The Organized Life, February Paint Bucket

February is going to be a fun month with Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Leap Day! Yep, we get a whole extra day this year to make up for all that time flying by…whoosh…where did January go? So let’s make some celebratory food! Appetizers French Quarter Cheese Ball from Plain Chicken Baby Bloomin’ … Continue reading

Creations, Holiday Bucket Decoration

  Mardi Gras decorations can be spotted everywhere along the Alabama Gulf Coast.   The stores are full of wreaths, masks, and beads…jesters and feather boas…everywhere you look there is purple, gold and green… I wanted to make a Mardi Gras decoration for my entry, not a wreath but something that would stand up to the … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Swoodles with Spinach & Cashew Cream and Air Fryer Review

Do you know about Air Fryers?  Santa brought us one for Christmas   This amazing kitchen appliance “fries” by circulating a little oil with hot air, sort of like a convection oven.  It is supposed to make your favorite fried foods much healthier by eliminating 95% of the oil HHjr & I  have been experimenting, … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Aqua Ice

I have a little confession to make         It’s about a cake that failed when baked         I bought this fancy snowman pan       To wow, impress, and man oh man       My icing really lacked some skill, maybe time in the fridge and a … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Apple, Pear, Ham & Bleu Cheese Tart

One of my favorite quiche recipe is Pear and Gorgonzola Quiche.  Pears and Bleu cheese are a perfect marriage in my book,  so I decided to tweak it a little and try it with ham instead of bacon,  and add some apple It’s sweet and savory, with a flavor boost of bleu cheese* The caramelized … Continue reading

Creations, Football Table Runner, Banner & Healthy Dip

Freezer paper, masking tape and a little green paint and you have a football field table runner       I have been thinking about painting a more realistic field on a big board that would fit over our pool table for game day, but since I haven’t gotten around to that, I decided to … Continue reading

Party Panache, Skinny Super Bowl Spread with Loaded Apple Cookies

People are always saying, “Wow, I would be in trouble if I lived at your house with all that food you are always making!”  True, my family loves to cook and eat good food, but we balance out splurges with healthier cooking, and we eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies… I want to … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Roasted Fennel and Red Cabbage Citrus Salad

Are you eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables as part of your New Year’s resolution?     This simple salad will wake up your taste buds and your plate, and it’s healthy and guilt free     I really meant to buy raddichio, but I’m an idiot and just grabbed the first red thing … Continue reading

Creations, Monogram Side Table

I have been eyeing this table for a while…     It’s from what I like to call my “Victorian” phase     The floral insert is ceramic, and although I still like it, it’s doesn’t go with anything now, so out came the Annie Sloan Old White       I used Annie Sloan … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Sausage Tortelloni “Stoup” with Kale and Cannellini

I made this last Tuesday, THE day after Alabama won the National Championship game!!   YAY! Go BAMA!!    There was a lot of celebrating…  🍷   🎉  👏   🍺     So let’s just say, I wanted to make something simple, effortless and comforting for dinner, we were worn flat* out!  😴 *worn flat out:  Southern … Continue reading

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