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Wake Up Wednesday Linky Week 33

               Welcome to the 33rd week of  Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 
 
24 Blogs  –  1 Party
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We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  376 awesome linkups!   
 
 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!
 
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Peach Melba Ice Cream from Pink Recipe Box

Peach Melba Homemade Ice Cream Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com

 I’m currently suffering through the hottest month of the year when my desk fan becomes next to useless no matter how high I turn it up. Homemade ice cream recipes to the rescue!

Princess Anna Crochet Hat

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree
This Disney’s Frozen, Princess Anna inspired crochet hat is easy to make and is a great gift for the holidays or a Frozen birthday!

Joanna’s Andalusian Zucchini Tortilla

from What’s On The List

Spanish-tortilla

Are you curious like me where the zucchini is?

August 2014 Favorites!

August was pretty good product wise for me. I have a decent amount of favorites to share 
with you all, so here we go!
 
 

from Upstate Ramblings

Snickers Pretzel Mix #Chocolate4theWin #shop

Football season is just about underway!  Whether it is a club, college, high school or professional teams are practicing and getting ready for another exciting season.  My family loves to watch football. Of course football also means snacks, so to go along with our first game of the season I created this portable SNICKERS Pretzel Snack with cute little football bags.

Mommy Club

from Married Filing Jointly

Speaking of being a mommy…it is simply not a job you can understand until you are a mommy.
 
 

How to Make Elderberry Extract

from Little Owl Crunchy Momma

It’s incredibly easy, and super delicious. I use it to help make my elderberry syrup last longer (recipe coming soon). It’s also delicious to add to cider in the fall and winter. Mmmmm. Delicious.

Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings

Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings by Crafty Journal
Create a fun pair of glittery fall leaf earrings to dress up for autumn.
 

 

Bourbon Maple Sweet Potato Recipe

from  eat pray {read} love

These Bourbon Maple Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next dinner! Creamy potatoes with a crunchy pecan topping and just the right amount of sweetness!

I had these delicious Bourbon-Maple sweet potatoes as one of my sides. Ben doesn’t normally like sweet potatoes (which is one reason I ordered them!- kidding!) but he inhaled these babies. I decided to try to recreate the sweet potato recipe for our Thanksgiving meal and they were pretty spot-on.

Blairsden Mansion Tour: Part 2

from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

In case you missed Part 1,  I’m taking you on the mother of all house tours…

at Blairsden Mansion, in Peapack-Gladstone NJ.which was the site of a

Designer Showhouse fundraiser, back in May.

 

 

Watermelon Slush

from  4 Sons ‘R’ Us

Watermelon Slush

This frosty treat makes a refreshing ending to any summer meal. Simply scoop the slushy mixture into bowls or tall glasses and enjoy a refreshing dessert, all while still getting that melon flavor fix, albeit without all the dripping. Add a splash of vodka for an even sweeter summer adult beverage.

 

Painted Furniture

How to Paint Furniture

Finally, we found a dresser that fit out needs. It wasn’t too over-scale, had 9 drawers, and was only $100.

 

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter // Budget Girl --- 13 Days of Pumpkin is back! This year, we're getting started with this decadent pumpkin butter recipe. Perfect on some toasted pumpkin yeast bread. :) #pumpkin #fall #autumn #butter #food #recipes #cooking

I was going to come up with a simple crock pot recipe, and then I found this decadent pumpkin butter recipe from I Bake, He Shoots. I tried it, loved it, and now…it’s the one I’m going to recommend. (Well, that’s an easy first day, isn’t it?)

Classic Cherry Pie

from Born to Bake Forever

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Ever since I was five, my mother and I have always made this Classic Cherry Pie for special occasions or just dessert. I’ve never lost my taste for cherries…or dessert. This recipe has been a family favorite for years. A simple recipe easy to make for busy days. 

