Getting To Know Me

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Hello,
I am excited to be breathing more life into my blog Southern Made In The Shade. This blog was founded originally in 2011 when I began to share reviews, recipes, and giveaways. I live with my daughter April, Son In Law Darren, John, and Dorothy in their lovely home in Round Rock Texas. We have two dogs Sailor, Lyric, and a elderly bird Poppy. Some time ago I became aware that blogging was a wonderful passing of time for me.

It was fun to join other Austin bloggers at different events and felt the closeness of being in a community of like minded folks. The past few years had seen some changes in my life a divorce, health struggles, and did a temporary move to my lake house. Due to health issues our family sold the Lake House and I moved back in with my daughter and her family. April is also my best friend and has a fun personality. We are always having kitchen dance parties and looking for cool activities for Johnny who is six years and Dottie four years.

Come follow along for upcoming giveaways, honest reviews, recipes, and a glimpse around Round Rock and Austin Texas. We are true proud Texans and always curious what other parts of the country looks like.

April 26th I am giving away a $20 gift card all you have to do to join in is leave a comment, email me a quick message to southernmadeintheshade@gmail.com and  your entered.

Photo credit: Photo of Johnny and couple picture of April and Darren were taken my April Bogus.

Looking for ideas for supper tonight hop over to my recipe sharing blog for ideas http://www.supperwithnana.wordpress.com

Our Visit To Junk Gypsies

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Hey Ya’ll,

I am a big fan of Amie and Jolie who at the time were on HGTV as The Junk Gypsies.

So my daughter April and I took a road trip to Round Top, Texas three years ago. I am holding my grandson Johnny and it was fun meeting Jolie and Archie at the store. It was market week so Amie was out of the store for the day. My daughter is known for making our road trips memorable so this time didn’t disappoint.
We were shopping at their Junk Gypsy Company Store when I rounded the corner to be face to face with Jolie who offered her assistance. April and I asked Jolie if she minded a photo with us. As you can see she was very nice and even Johnny smiled.
We ran into her again on the other side of her store as Archie one of their longtime employee friends was waiting on us. I saw they had these tiny dancing ballerinas online and had to have a couple of them. April and I picked up several items and before we left my sweet daughter gifted me a Junk Gypsy t-shirt which is still one of my treasures!

Next time I will have to get April in front of the camera!

Thank you again April for this special day,

Mom

I am in no way associated with Amye or Jolie Sykes or The Junk Gypsy Brand.

 

 

 

 

Zucchini Fritter Gyros

GYRO

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 lb. zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup canned diced green chilies or
  • 1 roasted poblano Chile, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped (2 Tbs.)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup roasted red pepper or jalapeño-cilantro hummus
  • 3 whole-wheat pita breads, halved and warmed
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chopped lettuce

Preparation

1. Stir together yogurt and lemon zest in small bowl. Set aside.

2. Wrap grated zucchini in clean kitchen towel, and wring out excess moisture.

3. Whisk egg in large bowl. Stir in zucchini, green chilies, green onion, and garlic. Sprinkle mixture with flour and baking powder, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

4. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Drop 6 heaping tablespoonful’s zucchini mixture into skillet, and gently flatten. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate, and repeat with remaining zucchini mixture.

5. Spread 2 Tbs. hummus inside each pita half. Fill with 2 tomato slices, 2 zucchini cakes, red onion slices, and ⅓ cup chopped lettuce. Drizzle each gyro with 2 Tbs. yogurt mixture. Serve.

Makes 4 Gyros

Credits: Recipe shared from Vegetarian Times.

 

Love Yourself First Truly

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I have been through a personal journey these past six months. First of all I will spare you the details but having to move away from my grandchildren, daughter, and son-in-law crushed my spirit. I knew that I had to come to terms they are only a couple hours away. My daughter April has made sure I don’t lose contact, she stays in touch several days a week. Her dedication and love has helped me in ways I could ever explain.

It took me several years to understand that if I didn’t love myself no one else should. So I am sharing with you the sights that have began to heal my broken pieces.

My World

Dorothy, Darren, Johnny, and April

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Here are a few other sights that I find happiness and humor enjoying!

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Please follow my blog and share with me what makes you embrace happiness. Learning that happiness is truly within ourselves!

Thanks for spending your time reading today,

Kathy

 

January 2018 Giveaway CLOSED

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Thank you for everyone that entered via Facebook, and Instagram!
Connie Hitt of Lakeland FL. was my winner! She was chosen from 108 enteries in a random draw. Thanks again to everyone who entered!!

February giveaway will be announced soon!
Be sure to follow this blog or my other blog http://www.SweetTeaNana.wordpress.com for announcements on giveaways.

 

 

 

 

Glad To Meet You, Again

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Hello Folks,

I am Kathy a blogger,mother, and grandmother. Recently moved and find myself living alone with two dogs.  It is funny how life takes us in unexpected directions. Yet it has occured to me as a blessing to have supportive family. Believing in Karma and God has helped me wake up every morning thankful!

Come follow both my blogs and lets enjoy these adventures together.

Please visit my recipe sharing blog. http://www.supperwithnana.wordpress.com