random things I ♥

sometimes in the busyness of life I stop to think of little random things that I love…just sharin’

collections of cool things


gifting homemade goodies


sippin’ on an italian soda


things that make our lives easier like this deli “cheat sheet” for cutting your meat and cheese the thickness that you like….brilliance!


how happy this girl is after she was adopted


other loves~

  • when people help one another out for no reason
  • when children learn “good” by example
  • helping someone in need
  • surprising someone just for the heck of it
  • telling someone “I love you”
  • dancing for no reason
  • not hiding my crazy!

Hope you stop and think of those little things YOU love.

♥ life & make it fun for others…happy Wednesday~


cabinet facelift complete

and I’m exhausted & so glad it’s done! Hence why there are no “weekend haps” since I worked on these all weekend!  AND I must apologize for the number of pics I’ve posted—just wanted to make sure and cover all the angles!

Anyway…either I’m just getting old and feelin’ it or I need to kick it in high gear and work this hard more often. I was pooped after finally finishing up my kitchen cabinet facelift project.  I told the man (Boo) that I wouldn’t ever repaint kitchen cabinets and he looked at me and said, “oh yeah right”!

hardware finds~

Let’s start with these litte add on’s….I had found these little trims one day while carousing my favorite hardware store…


They were just so cute that ideas started flowing.  I decided to buy some to add some dimension to some of my cabinet doors.


what I envisioned…


once I cut to size, I sanded and glued ‘em down in place.



removing cabinet doors~

Once I had started removing all the cabinet doors I found that the cabinet above the stove area was a perfect to leave open (w/out the cabinet doors) and showcase some awesome pieces…like my milk glass collection!


I have an antique fenton milk glass cake stand collection that are in the hobnail, lattice & ruffled pattern.  I love them. They’re all gifts from Mr. Boo!  So I decided to color the inside of that cabinet space in a contrast color that would make the pieces “pop”.  Terra Cotta was the color I chose.

Once I placed them all together with some of my other “white” glass pieces—I fell in love.


before look~


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lower part painted—see the change?












the little wood detailed carving I added to the “faux drawer” under the stove area! What do you think?


I chose brass knobs & pulls


these brass pulls that I inserted numbered tabs out of cardstock and I rubbed with antiquing ink for a vintage-y look.




I also mixed some ceramic knobs in “aloe” tones to compliment the island color


and chose not to put any pulls or knobs on the top cabinets- just didn’t want it too cluttered and to take away from the basic white I had going on.


I also FINALLY got my little measurements table up on the inside of one of the cabinet doors!

final look~



I love, love, love the new look and it’s WAY brighter and cheerful in there. Doesn’t that make for a happier cooking space?



My cabinet facelift is COMPLETE!!! Only thing needed for this kitchen makeover to be completely finalized is wall color!  Next task picking colors~


in the mood for…green


I love color.  It’s all around us.  Even my spanish olive that refuses to give up on us after 20 some years, is vibrant green and blooming. It’s been moved, transplanted and relocated so many times and still trudges on.  It’s will to survive makes me smile and I am thankful for it’s persistence.


So GREEN!  How about teas?  What is your favorite tea?  Black, white, green?  How ’bout organic matcha green tea?


Are you wondering what matcha is?  Well…matcha refers to green tea that has been finely milled into a very fine powder. You can then use it for drinks and baking.  It’s a great antioxidant, increases your metabolism, focus and energy.  It’s great for us- in other words.

Since this was my first time to use green tea in powder form, I was more than intrigued.  I did a little research and decided to get to work.

FIRST TRIAL~  a latte green


I’m a lover of teas. (I am southern after-all.)   I like ‘em hot, iced, plain, cold or creamed!  The blended tea latte was smooth, a little intense (when I used the amount in recipe), so next time I made it, I brought it down a notch. Tasty and soothing!  So then I decided to bake something with it.


In comes my zucchini stash in the freezer.

SECOND TRIAL~ Zucc Matcha Muffins 


OKAY…so you’re thinking GREEN eggs & ham, soylent green (the ’73 sci-fi flick) and grossing out.

NO!!!—YUM! I believe your little monsters around the house are going to love these. You vegetarian & healthy conscience-peeps are gonna want to try these.  If my husband is curious enough to grab 2 of these (at one sitting)–and he’s usually pretty hesitant, you will be too!  So, naturally I’m sharing my recipe and hoping that you’ll try these.

Zucc Matcha Muffins

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/2 t. salt

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. nutmeg

1 T. matcha powder

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

2 c. shredded zucchini

1/3 c. oil

Preheat oven to 375°.  Line your muffin tins and set aside.  In a large bowl, blend your eggs, oil and vanilla then add the zucchini and mix well.  In a separate bowl, combine all your dry ingredients.

