Views from the Porch and Giveaway Winner!

Labor Day is Monday which I guess makes summer officially over  😥 I keep my camera handy when I have a chance to relax on the porch, because you never know what you are going to see… But before we see the sights I want to announce the Giveaway Winners from earlier this month Yes, … Continue reading

The Organized Life, September Paint Bucket

September already? Football Season! There will be a lot of finger food on this month’s list! This is a list of recipes I am going to use for cooking inspirations this month, a little thinking ahead and organizing makes menu and meal planning so much quicker for me~ and helps inspire me to create new … Continue reading

Party Panache, Labor Day BLT BBQ Bloody Marys

The Bloody Mary cocktail has been around since the early 1900s, when Russians escaping the revolution in their country, fled to France and brought their beloved vodka with them.  At a popular Paris bar, Harry’s, the bartender thought their spirits were tasteless. Around this same time, tomato juice was also introduced to the bartender, which … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Summer’s End

With Labor Day coming up next weekend, Kathleen over at Cuisine Kathleen has issued a Farewell to Summer Table Challenge      😦   sigh, I hate to say goodbye to summer… So I’m keeping it around for a while! These painted glasses were partly inspired by a nautical blue and white rope Well I just had … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Fresh Vegetable Orzo Alfredo

It’s not that I hate to go to the grocery store… I just think it can be such a time waster when there are so many better things to do… so I often raid the pantry and fridge to come up with recipes such as this Fresh Vegetable Orzo Alfredo I had some fresh green … Continue reading

Creations, Quick Table Re-do

This little table had paint splatters on it, and was just hanging out in the garage collecting junk HH wanted a TV tray table for the den when he cozies up in front of  the TV…hmmmmmm A quick coat of Annie Sloan Graphite*…no, it doesn’t completely cover but I was going with the vintage look … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Savory Apple Pie Quesadilla

Did you know that next Saturday, the Saturday before Labor Day,  is International Bacon Day? Yep!  Celebrate with this sweet and Savory Apple Pie Quesadilla with BACON. I call it Apple Pie because it is full of apples and sharp cheddar cheese, the classic pairing for apple pie Except I used Cranberry White Cheddar and … Continue reading

Party Panache, EZ Party Favors and Prizes

The party favors and prizes for last weekend’s Cook Your App Off! party went together easily with just a little shopping I hit Olde Time Pottery, World Market and the Grocery Store looking for all things orange I got a ceramic lattice square planter, a chef wine bottle holder and an orange colander to use … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Winning Appetizer Recipes

And the winner’s from the Cook Your App Off #3 are: #1 Orange and Blue Oyster Poppers! This creative plating was prize winning too, the delicate fried oysters were bathed in a spicy orange sauce and placed on shells. They were accompanied by a bleu cheese dipping sauce in hollowed out orange halves and toothpicks … Continue reading

Party Panache, Orange Everything!

The 3rd annual Cook Your App Off party was last weekend, and this year the theme was Orange!  This is really my daugther’s party, I am just her assistant I added an orange polka dot ribbon to the Party Wreath I made last year, which handily had some orange and blue kitchen utensils on it … Continue reading

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