the Organized Life, October “Paint Bucket”

In September I made 10 recipes from my bucket list.  That is great! My bucket list is for inspiration only so it would be ok with me, myself and I if I made nothing on it!  Moods change, life happens, and things are not always in your control…that’s okay, the goal of being organized is … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Easy Steak Autumn Dinner

Have you ever had a Garage Sale?  I swore I would NEVER do that, I had heard the nightmarish stories and generally tend to donate things when they stopped being used…But after 20 years and raising children in this house, our basement was a disaster.  DD [darling daughter] felt generally responsible since most of the … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Baked Potato Chips & Grilled Romaine Salad

It’s almost the end of September and I realized that I hadn’t made many recipes from the “Paint Bucket,” my monthly bucket list of recipes [see Aug 31, 2012] Since I was at the beach for the first 2 weeks of September I didn’t do much experimenting in the kitchen so a lot of my … Continue reading

the Organized Life, recipe failure & success!

Anyone that cooks regularly and tries new things knows this dirty little secret, sometimes recipes turn out badly!  AGHHH! I hate it when that happens!  Cooking is basically a scientific experiment, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…I have even had tried and true recipes bomb…so you have to laugh it off and move … Continue reading

Take out Tuesday, Meatball Sub Casserole

I have wanted to try this recipe for a long time. Hungry Husband LOVES meatballs and meatball sandwiches.  The last time he had a meatball sandwich was in the car driving home from the beach…think about that a minute…driving on the interstate trying to eat a submarine sandwich that is dripping with Marinara…sometimes he really … Continue reading

Party Panache, Sausage, Mushroom & Kale Dip

We had this for an Alabama Game recently. Our game day parties always feature at least one dip, the guests love milling around and grabbing a nosh of some kind all through out the game.  I saw this dip featured on the Martha Stewart show recently…yes, I turn it on occasionally when I’m working in … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Game Day

People tend to gather at our house for game day…it could be something to do with HH’s 120″ TV screen in his man cave…but it’s really more about Alabama football!  Southerners take their football SERIOUSLY.  People check the football schedules before making any other commitments and tailgating is a business.  Because we prefer comfort over … Continue reading

Creations, Tacoladas

My favorite part of cooking is the creating part.  I guess that is why it is so difficult for me to follow recipes exactly, I just can’t do it!  I have to change something, good or bad, I can’t help it.  Last week when I fixed tacos I cooked an extra pound of seasoned ground … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Seafood lunch

Recently we entertained some very hard working friends during a leisurely September weekend on the coast.  I decided to set the tone for the weekend with a little “counterscape” on my kitchen island I filled a large shell dish [Pottery Barn 2010] with some of my favorite shells…then I added some blue pebbles just for … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Heaven in a Cookie Bar

Not much new here, just your basic blondie with nuts and chocolate chips…YUM! YES! PERFECT! and perfectly easy…make these and give them all away except this one little corner which you MUST taste, being the cook and all… Ok, so get the stuff out, this recipe is so basic you probably have everything in your … Continue reading

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