Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Silk Flowers

I was recently contacted Commercial Palm Trees to see if I was interested in completing a review of some of their products. I thought this would be a great product to review. I looked through the items that I could choose from. And I decided that I wanted something for spring. And I decided on a silk plant with dahlia's peonies and roses.

When I received the plant I was surprised at just how nice it was. The company focuses in on commercial settings, and you can view some of their products at Commercial Palm Trees

The plant is realistic looking. Some silk plants look fake from a distance. You need to get close and touch the plant to realize it is made of silk flowers. I was also surprised that it came in a sturdy glass pot. The glass is at least a half inch thick, and it has a green design in the glass, which goes very well with the green currants in the flower arrangement.

When I read the description of the product I was a little concerned that it came in a glass container. I wondered it would make it to my house without being shattered. I have high praise on the company for it's packing. The plant came by UPS in an extremely sturdy cardboard box. The glass was wrapped in bubble wrap. And it was secured in the box. The arrangement was not damaged in transport. This company knows how to assure that customers get what they ask for.

The colors on the arrangement are vivid. And they look the way they do in their catalog. Like I said the company focuses in on Commercial setting, but individuals can purchase items from the company too. The plants they offer will add a nice detail to office and home settings.

Their products are not cheap, but they are higher quality. The one I received was free of charge, but it normally sells for $117. But many of the designs would be great for weddings.

The down side is you do have to order the plants and wait for them to arrive. So these cannot be something that you purchase for the spur of the moment event. You do have to plan ahead, but if you do you will end up with a high quality silk plant.



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Light Up Your Life

Years ago I didn't really understand when my dad told me you need more light in your living room. It seemed okay to me. Then a couple of issues have arisen with my vision and I now know what he meant. The room seems a little dim at times. Here are some tips I've found since I have started thinking about ways I can lighten up the room.

Think Big

The best added light source is an overhead light source. You get more bang for your buck. The key is finding the right dimensions of the fixture. Here's a super easy way to find the right size. Take the dimensions of the room and add them together. That number is the diameter of the fixture you should buy.

Fabric or glass

If you are looking for maximum light output choose glass. Fabric just doesn't allow enough light to escape.

Floor lamps

It is super easy to add light to a room with a floor lamp in a corner. This is a double winner. You get extra light in the room which makes the room seem larger.

The bulb

If you are like me choosing the right light bulb can be a little bit of a gamble. There are leds, incandescent and then all of those wattages.Here's how I have decided to choose the right wattage. An overhead light is up high so it is most effective with a high wattage bulb.

Fake it

Still need more light? You can add some mirrors to walls perpendicular to windows. If you place the mirror across from a window, the light will simply be reflected right back out the window.

So don't be afraid to light up your life a little.

Monday, January 29, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

Have you ever had times when you just decide I have to do something about whatever is going on? There are times when you can live with a situation, and then there is a moment when you decide you are finished with it. Something has to change. That's what happened this week. I decided it was time to go to the eye doctor. It is time for a new pair of glasses. I am tired of the world being blurry. So hopefully this week I will be able to get the glasses and see a bit better. And it is now time to start the hop. I hope you enjoy all of the great posts.



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WELCOME to the February 2018 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

This week be sure to check out my post for a great recipe. If you want to get a few more vegetables in your life. This is the way to do it! Vegetable Korma

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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the February 2018 "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 
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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:
Angie @ God's Growing Garden
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the January 2018 "You're the Star" blog hop)

Bay-Friendly Garden by Adventures in Weseland

Garden Goals for 2018 by Gwin Gal's Inside & Out Adventures



  There's No Place Like Home Sign by MY DIY OL

Kids Cooking Crispy Kale Chips by From Play Dates to Parties



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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Where Do You Think You're Going?

This is Mr. Picky Pants. And I thought it was time for me to share one of my concerns about my pet human. You see it started when our pet left the house one day. She had been talking about something called a vacation. That seemed to start out well. She spent a majority of two days at home with us. My belief is that all pets should spend time with the felines in their home.


