Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Because It's Summer

Because it's summer and memories are just waiting happen. Since Memorial Day is the kickoff for the summer season let the memory making begin.

 
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Checkout the top 3 "Boxcars" (Bloggers) who received the most "clicks" from the April Great Blog Train (blog hop)!


 Great Blog Train
The 29th GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: The state of ARIZONA.  It was a wonderful trip with 37 boxcars!!  We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winner: M.B. (I have contacted the winner by email)
Congrats!!!


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The Great Blog Train by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo BlogTrainDestination_zps2925d251.jpg

(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for October 2015).

If you are interested in being a Destination Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
All of the featured Boxcars are pinned to the
Great Blog Train Pinterest Board
(click HERE to follow the board)
Crocheted Stitch Sampler Blanket by "Let It Shine"
Crocheted Stitch Sampler Blanket



Dr. Benjamin Carson - Great Role Model for Our Kids by "Ducks'n a Row"
 


Banana Bread for the Bon Vivant by "Flourish & Knot"
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Please join us for the JUNE Great Blog Train
on June 3rd, 2015!





Monday, May 25, 2015

Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Happy Memorial Day everyone! While we all spend time with family and friends making memories, let's not forget about those who have given their lives so that we can have the opportunity to do this.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Pet Humans Overtime

Recently, my pet human has been away from home a lot. She has been talking about something called overtime. I have decided that the word overtime should be banned from my pet humans vocabulary. It has been brought nothing but loneliness to my life. My pet leaves early in the morning, and she doesn't return until late in the afternoon. Hours fly by before she returns home. I sit and long for her return. When she does return home she is rushing around the house trying to do far too much in too little time. And most importantly, we are not spending quality time together. This is not acceptable.



So these are a few of the steps I have taken to resolve this overtime situation. Since my pet is not at home, I have reviewed and updated her resume. I have decided that I should notify her employer and let them know that this is not acceptable.

And I have decided that perhaps, I should look more closely at my career decisions. Perhaps, if I take up some sort of job it would allow the human in the household to spend less time working. When I reviewed my talents and passions in the career decisions post I decided that my most marketable skill is not getting stressed over the little things. After researching how to put this into action, I have decided that I should become a feline life coach.

Since I have made this decision I feel much better. I am beginning to put together a plan on how to make this work. If felines have advice on starting this career please provide it to me.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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My New Spring into Summer Wreath!
Shoestring Elegance

Do you take time to celebrate all the seasons in your life?  Do you know what I mean? We celebrate things like Christmas, 4th of July, New Year's Day, Birthday's, 21st, 30th, 40th (over the hill and ready to roll), 50th( half-century) Thanks so much, society, for that little reminder.  Heck we even celebrate Groundhog Day! If we go to all that trouble for those holidays, surely we should, in some way, celebrate the 'actual' Seasons in our lives.



Homemade Blueberry Syrup Recipe
Happy Mothering

While we love eating fresh blueberries, I also like making blueberry jam, blueberry pie – anything blueberry! I wanted to make something new, so this weekend I decided we’d give blueberry syrup a try.

You only need 4 simple ingredients and the result is amazing!


S’more Cupcakes Recipe
Counytry Divas

I am like so many others with great memories of Summer nights roasting marshmallows over the open fire, laughing and anxiously awaiting that chocolate bar and graham crackers.  My memory is of the nights licking the melting chocolate from running down the side of my mouth, the smell of roasting a marshmallow and loving every minute of it.   My first taste of this cupcake brought back all of that fun and goodness without all of the bugs biting me.


THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE BECOMING A MOMMY
And This Marine Wife

I remember falling to my knees and breaking into sobs.

“I don’t know how to be a mommy,” I squeaked out.

I could tell my husband was trying so hard to contain his excitement because he didn’t want to upset me even more. He grabbed my face in his hands and said, “Baby, you are going to be a great mommy.”


NEW ILIA Beauty Discoveries!
Storybook Apothecary
If you’ve been following along for awhile, you might know about my love for ILIA Beauty, but if not, you can check back to my very first post on ILIA  and you’ll see I’ve been a huge fan for years! I got even more excited when I found out they were finally releasing a line of face cosmetic products so, of course, I had to try their Tinted Moisturizer alongside a few lip colors I’ve had my eye on for awhile.


