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The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

Happy December! I hope this December will be merrier for most than last year, and that you enjoy gatherings and fun The theme for this month’s recipe bucket list is Special Flavors Appetizers Bleu Cheese, Walnut and Thyme Pull Apart Puff Pastry Twirl from Eat Live Escape Parmesan Rosemary Potato Chips from Noshing with the … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Holiday Ornaments

I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas this year! I recently heard that people who decorate early are significantly happier, so let’s bring on the decorations! Today we’re going to draw and color holiday ornaments and there is a free printable if you want to follow along and color with me First I did … Continue reading

Holidays, Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am go grateful you are here! I want to share a quote about gratitude that I hope you will enjoy~ “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life It turns what we have into enough, and more Gratitude turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order Gratitude turns confusion to clarity It can turn a … Continue reading

Holidays, Easy Recipes that can be served for Breakfast or Appetizers!

In my house, appetizers are our go to for gatherings and entertaining, but with the holidays coming up I’ve been thinking about special occasion breakfasts too How about easy recipes that can be good for both! Sassy Sausage Squares are only 4 ingredients and very addicting! Raspberry White Chocolate Angel Wings are rolls with raspberry … Continue reading

Creations, Holiday Shadow Box

I haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet, but I have been thinking about Christmas and doing a little holiday crafting I had a gingerbread man ornament leftover from another craft that I wanted to use Hmmm…. At first I was thinking about a 3 D collage of Christmas things and played around with PicMonkey making … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Easy Watercolor Autumn Tree

I promise you don’t have to be an artist to paint a colorful Autumn tree! Water will do the painting for you! Paint an abstract tree shape with clear water on watercolor or mixed media paper Drop in a golden yellow and let it bleed freely Continue with a lime green, orange, and red Let … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, 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 itโ€™s done! Now all you have to do is place your greens in a bowl Place the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Chicken Cordon Bleu Cupcakes

Here’s a fun and tasty appetizer bite that makes a great presentation and is very easy to make These savory little “cupcakes” are actually made with a biscuit bottom They are filled with chive cream cheese, topped with a chicken nugget wrapped in ham and covered with Swiss cheese Yes, please! Swiss cheese, deli ham, … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Thanksgiving Glow

Have you seen the Apricot Poinsettias? I walked into Fresh Market the other day and saw a whole display of beautiful Apricot Poinsettias At first I thought they were faux flowers, but no they were real! The apricot color is gorgeous and they are sprinkled with gold glitter which makes them extra festive The Fall … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Maple Syrup

Fun with maple syrup today! I found a photo in iStock to use as my model I sketched the pancakes and syrup with pencil Then inked over it with a waterproof micron .01 fine liner pen and added some shapes where I wanted highlights I started with coloring the butter pat and highlights with shades … Continue reading