But then one evening she began to move things out to her car. I know this was probably not going to be something I liked. But I was hoping she was taking items to the donation center,but that was not what happened. She left us for two days. When she returned home l let her know that this isn't acceptable behavior.

But then she scared me. A couple of days later she was making her way out the door. I decided to go see what was going on. I gave her that look where do you think you're going? She immediately knew she had to respond. She informed me she was going to work. I immediately let her know that I did not approve. But she left anyway.

So is there a better way to communicate my displeasure than the look. Fellow felines please let me know ways you communicate this displeasure.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Smoky Remoulade Sauce

Once again it's time to get cooking. And I wanted something that could go well with seafood. And a Remoulade is great with fish and shrimp. So I decided to whip up a smoky remoulade sauce.

Here's What You Need

3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 1/2 Creole mustard
1 tablespoon minced drained and rinsed capers
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Here's What You Do

Place all of the items in a bowl and whisk together.

Like I said earlier this goes great with seafood. It can be used for a dip for shrimp at a super bowl party. Or I used it in a seafood salad that I made. It tasted great!





Friday, January 26, 2018

Cat In The Garden

Sometimes I look back in some old photos and think I remember when I took that. I think of a warm day, and I start to feel warmer. That's what happened when I saw this picture of a cat on my phone. I just thought of a walk on a warmer fall day. And I can't wait until those days arrive again.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bird

I recently read Bird by Angela Johnson. And I know that you are all eager to read what I thought about this book.


The Story

When Bird's step father leaves, Bird decides she needs to find him. She runs away and follows him to an address her mother had on a piece of paper. She is roughing it, but she finds a comfortable shed at a families home. She believes that she is unnoticed, but the son of the family knows she is there.  

Ethan is the young man who notices her, and provides her with food. Ethan faces the challenge of receiving a heart transplant. And realizing that he has much to do when he receives his new heart. Bird decides that she needs to find another place to hide out.

Jay is another young man, who comes into her life. He is coping with a few problems of his own. Like his brother is the donor for Ethan's transplant. 

Bird makes connections with the two, and she aids their healing.

What I Think


This is a short book that is easy to read. I liked how the author showed that a heart donor lives on through the life of his recipient. I liked Bird's carefree attitude toward life. The three main characters are interesting, but I found it odd that Ethan's family just doesn't realize that someone is living on their property and using their home when they are gone. I guess it could happen.

If you are looking for a book with a happy ending then this one may be for you. The three main characters are young adults so it may be a good book for young adults to read.




Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Snowflake Trivia

Today it snowed. That is nothing unusual considering it is January. But I realized that I didn't know much about snowflakes. So I decided to share some snowflake trivia with you today. And I found these in the Field Guide To Snowflakes. (Yes, there is a book written about just about everything.) Thanks to Kenneth Libbrecht for explain snowflakes so well.




Ice

Snowflakes are created from ice. But it's not just that simple. They are not like the icicles we see hanging from a roof in the winter. They are not actually frozen water. They are created from vapor.

Snow Crystals

This refers to a single crystal of ice. But a snowflake can be a single crystal of ice or a group of crystals that floats to earth as a puff ball.

Temperature

There are two things that are important in the way a snowflake looks in the end. The first is humidity within the cloud it is being formed in. And the second is the temperature. The combination of the two makes each crystal unique.

I'm Melting

As soon as a snowflake leaves a cloud, it begins to melt. So they probably don't look they way they did when they first fell from the cloud.

So these are some of the things you always wanted to know about snowflakes, or maybe they are just things that will help you when you go to a trivia contest. Either way, the snowflake trivia is bound to be useful.


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Moments That Made Me Smile

Every day we have little moments that make us smile. This week brought me a few that I thought might be worth sharing with all of you.

Spending time at the zoo on a snowy day. It was fun to see how all the kids reacted to the snow. And of course there was that kid who was having a snowball fight all by himself. He just kept throwing snowballs, but he didn't throw them at other people. He was enjoying himself thought so I give him so credit. Keep it up young man, you do know how to entertain yourself.

