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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, Peonies in the Garden

  I will be on the coast most of the summer, but before I left, I couldn’t resist treating myself to some peonies from Trader Joe’s         I know, right???         Deep pinks and big bright whites!         I began to dream they came in straight … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Fiesta Frito Pie

  One of the main dish recipes on the June Paint Bucket is Deep Dish Frito Pie from the Food Network The Monthly Paint Bucket is my way of paring down recipes I want to make, to a manageable list of recipes to draw inspiration from during the month, so I don’t waste a lot … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Raspberry Dream Ice Cream

  It’s officially Summer!   We celebrated the first day of summer with good old BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, Summer Tomato Slab Pie         And fresh raspberry ice cream for dessert!         For Christmas HHjr gave me the ice cream making attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Patriotic Painting Crafts

  In the spirit of patriotism this week {Be sure to see the tablescape hop this week here} We are going to do some easy and fun painting today!         While I was updating decor in the city, replacing the daffodil wreath on my front door I realized I only had ONE … Continue reading

Party Panache, Tropical Summer Fruit Spears

  One of the best parts of summer is all the luscious fresh fruit and vegetables   Fruit Pastries with Almond Cream     Today’s Tropical Summer Fruit Spears are more of an idea than a recipe         These mini fruit skewers are not only party pretty, they are perfect to have … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Lobster Fest for the 4th

  Welcome to the Celebrate & Decorate annual Patriotic Blog Hop! I hope you get to visit all my fellow tablescapers for amazing inspirations, ideas and patriotic eye candy! Do you have big plans for the 4th of July?         It won’t be long now, the days just seem to fly by … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Summer Pizzas

  I hope all the Dad’s had a wonderful Father’s Day~ HHjr took his oldest son and a couple of friends to the beach Wow, did they catch fish!         Super Boy caught this giant Red Snapper all by himself         A rainy forecast on the coast the weekend … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Bacon & Blue Stuffed Vidalias

  Happy Father’s Day! Today’s recipe is sure to be a hit with the guys you know and love         Sweet Vidalia onions stuffed with bleu cheese and bacon and baked or grilled Note: you can use any sweet onion and a different cheese substitute Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack or flavored goat … Continue reading

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

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