I love playing dress up

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Okay guys and dolls! Like my profile says I’m a girl who loves to wield around power tools, I’m not afraid of sawdust, (as a matter of fact- I ♥ it), yet I don’t like dirt ;).  But I love painting and woodworking and LOWES, and even at 56, yes!  I love to dress up! I’m pretty girly-girl that way!!!  So short post on what Belle’s been wearing in case anyone needs inspiration on mixing it up!

My winters been put away, even climbed up and sorted all my boots a little higher in the closet shelves, (not too far after all my cowboy boots can’t be too out of reach)!  But gotta make room for the spring wedges & sandals. (I wish I had a separate room for my wardrobe), wishful thinking. Anyway, here are some cute combos and girly-girl inspirations.

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Flowy burgundy tunic paired with jeans and cute wedges!

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A long lightweight navy top with lace trim, jeans & sparkly pumps for a night on the town!

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Cute outfit for work or fun, a coral skirt, flouncy gray ruffled top accented with gold and Betty Flinstone baubles!  Cute huh?


Then for some facial touches… don’t forget to add some of these little babies to your makeup drawer.  Sponge makeup blenders!!! They are amazing for perfect contouring and applying your makeup flawlessly.  A perfect blending little sponge, you’ll never need another type!

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Add some splash to your lips as well, like “fearless” a merger of two great colors for this season- coral and red!

Then of course never underestimate the power of accessorizing toots!

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Have fun playing dress up~
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matcha-matcha better

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Been under the weather and I hate that.  But in order to feel better I pump myself full of oils, liquids like teas & smoothies. What can be better than healthy antioxidant filled smoothies?  Like Matcha Green Tea ones???  I keep telling myself that I’m feeling matcha-matcha better because of my homemade little brews!

Here’s a delicious recipe that is OH so easy and simple to make.  Lucky for me, a few months ago I received a package of matcha to sample and review on here.  Each morning and afternoon I’ve been blending up a bit in hopes of pumping my body up with healing goodness.

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Matcha Shake

  • 1 T. matcha powder
  • 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • Handful of ice

In a blender, blend the matcha, ginger, honey, milk and ice until smooth. Serve in a chilled glass. (Makes 1 serving)

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I got this recipe from here but added ginger for a kick and almond milk since I’m not a fan of regular milk.  It is so easy and tastes so refreshing that you don’t even know how good it really is for you. 

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Cheers to feeling better cause I have too much going on the next two weeks~
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the ice princess lives happily ever after

Intrigued?  You should be because this isn’t only about a princess and her happily ever after tale… but how you can make your own princess happy, IF

Here’s the scoop.  This princess LOVES her ice!  What happens when there isn’t any ice to be found in the castle? Let’s just say you’ve heard the little sayin’, “if momma ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy”.  Well, then you get the jest.  Here’s the deal, our (brand new, I might add), refrigerator started having issues with the ice maker shoot. (Shoot!  What I wanted to do to it after it stopped givin’ me ice!!!)  See the problem?

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Well it caused the ice to freeze up in the shoot therefore no ice was making it’s way to the dispenser.  My handy dandy man went online (as he does for EVERYTHING) and found others with the same issue.  He came upon a place that sold the hardware needed to make the repair himself.  AND who wants to pay a repairman to come out and dole out $75 or more for something you can do for under $40 and under 30 minutes (seriously)!!! Not too shabby a price for making an ice princess happy right?

So here’s the details / how-to on doing the same if you encounter the same problem.  Cause who on earth wants to live in TEXAS (or anywhere else for that matter), and not have ICE for their ICED TEA???

This is the repair kit (which you can get here) along with the tools you’ll need.

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  • repair kit
  • flat head screwdriver
  • tape
  • putty knife

And on the Repair Clinic site, you might even find a video on steps on your brand or model of fridge. But here are the rest of the pics on the steps he took.

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Immediately after putting it together guess what?  The problem was solved!

