Spicy Farmhouse Chicken Casserole Guest post for MamaGoesFrugal

I am so blessed to be able to create and share my work with MamaGoesFrugal. “Here in the South, nothing says home cooking like a casserole. As a little girl, I can remember casseroles being one of my momma’s favorite … Continue reading

My Love for County Fairs & Marietta County Fair Book Series Giveaway

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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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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 Week #32

                  
     Welcome to the 32nd week of Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 
     
    25 Blogs  –  1 Party
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    Using Yard Sale and Auction Dishes to set the Table

    from Penny’s Vintage Home

    I have a special table set for our lunch today using some of the new pieces I found at the auction and yard sales over the week end.    

    BIRCHBOX AUGUST 2014

    from Busy Being Jen

    August’s box had some really great products.  The first was Whish Shave Crave that is a shaving cream with the scent of grapefruit.  Really nice!  There was also a citrus-y smelling cologne by Harvey Prince called Ageless

     

    Fall Potpourri

    I planted sunflowers in our garden for the first time this summer and they have made a wonderful addition to our garden.     I have dried some of the larger flowers to use in a fall wreath.

    Trash to Treasure: Bar Car Edition

    from Oh, the Fun…

    finished bar cart 004

    We all know that bar carts are all the rage right now and who’s surprised? Not I- even if you don’t want to use them to house alcoholic beverages, how can you not be a fan of a bit of extra storage that you can move around?!

     

    Mini Blueberry Cups

    mini blueberry cups

    This is a migraine safe recipe, a sugar free recipe and a dairy free recipe. 
    But it is not taste free, its really yummy! If I do say so myself, giggle.
     

     

    No Drip Ice Cream Cones

    from Lou Lou Girls

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    This is so simple but messy! It’s definitely worth the mess.

    Here’s why PicMonkey is a blogger’s best friend!

    from Just A Touch of Crazy

    So it’s pretty understandable why PicMonkey is a blogger’s best friend.  And one of the most fabulous things of all:  lots of the features are FREE.
     
     

    How to Make a Simple Fall Centerpiece

    from About A Mom

    How to Make a Simple Fall Centerpiece - About A Mom
    There are two things that I love — having fresh flowers on the table and decorating for Fall. My home probably gets more decked out for Fall and Thanksgiving season than it does for the Christmas holiday.
     

     

    10 Back to School Tips for Moms

    from The Organized Dream

     

    Loving our kids too much – home vs. daycare

    from Mommy Lives Clean

    Can loving our kids so much be harmful to their future?
    I hold the belief that a parent can never love their child too much.
     

    Zucchini Parmesan Bites

    from Allspice and Nutmeg

    www.allspiceandnutmeg.com/zucchiniparmesanbites

    Zucchini parmesan bites – thin sliced zucchini, parmesan, onions, and eggs.  

    This is a great recipe for using up zucchini from the garden bounty. 

     

    Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 1 from Titi Crafty

    Blogging 101: Building Bloggy Relationships Part 1.

    I’m not posting this as an expert {I’m not even close} but I do want to share with you all the things I’ve done intuitively or learned that have worked for me on my way making connections, friends or any kind of relationships.

    Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

    from Natural Chow

    Spicy Roasted Chickpeas | Natural Chow | http://naturalchow.com

    If you had told me two years ago I would be sharing a recipe where the star is beans, I would probably laugh. I was never really one to enjoy eating beans.

     

    {cuffed pillowcase tutorial}

    Front: 20″ x 23″ (solid pink) 

    Wide Cuff: 20″ x 13″ (Green polka dot) 

    Narrow Cuff: 20″ x 2-1/2″ (Orange Flower/Paisley) 

    Back: 20″ x 35-1/2″ (Orange Flower/Paisley) 

     

    Make Your Own {Non-Processed} Stevia Extract

     essential oil dropper, liquid extract, homemade, natural, green, no-side-effect, glycosides, sweetener, cooking, sweet tea, dried herb, Bulk Herb Store, DIY,

    Quite honestly, I’ve never felt good about the perfectly white, flowable, processed stevia products out there.


     

     

     

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      Wake Up Wednesday Linky Week #29

       

                     
      Welcome to the 29th week of Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 
       
      32 Blogs  –  1 Party
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      Gourmet S'mores
      Another chocolate recipe; no one is more surprised than I am, but when you find a fun recipe it needs to be memorized. It is really easy. Easy is my favorite kind of recipe. Since I can’t eat graham crackers or chocolate (they both contain soy), I felt compelled to write about my workaround. This recipe uses cocoa powder and I substituted gingersnaps for the graham cracker. I think they should be called Gourmet S’mores.
       
       

      Tags Galore!

      Mixed Media Tags, vintage ephemera, Faber Castell Pitt brush pen
      I added some vintage inspired ephemera to each tag with gel medium and highlighted them with either a charcoal pencil or a black Faber Castell Big Brush.
       
       
      Doing Good: A Seed Grows in Columbus - An Organic, Urban Garden Feeds a Community's Growth
      There is nothing more powerful than a woman on a mission.
       
       
      Great resource if you're trying the 3 Day Potty Training Method with your toddler!
      I’ve been kind of a skeptic of the “3-day Potty Training” methods everybody posts on Pinterest.  I mean really, who believes that you can undo a lifetime of diaper use in less than a week?  Well, it turns out that toddlers are smart cookies.
       
