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Fearless Friday, Fun with Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves can be incredibly beautiful and often 1 leaf can be a rainbow of colors Let’s draw and color one today! First draw a leaf, you really can’t make a mistake because leaves, like people, come in all shapes and sizes Draw it in pencil first then go over the drawing with ink and … Continue reading

Little Red Christmas Truck

Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Blog Hop hosted by Sara @Birdz of a Feather With Fall days flying by, the holidays will be here before we know it! I belong to a group of women who share a love of MacKenzie-Childs We all have the same MacKenzie Childs tote bag and we talk about … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Acorn Squash with Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing

One of my favorite fall dishes is acorn squash, I have made it with Maple Blueberry & Apple Stuffing And with Maple, Bleu Cheese & Pecans I wanted to try a heartier main dish version I was inspired by a recipe from Cooking for Keeps Acorn squash with a savory sausage stuffing This elegant dish … Continue reading

Holidays, Getting Ready for Halloween

I’m all about Halloween this week, transitioning my house from early Fall to late October with a little Halloween decor… Last year Skellie decided he wanted a Bubble Bath Skellie is known to be mischievous… One year he crashed the Ghosts on the Coast party and waved to the neighbors from the bench on the … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Brunhilda

More witchy fun today, we’re going to paint Brunhilda and watch her fly away! I am using acrylic glossy craft paint and painting Brunhilda on a piece of palette paper Palette paper is slick like glass I highly recommend practicing your strokes and painting on a scrap piece of paper before you apply paint to … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, French Onion Soup Pizza

This tastes just like French Onion Soup, except there is less soup,  more bread and lots of heavenly melted Gruyere Cheese This recipe is quick and easy, not to mention incredibly deliciousโ€ฆ it will hit the spot with a bowl of Chobani Tomato, Spinach and Pasta Soup or a Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Maple … Continue reading

Set the Scene, it’s Almost Time for Halloween!

Set the scene, it’s almost time for Halloween! It’s time to have some SPOOKY fun Come on in, we’ve just begun! It’s all about the Boos you know… Ghosts and pumpkins all aglow The plate where you sit will determine your fate! Trick or Treat might be at your seat Or Dracula might have a … Continue reading

Party Panache, Food Bar Ideas

We love an excuse for a party or get together and love to entertain Over Labor Day we enjoyed a Hot Dog Bar It was so much fun! I started thinking about other Food Bars we’ve done and rounded them up to share with you~ inspirations for upcoming fall and holiday gatherings! Just click on … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fresh Fall Figs

I am traveling this week, and haven’t had time for art, so today we’re going to revisit drawing figs, one of the treasures of fall! Using photos or real life for a model, begin with a simple line sketch Select your color palette so everything you need is at hand I used a .05 finer … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, Retro Party Chicken Bake and Sour Cream & Chive Beef Dip

Going back in time today with some favorite retro recipes, This popular Party Chicken was in all the Junior League and Church type cookbooks… The original version had bacon wrapped chicken, but I use ham and lighten up the sauce with Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup and Light sour cream Marinate the chicken in … Continue reading