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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Chive Blossoms


Just because I can't wait till Spring, I am sharing last years chive blossoms out of my herb garden!  
 I am so ready to start spring planting!
How about you?  Do you have a herb garden?  
 It's so much cheaper than buying those precut fresh herbs!!  
 All you need is a little planter box and grab some of your favorite herb plants,  plant them in either a planter box or they can be set up in pots.  Place your herbs in a sunny window or right outside your kitchen door and then start adding all fresh herbs to your favorite dishes!!








I have always been taught that all planting is done on Good Friday.   When do you plant your garden or herb garden?






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Monday, March 30, 2015

Washcloth Bunnies


This is an easy little craft for Easter that is quick and inexpensive!   And I just love these sweet little bunnies and you and yours will also!!   



How to Make Washcloth Bunnies


Supplies:
Washcloths in several colors
Rubber bands
Ribbon
Googly eyes
Pompoms for noses and tails





Spread out washcloth with corner pointing toward you



Fold Washcloth diagonally lining up ends making a triangle



Starting on the tip of the triangle , tightly roll the washcloth to the center


Fold the rolled washcloth in half


Fold the rolled washcloth in half again

Place rubber band on folded end to make the bunny's head



Tie a ribbon to cover the rubber band and make a sweet little bow. Using a glue gun, glue on googley eyes and a little pink pom pom for her little nose. 

Hot glue another pompom to make the little tail


Now make her some friends!  




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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Social Media Weekly #11



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Facebook

 Link up your Facebook account, then go get some Facebook CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 

Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Facebook Page not your blog so we can find you easier!  




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 73

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



If you don't already follow us on Pinterest, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:

With a Blast

Love Bakes Good Cakes

My Turn for us




This Week's Features!

Crib turned Dog Crate from My Love 2 Create ***Most Viewed*** 
Wooden Beer Carrier (for a six pack) from Vintage Zest
 Hawaiian Pork Chops from What's Cooking in the Burbs
Moss Covered Easter Bunny from My Pinterventures
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles from LIfe is Poppin'
Kate Spade inspired Good Easter Eggs fromAsh and Crafts
Egg Salad Crescent Carrots from Simplistically Living

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Cook a Perfectly Boiled Egg



We use boiled eggs in so many ways such as deviled eggs, egg salad, tuna fish salad, and potato salad!!   Eggs are the perfect little nutrition rich food!  Each egg has 75 calories, 5 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein and vitamins and minerals.   
Eggs should be cooked according to taste but never overdone!!   Cooked to a perfect yellow yolk never overcooked with that touch of greenish gray surrounding the yolk.    And it's easier than you think to have gorgeous boiled eggs each and every time!!  



How to cook the perfect boiled egg:

  1. Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
  2. Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
  3. Cover pot with lid and bring to a full boil over medium heat.
  4. As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let stand.
  5. Large soft-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 1 to 4 minutes, depending on your tastes.
  6. Large hard-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 15 to 17 minutes.
  7. When cooked to desired level, drain off hot water.
  8. Immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
  9. Soft-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until cool enough to handle. Serve.
  10. Hard-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until completely cooled. Use as needed.




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Monday, March 23, 2015

Dyed White Chocolate Eggs with Cream Centers

This is a sponsored post written for Chocoley Chocolate but all opinions are 100% my own.
Who doesn't love chocolate??  And the fun of decorating Easter eggs??  
This is a little of both!  Some of the very best white chocolate dyed to your favorite color and inside a nice surprise cream center!  
But of course with the great little company Chocoley,  you can find several different colors of Chocolate Coloring oil for white chocolate, some of the best White Chocolate and Drizzle and Design chocolate for all your decorating needs.  
I just saw several different fun Easter Chocolate recipes on their website, 

I am normally not a great candy cook but Chocoley makes it easy and fun to have homemade treats at your house for holidays or just any day!

Here's all your need for these eggs:

Notice the Chocoley White Chocolate is Celiac Safe, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free and Egg Free!  You can find all these ingredients linked to the ingredients listed below.

Dyed White Chocolate Easter Eggs

Instructions
1. Place one or two sheets of parchment paper or Chocoley Heavy Weight Dipping Sheets on a cookie sheet, glossy side up.
2. Pinch off the desired amount of your favorite Chocoley cream center or Chocoley caramel, roll it around in the palm of your hand to make a ball and then roll back and forth to create the egg shape. Use your fingers to do any final shaping that is necessary. TIP: Dust hands with Corn Starch to keep the cream centers from sticking.
3. Place the eggs on a piece of parchment paper or Chocoley Heavy Weight Dipping Sheet lined cookie sheet and place in fridge for about 15 minutes
4. Melt white chocolate using instructions that came with your Chocoley chocolate.
5. Add Chocoley coloring oil to reach the desired color, make sure your coloring oil is not cold or it will seize up. Just follow the directions that came with your Chocoley Coloring oil.
6. Remove cream center eggs from the refrigerator and place 1 egg at a time in the chocolate. Roll it around until it is evenly coated and then lift out with a stainless steel dipping fork. Gently tap your hand on the side of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
7. Place chocolate covered eggs onto parchment paper or the glossy side of Heavy Weight Dipping Sheet lined tray.
8. Let the chocolate harden by placing the dipping sheet lined tray of chocolate covered eggs in the fridge for about 15-30 minutes
9. Use the Chocoley Drizzle & Design Chocolate to decorate eggs
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Social Media Weekly #10