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Huge savings, easy peasy repair and even better…a happy castle~
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weekend haps

Hope each of you enjoyed the Mother’s Day weekend!  It was a pretty special MD around here as I kept thinking and thanking God for our newest little blessing and how his momma was celebrating her very 1st Mother’s Day.  I loved thinking of how she is such a great little mommy already and how lucky that little guy is.  Lochlan-Burke-0025x

Kind of how lucky I feel having been blessed with this beautiful momma of mine!

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She is my inspiration, my faith warrior and my perfect example of what mom I hoped to be growing up.  I’ve been blessed in having another sweet lady to fill the momma shoes and it’s my sweet MIL.

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These ladies have taught me so much through my younger motherhood years and I can only hope to be such a great example to my own daughter.  I love them so!

My weekend was relaxing, fun and FUNNER!!!  My husband has always been so sweet about catering to me on my day and this year was no exception.  We enjoyed our usual movie/date night on Friday.  Then Saturday I worked on designing some fun party invitations for two separate events for some special celebrations.  One for a school function and another for a child’s birthday party.

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Got to decorate and create a “sweet treats” serving station with lots of goodies for some special peeps!

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On Sunday we headed to Austin for a nice lunch where we started our meal with sampling an avocado appetizer that was totally surprising and yummy!!!  Stuffed with crab, green onion relish and other delicousness.

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Our son invited me to spend Mother’s Day with him at a very special show at the Continental Club.

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He got to perform with guitar legend, Mr. Casper Rawls!  Mr. Rawls has been playing for many years with many other greats and the show was nothing less of absolute fabulousness!!!

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I can’t thank God enough for the many blessings in my life.  The fact that I have two wonderful children that have become amazing adults.  And for the beautiful Mother’s that he put in my life.  One that brought me into this world and has been my mentor all my life, and the other that was a bonus when I fell in love with her son.

Love my momma’s—hope you love yours as much~

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for ye choco lovers

If you’re a faithful follower here you know that there aren’t many things I’m not a big fan of when it comes to food, and you also know that one of the items that falls in that “not much like” category is chocolate.  So imagine my surprise when I asked a friend what kind of dessert she would like for me to make her for her birthday and she says, “choco flan”.  First off, this crazy Latina  had never heard of it, secondly you’re thinking “she must be living in a cave to not know what that is”, then I’m thinking…chocolate-really?  Of all things.

Then she says, “it’s the only thing I asked my family for last year and I didn’t get it”, ahh man!  Now I just had to figure that one out cause the guilt trip worked.  That night I got on my computer and researched choco flan and it was ALL over the place.  How difficult can it be???  Here’s the result.

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I came upon two recipes that I thought would work and I ended up combining them. One:  I didn’t have the time to do the cake batter from scratch (so I chose this new DH flavor)

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Two: I went with my gut feeling on the complexity of the recipes.

I also have to tell you that I hardly ever like making anything chocolate because I can’t tell you if it’s any good cause it’s highLY likely that I didn’t try it, (especially after being nauseated by smelling it bake).  What if it’s crappy tasting?  But enough of that!  If you want to try it, grab my revised recipe HERE.  It actually wasn’t difficult and most importantly– it got rave reviews.


More pics–

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Even my biggest critic-Boo, liked it!

I was so excited about this one!  Hardest part was having to wait til the next day to get the thumbs up.

If you’re a choco lover and into flan…then this is a gotta try for ya!

CHOCO FLAN RECIPE

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AWESOME teacher appreciation ideas

It’s that time of year, if you have a child in school – more than likely you are  trying to figure out some really neat gift to give their teacher.  Right?  Well, here are some ideas that won’t break the bank, someone will love getting them, and they are precious—or at least I think so!  I was asked to find some cute gifts for some special people.  What do you think?

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Cute?  My daughter gets the credit for the saying on the tag.  Me, I walked around the store for several minutes and then I happened upon these metal graters and thought of how awesome they would look cool filled with treats.

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In this case  mini cokes and giant candy bars!

What you’ll need:

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  • graters
  • cardboard
  • packaging tape
  • sharp knife
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • shredded fillers
  • treat to put inside
  • cellophane wrapping
  • tags
  • ribbon

Trace the bottom of grater onto the cardboard and cut 1/2″ outside of those lines, then score (not all the way through) enough to make it easy to bend (but cutting corners off at an angle).  Check to see fit (as shown).

