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Summer Tables to Kick Off the Season!

Here in my little corner of the world, Memorial Day {the last Monday in May} is the beginning of summer I am lucky enough to be starting summer on the Gulf Coast and I am bringing you a taste of the salty air with a round up of coastal tables to set the mood! This … Continue reading

Fearless Friday

Whoops! please forgive me, Fearless Friday published a day early this week {hectic times 😱} you can find the post here

Fearless Friday, A Squeeze of Lemon

A little fun with acrylics today, let’s paint a cold drink to enjoy in the summertime! Pixabay and Unsplash are great sources for free photos for painting inspiration Just type what you are looking for in the search bar, like “cold drink” and pages of images will pop up for you to peruse This painting … Continue reading

Easy Food for Relaxing Summer Weekends

I’m headed south today to our little slice of paradise on the Alabama Gulf Coast It is going to be a crazy 10 days, with a house full of guys and fishing the first weekend and then thankfully my daughter and her family will arrive for the rest of next week and we will have … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Grilled Summer Salads

Now that summer is almost here and you’re dusting off the grill, these salads can be cooked outside too! Grilled salad greens topped with roasted fruits and vegetables, and some melty cheese makes for delicious summer eating! I must tell you that all these salads are made with bleu cheese BUT for you blue cheese … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Key Lime Pie Minis

Here is a great little summer dessert It’s cool and refreshing, and mini sized so it’s practically guilt free! They are easy to make, they can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and they are easy to serve~ put them on a pretty plate and let everyone help themselves These little pies are made … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Have a Cuppa

Join me for a cup of your favorite coffee or tea today! Let’s get brewing! I gathered some inspiration photos from Pinterest and did a simple pencil sketch Once I drew the cups and pot I added whimsical patterns Next I inked the sketch with a .05 waterproof liner pen You can download a free … Continue reading

Welcome Home Painted Birdhouse

Welcome to the May monthly Creative Craft Hop! Thank you Donna from Modern on Monticello for hosting Welcome friends, readers, and visitors from Decorate and More with Tip her Dollar Tree Hand-woven Basket Stand is so clever! For this month’s creative craft creation I painted a wooden birdhouse with welcoming bright colors and happy flowers … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, What’s for dinner?

The age old question we face daily is “What’s for dinner?” Sure there’s always take out or delivery, or the same old tired standbys But how about something a little more exciting! If you want to make something a little different and don’t want to go to the store, take inventory and create a new … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Honey Mustard Chicken & Vegetable Kebabs

This versatile dish is perfect for summer time grilling, it’s easy to prepare, very family friendly, and also perfect for entertaining Chicken and vegetables marinated in a tasty honey mustard sauce then skewered and grilled or broiled The secret to success for including potatoes on kebabs is to partially cook them first Cut petite red … Continue reading