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Recipe Box, Sweet & Savory Apple Tart with Fennel & Prosciutto

  It’s raining leaves at my house     But they aren’t the pretty fall leaves you save and wax and put in your centerpieces or pumpkin pots       It was 97 degrees, dry as a bone, and I think they’ve simply given up!     I had to use faux leaves in … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Lobster Buoy Love

I haven’t had any time to paint these past few weeks, with house guests and traveling, so today’s painting is one I did a month or so ago, to finish the guest room redo     I did a watercolor of buoys earlier this summer, you can read about the inspiration and see the tutorial … Continue reading

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Home Decor, Arched Doorways & Giveaway Winner!

Okay y’all, it’s officially fall!   So the calendar says, but we’re still in the 90’s in Alabama…  😅     But pumpkins have arrived  🎉   I couldn’t resist a centerpiece using the hand painted pumpkin table runner before I send it to the giveaway winner…     Yep!   Today’s the day!     … Continue reading

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Party Panache, Beer Cheese Fondue with Tater Tot Kebabs and Endless Possibilities

Next time you have a gathering, try this irresistible, easy to make, fondue to wow your guests     We were hoping to leave Ole Miss in the mud at last Saturday’s football game     Ole Miss has beaten Bama the last two years!  😱     Our daughter and some very good friends … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Alabama Comeback Bars

We had a ball last week with my brother-in-law and nephew, who surprised us with an impromptu visit, and flew in from Southern California to relax with us at the beach for a few days…     I wanted to make sure they were properly attired…     We had a lot of perfect weather … Continue reading

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Home Decor, Falling at the Beach

This has been a busy week with guests, but I did have a chance to get a little fall in the air before they arrived     Look closely inside the rim of the blue pot       this little tree frog was ready to greet our guests too…     I hope he’s … Continue reading

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Fearless Friday, Sketching

Drawing and painting is just like anything else, it takes practice practice practice     Keep a sketch book or pad of paper handy and doodle while you’re on the phone or watching TV     When you see something you like, in a magazine or on Pinterest, try drawing it for fun     … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Green Chile Tomato Cheese Grits

  In honor of my California guests this week, I’m serving cheese grits California style, spiced up with tomatoes and green chiles     When I first moved to the South, I wasn’t a fan of grits, but once I was introduced to cheese grits a whole new world opened up     I know … Continue reading

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Recipe Box, Grilling with HH, tips & tricks

HH has been saying for years that when he retired he was going to learn more about cooking than just throwing meat on the grill and a potato in the oven   I never thought he would actually do it, but now he reads recipes, plans out meals days in advance, makes a grocery list, … Continue reading

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Take-out Tuesday, Blueberry Cheesecake Danish

  I’m not sure if this is breakfast or dessert     It’s berry creaminess has just the right amount of sweet without being cloying like many bakery danishes     I caught HH topping his with ice cream…    🍨     Divide the dough in half, according to the shape of your dish, you … Continue reading

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