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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.

Tablescapes, Catching Crabs

No crabby attitudes at the beach! Not too hard when the sand and surf are within reach… Lots of crabs and sealife have washed ashore A big blue fish and crabs galore! Nautical floats and watching for boats… Right now the show is out by the pier The construction is ongoing, and completion is near … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Asparagus, Bacon & Corn Quesadilla and Flatbread

When it’s just me for dinner, I love to combine a bunch of vegetables with a little bacon for a salad or flatbread We had an abundance of flour tortillas due to HHjr and I both buying some when they were BOGO, so I decided to make a quesadilla Flour tortillas are great for making … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Peachy Pecan Bread

I had 2 juicy ripe summer peaches that needed to be used so I decided to make a peach and pecan quick bread, inspired by a recipe on my bucket list this month I love quick breads because they are made with pantry staples They’re easy to assemble and will fill your kitchen with tempting … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Pins and Needles

I am doing a painting a day for World Watercolor Month this July There is a list of daily prompts here for inspiration Yesterday’s prompt was “Jittery” hmmmm, the first thing that came to mind was “sitting on pins and needles” I found a basket of yarn photo on Pixabay with knitting needles and added … Continue reading

Creations, Pretty Posy Serving Bowl

Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Hop! Our hop this month is hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather I am an avid MacKenzie-Childs fan, and one of my friends recently told me one of her neighbors was too~ She asked me to paint something for her birthday, a plate or glass, or whatever … Continue reading

Parmesan Veggie Fries with Lemon Aioli

These are pretty much “no guilt fries” They have the same shape as fries… But they aren’t really “fries” at all because they are roasted Load on the lemon zest for some zing and lots of shredded Parmesan Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper The parmesan forms a crispy crust like … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Hawaiian Pizza Bubble Up

Hawaiian pizza with pineapple and bacon is a favorite combo at our house I decided to make a bubble up casserole with these ingredients Instead of piling toppings on a pizza crust, put them in a casserole with cut up biscuit dough pieces It’s easy peasy to make and it bakes up into a tempting … Continue reading

Home Decor, Creating a Coastal Feel

I am spending the month of July seaside, and today I want to share ideas for bringing the beach to your home any time you want Naturally art comes to mind, it can instantly transport you to the beach or bring the coastal feeling into your home “Sea Oats” available here Making accessories with paint … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Raspberry Ripple Sundae

Let’s cool off with some ice cream today… A big Raspberry Ripple Sundae! The prompt for this entry for World Watercolor Month was “ripple” The inspiration photo I used is by Sue Lynn Cotton I lightly sketched the glass dish first to make sure I got the proportions right Then I added the ice cream, … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Peach Naan with Prosciutto, Burrata and Basil

How about a gourmet pizza, fit for the most discriminating foodie, with the freshest ingredients, ready in only 15 minutes, start to finish~ Faster and healthier and more delicious than take-out or delivery! This pizza features Burrata cheese, Mozzarella’s sophisticated cousin,  basically a ball of Mozzarella with a creamy, buttery inside, making it totally dreamy … Continue reading