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Fearless Friday, Ice Cream Cone

  I is for ice cream!     and this ice cream cone has no calories!         basic sketch with dry watercolor brush pens         Gentle blending with a little water         details with lines and dots         blending with soft colored pencils … Continue reading

Creations, Books & Bags!

There are several fun events coming up and I’d love for you to join them! Leslie Anne Tarabella, a fellow Southerner from Fairhope AL, is a friend I met through blogging, and we get together now and then for lunch and laughs.  She is a super talented writer and has just published her first book! … Continue reading

Holidays, February Menus

  Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ This is a busy week!  HH is on the coast overseeing some construction       Replacing the pool liner is supposed to be a 2-3 day job, but the weather has been so rainy and cold it has morphed into several weeks         I’m in “the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Raspberry Cheesecake Trifle

Happy Fat Tuesday!       We will be celebrating Fat Tuesday today with either Baby Beignets       or Crescent Roll King Cake for breakfast or dessert       and perhaps Mardi Gras Gratin or         a Muffaletta Pie for supper         And a Raspberry Cheesecake … Continue reading

Holidays, Last Minute Mardi Gras Fun and Praline Party Mix

  Even if you don’t have a box full of Mardi Gras beads and decorations,           you can still have a little Mardi Gras fun with a few flowers from the grocery store           and a batch of dangerously delicious Praline Party Mix         … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Musical Mixed Media

  A quick sketch gathering thoughts for a musical painting for a special family friend           Grew and emerged into 2 fun collage projects, a decoupaged bottle         And a mixed media canvas         When I got the idea for the collage projects, my first … Continue reading

Party Panache, Loaded Bourbon Bleu Cheese Stuffed Potato Skins

“Hey mom, I know you’re driving home on Sunday, do you have any suggestions for game food? I could go ahead and get the stuff…”         hmmm….           OH! Those potato skins I put on my this month’s Bucket list!! Perfect Super Bowl food! and I sent him … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Love Letters

    ❤️  Welcome to the 2018 Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop  ❤️ Celebrate & Decorate’s clever Chloe has gotten us together to share table ideas for Valentine’s Day Be sure to drop by throughout the week to see all the fabulous tables!         Long ago, before text, email, and free long distant … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Mardi Gras Gratin

  Since Fat Tuesday is a week from today, I decided to call this yummy sausage and noodle bake, Mardi Gras Gratin  🎭       It’s full of green {asparagus}, gold {noodles} and purple {ham and sausage} well, they’re sorta purple… and cajuns love their ham and sausage!         Brown the … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Dreaming of Summer Zucchini & Pimiento Cheese Strata

  “Hey, do we have any more of those little quiche things?” HH asked           “Sure, they’re in the fridge, Warm them up in the microwave, about 20-30 seconds per piece”         I created this dish with Summer on my mind       Even though zucchini is … Continue reading

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