Stopping at the thrift stores, and people are impressed with the outfits you have put together. Yeah, I scored some great finds. And that lady who told me about all of the jewelry she sells was so much fun to talk to.

Hearing this really loud, blaring blahm. And I heard it more than once. I was what is that? Then I remembered the neighbor's son plays trombone. He was practicing outdoors since it was a warm day.I had to chuckle to myself once I realized what it really was.

Trying to figure out what a co-workers middle name is. It starts with a z. And she claims it is not Zelda, Zoey, or Zapporah. Does anybody else have any ideas on names that start with z?

So what has made you smile recently?

Monday, January 22, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

How is that vacation weeks just fly by, while every other week of the year seems to just take its sweet time to get to your days off? Why is it that little things just don't bother you that much when you return from vacation? But part of you remembers why that person annoys you so much, but you just don't want to care about that thing right now? And how is it that you know that you need to buckle down and not spend any money for awhile? Those are some of the things I thought about the past couple of days. But now it time to hop.
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WELCOME to the January "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the January "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the December "You're the Star" blog hop)

An Old Frame Upcycled Into a Jewelry Hanger by Grandma's House DIY
Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

Adding Wood Planks To Our Dining Room by Repurpose & Upcycle
Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall

Pink Pine Cones by Penny's Vintage Home



Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies by This Autoimmune Life
Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies





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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Go Outside And Play Now

I was sitting with some friends eating lunch yesterday. And we were talking about birds. My friend told the story of how his nephew had received a pair of birds as pets. He had to choose names for them, and he decided that they would be named Mario and Luigi. His mother asked him why he picked those names. And he responded "I don't know any others". His mom told him it's time to go outside and play now.

It was a humorous story, but it also reminded me of an interview I heard with Paula Poundstone the other day. She was discussing how her son was an electronic addict. And she wasn't kidding. She told how she and her husband have had to take extreme measures to get him away from electronics. She tells how he describes it as a craving. And that he would sneak time with a cell phone. It sounds crazy, but I do believe her when she talks about electronic addiction.

I was out with a friend over the holidays. And she was constantly checking her phone. I removed the internet from my house so that I would do something other than get online. It's like we are a nation of maintenance electronic addicts. So before you check your phone today, go outside and play now.



Friday, January 19, 2018

Opening Atlantis

Opening Atlantis is an alternate history novel by Harry Turtledove. I have read a couple of other books by Turtledove so when I saw this book, I decided to pick it up and give it a read.

The Story

This is the story of adventurers and explorers. Individuals who see something that could change their lives and take the chance to make their chances better. There is a land in between the new world and Europe. It is a land of plenty, and there are no inhabitants there. But sailors have seen this place, and they are the ones who decide to develop settlements there. 

There are French, Spanish and English settlements. The story spans 300 years from the time when the area is first settled to the time when the inhabitants are warring about who will own much of the land.

The story shows just how humans impact an area. And how attitudes change over the course of centuries.

What I Think

I honestly tried to like this book. And I did read through the entire thing. I couldn't relate to the characters in the book. I think it was because they were mostly male characters. There were few female characters that were developed. But the dialogue was not that interesting to me. I have read other books by Turtledove, and I really enjoyed them. But this one was not my cup of tea. As I read the book, I had the feeling I had when I read a Tom Clancy book a few years ago. I had the feeling that this book was just not written for me.




Thursday, January 18, 2018

When The Snow Melts I Will Find

I remember walking down the street last spring. It was not long after the snow melted. And I thought about all the things that were just lying on the ground. They had been there throughout the winter. And they just came visible after the thaw.

And then I thought about an incident when I was a child. I lived in Northern Minnesota. It gets really cold, and it snows a lot. There was a hill at the side of our yard. And you went down the hill if the car was parked on the street. My brother was carrying a tray in his hands, and he had placed the car keys on the tray.

He kind of slid down the hill that day. And oh yes, the keys went flying. Have you ever searched for car keys in the snow? It is no easy task. In fact, it is easier to let the snow melt and then look for the keys.

