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Tablescapes, The Witch is In!

  It’s Autumn Tablescape Blog Hop week! When sweet Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate suggested this hop, she said we could do anything Autumn, Halloween or Thanksgiving…{see all the links at the end of this post]       Since Autumn is slow coming to the deep South,  I’m afraid I went a little rogue … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Eggplant Parmigiana, Sausage & Pesto Pizza

  I’ve had the idea for this pizza rolling around in my head for a while     Italian marinara sauce, thick with sausage, freshly baked eggplant parmigiana slices, and fresh mozzarella a top a basil Parmesan crust  😋     Seriously good!     Incredibly easy…     Peel and slice eggplant, salt and … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Figgy Pistachio Chicken with Balsamic Glaze

This dish got rave reviews from HHjr, he proclaimed it an amazing combo of flavors and contrasts…   Pretty fancy for Take-out Tuesday, right? But guess what, I made this after a long hot day of running around town when cooking was the last thing I wanted to do… But, dinner was my turn that … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Sweet & Savory Apple Tart with Fennel & Prosciutto

  It’s raining leaves at my house     But they aren’t the pretty fall leaves you save and wax and put in your centerpieces or pumpkin pots       It was 97 degrees, dry as a bone, and I think they’ve simply given up!     I had to use faux leaves in … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Lobster Buoy Love

I haven’t had any time to paint these past few weeks, with house guests and traveling, so today’s painting is one I did a month or so ago, to finish the guest room redo     I did a watercolor of buoys earlier this summer, you can read about the inspiration and see the tutorial … Continue reading

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Home Decor, Arched Doorways & Giveaway Winner!

Okay y’all, it’s officially fall!   So the calendar says, but we’re still in the 90’s in Alabama…  😅     But pumpkins have arrived  🎉   I couldn’t resist a centerpiece using the hand painted pumpkin table runner before I send it to the giveaway winner…     Yep!   Today’s the day!     … Continue reading

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Party Panache, Beer Cheese Fondue with Tater Tot Kebabs and Endless Possibilities

Next time you have a gathering, try this irresistible, easy to make, fondue to wow your guests     We were hoping to leave Ole Miss in the mud at last Saturday’s football game     Ole Miss has beaten Bama the last two years!  😱     Our daughter and some very good friends … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Alabama Comeback Bars

We had a ball last week with my brother-in-law and nephew, who surprised us with an impromptu visit, and flew in from Southern California to relax with us at the beach for a few days…     I wanted to make sure they were properly attired…     We had a lot of perfect weather … Continue reading

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Home Decor, Falling at the Beach

This has been a busy week with guests, but I did have a chance to get a little fall in the air before they arrived     Look closely inside the rim of the blue pot       this little tree frog was ready to greet our guests too…     I hope he’s … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Sketching

Drawing and painting is just like anything else, it takes practice practice practice     Keep a sketch book or pad of paper handy and doodle while you’re on the phone or watching TV     When you see something you like, in a magazine or on Pinterest, try drawing it for fun     … Continue reading

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