DIY Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier
DIY Inspired

What could better than a DIY project that cost absolutely nothing? My daughter and I walk to the playground all the time and every time she brings home a treasure. This time it was a large stick. It sat in our backyard for a while and the other day when I was cleaning, I picked it up and set it aside on our patio table. I stared at it and immediately thought of making this DIY outdoor Mason jar chandelier. After all, I had all the supplies already. I didn’t buy one thing. Here’s how I made it.


7 Ways to Build Fine Motor Skills for Preschoolers
Midwest Modern Momma

Early development of fine motor skills will help increase chances for success when they begin writing. Fine motor activities can be fun and challenging at the same time, so get those little hands busy. There are many activities that are effective, these are 7 of our favorites in my house.


30 HEALTHY COOKING TIPS
Just Another Mom

Involve the whole family in healthy cooking and teach your kids as they get
older to instill good habits.
Using a pressure cooker helps retain nutrients by reducing exposure of food to high temperatures.


Copycat Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino
This Mama Loves

I don’t frequently splurge at coffee shops for a frappuccino. While I love them, they don’t do much for me except empty my wallet. I mean, they TASTE awesome and everything, but if I am going to indulge, I want to do it in a way that offers my body some benefit. Using Silk Soymilk in place of regular milk gives me some added protein in my morning- which keeps my body fueled



Tzatziki Chicken Salad Wrap
TitiCrafty

Greek inspired chicken salad, Tzatziki Chicken Salad Wrap. This one makes for a perfect lunch or light dinner, especially great for warmer weather days. The homemade tzatziki sauce is really what makes this dish so fantastic!


We Hatched Chicken Eggs!!!
The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl

Late last fall a friend of mine offered us a dozen hatching eggs. Well winter in Michigan is no time to be hatching out chicks, so she waited till spring to send them to us. We have been on the most exciting adventure trying our hand at hatching our own chicks for the first time. I don't know who has been more excited, the country kids or myself!!


Foxy Loxy
Plutonium Muffins

I thought I would tell you about Foxy Loxy, the Joeli Caparco pattern that I knitted up and sent to New Zealand for Baby Oliver, the newest arrival to the family! I have not managed to get a photo of Oliver wearing the jumper (and I’m not sure if I would have been able to post it anyway, I’m not sure where the parents stand on sharing photos but if they asked me not to share it, I wouldn’t).




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STRAWBERRY COOKIES AND CREAM ICE CREAM CAKE RECIPE
Real Advice Gal

So, I don’t normally have a sweet tooth, but when I do I gotta have something sweet ASAP! Yesterday was one of those days that I really wanted something sweet. I was craving a cupcake and some ice cream at the same time, so I thought I would combine the 2 for 1 tasty treat! I always thought making an ice cream cake would be super hard, but man was I wrong.


Lemon Sour Cream Bundt Cakes
A Sprinkle of This and That

Lemon Sour Cream Bundt Cakes are so moist.  So pretty and simple made fancy in a mini bundt cake pan.  Can you make this recipe in a muffin tin?  Absolutely.  But, if you really want to take things to the next level...use the bundt pan.  You will love the sweet lemon flavor!


Mini Lemon Berry Cheesecake In A Jar
A Cultivated Nest

Serve this delicious Lemon Berry Cheesecake in a cute little mason jar for a  perfect spring and summer dessert! A tasty way to use sweet berries in a dessert that ends any meal on a good note.  Layered with graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake with a hint of lemon, and an amazing berry puree.


Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies (vegan & gluten-free)
Becoming Alice 

After making "healthy vegan brownie alternatives" using kidney beans and sweet potato, i just had to make them with avocado. Also, i have made several delicious dessert recipes using avocado for chocolate pudding, so Chocolate Avocado Brownies were the obvious next step, right?


FRESH MANGO SALSA SLOW COOKER CHICKEN
Homemaking Hacks

Looking for slow cooker recipes that highlight all that is awesome about spring and summer? Enter this Mango Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe that uses plenty of fresh fruit and veggies.  This past week, I was trying to come up with some scrumptious ideas for this time of the year. This was definitely one of the winning ideas!





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