It’s a family tradition – or the making of one.

We’d been talking about opening a “Miss Kathy’s West” since my brother started the original Miss Kathy’s back home in 2012. To clarify, “back home” is in McComb, Mississippi, a small town in southwest Mississippi, about 100 miles from New Orleans. Well, to clarify even further, Miss Kathy’s is technically in Summit, an adjoining town, just north of McComb. If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t even realize you’d crossed the city limits.

McComb is cute, quaint, and has been declared a “retirement paradise” for as long as I can remember. This description would fit Summit, too. My then newlywed parents moved to McComb in the early ’60’s and have made it home ever since. It’s the kind of place that was good to grow up in. By the time I reached college, my new friends called me sheltered and naïve, and I was okay with that. I’m not sure how much of that was the place or the time or my God-fearing parents, but I’m thankful for my protected childhood and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

So anyway…snoballs.

My brother has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. He finished Ole Miss with a business degree, had several professions over the years, including a lengthy stint in food service as manager of Piccadilly (it’s like Luby’s for non-Texas states). So, there’s his background in food. Our sweet mama passed away in 2009, and a few years later, I remember Anthony coming to my siblings and me and telling us about his idea to open a snoball and snack stand in Summit, and he wanted to name it after our mama – if we were okay with that. “Of course!” we all happily responded, “she would LOVE THAT!” And, now that it’s a reality, I can say with confidence that she DOES love it.

The Miss Kathy’s that my brother has created is warm, lively, inviting, and always serves up goodness – whether it be in the form of snoballs, food, friendliness, or love, much like our sweet mama.

You see, the actual Miss Kathy knew how to love people, and food was often her greatest tool. She always had a cake or pie baked. She always cooked too much food at dinner or supper (aka lunch or dinner) because “you never know who may come by and be hungry” she’d say. And she was always ready to pour you a tall glass of sweet tea or lemonade. Her kitchen was where stories were told, laughter was shared, memories were made, and even some tears were shed. It all went down in Miss Kathy’s kitchen.

Even after her children were grown and gone (all 5 of us), the new kids of the neighborhood still knew where to go for an afternoon treat. Mama kept her deep freezers (both of them) amply stocked with popsicles for the kids around the block. They’d knock on her screen door and ask, “Miss Kathy, can we have a popsicle?” She’d beam with pride and reply, “Of course, sugar! Help yourself to whatever you want there in the deep freezer!”.  And, with stained lips, sticky fingers, and the most delicious treat they’ve ever had, the kids would skip away happy, and this made Miss Kathy happy too.

So, yeah, back to snoballs…

I’m Amanda, a 12-year Houstonian, marketing professional, and avid sports fan – some may say I’m “fanatic” when it comes to the Astros. I go home to McComb for visits about once a month, and I love – seriously LOVE – helping out at Miss Kathy’s. I adore interacting with the customers, whipping up some delicious flavors, and I’ve learned to make a pretty amazing snoball, if I do say so myself. And, maybe most importantly, I’m fortunate to be married to Billy – the guy who, among his many lovable traits, supports my endeavors and knows how to make things happen.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve been talking about opening up my own Miss Kathy’s since Anthony opened the original. But, sigh…life. It always seems to get in the way, or it’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans (take your pick). Well, while I’m the dreamer of our duo, Billy is the guy who says “Why wait? Let’s do this!” and then sends me a text message one day telling me that he bought me a microbus. I would’ve thought he was kidding, because who impulse purchases a microbus? But this was no impulse purchase for Billy. He has listened to me dream, borderline whine, for nearly 4 years now, about how this is what I really wanted to do, and if only I could give this a go. Well, Billy saw an opportunity and he carpe diem’d it. My goodness, I love that man.


So, here we are, converting a microbus into Miss Kathy’s HTX – a mobile food truck serving New Orleans style snoballs right here in Houston. We’re aiming for a soft opening this fall – Octoberish – working weekends, doing some catering and special events, and then opening with a more full-time presence next spring. (If the good Lord’s willing!)

Right now, we’re busy building out our brand, assembling the tools of our new trade, crafting a delicious menu, and turning a former Alief ISD school bus into a mobile snoball stand! We’re optimistic about the future and are excited to bring a new level of hospitality and deliciousness to the HTX – just like my sweet mama taught me.

Stay tuned, my friends! It’s going to be a sweet, sweet ride!


Party’s on, Houston

What a bizarre winter we’ve had, #amiright? Snow in December, #icepocalypse in January…wonder what February will bring?

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One day at a time, sweet Jesus

Are y’all making it okay?

I hope this post finds you safe and sound. It’s rough out there, isn’t it? Homes are totally lost. Major highways are flooded. Schools can’t open. Businesses are closed indefinitely.

What. A. Mess.

But, if I take a deep breath and stop for a minute, I realize it’s getting better.

It seems to me that today just may be better than yesterday. It may be just a teeny tiny bit better, but it is still improvement. Don’t you think?

What’s your situation like? Do y’all need any help?

