Mini Road Trip Adventures with a Giant Squirrel and Pralines???!

A while back while passing by the small town of Refugio, Texas I saw the above Texas Boot, Blue bonnets and Cactus and have to snap a quickly.  Sadly, looks like South Texas Kitchen at 201 S Alamo St, Refugio, TX 78377 has since closed but I liked the sculpture 🙂  Refugio had 2,890 residents as of the 2010 census. 

Next stop…Sinton, Texas.  Now why on earth would I veer off in that direction? Yep, to see the “Largest Squirrel in Texas”, according to a clever billboard advertisement, so off in search of I drove.  Aunt Aggie De’s Pralines at 311 W. Sinton Street, Sinton, Texas would be the destination in the small, Texas town.

Sinton, Texas did prove to be a friendly, small Texas town.

Cute, little Jackson Square park with murals for this sweet town of population of 5,665 as of the 2010 census. The total area is only 2.2 square miles!
Sinton, Texas is also nicknamed as “Gateway to the Gulf Coast” as it’s a mere 28 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas
Nice little park 🙂 

But what about the “Largest Squirrel in Texas”??!?! 

Blue Genie Art Industries of Austin created the squirrel for Aunt Aggie De’s Pralines.  Meet Agnes!
I reached out to Blue Genie’s Principal, Mr. Kevin Collins to learn more about Agnes.  Mr. Collins says, “Blue Genie made that squirrel for Aggie De’s back in 2000; she’s old enough to legally drive now. She stands a little over 9′ tall and is on a 4′ base. She is made from EPS styrofoam with an epoxy hardocating, and has been re-painted once to keep her looking fresh.

It is part of our talent that we can take a companies 2-d logo and translate it via sculpting into a 3-d shape. We have done this for clients like Torchy’s Tacos, Gourdoughs, and the Jackalope in Austin.

This isn’t the only giant squirrel we have made in Texas; the Berdoll company has one that we created in 2010.



“For those of you wondering, Aunt Aggie De was what Eleanor called her Aunt Agnes DeKolb Bivin whose praline recipe is at the heart of the success of our company. Naturally, our squirrel would be named after that great lady and, since the original Agnes always wore a hat, so does ours! As you see her today, Agnes was created from our original logo design, Eleanor’s favorite nut dish, and the artist’s brush of Margaret Ann (“Sis”) Brittain of Sinton. Blue Genie Art Industries of Austin made her and her hat collection a reality beginning in August 2001. Our latest additions, the 25th Anniversary logo and this party hat, were designed by St. Onge Creative of Austin. We are so grateful to our customers and these creative folks for making our 25th Anniversary a very special one!” (2012) 

As “The Official Best Gourmet Praline and Pecan Candy in Texas 2013,” we have been recommended in the pages of “Southern Living,” “Simply Gluten Free Magazine,” “Southern Lady,” as well as other respected journals and periodicals, received rave reviews from foodie blogs, received awards at both Fancy Food and Restaurant Association shows, have been in swag bags and green rooms at celebrity-studded events and proudly boast the Go Texan and Made in the USA logos. (Source:

That’s it for today! Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Elizabeth and Max



27 thoughts on “Mini Road Trip Adventures with a Giant Squirrel and Pralines???!”

  1. Again no link behind caption! But havingh doublecliocked on the caption 3 or four times a small, picvture appears at the fgarf mright mof the screen, and this picture holds a link! But I think you’re loosing a lot of traffic this way!

  2. That is one hell of a big squirrel! Did Max want to chase it? After the squirrel problem we had here last winter, just seeing that big rodent made smile and shudder at the same time! Haha! ❤️

    1. The squirrel changes hats too like for Christmas etc. Ha ha ha!😄! That would be like me seeing a opposum-looong story!

      1. Do it! Do it! I’m very good at telling others to do lots of work. Have you noticed that? For instance, not only do I want to read about the opposums, I also want you to hug Max for me! I’m such a task-master! You can save a hug for yourself, too! 🤗 ❤️ 🤗 ❤️ 🤗s

      2. You always crack me up! I will try my best just for you! Hugs back at you and your boys❤️

      3. Yay! I’ve been working on your email for ages. What with emergency vet visits in the middle of the night and sleeping on the couch next to Levi so I could watch him 24/7, I’m a little behind. But I have not forgotten! Tell Max that so he won’t be disappointed in me. 🐾

  3. Hi Elizabeth,

    Hey, it’s great to see you better and out on the road again. Ahhh….small towns of Texas are special; each in their own way. It has been a hundred years since I had a good praline. Glad to have you back. Even Max seems happy again. HUGS

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