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Recipe Box, Ranch Roasted Potatoes

I was relaxing with friends at the beach house this past week, and I wanted dinners to be not only delicious but easy… These potatoes fit that description to a tee and go so perfectly with grilled chicken or steak and grilled vegetables All you do is cut petite red potatoes into wedges, peel on … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Summer Sipper

Let’s cool off today with a refreshing Summer cocktail I have been on a drink painting kick this summer After a month of daily watercolors in July, I enjoyed getting back to acrylic with another “Summer Sipper” The photos below were my inspiration for today’s cocktail I started with a black canvas and painted in … Continue reading

Late Summer and Early Fall Sunflower Tables & Decor

I love to decorate with sunflowers in August and September I think they are a great way to transition from Summer to Fall You can pair them with bees for Sunflowers and Bees indoors Or outdoors! Abuzz with World Bee Day They work great with Fergal the Frog too… August Sunflower Tablescape Enjoy the last … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Gringo Enchiladas

“Hey, I’m going to use that leftover roasted chicken and the vegetables we have on hand and make enchiladas for dinner” said HHjr “Sounds great, and there’s a can of red enchilada sauce in the pantry” I replied “and a can of black beans and corn” “I’m going to keep the corn and black beans … Continue reading

The Organized Life, August Paint Bucket

Tomorrow is August 1, which means Summer is rapidly slipping away …But! As much as we all love thinking about Fall, cooler temps and comfort food, I still want to savor the last days Summer I was having trouble picking a theme/flavor of the month because this list is such a hodge podge of recipes… … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Watercolor Elephant

Here we are, day 29 of World Watercolor Month 2022 2 days to go! I have had a lot of fun this month, pushing myself away from the usual things I paint and trying new things This elephant was definitely different and was so much fun, exaggerated colors, dramatic splatter… Here are the inspiration photos … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Cheesy Zucchini Biscuits

Okay, this is one of those “drop what you’re doing and make me now!” recipes! These no yeast biscuits are dreamy cheesy good, they even received a two thumbs up from my resident chef! The grated zucchini makes them moist and tender and parsley gives them a nice dash of color Grate the zucchini with … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding

How about a breakfast casserole bursting with blueberries and lemon flavor? This bread pudding is made with rolls instead of bread Easy to assemble, It is made the day before baking so the rolls can soak up the lemon custard When you get up in the morning, you pop it into the oven for 1 … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Summer Corn, Zucchini & Tomato Pie

One of my favorite parts of Summer is the fresh produce Sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and of course zucchini… and I just have to make a tomato pie or two Recently I had a special helper in the kitchen CC loves to cook and she jumped right in even though she’s never had a tomato … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Silver Coffee Pot

The prompt for July 16 during World Watercolor Month was “silver” After surfing through images on Pinterest for silver, I chose this elegant coffee pot to paint I love all the contrasts and the drama of the darks and lights First step was a pencil sketch If you’re not comfortable drawing something free hand you … Continue reading