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Fearless Friday, Halloween Fun

Okay, so how is it already Friday?? I don’t know where this week went but my art supplies are dusty, ahem, so today I am sharing a couple of painting ideas from the archives Let’s make some Halloween treat bags! Painting pumpkins is just like Painting Tomatoes Use orange and yellow orange or yellow and … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, Fall Favorite Side Dishes

September 22, it is officially Fall! To celebrate I have rounded up 10 very delicious, must try Fall side dishes! Here is a must try salad~ Fall Harvest Salad with Cinnamon Shallot Vinaigrette 2 kinds of apples, lettuce, kale, grapes, sunflower seeds, cranberries, pecans, bacon and cheese~ Serve it with the individual ingredients placed on … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Soup & Swirls

How about a tummy pleasing Slow cooker Spinach & Artichoke Tortellini Soup with a side of tasty prosciutto swirls? Yes please! Let’s start with the soup Instead of cooking the onions in a skillet, I decided to try using the slow cooker Turn the slow cooker on high and add the butter It will melt … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Autumn Safari

Let’s go on a Fall adventure today An African Safari, you might say… Pumpkins, leopards, giraffes, a tiger, a zebra and an elephant The plates have gold rims, they are oh so elegant! There are leopards on the plates and jungle palm trees Pumpkin tureens are ready to fill with a Fall soup of Beer … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Caprese Grilled Cheese

Do you ever draw or paint food? I think it’s a lot of fun… The cooking theme on the Painted Apron this month is Grilled Cheese Sandwiches so let’s draw and paint one! My inspiration photo was this grilled caprese sandwich with avocado~ doesn’t it make you want to take a bite? πŸ˜‹ I started … Continue reading

Haunted Halloween Mansion

Welcome to the September Creative Craft Blog Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather A little Halloween fun today with a Spooky vignette featuring a Haunted Mansion It started with cardboard house I found at the craft store [Hobby Lobby] I decided to turn it into a slightly spooky haunted house It’s made … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Comfort Chicken and Gravy Dinner

I love something cozy and comforting for dinner after a busy day… How about some old fashioned chicken and gravy with green beans and rice AND! Guess what? It’s easy peasy breezy to put together! There are many versions of this baked chicken dish floating around, also known as Cracker Chicken or Ritz Cracker Chicken … Continue reading

Home Decor, Fall vignettes and a Giveaway Winner!

Prayers today as we remember our heros and all the lives lost on 9/11… I’m going to announce the winner of the recent Traveling Totes giveaway today but first let’s have a little fall fun! It’s been busy this week, I was able to add some Fall touches to the beach house over Labor Day … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Autumn Leaves

Are you in full Fall mode yet? I spotted real pumpkins at the market the other day, and leaves are starting to cover my driveway… I love to paint autumn leaves with watercolor like Leaves of Change above Let’s see what we can create with markers and colored pencils The photo collage below is what … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

We eat a lot of potatoes around here with HHjr and his 2 hungry boys On nights when the little boys aren’t here I like to have adult food… something a little different than our usual Twice Baked Potatoes, Hash Brown Casserole , and Scalloped Potatoes… How about sweet potatoes! How about twice baked sweet … Continue reading