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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Social Media Weekly #19 (Instagram)



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 Instagram

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


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




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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #81

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!

Lemon Cream Crumb Bars from Together As Family***Most Viewed*** 
Pizzeria Style Garlic Knots from This Silly Girl's Life

 DIY Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier from DIY Inspired

Mason Jar Patriotic Sand Art from Atta Girl Says

Croque Madame Breakfast Casserole from Bread Booze Bacon 
A Back Door Vignette from Simply Vintageous...by Suzan

Red Velvet S'more Sundae from Sweet Potato Pie


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies



I always want to keep the old Cookie jar filled while the Grandbabies are at the Ranch. And the most popular cookie around here is the Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie!!  Nothing special just plain chocolate chip!!  No matter what else I make these cookies are the first to disappear so I don't try to re-invent the wheel, nope, just make these like we all love them!!
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 12-oz. pkg. chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
2. In a small mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, set aside
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy
4. Add eggs and beat well.
5. Gradually add flour mixture, beat until well combined
6. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans
7. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets covered with parchment paper.
8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
9. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet to wire rack.
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Social Media Weekly # 18 (Twitter)



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 Twitter

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


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




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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #80

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!

 Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner from The Better Baker***Most Viewed*** 
DIY Washable and Reusable Bowl Covers from The Gracious Wife
 Chocolate Cinnamon Roll Pull Apart Bread from Crazy for Crust
Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups from A Cultivated Nest
Miracle Stain Remover fromTogether As A Family 
Peanut Butter Cookie Bars from The (mis) Adventures of a Born Again Farm Girl
Nautical-Inspired "Odds and Ends" Mason Jars from Vintage Zest


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Texas Mesquite Trees in the Spring

Springtime in my part of  Texas means lime green leaves on the Mesquite trees!  Just a gorgeous shade contrasting with the dark trunks.



Old timers say it's time to plant when the Mesquites leaf out because that means winter is officially over.    "Never are these trees tricked by a early warming spell and fall victim to a late frost"


These leaves will turn a darker green as summer proceeds but right now, I am just loving this neon green across the Ranch!



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Monday, May 11, 2015

Magic Cookie Bars



I am all for easy treats, something that can just be "thrown" together and popped into the oven.    These bars are super easy and amazing, there are so many different variations for the layers but this is my favorite.  Something about double chocolate just calls my name,  add coconut and pecans and it just rocks my world!   



Magic Cookie Bars
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
Instructions
1. Heat oven 350 degrees F.
2. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
3. Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and mix well.
4. Press crumb mixture firmly into bottom of prepared pan
5. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture
6. Layer the white chocolate chips over the crumb mixture.
7. Layer the semi sweet chocolate chips
8. Sprinkle the coconut and nuts evenly over the mixture.
9. Press down firmly
10. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned
11. Loosen from sides of pan while still warm
12. Let cool on wire rack and cut into bars
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Social Media Weekly #17 (Pinterest)



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 Pinterest

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


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




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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #79

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!
Easy Mandarin Orange Dessert from Homemaking Hacks ***Most Viewed*** 
DIY Refrigerator Mats from Just 2 Sisters
Cheeseburger Salad in a Jar with a Special Sauce from Baby Loving Mama
 Hibiscus Honey Mint Julep from  Honey and Birch
Stained Glass Art from Bitz and Giggles
Easy Salami Roll Ups from Sugar Apron
Thoughts on Turning 40 and a free Printable from Clean and Scentsible

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mason Jar Solar Lights


I love yard lights twinkling in the summer night illuminating soft romantic areas around the yard.    And one of my favorite things to do in the evenings is sit outside and enjoy the cool night breeze and watch and listen to nature.    I have several tables set around the Ranch yard where we can sit and have coffee or a beverage and just enjoy the end of the day and I needed a light on these tables. 
I wanted a soft light that I wouldn't have to light, but was heavy enough not to blow away during our spring winds.    I hadn't been able to solve this until one of my little lights down at the front gates was destroyed by falling debris during a windstorm. 



  I remembered that my sweet friend down the road (ok 8 miles down the road) had made the cutest little mason jar lights from the tops of her solar lights when the bases was damaged.   I saved the top of the light and gathered several other supplies.




 Supplies needed:

Top of a solar yard light
Wide Mouth Mason Jar (or any size mason jar that the ring will fit your solar light)
2 cups of glass gems (for weight)
gorilla glue



Pour the glass gems in the jar filling about halfway (about 2 cups of gems for a quart size wide mouth jar). Filling only halfway leaves room for the light to shine and the gems to reflect the light. 



Remove the battery and cover.  Center the mason jar lid ring on the bottom of the solar light making sure you do not cover the opening for the battery. Not to worry about replacing batteries since the sun recharges the battery every day and you will enjoy maintenance Free lights every night!
(but if the batteries ever are not able to recharge, then simply replace with a new AA battery, my lights are almost two years old and I have never replaced them yet but I know I can if needed)

Glue in place



Replace battery and cover, and if needed file the corners off the cover or just leave the cover off.  Screw the solar light on the mason jar and place outside and enjoy your evening filled with the soft lighting. 



See how gorgeous these lights are with the gems reflecting the light!



I purchased several more of these lights and removed the tops to make lights for other areas.

They are sitting around on tables and on the BBQ Pit around the Ranch yard.  I just love them and the price was even better.
Solar yard light prices range from $3.98 to 6.98 (these are the $6.98) and I had the mason jars already and even had the glass gems so the price was awesome!!



Now I know you wish to see the object of my inspiration!
My friend Angie's lights!

She used wire and made little hangers on each jar and they are hanging in her flower beds bordering the sidewalk.   
Just gorgeous!



Other Mason Jar Ideas:





















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