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

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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

 

 

 

 

Visiting Colorado.

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Hello Y’all,

On April 27th my daughter April and I left for three nights and four days to Westminster Colorado. We stayed at a couples Airbnb townhouse! I can’t say enough about our lovely host, we felt right at home.

Our girls weekend started out Thursday morning as we flew Frontier Airlines  from Austin to Denver International airport. We had a nice flight with just a little mountain air turbulence prior to landing. I was impressed with the pilot who kept us updated which helped my nerves.

During our adventures we visited a nice restaurant and ate Bison,  which was April’s first time to try this unique faire.

I insisted that Friday we head closer to the mountains to Boulder also a college town. Beautiful clear day and the longer we explored the area the cooler it got.

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We happen to be staying the weekend of the last snow of the season. It made for a breathtaking trek out Saturday morning which was a full day.Early we headed out to eat a nice breakfast and venture to Denver’s Downtown Aquarium. It snowed steadily on our heads as we stood outside waiting for tickets. Cold but worth it after we entered this massive aquarium. Visiting this attraction was the top of my list and we were not disappointed.

Saturday afternoon we went to Mile High Tattoo where we each got inked! Very nice folks and we were very happy with their work.

April and I are thrift store enthusiasts so we visited three stores on our trip, finding several treasures.

All I kept thinking during our stay is how fast I can return. Colorado is a state so beautiful and I could live there someday!!

Enjoy your travels and keep in mind memories last a lifetime,

Until later,

Kathy B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Is In My DNA

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I grew up going to antique shops with my aunts. So it was a natural path to introduce my own daughter April to thrifting at a young age.
Above is a photo of our combined Etsy shops set up at a elementary school holiday sale event. It was a cold rainy day but we had so much fun meeting new admirers of our vintage wares.
Life lesson number one how to go to college and raise two littles alone. While money was tight it taught me valuable lessons on how to be thrifty. Our weekends included a trip to the in season farmers market, flea markets, and thrift stores.

As time past and my kids were growing up our stops included antique malls. To make extra money I bought and sold housewares, office supplies, and collectables to students and staff at colleges in my area. It was so amazing introducing someone to vintage items that had no idea they could still be treasures.

April is a busy mother of two now, John is four years old and Dorothy is three! She has a wonderful eye for vintage items and photography. On rare occasions we like to thrift together and I am lucky she has loves vintage goods as much as I do!

April Bogus @aprilintheburbs is married to Darren and with Johnny, Dottie, and Sailor their brilliant dog live in Round Rock, TX.

I live a couple hours away at Lake Mexia, TX. and cherish each second I get to be with them.

Fun Free Toddler Activity Ideas

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Hello Folks,

    I just had to share with you some great fun activities to do with two and three year olds.
As a Grandmother of six with four of those boys living away from me, it delights me these two grandbabies live with us.
 Our family lives in Round Rock Texas for those familiar with the area we are near Dell Diamond and a multigenerational household. Our daughter April,  her husband Darren and their kiddos John who we call Johnny or Bubba is three years old. Dorothy whom we call Dottie, Dot, Sissy, is two years old. My husband David and I love having the family with us. It is wonderful to be able to support each other through thick and thin. We are a happy home with our two dogs Sailor and Lyric and our twenty-four year old bird Poppy. Yes, our days are very busy. April is super mom and wife plus my bestie.
  Attending toddler activities that keep little minds and hands busy takes some schedule juggling. April and I are always looking for fun, low cost things that might interest our littles. October has been a blissfully month with fall festivals and Halloween activities.
Keep in mind activities for two and three year olds don’t have to be complex, simple is best.  Each day holds teachable moments whether it is building a puzzle or listening to a story being read to them.
 We live not far from downtown Round Rock. It has a small town feel and has a fantastic library.  Round Rock Library schedules events for the entire family. Don’t forget to visit your local library there is a wealth of entertainment to be found.
Here Johnny and Dottie had a blast exploring the big monster truck parked at Dell Diamond. It was free to stop for photo opportunities and the littles loved touching the big tires.  Yes they got a little dirty but that is what baby wipes are for and I am thankful their mommy knows they have to be kids.
I teased my daughter telling her that I love toddler activities as much as they do.
Every outing is an exploration from watching the butterflies stopping by our front yard during their migration to helping their Papaw fill our bird feeders.  Teaching little minds is a never ending activity for the adults in their lives. My father JC Reel loved nature and taught me to respect the environment and animals in it. I am blessed to have a caring, wonderful supportive family who believes in passing down those legacy lessons.
Cherish Your Loved Ones,
Kathy B.
@kathyrb
Please feel free to leave a comment about your favorite activities for little ones.
Visit with their mommy sometimes she would like to hear from you all.
@aprilintheburbs
We both own Etsy shops stop by and browse sometime.
A percentage of each sale goes to charity.
My shop is 56 Vintage Co
April’s is Round Rock Vintage