The Organized Life, August Paint Bucket

Are your thoughts turning to Fall and all the yummy foods associated with cooler weather? We won’t have cool weather until the end of October, so I will be holding off on the fall soups and stews for a while and keep concentrating on a rainbow of summery dishes.

This is a list of things I am thinking about making in August, but it’s just a jumping off point~you never can tell what will happen…

paint buckets

The August Paint Bucket


-Caramelized Onion and Veggie Quesadillas

-Jalapeno & Bacon Corn Dip from Damn Delicious

-Green Bean “Fries”

-Sausage and Apricot Skewers

-Club Sandwich in a Bowl


-Garlic Soup [I know it sounds weird, but I had it in a restaurant and it was fabulous!]

-Freedom Fries from Home is where the boat is

-Stuffed Bagette

Jalapeno Popper Zucchini Boats from Carmel Moments

Broccoli Slaw


-Stir Fry

-Cheeseburger Casserole from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

-Chopped Antipasto Salad

-Lobster Creme Brulee from the Food Network

-Chicken Wellington

Desserts and Miscellaneous

-The Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes from the Cafe le Sucre Farine

-Dessert Nachos

-LO CAL Chocolate Mousse

-Breakfast Kebab

What sounds good to you?


Here’s what I made from the Summer Paint Bucket for June and July

As you can see from this recap, I often end up with something totally different than my inspiration recipe, but that’s the fun part~

Vidalia Onion Dip turned into Stuffed Bread Bowl Dip.  This retro recipe was really popular with a lot of readers and was one of the most viewed on a recent Foodie Friday over at Rattlebridge Farm

spicy ham bread bowl dip

Blue Cheese Monkey Bread turned into Buried Treasure Biscuit Bites

buried treasure biscuits 2

Tomato Butter turned into Tomato Basil Butter and it is wonderful on crispy french bread

tomato butter

Corn and Tomato Pizza turned into Roasted Tomato and Corn Bake

roasted tomato and corn bake 1

Tortellini Salad turned into Smokey Chipotle Pasta Salad  and this was featured at Posed Perfection’s Creative Ways

smokey chipotle pasta salad 4

Zucchini and Tomato Bake turned into Tomato  Mushroom & Pesto Flatbread

tomato and mushroom flatbread

Sweet Tea Chicken Sliders turned into Picnic Sliders with White BBQ Slaw

sweet tea chicken

Pasta with Roasted Vegetable Sauce turned into Summer Surprise Pasta

pasta with 3 sauces

Korean BBQ Short Rib Dogs turned into Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos with Asian Peanut Slaw

short rib and slaw tacos

Pineapple Rum Chicken turned into Island Chicken with Pineapple Rum Sauce


Corn and Pablano Lasagna turned into Lite and Spicy Rainbow Lasagna

lite and spicy lasagna

Vegetable Ricotta Tart turned into Savory Plum Tart with Parmesan Pecan Crust

plum tart with parmesan pecan crust

Cherry Pie Something turned into Healthier Heart Tarts

heart tarts

Ice Cream Surprise turned into Ice Cream Sundae Pie

ice cream sundae pie 1

Peaches and Cream French Toast turned into Chilled Peach Soup with Raspberry Cream.  This recipe was featured at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage for Full Plate Thursday

peach soup w:raspberry cream

Blackberry Muffins turned into Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

lemon glazed blackberry scones

Corn on the Cob Cupcakes turned into Corn on the Cob Chocolate Butterscotch Chip Cake.  This recipe was featured on Coastal Charm and Posed Perfection


White Chocolate Brioche Pudding turned into White Chocolate Butterscotch Challah Bread Pudding with Caramel Topping. 

butterscotch bread pudding

It has been a delicious summer so far at the Painted Apron. There is a tie for my favorite recipe  this time,  between Chilled Peach Soup with Raspberry Cream and Lite and Spicy Rainbow Lasagna~ these are also two of the healthiest ones

I hope you’ve seen something you want to try~


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Between Naps on the Porch

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10 Responses to “The Organized Life, August Paint Bucket”
  1. Mary says:

    There always is a rainbow of color, creativity and variety at your table Jenna! Everything looks delicious 🙂

  2. What marvelous foods you’ve created. I would love to taste the tomato jam. Tomatoes are my favorite part of summer.

  3. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Sausage and apricot skewers! Sounds like you’ll be eating well:@)

  4. I like your list, Jenna! We have had such glorious weather all Summer, it is easy to think about Fall. I don’t know why, but it sure has been a nice Summer. Usually, by this time, the grass is crunching under our feet and the humidity and heat are horrible! We are enjoying!! However tempting, soups and stews on the menu can wait another month or so.:-)

  5. Kim says:

    I’m starving all of a sudden! Everything looks so delicious, and I can hardly wait for August. Garlic soup sounds great to me! 🙂

  6. Sandra Garth says:

    You sure know how to whet an appetite with these pictures. Everything looks delicious!

  7. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you for all the nice recipes. 

  8. Patti says:

    I want it all!!! Oh how you make my mouth water! Thanks for the yummy secrets, we’d love to have you share at WIW. Hope to see you there.

  9. Everything looks amazing. Thanks for including the Café on your great round up 🙂

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