 

 

 

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    Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” #30

       
      Welcome to the 30th week of  Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 
     
    32 Blogs  –  1 Party
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    We are so excited to have you all party with us.
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    Last week we had  437 awesome linkups!   
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    Today I want to share my front porch with you. My accessories have both complimenting and contrasting colors in them. I wanted them to work with my house color (Cabot exterior latex stain in Spruce Blue.) and not clash.

    Glass Insulator Lights

    Glass Insulator Lights
    Today, I thought I would share with you some of the lights what we installed in our new house! 

    Carrot Orange Bread

    from Wendys Hat

    Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze
    Created a special treat today that I know you will love.  I’m calling it my Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze.
     
    Even though my Peach Cobbler was a failure this week, living in Georgia: I HAVE to can peaches each year. Now, we have a ton of Summer Georgia Peaches for the next few seasons thanks to successful canning. 

    Whipped Feta Dip from The Pink Recipe Box

    Whipped Feta Dip | www.pinkrecipebox.com

    Sometimes I feel like the recipes I share with you guys are too simple and too fast to 
    call them recipes. Today is one of those days. 
     

    Thrifty Thursday…Glass Mushrooms for the Garden

    from Artistic Endeavors Inc 101

    A trip to the thrift store with my daughter yielded supplies for a quick garden project.

    Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

    from Upstate Ramblings

    Slice of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
    Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too.  But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings.  A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!

    Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe

    from A Mom’s Take

    Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
    While I grew up eating what I now refer to as the American version of a beef taco, I found as an adult that I much prefer the milder flavor and taste of a traditional shredded beef taco.

    DIY Citrus Avocado Face Mask

    from Robyn’s View

    Citrus Avocado Face Mask
    Avocados are rich in moisturizing oils and healthy fats that you skin will adore. When you combine avocados with the skin brightening properties of citrus, you have a face mask that can’t be beat!

    DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels

    from Living Frugal with Erika

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    I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? Not only is this perfect for relaxing at home, it also makes a wonderful frugal gift idea! Take an afternoon and create this easy DIY Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

     Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub

    from Living Chic

    coffeesugarscrub

    I have been obsessed with Homemade Body Scrub recipes lately. I decided to whip up a Coffee Sugar scrub recipe of my own this morning. It is so easy and very inexpensive.

     

    Funfetti Cake Bites

    Funfetti Cake Bites
    We love dessert at the Smith House, and though I’m obviously not a professional baker, I still enjoy whipping up some sort of sweet treat to share after dinner.

    How-to: sew a soft ball

    from Green Apple Colttagesoft toy ball

    Another baby boy was born on the very day I posted a picture of a home made soft ball  I had sewn for my nephew. A perfect opportunity to sew another one, don’t you think? This time, I added several loops.


    Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

     

    from Cooking with K

    Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

    Have you every heard of yellow squash in a quick bread recipe?  I was first introduced to it last summer  by my daughter.  I love to bake with zucchini in bread, but never had made any with summer yellow squash.

     

    The Last Wall in my Kitchen!!

    from Debbie Dabble

    Finally, I would like to share with you the last wall in my Kitchen……

    And wrap up my Series on my Kitchen where I shared One Wall at a Time……

    Every weekday I get an email from Short Daily Devotions, this one yesterday really touched my heart and spoke to me. I really want to share it with you today.

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    Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” Week #28

       
     Welcome to the 28th week of  Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 
     
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    The secret to raw edge appliqué is this tool, the Applique Pressing Sheet.  For many years, I would arrange my web backed fabric pieces on their background and hold my breath and apply the iron.  Now I press my pattern pieces to this sheet and if I don’t like the way they look, I can lift them up and put them somewhere else.  This sheet is also perfect if you are following a raw edge appliqué pattern, like the one I used to make this Forget-Me-Not block.

