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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.

Party Panache, Magic Mini Meatball Muffins

In the mood for some hearty party bites, I perused appetizer recipes on Pinterest I combined several elements and ingredients from different recipes and came up with these mini meatball bites You have to make these~ they will disappear like magic!! The meatballs are made with ground beef and breakfast sausage, seasoned with Montreal Steak … Continue reading

Tablescapes, A Piggy Party!

Spring has sprung and the piggy party has begun! The bunnies have all hopped away and my sweet little pigs have come out to play! Pink, white, stripes and spotty My pigs are sweet, they’re never naughty! They love to dine on radishes And big fat cabbages! A galvanized pig pan holds extras near by … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups

This recipe comes with a disclaimer: You might be tempted to eat these for breakfast… Actually they are a perfect little treat any time of day or night! Small sugar cookie cups filled with cheesecake and fresh strawberries… AND! They are super easy to make! I used sugar cookie dough that was already cut into … Continue reading

Creations, Decorative Artist’s Palette

I found this colorful rainbow wreath of flowers with a palette on Pinterest and thought it would be so much fun to make I decided to just make the palette for right now, and use it to decorate my studio This palette board came with a table top easel box I bought to use for … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Tulip Tumblers & Spring Gift Idea

Today’s post incorporates 5 stroke tulips with a Spring gift idea Earlier this year we painted Fast and Loose watercolor tulips Today’s acrylic tulips are painted in much the same way One stroke for the stem, one stroke for a leaf on each side of the stem Then 2-3 strokes for the tulip If you … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Bacon Jam Asparagus Rolls

This recipe is ridiculously easy, but party worthy! We enjoyed these as part of our Spring Charcuterie Spread on Sunday Crescent roll dough, asparagus, bacon jam and cheese Stonewall Kitchen Bourbon Bacon Jam is very yummy stuff It is available in upscale grocery stores, see store locator here or online here OR you can make … Continue reading

Party Panache, Spring Charcuterie Spread

We had a perfectly lovely Easter Sunday, blue skies, bright sunshine and temps in the mid 70s… It was the perfect occasion to enjoy a charcuterie board on the patio while we watched the bunnies hunt eggs I told everyone to come hungry for our afternoon gathering We nibbled on a Spring charcuterie board and … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Grilled Cabbage Steaks with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Now that temps are warming up, here’s a different and delicious recipe to try on your grill {I’ll show you how to bake it in your oven too} Cabbage is cut into thick slices and grilled then topped with a warm bacon vinaigrette We had this as a side with BBQ chicken You could serve … Continue reading

Holidays, Happy Easter!

May your day be filled with sunshine May your arms be filled with tulips And your garden overflow with bunnies… May your table be set for your favorite peeps And be laden with good things to eat May your basket overflow with pretty eggs and grasses And may fine wine fill your glasses May your … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, “Nesting”

Have you ever used masking fluid or frisket when you’re painting with watercolor? I have a bottle that’s who knows how old… I usually just work around the areas I want to keep white Somehow I got it in my head that masking fluid was too much trouble… Uh, no, it’s super easy and fun … Continue reading