I ask that in earnest. Please let us know if we can assist with clean up or possibly provide supplies or aid of another sort to help you through this difficult time. Send me a quick note, and I promise to get back to you quickly so we can get to work.

I’d offer you a refreshing snoball, but I can’t for right now. The li’l blue bus is in the shop to get some work done, so for the time being, all I can offer is a helping hand. And prayers. So many prayers have been said in the last 2 weeks! Those will certainly continue, and as soon as the bus is ready to go, we will hit the streets to get some well deserved sweet treats out to all our neighbors.

We are also interested in taking care of the first responders and other relief personnel. I’ve got a list going of some area stations and other gathering places, but if you know of a particular area that we should visit, please drop me a note.

If you’re not in Texas and are inclined to contribute to the relief efforts, I ask that you donate. Any amount will help. This won’t be “fixed” in a few weeks. Heck, we’re talking years before the 4th largest city in America is back on her feet.

J.J. Watt’s charity is a great option. We’ve all seen Houston’s sweetheart and the amazing work he’s done already.

If you want to help pets, I would suggest Lance McCullers, Jr’s organization Houston Pets Alive.

Our church, Second Baptist, is also doing great work being the hands and feet of Jesus providing the physical labor necessary to get homes and businesses cleaned up and ready for restoration. I know for a fact that 100% of the donations they raise are being used for relief (no admin costs whatsoever).

But really, whether you’re able to give or not, please keep our city and the entire Gulf Coast in your prayers. Prayers alone can do so much.

Hang in there, Texas. It will get better…


That’s a Wrap.

Well, a partial wrap to be quite specific.

Have you seen us on the road?  Or perhaps our social media posts?  Our girl is lookin’ good!  (If I do say so myself!)


It’s taken us the better part of a year – hey, converting a working school bus into a functioning food truck is hard work! – especially when you’re juggling full time jobs, family commitments, and everything else life throws your way.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a ton of fun, too!  Billy and I have done everything ourselves, with a few days help from my brother, a paint job by MAACO, and a partial wrap by Houston Sign Company.  All this togetherness in these tight quarters has taught us a lot about each other – and even more about each other when it’s 100 degrees outside.

We still have a little bit to go before we’re live daily on the streets of Houston, but in the meantime, we are booking catered events!

We’ve already done a couple, and let me tell you – I love my new job!

Our unofficial debut was a family night at an area private school.



We served over a hundred snoballs to this awesome group of folks who came out to support their school and raise funds for the 8th grade graduation trip to Washington, DC.  We donated half of our proceeds back to the class.  Who doesn’t love a school trip?


We also took part in a high school graduation party in Bellaire.  The family hosted a crawfish boil to celebrate their daughter’s milestone, and what better way to tame the cajun heat than with a snoball!

Evelyn Clark Graduation Party

We have an event coming up this week at an area church for a women’s Bible study event.

Schools, private residences, and churches – there’s nowhere we won’t go!  Don’t you want to have us at your next event?

Send me a quick note, let me know what sort of party you’re having, and how many folks you expect.  I’ll put together a quick quote for you, and I promise it’ll be the best party ever! (Well, probably.)

Hope to see y’all so soon!

So close, I can almost taste it.

Things have been quiet here on the blog front, but pretty noisy on the actual conversion project. Since we last reported (officially, here on the blog; there have been other insta and twitter updates in the meantime – are you following along?), we have painted the ol’ girl!



She’s blue now!  This is her with out her grill, lights, and other adornments, fresh off the lot at MAACO.  We shopped and shopped around the Houston area to find the right folks – at the right price – to take care of our girl and polish her up like she deserved. Shall I remind you what she looked like when we first got her?


You’ve come a long way, baby!  Arthur and his team at MAACO Long Point did a tremendous job!

Once we got her back, we got back to work. Billy got all of her exterior accessories repositioned…



While Keylee kept a watchful eye.

Somewhere amid all of the work, we went home to the ‘sip to visit family and celebrate one of us turning another year older.  Ignore the candles; I’m sure that must be in error. But how cute is this cake tho?  Judy, my sweet brother’s even sweeter fiancé surprised me with this adorable creation, and it was as delicious as it is cute!


And then there was the time when the same sweet brother (Anthony) came over for a funeral (we lost my precious, sassy 84 year old Aunt Myrtle), and he stayed to help install the plumbing.  Definitely a silver lining during a most dark time.


And, now, she’s looking more like a food truck!


We’ve still got the electrical to go, and a few more big ticket items before we can pass inspection and hit the roads, but we’re getting closer, y’all!

So close, we’re even taking her to a friend’s crawfish boil this weekend to serve up some snoballs!  Because what is better than a crawfish boil?  Crawfish AND SNOBALLS, that’s what!

Still is still moving to me.

More than once have I related my life to a Willie Nelson song.  You probably have too.  Today, I’m singing “Still is Still Moving to Me”.  Know this one?

