City Acre Brewing, Houston, TX

If you love craft beer, delicious (fresh from the garden), made from scratch food, a great place to hang out and relax, well, there’s a treat in store for you at City Acre Brewing!

My Sister and her family have been telling me for a little while now that I really should visit.  They absolutely love coming here to enjoy the brews and what they always describe as the most delicious food.  And you know what – they were right!

From the moment you first approach City Acre, it’s like a pleasant oasis with an inviting outdoor area and garden.

You can tell this is definitely a place that families enjoy bringing their children.  Both indoors and out you can see people relaxing and having a great time.

I really like the interior with all its rustic charm.  They have long tables with benches that invite you to all sit together and enjoy good company as well as good food.

They have paper menus that you can find along the wall, as the menu is seasonal and ever changing.  They have their own garden in which they grow herbs and produce that they use in the restaurant.

You are greeted very warmly as you approach the counter to place your order.

They of course have outstanding brews to choose from.  Everyone in my family enjoys all their offerings.  They also have quite a few other concoctions (as they call them) that peaked my interest, such as their own specialty sodas, soda fountain classics, and even cure-alls.  You’ve gotta check out their online drinks menu:  Click Here

They definitely had my curiousity, so I ordered their Queen MAB Ginger Beer, which they describe as spicy and refreshing.  Boy!  What a fresh ginger taste!  And yes, it is spicy!  I also tried their Lemon Sage Soda.  Very nice lemon flavor with fresh sage.  Not your same-o lemonade for sure.  They mix these for you when you order them.  It’s so cool.  They get your glass and put in their special syrup, then the water and ice, give it a stir and you’re ready to try a very fresh soda, made just for you!  Very different, and very tasty.

And now I must talk about Chef Rick’s food!  Wowser!  Bet you haven’t heard that term in a while.

Like I said, my family has been raving about the food here at City Acre, so of course I had to give it a try.  I decided on their Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich.  It’s pimento cheese made from scratch served on sourdough bread.  Sounds okay, right?  Well, it was a bit more than okay.  It was really quite delicious – and I ordered it with their Garlic Fries.  As we were standing in line, the chef walked by with someone’s food, and the aroma was wonderful!  We inquired as to what was served, and it was garlic fries, so yeah, add that to my order.

As you can see, there is fresh garlic that is slightly sauteed atop the fries — Oh, my, goodness!  Were they good!  The sandwich with that freshly made pimento cheese – I even put some of the garlic on my sandwich.  Sooooo good!  And with a fresh ginger soda — the flavors – the pop – the wow!

Before we left, Chef Rick came out and spoke to us and thanked us for stopping in.   My family told him that it was my first time here and he welcomed me as a new friend.  Everyone was so friendly here, and you can tell they love what they do and are happy to see you enjoying everything and having a good time.

I hope you’ll stop by and see Chef Rick and everyone at City Acre.  They’re located off Highway 59, Eastex Freeway at 3418 Topping Street.  I’ll give you their website link and also be sure to follow them on Instagram.  They’re always having specials and seasonal items, so you’ll want to keep up with what’s going on.

City Acre Brewing Website

City Acre Brewing Instagram

Till next time, stay wonderful, and enjoy good food and good drinks!



Attention Quilters and Crafters!

Or friends of quilters and crafters!

Here’s a fun shop I came across last week while on a quest for purchasing novelty fabrics for my projects.

It’s called AmourFabriQues.  The owner of AmourFabriQues is Salena and her shop is on Etsy.

I approached Salena about her Mystery Box of assorted fabrics.  I thought this sounded like a great way to get a nice variety of prints.  Salena was very approachable, answered all my questions and said that she would cut the fabrics to the size needed.  Her original size was just 1/4″ smaller than what I needed and she was very nice and even pulled some fabrics and took pictures for me to see the types of prints she had available.  And this is for a value mystery box, where you’re getting a surprise/pre-selected bundle of fabrics – How cool is that?  She really went the extra mile for me.

My package arrived today and I was so excited to see what goodies were in store!  When I opened the shipping package, I had a fun mystery box, that looked like a present.

And it was like unwrapping a present!  These would make great gift ideas for the quilters and crafters in your life – What fun!

I purchased 1/2 pound of fabric for $5.50!  And received a new spool of thread as a thank you gift!

Check out the assortment!

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Much More Than Just a Card, It’s a Special Memory

Don’t you love to receive a special card with very touching sentiments, especially when you can tell that it is truly intended for you and from the giver’s heart?

Well, there is a super sweet lady who specializes in creating very personalized cards that are truly from the heart and are made just for your recipient.  Her name is Beth Byrd of Pretty Byrd Designs.

I’ve blogged about Beth and her work previously, and she is also a sponsor of Yum Factor 10.  I’ve admired her work for a while now, and when I featured her here before I didn’t fully realize what all she offers with her designs.  I knew her cards were very special and I love her journals and gift tags.  Everything she does is fabulous.  But it wasn’t until I approached her about possibly making a special Father’s Day card for my Husband that I completely understood how very special a card made by her can actually be.

I inquired if she could design a personalized card for my Husband as kind of an anniversary/Father’s Day sentiment card and also asked if she could put our personal pictures on the card, as well as a line from a song.  She responded very quickly that she would be honored to make us this card, and that she could of course put our pictures on the card as well as what ever wording I would like.  It was such a pleasure ordering this card from Beth, she seemed just as excited as I was about it, so this made the ordering and personalization even more fun!

