The Organized Life, Island buffet with Nora Fleming flatware caddy

“I thought your New Year’s Resolution was to not buy anything,” he said     “It is!”  I assured him     “You sure are getting a lot of boxes…” he said     Here’s the thing, in January one of my BFFs from Minnesota came for a visit and she told me about this … Continue reading

The Organized Life, March Paint Bucket

Welcome Spring!     So many of us have had an early taste of Spring, and in the South, we have enjoyed many days stolen from summer   February was an indulgent month around the Painted Apron, with the Raspberry flavor of the month winding it’s way into so many sweet and savory treats… Instead … Continue reading

The Organized Life, February Paint Bucket

Happy February! Let’s kick the month off with shopping and dining!       How about a tote to carry your groceries, they’re on sale today only with free shipping here The high quality totes are roomy, and available in 3 sizes The laptop sleeves are well padded with a easy zip closure, and the iPhone … Continue reading

The Organized Life, January Paint Bucket

2017… Sounds like way in the future, right… Nope!  Happy 2017!  Where did those holidays go?   💨 January is always a month of renewing goals, getting healthier, a new beginning. After a month full of gingerbread and holiday foods, the flavor of the month for January is Citrus  🍋   🍊 Be on the look … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Christmas Menu & Last Minute Ideas

  I spent part of Sunday polishing the menu for our family Christmas Eve Lunch with Santa   If you can take some time a week or so in advance of an event, to make a master grocery list and timeline,  you will be giving yourself a present  🎁 There’s no formal dining for the … Continue reading

The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

Happy December! Since Thanksgiving fell early this year, it feels like we have a whole extra week to prepare for Christmas and the holidays, plenty of time for lots of cooking   😆   😂   😆  I know, right? What is plenty of time anyway, and please tell me where to get some… This month I’m starting … Continue reading

The Organized Life, November Paint Bucket

I know it’s shocking… I know it’s scary… November is here 😱 The best way to avoid holiday freakout   😲 Is to be as organized as possible… Right now, this week, before all the hustle and bustle begins, take some time to think about holiday food Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas, giving a party, or … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Blueberry Shortcake Bread Pudding

This Blueberry Crossiant Puff recipe from Olla-Podrida is on my bucket list this month, all I needed was an excuse to make it     Our Birthday Celebration weekend was the perfect occasion to have this breakfast or dessert bread pudding on hand to feed hungry faces I baked it before the family arrived and … Continue reading

The Organized Life, October Paint Bucket

October is my favorite month, the weather on the coast is picture perfect, and you can still swim but it’s not hot.  In Birmingham, the leaves are beginning to turn  and there is a promise of fall in the air.  We can actually sit outside on the patio and enjoy it. Octoberfest, fall festivals, Halloween, … Continue reading

Home Decor, Fall Hospitality Buffet

Prayers today on this very solemn anniversary of 9/11  🙏     HH retired recently and we are spending most of our time on the coast   I thought it would be hard to enjoy fall decorating in a beach atmosphere, but I have been having a lot of fun with the challenge, creating Signs … Continue reading

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