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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.

Fearless Friday, Hydro Dipping

  Have you heard about the new craze Hydro Dipping?       You fill a tub with water and then spray paint the surface with several colors         Then you quickly take an object or canvas and submerge it in the water         The paint forms an abstract … Continue reading

Recipe Box, White Chicken & Corn Chili, Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

  I made my first Instant Pot dinner the other night Omg, I am in love! I had no idea how incredible this appliance is!!         It can do so many things! Forgive me for being slow to come to the Instant Pot party!!         Oh! You can make … Continue reading

Home Decor, Love Lantern and a Winter Valentine Mantel

  I am slowly transitioning out of January this week {winter winter go away!}         My pretty poinsettia was looking sad It has been blasted by a heating vent in our freezing weather I was tiring of the green garland too, it was looking cumbersome and I was ready for a change … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Broccoli Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Garlic, Fresh Mozzarella, and Parmesan

  This dish sounds fancy, but shhh…. It’s really super easy to throw together after a busy day         Spaghetti Squash, broccoli, fresh garlic, Parmesan and Mozzarella Fresh, healthy ingredients         First, put 6-8 deep slits into the squash with a small sharp knife Then microwave it for 5 … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Tabletop Tulip Garden

  I popped into Trader Joe’s last week It was like a trip to the Netherlands, There were tulips everywhere!         At $5 a bunch I scooped up 3, pink, red, and apricot         It’s supposed to be a very cold week         I don’t like … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Mr. Fancy

  Let’s have some fun with black and white today         And a touch of red and orange         If you break your subject down by shapes, it is not so overwhelming         Let’s give him some feathers         and a large rooster … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Kitchen Tips & Substitutions

  Here are some random tips to make your life easier/better in the kitchen!   Kitchen Bucket shower centerpiece/gift     BAKING SUBSTITUTIONS Cake Flour= Measure out 1 cup all purpose flour and remove 3 Tablespoons. Replace the removed Tablespoons of flour with 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch to equal 1 cup cake flour   Powdered … Continue reading

Tales of the Traveling Tote, Serendipity

  Welcome to a very special Tales of the Traveling Tote!         Today we are celebrating our 5th anniversary of travels! Our founder, Patti@Pandora’s box emailed us last fall to say that she had been in touch with MacKenzie-Childs, and told them how much love we have for all things MacKenzie-Childs, and … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Peanut Butter Mousse Minis

  I have a wonderful low cal treat to share today!         These mini mousses are only 2 ingredients!         Peanut Butter & Cool Whip!         I used Lite, but you could use Fat Free         Begin by mixing the peanut butter with … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Favorite Not Guilty Recipes

  I was on a “staycation” last week, not cooking, not tablescaping, not entertaining… Using these first few weeks of January to recharge         I have been catching up on doing my favorite things like getting back to drawing every day for the Doodlewash January challenge         DD requested … Continue reading

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