weekend haps

This week I kept thinking about the upcoming weekend and the fact that it was a 3 day weekend and that all I wanted to do was basically… nothing.

YEAH right!  I don’t know how to just sit and enjoy life.  But I do love life and keeping busy.  AND, I like to think that I am enjoying life.  But I’m one of those gals that unless my life is in order then nothing makes sense.  That includes having the house clean, organized, etc.  So I started with cleaning the house, top to bottom. Including waxing the floors. I did enjoy movie night with the hubs, dinner out one night, relishing in the excitement of our kids lives and their upcoming projects, (more on that on following posts)!  Boo got him a new Harley, then him and the neighborhood guys continued operation armadillo even though they caught one and city came and hauled it off.  Apparently there’s another or two :(

the haps~

  • bread baking
  • hubby bought me a new power tool (oh yeah!!!)
  • house cleaning (I know you’re thinking lame delux)!
  • dined out
  • weekend grillin’
  • Boo’s new Harley
  • home decorating
  • painting project
  • product reviews (upcoming posts)


 finished hanging some Wall art touches in the Smith room!



When my daughter was younger, every time I gifted her a dvd, I would include a line from the movie.  She loaned me some on our recent trip and when I opened this particular one to watch the other night…this is what I found! LOL (the note was still in there)!



Sopapilla treat from our waiter at the new restaurant that we went to.


I honestly had to refrain from decorating for Fall y’all- my favorite time of year!  Getting my decorating mode A game ready though!

Lots to report this week so stay tuned~


a songwriter’s music


This guy certainly deserves this BIG smile!  He’s been hard at work with his new music cd where he has recorded all of his own material.  A songwriter hard at work.   And guess what?


It’s done.

I am so impressed by anyone who sacrifices everything… (literally everything) to follow their dreams.  And this guy continues to do just that.  I love that he has such strong convictions about his love & respect of music and knows that his talent is something he feels the need to share. The past three years have been spent honing his songwriting skills and collectively working on this project.

I’m his mother and for the first time EVER, I have not had the pleasure (as I’ve been accustomed), of getting a preview of the songs on his new album.  I have to wait just like everyone else.





But that’s okay.  I’m anxiously counting down for the release of this piece and my chance to hear some amazing tunes.  I continue to wish him nothing but the best coupled with an insane amount of success for all his hard work AND love from his biggest fan~



(most pictures above courtesy of Deborah K. Coley)

Lemon blueberry zucchini bread



Remember the zucchini I got from my neighbor this summer and I shredded and froze?  And then the lemons that I also zested, squeezed & froze?  Well, I decided to thaw a cup of the zucch and some lemon zest to use for a new recipe for lemon blueberry zucc bread.  This was delicious, moist and yummy!

LEMON Blueberry Zucchini Bread

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 c. dried or fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Flour and grease a 9×5 loaf pan.  In a large bowl, blend together flour, baking powder and salt.  In a med. sized bowl, beat the eggs well and add the oil and sugar blending together well.  Gently add the buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest combining well. Fold in the zucchini until well coated & add blueberries. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and fold together until everything is well blended, but don’t over-mix! Pour the batter into your loaf pan and bake for 40 to 45 min. or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

GLAZE:  3/4 c. powdered sugar, 1 T. lemon juice, 1/2 t. lemon zest and 1/2 t. heavy cream. Whip together and drizzle over warm bread.


Slice and enjoy with a hot cup of your favorite tea~


I did!


weekend haps

When am I not busy?  This week was C R A Z Y but I survived.  So I decided that I wanted to do something fun for myself last weekend (I just didn’t get a chance to post)…since Boo was gone.  I took a trip to Blanco!  If in need of fresh lavender, then we must travel to the lavender capital- right?  PLUS, I wanted to go to their market days.  I love Blanco!  I’ve been there several times and one particular time that Boo and I were there staying at a cabin by the river, we had driven into town for dinner and we happened upon this beautiful little cottage that I fell in love with.  I pictured it as my BED n BREAKFAST.  I’ve always wanted to run one.  This little place is actually for sale and has been for many years now.  It needs lots of work but every time I drive by it, I can hear it calling my name.  I intentionally don’t take a picture of it cause I don’t want to break my own heart. :(

But anyway, maybe someday.

The wedding I was a coordinator for–happened!  And, it was beautiful!  The lavender was for little sachets that the invitees tossed at the bride n groom as they departed!  I was a little anxious but it all worked out great!


This is what went down…last weekend, during the week and this weekend!

  • mixed up some paints to come up with a brilliant blue tint for a little project I did
  • Blanco Market Days
  • lavender shopping
  • sweet niece Angela was here for the week!
  • movie night(s)- went to see “100 foot journey”—beautiful movie!
  • Wimberely for Sunday brunch
  • shopping



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Hope you have a beautiful week-all~

fresh garlic & press for that’s italian!


