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Recipe Box, Summer BLT Nachos & Patriotic Cookie Bars

  In the spirit of our patriotic summer month, July, let’s nibble on some red, white, and blue treats!         The littles thought the red white and blue icies were very fun,  but it was the red white and blue nachos that made the adults smile         Actually, they … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Ocean Creatures

  I’m concentrating on watercolor this month, trying to keep up with the daily prompts The World Watercolor Month prompt for July 10 was Ocean Creatures         I took my inspiration from this book my daughter gave me, Living Coastal, flipping through the pages and drawing what caught my eye with simple … Continue reading

Creations, Christmas in July Life’s A Beach Tree

  While putting away 4th of July things, I decided to redecorate my little tree         At first I thought I would turn it into a mermaid tree, but as I started looking around, I got a different idea           For a little Christmas in July I decorated … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Fresh Strawberry White Chocolate Coffeecake

  One day last week I wanted to make a breakfast treat for the littles, and did a quick search on Pinterest and found French Strawberry Cake from Foodtastic Mom           This delightful cake can be made quickly with things from your pantry and fridge, plus a pint of fresh strawberries … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Bbq Pork & Pineapple Pastry Puffs

  We have pulled pork frequently at my house, and it’s especially great for a crowd       HHjr puts a BBQ rub on a pork butt and then cooks it low and slow all day until it’s so tender he can “pull” it into shreds easily with 2 forks. You can get the … Continue reading

Tablescapes, From Stars & Stripes to Crabs & Starfish!

  I hope you all are having a wonderful July!         My family celebrated our country’s birthday dining on our traditional favorites, BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, and Summer Squash casserole       We had 4th of July Cheesecake Pie And watched fireworks light up the sky over the Gulf … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, “Sea Oats”

  I am participating in the 31 day challenge for World Watercolor Month in July, but I am still painting with other mediums too You can see my most recent daily watercolors on the right sidebar and on Instagram here         One of my art goals this summer is to learn more … Continue reading

Holidays, Happy Birthday America!

  🇺🇸  From sea to shining sea and wherever you will be Be sure to celebrate this day In a safe and festive way!  🎉               🇺🇸🎉🇺🇸🎉🇺🇸

Party Panache, Nectarine Brioche with Prosciutto, basil & balsamic

  How about a recipe for something that looks fancy, tastes fabulous and is perfect for so many occasions?         It’s sweet creamy tangy salty cheesy goodness all in one         This is a version of the ever popular crostini, but instead of using a hard slice of baguette, … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, 4th of July Strawberry Cheesecake Pie!

  Today the rest of my family arrives for the 4th and we are going to kick off our celebration tonight with a 4th of July Strawberry Cheesecake Pie!         Luscious fresh summer strawberries, Creamy cheesecake filling…           and oh, did I mention the sugar cookie crust??   … Continue reading

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