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Fearless Friday, Pink Roses

        I know I’ve been on a floral kick lately, but I promise I’m working on some landscapes and other stuff I hope to share with you soon         These roses were inspired by a MacKenzie-Childs floral rug       And a large bud painted on the wall … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Porky Pig!

        I know a guy that loves to grill         The more grills he has going, the better he feels         The weekly favorite is some form of pork         Spare ribs, pork butt, bacon, so tender all you need is a fork … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Asian Peach Slaw, Salad or Pulled Pork Wrap

    It’s Peach Season in Alabama!     Chilton County peaches are a celebrated summer treat The peach water tower in Clanton Alabama, the hub of Chilton County, is an infamous landmark       Sunday usually means BBQ ribs or Pork butt at our house For Monday leftovers I decided to jazz things … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Ranch Picnic Chicken Nuggets

  Ranch Picnic Chicken Nuggets are like take-out fried chicken Grab ‘n go, Eat and run, Pack a Picnic, Chicken! But sooo much better… Tender, tasty, buttery, tangy, crispy bites You can whip these up in no time at all!         Guess where the crunch comes from         Potato … Continue reading

Holidays, Father’s Day Tree

  Honor Dad this Father’s Day with a tree decorated with his favorite things!       This silver pencil tree stays up year round at the beach house, decorated for special holidays, or seasons         Before I bring out the flags and fireworks for the 4th of July, I decided to … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Alabama Magnolia

  Magnolias are in full bloom in Alabama, and after reading a recent post, The Magnificent Magnolia, by my fellow Alabamian friend Pam@Everyday Living, I had to paint one of these magnificent beauties         I have painted magnolia blooms many times on glassware and buckets, the fat velvety white petals can be … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Blackened Snapper Tacos with Pico de Gallo

  “Hey Mom, I’ve got a blog post for you…” HHjr text me, “I’ll email you the photos”       “Really?? Thank you!”         Last weekend HHjr and some buddies had great luck on opening day of Snapper Season on the Alabama Gulf Coast I’ve known them all since they were … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Quiet Little Beach Town

  Summer weekends on the coast are wild and crazy       But Mondays are nice and quiet, and somewhat lazy         Things seem to settle down in my little beach town         After a house full of guests it’s nice to have no one around     … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, EZ Ranch Hashbrown Casserole

  We do a lot of cooking at the beach house but we don’t spend much time in the kitchen         I am always on the looking for fast prep recipes so I can get back to the fun       This potato casserole can be assembled in 5 minutes and … Continue reading

Tales of The Traveling Tote, #19, June

  Welcome June and Tales of the Traveling Tote #19!     The Traveling Tote Group is composed of 11 Mad for MacKenzie-Childs gals who all have the same tote.  Every season we post adventures we’ve had with our totes to share a little part of our worlds and give readers a chance to win … Continue reading

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