Take-out Tuesday, Summer Thanksgiving

This is a summer version of Thanksgiving, Lots holiday flavors in a no sweat, easy weeknight meal       Cranberry chicken, stuffing, string beans with almonds… You can have this entire dinner prepped and in the oven in 15 minutes!         First get the chicken going           … Continue reading

Home Decor, Fresh Vignettes

  Something unexpected happened a few days ago, so I will be taking some time off this week The Painted Apron launched in August 2012, so I would like to celebrate my “blogiversary”  by re-sharing some of my first posts this week…   Fresh vegetables make such great centerpieces and vignettes   My “city” kitchen … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Watercolor Techniques

July was #Worldwatercolormonth, a daily challenge to promote interest in the arts, and to raise money for art supplies for children all over the world I enjoyed challenging myself to paint one watercolor a day, which is a lot harder than it sounds,… some days I did several and other days I did none… If … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Poolside Picnic

  This corner of the deck is the ideal cozy spot for a little poolside picnic         When it was time for a larger table for the upper porch, this one was relocated to the pool deck         It’s a nice place to chill out and watch the action … Continue reading

The Organized Life, August Paint Bucket

August already??? School starts back in early to mid August in Alabama, so when the calendar hits August 1, it really feels like summer is over…the heat will stick around until October though, and our markets and grocery stores are still full of fresh summer produce Blueberries are still in abundance at great prices so … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Sweet Chili Teriyaki Chicken, Pineapple & Smoked Sausage Kebabs

  I’m having a lot of fun with pineapple this month         I love having fresh pineapple in the refrigerator, it’s such a versatile ingredient         A leftover piece of boneless chicken,  some smoked sausage links from the freezer, and fresh pineapple make a very tasty combo!     … Continue reading

Holidays, Christmas in July, Holiday Jump Start

When I walked into Hobby Lobby last week and saw the employees filling up the shelves with Christmas and holiday items I was shocked…not that I don’t realize that stores, especially craft stores, start pushing holidays early… I think I was surprised that summer was already starting to wind down! Well, if you can’t fight … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, “Lidy’s Flowers”

  Day 27, World Watercolor Month!!         I almost managed to do one watercolor each day this month, 😅 some very small and simple and others more complicated         When I’m working on a large and detailed painting I set up my easel with the model photo on the … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Butterscotch Bars

HHjr and his crew are here this week doing a condo remodel and he’s getting them lunch everyday from local hot spots.  I made them these super easy cookies to munch on during their breaks         One, two, three, four ingredients!         Mix the beaten eggs and melted butter … Continue reading

Tablescapes, A Taste of the Tropics

  Welcome to the Alfresco Tablescape Hop! Our tireless leader Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate works so hard to keep us updated and organized so we can bring you  wonderful round ups of seasonal and themed tables.  All the links can be found at the end of this post, and you will want to visit … Continue reading

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