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    So glad you dropped by! There is always something brewing here at the painted apron, cooking, painting, party planning, gift making, organizing, tablescaping...I hope you will spend a few minutes here and find some inspiration for your next creation.

Recipe Box, Spring Thanksgiving

  Here’s a fun way to celebrate the arrival of Spring, Have a Spring Thanksgiving! Come on in, I’ll show you the menu…           HHjr smoked a turkey breast and paired it with white BBQ sauce 😋         We used a bottled local sauce, but it’s super easy … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Oink Oink

  It’s a Piggy Palooza!         It all started when I fell in love with the tin MKC farm animals         Last Spring I fell hard for the MKC pink tin pig Polka dot ears on the front, striped on the back matching his feet and tail     … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Asparagus Tortellini Alfredo

  Last week HHjr said, “Let’s have a pasta bake for dinner Tuesday, I’m in the mood for some creamy tortellini…”         We take turns cooking, and while he was busy getting his boys to baseball practice and rock climbing after school, I threw this together for supper       Only … Continue reading

Holidays, St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Chick Baskets

  Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️         Today is CC’s 6th birthday!       We celebrated yesterday with a birthday party at a dance studio, she had so much fun and even the boys joined in Sequined baseball caps and jazz glasses         I also have 3 really … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Trees Workshop

  Last weekend I took a 2 day acrylic painting workshop, The instructor was local artist, Melanie Morris       She has an impressionist painting style and is a master at mixing colors         Taking an art class is such a great way to recharge your batteries, learn, practice, or just … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Italian Sandwich Ring with Smokey Pimiento Cheese

  Originally when I was developing this recipe, I was thinking I’d make a savory version of a King cake for Mardi Gras         But since Mardi Gras is way yesterday, I decided to just call it an Italian Sandwich Ring         It is actually similar to a New … Continue reading

Home Decor, The Case of the Curious Tulips

  We have had such a rainy, dreary winter in the South I’ve been filling my house with colorful flowers           Roses, daffodils tulips         I’ve never been especially drawn to tulips until I got some for Valentine’s day         Darling Daughter & Nicest Guy … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Lemon Parmesan Broccolini & Roasted Radishes

  Spring is springing around here I was in the mood to enjoy healthy fresh vegetables       Roasted vegetables are my go to side dish simple to prepare, healthy and oh so flavorful       I decided to try broccolini and radishes         They are both drizzled with olive … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Irish Spring

  Next Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day! I want to send some gold and green your way~ With an Irish Spring Table…       and suggestions for food to get you in the mood!         The recipes above are some favorites from the past year, that feel like Irish food to … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Alabama Cornfield

I want to thank everyone for your prayers and concerns for my fellow Alabamians impacted by the recent tornadoes…Alabama generally gets only negative publicity– storms, politics, racial issues…but it is truly a magnificent and beautiful state.  We have mountains, lakes, beautiful trees, waterfalls, mild winters, and sugar white sandy beaches on our gulf coast…and most … Continue reading

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