Category: Food & Home

Link Round-up: Quick Dinner, Beachy Waves, a Movie Review, and More

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a quick dinner recipe, tips for creating beachy waves with a flat iron, a movie review, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us a new way to make instant cereal.

A Cedar Spoon shared a 30-minute garden pasta skillet recipe.

Mom Endeavors reviewed Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue.

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Muslin and Merlot shared some tips for making all you refrigerator magnets match (even the freebies companies like to hand out).

The Country Chic Cottage showed us how to make a vacation memory box.

Thrifty Jinxy shared an easy buttercream frosting recipe.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to create beachy waves with a flat iron.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Link Round-up: Desserts, a Sugar Scrub, and More

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has desserts, a summer squash side dish, a sugar scrub with coconut oil and lavender, and more.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make toasted coconut chess pie.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make a DIY customized book safe for stashing money and other trinkets.

Bless This Mess Please taught us how to make chocolate truffle ice cream.

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Mom Endeavors shared a recipes for lemon raspberry trifles in jars.

Farm Fresh Feasts shared a recipe for summer squash in spaghetti sauce.

Carolyn’s Homework showed us how to create a cute herb pot.

Juggling Act Mama gave us the recipe for whipped coconut oil lavender sugar scrub.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Mom Endeavors

Raw Chipolte Zucchini Salad

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 by No Comments

This year gardens are flourishing in my area. We’ve had a nice balance of rain and sunshine and now just keeping up with all the produce is a challenge.

When I was a kid, I grew up in a household that didn’t grow zucchini, because we had enough friends who grew them. We were never lacking. In fact, they were often stacked like wood on the table in the basement. The problem was that my mom only knew how to cook zucchini one way – in zucchini bread. Not that I don’t like that sweet treat, but zucchini has so much more to offer.

I recently came up with this raw chipolte zucchini salad that I brought to share at a get-together and it was a hit.

Raw Chipolte Zucchini Salad Recipe

I used a food processor and blender for this recipe to save time, but for those who want to do things the old-fashioned way, you can use a hand grater, bowl, and masher.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium zucchini peeled
  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • 1 rounded tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. ground chipotle (if you like things spicy you can increase this to 1/2 tsp.)
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Grate zucchini
  2. Slice cherry tomatoes in half
  3. Blend remaining ingredients until creamy
  4. In a large bowl, mix grated zucchini with avocado mixture
  5. Place mixture into serving dish and top with tomatoes
  6. Serve right away or cover and chill until time to serve.

Because this has avocado in it, air will cause it to turn brownish just like guacamole, but it still tastes great. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can top with chopped tomato, but because they release more liquid, don’t add them until you are ready to put the dish on the table.

This is just one way to serve up zucchini during the summer months. I’d love to hear how others use this versatile squash.

Photo credits: Personal photos used with permission

Link Round-up: Essential Oil Crafts, Recipes, Clothes Shopping Online, and More

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has recipes, essential oil crafts, a guide to buying clothes online, and more.

Upstate Ramblings shared a recipe for a chimichurri burger.

The Chicago Jogger shared a little coffee and cardio motivation to get you moving.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom gathered up eight easy essential oil craft ideas.

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The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for a tomato and goat cheese crostata.

Songbirds and Buttons gave us a guide to buying clothes online.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make faux fur chair covers and cushions.

The Partiologist showed us how to make tie-dye donuts.

Photo credit: Upstate Rambling and The Suburban Soapbox

Link Round-up: Healthy Recipes, LUSH, Women’s Service Day, and More

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has healthy recipes, favorites from LUSH, information about women’s service day, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for copycat Dove chocolate vanilla ice cream bars.

Songbirds and Buttons shared favorite hair products from LUSH.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make DIY quotable t-shirts.

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The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for an open-faced pulled chicken Parmesan sandwich.

Kenarry explained how to get involved in women’s service day.

Crystal & Co. taught us how to throw a kids’ birthday party on short notice.

Domestic Mommyhood shared easy craft projects using recycled up upcycled cans.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and The Suburban Soapbox

Link Roundup: Mason Jar Drinking Glasses, Brownies, Friendship, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has sweets, friendship tips, summer projects, and more.

Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make pretty painted mason jar drinking glasses.

A Virtuous Woman shared tips for building and maintaining friendships with other women.

Simply Kelly Designs shared 10 creative ways to display your Instagram or square photos.

