The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror it’s time for more holiday planning, parties, and food! You can see photos of all the recipes I’m thinking about making in December in the December section of my monthly Pinterest board here or click on the links below There are also photos of the recipes I’ve made … Continue reading

Party Panache, Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Bites

Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite holiday treats and HHjr loves cheesecake… When I saw a recipe for Candy Cane Chocolate Cheesecake Bars made with white chocolate peppermint candy bars I knew it was going on our Christmas menu! I had a stash of a variety of peppermint chocolates, the Lindt Lindor White Chocolate … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Last Minute Party Braid!

As we count down to Christmas, 3 days away, this last minute appetizer is perfect for holiday gatherings It makes a pretty presentation and guess what? It’s actually very easy to put together AND! You can adapt the recipe to use ingredients you already have! If you have a sheet of puff pastry, you can … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Easy Eggnog Loaf

This quick bread is so moist and buttery, and it can be in the oven in under 15 minutes~ a perfect treat or gift from your kitchen! Pretend you see eggnog in this photo, I can’t believe I snapped without the key ingredient! Mix the wet ingredients Mix the dry ingredients Combine them into a … Continue reading

Party Panache, Festive Red & Green Recipes for the Holidays!

Let’s kick off December with a roundup of the BEST Red and Green Holiday Appetizers, Sides and Desserts! Strawberry Pecan & Pimiento Cheese Wreath This tasty cheese wreath is paired with strawberry jam for a sweet and savory cracker spread BLT Party Skewers are perfect for holiday mingling Wedge Salad Dip Your favorite Wedge Salad … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Christmas Magic

After everything we’ve dealt with this stressful year We all need a big dose of holiday cheer! The bright decorations and holiday lights, Combine to make fairy tales and magical nights Christmas, to me, means red, silver and green Sparkle and wonder everywhere to be seen! Dangling ornaments and holiday orbs Try to look everywhere, … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Holiday Mistletoe

Fa la la la la, let’s paint some mistletoe! This beautiful rendering from Clipart Free was my inspiration I started with a pencil sketch, beginning at the top of the mistletoe and working my way down, shape by shape When sketching a subject, don’t fret over every little detail or exact placement, use your own … Continue reading

Holidays, It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Come on in and I’ll show you what we’ve been up to! The Palace Guard is on duty by the front door holding gifts and a letter to Santa Poinsettias, potted amaryllis and a forest of trees are swathed in mini lights on the foyer table In … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Peppermint White Hot Chocolate and White Chocolate Peppermint Treats

The featured flavor on the December Paint Bucket {my monthly bucket list of recipe inspirations} is White Chocolate Peppermint, perfect for dreaming of sugar plum fairies, Santa Claus, sparkly trees and a snowy white Christmas! Let’s start with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup… Or … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Festive Owl Family

Today we are going to draw an owl family, all decked out for holiday fun! When I create characters, I use a combination of my imagination and photos from internet sources like Pinterest, Unsplash, Pixabay and Google I combine elements I like from the various sources and then add original touches to make them my … Continue reading