1 ripe banana
12 strawberries
1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice

Blend the banana, strawberries, and juice until combined.
Fill popsicle molds three-quarters full.


Salted Caramel

1/2 cup almond milk
3 tablespoons salted caramel sauce
Crushed pretzels

Combine the milk and caramel sauce, mix gently.
Fill popsicle molds three-quarters full. Freeze.
Drizzle on caramel sauce and sprinkle with pretzels.


Lemon-Lime and Everything Fine

12 ounces lemon-lime soda or sparkling water
5 ounces sour gummy candy

Fill popsicle molds with liquid three-quarters full.
Drop in gummy candy and fill to the desired amount.
Freeze and enjoy!


Cold & Chili

5 cups chopped cherries
2 teaspoons Sriracha
16 ounces dark chocolate
4 teaspoons coconut oil

Blend cherries and Sriracha.
Fill popsicle molds with liquid three-quarters full.
Mix chocolate and oil together over low heat. Let cool.
Dip popsicles and allow to harden. Chill in the freezer.

Heroes Around Me

With the help of our Local and Council PTAs and their schools, Texas PTA paid visits to the campuses of our seven Outstanding Interpretation Award recipients for Reflections over several weeks beginning in late April. These visits were surprises to both the students and our wider community as we unveiled each awardee one by one.

An Original

To mark the centennial anniversary for a woman’s right to vote in Texas, KUT Austin spoke with “civic-minded Texas women who are changing our world today”, including Texas PTA President Sheri Doss. Listen to Sheri’s segment (“An Original”) online at the Texas Standard.

Audio transcript:

My name is Sheri Doss and I am the President of Texas PTA.

When I was going through high school and learning about the struggles that women and African Americans were going through just to even gain the right to vote, I made a promise to myself, that when I turn eighteen, I would definitely go vote. If for no other reason than just out of respect for the sacrifices they made [for me] to have this privilege. I really became passionate about voting and advocacy and civic engagement when I was elected to the State Board of Texas PTA.

I witnessed Texas PTA on one of our Rally Days. We were able to be successful in advocating to reduce the number of end of course exams for our students, and that’s when I realized that our voice matters. We can make a change if we do our research, advocate, and actually go to the polls and vote to have those decision makers in office that will make the decisions that we would like them to make.

PTA is really a network of millions of families, including parents, community members, and business members. Texas PTA is the second largest PTA with over half a million members. Those membership numbers matter in PTA because that is the power of our voice influencing any type of legislation.

It did start off as a mother’s club many many years ago in 1909 for Texas PTA. And we will be celebrating our 110th birthday, our anniversary, in October – October 19, 1909 is when we were initially established at the State Fair in Texas.

[Women] were being very influential with different laws around our kids, even before we had the right to vote. So when the suffrage came to a point where the women were really ready to do something about their own right to vote, naturally PTA was right there with them.

Now you see us in positions, like Congress which has the most women ever. And [Texas PTA] has a youth advocacy program coming up at UT in June and overwhelmingly the majority of the applicants were girls. So, I think it matters. We get the right to vote, we were able to influence and make a real difference in this country.

I happen to be the first African American President for Texas PTA and so those things are changing as well in terms of demographics for Texas PTA. So, everyone should be able to see a place for them to be a leader and have some influence on our children’s education and just their overall well-being.


Root Beer Pulled Pork

2 pounds pork shoulder butt roast
12 ounces root beer
14 ounces of your favorite barbeque sauce

Place roast in a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker.
Pour root beer over roast and cover.
Cook on low for 6-7 hours until meat is tender.
Drain root beer and shred meat with a fork.
Add barbeque sauce and serve on a bun!

Tip: Replace with pork tenderloin for a healthier option. Serve with spicy bread and butter pickles for extra yum!