Must Try Monday {Favorites}

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You know I’m loving these weekly link parties.  Between Must Try Monday and Wednesday Pinterest Favorites, my site is hoppin’ with good eats and creativity!  How fun!

Seriously, my favorite thing about hosting link parties is getting to choose features for the following Thursday!

Here they are, in no particular order….

Peanut Butter Bars from Young Living Oil Lady

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread from Crumbs and Chaos

Cinnamon French Toast Bake from What’s Cooking Love

Cheerios Snack Mix from ItsyBitsy Paper Blog 

Homemade Pita Chip Shapes from Yummy Inspirations

Thank you all so much for linking up each week!  I look forward to see what’s going on in your kitchens next week!

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Command Centers}

Welcome to my weekly link party, Wednesday Pinterest Favorites.  I originally started sharing my favorite “pins” every Wednesday and have now turned it into a weekly link party!


What can you share here?  ANYTHING!  Is it worth pinning?  Did you find something on Pinterest, make it, and blogged about it?  Or, do you simply want to share a pin or one of your boards?  


If so, this is the place for you!

One Artsy Mama
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PLEASE include at the very least a visible text link back to My Favorite Finds.  I notice that some posts don’t contain a link to My Favorite Finds.  If you need help inserting a link, I am happy to help you with that.   Otherwise, the sky is the limit for your links.

Oh, how I wish I had one of these adorable, functional, “magazine” worthy command centers in our house.

But, I don’t.  But I will….someday.   I REALLY want to create one.  Maybe when the office finally transforms itself into a craft room, and I’ll have some better space to create, think, and do.  For  now, I’ll just pin and dream!

Shoebox storage in a kitchen cabinet for the necessities {light bulbs, batteries, etc.} from Delightful Order

Chore Chart and hooks for each person{another excuse for me to use chalkboard paint} from The Inspired Room

Welcoming center in a small foyer {love the baskets under the bench…perfect for shoes} from Organizational Junkie

Using the side of the fridge {for all the papers you can’t forget about} from Landee See, Landee Do 

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Menu Plan {January 22}

Finally, we got some snow here!  It’s so pretty…when seeing it from the inside of our warm house!  For which, I am sooo thankful.  So many don’t have heat, or warm houses to protect them from the cold. I am always so grateful for those things.

We actually stuck to our menu plan last week!  I can’t believe it!  That hasn’t happened in quite awhile.  It was so nice.  Unfortunately, Saturday’s menu called for “leftovers”, but there wasn’t a ton of food left.  I guess in a way that’s good, but at least we had some frozen Market Day food to eat.  I love Market Day in a pinch!

Here is what we are eating this week:
Pizza/Salad



Brown Sugar Ham {in the crockpot}/Green Beans/Rice

Broccoli Cheddar Soup/Olive Garden Breadsticks

Ritzy Chicken/Potato Chips/Broccoli

Hamburgers/Homemade French Fries/Cooked Carrots

Linked to:  Menu Plan Monday

Must Try Monday {Light Chicken Parmesan}

Must Try Monday {Light Chicken Parmesan}

Welcome to Must Try Mondays!  This is a weekly link up party, where you can share your recipes that EVERYONE needs to try.  There isn’t a theme, or a particular ingredient that I spotlight…..just link up whatever you have made and loved!  To keep it easy and fun for everyone, please do the following:

1.  Include a Must Try Monday button OR a text link back to My Favorite Finds.  Thank you!

2.  Please link directly to the recipe you are sharing.

3.  Please know that I appreciate you sharing your recipes here!  

 

4.  The linky is open from Monday through Sunday.

One Artsy Mama

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My recipe this week is Light Parmesan Chicken.  Here’s the thing with Parmesan Chicken….it’s usually fried, coated in butter first, and has a ton of cheese.  Then, you top it with tomato sauce, some more cheese, and eat it alongside pasta.  We’ll, for me, that’s a little too much indulgence for one meal.  
So, I bake my Parmesan Chicken…..and add a few smaller touches to make it a bit “healthier”.
Light Parmesan Chicken
Ingredients:3/4 cup parmesan cheese1/2 cup bread crumbs1/2 teaspoon garlic salt1 teaspoon oregano, basil, or Italian Seasoning4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts2 eggs
Directions:  1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.2.  Put the eggs in a shallow bowl and whip them with a fork until they are smooth.3.  In another shallow bowl, mix the parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic salt, and seasoning.4.  Dip the chicken in the bread crumb mixture, in the egg, and back in the bread crumbs again.5.  Place the chicken in a 9×13 baking dish.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  

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Saturday’s Summary

This week, around My Favorite Finds….

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup~~This week’s Tasty Tuesday recipe.

Must Try Monday~~Cheesey Spinach Artichoke Penne was my Must Try Monday recipe this week.  Don’t miss all the great recipes linked up, too.  I’m always finding new yummies to try.

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites~~Thanks to everyone who linked up!  I featured Winter Mantels this week…I really need to get to work on mine.  It’ll be spring before I get it done.

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Features}  Check out my favorite links from last week’s party.  I love choosing projects to feature.

