Friday, November 14, 2014

Saturday Dishes - Side Dishes


This week's theme is:
Side Dishes

I'm not very creative when it comes to side dishes.
We stick to fruit, peas, corn, or a salad if we even have a side at all.
I'm sure that you have plenty of superb recipes to share though!
Maybe I'll start making side dishes more often after seeing your recipes (;

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
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Last week's theme was Family Recipes!
Here were some of my faves...

I can see my family loving this!

This sounds absolutely wonderful!

I could eat french toast every single day.
Fact.

An oldie, but goodie I'm sure!

Lisa's faves might be different than mine,
so don't forget to swing by her blog too! (;
Oh yeah...
& if you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Turkey & Thanksgiving
so come back next week to share your Thanksgiving recipes & traditions!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your superb Side Dishes,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send us an email so that we can get you on the calendar,
& let us know what themes you would like to see in the future.
We'd love to use your ideas!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

O Christmas Tree


When I was growing up,
we would always travel with my extended family on my Dad's side
to a certain location in the mountains
where we would find & chop down our own Christmas Trees.
My Gramma would bring a giant thermos full of hot chocolate to warm us up
& we would all enjoy each other's company.
It was a wonderful tradition & I love the memories that we shared.

After we moved away we started going to a tree lot & picking one out.
Still fun, but definitely not the same.

Eventually we switched to an artificial tree.
I wasn't too fond of the idea at first because of all the nostalgia I had associated with real trees,
but after going back to a real tree for my first married Christmas
I realized that artificial trees aren't all that bad.
Real trees are meant to stay outside.
So in the words of the Lorax,
"Let it grow"

Here are some things I've grown to love about artificial trees:
With an artificial tree I don't have to mess with needles or sap.
I don't have to climb underneath to water it since it doesn't need water.
It stays green longer.
By longer, I mean forever.
Unless you get one of those white ones.
Then it would stay white forever.
But that's besides the point.
I don't have to balance the tree.
I don't get poked by 3419 needles when setting up
or taking down the decorations.
I don't have to buy a new tree every year.
Although nothing compares to the smell of a real tree,
there are scent sticks that you can hang so that it smells real.
We tried them out last year & were very pleased.
I think my husband's favorite thing about artificial trees is that you can buy them pre-lit.
Stringing the lights was something he definitely didn't look forward to each year.

While I'm on the topic of artificial trees...

King of Christmas sells both lit & unlit artificial Christmas trees
& they are hosting a giveaway right now!
There are two prizes:
-- Their Cypress Spruce 7 foot artificial Christmas tree w/ LED lights --
-- $100 giftcard for kingofchristmas.com --

King Of Christmas

Pretty awesome, right?
Definitely worth checking out!

We usually try to set our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving & I can't wait!
When do you start decorating for Christmas?
Do you prefer artificial trees or real ones?

xoxo
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This is a sponsored post for those of you that care to know,
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Saturday Dishes - Family Recipes


This week's theme is:
Family Recipes

We want to see recipes that have been passed on to you from a relative or ancestor!
You can also share some of your family's current faves (:

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
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- Lisa @ Pebbles and Piggytails -
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Check out our blogs & show us some love!
We love seeing new faces & new followers on our social media,
& comments make us smile (:

Our last theme was Halloween!
Here were a couple of my faves...

Gross, but they are probably pretty tasty!

6 Healthy Halloween Treats from A Life in Balance
Healthy, easy, & quick.
Definitely using some of these ideas next year!

Lisa's faves might be different than mine,
so don't forget to swing by her blog too! (;
Oh yeah...
& if you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Side Dishes
so come back next week to share those superb sides!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your favorite Family Recipes,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send us an email so that we can get you on the calendar,
& let us know what themes you would like to see in the future.
We'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic & Pebbles and Piggytails to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


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Friday, October 31, 2014

minted.

Can you believe that Christmas is less than 8 weeks away?
I've already started my shopping
& have been trying to decide on Christmas cards.
I know that if I don't start now, they may not get done.
In my opinion, seeing Christmas cards in the mailbox brings extra joy to the season.
I always love getting cards & letters in the mail
so why wouldn't everyone else, right?
Really though, a card beats junk mail any day! (;

I don't know if you've ever checked out minted.com,
but they have some super cute holiday photo cards right now
in addition to the other stationary, art, fabric & other things on the site!



