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Recipe Box, Easy Bake Lemon Bars

  I am all about lightening and brightening this week, as day after dreary January day goes by When I was preparing the January Paint Bucket, my monthly list of recipe inspiration, I stumbled upon so many recipes for easy lemon bars with a small number of ingredients, and many of the recipes are exactly … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Oodles of Noodles with Peanut Sauce

  I tend to stay away from recipes that have to be prepared at the last minute because at the end of the day, sometimes the last thing I want to do is cook I prefer to make things earlier in the day and just pop them in the oven         But … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Winter Grapefruit

After being housebound for a week with a bad cold I ventured out to Target to pick up a few things I was greeted at the door with an entire display of beautiful grapefruit colored blooms         I stopped and looked but then walked away to do my shopping       … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Beach Dream

  Dreaming of the beach today         In a loose and crazy Zentangle type way         Drawing freely, loose as can be         And adding some shells brought in by the sea         You know how the sand looks when you walk on … Continue reading

Creations, Things to be Thinking about in January

  Okay, so I know we’re all about new beginnings, reorganizing, decluttering and deep cleaning, making New Year’s resolutions and living better, healthier… but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun too!         Just ahead is Valentine’s Day, let’s think of some fun things we can do now to get ready   … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Lighten Up with Baked Waffle Fries

  I’m still under the weather with my cold… Wait where does that silly idiom come from???   Anyway…🀧   What makes everything better?? Potatoes! And guess what, these are a lot less guilty than french fries, plus they’re incredibly easy to make!         Crispy on the outside and soft on the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Mushroom Stroganoff Repeat

  I came down with a nasty cold last week and haven’t been able to do much but blow my nose and sit under a blanket…definitely not enough energy to hit the kitchen…but wanting some comfort food         I was looking over the January Paint Bucket, thinking maybe HHjr would make something … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Winter Sparkle

  I am envious of those who have holiday decor neatly tucked away and all things neat and tidy         We’re still in Christmas Chaos here, oh my gosh almighty!         I’m trying to purge as I put away, what should go and what should stay…       … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Sweet Holiday Citrus Wreath

  A great way to brighten your January is with citrus fruits         Oranges and grapefruit are at their peak in wintertime USA, and when I drew this citrus laden wreath earlier this fall, it was not only with the holidays in mind, but also the wintertime blues       I … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Broccoli Recipe Round-up

Even though I LOVE vegetables, Broccoli has always been one of my least favorites     I chose it for last January’s Flavor of the Month because I wanted to find different ways of using it, so I rounded up all the recipes I have made and loved with broccoli Some of the recipes are … Continue reading

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