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Gently mix them into the egg mixture, stirring only until moistened.  Do not over stir!  Drop spoonfuls into the muffin tins and bake for 15-19 minutes (or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean).


(I placed a whole almond on the center of each before baking—totally optional!)  You stomach weaklings might not be fond of the green mixture, but if you can get past that, you’ll be happy you did!  Cause they’re worth a try. These will definitely be made often but for sure for a St. Paddy’s brunch!


So I’m thinking maybe this matcha organic green tea combined with the goodness of organically grown zucchini might give me a boost of energy & keep me trudging like our sweet spanish olive.  Too tasty not to try~

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wood boxes & the stone cottage


This adorable little stone cottage was the backdrop I used for a recent diy project photo op.  I really need to do some research cause I would love to know it’s history.  I’ll be on that.

It was all kinda happenstance…

we were at dinner one night and afterwards the Mr. is waving me down and says, “I need you to come in here cause you’ll probably want to check this out.” Several minutes later we’re driving home with about 10 of these precious wooden boxes and my mind is in “full throttle.”

(He knows too well I don’t like things thrown away if they can be re-purposed.)

So onto…


my “wood  jams“!

They were up-cycled into clutch purses OR decorative boxes.

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the insides…



Printed paper, gemstones and jewelry pieces were used.  I even attached some metal file name tabs with decorative brass buttons.  Small pockets were added on the inside for biz/credit cards, DL and the rest will hold your phone, cash, lipstick & other necessities.  You’re set!

Their stylish and chic!  Headed to an Austin shop to see if they think they’re “sell” or “purchasing” worthy.  If anyone is interested in sporting one…contact me! They’re a one-of-a-kind and I think they’re adorable.  But that’s my opinion.

What do you think?



weekend haps

What an awesome, FULL and beautiful weekend we had @ casa GCC!!!

Family came in for the weekend and we had a “Sean’s headed to the Navy get-together” all centered around SEAN of course &…”let’s go to the river”!!!  Lots of pallets & air mattress spread out on the floors, sofa “sleepers”, hustling & bustling, wet and tired peeps!  Singing and groovin’, doughnuts @ Lowe’s,hunting for the perfect swimming hole & succeeding.


  • felt way better after my sweet girl shared her “sinus remedy” & we were ready for our little family to come in for the weekend!
  • some home tidying up!
  • Boo n I had a layed back evening waiting for the party to get started.


  • Breakfast: baked french toast, fruit salad, sausage, eggs & juice
  • Rest of the visitors came in (woot) and headed to float the river
  • Made it back home for grillin’ burgers & fun
  • Late night ice cream run to Austin for Amy’s Ice Cream, photo ops & a glimpse of the fabulous moon!


  • Breakfast: Boo’s Texas Waffles, bacon, hash browns, eggs, blueberries & bananas
  • Austin trip for some sightseeing, Juiceland detour, more sight seeing, then on to the Mellow Mushroom for a late lunch before everyone headed back home :(









Lookin’ a bit tired kids!!!


We ask God’s blessing on Sean as he goes on his new journey into the Navy and continued blessings for each of these kiddos that we love so much.  Great times & better memories~


Sick, gothic and stupid parenting

I’ve been m.i.a. lately due to a sinus infection that is kicking my butt!  This girl does NOT like being down and it’s hard for me when I am.  I’ve been laying low until this morning when I decided to make a trip to the store to get some other meds, (hopefully work better) and some juices, etc.

So I’m standing in front of the otc meds and I sneeze and I see this little girl come up to me and say something, I turn and asked her what she’d said.  “Bless you”, she replied.

This is where it gets sad, a bit graphic and REAL.

I thank her and notice she just stands there looking at me.  So as not to be rude, I tell her how I’m under the weather, yada, yada.  She replies with “yes, I know I haven’t been feeling well either”.   I’m thinking at that point that she’s there with parents to pick up something from the pharmacy.  Then she pulls her arm towards me and shows me…slashCollage

(These aren’t hers. Hers looked identical to the first diagram.)  If you didn’t or don’t know what slashers (or self-harm) looks like, this is for you.  It’s a harsh reality, it’s out there and it’s sad.

She has slashes (cut marks) all along the inside of her left arm. I was sickened.  I said, “No sweetie!  You should not be doing that to yourself.” She tells me she isn’t.  A gothic group that she’s trying desperately to be a part of, are doing it to her to see her commitment to the group.  I explained that nobody should be doing that to her and that she should NOT be trying to be a part of anything or anyone that would cause her harm.  I kept stressing the importance of having self respect, not getting involved with anyone inflicting or causing her harm.

