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Fearless Friday, Ice Cream Sundae

Rainy dreary weather put me in the mood for a sunny ice cream sundae! And this one has zero calories 😊 The is the inspiration photo I used source I made a detailed pencil drawing with all the shape patterns of the ice cream, the dish, umbrella, strawberry, syrup and glass reflections Then I started … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Spinach & Artichoke Heart Quesadilla

Flour tortillas are a staple in our kitchen, they have a long shelf life and can be used in so many ways~ and not just for Mexican food! You can fill them and roll them up, you can use them as a wrap, you can use them like bread and put two together like a … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Chicken, Bacon, Ranch, Green Bean Bubble-up

We have been having a lot of dreary, rainy weather which always make me want a warm and cozy casserole for dinner This casserole is a bubble-up, it’s loaded with chicken, green beans, bacon and cheese in a creamy ranch sauce with biscuit pieces Hard to resist! Combine the sour cream with the Cream of … Continue reading

The Organized Life, February Paint Bucket

I’m saying goodbye to January today and thinking about February I love Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day {my son’s birthday!} The flavor/theme of the month is ❀️ Love Every recipe on this list includes an ingredient that I love There are lots of colorful Mardi Gras inspired recipes on the list too You can see … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Heart Flowers

I have been drawn to a whimsical Zentangle style art lately, and wanted to try it I used the photos below from Pinterest for inspiration Here we go! This is sort of a combination of intentional doodling and Zentangle, which is drawing a series of patterns You can use a template if you like I … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Chicken & Asparagus Braid

I had a little of this and that in my fridge, a few chicken fingers, cooked bacon, and asparagus spears hmmm…. I also had ham and cheese and a can of crescent rolls I remembered a crescent roll braid I had made for Halloween several years ago, Yummy Mummy, it was so good! Time for … Continue reading

Hearts and Flowers

Welcome to the 2023 Valentine Tablescape Blog Hop! We’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day bringing lots of ideas to inspire you today! Thank you to our fabulous hostess Rita from Panoply for organizing our seasonal hops Welcome friends, readers and visitors from Karins Kottage – Pink and Red Valentine’s Table for Kids, so cute!! I’m … Continue reading

Holidays, February Holiday Ideas

The calendar pages of January are quickly flipping by and February is on the horizon… I love all holidays and love to decorate and celebrate! Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday, the last day of the Mardi Gras season are such fun, Let’s get in the mood to celebrate these holidays with some crafts, decorations and … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fun with Flowers

Last week we painted a simple Bird on a branch with watercolor One of my good friends and a loyal reader, Leslie Anne Tarabella was inspired by this painting and wrote a special post about it The Lovely Layered Life Leslie Anne is a talented published author, Please pop over to her blog here and … Continue reading

Valentine Gifts for the Cook or Chef

Welcome to the January Creative Craft blog hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather Each month this group of clever crafters share ideas and tutorials of things they have made Welcome readers, friends and visitors from Decorate and More with Tip She is so smart to get a head start on Spring with … Continue reading