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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.

Home Decor, Sunny Sunflower Arrangement

Recently my husband retired and sold his dental practice and office to a really nice young dentist who continues to take care of our family     They treat me like royalty and won’t ever let me pay, so I brought them a little surprise     The staff all ooohhhed and aaahhhed and immediately … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Pour Technique

Happy Fearless Friday! Have you heard of the pour technique?     This is a fun technique that anyone can do, the paint does all the work!   Mix fluid paint with pouring medium, which will thicken it enough to pour without being too runny, and stay in place when surface is flat   I … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Cotton Pickin’ Pumpkins

  When the cotton is high in the south, it’s time to pick some pumpkins!     I did my pumpkin pickin’ at Trader Joe’s       They are piled in a galvanized tub with magnolia and cotton white as snow       Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere       I love my new … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Recipe Tabs Update

I recently did a quick calculation of my recipes and found that I have posted around 1000! The general recipe index, alphabetically by category, had become so long it was no longer user friendly I have reorganized it and divided it into sections, you can see all the new tabs in the header above Most … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Cheesy Tater Tots

These little  🏈 footballs 🏈  of cheese and potato goodness are brought to you today by HHjr     On the weekends, my son LOVES to cook, I mean LOVES it!  He will have 2 or 3 grills going at once, and a skillet, the oven or a fryer     I was in town … Continue reading

Flavor of the Month, Apple Recipe Round-up

Apple is the Flavor of the Month for September, let’s take a peek at some favorites from the past     For breakfast, try Sausage & Apple Biscuit Muffins     How about an Apple & Cranberry Salad for lunch       Or a Croissant filled with Apple, Bacon & Gouda       … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Playing with Pastels

Being Fearless in art is really about dabbling outside your comfort zone     I’ve been doing a lot of drawing and detailed work lately, so thankful we were spared by Harvey and then Irma…     It was time to let loose and try something different     I went through a phase when … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Nutty Naan with Brie, Fig & Prosciutto

  There are so many ways to describe this “pizza” I am not even going to mention that it’s super fast and easy     It’s Fruity     It’s Nutty     It’s Cheesy     It’s Savory     It’s Slightly Sweet     It can be made Big or Small     … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Broccoli Salad with Nuts, Seeds, Berries & Sweet Sesame Dressing

  I decided I’d better make some comfort food salads instead of binge watching the news with Chocolate Chip Walnut Shortbread     This salad, dressing and all, only takes about 10 minutes to prepare     Don’t be alarmed by the number of dressing ingredients     You probably have everything in your pantry … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Super Greens Pasta with Parmesan Pumpkin Alfredo

Thank you for all the prayers for our area, we were very lucky this time and continue to pray for everyone whose lives have been impacted Still spinning with all these hurricanes, I haven’t been in the mood to cook… I threw this together in minutes the other night, we needed something comforting to calm … Continue reading

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