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The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

Happy December, one of my very favorite months! It is filled with hope and happy, yummy food and Christmas trees, decorations, lights, sugar plum fairies, Santa, and my birthday! Even though things might be different this year, we can still be full of holiday cheer! This month’s bucket list is full of recipes that promise … Continue reading

Fearless Friday

I am taking a little break today, enjoying this Thanksgiving weekend on the coast with my family… I will be back on Sunday with the December Paint Bucket, full of holiday recipe inspirations and then on Tuesday Dec. 1, I will be joining my Traveling Tote Tribe to share our Fall adventures! Next Friday I’ll … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a thankful day, celebrating your blessings in your own special way, Whether it’s full of turkey or virtual gatherings on Zoom I hope you can count your blessings and not the calories you consume! I hope you’re thinking of family and friends, and looking forward to when the danger of Covid 19 comes … Continue reading

Creations, Ho Ho Holiday Pumpkins!

Wait! Don’t toss those pumpkins away! I know a lot of people start holiday decorating as soon as Thanksgiving is over, it’s out with the Fall and in with all things Merry! But don’t toss those Fall pumpkins, they can really be fun to transform! You can dress them up with ribbons and hats, paint … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Favorite Rosemary Recipes for the Holidays

One of my very favorite herbs is Rosemary~ I always have a fresh rosemary plant nearby to clip for cooking it can elevate any recipe from ho hum to divine! Let’s start with appetizers, Rosemary Pine Nut Sables are like cheese straws, except they are flavored with pine nuts and rosemary Sable is French for … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Slow Cooker Triple Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

The other night HHjr was cooking steak bites {recipe below} I offered to do potatoes and a salad and got out my trusty slow cooker to help… These potatoes are not only an easy side dish for any night of the week, but are also perfect for solving the holiday challenge of getting all your … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Still Life with Oranges

Lately I have been doing a lot of holiday doodles and drawings so the other day I got out my acrylics and a canvas and spent a peaceful morning painting a still life of flowers with oranges This is my inspiration photo source A Sta-Wet Palette** is handy for keeping acrylics from drying out, it … Continue reading

Creations, Upcycled Gift Tins

Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop hosted by Andrea from Design Morsels! We have tons of ideas and inspirations for you today, you will want to visit all the links at the end of this post! I bet you have some of these lying around… metal tins that previously held cookies, nuts or … Continue reading

Party Panache, Hot & Cheesy Baked BLT Dip

Keep this irresistible dip in mind for the holidays, it’s red and green! If you love a good bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, now you can enjoy the same flavors in this creamy cheesy dip Let me show you how easy this is to make! First cook the bacon on a parchment lined baking sheet … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Rainbow Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Cranberries and Pecans

This dish sounds fancy, and it is a company and holiday worthy side dish, but it is easy enough to make any night of the week, and it also can be eaten as a main dish meal! Trim and halve the Brussels sprouts, cut the sweet potato into cubes {peeled or unpeeled} and lay them … Continue reading