The Organized Life, January Paint Bucket

Welcome 2014! Do you have resolutions and wonderful things planned? Making a monthly recipe “bucket list” is one resolution I have been keeping for 2 years now.  It really motivates me to try new recipes and it keeps me organized enough to have time to do so~

Here is my “bucket list” of recipes to try or be inspired from for January.  To start the year off right, I am going to try to make everything a little lighter and healthier, eliminating extra fats and calories and packing the dishes with fruits and veggies~

recipe buckets collage


Pimento Cheese Cookies  from Southern Living

Anti-carb Antipasto cups

Low Fat Hawaiian Pizza Dip

Taco Cupcakes


Swiss Chard, Pear and Gruyere Tart

Roasted Vegetable Salad

Lighter Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Savory Caprese Bread from Will Cook for Smiles


Mushroom Fajitas

Slow Cooker White Chicken Lasagna

Italian Sausage Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce from Flavor Mosaic

Chicken Pot Pie

Desserts and Miscellaneous

Lightened Up Blueberry Coffee Cake from Home is Where the Boat is

Strawberry and White Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffins from Will Cook for Smiles

Milky Way Cheesecake Bars from Inside Brucrew Life

Nutella and Oatmeal Gluten Free Cookies from Lulu Musing

Red Velvet Trifle

Here’s what I made from the December Bucket List.  You might notice that some of the resulting dishes are pretty distant from the inspiration recipe! That’s ok, the bucket list is just a taking off point, you must go where your creative juices and tastebuds take you!

Bacon Bourbon and Brussels Sprout Skewers  I didn’t change a thing and they are AMAZING!

bourbon glazed brussels sprouts and bacon

Beef Enchilada Dip turned into “Ironbowl Tears” [aka Enchilada Dip]  sooo sad….!


I ended up combining 2 of the listed appetizers from the December Bucket List, Cheesy Mushroom Dip and Cranberry, Butternut & Brussels Sprouts Nachos and made Roasted Garlic, Brussels Sprouts, and Bacon Dip.  Don’t tell skeptics about the brussels sprouts, they’ll never know they’re in there! This is fabulous!

roasted garlic, brussels sprouts and bacon dip

Bacon and Leek Bread Pudding turned into Spicy Biscuit Bundt

Spicy Biscuit Bundt

Mini Eggplant Parmesan turned into Eggplant Lasagna


I combined aspects of two of the main dishes listed, Chicken Pot Pie on the Fly, and Spinach & Artichoke Rollatini and created  Chicken Alfredo with Spinach and Artichokes


Ham and Swiss Sticky Buns turned into Christmas Confetti Potato Tart

Christmas confetti quiche

Christmas Cake Balls turned into Peppermint Snowballs

peppermint snowballs 2

Thanks for stopping by, I hope January ushers in a wonderful New Year for you!


I will be joining:

No Minimalist Here

Posed Perfection

Easy Life

Love Bakes Good Cakes

Foodie Friday

Will Cook for Smiles

Seasonal Sunday

DIY 1st Sunday Organization

13 Responses to “The Organized Life, January Paint Bucket”
  1. lulu says:

    Isn’t it amazing what a popular food Brussels sprouts have become? Kale, too.

  2. Liz says:

    All lovely recipes. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  3. Emily says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Wow, your new year is off to a really great start! I have to say my New Yea list of “to do” looks a lot like yours. Healthy and lighter fare on the menus for the new year. All your recipes look really delicious and your photos are always amazing. Your blog looks amazing too. Love the night shot of the bridge (Orange Beach?).

    All the best to your and your family in 2014!

  4. This really is something I should do, too, Jenna since my doctor got all serious with me last week about my cholesterol. Cooking is no longer a joy for me since I have to look at labels and weigh stuff and cut out so many of the foods I so dearly love. I guess I need to try to get a positive attitude and concentrate on finding new food loves. Sigh!

    Enjoy your new recipes, and Happy New Year!

    • It takes a lot of planning to cook anyway, I’m going to try to make everything healthier this year so maybe there will be some recipes you can use. My biggest challenge is that bacon, cheese and anything fattening are always my favorite ingredients! Knowing you and your spirit, I bet you can have fun in the kitchen again!

  5. Mary says:

    Everything is always mouth-watering at your house Jenna and I’m already salivating over your January bucket list! I’ve been wanting to try those Pimento Cheese Cookies from SL and I can hardly wait for a serving of Swiss Chard, Pear and Gruyere Tart from you…yum! Looking forward to any slow cooker recipes from you this year, including your White Chicken Lasagna. Wishing you a delicious New Year 🙂

  6. Kitty says:

    Wow, Jenna, I love the idea of a bucket list for recipes! Those bacon and Brussels sprout skewers are making me hungry. Thanks for all the inspiration and Happy 2014 to you. xo

  7. Mary says:

    This is a great idea those Christmas/peppermint snowballs look so yummy!

  8. shopannies says:

    love your post creating a bucket list a sort of goal. This could help me in the kitchen and believe I may make one as well.
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  9. Miz Helen says:

    I see several things that we would just love from your Bucket List. Thanks so much for sharing your Bucket List with us today at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  10. That Roasted Garlic, Brussel Sprouts, and Bacon Dip looks fantastic. I’m honored you included my Italian Sausage and Pasta in a Basil Cream Sauce recipe in your bucket list. Thanks for a great post.

  11. Jenny says:

    What a great idea to have a bucket list for recipes each month! I’ve never thought of that, and might give it a try!

    I’d like to invite you to a new link party, called Happy Tuesday. We’re sharing anything that makes us happy – we want to spread good vibes and positivity throughout blogland. You can find out more info at the link below. I hope you’ll come and join us!


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