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Fearless Friday, Valentine Card Ideas

With January almost over {Yay!} I thought it would be fun to think about Valentine card ideas and use watercolor, markers and ink to create original cards You can make cards that are romantic or whimsical Let’s get started with watercolor Make a stroke like a question mark, then make a reverse question mark stroke … Continue reading

Creations, Pretty Posy Floral Frame

Welcome to the first Creative Craft Hop of 2022! Thank you Sara @Birdz of a Feather for hosting My craft this month is a flower embellished picture frame This is a quick and easy craft, no artistic skills required! I picked up some paper flowers and a white picture frame from Hobby Lobby I started … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Spinach, Bacon & Artichoke Dip

This classic party dip gets an update with fresh spinach and crispy bacon We enjoyed it with cocktails before dinner at our recent Winter Sparkle Birthday Bash The Birthday Boy just might have swooned when he first tasted it! What elevates this dip is not only fresh spinach and crispy bacon, it also gets a … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Winter Sparkle

We had dinner at this winter table last night to celebrate my son-in-law’s birthday The weather forecast said snow was on the way! Lots of silver sparkle and snowy trees And ice skating snowmen if you please! They were swirling And twirling… And having so much fun The party had begun! There was a chocolate … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Hydrangea Vase

I did very little artwork during the holidays and just like anything else, when you stop or reduce time spent, you get rusty… I decided to do a quick and loose watercolor to get back in the groove This was painted from a photo by my friend Pam from Everyday Living She and her fellow … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, 3 Cauliflower Favorites

Cauliflower is a wonderful vegetable that I often overlook, not only is it nutritious, it’s quite versatile It’s great raw in salads, delicious roasted, and paired with cheese it makes a wonderful soup We’ve had some very cold weather in the South this week, so let’s make a pot of comfort soup! Cut off stem … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Cheesy Asparagus & Prosciutto Pastries

This recipe checks a lot of the positive boxes It’s easy to make ✅ You can make it in advance ✅ It can be an appetizer, a brunch dish, ✅ ✅ a side dish with soup or salad, ✅ ✅ or a side with just about any meat, chicken or fish ✅ ✅ ✅ Only … Continue reading

Winter Tablescapes & Vignettes

Here we are starting the second week of January with the holidays in the rear view mirror… I spent the week after Christmas at the beach house with my family I was still loving our tree decorated with turquoise and red so I tweaked it by removing Santa stuff and adding heart ornaments to hint … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Pink Peonies with Colored Pencil

Isn’t this flower arrangement gorgeous? Let’s recreate it with colored pencil today I didn’t do a pencil sketch, I jumped right in with a fine liner, drawing the shapes of the flowers and leaves I began with a few blooms and leaves on the lower right and worked my way across and up the arrangement … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Air Fryer Rosemary Red Potato Wedges

We have been playing with our new air fryer with much success! I must mention that there are many different types and brands of air fryers so cooking times and results can vary Ours is a 10 QT Power XL Vortex Air Fryer Pro {I bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond using a 20% … Continue reading