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    So glad you dropped by! There is always something brewing here at the painted apron, cooking, painting, party planning, gift making, organizing, tablescaping...I hope you will spend a few minutes here and find some inspiration for your next creation.

The Organized Life, Got Toddlers?

Sippy cups have taken over my life!       Not to mention my kitchen cupboards~ and my dishwasher Time to control the clutter! I found this cool wood box at World Market It tucks up right under the beverage glass cupboard between the coffee maker and the panini press and it has a handy chalkboard front so … Continue reading


Take-out Tuesday, Amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever heard of PB2? Powdered Peanut Butter? Peanut butter is my very favorite food, but I had never heard of the powdered version until just recently and immediately had to check it out~ All the peanut butter flavor and goodness with much less fat and calories, why not! I decided to start with … Continue reading

baked gnocchi with vodka sauce

Secret Recipe Club, Baked Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Vodka Sauce

Today’s the day for my group’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal~it’s kinda like a monthly party where everyone gets a secret Santa present! My “secret blog” assignment for September was BRKLYN Locovore, “One Brooklynite’s adventure of eating, cooking and living local.” I was thrilled to “meet” Melissa, who is an advocate of the local food movement, … Continue reading

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Creations, Painting Witches and Pumpkins

“Feelin’ Witchy?” Let’s make some Halloween treat bags! Painting pumpkins is just like Painting Tomatoes Use orange and yellow orange or yellow and a fat round brush like a #8 Dip brush in one color and make a “C.”  Without cleaning your brush dip in the other color and make a backwards “C” and continue … Continue reading

fabric pumpkins

Creations, Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Since I have been goofing off at the beach this week, and not being very productive,  I thought I would give you some pumpkin inspirations from last fall ~ I went on a pumpkin frenzy~ I made burlap pumpkins I made chevron pumpkins with shells I painted pumpkins I made gray chenille and chevron pumpkins … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Hassleback Rolls, 3 Ways

You’ve heard of hassleback potatoes, you know, potatoes that are thinly sliced not quite all the way through and baked with lots of butter and sometimes cheese and other toppings Well, why not hassleback rolls! I like pretzel rolls, but they are heavy and dense so I decided to create some Hassleback rolls Cut them … Continue reading

farmers market chart

Creations, Farmer’s Market Seasonal Chart

When I saw this seasonal produce chart over at Home is Where the Boat is, I just knew I had to make one for myself…this one is for North Carolina With a few googles I landed on and bingo, found this seasonal chart for Alabama There are lots of charts available to view on … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, All Seasons Salad

Are you in a salad rut? Same old salad every time? I have a formula that I use as a basis for just about every salad I make, even this Berry Salad with Monte Cristo Croutons All Seasons Salad = greens + seasonal fruit and/or vegetable + protein [nuts and/or meat] + cheese [optional] + … Continue reading

Alabama bowl

Party Panache, Are You Ready for some Football!!!

Time to gear up your game with decor and dining delights!  You’ve got to keep your strength up, football is a strenuous game! These are easy to assemble crowd-pleasers, guaranteed to get you out of the kitchen fast! #1 Top Dogs on a Roll  or for you Alabama fans, Red & White Tidy Bites-  Dinner … Continue reading

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Tablescapes, Rustic Country Farm

Time to put away the summer brights [Artist's Garden] But I’m not quite ready for the deep autumn colors of Fall [Pumpkins and Apples] So I am easing into the season with muted greens and oranges, sort of like the leaves just starting to turn The last of the summer garden tomatoes served in a … Continue reading

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