I asked her if she’d shown her mom and she said well she’s seen it but she thinks they’re cat scratches.  AHH NO! Obviously mom doesn’t give a hoot because she would know those aren’t cat scratches and if she cared she would do something about that.  She was wearing a short sleeve shirt and not trying to hide it.  The child wanted someone to see and someone to share that with.  She wasn’t hiding it.

I was livid. L I V I D! I wanted to find that parent and pop her in the face.  Sorry, I’m not confrontational or irrational, (usually) but when it comes to kids, racism, or the elderly, there is no line and I don’t hesitate.

But I was thinking, really GOD?  Right now when I’m feeling crappy, feverish and might cause a scene and what if I say or do something horrible because I’m not myself right now?  (I’ve told my husband, my kids and my friends if I were ever arrested, it would be cause I was standing up for a child (with worthless parents). 

I kept talking to her, trying to knock some sense into her and I gave her my card and number. I told her to call me if she ever needed to talk, if she was in harm or afraid.  I grabbed my meds and as I headed to the checkout I kept wondering what else I should do—God why now?  What? I felt I hadn’t done enough but I really, really didn’t feel good.

I saw her standing by a display and talking to herself, (she obviously had lots more going on), and it made me even madder and sadder.  That there is this beautiful 13 year old girl that needs a parent very badly and she is not being cared for in the proper way. Dang society & dang stupid parents that feel the need to procreate and NOT BE PARENTS!!!

We are so quick to judge our youth when they get into trouble or act unruly.  But the reality is—more than not—they have worthless parents.

QUOTE from web-md~

“I think kids in the Goth movement are looking for something, some acceptance in an alternative culture. And self-injury is definitely a coping strategy for unhappy kids.”
Very often, kids who self-harm have an eating disorder. “They may have a history of sexual, physical, or verbal abuse,” Lader adds. “Many are sensitive, perfectionists, overachievers. The self-injury begins as a defense against what’s going on in their family, in their lives. They have failed in one area of their lives, so this is a way to get control.”
Self-injury can also be a symptom for psychiatric problems like borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, she says.

This child clearly had many more issues than just the “cuts” and hanging out with the wrong group.  My husband has seen this first hand too, being involved with CASA & B.A.C.A.  I wanted to call him and have him go kick some parental bootay and then rational Belle came back.  

I still didn’t feel comfortable, like I’d done all I could do.  I pulled out of line and asked to see the manager, I explained the circumstances and asked him to please call the police and have them at least come talk to this child and her stupid parents.

I hope he did, I saw him walk away to follow her.

  • What would you have done?
  • Do you stand up for children?
  • Do you intervene when you know something’s not right?

If it were up to me, I would just bring the child home with me- each and every time.  That’s obviously not the solution.

When driving home, I asked God if I had done what I should have?  Was there something else I should’ve done?

I don’t know~


Island color

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This is the island project I just worked on!

Wish it looked more like this…


But oh well :(  This week I will be working on repainting kitchen cabinets.  A must for a dark kitchen!  If you want to make any room look brighter and more open, always opt for light hues.  They not only open up a room but create an illusion of more light coming through the room.


Here are the BEFORE pictures of the dark stained wood cabinets in this island.  Since our taste is more “Texas rustic” (yep! that’s our very own style), than these traditional/modern look, I’m redoing these cabinets to compliment our taste but to bring in some much needed light as well.

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What color is an island?

blues, greens…

I incorporated more of the “aloe” (almost a seafoam), color that I had previously used on the pantry door to tie the room together.  I mixed it up to a “chalk paint” base and then started painting away.  Chalk paint is AWESOME if you plan to paint something that you want to not have to prime or prep before painting.  Our kitchen is brand new, so the cabinetry is already a perfect base and no sanding or priming was needed.  I did do a slight sanding after the 2nd coat, (just barely smoothing off the surface for a smooth finish), before applying the wax.

The rest of the cabinets will be antiqued a light color for a “much brighter” cocina for this chica!  After all, no one likes to cook in a dark kitchen. PLUS, a bright room is more inviting!

As you can see by these AFTER pics, you can already notice how much brighter it is in that little space, can’t ya?



Still deciding on the knobs and pulls to order,  then on to finish up the rest of the cabinets.  Which I hope to be completing this  week.

Some more BEFORE & AFTERS~

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Some closeups~



Hope you stay tuned this week for some more of the GCC kitchen cabinetry makeover~