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It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for chocolate coconut brownies.

Carolyn’s Homework had a guest blogger who shared some of her favorite summer projects.

It’s Always Ruetten showed us how to make a beautiful masculine birthday card.

Army Wife to Suburban Life shared tips on how to enjoy the beach with kids.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and It Bakes Me Happy

Link Round-up: Slime, Sour Cupcakes, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has fun slime recipes, sour cupcakes, crafts, and snack ideas.

It Happens in a Blink taught us how to make super sour cupcakes.

Mess for Less shared seven easy slime recipes for kids.

Kix Cereal shared a paper plate sea crab craft.

Epic Fun for Kids gave us a recipe for coconapple smoothies.

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Carolyn’s Homework featured a guest post from An Extraordinary Day, which showed us how to create a little piece of the beach at home.

Simply Kelly Designs combined all her favorite things and showed us how to make an Instagram paper album.

Seasoned Homemaker gave us ideas for sprucing up the backyard.

Photo credit: It Happens in a Blink and Carolyn’s Homework

Cajun Shrimp and Andouille Skewers

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by No Comments

I love New Orleans for many reasons, not the least of that being the food. You see, New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart because that is where my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. It also happens to be where we conceived our first child.

It also happens to be where I experienced my first taste of authentic Cajun faire: jambalaya, po’ boys, crawfish and alligator. You name it, we tried it. We were in foodie heaven. It was by far one of the best vacations ever.

Since then, we have jumped at the chance to get our hands (and mouths) on anything authentically and mouth-wateringly delicious Cajun food. Every time I taste something Cajun, I am magically transported back to all the smells, tastes, sights and sounds of New Orleans.

Isn’t that amazing how that happens? Have you ever tasted a comfort food that reminds you of being a child and your mother making it for you? Or maybe the smell of baking cookies reminding you of home? Or seeing a street sign that reminds you of where you met the love of your life?

That is what cajun food does for me. It takes me back to one of the happiest times of my life, celebrating our marriage and, now knowing, conceiving our first child. New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart.

Anybody who’s ever gone there, for more than just Mardi Gras, can testify to the fact that it is one of the most amazing places in the country. There are definitely more than just breasts and Patty O’Brien Hurricanes in NOLA. There is history, culture and the most beautiful churches, graveyards and people you will ever meet. And beignets that will make sure you return.

If you ever visit New Orleans, before you leave, you must have a plate of beignets from Café Du Monde and a piping hot cup of chicory coffee. It beats the heck outta anything Starbucks will ever serve you. It’ll keep you going all day. Personally, I think moms and writers should be offered chicory coffee intravenous drips at delivery.

We have children now so we can’t visit NOLA as often as we would want to, but we still like to revisit our trip via Cajun faire. Here is a simple recipe for shrimp and Andouille sausage skewers.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chili sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco
  • 4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 lb.extra-large shrimp, cleaned with tails intact
  • 3 (9 ounce) Andouille sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces

Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix together chili sauce, Tabasco and lemon juice.
  2. Wrap each shrimp around a piece of sausage, then thread 3 shrimp onto each skewer.
  3. Grill over medium-high heat until shrimp is pink and opaque, about 5 minutes, all the while, brushing with chili sauce mixture during the last minute of cooking. Serve skewers with remaining sauce. Serves 8 guests.

I personally like to serve this with a bed of dirty rice and fresh grilled yellow squash and zucchini. It’s scrumptious and healthy and definitely will kick your dinner up a notch. For the adults, this is paired nicely with a refreshing mojito.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had on vacation? Do you make it at home? Does it taste as good?

photo credit: Clotee Pridgen Allochuku via photopin cc

Link Round-up: Summer Recipes, DIY Projects, and More

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has summertime recipes, DIY projects, and more.

Suzy Sitcom showed us how to make an easy strawberry banana freezer pie.

I’m Topsy Turvy created a DIY party cup garland and showed us how.

View Along the Way showed us an easy way to create a faux fur rug.

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The Neighborhood Moms taught us how to make Southern strawberry iced tea.

Kalyn’s Kitchen showed us how to make chicken salad with basil and parmesan.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey shared a recipe for lemon coconut ice cream.

A Mom’s Take shared some tips for creating healthy eating habits in kids.

Photo credit: Suzy Sitcom and The Neighborhood Moms