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Party Panache, 3 Easy Party Appetizers

October has been a busy month and I’ve had to take some short cuts and come up with  appetizers that are party worthy, yet easy to put together Photos are very limited, but I wanted to share these easy and “people popular” tasty bites with the busy holiday season upon us     Saturday is … Continue reading


Holidays, The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour is fast approaching,     Witches everywhere will be encroaching       They’ve stopped in here for some potent cheer         They plan to brew some Spider Stew       They’ve flown in from everywhere       Look at that skinny one in the chair   … Continue reading


Take-out Tuesday, Butternut Squash, Spinach & Pepperoni Lasagna

This is really a short cut lasagna     I used frozen cubed butternut squash, fresh spinach, no boil lasagna sheets, and grated Parmesan cheese     A 5 minute Parmesan Cream Sauce binds everything happily together Or use a prepared Alfredo sauce to make assembly even easier   Roast the squash on a lined … Continue reading

blueberry bread pudding

The Organized Life, Blueberry Shortcake Bread Pudding

This Blueberry Crossiant Puff recipe from Olla-Podrida is on my bucket list this month, all I needed was an excuse to make it     Our Birthday Celebration weekend was the perfect occasion to have this breakfast or dessert bread pudding on hand to feed hungry faces I baked it before the family arrived and … Continue reading


Fearless Friday, “Dreams & Plans”

Fearless Friday is all about letting go, trying new things, and having fun with a paint brush     We talked about the art of Getting Started recently,     While I’m working on the large canvas above, I wanted to share a painting I did several years ago which was inspired by several other … Continue reading


Tablescapes, Autumn Leaves & Pumpkin Table with Chandy Wreath

On the Gulf Coast of Alabama, October weather is stunning with bright blue skies, sparkling waters, and breathtaking pink sunsets Perfect for outdoor dining! It can be breezy though,  and it’s hard to keep real candles lit,  even in deep holders and lanterns I made a battery lit lantern to use on the table, which … Continue reading


Party Panache, Birthday Weekend with Spooky Snack Buffet & Skellie Bone Bites

We combined birthday celebrating with a little spooky Halloween fun last weekend     The Hospitality Buffet we used for guests earlier this fall was such a hit, I decided to use it for a family birthday weekend     A  chalk board birthday sign was front and center     Along with some party … Continue reading


Take-out Tuesday, Tipsy Witch Salted Caramel Ice Cream

What happens when you spike your Salted Caramel Ice Cream with a little bourbon?     Why, you get a tipsy witch!   And you don’t know what she’ll do!     I have had a lot of experience with a tipsy witch or two…     Bottoms up is their motto!     They … Continue reading


Recipe Box, Zucchini Hassleback Heros

Do you like Italian style submarine sandwiches or heros, loaded with Italian meats and cheese?     Italian sandwiches are one of our very favorites     This is a lightened up, lower carb version     All the wonderful decadence, minus the bread     I used salami, ham, Manchego, Parmesan, Italian dressing and … Continue reading


Fearless Friday, Painted Pattern Pumpkins

I must confess, I haven’t done any serious painting in several weeks, I’ve been too busy entertaining pirates Playing with fall decor and painting birthday things These fast and easy pirate signs were made by drawing a simple skull and bones on a piece of white paper, coloring with markers, and sticking them on sign … Continue reading

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