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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.

Tablescapes, Thanksgiving Thoughts

    Are you all set for Thanksgiving?         Ours will be small and casual         After years of doing Thanksgiving with HH’s sister and her whole family, Everyone is going in a different direction now Our children are grown and have their own family obligations       … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Asparagus, Leek & Mushroom Risotto

  The other night HHjr made a wonderful vegetable risotto         It was full of asparagus, mushrooms and leeks It tasted like heaven on a chilly evening         Risotto isn’t hard to make, especially if you make it when you are going to be in the kitchen anyway so … Continue reading

Creations, November Mailbox Swag & Turkey Wreath

  Oh dear calendar, I wish you would slow down!! Here it is almost mid November and I’m still having fun making fall crafts           Poor Thanksgiving, it barely has a chance squeezed in between popular Halloween and Christmas         I have enjoyed dressing up my mailbox this … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Watercolor Leaf Tags

  Today let’s make watercolor leaf tags This method has infinite possibilities, you can adapt it for any season or occasion, Just in time for special fall gatherings and Thanksgiving         And these tags can be tied on just about anything! You can see the complete tablescape where I used these tags … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Blue Cheese & Pecan Baked Pears

  Wait! Do not fear the blue cheese! I will give you other cheesy options for this easy and elegant holiday side dish!         This dish will go beautifully with holiday turkey, ham, chicken or lamb!       Start with ripe pears {Anjou, Bosc, French Apple} and slice in half lengthwise … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Pilgrims & Pumpkins

  Welcome to the Celebrate & Decorate annual Thanksgiving tablescape hop! A week of creative Thanksgiving tables to enjoy and inspire! All the links are at the end of this post and are updated daily         I am especially thankful for my friend Sally~ or as I sometimes call her, CCOG, CC’s … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Overnight Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

  On Saturday, knowing Sunday was going to be a busy day at the baseball park, I decided it would be a good idea to put dinner together in advance, using the slow cooker…hmmm…what should I make? I often put slow cooker meals together the day before, refrigerate the slow cooker insert so all I … Continue reading

Tablescapes, November in the Kitchen

  After every holiday, I tell myself, there is no reason to be in a rush to put things away…         And just about every time, the very second I can, it’s out with the old and in with the new!!         The boys were away this weekend, so … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Inktober Round-up

  I participated in the Inktober monthly challenge, doing 1 drawing a day with ink, choosing a subject from the daily prompt list         I must admit, sometimes I was lax about doing the drawings every day and had to play catch up a few times, drawing several on the same day … Continue reading

Holidays, Boo!

  Happy Halloween!         Are you here for the “Boos?”         Oh good! I’ve got plenty of Boos for you today!                                           You’ve been Booed!!         … Continue reading

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