Must Try Monday {The Features}

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It was GREAT to be back in blogging this week, and for sure picking some yummy features from the Must Try Monday link party.  Thanks so much to everyone who linked up with some good food to share.

Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

And if you are featured, brag about it :).

One Artsy Mama
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Cheesy Potato Soup from Semi-Homemade Mom

Slow Cooked Nutella Pound Cake from My Judy the Foodie

Samoa Pudding Mousse from Something Swanky

Cinnamon Roll Donuts from What’s Cooking Love?

Thank you all so much for linking up each week!  I look forward to seeing you next Monday :).

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Chalkboard Paint Fun}

One quick “business” note.  I am not going to host a link party on Wednesday Pinterest favorites anymore.  As much as I loved it, I’m not getting the amount of links I was hoping for.  So, if I’m not getting the traffic, you probably aren’t either.  I’m sorry.  Maybe in the future I will host a “crafty/DIY” themed link party…I just need to figure out the best route for that, or find another blogger to co host with :).
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One of my first crafts with chalkboard paint was the Chalkboard Magnet Trays I gave as a Christmas gift. From then, I was hooked!  It is so much fun to use, and apparently you can even make it yourself.  I would love to hear if that has worked out for you.

This week’s Wednesday Pinterest Favorites involve using chalkboard paint in a variety of ways.  
Chalkboard Paint on a Coffee Table from Dishfunctional Designs

Kids Chalkboard Table from Thrifty Like Me
DIY Chalkboard Paint from Attempting Aloha
Windowpane Chalkboard from Young House Love
Labeling small belongings

Must Try Monday {Peanut Toffee Crunch Bars}

Sinful….that’s about sums up the wonderful yumminess in these dessert bars. Typically, Rice Krispies are the cereal of choice in baking….but these use Cheerios.  I actually halved the recipe, and my husband said it was a good thing because he would eat waaaayyy too many.

When he tried them the first time, he said we should hide them from the kids.  Yea, they are that good.

Peanut Toffee Crunch Bars
Ingredients:
1/2 bag toffee bits
1 Tablespoon water
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup peanuts
2 cups Cheerios
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Line an 8×8 with foil, leaving some to overlap.
2.  In a microwave safe bowl, place the toffee bits, water, and 1/4 cup  of peanut butter.

3.  Microwave on high for about 30 seconds, or until it’s smooth.
4.  Stir in the cereal and peanuts.
5.  Spread in the 8×8 pan.

6.  Microwave the chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter until smooth.
7.  Spread the peanut butter/chocolate chip mixture over the cereal bars.
8.  Place in refrigerator until firm.

 
This is what Natalie was doing while I was mixing up these bars….searching for Cheerios :).

My Favorite Finds

Menu Plan Monday {Week of February 19}

I’m back.  After two weeks off of blogging, it feels great to be back!  I had some time to recharge, get my house in order, and try some new things.  I went one week without a menu.  It was a challenge, because at the same time, I was trying to shop our pantry shelves and NOT go to the grocery.  Not really a good combination, but it worked out just fine.

It’s nice to be back in the menu planning swing.  I hadn’t realized what a habit it became and how much we leaned on it until I was without it.  It’s so crucial for us!

Here is our menu this week:

Sunday:  Homemade Pizza Night
Tuesday:  Turkey Breast/Mashed Potatoes/Cooked Carrots
Wednesday:  Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Tenders/Homemade French Fries/Salad
Thursday:  Leftovers
Saturday:  Hamburgers/Potato Chips/Green Beans

I hope some of you will start planning menus, even if it is only for a week, or even just 3 days at a time.

Linked to:  Menu Plan Monday

Must Try Monday {Peanut Toffee Crunch Bars}

Sinful….that’s about sums up the wonderful yumminess in these dessert bars. Typically, Rice Krispies are the cereal of choice in baking….but these use Cheerios.  I actually halved the recipe, and my husband said it was a good thing because he would eat waaaayyy too many.

When he tried them the first time, he said we should hide them from the kids.  Yea, they are that good.

