Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 62

Spring is here, come join the party!





 week #62

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party

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We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Check out this weeks Featured linkups.

Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had  473 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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Painted Plastic Dollar Store Easter Eggs
Casa Watkins

These dollar store plastic Easter eggs were painted gold and accented using lace stickers.  This is a great nap time project and easy to do.

I only wanted three eggs for this project, but the dollar store bag comes with so many more.  You can use all sorts of background colors to make a bundle of painted eggs.  How great would the eggs look in blue!  Or, you can make a mix of blue and gold painted eggs.



Why Lemon Poundcake is more tempting than Cinnamon rolls!
Cherishing A Sweet Life


When it came to what to bake for our upcoming Easter lunch or dinner,
 I knew, without a shadow of a doubt it had to be made with lemons.


Why I stopped praying for patience
My Love for Words
I used to think that by praying for patience, I would be given patience. I would wake up one morning with an overflowing amount of peace and tolerance, able to remain sweet and level headed despite whatever was thrown my way. Unfortunately, that day has yet to come… just ask my family.


how to become an undercover prayer warrior
Penny A. Zeller

After Christian historical romance, Christian suspense is my favorite genre. Especially when characters go undercover and the tension builds as covert operations are planned to catch the bad guys.


Bunny Bark
This Silly Girl's Life

I’m sure you have seen all kinds of “barks” floating around. My friend Parrish, makes them a lot and I always love how hers comes out! So, I thought I’d give it a go and…. well now I’m addicted!



Make a Cute Bunny Ear Headband in Minutes
Homemaking Hacks

You don’t even need glue for this one, which is a bonus. While I love the power of a good glue, sometimes it’s fun to avoid getting sticky. Somehow I always get some on my fingers. One time, I actually managed to get glitter glued to every single one of my fingers. Yup!
Here is all you need to make these cute bunny ears:



How to Make a China Tea Cup Wreath
Penny's Vintage Home


I made a tea cup wreath this morning to hang in our new tea room.       I have made several of these wreaths over the years and sold them.....now I only make them for myself.     Since I no longer sell them,   I wanted to share how I make them with my blogging friends


Nutella Swirled Banana Bread
2 Cookin' Mamas

I couldn’t wait to get around to sharing this delicious banana bread with you. My friend and neighbor Melanie brought this over during the Christmas season and everyone went wild over it. People usually think of having banana bread for breakfast or a mid-morning snack but this one can easily be served as a rich decadent dessert. It is deliciously moist and made all the better by the thick swirls of Nutella running through it. However, the real piece de resistance was the layer of thick rich chocolate icing that puts it over the top and into the “oh, I’ve got to have it” dessert category.



Homemade Country-Style Buttermilk Biscuits
~Taylor-Made Homestead~

We don’t eat biscuits often but RancherMan loves biscuits & gravy.  I prefer my biscuits with homemade jam thank you very much but who am I to judge??  I’ve struggled with biscuit recipes since, well, FOREVER – no matter what guaranteed recipe I try the biscuits always seem heavy & dry. But as is tradition I promised to make RancherMan whatever he wanted for his birthday breakfast recently and his request was (of course) homemade biscuits and gravy, along with a generous supply of thick-cut heavily peppered crispy bacon.  Back to my recipe I went with a sigh – he deserved better.  My recipe just didn’t seem to have enough flavor last time I made it, and the biscuits were heavy and dry.  But determined to provide my beloved RancherMan the meal he requested and deserved, I tweaked the recipe and the biscuits turned out absolutely DELICIOUS.  Flavorful, moist and fluffy.  EUREKA!


Spring Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches
Upstate Ramblings

Spring and Easter are perfect times for entertaining!  This spring I made these bright and cheerful Spring Sherbet Cookie Sandwiches for a colorful snack to have on hand for feeding company.


Monster Milkshake

Lately, our family has been craving milkshakes! These M&M's Crispy are great straight from the small bag for a little sweet treat, and buying the larger bag is a great addition to our Monster M&M's Crispy Milkshake! Creamy ice cream, rich fudge topping, swirled with M&M's Crispy and chocolate chunks and topped with fresh whipped cream and more M&M's Crispy make this milkshake one award winning way to enjoy yourself!



What can I make from a pair of jeans? 
This week's clothes upcycle.
Creating my way to Success

For this week's clothes upcycle for my challenge,
I chose a pair of jeans and a black
and white stripy top


Easy Criss-Cross Purse Pattern
Princess & Her Cowboys

A few months ago, we went to Hawaii for Cowboy’s work (Little Roper and I tagged along). It was a ton of fun and we set out on different adventures every morning. There is a fun swap meet, or flea market, that goes around the entire football stadium but it’s only open on certain days. We went through it on one of the days and were able to get a whole bunch of souvenirs at a fraction of what some of the other stores were charging. One of my favorites was my purse. It’s kind of like a hobo bag but it has 3 different sections from how the fabrics criss-cross over each other. I figured I could make something like that so I went to it.


