Refreshing Sangria, Perfect Beverage For A Summer Party

Best Sangria Recipe

I LOVED all the stories you shared in the comments of yesterday's post. They were awesome and some had me laughing! Thanks so much for those! Yesterday I shared some pics of a yummy party beverage I made on Sunday for a porch party with friends. Today I'm sharing the recipe, including a printable copy below. Note: The Sangria looks a little darker in this picture than it does once it's served because … [Read more...]

Amazing Centerpieces for Your Summer Party Table

Food Art Palm Trees

Welcome to the 269th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Spring has arrived in Georgia and the last few days have been really pretty. I've started working on a new project so I spent the weekend down in the basement priming and painting some 1 x 6 boards. If this project turns out the way I want it to, I'll be sharing it soon. If not, forget you ever saw this picture! ;)   I also … [Read more...]

Pork Chops With Biscuits & Tomato Gravy

Pork Chop with Tomato Gravy

Is your mouth watering from that post title, because mine sure is! One of my fave blogs to visit when I need a good recipe is Madonna's yummy blog, Make Mine Lemon. Since it's selfish to hoard a good find and not share it with you, I asked Madonna if she would be kind enough to share a recipe with us here at BNOTP, and she happily obliged. Take it away, Madonna! Following post by Madonna from the … [Read more...]

25 Scrumptious Valentine’s Day Desserts

Strawberry Heart Pie

Valentine's Day is only about 3 weeks away and it's got me thinking about yummy desserts. It took a few hours last night and this morning but I've put together a collection of 25 beautiful, delicious, makes-your-heart-go-pitter-patter desserts. ♥ Hope you enjoy this Valentine's Day inspired collection of scrumptious desserts!   Hope you find something yummy and inspiring for your Valentine's … [Read more...]

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast, Easy and Delicious!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Easy and Flavorful

Recently, I had a little New Year's Day dinner party and for the party I decided to prepare a roast. Normally, I'd cook it in the oven or if I was really in a hurry, I'd pull out the pressure cooker.   I get bored making the same old thing so this time I decided to check online for a new recipe. I was especially interested in something that could be cooked in a crock-pot since that would leave me … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup for a Winter Dinner Party

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

A couple of days ago I shared plans to make a butternut squash soup for a New Year's Day dinner party. I found a recipe that sounded and looked pretty yummy at Chow online. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it can be made up to 3 days in advance, then reheated prior to serving. So many foods actually taste better if they are made a few days in advance since it gives the flavors time to … [Read more...]

Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

There's nothing more stressful when preparing a big holiday dinner than running out of a key ingredient, especially when there's no time to run back to the store. Here's a list I compiled of popular substitutions for some of the more common ingredients we sometimes run low on. Hope this helps your cooking go a bit smoother this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving! Image from … [Read more...]

21 Amazing and Delicious Party Drinks for the Holiday Season

21 Holiday Party Drinks 3

It will soon be party time! Even if you're not having a big party this year, chances are you will have family and friends stopping in during the holidays. Treat them to a special drink that's as pretty as it is tasty! I spent several hours yesterday searching for the yummiest and most beautiful party drinks I could find. I'm pretty excited about this list, I think it will be my go-to spot for holiday … [Read more...]

How To Create a Watermelon Flower-Garden Centerpiece

Centerpiece Flower Garden Carved from Watermelon

  Each summer I like to create a table setting with a carved watermelon centerpiece. I missed last year but I couldn't let this summer get away without trying a new one. They are just so much fun to do! (You'll find the table setting below here: Summer Table Setting with Carved Flower Garden Watermelon Centerpiece) Two summers ago I carved this whale centerpiece. You'll find the tutorial for … [Read more...]

Canning Peach Preserves and Some Exciting News!

Canning Peach Preserves

Exciting News! I have some exciting news!  True Value asked BNOTP to be a part of their DIY Squad this year! You know what that means...time to kick my DIY mojo in high gear! I'm kicking off my first project with a detailed tutorial sharing the steps for making yummy Peach Preserves. Living in the peach state, I couldn't resist putting up some fresh Georgia peaches while they are in season. My … [Read more...]