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Holidays, Bring the beach to you!

  Happy Memorial Day Eve! In the United States we celebrate Memorial day to honor all those that have served our country and sacrificed so much for our freedom         It is also represents the beginning of Summer!         Summer means a trip to the beach for many people, … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, “Stand Alone”

  Today’s painting was inspired by this single ranunculus bloom that I placed in a juice glass on a side table next to my favorite chair.  As I glanced at it often while I was working, I became fascinated by the complexity of the composition of shapes and colors I saw.  I snapped a photo … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Ranch Monkey Muffins

  My family loves biscuits and bubble ups made with biscuits, Salsa Bread is always requested, It’s perfect for easy entertaining       When I saw Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Rolls from Love Bakes Good Cakes, I knew they were a Must Try         Canned biscuits, crispy bacon, ranch dressing … Continue reading

Party Panache, Cactus Cantina

    In keeping with my crazy for cactus phase it was great fun to entertain some friends with a casual patio party           The patio turned into a Cactus Cantina!         It featured a watermelon flowering cactus         Cactus tidbit plates were ready for … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Roasted Corn Salad Cups

  The glorious weather we’ve been having in the South was begging for a food and friends gathering on the patio late Saturday afternoon         I made a super simple super tasty appetizer that is fantastic for outdoor entertaining         A crunchy salad with roasted corn served in a … Continue reading

Holidays, Smooth Sailing to Memorial Day

  Can you believe Memorial Day is only a week away? Such an important holiday to honor all that have served I’m heading to the coast soon to get ready for a long weekend with family Time to start thinking about food and decorations…  I rounded up some of my very favorites for inspiration The … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Cactus with Mixed Media

  A little fun with cactus today, with watercolor brush pens, ink, and colored pencil This was the photo I used as a model         Cacti are one of my new passions this Spring, I think they are fascinating and incredibly beautiful         I began with a simple line … Continue reading

Party Panache, Lemon Berry Cheesecake Parfaits and Giveaway Winners!

  We have been blessed with the most beautiful week of sunshine and low humidity in the South and I have been really enjoying a lot of patio time         Superboy’s 11th birthday was Tuesday {how did he get so old???}         He and his brother Big E have … Continue reading

Tablescapes, So Many Fish in the Sea!

  Welcome Summer! It’s time to get out all your summertime things and set a table for all the fun summer can bring!         Celebrate & Decorate’s Chloe has gathered some fantastic inspiration for you! Join the fun all week long as we “celebrate & decorate” tables for summer!       … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Quick Artichoke Appetizer and a Spring Veggie Flatbread

  After a solid week of rain the sun finally came out Mother’s Day afternoon and another spur of the moment patio party was underway!         I really didn’t have any plans or expectations for Mother’s Day because it had been a week packed with year-end activities for the littles, and I … Continue reading

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