YSL Chinese New Year Pallette Review and Swatches
Beauty Isles


EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL SHOWER MELTS
This Roller Coaster Called Life

I don’t know about you, but my nose has been stuffy all winter long.  Not much has worked to clear it, but inhaling eucalyptus or Vick’s usually does the trick.  Here is an easy recipe for Eucalyptus Essential Oil Shower Melts to help clear the nose and to help make it easier to breathe.  {Note:  To appease the FDA, I’m not saying that eucalyptus will help everything, nor is it a cure-all.  Each person reacts differently.}


10 Christ Centered Easter Traditions
Lou Lou Girls
I remember as a kid hearing adults talk about how "commercialism is taking over Holidays" and "Religion is getting forgotten". I always thought they were just jealous that they didn't get to do the activities like hunt for easter eggs or open as many presents. Now that I have a child of my own though, I completely understand where they were coming from.



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Ginger Coconut Milk

We are all looking for healthy things to add to our diet. And well of course we all want it to taste good too. Ginger coconut milk is a great addition that tastes great and it's so easy.

 

Here's What You Need

1 cup of coconut milk
1 Tablespoon Tumeric
1 Tablespoon Ginger
2 Tablespoons Honey
 
Now heat the milk in a pan. Add the other three ingredients and stir until it is at the desired warmth. And then enjoy!
 
Did you know that turmeric is believed to slow the effects of Alzheimer's? And that ginger can assist with relieving inflammation. And since coconut milk is high in fiber it is great if you are trying to loose weight. And honey is believed to assist with reducing the effects of allergies. So all in all this is one super healthy drink.
 
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Things We See

I spent part of the week visiting with my mother. It was an adventure in C-Diff. And I'm glad the visit is over. But every time I drive past this restaurant in her home town I automatically thing of A Christmas Story. What does it make you think of?
 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Operation Clean Medicine Cabinet

Many of us have started our spring cleaning. And well at my house operation clean medicine cabinet was in need. While I don't take prescription medications, my medicine cabinet was full of expired over the counter medication. I mean really expired by like a couple of years. You know the only time you would take medication that was that expired was if there was a zombie apocalypse.

 
So I have decided what to keep and what to get rid of. But how do I get rid of this medicine? Just throwing it in the trash didn't seem to be the right thing. So I did a little research, and low and behold I was right.
 
The FDA recommends that if you have prescription drugs that need to be disposed of that you take them to a community Drug Take Back Program. These are usually held through pharmacies are hospitals. It's important to remember that medication is meant for the individual it was prescribed to. It should not be given to other individuals. So proper disposal is important. These were all good things for me to remember, but I really didn't have prescription drugs to dispose of.
 
The problem in my medicine cabinet was those expired over the counter drugs. As I read through the instructions for over the counter medications, I was really glad to read that I did not have to save them for a Drug Take Back Program. I could actually dispose of them in the trash as long as I used some sense.
 
One of the things the FDA suggested was that you dispose of expired over the counter medications in used kitty litter. Finally, changing that litter box has a purpose. Well a purpose other than the obvious. The FDA stated that this would discourage children and animals from eating the unused medication. 
 
I am really glad that I took the few minutes that it took to go through items in my medicine cabinet and just get rid of things that were expired. I didn't realize how much junk I had sitting in there.
 
So do you need an operation clean medicine cabinet at your house?
 
You can visit The American Recall Center to learn more about the Medicine Cabinet Clean Out Challenge.
You might want to check out Picnic Safety too.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 61



        Welcome to the 61st wake up Wednesday linky party! Make sure to share your posts so all of us can find out what you've been up to.

      





 week #61

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party

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Hello! Easter is just around the corner and I’ve been working on a lot of Easter projects. Today I’m showing you a set of gold eggs I decorated that was inspired by Kate Spade’s style. I mean, who doesn’t like bold designs, gold, glitter, confetti, stripes and chevron?


While some wildflowers are strong and hardy, withstanding the elements with grace, some of them are far more delicate.

Bloodroot is one of them. You have to be diligent to visit its home frequently if you want to view it fresh and unblemished by wind or rain or a misplaced step.




Easter is coming.  It’s as simple as that.  It doesn’t matter if there is still several feet of snow on the ground.  It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 degrees.  It doesn’t matter what the heck that groundhog said last month.  I never believe that little guy anyway.  It’s coming.  Plain and simple.



I am beyond excited to be starting a new segment on my blog called Blossom's Book Shelf! There is nothing that I love more than curling up on the couch with a warm cup of tea to read a great book. When I am on the lookout for my next great new read, it can be so hard to choose from all the books sitting on a library shelf. That's why I just love browsing through book blogs to see what other readers have enjoyed. I really look forward to sharing my new favorite reads with you guys, so all you bookworms like me out there, make sure you stay tuned ;)



Today, I am going to share more of our Dining Room with you ....



