The Organized Life, January Paint Bucket


And just like that, it’s January!




This year I decided I wasn’t going to rush putting away the holiday decorations, but when I got up on the day after Christmas I looked around and thought, “all this has got to go!”

I am getting ready for a New Year with less clutter, more reading, art, exercise and healthier food after a decadent December!



Here’s what I’m thinking about making in January

The flavor of the month is Vegetable


Cucumber “Sushi” Rolls

BLT Dip from Inspired by Charm

Antipasto Salad Kebabs from Mantitlement

Roasted Artichoke Hearts from Epicurious

Side Dishes

Slow Cooker Sweet Glazed Carrots from Together As Family

Zucchini Balls from Delish

Winter Slaw with Red Pears and Pumpkin Seeds from Epicurious

Broccoli Recipe Round Up from the Painted Apron archives


Rainbow Vegetable Pad Thai from Pinch of Yum

Baked Almond Chicken from A Wicked Whisk

Mushroom Stroganoff from Gimme Some Oven

Asian Style Chicken Nuggets with Lemon Glaze from Damn Delicious


2 ingredient Fat Free Lemon Bars from Jo Cooks

Amazing PB2 Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Painted Apron archives

Raspberry Sorbet from Snapquide


Slow Cooker Ham & Cheese Biscuit Casserole from Pillsbury


Here’s what I made from the December Paint Bucket

The flavor of the month was Peppermint



North Pole Martini




Peppermint Oreo Crunch Cake from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt turned into

Santa’s Surprise Peppermint Ice Cream Cake



Bacon Wrapped Brussels with Maple Orange Cranberry Sauce from French Gardener Dishes




Pull Apart Pigs with Dijon Butter Sauce from Plain Chicken was adapted into Mustard Butter Pigs in a Blanket





Sweet Potato Crescent Bites from Delish turned into Sweet Potato Spirals with Ham & Cheese



Rosemary Parmesan Bubble Biscuits





Holiday Ham Sliders are made with orange rolls, truly a holiday treat! I will be posting the easy recipe next week




Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup from Jo Cooks turned into Cheesy Ham, Corn & Potato Chowder





December was indeed delicious, but I am looking forward to less carbs and sugar with lots of vegetables in January




I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

30 Responses to “The Organized Life, January Paint Bucket”
  1. Jenna, I am with you! I have been on sugar overload, so it all must end. Roasted artichoke hearts sounds delicious. Roll Tide, what a game!🅰️🐘🅰️

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, your recipes look yummy! I’m going to have to go on a serious diet. I have eaten way too much delicious food this December. I hope you have a Happy New Year!!!

  3. Rita C. says:

    I’m with you insofar as getting Christmas put away! We had company a couple days after Christmas, but I’m in full speed now, getting it stowed. Btw, one guest was upstairs and immediately noticed my Winter Moon pillow with high praise. It’s next moving to sunroom for winter interest! May your new year be filled with all those activities you’ve mentioned, Jenna!

    • Oh wow, thank you Rita! I have the original painting hanging over my fireplace with mantel greenery and white lights, I had red berries on the garland for Dec, but took them off for a more January winter look…My word for 2019 is declutter!!

  4. Looking forward to an artful New Year Jenna! Happy and healthy New Year to you.


  5. Lynn says:

    By noon on Tuesday… Christmas will be completely put away and the snowmen will be out:@) Happy New Year Jenna, I’m headed over to check out the slow cooker carrots!

  6. Sharon Mann says:

    Happy New Year Jenna!

  7. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, oh I felt the same way as you about the Christmas decorations. I have put away almost everything except 2 wreaths and my real Christmas tree. I plan on doing those during the week with help from my daughter. I wanted even the tree down but my daughter asked to keep it up a little while longer! I have a lot of organizing I want to do and more reading books and try to sit and do art work. I am making a baked flounder tonight for dinner as I can’t wait to start eating lighter and healthier.
    I hope you do accomplish all that you want to and have a Happy New Year.
    Hugs, Julie

  8. thefrenchhutch says:

    Hi Jenna, your January plan sounds a lot like mine! Going to try to walk more and make healthier meals. I haven’t been in a hurry to take down the Christmas, simply haven’t had the energy so I’m just enjoying it. Hope to get started on it next week. Looking forward to all your recipes. Happy New Year Jenna!

    • I didn’t take everything completely down, just pared it back to a more winter look…we need some pretty decorations to perk up the dreary rainy days we’ve been having! Happy New Year to you and Jim!

  9. Rosie M. says:

    Happy New Year, Jenna!

  10. I’m with you on January food! I think the sugar content will be going WAY down! But oh, having riffed off your peppermint cake/pie — that really was terrific. That’ll be a new holiday staple for me. And maybe other seasons, too, if I can get the ice cream! Happy New Year, my friend. I look forward to “painting” with you in the new year.

  11. Cyndi Raines says:

    More veggies sound like a good idea, Jenna. I need to incorporate more in my daily meals. Looking forward to your recipes and some fresh ideas. My tree is all crystal icicles, snowflakes and silver and white balls so it looks very wintery and is staying up for awhile yet, to help pass the dreary January days. Happy New Year! 🥂

  12. While December is always a decadent eating month…it seems appropriate. Your January may be lighter but it still sounds delicious. Happy and Healthy New Year.

  13. Jill Kuhn says:

    Sounds like we have similar goals, Jenna! 😊 Eat more veggies and declutter the house! Plus make time to create art! 😉🎨💕 I like your recipe line-up for January. 👍

  14. Mary says:

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year Jenna, everything looks delicious!

  15. Miz Helen says:

    So grateful that things are starting to get back into the daily routine, I am so ready for it to be over for this year! I always love your paint bucket, it gives me inspiration every month! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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