Gifts from the Kitchen, Last Minute Easy Gifts in a Snap!

  “Hey Mom, can you give me some ideas for a cute and easy food type gift for my co-workers?”       Rosemary salt   Peppermint Snowballs Everything Seasoning Bacon Salt   Holiday Jars Coconut Rum Snowball in a Jar Praline Pecans Cheddar Cheese Cookies Almond Spirals White Trash Snack Mix Raspberry White Chocolate … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, The magic of shading

  The current resident in my studio is not a canvas but a giant dollhouse     DD’s grandmother gave her this Southern mansion style dollhouse when she was a little girl She got it at an estate sale and lovingly fixed it up with curtains, dolls and furnishings, most of which are long gone, … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Candyland

    Is there anything cuter than the sheer delight candy brings to a child’s face? The tricky part is keeping them from eating it!     The  gingerbread houses were ready for decorating with muffin tins full of goodies       And I was itching to do a little decorating myself…     … Continue reading

Holidays, Angel choir Vignette

  One of my favorite decorations for the holidays are these humble angels made with burlap, wine bottles, pipe cleaners and shiny decorative trimmings {tutorial here}     They move  around from year to year     Singing on the mantel       on a shelf     or a sofa table     … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Potato Peel Fries

When I heard about this recently I couldn’t wait to try it Fried potato peels! Did you know that most of the nutrition is in the skin? So these are at least a teeny bit healthy! And guess what, if you don’t want to fry them, you can roast them too! Peel potatoes Use a … Continue reading

Holidays, Snowy Cookie Tree

We got a surprise from Mother Nature on Friday And we had a good old fashioned Snow Day It was predicted and schools were closed and for once, many were home safe before the world turned white The snowy trees were all the inspiration I needed to create a sweet snowy tree With Christmas cookies … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Festival of Trees

How many ways can you draw a holiday tree?   hmmm….let’s see!     So many styles and possibilities!     Fun to color too!   I used watercolor pencils for the mod tree, coloring it in an ombre style from light to dark and then using a waterbrush to blend   The traditional tree … Continue reading

Holidays, Frosty’s Meltdown

  Frosty makes an appearance at our house every year     He loves to surprise visitors in the powder room!     One year he took a Bubble Bath     One year he took a Shower     Last year he had a Spa Day     Complete with Snowman Makeup!     … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Holiday Woodland

  I seem to be decorating backwards this year 😂     Our tree is still in a bucket of water outside but the dining room table is ready for Christmas Eve!       Welcome to the annual Celebrate & Decorate Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop     Chloe keeps us hopping every season when … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Holiday Sheet Pan Shrimp

This recipe is ho ho ho holiday perfect, for family or guests Seafood always says Special Occasion  and this Sheet Pan Shrimp is a fabulous way to get dinner ready in a hurry! Place shrimp in an even layer in a large rimmed baking pan, pour sauce over all, top with sliced lemons and bake … Continue reading