Fearless Friday, Fall Bounty

Happy October! I’ve been having fun painting Fall and Halloween themes “Off to the County Fair,” watercolor and ink ” The Witch’s House,” ink, marker and colored pencil “Harvest,” ink, colored pencil Earlier this week I enjoyed creating a cornucopia of Fall’s bounty This was inspired by this beautiful MacKenzie-Childs pillow I changed a few … Continue reading

Home Decor, Sunny Sunflower Arrangement

Recently my husband retired and sold his dental practice and office to a really nice young dentist who continues to take care of our family     They treat me like royalty and won’t ever let me pay, so I brought them a little surprise     The staff all ooohhhed and aaahhhed and immediately … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Winter Basket and a Special Sale

For years I volunteered at an organization that raised money for a local children’s museum and the main fund raiser was selling Valentine baskets Every year we put bought items in bulk for 5 different baskets, geared to children, teenagers, women, men, and deluxe baskets for anyone.  It took weeks to assemble these hundreds of baskets, … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Tailgate Trash

So, who can resist a snack mix right?     I’ve been making Chex Mix for years, and to this day my grown children expect a jar of it on the counter or in the pantry     They both swear that theirs doesn’t taste as good as mine, but I think that’s just a … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Gorzonzola Garlic Butter

How about a nice grilled steak topped with Gorgonzola Garlic Butter…     Or some crusty Gorgonzola Garlic Butter Bread     Or some Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels* made with Gorgonzola Garlic Butter     Or a topping for vegetables     Or zoodles     Or atop a hot fluffy baked potato instead of the … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Fresh Basil Oil

When I saw this Fresh Basil Oil over at the Café Sucré Farine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some fresh basil~ Make up a batch and put it in a fancy bottle and you have the perfect gift from your kitchen, A most welcome addition to anyone’s pantry…. I used a handpainted … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Cheddar Cheese Cookies with a Painted Jar

Cheese Straws, Cheese Puffs, Cheese Cookies, Cheese Wafers…no matter what you call them, they are irresistible and a must for any Southern occasion!  When I saw this recipe for Cheddar Spritz Crackers on Happier Than a Pig in Mud, I knew they would be in my kitchen asap! I decided to make a batch for … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Blue Raspberry Bread with Orange Glaze

It’s nice to have a coffee cake or bread on hand for an easy weekend breakfast.  I made this Blue Raspberry Bread so the fishermen could grab a slice before they headed out on the high seas for the catch of the day~ It’s a rainbow of colors and flavors This is a “quick bread” … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Cool Cucumber Salad

This easy peasy recipe would make a great little gift for your hostess, a healthy treat , and something they could add to the buffet or tuck in their fridge and enjoy later A jar with a cute ribbon and tag will make the recipient  feel very special This is so quick to make, you … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Autumn Favorites

These recipes are 3 favorites of mine from last Fall and I want to share them with you again because they are perfect for this time of year! Mini Pumpkin Bundt cakes with Brown Sugar Glaze and a Caramel Pecan Acorn would be a tasty treat for anytime of day~ they would be wonderful for … Continue reading