Gotta admit…this girl’s not a fan of italian food.  But over the years I’ve discovered if I eat crappy italian…ex:pizza joints (pizza hut-gross, little caesar’s, and worse yet….Carino’s) I’m doomed.  Stomach issues galore and terrible heart burn.  BUT…when I dine at a small (true) italian establishment I really don’t get sick.  Due (I’m sure) to the fresh ingredients and non-processed crapola.

So I was excited when I was asked to review this little handy dandy garlic press.

Growing up, my momma used to grind all her fresh garlic in a molcajete like this one


(*mine is stored way up on my cabinets and I was too lazy to bring it down for a picture).  Talk about “true full flavor” taste!  When you mince, press or grind your own garlic…it can’t be beat!

My sweet niece was visiting and one of her favorite dishes is spaghetti.  So out comes my garlic press and fresh garlic cloves that I had the hubster pick up at the market.

It was quite simple to just pop those little babies in and press down.  I even left the skins on some to try it’s effectiveness and voila!

Still pressed and minced out perfectly!  PLUS the smell of fresh garlic cooking is amazing in itself.  So here I am trying to find other purposes for this nifty little tool—cause I’m sure it’s awesome for other things as well as fresh garlic!  Right?

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corny topic & recipe

You’re gonna think me weird…or maybe not and you will feel the same way as I did.

So about a month and a half ago, I went to the grocery store and I was flabbergasted to see not once but twice, people standing by the fresh corn at the produce section and removing the husks (right there) before putting it in their shopping carts.  As you can see here…


WHAT???  I’d never seen that and it really bothered me. (It actually still does). I guess because I feel that more and more people just don’t want to be inconvenienced regardless of how they’re inconveniencing others.  Maybe I’m just wrong.  Anyway I posted it to my Facebook and of course I heard from A LOT of peeps, how most were shocked as well but then there were about 2 that said they always do that because they don’t want to bring worms home.  REALLY?

Obviously they don’t know that they’re missing out on being able to grill their corn so much butter in the husks rather than without them.  But shucking at the store—hogwash!

So the corny topic here is not only about silly people that clean their corn at the store for all to see, but for me to share a corn on the cob grilling recipe.  So allow me to not vent anymore on that public display of corn shucking crud!!!

Recipe for my “CORN GRILLIN’ SPREAD”

  • 1/2 stick butter (room temp)
  • 1 t. lime juice
  • 1/2 t. cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/3 c. grated cheese (your favorite)
  • 4 ears of fresh corn (silks removed but leave husks on)


While you have the ingredients out and your’re waiting for the butter to soften, place the cobs in water (to keep husks from catching fire on the grill).  I placed them in my sink for about 30 minutes while I prepped.

Once your butter is soft, blend it with all the other ingredients EXCEPT the cheese.

This will be a tad messy but with your hands scoop some of the butter mix and spread (generously) on the corn and sprinkle the cheese on it (like shown).

Wrap back up in husks tightly, (I removed a few husks to use as ties), so they wouldn’t come undone while grillin’.

Throw on a hot grill and cook turning twice for about 20 minutes.

Delicious grilled corn on the cob!  I ate two of ‘em!  Now I have a corn baby~

skin replenishing & free giveaway

A definite must anytime!  BUT… especially during the summer months—right????  SKIN REPLENISHING!!!


So, I get this awesome package in the mailbox from Mia Mariu’s that has all kinds of facial goodies in it.  Let me tell you…I LOVE to take care of my skin (as I’ve mentioned before), so I’m usually ALWAYS hesitant to apply anything new on my FACE.  (Call me freakAzoid!)


Anyways, I tried out the SKOil on my face (without any breakouts-woohoo),then after I went swimming, I applied it all over& it felt great!  Pretty sure whether you’ve returned from swimming in the river or the pool, this oil’s gonna do it’s job! I’ve applied it to my fresh, makeup-less free face before going to bed and especially after having been out in the rays—and I’m pretty pleased.

Those rays can really drench your skin from natural oils and in order to keep your skin supple and soft, well…you gotta replace those nutrients peeps!   With ingredients such as almond, avocado and chamomile, this SKIN NOURISHING OIL can’t go wrong. It’s totally suitable for all skin types and ages PLUS it’s alcohol free & sulfate free.


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I must add that one of the other packets they sent me was the foaming cleanser and my face felt incredible.  Smooth, soft and so baby butt awesome!!!  If you get to where you have time to do some online shopping for your skin care needs—pay ‘em a visit.

Para una bella piel….mia mariu’s!!!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.