Keeping Your Dollars: Saving On Groceries
~Taylor-Made Homestead~

In keeping with our theme of keeping those hard-earned dollars in your pocket where they belong, today we’re looking at trimming waste from your grocery budget.  We all may have different reasons for wanting to cut back – maybe a large unexpected bill needs to be paid, maybe you’re saving up for a new home or car, or maybe there’s too much month and just not quite enough money to get to the end of it.  For me the motivation was a desire to have a lighter footprint and convenience foods came with a shocking amount of over-packaged waste.   It’s interesting though that my desire to have a lighter footprint also saved substantial amounts of money from our grocery budget.


Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting
Cake Craft Create

It's the middle of March; Spring is right around the corner and these cupcakes capture the season perfectly. Lemon + raspberry = delicious!


15 Signs for Moms That They Might Need a Day Off
HUFFPOST
Because being a stay-at-home mom is 24/7/365, I occasionally find myself going a little crazy. While I love staying home with my girls, most of the time, I do have moments where I question my sanity and my decision to be a stay-at-home mom.These moments usually occur on the days when both of my little girls meltdown constantly, and my husband works overtime.



Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake {contributor Celeste}
This Silly Girl's Life


I’m not one of those die-hard, gotta-have-it chocolate lovers, don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, I’m just not over the top about it. However, there are times when I crave big bold chocolate flavor, and this cake fits the bill.



Lemon Tassies – It’s The Little Things.
Make Mine Lemon



** These are delicious with or without Improved Lemon Curd. If you are making these for company I would suggest using a piping bag for a more appealing presentation. The next time I make these I will weigh the dough and divide by 24 for a more even distribution of the crust.



5 Natural Ways to Support Your Immune System
Happy Mothering
Fortunately, over the years, I have learned some tips and tricks for naturally supporting our immune systems. Experience has shown that as long as we get in front of it and take steps to boost our immune systems, we’re more likely to stay healthy, even when we’ve been exposed to a multitude of germs.


Decorating With Old Windows
Little Brags
I decided to put together another collage for you, this time on inspiration on 
"HOW TO DECORATE WITH OLD WINDOWS". So here ya go sweets...
I know you will be inspired by all the talented bloggers out there....I know my head is 
still spinning from putting the collage together!



With Easter falling so early in April this year I can’t decide whether to work on St. Patrick’s Day projects or Easter projects. I’ve been flipping back and forth between the two with reckless abandon!


Orange Juice Cake
With A Blast
I love absolutely everything about this Orange Juice Cake ! It is quick and easy to start with, which is always a big bonus point in my book.

The cake is super moist and bursting with Orange flavor. There is really no need for anything more than the glaze.

A slice {or three!} of this cake, with a nice cup of tea, or coffee and you have a delicious tea time treat.



5 Common Blogging Mistakes That I Made
Thrifty Girl. Big Dreams
I have been a blogger on and off for about 3 years and this last ‘break’ that I took I realized some of the mistakes that I had been making and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Life Lessons From Moone Boy

Well the new season of Moone Boy has started, and the first three episodes have been great. They have provided me with laughs and well some life lessons.

Lesson 1 There Is Something That Motivates Everyone




Martin and Padraic can never be accused of being ambitious. They aren't over achievers, but once they find out that they can get a speed boat for being the top salesmen in their new business venture these two get motivated. And they win the speed boat. Who knew they had it in them? 

Lesson 2 Everybody's Family Is Imperfect


So during episode 2 Padraic's parents are arguing constantly. And Debra Moone decides that she should be a marriage counselor. Debra and Liam are feeling mighty smug about how well their marriage is going. It seems as though shoplifting has become Padraic's method of dealing with the issues at home. And of course his faithful friend Martin joins in the spree. Just when it seems as though Liam and Debra are counselors extraordinaire a phone call arrives. Both sets of parents go to find that their children are. Just as Debra is pointing out that Padraic's behavior is due to his parents marital issues the shop owner points out that Martin is the thief. Padraic's parents become the smug ones.

Lesson 3 The Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

At the end of season 2 Dessie and Fidelma marry and the new baby arrives. The result is the Moone house is just a little crowded. It's time for Fidelma to ask Granddad if she and Dessie can move into his old home. The family decides in order for Granddad to get the point he needs to visit their home. And they need to make it seem much worse than it really it is. Granddad soon recognizes that the surroundings are fake when he visits. And he encourages Fidelma to stay in the house. But when Granddad realizes that a donkey sleeping in a bedroom is the norm, he offers Fidelma and Dessie his home to begin their new life together.


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