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Throwback Thursday, Mustard Maple Pecan Chicken Thighs

This is a tried and true recipe of mine, and it checks all of my favorite boxes easy 5 minute prep ✅ can be assembled early in the day and baked later ✅ family friendly ✅ no clean up ✅ Chicken thighs and a few pantry ingredients are all you need for this easier than … Continue reading

Hugs & Kisses & Valentine Wishes

Welcome to the 2022 Valentine Tablescape Blog Hop! and thank you to our wonderful hostess, Rita from Panoply If you’re coming from Sandra @ Dinner for Eight I know your in the mood for romance! I’m bringing you hugs & kisses for Valentine’s Day Wishing lots of sweet Valentines will come your way I decided … Continue reading

12 Valentine’s Day Dessert Minis

I have been all about Valentine’s Day lately, and of course Valentine’s Day means something sweet! You can still indulge in dessert without too much guilt if you serve a small bite or mini dessert Petite Cheesecake Boules {boules is French for balls} are a satisfying tasty treat Plus they’re made with frozen cheesecake You … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Valentine Card Ideas

With January almost over {Yay!} I thought it would be fun to think about Valentine card ideas and use watercolor, markers and ink to create original cards You can make cards that are romantic or whimsical Let’s get started with watercolor Make a stroke like a question mark, then make a reverse question mark stroke … Continue reading

Creations, Pretty Posy Floral Frame

Welcome to the first Creative Craft Hop of 2022! Thank you Sara @Birdz of a Feather for hosting My craft this month is a flower embellished picture frame This is a quick and easy craft, no artistic skills required! I picked up some paper flowers and a white picture frame from Hobby Lobby I started … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Spinach, Bacon & Artichoke Dip

This classic party dip gets an update with fresh spinach and crispy bacon We enjoyed it with cocktails before dinner at our recent Winter Sparkle Birthday Bash The Birthday Boy just might have swooned when he first tasted it! What elevates this dip is not only fresh spinach and crispy bacon, it also gets a … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Winter Sparkle

We had dinner at this winter table last night to celebrate my son-in-law’s birthday The weather forecast said snow was on the way! Lots of silver sparkle and snowy trees And ice skating snowmen if you please! They were swirling And twirling… And having so much fun The party had begun! There was a chocolate … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Hydrangea Vase

I did very little artwork during the holidays and just like anything else, when you stop or reduce time spent, you get rusty… I decided to do a quick and loose watercolor to get back in the groove This was painted from a photo by my friend Pam from Everyday Living She and her fellow … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday, 3 Cauliflower Favorites

Cauliflower is a wonderful vegetable that I often overlook, not only is it nutritious, it’s quite versatile It’s great raw in salads, delicious roasted, and paired with cheese it makes a wonderful soup We’ve had some very cold weather in the South this week, so let’s make a pot of comfort soup! Cut off stem … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Cheesy Asparagus & Prosciutto Pastries

This recipe checks a lot of the positive boxes It’s easy to make ✅ You can make it in advance ✅ It can be an appetizer, a brunch dish, ✅ ✅ a side dish with soup or salad, ✅ ✅ or a side with just about any meat, chicken or fish ✅ ✅ ✅ Only … Continue reading