       

      10 Family Dinners That Start with Ground Beef

      10 Family Friendly Ground Beef Recipes
      If you have a large family or a big group coming over for dinner, you might set right to work cooking up recipes for tacos or making up some hamburger patties. But, what if it’s just you and your small family of 4? What then? You need an action plan and a bunch of family-friendly beef recipes!
       
       
      20 Tips for Preparing Your Child to Start School - http://ourlittlehouseinthecountry.com #startingschool #backtoschool
      Dealing with the emotions of starting school (kiddies and parents!)
       
       
      The other day one of my kids brought a paper snowflake from school.  They learned how to make these at school in one of their art classes.Then I remembered making these as kid myself. We used to make a bunch of these and glue them to a string to make a garland/bunting to decorate the house
       
       
      How to Reupholster a Dining Chair Seat + Dumpster Chair Reveal // Budget Girl --- My first try at reupholstering anything. It turned out so much nicer than I imagined! #chair #dining #reupholster #upholstery #decor #furniture
      Remember my dumpster chair? I finally finished it! Are you ready? 
       

      DIY Ribbon Organizer Tote

      This ribbon organizer tote is easy to make, inexpensive and stackable. I contemplated other storage methods that involved affixing the ribbon spools to a stationary rack, (wall-mounted, etc.) but opted for the flexibility of being able to store and use the ribbon in a variety of locations with this system. 
       
       
      I love DIY projects as much as the next gal, but I hardly ever have a few good free hours to devote to getting all the supplies together and completing the project and making a good old mess.  I wish I did but I just don’t.  So when this DIY project popped into my head I knew it was just for me-cute, fun, simple and quick!!  
       
       
      Raspberry and Mint Scented Water
      We all know the importance of hydrating ourselves, but do you actually do it?  I know I don’t!  Water is so blah tasting, so why not spruce it up by infusing it with fruits and veggies.  I figured I would give it a try and if  nothing else, my kids would enjoy it.  Besides it looks so pretty, doesn’t it–kinda makes you want to drink it.  Here are 10 hydrating infused water recipes that look tasty and easy to do.
       
       
      Eggplant Rollitini Pasta & Fruit Punch in a Pinch
      Take a break this summer and make it a summer night in with this phenomenal dinner and cocktail combo that we’re sharing with you today.  We all need a new recipe from time to time, and I can tell you that I for one am always up for trying a new girlie drink!
       

      If You Can Color in a Coloring Book, You Can Paint

      Painting is so much fun. I think you’ll enjoy it too. Tole painting allows you to create really 

      beautiful and unique things for your home and makes wonderful gifts for friends and family. So grab your surface, your patterns, your paint and your brushes and lets begin this adventure together!

       
       

       

       

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        Baked Granola & Peaches

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        Do you have local festivals?

        Our county (which consists of 5 small, mainly rural, towns) hosts The Peach Festival, every July, that has been ongoing 1938! Wow! It’s actually the oldest festival in the state of Arkansas. I feel honored to be a part of such amazing history every year.

        And did I mention food?

        Just like county fairs, our festivals have some of the best food around!  Funnel Cakes, Fried Pies, Foot Long Corn Dogs, and Snow Cones, you can pretty much find it all here.

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        Photo Courtesy of The Peach Festival Board

        The Peach Festival will start next week, so to get in the “Peachy” spirit I decided to start experimenting with peach recipes.

        I love peaches! I love the sweet, juicy taste that runs down your chin as you take a big bite (: In fact I don’t think I have came across a single peach dish that I haven’t loved!

        If you have read my bio, then you know I’m a crunchy girl. Technically I love the Earth, try to eat organic as much as possible and I make a lot of our soaps and cleaners. I’m also a vegetarian so I eat a lot of granola.

        I really like making my own so I can determine exactly what I am adding to it.  So I wanted to share this super easy Baked Granola and Peaches recipe with you today.

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        Baked Granola & Peaches

        What you need:

        4 fresh peaches

        For Granola:

        1  cups oats

        1/2 tsp cinnamon

        1/2 tsp nutmeg

        1/4 brown sugar

        1/8 cup oil

        1/2 cup homemade or organic maple syrup

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        What you do:

        1) Cut your peaches in half and remove pit.

        2) Spoon a small amount of peach out to make room for granola.

        3) Mix the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and oil together and then add in maple syrup.

        4) Spoon granola onto each peach half.

        5) Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay peaches on.

        6) Bake peaches at 350 for appx 15-20 mins or until peaches are soft.

        Another option for Granola:

        If you want granola for later, spread evenly on lined cookie sheet and bake.  Store in a dry container.

        Super easy and super delish!  Great for breakfast, brunch or a mid-afternoon snack.

        You can top with cream (pictured) if you desire.  This cream consists of heavy whipping cream which I mixed until it become creamed.  I’m not a cream snob (:  I enjoy my Ready Whip and Cool Whip just like anybody else!  Ice Cream is also very good on top of the warm peaches!

        Pick your Pleasure and Enjoy!

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        And don’t miss The Peach Festival Blog Post coming soon!

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