Apple Dumplings

It has been busy few weeks! We have 5 events in October we will be a vendor at so I have been painting signs as well as hosting parties. Plus, we have fun public events happening at the Tracy's Nursery and Gardens in Tracy (a youth event and adult event) and at Chucks Place in Manteca in a few weeks!

It's been a busy few weeks!

The grand-dogs (Bobby's cute little 2 pups; Maka and Cin) stayed with us for a week. Dave was outnumbered 5 to 1 with 4 female dogs in the house! Dave built us a 6 foot tall PVC frame for our photo backdrops. 

We added Happy Birthday chairs to the inventory and these are popular with teachers for their classrooms. Plus, we personalize the chairs in place of the Happy Birthday! A sweet customer ordered them for her grandchildren for camping. 

Host a wood sign paint party with Paradise Paint Parties serving the greater Northern California area!

Dave and I had a great time with Pam and her friends Wednesday night in San Jose! Pam and I met over 25 years ago in Girl Scouts. Our daughters were in the same service unit. As the girls grew older and we moved out of San Jose in 2000 it had been years since we had seen each other. It was fun seeing her and Barbara; another Girl Scout leader! I love Facebook for reuniting with friends! 

Dates are still available for October and November if you would like to host a party for your friends and family for a fun event! Your custom wood sign would make an awesome christmas gift!  

 Talk to you soon!  Cathy

Talk to you soon!


Greek Yogurt Jello Pie

Things are hopping over at Paradise Paint Parties! With the kids back in school and summer vacations over it looks like mom has room in her calendar again for adult fun! 

Our Santa Sacks arrived! We are taking orders! We have already sold out of design #1 and placed another order. 

Personalized Santa Sacks Order at

Today we added our first holiday workshop of the season to the calendar. Registration for the Pumpkin Wood Sign Workshop at the beautiful Tracy Nursery and Gardens is now open! If you live in the Tracy area this will be a fun workshop! 

Pumpkin Wood Sign Workshop

The weather is cooler this week. It was only 88 degrees today! After record-breaking 100+ degrees for WEEKS, 88 is cool! Today, I thought I would share the only dessert hubby and I both agree on that he could eat every night! Why? Me, because it's healthy and it is the-only-way I can get him to eat yogurt! AND because it's easy and only takes 4 ingredients! Him, because he loves it! 


Greek Yogurt Jello Pie

Enjoy! Have a terrific rest of the week! 


Pesto Saucy Meatball and Rice Recipe

A little back story.....

For 5 years I was the author and owner of A Peek Into My Paradise blog; also known as APIMP. It was my little space in blog-land where I shared my passions in life with my readers. I loved having an audience and web-friends to share my love of crafts, recipes, travel and anything else that peeked my interest! 

In late 2015, with working a traditional full-time job, juggling health issues and running a thriving blog, I decided something had to give. And that something was APIMP so I said goodbye to my 5 year old friend and closed down APIMP. In 2016, I resigned from my traditional full-time job. Hubby and I decided I would go after my dream of owning my own business. Paradise Paint Parties & Gifts was born. 

I don't miss the time requirement APIMP took but I do miss sharing recipes, craft ideas, our adventures and all the other passions that make me - me! So, I've decided to start blogging again. Hello - Paradise Paint Parties & Gifts Blog. I don't know what road this new blog will take but I welcome you to join me and take a peek into some of the aspects that bring join to my life! 

And so it begins.....

It can be challenging cooking for just Dave and I. I love vegetables and he loves anything made with peanut butter and - PESTO! So, I figured tonights dinner, Pesto Saucy Meatballs and Rice would be a hit with him - and it was! And with me too!

I love to cook but when it's HOT out the last thing I want to do is stand over a stove or turn on the oven. We live in the Central Valley of California and it has been a really hot summer! During the summer my crockpot is my best friend in the kitchen! Pesto Saucy Meatballs and Rice is summer comfort food! I hope your family enjoys it as much as we did!

My recipes will be in this easy to print, PIN and share format. I hope you will PIN and share this post with your friends. Sharing is caring right? lol

Pesto Saucy Meatball and Rice Recipe by

Hubby and I are binge TV watchers. And by that I mean we watch all the seasons of one or two shows on Netflix or Hulu (we don't have traditional cable - dumped that bill years ago!) then move onto the next. We find we get more involved in the storylines and characters. Right now we are watching Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. I'm off to watch a few episodes with him. You have a terrific day!


P.S. Have you enter our Personalized Santa Sack Giveaway