July 25, 2013

Wild Texas skies...whatn'uh heck was that?

Alright all of you amateur, semi pro and full time weather guessers out there, located somewhere on this big ole rock we call Earth, help me out if you can. I was driving to work earlier this week and noticed a wall cloud approaching me from the Northeast, halfway between Alvarado and Venus, by golly, Texas. I saw in this cloud, a strange formation I'd never seen before.
If you look closely at the "hump", in the middle of the cloud, there are three circular formations to its right. And to the left is one that is just breaking up.
Has anyone ever seen anything like this formation of clouds before? And if so, whatn'uh heck is it?

God bless y'all and God bless Texas!
The Impulsive Texan
"I may not get much done, but I sure am slow"...

July 17, 2013

New Post from the "Handbook for new Texans"... This weeks post...Courtesy

Hey y'all, welcome to The Impulsive Texan Blog and another post!

Folks raised in Texas, for the most part, were taught to mind their manners and be courteous to others. So when you git here, you may see things you've never seen or hear things you've never heard. Like "thank you sir" or "your welcome ma'am". That's especially true for Texans from my generation of the '50's, '60's and '70's.

So if someone is genuinely being nice to you, take it for what it is, courtesy. Because most Texans don't take courtesy lightly.

This weeks post is another excerpt straight out of my "Handbook for New Texans" and is about courtesy and what you might receive from someone in Texas.


Folks in Texas tend to be friendly and outgoing, especially in the rural areas. So, if you’re taking a leisurely drive on a back road on Sunday afternoon, don’t drive off in the ditch and through someone’s fence if a person throws up their hand and waves at you as they pass you going in the opposite direction. It is normal and recommended. A Texas backroad-code, if you will.

Men here open doors for ladies. If you notice someone open the door for the lady or ladies you happen to be with, don’t be afraid, he’s just being nice. His intentions are true and in some cases, his mother may be watching to ensure he’s being a gentleman.
If a cow or horse gits out of a pasture, it's not uncommon to see a half-dozen trucks stopped on the side of the road helping out the poor cowboy or rancher, whose steed or bovine took to flight. That's the cowboy code and what we Texans do for one another.

God Blessed Texas!
The Impulsive Texan

July 10, 2013

Texas recipes...Cowboy Caviar

From time to time, I post a new recipe that I enjoy or that catches my eye. Although I've not tried this one yet, I know I'm going to love it because I love it's cousin, "Texas Caviar" or a variation of the recipe "Hopping John" that is so popular in the other parts of the United States.

But this one encompasses everything I love about Texas and southwestern cooking. Corn, onions, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and onions...mmm, mmm, mmm.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, like I know I'm going to.


Cowboy Caviar

Minutes to prepare - 10

Number of servings - 24


2 - 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed

1 - 17 oz can whole kernel corn, drained

2 - large tomatoes, chopped

1 - large avacodo, diced

1/2 - red onion, chopped

1/4 - cup chopped fresh cilantro


1 - large jalapeno', chopped


1 - tbsp red wine vinegar

3 - 4 tbsp lime juice

2 - tbsp olive oil

1 - tbsp salt

1/2 - tsp black pepper


1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl

2. Cover and chill for at least an hour

3. Garnish with avocado slices and cilantro
4. Serve with tortilla chips.