Story by CATHERINE HOSMAN
Lisa Miller is known as Momma Miller at her family’s restaurant, Miller’s Smokehouse in Belton. She keeps the sweet tooth satisfied with her homemade desserts that complement the barbecue entrees. Miller took some time out of a busy day to answer some questions for Tex Appeal Magazine.
Helping homeless moms and families find their way back to self-sufficiency is Rachel Peterson’s life work.
Today’s homes are a reflection of a homeowner’s personality, but taking an idea and turning it into reality can be challenging. More people are turning to professional interior designers or decorators to help them realize their vision.
Rows of rooftops from new subdivisions are popping up around Killeen and Harker Heights, supplanting the farms and ranches that once marked this area. From country rustic and modern, to sleek and contemporary, there is a home style to fit every budget and fulfill a homebuyer’s wish list.
One hundred forty years after the last cattle, cowboys and chuck wagons meandered down the Chisholm Trail through Central Texas you can still find purebred longhorns grazing along the historic route. Longhorn rancher Judy Hundley is helping to preserve that legacy.
Lorrie Smith ties a brightly colored jingle apron around her waist. A fitness instructor at the Lions Club Senior Center in Killeen, she is about to guide a room full of seniors through a Zumba lesson.
Lupita Bluhm de Saldivar, her daughter Sophie, her cousin Julia MacLaughlin and friend Obdulia Cazares gather around the island in Saldivar’s kitchen for a tamalada (tamale-making party). The four women take on the role of tamaleras, people who make the tamales, and are ready to get started on a traditional Mexican food made from scratch. The tamalada is as much fun as it is work, as family members and friends all pitch in to make this annual holiday treat.
Lisa Taylor, manager of the Sammons Community Center in Temple, is putting finishing touches on plans for this year’s senior holiday dinner to be held Dec. 8 at the Frank W. Mayborn Center. Open to seniors 50 and older, this event draws up to 600 people for an evening of fellowship, dinner, dancing and games.
Daniel said we all have clutter in our lives from time to time. But there are some extreme conditions where disorganization begins to affect our families, our social lives and even our jobs. Here are two examples:
Beyond the grand foyer in the stately, inviting home of Temple resident Beverly Custer, one would never imagine there lurked an area, just down the hall, that she once considered a menacing black hole — her master bedroom closet. But those days are gone, thanks to Lita Daniel, professional organizer and owner of “Regain Your Space.”
Ashley Dietze, president of the Junior League of Bell County, is passionate about the health of children. She is on a mission to teach kids about healthy eating and snacking through Kids in the Kitchen, an association-wide initiative of the Association of Junior Leagues International.
Teresa Chavez, director of continuing education at Central Texas College, walks through the halls of the Mayborn Planetarium looking for the Dino Quest class being held as part of CTC’s summer College for Kids. She peeks around the corner and sees the empty classroom where the dinosaurs roam. All is quiet at first as the young students, ages 5 to 9, are watching a movie called, “Dinosaurs to Dusk.”
Transitioning a child from high school to college is a challenge most parents face.
Tucked away in a thicket of trees and surrounded by rocks is Tablerock’s Goodnight Amphitheater in Salado.