Something I found on Pintrest. . . .A DIY Watering Can made from a Milk Jug!

[ It’s the last day to enter the HEB $25 Gift Card Giveaway!] Is it weird that I’m 36 and I’m making a Birthday Wish List?Don’t tell me.I don’t want to know. I just figure since my birthday and Mother’s Day are coming up, that maybe somebody might want to give me something I ACTUALLY WANT.And the items might be a little pricey.So they might want to save up. A little. This is what I have so far. 1.Garage Shelves.2. XL Canvas (4) to re-create this pottery barn picture. 3. Wall Paint (in a fun-ish Read more […]

Honey -Lemon Watermelon Salad & A $25 H-E-B Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Finally. I’m starting to work on my garden. In my garden. Around my garden. But. . . . Geez Louise. I’m late. Last year, all my plants were in the ground by April 4th. Oh. Woe is me. But then I looked again, and in 2010, I didn’t get around to it until April 16th. Guess what today is? Yeah buddy. April 17th. I’m right on time for being behind. What a relief. It was stressing me out a bit.  I kept telling myself, gardening is a hobby. Don’t stress crazy cakes. Just plant and be happy.  Read more […]

Texas Wild. . . .Flowers!!!

Things that made me smile this week. . . . .and. . . .my own special breed of wild flowers :)The past few weeks have been a bit frazzled. Lots and lots of softball. Volleyball. Getting ready for Bella’s First Communion. Easter. School. Work. Field Trips. Potty Training. Dog urination. More dog urination.Also, the weather is turning so beautiful. Sunny days with highs in the mid 80s.  Torrential downpours and gray cloudiness and soggy, soggy grass.  Honestly, its my favorite time of the year. Read more […]

Spinach Pesto IN A FLASH!!!

All I want is for my girls to get along.To love each other.To take up for one another.To know that if there is anyone in the world who they can depend on, it’s their sisters.They don’t have to like each other.But I want them to, with every inch of their little souls, LOVE one another.More than they love anyone or anything.That is what I want.And this is what I’m up against.I found this on the kitchen counter yesterday. A poem written by Shelbi.  A poem about her sisters.She  got a 100 on it.- – Read more […]

Winter Vegetable Soup, Fishing in the City Pool and A GIVEAWAY: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook By Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge with Sandy Gluck

 Food Photography by Paulette Tavormina It’s raining catfish and dogs today.  I’m laughing hysterically to myself, even if you didn’t quite get the joke.I’m laughing because, as I sit here staring out my study window I’m . . .A.) Reminiscing about what a fun time we had this weekend watching our 3 girls play in their season opener basketball games.B.) Fondly remembering how Shelbi wrestled her a 3 pound catfish that she unhooked and grabbed with her bare hands from at our annual City Pool Read more […]

How to Make a Giant Centipede For Your Yard

My kids play a lot of sports.Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, and Soccer.  And let me tell you, we hear a whole lot of stuff on the sidelines.  News about divorces. Catty nonsense about Hoochie Mama parents. Dumb mumblings about people’s cats and dogs that we care not about. And lots and lots of rude remarks about life in general.This past weekend as my kid played her heart out on the soccer field, among a group of similarly sized, talented and aged children (she plays on a Co-Ed Read more […]

How To Make a Giant Spider Out of PVC Pipe

A few weeks ago, when we were having all that trouble with the bully, one of the neighbor kids did something really kind and generous for my daughter Soledad.  While she sat on the bus being ostracized, he leaned over stroked her back and told her it was going to be okay.  Then he handed her his last Oreo cookie and told her to feel better, and walked her off the bus.It was just a little thought.But it was HUGE. To her and to me.He exhibited the type of character that I hope all my children have Read more […]

Gardening Tips from My Mom

I don’t feel like talking about much today.I just keep looking out my window at my garden.And remembering when my mom was in it just a few short weeks ago.How she jumped straight into my jungle of weeds, dirt and veg, and made it seem perfect again.I keep thinking about how she dug some holes and then threw in the fish carcasses, to help my garden thrive.I keep thinking about how strong her hands are, veiny, with beautiful pink nails with white tips, not too long. Not too short. And how she still Read more […]

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

I sat on the shore, with the waves lapping against my feet, as the foam tickled my calves.  The baby sat next to me digging in the sand, and intermittently throwing sand in my ear. The sun was beaming down, warm on my skin. The breeze tousling my hair.I turned around, and could see Warwick sitting in his lounger, waving his hands frantically.Huh. Wonder what he’s saying? Wish? Ish. Now he’s waving his hands in and out. Lambada. He wants to go dancing? Now he’s pointing his finger towards the ocean. Read more […]

Simple Tomato and Cucumber Salad

When I was a kid my mom used to tell me stories about her tomatoes. Her excitement would make me drool. When she’d tell these stories, as with everything, I created my own mental pictures of the tale she was weaving.——-x——-In the early 1970’s, a few years before I was born, there lived an enchantingly beautiful woman.  Stunning in any light. Long dark hair, radiantly golden skin, and piercing brown eyes. She had a heart and smile that could charm even the coldest of spirits. She was Read more […]