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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.

Take-out Tuesday, Chicken Teriyaki Bowl

This is the perfect summer dinner, it’s easy, it’s healthy, and you can cook it on the grill! You can serve it in a bowl with or without noodles The chicken is marinated in our favorite Teriyaki Sauce, Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki You can also make an easy teriyaki marinade with sesame oil, pineapple … Continue reading

The Organized Life, July Paint Bucket

Summer is in full swing in the USA We are enjoying wonderful summer fruits & vegetables, strawberries, blueberries, garden tomatoes, corn on the cob, and Zucchini~ July’s flavor of the month! You can see photos of July’s recipe inspirations in the July section of my Monthly Paint Bucket here Appetizers Thai Zucchini and Cucumber Noodle … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Watercolor Locomotive

Happy July and Happy World Watercolor Month! I am joining Charlie from Doodlewash for the July challenge of doing a painting a day for the month of July to raise awareness and funds for art students all over the world The fun of this challenge is interpreting the prompts, I often try to reinterpret the … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, Easy Summer Desserts

Last weekend I heard this comment “Nobody makes dessert around here anymore…” I was thinking, “Didn’t I just make those Key Lime Pie Minis… not to mention the Jack Daniels chocolate cake I bought for Father’s Day…” “I promise I’ll make some next week for the 4th,” I said I must admit, I have been … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Hawaiian Pizza Empanadas and a Pineapple Cocktail

Hawaiian Pizza, pizza topped with pineapple, Canadian bacon or ham, is a favorite family combo I decided to try it in an empanada version An empanada is a stuffed turnover or pastry Roll out a refrigerated pie crust dough round just a little Cut circles with a glass or biscuit cutter or a glass, about … Continue reading

Party Panache, Summer Ladies Luncheon

Summer has arrived with a bang in the South, it is hot hot hot! Let’s keep cool today and have a fancy lunch inside I have been enjoying the flower filled Painted Birdhouse as a Summer centerpiece in the foyer It is the perfect spot to enjoy a cool Summer luncheon… Here is the menu … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Beets with Pastel

Pastel is such a fun medium, I think my favorite characteristic of pastel is that it delivers instant vibrant color Sea Oats Romanian Street This is my pastel set, it came in a wooden case with sponge inserts that hold the pastel sticks and keeps them organized {more info at the end of the post} … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Summer Quesadilla

Quesadillas, tortillas filled with layers of ingredients, don’t have to be Mexican or Tex-Mex Think of tortillas as bread and use them to make just about any kind of sandwich They are wonderful for breakfast filled with scrambled eggs and cheese, bacon or sausage You can also cut them into wedges and serve them for … Continue reading

Home Decor, By the Sea Mermaid Tray

Welcome to The By the Sea on a Tray Blog Tour! I’m joining my friend Katherine from Katherine’s Corner, and some other special friends, for another seasonal Tray Blog Tour A big thanks to Katherine! She is kicking off the tour today with her tray creation You can find all the other tour links at … Continue reading

Recipe Box, The Chef’s Best!

Happy Father’s Day! I know people think I do a lot of cooking, but truth be known I have a resident chef… We have a multi-generational household and he and I tag team the cooking and shopping for meals Sooo… In honor of my chef son, who is one of the world’s greatest Dads, I … Continue reading