4****Review: Louisiana Longhorn Cafe

Downtown Round Rock TX.

Downtown Round Rock TX.


I found myself downtown Round Rock at lunch time and chose to dine at a nice Cajun café.

Upon entering I was quickly seated by their wait staff. I ordered an ice tea and water to begin my dining experience. Then took a couple of minutes to browse their menu, it was nice to see that they had several items that looked appealing. I asked for some bread and was cheerfully brought a small basket with a selection of different breads with pats of butter. I chose to order their Voo Doo Pasta Salad which you see pictured below, it was delicious and perfectly prepared. My compliments to the chef.
The Voo Doo Pasta Salad dish was more that I could finish but I ate over half of it. I felt it necessary to try beans and rice in all cafes that specializes in Louisiana cuisine.
Their beans and rice did not disappoint.
The atmosphere was comfortable with the high ceilings, ceiling fans, light sound of music playing, and quiet chatter of fellow diners. I was a little cool towards the end of my meal which could of been the air vent above my table.
Now for a couple of complaints that I want to share that pushed my rating to a 4 Star instead of 5 Stars.
Even though the establishment was not very busy my waitress took sometime to check back with me. She did notice my tea needed refilled and took care of that right away.
Lastly as I mentioned I was beginning to become uncomfortably cold towards the end of my meal. So I asked for my ticket and it took another wait for her to appear back with it. I was dining alone and wondered if I had been forgotten after a while. I started to leave cash on the table and walk out to thaw out but about that time, my waitress reappeared. Other than a couple of glitches in service, it is a nice café for lunch or dinner. They are closed on Mondays but have noon and evening hours and a full bar.
If you are in the area of downtown Round Rock and crave some good ole authentic Cajun food they can take great care of your taste buds. Next visit I plan to order their other shrimp offerings, my pasta dish had blackened shrimp covering the pasta and it was scrumptious.


Credit: Photographs are owned by this blog owner, Kathy Bradshaw aka Nana.
I am not associated with this establishment and have not been compensated in anyway for this post.
This post is my opinions of my personal experience.
Again I give this café Four stars ****

To browse their menu and learn more about the Louisiana Longhorn visit their website.

Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches

Cooking spray
4 ounces thinly sliced lower-sodium deli ham
large eggs 
English muffins, split and toasted
(1-ounce) slices Emmentaler or Swiss cheese

2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add ham to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Crack eggs into pan. Cover and cook for 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

3. Place 4 muffin halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Top each half with 1 cheese slice. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Divide ham among cheese-topped muffin halves; top each with 1 egg and 1 muffin half.

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Kid Friendly: Cheesy Chicken Bagels


Bagel halves are a quick, kid-friendly stand-in for traditional pizza crust.

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 bagel pizza)2 (4 1/2-inch, 2 1/4-ounce) plain bagels, sliced in half

1/2 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce
1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken breast
1 cup preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preheat broiler.

2. Place bagel halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil 2 minutes or until lightly toasted.

3. Spread 2 tablespoons marinara on cut side of each bagel half. Top each half with 1/4 cup chicken, and sprinkle with 1/4   cheese.

Broil bagel halves an additional 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Nutritional Information

Calories 268
Fat 8 g
Satfat 4.2 g
Monofat 2.4 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 22.1 g
Carbohydrate 32.7 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 47 mg
Iron 2.9 mg
Sodium 516 mg
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Two Ideas for Mayonnaise

sauce_mayonnaise.102271-1   Two Ideas for Mayonnaise

  1.  Dip recipe: mix 1 cup light mayonnaise, 1/4 cup mango chutney, and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder. Refrigerate 1 hour then serve with snack crackers.
  2.  Mix 1/2 cup light mayo ad 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Spread evenly over 4 tilapia fillets. Place in oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

Credit: Tips by Allison Baker in Family Circle magazine August 2010 with all rights reserved.

D.Y.I. T shirt Shopping Bag



Each tote bag is machine washable and has endless uses.


 I  was thrift store shopping and saw a big rack of t shirts with cute designs on them. It struck me that these shirts needed a new life. Like most of us my search went online and Nana’s Shopping Bags was born.

Now being a seamstress is not one of my skills so it had to be a simple project. Here is what I learned, you need a pair of sharp scissors, black pen, table, small bowl, needle, sewing thread and a t-shirt. It would be easier to use a sewing machine but I chose to hand sew each bag hem.

First you place your t-shirt flat on the table face up and smooth it out. Line up the seams on each arm and cut off the sleeve up to the seam, leaving the seam intact. Second take the medium sized  bowl place it over the neck of shirt making a semicircle. Note the bowl will be upside down half on the table and half on the shirt neck. Take your pen and draw a semicircle around the neck then remove your bowl and cut out right beside where you marked this gives your bag a good sized opening and removes the ink mark.

Lastly turn your shirt inside out and turn up the bottom of the shirt approximately two inches. You can pin the bottom material then stitch right below the pins from one side of the bottom across to the other side. I hand stitched so made two passes across the bottom to close my bags. Remove your pins and turn your bag back to the printed side, or right side. I did not stitch my handles but you could for a neater look.  You will notice that I left my straps wide but you could cut yours thinner just have fun with your project.

Happy Crafting,