Creations, Baby Shower Basket Centerpiece

“hey Mom, do you have any ideas for a cute centerpiece for J’s baby dinner?” DD asked hmmmm… “Maybe something with a pretty bottle of rosé, she would love that for celebrating after the baby’s born…” she suggested “Where is the party?” I asked “At a Mexican restaurant, so it needs to be pretty casual, … Continue reading

Party Panache, Salty Caramel Crème Brûlée

  HHjr gave me a kitchen torch for Mother’s Day     Yep, the same guy who gave me a giant metal rusty fish and a weathered buoy rope for my birthday…     *Sigh*  such a smart guy, he knows his Mom…     So when life hands you a culinary torch, you make … Continue reading

Party Panache, Triple Chocolate USA Bundt Cake

While most people were making everything berry for the 4th I decided to make a good old fashioned chocolate cake   Sheer decadence     Devil’s Food cake mix, buttermilk, sour cream, chocolate pudding, butter, eggs, chocolate chips…     Where is the fainting couch  😵  🛋     Chocolate chips are stirred into the … Continue reading

Holidays, July 4th Ready!

I’ve been working really hard this week preparing for the invasion the arrival of my children and grandchildren for 10 days over the 4th     Detailed advance planning eliminates stress for everyone, especially me, and spending time now means I can relax next week     My favorite part is decorating     The … Continue reading

Party Panache, Super Star Shortcuts

We do a lot of cooking and entertaining, but I must confess, to make this happen, I have learned the art of the short cut… Today I’m sharing some recipes we had during our Friends & Family Weekend  that made things very effortless Pesto Parmesan Biscuit Bites     Canned biscuits, cut into pieces, and … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Peach Party with Raspberry Peachtinis!

Today we’re having a Peach Party!   Peach is the June flavor of the month so today is dedicated to peachy things     A peachy pink runner and some green and peach plates     And martinis of course, to celebrate 🎉     Creamy  Raspberry Peachtinis     Ice cream and fresh fruit … Continue reading

Party Panache, Pineapple Volcano Rum Cake

Kick off summer with a Pineapple Volcano Rum Cake! Triple pineapple! This butter rum cake is covered with pineapple glaze, pineapple icing with a real pineapple topper   The lava from this volcano is pineapple buttercream icing     And here’s the best part     You won’t even break a sweat making this easy … Continue reading

Tablescapes, South Pacific

  Welcome to day 4 of the Celebrate & Decorate’s Broadway Tablescape Blog Hop!     When Chloe suggested a Broadway themed tablescape blog hop I was thrilled!     Phantom of the Opera… Wicked…West Side Story…My Fair Lady, These are some of my very favorites, but it was only a moment until my heart … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Memorial Day Menu

For family holiday weekends at the beach we love to COOK With young grandchildren and crowded restaurants, dining out is not fun or relaxing HHjr is head chef and we collaborated last week on the menu It looks complicated, but with advance planning, and some short cut recipes, plus my son does most of the … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Hawaiian Pizzarooms

  Feed your pizza cravings with these lo-carb tasty stuffed “s’rooms”     Easy enough to make for a weekend nosh but elegant enough for a party     Instead of traditional pizza ingredients, this is an Hawaiian style pizza version with ham & pineapple     Look for large cap mushrooms, clean by wiping … Continue reading

  • Follow The Painted Apron on WordPress.com