the Organized Life, the April Paint Bucket

I think I got pranked early for April Fool’s Day.  I’m pretty sure it was the Leprechauns.  I had a recipe on my bucket list for March called Pistachio Fudge.  The basic recipe was white chocolate and nuts.  I decided to tweak this into more of a cookie.  It failed.  TWICE.  How can that be, I thought, not once but TWICE!

I did invite you to visit the Leprechaun Village with me one day in March, for a sip and a nosh while the Leprechauns weren’t there.  It must have made them mad!  It’s the only thing I can figure out…

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This is the first attempt at Pistachio Fudge, which I was going to call Pistachio Cheesecake Shortbread Squares…

pistachio squares

Pretty, but it had NO flavor! Zip, nada, none…I don’t know why, nuts, white chocolate, cream cheese, shortbread cookies…how can that not be tasty?

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Version 2 was white chocolate, crescent roll dough, sweetened condensed milk and pistachios.  Again, NO FLAVOR!  my son-in-law NG ate them and said they were great, but that doesn’t count, he’ll eat anything sweet…It almost put me off baking sweets…Notice I said ALMOST…

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The BAILEYS IRISH CREME CUPCAKES turned out fine!  So what do you think, did the Leprechauns play an early April Fool’s joke on me?

Here are the recipes I made from the March Paint Bucket that I recommend, followed by the April Paint Bucket List of menu inspirations.  

Lite Muffaletta Salad turned into CHOPPED ITALIAN SALAD with CREAMY ORZO & ASPARAGUS PARMESAN

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on a plate

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or in a jar.

Zucchini Crisps turned into a lighter version, ROASTED TOMATO ZUCCHINI BOATS

roasted tomato zucchini from thepaintedapron.com

MINI REUBENS & POTATO SOUP showed up for St. Patrick’s Day

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and we celebrated the Irish again with ROSEMARY & MINT MARINATED LAMB CHOPS

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We really enjoyed GRILLED CHICKEN SLIDERS with BACON JAM, BACON JAM is this month’s winner, favorite recipe of the month!

chicken sliders w:bacon jam, thepaintedapron.com

Let me know if you have any insight into my cookie failures…do you think it’s the white chocolate that is causing lack of flavor, or the leprechauns?

THE APRIL PAINT BUCKET

APPETIZERS AND SMALL BITES

APP bkt.PROSCIUTTO & PESTO PANINI

.ZUCCHINI BITES

.MEXICAN TORTILLA PIZZA

.GARDEN SLIDERS

.PARMESAN WONTON CRACKERS

SIDES

SIDES bkt.PEAR VINAIGRETTE

.ASIAN SLAW

.ITALIAN FRIES

.TOMATO TARTS

.LEEK & POTATO CRISPS with chive cream

MAIN DISH

main bucket.CHICKEN PARMESAN

.LOBSTER CORN DOGS

.BLT SALAD SANDWICH

.MAIN DISH PEAR SALAD

.SCALLOPS

DESSERTS & MISCELLANEOUS

DESSERT bkt.PEACH BUNDT CAKE

.SUGAR COOKIE TACOS

.COMEBACK SAUCE

.LEMON CHIVE BUTTER

.MASON JAR COCKTAIL

What are you cooking up this month?  Thanks for visiting, I’d love to know if you’ve ever failed at a recipe repeatedly, did you keep trying or just cross it off?

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I’m joining some of these great parties this week:

the Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY

Between Naps on the Porch for METAMORPHIS MONDAY & TABLESCAPE THURSDAY

Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY

The Gunny Sack for WHAT’S IN THE GUNNY SACK?

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Design Decor Tuesday

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY

The Dedicated House for MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY

No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

The Home Girl for FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA

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2 Responses to “the Organized Life, the April Paint Bucket”
  1. Remember that old Chiffon margarine commercial that said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”? Well, I think the leprechauns don’t like it, either. They put a contract out on you, and this was a revenge hit! 🙂 But you redeemed yourself with the beautiful cupcakes, so it’s all good!

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