That day my brother decided they were lost. But then one day in the spring, I was running down the hill. The snow had just melted, and guess what I found? I found those shiny keys in the mushy early spring wet grass.

So when the snow melts what will you find this year?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cutout Turtleneck Sweater Do It Yourself Style

Most of you have seen those cut out turtleneck sweaters. They are really cute, and really popular right now. For those of you who are wondering what they look like here's a picture of one.
I watched The Sorry Girls do a do it yourself version of this, and well it did look pretty easy. So since I recently purchased a turtleneck on at thrift store trip, I decided to see if this was as easy as it looked in their video.

Here's what the turtleneck started out like.
The first thing you want to do is put your sweater on. You want to see just where you want the cutout needs to be. Either mark it with chalk or pins.


I a measuring tape and laid it across the area I wanted to cut out to give me a way of keeping it something even. I then placed pins down in a v shape.

Then grab your scissors and cut along the inside of the pins. Take the pins and using a piece of yarn sew the item under about a quarter inch. 

It will end up something like this.

In the end this really was as easy as it sounds. And it didn't really take that much time to complete. And the price tag was much cheaper that what you could get in the store. 

So if you are a fan of do it yourself projects try this one.




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Blue Lizard

There are days when you wake up and you just know deep in your bones that you are going to see something a little different than what you normally see each and every day. That was the case yesterday. I saw a blue lizard. For most of us that isn't an everyday occurrence so like all good iPhone owners I whipped out the camera and snapped a pic.

Monday, January 15, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

Vacations are an awesome thing. They are a time when you feel free to do whatever you wish, and can afford to do. This week I have focused on getting some things accomplished around my house. I've made a lot of progress, but there is so much more that I want to do.
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Welcome to week#3 of the January "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

Did You Just Burn Your Clothes?


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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
January "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the December "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 76 Fun Winter Activities for your Family by Magical Mama


15 Fun Ideas For Charlotte's Web by Not In Jersey
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Making An Easy Advent Calendar with Felt by Just Measuring Up
How to Make an Advent Calendar out of Felt





Andes Mint Christmas Bark by Marilyns Treats
Mint Christmas Bark. The definition of cozy. Hot cocoa, pj's, a crackling fire, a good movie and this! #andes #mint #bark



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Sunday, January 14, 2018

My Private Island

I think we all have had times when we fanticize about just going to our own private island. You know the days when work is not going the way you want it to. And then you get home and there is a busted pipe. You just say to yourself I just want to get away to my own private island. Believe it or not it may not be as difficult as it seems.

Buying an island doesn't have to be that expensive if you aren't picky about where it is located. The tropics are expensive. But go off the northeast coast is much more affordable.

Financing for an island is unheard of. Be ready with your cash.

Don't think that if you build your dream house on the island that it will add to the value of the island. Your dream home may not be someone else's dream home.

Not surprisingly islands in the Bahamas are the hottest real estate. They are close to the US so there is easy access.

Be careful what you do with the island. It is an ecosystem that can get screwed up. Check out what the locals know about that ecosystem.

You may not be as isolated as you think recent advances in technology have make life more accessible than eve. There are advances that have made it simpler to get fresh water.

And be prepared to rent out your island. It's way easier to maintain a home if there is someone there.

So who's up to buying an island?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My Writing Routine

Each person has some sort of ritual when they write. Even I do. I know it is hard to believe, but it's true. So here is the my writing routine.

First I must pack up my computer and go to the library. I jump in the car and head off to the library. I set an hour to write, and I am also checking email while I write my posts.

Keep in mind I did take the internet out of my house last year. It has been quite a great thing. I am spending more time doing things I enjoy, but it does crunch the amount of time that I can blog.

I often have the ideas before I begin writing. Just because I am not online at home it doesn't mean I don't think about what should I blog about? My goal is always to write three posts in an hour. Yes, there are times when I can actually do this. But often I only have a goal that I don't attain.

If I am lucky I have taken some pictures before I packed up. Then I just sit down and start writing about the topic I have chosen for the post.  I'm always amazed that if I set my mind to it, and I focus on what I am doing at how quickly the words just begin flowing.

