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Party Panache, Hocus Pocus Party Dip

    We had a super fun Saturday           A little batting practice as we entertained friends and watched football on the patio         It was chilly enough to light the fire around 4 pm         58 degrees was quite a difference than the 98 … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Season of the Witch

  Welcome to the Celebrate & Decorate annual Halloween Tablescape Hop!       Prepare to have some frights and delights!       Let’s celebrate the “Season of the Witch” today         Lot’s of witchy things have come out to play           The pumpkin witch is the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Pork tenderloin Sliders with Pumpkin Aioli & Maple Roasted Delicata Squash

  Amp up everyday sliders & fries with some twists!       Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Pumpkin Aioli and Maple Roasted Delicata Squash… Sounds complicated, right?         Nope! This is an incredibly easy meal you can have any night         Start with a marinated pork tenderloin {I like … Continue reading

Halloween, Wickedly Delightful Treats, Eats & Sweets

  I am feeling a little wicked today…   Wicked Witches Candlelight Supper     Tempting you with Halloween sweet treats for young and old!   Spooky Empanadas         Mini taco empanadas with dough cut with a ghost cookie cutter Frosted with cream cheese and black peppercorn eyes         … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, A Walk Through the Woods

  Let’s talk a walk in the woods today         This photograph by Andrew Neel on Unsplash was my inspiration           I started with a light blue wash for the sky         Next came the path         I used a fan brush … Continue reading

Home Decor, Rustic Country Farmhouse & National Handbag Day

  There appears to be a National holiday for just about everything, Today is National Handbag Day!         When Miss Coquille, my loyal Traveling Tote companion, heard about National Handbag Day she insisted that I share our recent excursion to the most unique house I have ever experienced       Located … Continue reading

Party Panache, Yummy Mummy Asparagus & Bacon Braid

  With Halloween on the horizon, I had some fun with this Yummy Mummy Stuffed Braid         But keep in mind, this is not just for Halloween!         Dress it with greens to suit any occasion… add edible flowers for a spring party or shower, rosemary or holly sprigs … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Fall Harvest Salad with Cinnamon Shallot Vinaigrette

  This wonderful salad has a little bit of everything         Sweet, savory, crunchy, tangy, plus healthy greens!         Topped with an easy to make Cinnamon Shallot vinaigrette         Mix the vinaigrette ingredients together in a jar         Add the diced shallots and … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Seaside October

  “Fall is Summer’s Flamboyant Farewell” ~A. A. Fitzwilliam         Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus         Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting  and autumn a mosaic of them all ~Stanley Horowitz     “Anyone who thinks … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Inktober

  Happy October!       I am joining the Inktober art challenge this month       Inktober is an annual October international art challenge Artists create a daily drawing or painting using only ink       Jake Parker created this challenge 10 years ago The purpose is to inspire artists to draw … Continue reading

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