Peanut Toffee Crunch Bars
Ingredients:
1/2 bag toffee bits
1 Tablespoon water
1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup peanuts
2 cups Cheerios
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Line an 8×8 with foil, leaving some to overlap.
2.  In a microwave safe bowl, place the toffee bits, water, and 1/4 cup  of peanut butter.

3.  Microwave on high for about 30 seconds, or until it’s smooth.
4.  Stir in the cereal and peanuts.
5.  Spread in the 8×8 pan.

6.  Microwave the chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter until smooth.
7.  Spread the peanut butter/chocolate chip mixture over the cereal bars.
8.  Place in refrigerator until firm.

 
This is what Natalie was doing while I was mixing up these bars….searching for Cheerios :).

 

Hall Closet Organization

Hall Closet Organization

Wow!! Who knew that organizing our hall closet could be so easy and inexpensive?  Not me!  
Here is what we started with:
Coats shoved in too tight.  Hats, gloves, etc. on the top in bins where the kids can’t reach.

A trumpet, reusable grocery bags, my purse, and a trumpet shoved in the bottom.  Yuck!
 Enter the {secret} organizing weapon.….
The Over the Door Organizer!  From Amazon!!
And, my second secret organizing weapon…the cute two year old :)

The finished product :)

This project took me about 45 minutes to complete.  I started by taking EVERYTHING out, and deciding where to go from there.  I had purchased the organizer with the intention of storing hats, gloves, etc. in it.

I was able to donate some hats and gloves, put the backpack cooler away {in the basement…not  many zoo trips this time of year}, and arrange things so the kids could get to them.   I am so pleased with how it turned out, and more importantly its functionality!

A Woman’s Haven House Tour

A Woman's Haven House Tour

Happy Friday everyone!  I am guest posting today over at A Woman’s Haven as part of her house tour series.

I am sharing how I am working to make our house into a home.  There have been some really great guest posters before me.  So inspiring!

Stop over and check it out.  And, while you’re there, check out the super cute pictures of her new addition to their family!

Must Try Monday {Features}

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Last week’s link party was so much fun.  I thought it was fun….and ironic….that there were about 4 Banana Bread recipes linked up.  How funny!

Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies from Galley Kitchen {my boys would LOVE it if I made these for them}

Rustic Pear Tart from My Judy the Foodie {i think this tart is gorgeous…and a fun alternative to pies}

Peanut Butter Pie from What’s Cooking Love? {you know this went straight to my peanut butter/chocolate pinboard}

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies from Healthy Family Cookin’ {these caught my eye because she uses reese’s pieces :)}

Thank you all for linking up each week!  I am pinning so many great recipes from these parties!  Congratulations if you were featured.  Stop by and say “Congratulations” to those who were featured.  See you next week.

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday, everyone! I wanted to let you know that I will be away from my blog for this week and part of next week.

I will resume Must Try Mondays link party on Monday, February 21.

No worries, I still love and appreciate ALL of you who stop by daily or weekly to see what’s going on, to find inspiration, and to grab some new recipes.

Last week, my husband and I both were hit with sinus infections, and I need to get our household back in order and get myself feeling better.   There’s been no good cooking, no fun crafting, and I don’t even have a menu for this week!

So, thanks again for stopping by.  Hopefully my little “bloggy” break will get my mind focused back on my blog, and get my household in order!

XOXOXOXO,

Carrie

Valentine’s Day Cards from Shutterfly

I am a LONG time Shutterfly customer and fan. I am always pleased with the products I receive. One of my favorite things about Shutterfly is the $10 credit I receive on my account when I share my creations on my blog :). So, taking the photos I used to make the LOVE Picture Gift, I created Valentine’s Day Cards for the grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc.

Confetti Hearts Valentine’s Day
Invitations, announcements and Valentine’s Day cards by Shutterfly.
View the entire collection of cards.

Shutterfly has so many great cards to choose from, and I encourage you to check them out! I am in no way affiliated with Shutterfly {although that would be awesome}, and I am sharing my own opinions in this post.