The Organized Life, August Paint Bucket


🌞 Holy Heat Wave 🌞

There seems to be universal agreement that July went by way too fast!

As we start dreaming of cooler fall temps and pumpkins,

My thoughts are turning also to autumn comfort food

I thought it might be fun to make some old fashioned comfort food recipes

and put a new twist on them…




The flavor/theme of the Month is Retro Redone!

You can see photos and recipe links to the following inspiration recipes in the August section here of the Monthly Paint Bucket



Bite Size Bloomin’ Onions from Macheesmo

Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves from Southern Living  with a tropical twist

Million Dollar Dip from the Recipe Critic

Crunchy Manchego & Fig Cheese Straws from Food Network


Cauliflower Parmesan from Delish

Fresh Lemonade Cucumber Salad from Happier Than a Pig in Mud

Roasted Tomato Basil Pizza from Mantitlement

Not Just for Thanksgiving Stuffing  based on my mother’s stuffing

Main Dish

Not the Same Quiche Lorraine!  original recipe

Maple Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Smokey Corn from Half Baked Harvest

Asparagus & Spinach Tetrazzini,   original recipe

Stuffed Pasta with Pears, Gorgonzola and walnuts from Gianmarco’s

Chicken Waldorf Salad Panini from Guy Fieri


Copycat Lemon Nothing But Bundt Cake  from Chef in Training

Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie from Lil’ Luna


Zucchini, Cheddar & Chive Buttermilk Quick Bread from A Pretty Life

Raspberry & Cream Danish from Kitty’s Kozy Kitchen


Here’s what I made from the July Paint Bucket

The flavor of the month was Stone Fruit




Nectarine Brioche with Prosciutto Basil and Balsamic was inspired by Grilled Nectarine & Prosciutto Crostini from Jess Pryles




Salsa Chicken with Roasted Vegetables Salad or Wrap was made with Peach Salsa and was inspired by Summer Layered Salad with Grilled Chicken and Tomato Vinaigrette from Food Network

This is a great recipe to make good use of a little of this or that, and it’s easy, light and healthy too!




Peach Plum & a Dash of Rum Ice Cream was inspired by Fresh Peach Ice Cream from Southern Living





Red White & Blue Natchos turned into Summer BLT Nachos, a new summer favorite!!




Caramelized Shallot Dip with Toasted Everything Bagel Topping from Olla Podrida is a must try!

Roasted Shallot and Everything Seasoning Dip



Pulled Pork Pastry Puffs from Plain Chicken inspired BBQ Pork & Pineapple Pastry Puffs



I did make Beer Battered Zucchini Curly Fries from the Food Network, using tempura batter and spiralized zucchini, but we all decided they had no flavor other than the fried batter, and they weren’t even photo worthy…so if you want to indulge in something similar go for

Tempura Spiralized Onions


Light & Crispy Spiralized Fries


OR try this delicious version of baked zucchini

Zucchini Parmesan Ribbons




Instead of Gouda Shrimp & Grits, which I still really want to make, HHjr made me Grilled Blackened Shrimp with Basil Fettucini Alfredo



Fireworks Blondies from Ann’s Entitled Life were the inspiration for my Patriotic Cookie Bars that are 1-2-3 EASY




Strawberry Cheesecake Pie was based on Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie from Sugar Spun Run

I changed it up by using a sugar cookie crust




I hope you have a delicious month!




I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

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

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

27 Responses to “The Organized Life, August Paint Bucket”
  1. Looks like good eatin’ at your house!!

  2. Looks like it will be a tasty month! Stay cool:@)

  3. thefrenchhutch says:

    What a great lineup of your recipes for August. Autumn is always a fun time for cooking. I keep it simple, grilling a lot and using a slow cooker. Your BLT Nachos would certainly be a hit here. And, a good selection of game day recipes. Love the art work and your photos…….

  4. Nancy says:

    I was here to enjoy many of these recipes right along with you! I finally made that strawberry pie!

    Happy August my friend!

  5. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Everything sounds delicious, Jenna! Enjoy your day!

  6. Jenna, your July recipes and food photos were just perfect. I look forward to the peanut butter pretzel pie! Happy August!

  7. Jodi says:

    love the retro revisited idea!

  8. Benita says:

    The peach, plum and rum ice cream looks so delicious!!! Love your retro idea!!

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Looks like you have some very special recipes in that bucket for August. There are some that I have already marked to try! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Mary says:

    Everyone eats so well at your house Jenna! ♥

  11. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

  12. Thanks for sharing this delightful post Jenna! I am so happy to feature you today at TFT. I just love your paintings!

  13. I love it when you paint food! It looks good enough to eat!

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