Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngels Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well.
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  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your submission to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*


This Cookies n' Cream Zucchini Bread from Best of Long Island and Central Florida is the perfect way to use that great crop of zucchini you have.




Every year I say I am going to try to make jam.  I think I may actually do it soon and I will start with this recipe from Miz Helen's Country Cottage  for Spicy Blackberry Jam.

Spicy Blackberry Jam at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

These Free Back to School Lunch Box Notes from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom are perfect!  Im going to print them and share them with my kids!

Free Printable Lunch Box Love Notes and Jokes


   

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angels Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well.
Please follow your hosts

Maria from Close to Home
 
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April from Angels Homestead
 
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Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts
 
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Amy from Sizzling Eats
 
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  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your submission to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*

greek_salad_with_homemade_vinairgrette_dressing 

This Greek Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing from Living off Love and Coffee looks like the perfect dinner time meal! With the heat so high these days, I can appreciate a meal that is quick to whip up like this! I also have a ton of plum tomatoes to use up from my garden.

football-food-ideas 

Can you believe the football season has already started? These 20 Football Food Ideas from Dreaming of Leaving look awesome. It may be early in the season, but it is never to soon to enjoy a great appetizer of football snack. They all look so good so but the fries are something I could go for about now!

swim-art-final 

I don't know about you, but lately I am into simple piece that say so much for my home. This DIY Type Art from Greco Design Company has me thinking of vacations, summer, and enjoying the pool and beach. It is perfect fro a beach house or the summer of course! Be sure to visit these featured links and leave a few posts from your weekly blogging below! Enjoy!



   

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngels Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well.


Please follow your hosts
Maria from Close to Home
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April from Angels Homestead
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Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts
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Amy from Sizzling Eats
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  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your submission to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*
This Aloha Stir Fry from The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl looks delicious.  I love a good stir fry!

Aloha Stir Fry. Steak, veggies, and chow mein in a special tangy island style sauce. Small Town Girl Blog.

This Eggplant Dip from All That's Jas sounds great!  I love finding new eggplant recipes.

Taste of China - Eggplant Dip - All that's Jas

Honey and Birch shared this refreshing and delicious Toasted Marshmallow Peanut Butter Milkshake- yes, please!

Toasted Marshmallow Peanut Butter Milkshake | honeyandbirch.com



   

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to HomeMostly Food and CraftsAngels Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well.

Please follow your hosts
Maria from Close to Home
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April from Angels Homestead
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Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts
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Amy from Sizzling Eats
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  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
  • We would love for you to add a link back to the party in your post, or a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • By linking up to this party, you're giving authorization for your submission to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog, hopefully sending some readers your way.
*Featured Links from last week*

Summer is all about ice-cold drinks that can really cool you off. Check out this beautiful Summer Drink Recipe from I am Maven.  She created a Watermelon Basil Limeade Mocktail. 


What kid doesn't love to paint or adult for that matter.  Our Homemade life shares how to make your own water colors paints
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Our final feature from last week are these adorable DIY Earrings from Domestic Bliss Squared.  Simple but a great look for any summer outfit.



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Congrats to those who were featured, and thanks again for linking up your posts!

   
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Gourmet Gifter - Great Gift Ideas

I received a great box of goodies in the mail to sample from Gourmet Gifter.  All opinions on the products are 100% my own. 



I received the four products above to sample this month but I want to focus on my favorite product in the box, actually this was a unanimous decision in the house as we all fought over the bag of Colby's Kettle Corn.  The description on the website is as follows:

Bring the flavors of the state fair to your home all year long with our delicious kettle corn. Each batch is cooked to perfection in our authentic kettles, seasoned just right with sugar and salt and then hand sifted. It’s the perfect crunchy snack to satisfy your salty sweet craving. 6oz



The ingredients are super simple too:
popcorn, corn oil, sugar, salt



I describe it as both addictive and delicious! I am a huge fan of kettle corn to begin with and I was impressed with the hint of saltiness in this particular flavor. Look closely at the picture above and you can see what I can only describe as caramelized sugary goodness, these were the little clumps on certain pieces of popcorn that we all fought over. If you prefer a different flavor you can try the Butter Salt or Cinnamon Roll (that sounds delish!!)

Head over to the Gourmet Gifter website and browse through all the great products on there and if you place your first order during the month of August you are in for a real treat. Any new customers placing an order of at least $30, will receive 3 Large bags of Colby's Kettle Corn ($12 value) for FREE! Just use the promo code: FIRSTORDER 

I also sampled the Pineapple Meal Replacement bar and enjoyed it. I like to keep something in my purse on busy days for when I get hungry and don't want to grab a quick unhealthy meal.  I was skeptical at first because I have never had a pineapple flavored bar of any sort and just thought it would be a bit strange.  It wasn't strange  it was good. The bar did the trick and kept me satisfied for a while.

There are too many products to list on this post and there is great variety on there so I recommend you head over and check it out for yourself. I bet you know someone who would enjoy a gift from them.

Have you heard of Gourmet Gifter or tried any of their treats?  

 

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

SRC - Graham Cracker Banana Bread



There is a very special hidden ingredient in this banana bread that lends itself to a great crumb.



ts time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This month I was assigned, Colie's Kitchen.  Nicole's blog has so many amazing recipes!  I spent so much time going through her recipe index and bookmarking one recipe after another.  I had decided to prepare Salisbury Steak and was so excited about it because its on my cooking bucket list.  Not sure why I havent made it yet but Im thinking it well be dinner some time next time for sure. And then there is the Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate... wow!!!  In the end I went with her Nilla Wafer Graham Cracker Banana Bread.  The original recipe calls for Nilla Wafers but I didnt have any so I subbed Graham Crackers.  I make banana bread all the time and have tried a variety of recipes.  I have never had a banana bread disappear as quickly as this one did.  It was gone in under 24 hours! I guess this one gets the thunbs up from my entire family.


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
graham crackers, finely crushed (about 1 1/4 cups of the crumbs)
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, stir together the flour, crumbs, baking powder and salt.
In the mixer, blend the sugar and the butter until creamy. Add the eggs to the mixture and then the bananas.  Now alternate adding in the milk and flour mixture.
Spread into a greased loaf pan.  
Bake for 1 hour - 1 hour 10 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. 







Thursday, July 30, 2015

Friday Frenzy - One Party Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy!


Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Angels Homestead, and Sizzling Eats welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well.


Please follow your hosts
Maria from Close to Home
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April from Angels Homestead
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Danielle from Mostly Food and Crafts
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Amy from Sizzling Eats
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  • Please visit the posts in the linky that are listed as HOST, and at least two links from your fellow bloggers. We all love visits and comments on our blogs, so share the love. Moreover, if you get a visit from a fellow party-goer, please return the favor and visit them back.
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*Featured Links from last week*

With summer in full swing, this weeks features are all about salads, water play fun for kids, and cool treats!



This refreshing and filling Blueberry and Mandarin Orange Salad from Best of Long Island and Central Florida is the perfect meal for a hot summer evening. No heating up the house, plus using sweet blueberries and Mandarin oranges to cool you off. That's my kind of salad.



Are your children complaining that they're bored? Enjoy some water play with them. Check out these fun Water Activities for Kids from Grandma Ideas for some inspiration.



Take a look at these yummy Smore Ice Cream Pops from the Lou Lou Girls. Don't they just scream summer time cookouts? Only this version will help you beat the heat to!


If you missed these awesome posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out!
Congrats to those who were featured, and thanks again for linking up your posts!


   
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