Still is still moving to me
I swim like a fish in the sea all the time
But if that’s what it takes to be free I don’t mind
Still is still moving to me
Still is still moving to me
And it’s hard to explain how I feel
It won’t go in words but I know that it’s real
I can be moving or I can be still
But still is still moving me
Still is still moving to me

It’s pretty obscure, and I’m pretty sure I don’t really know what it’s about.  But to me, today, it seems like it means that being still is still not actually being still.  Like, even though we’re not progressing forward as rapidly or doggedly as we’d like to, as we’re used to, we’re still moving.  “Still” is still moving to me.

Our food truck may not be ready yet, but we’re close – closer today than we were a couple months ago; closer today than we were yesterday.  But our November goal to open became a Super Bowl opening, which now looks like it’s becoming maybe a March opening?  I can’t say for sure just yet. It’s hard to project still.

There are so many moving parts that have to line up, and frankly, we could’ve used a “how to guide”, something that laid this out for us step-by-step. Now that I mention it, maybe I should put one of those together when we’re finished to help the next wave of future food truckers have an easier entree into the business.

I’ll add that to my to-do list.  Right after we get our food truck up and running.

Many of you have asked for a status update, and we are so excited that you’re excited.  We are too.  The short answer is yes. We are still opening up a snoball food truck.  And, YES.  WE CAN’T WAIT.

Thank you for waiting for us.  We promise it’ll be so good.

And definitely worth the wait.

Hurry Up and Wait.

This was one of my sweet mama’s favorite sayings to express frustration.

“Mama, I’ll come over tomorrow morning, and we’ll go shopping together.”  Then tomorrow morning comes, and then noon hits, and then it’s early afternoon, and nobody’s showed up yet.  Hurry up and wait.

Do you know the feeling?  Being the only one ready – so ready – to go, but you just can’t seem to get going?

That’s what’s happening around our house these days.

I mean, we’re still moving forward, it’s just that progress seems to have reached the pace of a stampede of turtles.

Here’s a peek of the bus lately – so fresh and so clean!


We scrubbed about 20 years worth of grime off those ceilings and walls, and came out with this sparkle…and one tired husband!


(he was really just pretending to avoid the camera)

We’ve also got a refrigerator and a deep freezer now, so that’s definitely progress.  The other equipment has been selected, we’ll pull the trigger on those items when we’re ready to finish loading in the bus.

Hopefully, the plans will be approved by the city in the next few weeks – yes, yet another resubmittal.  I am quite sure the evaluations team must be bonused based on the number of resubmittals they require.  I mean, that makes sense, right?  Anyway, forward we go.

I’ve also got a super talented designer working with us to craft our brand.  I did the work for the original Miss Kathy’s, but I think it’s one of those things I’m too close to, and so I’ve asked for a little help.  We’re also getting quotes from mural artists for painting the bus.  Know anyone who would be interested?  We would love the opportunity to work with an up and coming talent who would love this kind of experience.

Speaking of, what are some of your favorite awesome-looking food trucks?  I tend to lean to bright and sunny just about anything, so don’t be surprised if this truck looks like something your kid would like.  Hey, that’s pretty good marketing, right?  Let’s hope!

Thanks for your patience, friends.  We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more about our snOpening day!



You Can’t Sit Here (because there are no seats)

The understatement of the year:  The conversion of a micro bus into a functioning, workable food truck is no easy task. I can certainly see why some folks (perhaps those smarter than us) outsource this task to professionals. But, you know us – we’re not ones to shy away from a challenge.

First things first, we needed to clear the space and rip out about a dozen seats, seats that have safely carried sweet kids to and from school each day for nearly 20 years. I say “sweet kids” because, all things considered, this bus is in immaculate condition! I lived too close to school to ride a bus to get there, but I did ride busses to about a thousand football games and other band-related events back in the day. Whooo-wee, if those busses could talk!

So, with Billy laid out underneath the bus with a drill and me inside the bus holding the nuts in place with a big wrench, he was able to unscrew (that makes it sound so much simpler than it actually was) the bolts and screws that have secured these seats in place for nearly 100,000 miles. A couple of the seats were bolted in place too close to the gas tank, preventing Billy from being able to reach them with the drill. He used the heavy duty saw thingamajig (that’s a technical term) that cuts the bolts in two, and with some extra elbow grease, those came loose too.




A ton of sweat and a few hours later, these seats were freed from their home of nearly 20 years. Some went to the dump, and the rest went to Mississippi. Fun fact: my brother Anthony is going to give some of these seats new life as swings. How fun is that?


Now that we truly have a blank slate, we pretty much wait. We’ve submitted our plans and formal application to the City of Houston, and until we get the A-Ok from them, there are only a few small things that we can do to the bus. But mostly, we wait and focus our attention on other matters – like flavors!

Speaking of flavors, do y’all have any requests? I’ve already heard that we MUST carry pink ladies – that’s nectar with cream. What are your favorites that you want to see on our menu? Leave your requests in the comments, and I’ll do my best to get them in stock for you!