And I wonder to myself as I write this, just how much I could accomplish in life if I just got myself to focus.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Glitter Lips

I've read several blog posts, and I've watched several videos showing just how easy it was to do glitter lips. And I always thought they looked really cool. So I decided it was time to test this out and see if it was as easy as they say.

First of all you are going to need a few supplies.

matte lipstick
thick lip gloss
glitter
lip brush

The process is really simple. First apply your matte lipstick. Make sure it is a light shade. A nude or natural color works best.

Then place the gloss over your lips. Next get out your brush and the glitter. Dip your brush into the glitter and smooth it across your lips.

It should turn out something like this.

This really was as easy as everyone says. There were two little problems though. The glitter stays on your lips really well. But some of it spread onto my teeth. So I had purple flecks on my teeth. That wasn't the look I was going for, and it was really difficult to get off my lips. I tried just wiping it off. Nope, that didn't work. So I broke out the baby oil, and it came right off. So maybe baby oil should be added to that list of items you need to make glitter lips.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Easy Ways to Improve Your Home Right Now

Everyone wants to improve their home. But so often you feel like I can't do it because improvements cost a lot of money. But that isn't necessarily true. Here are a few easy low cost ways to improve your home.

Keep Composting

Winter is the time to keep adding to that pile. Keep adding brown materials like newspapers, and of course those kitchen scraps. The browns add carbon to your dirt, and the greens add nitrogen. Don't forget to add hair from your hairbrush for extra nitrogen. In the spring you'll have great new dirt for your garden.

Air Conditioner

It sounds crazy but turn on that air conditioner for five minutes every other month. This will keep the internal parts lubricated.

Evergreens

After a heavy snow the limbs of evergreens are often loaded with sno. It looks really pretty, but it may just be too much extra weight for those branches. Take a broom and dust off some of the snow so branches don't break and the tree remains healthy.

Fire Extinguishers

Fires increase in the winter. So it's time to add a fire extinguisher to each floor of your home. Make sure they can spray at least ten feet to assure they are effective if there is a fire.

What tips do you have for improving your home.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Baby Shoes

Sometimes you see something that is just adorable. That's what happened when I was at the antique mall last week. I saw these shoes, and I thought they are so adorable. So of course I whipped out the phone and snapped a photo.


Monday, January 8, 2018

You're The Star Blog Hop

Have you ever had a moment when you just said to yourself, I'm not doing that. Nope, it's just not gonna happen. I hit that wall this week. I thought to myself. I do not have to put up with that, and I am going to take a break. So next week I am taking some vacation. I made my mind up it's going to happen. And it will be a break that I really need. Nobody is doing anything wrong, but I am tired of my co-workers. And I'm going to take it. Enough of that, it's time to go to the hop. Read, link and enjoy all the posts. They are all well worth reading.

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Welcome to the second week of the January blog hop called "You're the Star"!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:
This week it's time to take a look at the past. Check out my post on 
Places I Used To Visit 

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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the January "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 
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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team's blogs:
Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic
Darlene @ Let It Shine

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the December "You're the Star" blog hop)

2018 Printable Calendar by Keeping It Real
2018 Calendar - free printable
Free Printable Gift Tags by This Autoimmune Life


Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags
Snowy Windows & Mirrors by Chas' Crazy Creations


Snowy Windows and Mirrors (and more) 

My Favorite Pillow Covers & De Stash Challenge by Stone Cottage Adventures

If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:



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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )



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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Naan Tostadas

With the recent cold weather I haven't wanted to run out of the house unless I absolutely have to. That means there has been a lot of raiding the fridge and creating meals out of what I already have on hand. And one of the best I came up with during this cold spurt was Naan Tostadas.

Here's What You Need

Naan
Refried Beans
Queso Blanco
Avocado
Chicken strips
Pico De Gallo

Here's What You Do

Warm up your beans. Spread the beans over the naan, and then top it off with your chicken, cheese avocado and salsa.

And of course enjoy what you have created!