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Fearless Friday, Letting Loose

It’s been way too long since I have painted with acrylics so I decided to let loose with a fast and furious abstract         I painted the canvas with black gesso         I choose a few colors and put them on a piece of palette paper       … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Slow Cooker Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons

I think it’s now officially soup season! How about some Broccoli Soup with Cornbread Croutons and Ham Dippers?  I originally posted this soup in 2013, but it is so good it’s worth sharing again…       Fresh broccoli, onions, carrots, broth, milk and extra sharp cheddar, how could this not be delicious~     … Continue reading

Home Decor, Birthday Bouquet Pumpkin

When I learned about this flower arranging technique from ever so clever Mary at Home is Where the Boat is, I immediately put it on my must do list…         I was looking for a container for a bouquet of birthday flowers when I had an “ah ha!”  moment and decided it … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Sassy Sausage Squares & Bacon & Sausage Brunch Bake

These 2 easy peasy recipes will have you covered for just about any occasion!     These squares of sausage, cheese and baked dough are perfect for game day snacking, breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! This is one of our new favorite recipes, it’s inspired by a Pillsbury classic floating all over Pinterest, but I … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Octoberfest Basket

I love to give baskets full of goodies for special occasions, I think gift baskets are just as much fun for the giver as the receiver because you get to shop for all the goodies!       I was at Fresh Market the other day and after picking out some flowers for my daughter’s … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, MacKenzie-Childs inspired Fall Crafts

This has been a stressful week in the South, and I am happy to report that our little piece of Gulf Coast paradise was spared this time, but my heart aches for everyone suffering from the incredible devastation from Hurricane Michael…many many prayers for my eastern neighbors, Georgia and the Carolinas and now Virginia! Unbelievable … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Halloween Fun

A little Halloween fun from the archives today, Crazy for Candy Corn! Bottoms up!       The candy corn craziness has begun!         The witch has tossed her hat aside and is deep in a margarita grande glass of candy corn!         Dive in a grab some!   … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Loaded Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers as Hurricane Michael approaches the Gulf Coast… we had a normal, fun, summer like weekend just a few days ago, when Hurricane Michael was barely a blip on the radar near Belize…         But with favorable conditions, things can quickly escalate, and we … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Acorn Squash with Maple Blueberry Apple Stuffing

After a beautiful summer like weekend on the coast with my family, here we go again being chased away by yet another hurricane… agh!!!! Oh and another happy note, our house was recently invaded by squirrels! Yikes, they are running around in a pipe covering under the house and chewing and gnawing and I don’t … Continue reading

Party Panache, Tipsy Biscuit Bombs & Spicy Asian Chicken Quesadillas

  Last weekend HHjr created some amazing game day apps that I’ve got to share with you       I was really surprised when he, Mr. Grillmaster himself, came back from the grocery store with this       “What are you going to do with that?” I asked… “You’ll have to wait and … Continue reading

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