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Recipe Box, Zucchini & Corn Enchiladas or Creamy Zucchini & Corn Crepes

My family loves enchiladas, and I’m always looking for variations This vegetarian version can be served as a main dish or a side with grilled meat     If you’re not a fan of Tex-Mex, wait!  Substitute a white sauce or a creamed soup* for the enchilada sauce for a delightful twist on this comfort … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

  This salad makes a satisfying summer meal, and you can load it up with summer veggies     Start by roasting corn in the oven and after 20 minutes add bacon and broccoli   While everything is roasting, cook the pasta al dente and toss with basil pesto I like to use spirals because … Continue reading

Flavor of the Month, Peachy Bread Pudding & a Peachy Recipe Round-up

Okay, I’ve got good news and bad news…and good news! The good news is I did make the eagerly anticipated Peach Bread Pudding from the June Bucket list The bad news is that I don’t have tons of drool worthy photos so we’re going to have to use our imaginations…     The other good … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Watercolor & ink

  The hardest part of painting for me is editing what I see     Food fascinates me not only because I love to cook, but because of all the magical colors and textures     Painting every single detail is not my thing, I’m just not that patient…my style is more impressionistic than realistic … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Seashells & Sunshine

  It is hard to imagine this view we enjoyed just a few days ago, as we are being pounded by Tropical Storm Cindy on the Gulf Coast today     Let’s enjoy this other beautiful day as we’re wishing the rain, rain, would go away     Simply set, this table for two   … Continue reading

Party Panache, Super Star Shortcuts

We do a lot of cooking and entertaining, but I must confess, to make this happen, I have learned the art of the short cut… Today I’m sharing some recipes we had during our Friends & Family Weekend  that made things very effortless Pesto Parmesan Biscuit Bites     Canned biscuits, cut into pieces, and … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Jars

  Celebrate the official beginning of summer with these no bake, fill, chill and serve key lime cheesecakes in a jar!     Perfect for parties  🎉, picnics  🍉, boat rides  ⛵️ and outdoor BBQs  🍔     Portable and ready to serve!     Have you seen this ready to eat cheesecake filling by … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Annual Friends & Family Weekend

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful Dads!   We are celebrating Father’s Day with our Annual Friends and Family weekend, with our BFFs plus our son who will be without his little sidekicks as they are away at camp My son is the head chef on beach weekends and together we planned the menu, … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Peach Pie

Okay, since it’s been all about peaches this week on the Painted Apron, you probably saw this coming…   A peach painting~     Peaches are fascinating to me because if you look closely you can see many different colors in their skins     This Waterlogue version of the original photo really emphasizes the … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Peach Party with Raspberry Peachtinis!

Today we’re having a Peach Party!   Peach is the June flavor of the month so today is dedicated to peachy things     A peachy pink runner and some green and peach plates     And martinis of course, to celebrate 🎉     Creamy  Raspberry Peachtinis     Ice cream and fresh fruit … Continue reading

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