The Organized Life, January Paint Bucket

Happy 2015!

New Years centerpiece

Time for a fresh start!

Here is a list of recipes I am using for inspiration this month

snow scene


Lightened Up Artichoke Dip from Not Your Mama’s Meals

Coconut Snowball Cocktail

Caesar Salad Won Ton Cups from Complete Recipes

Shot Glass Ricotta Dip with Focaccia

Cheddar Spritz Crackers from Happier than a Pig in Mud


Roasted Grapes, Smoked Cheddar and Walnut Salad from Nibbles by Nic

Honey Stung Carrots from French Gardener Dishes

Spinach “Brownies” from Allrecipes

Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole with crispy Prosciutto from Half Baked Harvest

Noodles with Ginger Peanut Dressing from Food Network Magazine Dec. 2014


Slow Cooker  Jalapeno Popper Chicken Tacquitos from Creme de la Crumb

Meatball Sub Bubble Up Bake from Life with the Crust Cut Off

Deep Dish Spinach Quiche with Toasted Sesame Crust from Half Baked Harvest

Avocado Pasta from Damn Delicious

Desserts & Miscellaneous

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie from Southern Living

Bourbon Glazed Pecan Gingerbread Cookies from Home is Where the Boat is

Cookie Butter from the Food Network Magazine December 2014

Mini Cannoli Cups from Love Bakes Good Cakes


Here’s what I made from the Holiday Paint Bucket, which covered both November and December

Rosemary Pine Nut Sables [shortbread] from Serious Eats

rosemary pine nut cookies

Bleu Cheese Tart with Cranberry Chutney from The Galley Gourmet

bleu cheese tart with cranberry

Pumpkin Wontons turned into Pumpkin Pie Surprise Mini Quiche

ham and pumpkin quiche

Cheesecake Dip turned into Halloween Candy Cheesecake Dip

Halloween candy dip

Bacon Bleu Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms from the Food Charlatan turned into Bleu Bacon Pecan Dip or Mushroom stuffing


Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Calzones from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice turned into Artichoke Chicken Tartlettes

chicken, spinach, artichoke tarts

Pumpkin Beef and Black Bean Chili from Happier than a Pig in Mud turned into Loaded Pumpkin Slow Cooker Chili

pumpkin chili 2

Rosemary Garlic Hassleback Potatoes from Feasting at Home were simple, fragrant and satisfying and I combined them with 2 of my other favorite potato recipes for Holiday Potatoes 3 Ingredients, 3 Ways

holiday hasslebacks

Apple Bacon and Onion Stuffing Muffins from turned into Apple, Pecan and Pomegranate Stuffing Muffins

stuffing muffins 5

Lasagna Al Forno, which simply means baked lasagna in Italian, turned into Red & White Lasagna Rolls

creamy lasagna rolls

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Fettucini Alfredo from Half Baked Harvest turned into Eggplant Parmigiana Soup & Brussels Sprout Bacon Pasta

PicMonkey Collage

Slow Cooker Enchilada Stack from Damn Delicious turned into Enchilada Pie with Queso and Avocado Creme

enchilada pie with avocado creme

“Crobundt” cake from Oh Bite it! turned into apple filled Hot Buttered Rum Roll Cake

hot buttered rum apple bundt

Coffeecake appeared for my Secret Recipe Club November assignment, Raspberry Orange Coffeecake with Almond Streusel

Raspberry Orange Coffeecake

Cranberry Mustard from The Food Network Magazine November 2014

fresh cranberry mustard

Peppermint Milkshake turned into Peppermint Mousse Parfaits

peppermint mousse

My favorite recipes from this Holiday Paint Bucket are the two with pumpkin, Loaded Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili and savory Pumpkin Pie Surprise Mini Quiche…but I highly recommend all of these recipes, they were all a big hit!


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

The Freshman Cook

Melanie Makes

5 Responses to “The Organized Life, January Paint Bucket”
  1. Lynn says:

    Looks like you ate very well in December Jenna! The cheddar crackers are good, but I’d bake them at a little lower temp and a little longer to make sure they dry out well. Have fun watching the football games and Happy 2015:@)

  2. Liz Mackie says:

    So many beautiful recipes. Thank you and Happy New Year!

  3. Amazed as usual at your energy. Great lookin food!

    Roll Tide! Happy New Year!

  4. Mary says:

    Jenna, As usual, you’ve been creative and productive in the kitchen! Those Hassleback Potatoes are calling my name 🙂

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