Must Try Monday {Features}  These made my “to try list” and look so great!  It’s always hard to decide what to feature, but it’s one of my favorite parts of hosting the party.

Gingersnap Crafts~~Featured my Photo Coasters on her Wow Me Wednesday Party.  Thanks, Ginger!

Pantry Organization~~Finally, it’s done.  And, it’s realistic, inexpensive, and functional.  I love it.  I can’t wait to share our linen closet with you next week.

Friday’s Finds~~Check out my favorite food…pizza…and all the fun ways to make it!

Thanks for stopping by this week!  Have a  wonderful weekend!

Saturday’s Summary

Saturday's Summary

This week, around My Favorite Finds….

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup~~This week’s Tasty Tuesday recipe.

Must Try Monday~~Cheesey Spinach Artichoke Penne was my Must Try Monday recipe this week.  Don’t miss all the great recipes linked up, too.  I’m always finding new yummies to try.

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites~~Thanks to everyone who linked up!  I featured Winter Mantels this week…I really need to get to work on mine.  It’ll be spring before I get it done.

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Features}  Check out my favorite links from last week’s party.  I love choosing projects to feature.

Must Try Monday {Features}  These made my “to try list” and look so great!  It’s always hard to decide what to feature, but it’s one of my favorite parts of hosting the party.

Gingersnap Crafts~~Featured my Photo Coasters on her Wow Me Wednesday Party.  Thanks, Ginger!

Pantry Organization~~Finally, it’s done.  And, it’s realistic, inexpensive, and functional.  I love it.  I can’t wait to share our linen closet with you next week.

Friday’s Finds~~Check out my favorite food…pizza…and all the fun ways to make it!

Thanks for stopping by this week!  Have a  wonderful weekend!

Wednesday Pinterest Favorites {Features}

So, I feel like a total space cadet today.  I was looking through this week’s Pinterest Favorites Link party for features.  It was then I realized, and double and triple checked, that I didn’t do a feature post from LAST week’s party!  I pinned ‘em, I told the bloggers they were going to be featured {I think!}, but no post!

I am soooo sorry!  So, here are my favorites, in no particular order:

Winter Mantel from It’s Overflowing {I love the yellow in this mantel.  So fresh!}

Scarf Organizing from Love Bug Living {what a clever use of a hanger and some shower hooks}

Chocolate Mud Playdough from Crayon Freckles {my daughter would just eat it…she loves chocolate}

Casserole Carrier from Christy’s Cuties {so cute….and sort of trendy for a casserole carrier}

Thank you so much to everyone who links up each week.  It is so great to see the creativity out there, and to choose features!

Friday’s Finds {Pizzas}

Pizza is a family favorite in our house.  Since my husband and I were first married, we’ve carried on his family’s tradition of having pizza on Friday nights.  Recently, ours has changed to Sunday, but we rarely miss it.  The majority of the time, I make homemade pizza…occasionally we order out.

This week’s Friday’s Finds are some pizza ideas.  My favorite is Margherita Pizza….or maybe I’ll find a new favorite after seeing these!

Simple Basil Pesto Pizza from Unsophisticook

White Sicilian Pizza from Brown Eyed Baker

Chicken Pesto Pizza from Sugarcooking

Chicken and Herb White Pizza from My Recipes

Mini Dessert Pizzas from Place to Bloom

Pumpkin Apple Dessert Pizza from Very Best Baking

More “to try” recipes can be found at Friday’s Finds at Joy In My Kitchen .

Pantry Organization {Realistic, Functional, and Inexpensive}

The pantry…..top, middle, and bottom.  Eeewww!!
This, my dear readers, is the floor of my pantry BEFORE I tackled it.  Yea, yuck.  
Maybe it’s not terrible, but for me, I couldn’t stand it anymore.  As you work your way up the shelves, you see more clutter……

I know…bags of snacks, a milkshake maker, sometimes one of my crockpots, and other various things live on the top shelf.  In between these two shelves, are somewhat organized…..and random…..foods as well. 
I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I wanted a simple way to store and contain our foods.   It had to be FUNCTIONAL, REALISTIC, and INEXPENSIVE.

Here is the end result:
 containers.  I also had some canvas bins and some clear food storage containers to use.

My favorite part is the bottom….

I used this fun Sterilite
storage unit to store our baggies, foils/wraps, and extra paper towels.  All these things, except the paper towels, were in a kitchen drawer.  That drawer was freed up for utensils
I also trimmed down the spice rack….and put all the baking spices in a plastic shoebox on the top shelf of the pantry.  Beside it are my cookie cutters and decorating supplies.  By putting these in the pantry, I was able to rearrange my baking cabinet and it’s not so overcrowded now.  
I know it’s not Better Homes and Gardens or Real Simple, but it fits our family and looks so much better!
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Must Try Monday’s {Features}

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who is taking the time to link up to Must Try Mondays.  The party is growing, more bloggers are joining, and I’m pinning so many great recipes!

Now onto the features for this week, in no particular order.

Chicken Noodle Soup from The Shady Porch

Chicken and Dumplings from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts from Sweet Mornings

Chocolate Cake Truffles from My Judy the Foodie

How about those recipes?  Comfort foods and chocolate….can’t get much better.