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BBQ torta

Recipe Box, BBQ Pork & Corn Torta & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Our favorite go to meal is pork butt, also known as Boston butt,  cooked on the grill.  It’s easy to prep, all it needs is a good seasoned rub patted all over it, then put it on the grill, low and slow, and go about your day     It’s a WIN WIN, everybody likes … Continue reading

summer table

Tablescapes, Blue Skies & Yellow Roses

Summer days…   Yellow roses and     Bright blue skies     It’s hot hot hot     so dine inside, if you’re wise     The golden dots     are like the sun     They bring warmth and lots of fun     Garden flowers fill the vase     A … Continue reading

summer vegetable tian

Take-out Tuesday, Cherry Tomato Tian

A tian is a dish made with layered ingredients, arranged in a shallow baking dish     The name originates from the Greek word for frying pan, tēganon     All you have to do is slice an array of vegetables     yellow squash, zucchini, onion, potato     I used a circular baking … Continue reading

beach cake on tile tray

Recipe Box, Bahama Beach Bundt

Bring some beach into your home with this Bahama Beach Bundt cake   Tropical blue waves washing against a white chocolate shell dotted sugar sand beach     And when you cut into it…       Mouthwatering moist blue velvet cake  🐳     It will bring the ocean right to your door!   … Continue reading

strawberries with line

Fearless Friday, Strawberries!

Let’s paint some strawberries today     The inspiration photo is on the left and the same photo with the Waterlogue Illustration effect right     no sketch first, I wanted to work fast and loose     light shapes from back to front, leaving the highlight areas white       a few more … Continue reading

retro recipes

Recipe Box, Back to the 70s

  Have you noticed a resurgence of retro recipes lately…you know things that were the rage back in the 70’s like jello salad, crepes, deviled eggs, and tater tots… I recently read a mystery series called the Country Club Murders, which was set in the 70’s   When I started the first book, I didn’t … Continue reading

fish glasses

Recipe Box, Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze and Bacon Wrapped Sweet Chili Shrimp

Here are 2 easy peasy seafood recipes we enjoyed during the 4th of July week     I didn’t have a chance to take a lot of fancy photos     These bacon wrapped shrimp swam off the pan!   We had some fresh peeled shrimp leftover from our Coconut Shrimp dinner     So … Continue reading

chili lime corn nachos with queso

Take-out Tuesday, Chili Lime Corn & Queso Nachos

You’ve got to try this!     These nachos are crazy good!       I used multigrain and white corn tortilla chips     I used fresh, roasted corn on the cob, but grilled corn would even be better  😋     Lay out the chips in an even layer on a parchment lined … Continue reading

blueberry cornbread table

Tablescapes, Crazy for Blueberries & Buttery Blueberry Cornbread

We have been crazy for berries this summer, especially blueberries     This Blueberry Cornbread recipe from  Southern Bite was calling my name       This cornbread is not as dense as some, and gets moisture and sweetness from the blueberries     It’s really good paired with a blueberry beer!       … Continue reading

poppy collection

Fearless Friday, Copycat Poppies

A great way to learn painting is by copying  others   The watercolor on the left is from Fluidcolors.  I love the way the artist faded the receeding poppies into the shadowy background, and I copied the artist’s style and composition {right}     Copying is a great way to experiment and try out new … Continue reading

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