The Organized Life, Holiday Paint Bucket

No more Daylight Savings Time, boo hoo, winter is setting in…but first there are the holidays!

I am doing a Holiday Paint Bucket, combining November and December


into one Big Bucket List of Holiday Recipe Inspirations! 

For more on the table above see Thanksgiving Tables, Gobble Gobble,  here

holiday bucket list

Here are the recipes that are currently making my mouth water~


Cranberry Walnut Brie with Sugared Grapes from Kitchen Meets Girl

Sweet Potato Nachos

Bleu Cheese Tart with Cranberry Chutney from The Galley Gourmet

Pumpkin Wontons

Rosemary Pine Nut Sables [shortbread] from Serious Eats

Pretzel Bites

Cheesecake Dip

Bacon Bleu Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms from the Food Charlatan


Sweet Potato Crusted Spinach Quiche from Fourteen Forty

Cranberry Roasted Winter Vegetables from My Recipes

Apple Bacon and Onion Stuffing Muffins from

Healthy Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from Brlyn Locovore

Slow Cooker Cornbread Dressing from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

French Onion Tart from Food 52

Baked Apples

Rosemary Garlic Hassleback Potatoes from Feasting at Home


Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Calzones from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Lasagna Al Forno

Pumpkin Beef and Black Bean Chili from Happier than a Pig in Mud

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Fettucini Alfredo from Half Baked Harvest

Copy Cat Chick Fil-A Nuggets and Honey Mustard from Damn Delicious

Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup from Half Baked Harvest

Slow Cooker Enchilada Stack from Damn Delicious

Apple Cider Brined Pork Chops with Bourbon Sauce from Olla-Podrida


Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse from Raspberri Cupcakes

Pecan Pie Bark from Wishes and Dishes

Southern Praline Bars from the Cafe Sucre Farine

Almond Butter Pie Crust Cookies

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Maple Pecan Mini Cheesecakes from Will Cook for Smiles


Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce from Manu’s Menu

Cranberry Mustard from The Food Network Magazine November 2014

Baked Egg Breakfast Rolls


Peppermint Milkshake

Apple Pecan Twist Bread from Home Sweet Homemade

“Crobundt” cake from Oh Bite it!


Here’s what I made from the October Bucket List

Hot Asigo and Ham Dip turned into Pigskin Tailgate Dip and was featured on Lori’s Culinary Creations

pigkin dip 2

Fresh Rosemary and Grape Foccacia turned into Figggy Bleu Focaccia with Grapes

fig foccacia with grapes and bleu cheese

Slow Cooker Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes from Family Fresh Meals are extra easy and delicious

cheesy scalloped potatoes

Chicken in Phyllo turned into Chicken Baklava with Honey Mustard Gravy

chicken and asparagus

Roasted Pear and Butternut Soup from Home is Where the Boat is a bowl of Cold Weather Comfort

butternut squash soup

Chicken Terrific turned into Spinach Ravioli Alfredo with Chicken and Asparagus

 spinach and chicken ravioli alfredo

Candy Cookies turned into 5 Minute Trick or Treat Bars

Halloween bars

Nutella Overnight Oats turned into Oatmeal with PB2,  a Cold Weather Comfort Bowl

peanut butter oatmeal

Triple Corn Quick Bread from the Food Network turned into Sweet Red Pepper & Onion Cheesy Cornbread

cheesy cornbread thepaintedapron,com

It was a delicious month!

My favorite recipe from this past month was Pigskin Tailgate Dip, go Rebs!

On to the holidays!


I will be sharing with the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and:

Pure Grace Farms

Show Stopper Saturday

Memories by the Mile

The Scoop


13 Responses to “The Organized Life, Holiday Paint Bucket”
  1. Emily says:

    I like you idea Jena of combining holiday recipes. It makes it easy, one place to go to. I must say all the recipes are wonderful too. Love the holiday table. I have to get busy, it will all be here before we know it…………….

  2. What I love about your paint bucket posts is that I can save the post, and the links are al there. I am going to do that butternut/pear soup next. I would up making potato leek soup last week, and a few days ago I made vegetable beef, the old cold weather standby.

  3. Mary says:

    Everything sounds and looks delicious Jenna! It’s COLD here and I’m looking for chili & soup recipes 🙂

  4. Lynn says:

    Lots of great ideas on your holiday bucket list Jenna! Hope you like the chili and I can’t wait to see your sweet potato nachos:@)

  5. Now you are making my mouth water. I absolutely HATE turning the clocks back, and am not looking forward to the darkness coming so early, but I do like good, comforting, winter cooking.

  6. I’ve been in a mood for cooking. Your list sounds so good and all the images tempting!

  7. Kim says:

    You are so organized with your recipe planning! I look forward to seeing each recipe as we move into the holiday season. Great idea you have in combining November and December!

  8. Sandra Garth says:

    This is a terrific idea and you have been one busy lady!

  9. Christine says:

    Hi sweet Jenna, and thanks o much for the sweet words on my thanksgiving Tour. I LOVe this table and all the food you prepared. Darn why do you love so far away??? I could come over for a visit and even bring my bunny along?? LOL

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