The Organized Life, July Paint Bucket

I have been busy planning for July for the past few weeks.  We always have a big family gathering and this year we will have our children and grandchildren at the beach house for 10 days  😱 I know, right…. it will be crazy… 🤣 We actually all get along great, and everyone pitches in, … Continue reading

The Organized Life, June Paint Bucket

The monthly Paint Bucket is my way of organizing recipes into a small seasonal group to focus on, one month at a time.  It isn’t a to do list, but an inspiration list for reference.  Often times the recipes are just the start point, and the resulting dish is decidedly different, but organizing in advance … 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

The Organized Life, July Paint Bucket

This month’s recipe bucket list is all about enjoying the summer bounty filling the the markets right now as well as some 4th of July fun   You can see photos and recipe inspirations for this list on my July Paint Bucket Pinterest board here Appetizers Firecracker Dogs from Handmade in the Heartland Street Corn … Continue reading

The Organized Life, June Paint Bucket

June! Summer!   Here’s some things I’m thinking about cooking this month You can see photo inspirations on the June Paint Bucket here, Also what I’m thinking about for the week of the 4th of July here Appetizers Brown Butter Fried Onion Rings from Bon Appetit Spring Rolls with hoisin dipping sauce Skinny  Green Chili Chicken … Continue reading

Holidays, Things you should be doing in May…

How often do we say, “life’s too short,” or “time is flying,” or “I can’t believe it’s summer/fall/winter/spring already!” Next Sunday is May 1, and with a little advance planning maybe we can slow things down and enjoy the moments… Here’s what we need to be doing in May Gather ’round the Maypole  💃   … Continue reading

The Organized Life, Laborless Labor Day Weekend Recipes

Do you have special plans for Labor Day weekend? I do a lot of back and forthing,  from the coast to the city,  and I like to have a general food plan to keep things running smoothly This week I’m gathering favorite Labor Day dishes, that will be simple to make,  you know, Laborless recipes  … Continue reading

The Organized Life, July Paint Bucket

What’s making your mouth water these days? Here’s what I’m thinking about making in July~  🇺🇸 🎆 Appetizers Ranch Fried Pickles from Lay’s Potato Chips Bleu Cheese Burger Quesadilla Queso Pizza with Summer Corn, Bacon and Chives Sides Potato Flowers from A Quiet Life Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Poutine from Closet Cooking Summer Cherry Tomato … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Summer Weekend Menus

I hope you’re having a great Memorial Day Weekend!   You’re probably busy flag waving, grilling, parading and saluting our incredible service men, but keep these easy menu ideas in mind as summer rolls along and you’re feeding friends and family I arrived on the coast early last week to plan, stock, cook, and make things … Continue reading

Holidays, Get Out the Red, White and Blue!

With Mother’s Day celebrated and mid May past, it means it’s time to gear up for Memorial Day, Summer and the 4th of July!! I decided to look through my own photos to see if I could get inspired… A great way to start is to gather up everything you have that is red, white … Continue reading

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