Here is a picture of the finished product:

Beth had asked if all the pictures could be printed in black and white so that everything would be cohesive on the card, and I thought that was an excellent idea, as it also gives a vintage look/feel to the theme.  I am completely ecstatic with the results!  I was able to have pictures of our little family through the years, beginning with me and my husband when we were very young and just starting out, then our young family when our son was little, on to us at our son’s 26th birthday party, then us two on our 34th wedding anniversary.   Completed with “I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow.”  A truly sentimental journey – our life story with much more to come in the future.  All on a card…..  How fabulous is that?!  I’m sure you know that it made me cry….  Happy tears of course.

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Free Stuff!

Who loves free stuff?!  Me! Me!

Well, this time I’m giving the free stuff, and giving myself a Sponsor Shout-Out here on Yum Factor 10.  Yay!

My Etsy Shop is called Studio 3B and I make hand sewn purses, totes and other fun fashion accessories.

Beginning tomorrow, June 30th and then also on Saturday, July 1st, I’m hosting a fabulous Christmas in July Special and I’ll be giving away a free surprise gift with every item purchased.  So, if you’re wanting to purchase multiple items, you receive a free gift per item you snag.  How about that?

And…. for any early birds reading this now, I’ll honor this today as well.  So, let the fun and shopping begin!


Jfay, Studio 3B


Fashion Maverick

Linda Kratz has always wanted to be an animal illustrator.  And although side tracked into contemporary fine art, she says “No regrets, but here I am back to my original ambition.”

I came across Linda and her fabulous work while searching for a special Father’s Day gift for my husband.  I knew I would like to give him some type of jewelry, and thought of a bolo tie.  I also wanted to incorporate a Coyote if at all possible since that is his nickname and spirit animal.

I wondered if this would be an impossible task asking for two seemingly rare items in one, but I went about my quest.  I was very pleasantly surprised when I found Linda’s shop and the very beautiful original art piece jewelry that she makes.   And the gorgeous Coyote!  I knew that this was the one!

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Lone Star Lady

She’s a lady….  A Lone Star Lady!

I just received this beauty from The Shabby Cowgirl yesterday and I love it!

I recently featured The Shabby Cowgirl here on Yum Factor 10 with all her awesome Texas and Pop Culture themed jewelries, and knew that I had to have a piece for myself.  I contacted Trisha (owner and designer of The Shabby Cowgirl) about having a custom stamped necklace and she said absolutely!

She sent me this picture of my necklace in progress:

It’s so cool to see something being made just for you.  And awesome to see how the necklace progressed into the final product.

This was all done very quickly and shipped out very quickly.  I am definitely a huge fan of Trisha’s and highly recommend her shop.  She has a large array of very fun items and like me, you can also request something custom made just the way you want it.

On her business card you can see that she does more than hand stamped metal jewelry.  She also works with reclaimed wood and repurposes vintage furniture and windows.

A very talented lady to be sure!

The Shabby Cowgirl on Etsy

Till next time, stay wonderful!


Free Ebook!

Author Dorlana Vann is excited to announce that her romantic comedy, The Trouble with Scarecrows, (Kindle eBook edition) is free on Amazon for a limited time.  You can get your copy now thru June 16, 2017.

The story has new dating terms and concepts, outrageous shenanigans, a touch of magical realism, twists and turns, broken hearts, seduction, food, and of course romance.

 A scarecrow is the opposite of a wingman, a dating decoy used to scare away any “crows” who are giving unwanted attention, making it difficult for the right man to have a clear shot.

Thirty-year-old Brenda Fisher believes the best way to get over her ex is to face her past and find a new guy. She knows the type of man she needs in her life … and the type of man she does not, which includes alpha males like Neal Parker.

Neal Parker’s friend and former boss, Larry White, had been gracious enough to let him stay at his old apartment rent-free while Neal pursues his culinary degree. But now the owner of the multiplex–Larry’s high-strung ex-girlfriend, Brenda Fisher–is threatening to sell it out from underneath him. Brenda is possibly the sexiest woman Neal has ever met. Nevertheless, he’s aware of her past destructive relationship with Larry and knows it’s best to stay clear.

When Neal finds out Brenda might be in need of some help in the romance department, he tries to trick her into an exchange: scarecrow services for the apartment. Brenda does not appreciate being manipulated. She ups the stakes, and if Neal wants the future he’d planned, he’ll have to play by her rules.

You can get your free copy here!


Welcome New Sponsor – Pretty Byrd Designs!

A huge welcome to our newest sponsor, Pretty Byrd Designs!

Beth Byrd of Pretty Byrd Designs has been a friend for some time now and has always been very supportive of Yum Factor 10, so it is quite thrilling for her to join our Yum Factor 10 family as a sponsor.

Beth is a super talented lady and is quite the genius when it comes to paper creations.  She has her own Etsy shop where she features her designs that include mini journals (I have 2!), cards for every occasion, note cards, keepsake boxes and more.

I hope you’ll stop by and visit Beth and see all of her gorgeous designs.  She also loves receiving custom order requests and is FANTASTIC at fulfilling them.  I have personally requested two custom orders, and they have turned out even more beautiful than I could ever imagine.  I recently requested a very sentimental card, and it turned out so wonderful it actually made me cry.

When you stop by Pretty Byrd Designs, you’ll see that Beth has a 5 star rating and many many raves from very happy customers.  She designs with love, from her heart.

Pretty Byrd Designs Etsy Shop

Till next time, stay wonderful!


The Shabby Cowgirl

The name may say shabby, but this lady’s work is certainly full of charm.  Good ol’ Southern – or Texas charm, to be more specific.

Trisha Clement of The Shabby Cowgirl is stamping out these very charming pieces of jewelry in New Braunfels, TX.  Trisha says stamping metal is her passion, and that she’s been making jewelry for friends and family for about four years now.

Her inspirations are very apparent in her work, and stole my heart immediately.  I love being a Texan and love everything that celebrates being a Texan, and I love all the pop culture that she brings in to her work as well.  So yeah, she had me hooked quite quickly!

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