    Coconut Pecan Cheesecake Bars

    Coconut-Pecan-Cheesecake-Bars
    WARNING! These are super decadent and rich! You must share with friends, or you might have a heart attack! They are the perfect combination of everything I love; caramel, chocolate, coconut, cheesecake, pecan, and a buttery crust! Enjoy these with a tall glass of milk and LOTS of friends!
    Picture This: Enjoying Art, Nature and Getting "Summer Fit"!
    This summer, I was invited to participate in Raise.com’s “Summer Fit” campaign.
    I love to stay active during the summer so I was delighted to get involved with their
    “Summer Fit” campaign.  I live in an urban environment, so finding a patch of green is especially satisfying for me.  Sure I belong to a great health club, but in the summer time I prefer to get my exercise
    outside in the sun as much as possible.
    Oreo Reese's Peanut Butter Pie  http://recipesforourdailybread.com/2014/07/29/creamy-peanut-butter-pie-recipe/

    GARDEN PLANTER SWING

    garden planter swing
    The project consists of  a wood planter, rope, paint, nails,  flowers and a tree (if you don’t have a tree :)you can use your porch ceiling)
    Mid-Year Blogger Planner & Calendar by Mama Miss Designs
    Blogging has always been a hobby for me.  Well, “always” may not be the best term to describe my love affair with blogging.  When you think about it, blogging is a relatively new thing.  And I’ve only been at it for 8 years.  And it’s been pretty sporadic.  So scratch the first sentence of this blog post.  It’s a lie.

    Double Stuff Oreo Pancakes

    I love pancakes! I especially love the weekends because those are my cheat days which means I can have my pancakes! All week long I’m thinking of sweet, sinful ways to prepare my pancakes. Oh yea, I LOVE my pancakes!

    The Ultimate Blog Resource Library

    The Ultimate Blog Resource Library
    In hopes of making everyone’s lives a little easier, I put together some helpful hints, tips and tricks all in one place to make your blogging much easier.
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    I’m always interested in trying out different sensory play activities with the boys, even something very simple can grab their attention and provide an opportunity to explore something new. To find out more about why sensory play is important you can read my previous post and also get some ideas for lots more materials to use.
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    “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
    the passion that she knows.”
    ― Audrey Hepburn
    You all know how I love to make my own household goodies, this time I ventured into making my own deodorant. I looked online for months reading different posts, reading thoughts, reviews, whatever I could get my eyes on!
    Bite-Size Peach Turnovers
    Sometimes, you just want a small bite of dessert.  When that happens, a small bite of peach turnover will solve the problem.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and you have yourself a winner.  Just think small when you’re baking.
    I’m so excited to share with you all a little bit of my home today! One of the greatest joys about buying our very first house is being able to scan pinterest for some amazing design ideas!
    FriedGreenTomatoes final with words
    Making them is super easy to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either. Here is my families favorite way to eat them. Just thought I would share so your family could enjoy them too.
     
     
    “The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means “pure life” in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embodies the Pura Vida Lifestyle. It’s about being free and living life to it’s fullest with no regrets or taking anything for granted; it’s an attitude.”
     
    Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies - Christmas in July
    Delicious jam filled cookies are a Christmas tradition, and these Raspberry Pinwheel 
    Cookies are a fun way to enjoy jam.

    I Hear Angels Singing

    I recently finished another large angel. I gave her an old world patina finish like I have my other angels but I think this one is my favorite so far. I even like her better than my last angel with the large wings. 

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    Thursday’s DIY Tutorial:CakePlate

    I love Good Deals!

    I love thrifty finds and turning them into something amazing I can use. Whether its just for fun or decorating project for the house.

    This past week I was in my local Dollar General Store, when I came across white ceramic candlesticks on clearance for $1.50! Well, I don’t know about you but that was too good of a deal to pass up. My mind instantly started turning thinking of something I could make out of a candlestick.

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    Now don’t get me wrong, I could have just used it the way it was but it really didn’t match any decor in my home right now. Then I thought, if I attach a plate on the top I could turn it into a Cake Plate. BINGO!

