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Fearless Friday, Fanciful Pumpkins

  Have you seen the new fall MacKenzie-Childs pumpkins? Aren’t they fun??         Let’s make some of our own!         Step 1: Plan! I made a couple of photo reference pages to refer to while painting For the orange pumpkin I decided on white hydrangeas and pink roses This … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, Must Make Maple Recipes

  The flavor of the month for September is Maple I was hoping to share an eye popping Maple cake today… Irresistible like these favorites below…   Caramel Candy Wreath Cake     Million Dollar Pound Cake with Almond Toffee Crown     But the baking angels were not on my side It not only … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Fall Harvest at the Pumpkin Farm

  Welcome to the annual Celebrate & Decorate’s Welcome Fall Tablescape Hop Please join the fun this week as we welcome Fall!       It’s harvest time on the Pumpkin Farm Time to pick up some farm fresh Pumpkins, apples and sunflowers~         The Farm Fresh Truck stand is overflowing!   … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Cashew Chicken

Yay! Crock pot season has begun!! Fall means supper simmering in the slow cooker filling your home with tantalizing aromas!         This slow cook chicken is family friendly, easy to put together and can cook while you’re busy finishing up your afternoon errands             It is tangy … Continue reading

Party Panache, Let’s Talk Football!

  Okay, so now that football season is officially underway, let’s talk about some ways to make the season memorable with unique party ideas and yummy noshes!       Make a flower arrangement in your team’s colors… I made this arrangement for the Alabama {red & white} vs Ole Miss {red & blue} game … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Sunflower Scarecrow

  How do you feel about colored pencils? When I first started drawing, I loved to use colored pencils and markers They are still favorite mediums, You have great control, and many options to achieve different effects   It was so hot at the beach last week, I couldn’t even paint on the porchย ๐Ÿ˜… so … Continue reading

Home Decor, Fall Centerpieces, Vignettes & Crafts

    I am in full Fall mode, Enjoying football, wishing for cooler days and dreaming of pumpkins!         Let’s have a look at some favorite centerpieces and vignettes to spark some new ideas and have some creative fun!     Apple Tote   One of the first things I think of … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Maple Bacon Apple Danish

  The Jammin’ Cheese Danishes were such a hit I decided to try another version with baked apples and maple icing, and maple bacon garnish         So easy to make with canned crescent roll dough and Stouffer’s baked apples         The maple icing is super simple to make also … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Roasted Butternut & Bacon Salad

  The other day I stumbled across an article from Buzz Feed, it’s a quiz called Eat Your Way Around the World and We’ll Guess Your Age It only takes a minute to take…they guessed my age was 24!ย  Sounds good to me!ย  I highly recommend taking this quiz!!   Okay let’s talk salad…   … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Fall Favorites

  I grew up in a household that loved to entertain and from the time I was a bride, LONG before there were such things as blogs or “tablescapes,” I have had a love for dishes and table setting…it is another art form for me, another way of creating something pleasing to the eye, and … Continue reading

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