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Fearless Friday, Pam’s Hydrangeas

My painting inspiration today came from Pam at Everyday Living, a long time blogging friend and a fellow Alabamian     Pam and her “Renaissance Man” have the most incredible garden which she often posts about.  I am always drooling over her gorgeous blooms and I hope she doesn’t mind that I borrowed a photo … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Sand Dollars and Starfish

A parade of boats is a common sight     from our back porch,  day or night…       Southern sea breezes make it nice to dine       and we linger here most all the time     Seahorses, starfish and a beachy bottle with glass       Are part of … Continue reading

Creations, Sand Dollar Beachy Bottle

I can’t part with a pretty bottle     I have played with this particular whiskey bottle before, decoupaging it because I couldn’t get the label to come off Bottle Beauty here   This time I decided to try milk paint {I found this at Walmart}     Milk paint is the poor country cousin … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Bursting Berries

Two for one Tuesday! These recipes are so embarrassing unbelievably easy They are super super shortcut versions of summer favorites, Strawberry Pie and Berry Cobbler They deliver big berry flavor with very little effort, so they are perfect for when you’re exhausted  the cook’s day off     Strawberry Pie Sticks, 2 ingredients and a … Continue reading

Party Panache, Salty Caramel Crème Brûlée

  HHjr gave me a kitchen torch for Mother’s Day     Yep, the same guy who gave me a giant metal rusty fish and a weathered buoy rope for my birthday…     *Sigh*  such a smart guy, he knows his Mom…     So when life hands you a culinary torch, you make … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, “Crunch Time”

  Certain subjects fascinate me and for some reason I have a thing for carrots     Maybe it’s their bright color, funny shape or multiple textures…     They just make me smile     This painted carrot tutorial, demonstrates how easy they are to paint     Today I thought it would be … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Summer Favorites

Right now I’m recovering from family vacation last week, 😴  and catching up, so I rounded up some of my very favorite summer tables to revisit They are full of ideas, inspirations and crafts you might like to try for your summer tables and vignettes Trattoria Sardina These colorful fish plates inspired ideas for painted accessories … Continue reading

Party Panache, Triple Chocolate USA Bundt Cake

While most people were making everything berry for the 4th I decided to make a good old fashioned chocolate cake   Sheer decadence     Devil’s Food cake mix, buttermilk, sour cream, chocolate pudding, butter, eggs, chocolate chips…     Where is the fainting couch  😵  🛋     Chocolate chips are stirred into the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Easiest Ever Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

This recipe is right up there with the easiest thing I’ve ever made, and it’s perfect for busy days year round, but in the summertime using  the slow cooker keeps the kitchen much cooler than turning on the oven   Our whole family was at the beach house last week, and I have to tell … Continue reading

Recipe Box, BLT Pie

I think just about everyone loves a good BLT, so why not a BLT pie!     I have made lots of tomato pies, a Southern summer favorite, and this one is topped with lettuce and loaded with the ever popular, Bacon     HHjr planted chocolate sprinkle cherry tomatoes, their skin is sort of … Continue reading

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