    I love cake plates, but gosh they are so expensive!

    So I paid for my candlestick and headed home. Later in the week I drove to a nearby town to a Dollar Tree and picked up a white cermanic plate for $1. And then I was ready to craft!

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    I went home, pulled out my trusty glue gun/sticks and my E6000 glue, which by the way if you havent used to AWESOME, and started my project.

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    There is just something about a quiet “Crafternoon”, using my creativity and just relaxing. Sometimes when I’m by myself it’s a little too quiet, so I have to turn on my “Crafternoon” Playlist, which is my favorite music while working.

    This playlist I call “ThriftedGrace”. I hope you guys will check it out!

    Anyway, back to my cake plate. It’s so simple. Really guys, like 3 steps and your done! A 10 minute project which would be great decor for a party, or celebration such as a Baby or Bridal Shower or a Wedding. Mine I think will look just right on my kitchen island with a nice chocolate cake sitting on it! HAHA!

    Items you need:
    Candlestick
    Plate
    Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
    E6000

    1) Squirt E6000 around the edges and on top of Candlestick
    2) Add hot glue to underside of plate
    3) Even up and press the plate firmly on top of Candlestick
    4) Bake a cake and enjoy your creation!

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    That’s all it is. $2.50 Project!

    The E6000 works so well, the only thing I use the hotglue for is to set it in place til the E6000 settles good!

    I was also looking around at the Dollar Tree and found short glass candlesticks and clear dessert plates that would make a really cute cupcake platter (for 1) or to serve a few cookies or tea sandwiches on. So many possiblilites. I don’t know if I will ever buy a “real” Cake Plate again!

    So then I got to thinking……I know other bloggers/crafters have thought of this before, so i decided to find some! And what I found amazed me! I decided to share a few of my favorites with you!

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/222435669066839074/ (Must try this one one)

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/222435669066789968/ (To serve candy! Love it!)

    http://wanderingchopsticks.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-to-make-homemade-cake-stand.html (would be beautiful for a wedding)

    Hope you enjoyed my DIY Tutorial on Cake Plates!

    Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

    I love oatmeal.  The love the texture of the warm gooey mess on any given morning.  I know for some, oatmeal is a fall/winter breakfast item.  For me it is plain and simple comfort food that brings back such warm memories of childhood that I enjoy it all year round.  I can remember my momma cooking a big ole pan of oats in the morning.  I can still remember the way she smelled of sugar and cinnamon after she was done.  Oh sweet memories.  Last week was the 11th anniversary of her trip heaven.  Every year I try really hard to remain positive but the day still crashes down on me like it happened yesterday.  My momma was my best friend, she was my rock, support and encourager.  I was her baby.  Remembering these precious memories are like a lifeline tom me.  I get scared at times thinking I am going to forgot.  It makes me feel better blogging about them and having them always.

    I don’t know if anyone else has trouble getting kiddos to eat oatmeal, but it’s like pulling teeth around here.  I have to sneak it in every form and fashion.  What better way to sneak in wholesome oatmeal than in cookies!  Especially when the cookies contain chocolate and peanut butter!

    This recipe is one of the easiest I use!!
    And they make a perfect after school/work snack.   Hope you enjoy and as they make these, think about sweet memories of your childhood!

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    Ingredients:

    1c sugar
    1 c flour
    2 c oats
    2 teaspoons of vanilla
    1teaspoon of cinnamon
    1 teaspoon of nutmeg
    1 tablespoon baking soda
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 sticks of butter
    1 cup peanut butter
    3/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

    Mix sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg together. Add in butter (melted) and stir together. Next add in eggs and vanilla.
    Sift flour and baking powder together and add in mixture
    Now add in chocolate chips and peanut butter

    Roll into golf ball size and place on ungreased cookie sheet
    Bake apps 10-12 mins.