Our Visit To Junk Gypsies


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,


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






Zucchini Fritter Gyros



  • 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


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


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,