The Organized Life, November Paint Bucket

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I know it’s shocking… I know it’s scary… November is here 😱 The best way to avoid holiday freakout   😲 Is to be as organized as possible… Right now, this week, before all the hustle and bustle begins, take some time to think about holiday food Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas, giving a party, or … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Pumpkin & Sausage Pasta Pillows with Chardonnay Béchamel

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Are you ready for Halloween?     Here’s a perfect dinner for your trick or treaters that will make everyone happy!     Soft pillows of pumpkin and sausage stuffed pasta covered in a chardonnay*cream sauce *substitute chicken broth or any white wine     It is sure to keep hungry goblins happy     … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Calm, Cool, & Collected

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Remember this blank canvas     and this paint     It finally came together         I did the gray underpainting with Annie Sloan Paris Gray chalk paint Then vertical strokes and a horizontal band at the bottom with Behr flat white wall paint More vertical strokes with Devine Colors Twig acrylic … Continue reading

Party Panache, 3 Easy Party Appetizers

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October has been a busy month and I’ve had to take some short cuts and come up with  appetizers that are party worthy, yet easy to put together Photos are very limited, but I wanted to share these easy and “people popular” tasty bites with the busy holiday season upon us     Saturday is … Continue reading

Holidays, The Witching Hour

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The Witching Hour is fast approaching,     Witches everywhere will be encroaching       They’ve stopped in here for some potent cheer         They plan to brew some Spider Stew       They’ve flown in from everywhere       Look at that skinny one in the chair   … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Butternut Squash, Spinach & Pepperoni Lasagna

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This is really a short cut lasagna     I used frozen cubed butternut squash, fresh spinach, no boil lasagna sheets, and grated Parmesan cheese     A 5 minute Parmesan Cream Sauce binds everything happily together Or use a prepared Alfredo sauce to make assembly even easier   Roast the squash on a lined … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Blueberry Shortcake Bread Pudding

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This Blueberry Crossiant Puff recipe from Olla-Podrida is on my bucket list this month, all I needed was an excuse to make it     Our Birthday Celebration weekend was the perfect occasion to have this breakfast or dessert bread pudding on hand to feed hungry faces I baked it before the family arrived and … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, “Dreams & Plans”

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Fearless Friday is all about letting go, trying new things, and having fun with a paint brush     We talked about the art of Getting Started recently,     While I’m working on the large canvas above, I wanted to share a painting I did several years ago which was inspired by several other … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Autumn Leaves & Pumpkin Table with Chandy Wreath

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On the Gulf Coast of Alabama, October weather is stunning with bright blue skies, sparkling waters, and breathtaking pink sunsets Perfect for outdoor dining! It can be breezy though,  and it’s hard to keep real candles lit,  even in deep holders and lanterns I made a battery lit lantern to use on the table, which … Continue reading

Party Panache, Birthday Weekend with Spooky Snack Buffet & Skellie Bone Bites

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We combined birthday celebrating with a little spooky Halloween fun last weekend     The Hospitality Buffet we used for guests earlier this fall was such a hit, I decided to use it for a family birthday weekend     A  chalk board birthday sign was front and center     Along with some party … Continue reading

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