural Theory “is not forming a separated, independent self, but rather the ability to participate actively in relationships that foster ...

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Spring Lawn Care in Texas


With temperatures on the rise, and the days slowly but surely getting longer, it is clear that spring is coming up quickly! We all know spring is an active time in the garden, but it is also an important time to give attention to our lawns. There are several tasks to perform this time of year to help our lawns ...

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Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew: Knowing the ABCD’s


I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members, part of the Mayor of Dallas’ “Grow South Initiative,” to discuss assets in the community at the University of North Texas-Dallas. I was so impressed with their efforts to build communities in the Southern sector. One of the challenges that many face in ...

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Growing Roses in Texas


Roses, an iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day. You can hardly go anywhere this time of year without running into a stand that is selling bouquets of roses ready-made to brighten someone’s day! Roses are also a classic staple in landscaping and in the flower garden. Today, I’m going to tell you how to grow them in Texas and share some ...

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Fruit Trees in January


Here is a short, and dare I say sweet, blog post from our Errol McKoy Greenhouse Manager: January is a great time to plant fruit trees. The trees are dormant, which is good for planting, and the garden centers usually have their best selection of the year. Here are a few links to articles that I wrote throughout the past couple ...

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State Fair Recipe: Tomato Risotto Diablo


Donna Thomas-Dallas, TX Best of Show–1st Place–Party Foods Do you dare make this delicious recipe?! Try the 2015 Best of Show and State Fair favorite, Devil’s Risotto Balls! Tomato Risotto Diablo Ingredients 1 T. butter 1 T. olive oil 2/3 c. Arborio rice 1/2 c. finely chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 c. low-sodium vegetable broth 1 (6-oz.) ...

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State Fair in the Community


Happy New Year! I’m excited about the opportunity to share my thoughts and the amazing work that goes on daily at the State Fair of Texas in our community. Community Involvement and Education are both part of our mission and are critical to our focus of being a great partner and neighbor.  Since April 1, I’ve been honored to serve ...

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Black Eye Pea Recipes for New Year Luck


Howdy Everyone! From our State Fair of Texas family to yours, we hope y’all had a wonderful holiday! With the New Year right around the corner, our Errol McCoy Greenhouse on the Midway Manager, Drew Demler, has put together a few tips on growing black-eyed peas as well as two of his favorite recipes. Enjoy! Not only are black-eyed peas ...

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Christmas Cacti, Holidays Gifts And More!


The holidays are upon us once again. It is time to get ready for those big meals, Christmas lights, eggnog by the fireside and pecan pie! Two years ago I wrote an article about two of my favorite holiday traditions, Christmas trees and poinsettias. Since I have covered that already, I want to talk about other holiday décor items that ...

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A Fresh Speedy Appetizer


Created by, Peter Clarac- Addison, TX 1st Place–Speedy Dishes Ingredients 1 ripe mango, peeled 1 ½ cup loosely packed arugula 1 (1-oz.) package fresh basil 4 very thin prosciutto or strips country ham, sliced ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper Directions Cut mango into ¼ – ½- inch slices (about 16). Place 1 mango slice on top of 3 arugula leaves ...

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