Like I said, super cute!

Here's my problem...
I never know what to do with all of the cards at the end of the season.
I hate throwing them away,
especially if they're photo cards.
So I end up holding on to them.
I'm determined to find a better solution someday.

Anywho...
I was checking out Minted & came across these ornament cards:





Adorable right?
This totally solves my problem!
I can keep the cards & hang them on my tree every year!
I love the idea (:

But really though,
what do you do with cards when you get them?

xoxo
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This is a sponsored post for those of you that care to know,
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Dinner: Chicken Parmesan Mummies

We had our Halloween dinner last night!
As tradition, we dimmed the lights to eat our spooky meal...


Chicken Parmesan Mummies
on a bed of baby bats (Farfalle pasta dyed gray while cooking)
with blood red sauce.
We also had Halloween shaped Parmesan garlic bread
& Halloween jello jigglers (:


I got the idea for the Chicken Parmesan Mummies from Somewhat Simple
although I ended up using crescent roll dough instead of biscuits.
It was super easy & so tasty!


Do you like having fun holiday meals?

Check out our other Halloween dinners:
Nightmare Before Christmas
Mummy Braided Chicken Roll

xoxo
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Monday, October 27, 2014

FHE: Holy Ghost - Halloween


Opening Song: Family Night

Opening Prayer


Lesson:
Halloween is this week.
What are some symbols you think of when you hear the word Halloween?
(Jack-o'-lanterns, black cats, witches, skeletons, ghosts, etc...)
Today we are going to talk about a ghost.
Not just any ghost though...
We're going to talk about the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is not a scary ghost.
Instead of being scary, it helps us when we're scared or afraid.
The Holy Ghost can comfort us.

Story:
Found in Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual (Lesson 6)

The Holy Ghost has many names...
The comforter.
The Spirit.
The Spirit of the Lord.
The Spirit of God.
The still small voice.

The Holy Ghost is called the still small voice because he doesn't speak loudly.
He tells us things in a quiet voice or most often in a feeling.

How do you feel when you do something that is good?
How do you feel when you do something wrong?
He gives us a happy, warm feeling when something is right
& a bad or sad feeling when something is wrong.

The Holy Ghost will help us know what's right & what's wrong,
but we have to be willing to listen & choose the right.

First stanza of the poem 'Help from the Holy Ghost' by Erin Renouf Mylroie
I'm learning how to choose the right.
I'll do my best both day and night.
But when I'm not sure what to do,
The Holy Ghost will help me through.

Closing Song: The Holy Ghost

Closing Prayer

Activity: We watched The Nightmare Before Christmas,
but Casper would probably fit the theme better if you wanted to watch something (;

Treat: Banana Ghosts

xoxo
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Saturday Dishes - Halloween


This week's theme is:
Halloween

I can't believe that Halloween is less than a week away!
Do you have any fun traditions to share?
Feel free to share Halloween themed foods, parties, decor, or anything else that fits the theme!

If you have any family friendly costume ideas to share as well,
feel free to link them up at my Halloween Costume Party!
It's not much of a party at the moment
because I haven't had the time to promote it,
but it's all good...
My feelings are still intact.
I'll be adding a Sonic the Hedgehog costume later this week!
Anywho, let's talk about THIS linky!

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ SoundCloud

- Lisa @ Pebbles and Piggytails -
Facebook ♥ Twitter ♥ Google+ ♥ Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ Instagram

Check out our blogs & show us some love!
We love seeing new faces & new followers on our social media,
& comments make us smile (:

Last week's theme was Pumpkin & Squash.
There were so many wonderful recipes that I want to try!
Here were a few of my faves...

Pumpkin Eclairs from So Much To Make
Eclairs are so tasty! I could go for one of these right now. Or two. Or three...

Extra Thick Pumpkin Pancakes from Reveal Natural Health
I had pumpkin pancakes for breakfast the other day & have been wanting them ever since!

Mile High Pumpkin Pie Bars from Bitz & Giggles
These sound simply delectable!

Lisa's faves might be different than mine,
so don't forget to swing by her blog too! (;
Oh yeah...
& if you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Family Recipes
so come back next week to share recipes that were passed to you from a family member!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your Halloween recipes, parties, traditions & ideas,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send us an email so that we can get you on the calendar,
& let us know what themes you would like to see in the future.
We'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic & Pebbles and Piggytails to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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