The Organized Life, May Paint Bucket


May is full of so many celebrations and occasions…

We were planning to have a big Kentucky Derby party this year

but the Derby been postponed to September…

At least we can enjoy Southern recipes this month,

with pecans, bourbon, and perhaps bake a Kentucky Butter Cake…


The Flavor/Theme of the Month for May is

Kentucky Derby

You can see photos and links to these recipes on my May Pinterest board here



Pimiento Cheese and Pecan Stuffed Cucumber Bites original recipe from the Painted Apron

Ham and Cheese Crescents from Plain Chicken

Crazy Good Onion Patties from Totally the Bomb

Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders from Buy This Cook That


Spinach Salad with Herb Buttermilk Dressing from the Official 143rd Kentucky Derby Menu

Brown Sugar Baked Carrots from Momma Lew

Butternut Squash Spinach Salad with Pecans, Cranberries and Pomegranate from Julia’s Album

Melting Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Sauce from Dessert for Two

Main Dish

Baked Ham with Maple Bourbon Glaze from Umami

Asian Pulled Pork Tacos with Pineapple Snow Pea Salsa from Carlsbad Cravings

Sticky Apricot Chicken and Broccoli from How Sweet Eats

Taco Spaghetti from Plain Chicken


Pecan Pie Bread Pudding from Call Me PMc

Bourbon Blondies from Serious Eats

Kentucky Butter Cake from Carlsbad Cravings

Chocolate Pecan Pie from the Painted Apron archives

Breakfast and Miscellaneous

Sweet Alabama Pecan Bread from Just a Pinch



Here’s what I made from the April Paint Bucket

The theme of the month was using what’s on hand for Creative Cooking!



Easy Glazed Lemon Rolls from Plain Chicken were my inspiration for my Lemon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling, I doubled the filling and added vanilla, great for breakfast or dessert




Asian Spicy Sesame Cucumbers from Melanie’s Kitchen turned into Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad



Asparagus Gratin was adapted from Easy Asparagus Casserole from Funny Love



My son got creative making pasta and pizza and came up with these 2 incredible dishes

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Pasta and Easter Flatbread


Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops from Buns in My Oven became Slow Cooker Creamy Pork Chops

This recipe was featured on Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage




Instead of making Ham Casserole with Broccoli & Rice from The Cozy Kitchen  I made my favorite Ham and Asparagus Casserole with Egg Noodles




Mushroom Tart with Caramelized Onion Cream from Oprah was the inspiration for

Mushroom & Spinach Tart with Garlic Rosemary Crust



I made my own version of a Spring Bird’s Nest Cake from what I had on hand, inspired by Easter Nest Cake from the Food Network



I hope you’re having fun in the kitchen,

Happy Cooking!


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18 Responses to “The Organized Life, May Paint Bucket”
  1. Did I miss the ham and asparagus/egg noodle dish? I think I have all in the house or probably close enough to fake it! That looks great. And I love the veggie painting. It’s very happy!

  2. Good morning Jenna. You certainly used your creativity in the kitchen this month by using what you had on hand. There are so many wonderful recipes that you shared. You know I love anything sweet, so the Alabama pecan sweet bread sounds so good. Happy Thursday!

  3. You have shared so many great dishes! GIRL…If I am EVER close by and of course can get closer than 6 feet…LOL, YES mam, I plan to invite myself right over and have one of those meals with you. Ha! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. These all look amazing, andI especially love the bird’s nest cake!

  5. Oh, my! So many wonderful dishes to try!

  6. I’ll have the sticky apricot chicken please:@) Happy May!

  7. Nancy says:

    I loved all that you shared this month! That Bird Nests cake looks delightful!
    And your paintings are always what make me happy!

  8. Emma T says:

    Those lemon rolls look delicious. My kind of bake

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Your May Paint Bucket has me wanting to head to the kitchen and start cooking! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,483.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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