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Before taping the bottom to the grater, fill the inside with the goodies…

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Now you’re ready to tape the cardboard with packaging tape, turn right side up and fill with the shredded filler.  Wrap in the cellophane, tie ribbon and tag.

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Click HERE for the free printable tag!

Voila!

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Easy, simple & adorable!

Now for a few more ideas…

gift a cute hole puncher & cute tag or decorate a  mini clipboard and pair up with some cute coordinating smaller gifts, tie together and there you have it!

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If you come across a cool or unusual item and want some ideas, holler- I might be able to offer some free ideas! Now go show your appreciation for someone~
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berry sweet memories

A berry sweet memory short story about growing up in the South.  I mean way down South.  Growing up we had a huge tree in our backyard that we loved to climb on but we especially loved when it gave us delicious berries–moras (mulberries)!

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This was the same tree that housed my sisters and I for most part of the spring and summer months during our outdoor escapades.  I used to love eating those berries sometimes so much I thought I would spew ’em out- but I don’t recall that ever happening.  This weekend as I was going to my car, I happened to glance down the sidewalk and noticed that two houses down I could see the neighbors mulberry tree shedding berries all over his sidewalk (what brilliant person decided it was a good idea to plant a mulberry tree right by a sidewalk?).  That was just ridiculous!  As you can see.

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So poor neighbor-guy despises the tree and the mess it has created (I don’t blame him) but I certainly can’t stand the thought of him chopping that fruit bearing tree down, (which is what he plans to do).  Obviously he doesn’t know what fond memories those trees and berries hold for me!  I don’t hesitate on asking random strangers for fruit from their trees if I see it’s going to waste.  I hate waste!!!  [Several years ago I drove past this house almost everyday and finally decided to stop and ask them if I could collect the persimmons that were just dropping on the ground and going bad.  I moped when she told me they ate them – when I knew full well she didn’t and she just wouldn’t share.  Shame on her!  Well, that wasn’t the case with my neighbor…so off I went.

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After collecting some and indulging on several on my way back home, I popped several of ’em!

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Each juicy little bite had me remembering so many sweet memories and the fact I hadn’t had mulberries in ages.  So what do you do with several cups of fresh berries?

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How about mulberry pies?  My kitchen soon turned into a mini-pie heaven.


MULBERRY PIES 

(adapted from an old blackberry turnover recipe)

Dough:

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 2 Tbs.  sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
  • 6 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Filling:

  • 1-1/4 cups mulberries, washed and drained
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and diced small
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1.5 Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Assembly:

  • 1 large egg yolk  mixed with 1/2 t. Mexican vanilla for a tasty little egg wash
  • Sugar crystals

Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and cream cheese and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 pulses.

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Add the cream and pulse, pausing to scrape the bowl once or twice, just until the dough starts to come together, 8 to 10 pulses more. Do not over-process. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface, gather it together, and pat it into a ball. Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
When ready to bake, position racks in the bottom and top thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment.

Filling:

In a medium bowl, lightly toss the berries, apple, brown sugar, flour, allspice, and salt until combined. 

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In a small bowl, beat the egg yolk with the vanilla and 1/2 tsp. water.

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I used my handy little pie press (as shown above)! Spoon 2 rounded Tbs. of the filling into the center of each before pressing and sealing.  Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Lightly brush the top of each pie with egg wash and sprinkle with a scant 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar. With the tip of a paring knife, cut a steam vent in the center of each one.

Bake until pies are browned and the filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes, swapping and rotating the baking sheets’ positions about halfway through baking. (Don’t worry if juice leaks out.)

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Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then loosen the pies with a spatula and cool completely on the sheets. These pies are best the day they’re made…just sayin’!


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I had Boo go over and take neighbor-(I wanna chop the tree down)-guy,  some mini pies in hopes that he would love them and say he wouldn’t be choppin’ down the mulberry tree after all but he was still cursing the tree :(

I decided to just thank the good Lord for my 4 cups of fresh moras and it turned out that reminiscing with every bite of this goodness was good for my soul~

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