the Organized Life, The December Paint Bucket

The “Paint Bucket” is my bucket list of recipes that I want to try.  I compile this list near the 1st of every month, browsing my Pinterest boards, looking at virtual recipe boxes I have on, the Food network, and Ziplist.  I also keep a master file of categorized recipes on my computer, that … Continue reading

Home Decor, It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

Are you one of those that spends a day or two in a decorating frenzy, get it all done and move on?  Not me, I start slow and do a little at a time, sort of ease into it and see what develops.  I do tend to start in the same spot every year, the … Continue reading

Party Panache, Stuffed Artichoke Appetizer

One of my besties stuck this recipe in my mailbox the other day and said “You need to make this!” She knows that we LOVE artichokes around here, so that was REALLY sweet, but what she didn’t know is that I tried making stuffed artichokes a few months ago and it was a major FAILURE.  … Continue reading

Take out Tuesday, Pumpkin Cheesecake Tartlettes

Are you tired of pumpkin yet? I was officially sick of everything pumpkin but I was assigned desserts for our family Thanksgiving and everyone was expecting pumpkin SOMETHING!  When I hear the word cheesecake my ears perk up…who doesn’t like cheesecake…so when I was browsing recipes I tended to stop and read all the cheesecake … Continue reading

Recipe Box, French Onion Soup with Gruyere & Bacon Croutons

After a long busy weekend, Thanksgiving parties 3 nights in a row, and then the Iron Bowl on Saturday, HH & I were craving something light and simple.  We decided to curl up in front of the TV last night with a steaming bowl of homemade soup.  Onion soup is one of those universal recipes … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Iron Bowl Party

I know you all are thinking about Christmas shopping, decorating and recipes…well, it’s still the height of football season here in Alabama and there is no bigger game all season than the Iron Bowl.  Watching the Iron Bowl is a tradition at our house, and every year we gather friends and family in the Man … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Cupcakes in the Candy Store

One of my favorite decorating themes at Christmas time is CANDY! Growing up it was all about candy for me, and my mom made me the most wonderful gingerbread house with all the trimmings which she kept in the freezer and brought out every year.  I have been collecting sweets for a while now and … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving, Eat Cake!

Happy Happy Thanksgiving!  I have so many things to be thankful for, and I try to be grateful each and every second of everyday.  One of my favorite ways to show my family love and appreciation is to make the house beautiful, seasonal, and full of wonderful food.  We had a little private, immediate family … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Christmas at the beach

Happy Thanksgiving!! No rest for the weary, time to start thinking about the next holiday!!  Just to get you in the mood, and to free your mind from the stress of feeding your entire dysfunctional, I mean LOVING family, I thought I’d show you a little decorating I did on the coast last weekend. It’s … Continue reading

Take out Tuesday, Spaghetti Cassoulet

During the hectic few days before Thanksgiving I want to serve quick and easy meals that do not include any traditional Thanksgiving foods that we will be eating at weeks end.  Tonight’s Take out Tuesday dish is a spaghetti casserole that sounded intriguing when I read the recipe.  I love dishes I can make in … Continue reading