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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, Stuffed Zucchini, 4 Ways!

Zucchini can be your best friend when you are trying to eat less carbs and lighter foods It’s available fresh year round and can be used in an endless variety of ways The other night my resident chef, HHjr, made zucchini boats stuffed with sausage, black beans and corn A very tasty dinner that’s easy … Continue reading

Tablescapes, A Diary of Valentine Tables

My first child was born on Valentine’s Day, so this is truly a very special day around our house! 2013 Valentine Birthday My first blog Valentine tablescape was a birthday celebration with red & silver packages, candles and hearts galore 2014 featured several tables for 2, White Romance and a Menu Be Mine a cozy … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Simple Painted Snowmen

These jolly snowmen can be created with just a few brushstrokes Here’s how they look on stemware If you paint on glass or dishware, you must use paint made for glassware These are the types of brushes I used to paint them These are the 3 designs we’ll be painting today “Happy Snowmen” have their … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Pancake Pillows

Have you ever heard of Japanese pancakes? They are also known as pancake souffles WOW, right?? This beautiful breakfast was presented to me last weekend! 2 thick, fluffy pancake pillows, stacked and topped with crispy bacon, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a generous drizzle of maple syrup I can’t take a minute of credit … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Brrr, Baby it’s cold outside! So let’s join the snowmen keeping cozy inside… It’s been so cold in Alabama even the wine is wearing a fur coat! The snowmen are having a grand old time They’re ready for hot chocolate or a glass of wine Rosy pink roses are as pink as their cheeks And … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Artichoke, Mushroom & Asparagus Pizza

This pizza was created by my family’s love of artichokes The last time we had artichokes, HHjr said, “We should make a pizza using the hearts and sauce the crust with your lemon aioli” “That is a GREAT idea!” We decided to cook artichokes on Friday night to go with our steaks and save the … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Broccoli & Cauliflower Nachos

These lo carb nachos are so tasty, you will never miss the chips! You can serve them as an appetizer or a side dish and they’re easy to make too! First cut broccoli and cauliflower into smallish florets and put them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet Drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Thank You Cards

Making your own cards can be so much fun, and it’s a way to turn doodling with a paint brush into something you can use I got motivated by this adorable card, below left Sweet Emily sent it to me for my birthday and I just had to draw it {below right} Then I decided … Continue reading

Home Decor, Winter Wonderland

Welcome to my winter wonderland! I love to leave wintery decorations around after the holidays… This year I have fallen in love with all things snowman The snowman pumpkin is still by the outdoor fireplace and the Snowy Winter Wreath is on the front door A tree laden with sparkly fruit greets you in the … Continue reading

Home Decor, Beach Time, Chair Repair and Awesome Amaryllis

I got to spend almost 2 weeks at the beach house after Christmas, and it was such a wonderful renewal… nothing broke, there were no crises, worries were left behind… We had some lovely sunny and warm weather Everyone loved the new boat HHjr kept it tied up to what was left of the pier… … Continue reading