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Google+

 Link up your Google+ account, then go get some Google+ CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 

Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Google+ Page not your blog so we can find you easier!  




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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party #8



Welcome, Welcome all to the 8th Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"


We are so very glad you could join us!



Please meet our hosts:


Evelyn from My Turn for Us
Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations
Kim, Cassie, Amber and Jessica
from Lou Lou Girls



Here are your host's 
Favorite Pins from Party 7



Image Map


Crafty Allie



So how does this Pinterest Party Work?

1. Follow each of your hosts on Pinterest:




2. Link up 6 of your Favorite Pins:



**Each host will re-pin at least 25 of their favorite pins.**


**Please link back to your Pinterest pin, NOT your blog**

**They must be your original creation**



3. Re-pin the 6 pins before you

or more!



Pins that are not linked back to your
Pinterest pin will be deleted.

It would also be great if you repinned

the featured pins!

Other than that, lets have fun, and let the linking begin!


Thanks so much for tuning in, and partying with me!
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #72

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



If you don't already like us on Twitter, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:






This Week's Features!
Carrot Cake Pudding Cups from The Seasoned Mom ***Most Viewed*** 
 Spring Basket with Rolled Fabric from Across the Boulevard
Chocolate Mint Sweet Rolls from Frugal Foodie Mama
Minty Lime Water aka Virgin No Sugar Added Mojito from Tried and Tasty
Filled Balloon Party Favors from Dukes and Duchesses
Marshmallow Fruit Salad and Meatloaf and Melodrama 
DIY Mini Flower Bud Vases from Julie is Coco and Cocoa

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Michelle's Taco Soup

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias
My youngest daughter, Michelle, is a major jock and she loves the competition of playing and watching sports.
She also sees life as a competition and jumps to the occasion of conquering her fears, and the ever present bumps in the road of life.   But she loves easy food that can be thrown together in a crock pot and food that soothes the body and soul.  Yep easy comfort food and fierce competition is her forte!!  
  
We are having a crowd over for The Big Game playoffs in March and I immediately thought of Michelle's Taco Soup. 
 It's her favorite go-to dinner, it's all comfort on the inside but tough enough for any competition and it can really feed a crowd!!    It's delicious and it can soothe those hurt feelings when one's team is knocked out of the playoffs or dished up to celebrate all victories!! 


And the champion of Taco Soup is RO*TEL®. 

 RO*TEL® is an amazing combination of tomatoes and green chilies and it not only makes the best queso, it can be added to your favorite chili recipe or in spicy soups with or in place of canned tomatoes.


Walmart is offering a special deal right now for RO*TEL® with a great coupon,

Click Here for a Buy 3 (three)  get 1 (one) free Coupon at Walmart 

Coupon expires on April 6th so don't delay!!


So this is a great time to run down to your favorite Walmart like I did and you will find several different blends of RO*TEL® in the aisle near the canned tomatoes!!


I always use the Original  RO*TEL® but didn't realize they have these other awesome blends!!   YAY!!!  
I found Chili Fixin's, Mexican Style with Lime and Cilantro and Chunky style!!   


And now you can throw an awesome crowd pleaser for the March basketball playoffs and everyone can cheer for their favorite college team while they enjoy a huge pot of Taco Soup made with RO*TEL®!!   
This is easy comfort food for all those competitive souls like my daughter Michelle!!  



Don't forget to click through and grab that
  Buy 3 (three)  get 1 (one) free Coupon 
before you leave for Walmart!


This exclusive RO*TEL coupon is good until April 6th so  download and use yours TODAY

Which flavor(s) of  RO*TEL® are you planning on buying? 
  

Taco Soup
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 cans of Ranch style beans
  • 3 cans of stewed or chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can whole corn
  • 1 can RO*TEL®
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix 
Toppings
  • cheddar cheese, grated
  • sour cream
  • jalapeƱos
  • tortilla chips
Instructions
1. Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a large dutch oven. Salt and Pepper to taste.
2. Add all ingredients and stir to combine
3. Let simmer for 30 minutes or place in slow cooker on low for 3-4 hours.
4. Serve with toppings of choice
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