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    So glad you dropped by! There is always something brewing here at the painted apron, cooking, painting, party planning, gift making, organizing, tablescaping...I hope you will spend a few minutes here and find some inspiration for your next creation.

Holidays, Happy Birthday USA!

  🇺🇸  Happy birthday USA!  🇺🇸       So many events have been cancelled this year Yesterday morning didn’t seem right without our annual community 4th of July parade         But with family together at the beach house         We are enjoying life’s little pleasures       … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Pink & White Anemone

  Happy July and Happy World Watercolor Month!         Let’s paint a pretty pink and white Anemone today         My inspiration photos come from Unsplash, Pixabay or Google search I started with a light pencil sketch to define the location of the petals, stems and buds I filled in … Continue reading

Party Panache, Cheese Stars

    With the 4th of July just around the corner You might need a last minute snack or appetizer for your celebration!         If you have  bread,  cheese, mayonnaise and a cookie cutter, you can make these! Since we’re celebrating on the coast, I made some “goldfish” too       … Continue reading

The Organized Life, July Paint Bucket

  Happy July!       My blog anniversary is coming up on August 1… I have posted over 1,000 recipes in the past 8 years and so many are favorites worth repeating, I have decided to include more of them on my monthly Paint Bucket like this Watermelon Ice Cream Pie       … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, BBQ Chicken Tacos with Broccoli Pineapple Slaw

  I have been using Shipt grocery delivery at the beach house even before Covid 19 because it is so convenient I wanted to make something easy for the boys supper time arrival last Thursday, they love tacos, they love BBQ, they love pineapple…        BBQ chicken in the slow cooker would be … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Lazy Day Grape Salad

  I have shared this recipe before, but its so perfect for summer meals and gatherings, it’s worth sharing again…         Grapes are wonderful on their own of course by the handful or perhaps a glass of wine         They are a delicious addition to salad     Modern … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Wine & Cheese

  How about some wine and cheese today?   I have been enjoying the June Doodlewash Challenge These monthly challenges are a great motivator to draw and paint every day There is a list of prompts that you can use for inspiration I painted this wine and cheese scene from the daily prompt “cheese”   … Continue reading

Creations, Uncle Sam’s Hat Vase

  Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop hosted by Celebrate & Decorate and Design Morsels If you’re visiting from B4s and Afters didn’t she have a great idea to recreate a tired decoration?!         Let’s get crafting!         We’ve all had to craft with what we have … Continue reading

Recipe Box, BLT Salad with Buttermilk Bleu Cheese

    I have a neighbor who is constantly bringing me tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables from his garden        I thanked him with a Garden Tomato cutting board from my Society 6 Shop         My favorite summer meal is a BLT sandwich with homemade Bleu Cheese Dressing     … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Dinner with Uncle Sam

  Welcome to the Patriotic Tablescape Hop hosted by Celebrate & Decorate and Design Morsels  I decided to build my table around a patriotic icon, Uncle Sam   photo source   There are varied stories about the origin of the term Uncle Sam He is widely recognized and remembered for his recruiting posters and his … Continue reading

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