The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

Happy December!

Since Thanksgiving fell early this year, it feels like we have a whole extra week to prepare for Christmas and the holidays, plenty of time for lots of cooking   😆   😂   😆  I know, right?

What is plenty of time anyway, and please tell me where to get some…

This month I’m starting a new feature called Flavor of the Month

The flavor of the month will be a seasonal ingredient, or flavor that will be featured as a monthly theme and will show up in at least one recipe, and possibly part of a tablescape, creation, decor or painting tutorial

December’s Flavor of the Month is Gingerbread!



Here are the recipes I am using for December inspirations…

You can see photos of the inspirational recipes on my Novemeber/December Paint Bucket here


Baked Pimiento Cheese Dip from Olla-Podrida

Roasted Grapes with Cheese and Herbs from The Nest

Carrot Tart with Risotto and Almond Filling from Epicurious

Pear Thyme Galette from Home is Where the Boat is

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack from the Domestic Rebel


Apple Cranberry Coleslaw from Lemon Tree Dwelling

French Onion Zoodle Bake from Climbing Grier Mountain

Cheesy Pull Apart Pesto Bread from the Chew

Spiralized Pear Salad


Asparagus Manicotti

Beer Chicken in the Crock Pot from The Creative Life in Between

Chili with Pasta

Cranberry Orange Stir fry from Half Baked Harvest

Chicken Divan Stuffed Shells from Olla Podrida


Key Lime Tassies from Southern Living

Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip from Food Folks and Fun

Peppermint Candy Cane Bundt Cake from Betsy Life

Red Velvet Ice Cream


Cream Cheese Cranberry Bread from Julie’s Eats and Treats

Gingerbread House

Candy Cane Reindeer

Melted Snowman Bark


Here’s what I made from the November Paint Bucket


Mama Mia Sliders



Sausage & Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from I Should Be Mopping the Floor turned into Orange Glazed Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Balls




Pumpkin Naan Pizza from Climbing Grier Mountain turned into Pumpkin & Sausage Naan




Sides and Main Dish

Slow Cooker Ricotta Rosemary Creamed Corn from Carlsbad Cravings changed completely into a Anything Goes Galette




Mushroom Thyme Pot Pie from Bon Appetit, November 2016 turned into Mushroom Puff Pastry Timbales which will be posting soon




Cranberry Ice Cream turned into White Chocolate Cranberry Ice Cream, and was featured at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage




Apple Pie Monkey Bread from the Pinning Mama turned into Sausage and Apple Biscuit Muffins




My favorite recipe from November was the Pumpkin Sausage Naan but we enjoyed them all!

Psst, we had Orange Glazed Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Balls twice 😋

I hope your December is delicious!

🎄   ⭐️   🎅🏻   🎄   ⛄️   ⭐️   🎅🏻   🎄

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Tickle My TastebudsFull Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Poofing the Pillows,  Get Your DIY On,    Your Inspired Design

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16 Responses to “The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket”
  1. French Onion Zoodle Bake sounds like a winner Jenna! Happy December:@)

  2. Jenna, I love your flavor of the month idea and since gingerbread is a favorite of mine I approve of your first choice! Think of everything you can do with it, cooking and decorating! Your list of recipes to try has me drooling and hungry! Can’t wait to see them. As far as ‘plenty of time’ I think that the more time I have, the more I plan to do so it somehow never quite works out! You can’t be as far behind as I am this year! I did think I had so much extra time and now I am in trouble! So what am I doing? Well reading my favorite blogs, of course! Linda

  3. Jodi says:

    So many yummy ideas!!!! Look forward to trying some. And thanks for featuring my beer chicken. 😉

  4. Wow — sounds fabulous, Jenna. And what’s not to love about gingerbread? Ginger is one of my faves!

  5. Mary says:

    Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors of the Christmas season Jenna! I’m looking forward to seeing your creations in the kitchen and at the table 🙂

  6. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    This is an amazing collection of ymminess! I don’t even know where to start clicking first. Thanks for planning my entire holiday menu!

  7. You’re always up to something delicious and fun. It looks like December will be no exception.

  8. I have been dreaming about those orange glazed stuffing balls wrapped in bacon ever since you first posted about them! Gosh, they sound so good, and you just confirmed it. Having said that, this list of recipes is almost overwhelming, so many, so little time!

    • Thanks Rita, they are a new favorite! I made them for a football party last weekend and put each one in a mini muffin paper and didn’t use toothpicks at all. I assembled them in the am and stuck them in the fridge and then microwaved them, they were still fantastic!

  9. creationsbycindynefcomnet says:

    Lots of goodies here and all of them look so good. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Jenna, you have chosen a favorite flavor for me. I started making gingerbread boys with our son when he was three, it is our tradition and at 31, he is still all in for our gingerbread baking! Can’t wait to see how you use the flavor of the month!

  11. I just love your organized thinking. I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants girl…which means that I don’t always accomplish as much as I’d like. 😉

  12. Kim says:

    Oh, my goodness! Once again, everything looks delicious. I look forward to your new feature. And, looking forward to your gingerbread flavor of the month! How fun!

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