Friday, September 5, 2014

"Celebrate It" Blog Party! #7

What are you celebrating today, tomorrow, this week, last week? I hope you will share what you are celebrating at this weeks "Celebrate It!" blog party! Link up what you cooked for dinner, something special that happened at work or school, an exciting picture that you took, a craft that changed a room or a tabletop, a special treat you created, a favorite DIY project. Anything that shows how you celebrate the everyday days that make up this wonderful life.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caprese Pasta Salad

This Caprese Pasta Salad is cool and refreshing. Now, that is something I would think I would be writing in July, for sure. But it is September and it is very hot and terribly muggy here in North Carolina. This salad is just the thing to help you cool down. It has the traditional caprese ingredients, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. I didn't do it here, but you could add some shredded chicken and make this salad a meal! Enjoy and try to stay cool!

Caprese Pasta Salad

Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons Tarragon Vinegar
2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
Salt and Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Confectioner's Sugar
6 tablespoons Sunflower Oil

Salad
Whole Wheat Pasta
Cherry Tomatoes
Fresh Basil thinly sliced
Mozzarella Block
Vinaigrette

Start by putting your vinegar, mustard, 
and salt and pepper in a bowl.
Add the confectioner's sugar.
Mix ingredients with a whisk.
Drizzle in the oil, whisking gently until smooth and blended.
Taste test to check if additional salt or pepper is needed.
Wash your tomatoes and......
roll your basil leaves together and then chop thinly.
I used a block of mozzarella because that is what I had on hand.
I used this very small scoop to make mozzarella balls.
They were the perfect size. You could also use mozzarella 
balls that are already round when you buy them. They
are very tasty and some are marinated.
Place everything but the vinaigrette together in a bowl.
Toss together with just a little vinaigrette and add more
if you need.
I hope you enjoy this simple, refreshing salad!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Here are some other recipes you might enjoy:


Seaside Pasta Salad



Super Simple Spaghetti Salad


Strawberry and Avocado Salad 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waffle Crusted Apple Pie Parfait / #Foodie Extravaganza

September is National Waffle month and along with a bunch of other bloggers we are having a Foodie Extravaganza all about Waffles! You can see all of the delicious recipes at the end of this post. #FoodieExtravaganza

Welcome to the Foodie Extravaganza!
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So today, I made Waffle Crusted Apple Pie Parfaits! I love waffles, so this was a fun and tasty challenge for me!! I wanted a little bit of fall in my recipe, even though it is not officially here yet, so I chose apples, which led me to apple pie, which led me to using the waffles as the crust in the apple pie that is not really a pie, but a parfait. Yep, that's how this brain works. 
Anyway, I hope you like this Waffle Crusted Apple Pie Parfait with Whipped Cream!

Waffle Crusted Apple Pie Parfait

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Orange Cream Tart

Happy Labor Day Weekend to everyone! I hope your celebrations are full of fun and relaxation!! Today I shared my Orange Cream Tart with Mindie at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo. Pop on over and see how to make this yummy, tasty ode to the last days of summer!

Orange Cream Tart  
 This tart is refreshing and simple to make. You could also 
substitute lemon for the orange, or key lime too!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Celebrate It! Blog Party #6

 Thank you to everyone who shared with us last week.
 We had a great crowd, and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.
Remember that you can share as many links as you want.
 I can't wait to see how you celebrated our everyday lives this past week!

Here are my two features from last week:

Amanda from Dixie Delights shared an incredibly fun and
festive Back To School party with us! I wish I could have been there!
The treats, the decor, what a great shindig!



Hatch Green Chile Chicken Soup

The Tumbleweed Contessa shared her Hatch Green Chile
Chicken Soup. This looks amazing, doesn't it!
I can smell it cooking!
Hatch Green Chiles are some of the best ever and
my absolute favorite. When I lived in Las Vegas, some of the stores
would roast the chiles outside during the season. Oh, goodness,
you could smell them around the corner. Incredible! If you ever get the
opportunity to try them, you won't be disappointed!


On to the party!
Every link that you share will be shared on social media and
on our pinterest board.

Have a safe and Happy Labor Day!







Thursday, August 28, 2014

Southwest Deviled Eggs

As you are making plans to celebrate Labor Day weekend, I thought I would share these easy Southwest Deviled Eggs! These deviled eggs are more than just an add-on or an after thought side dish. They are more of a mini meal. They are stuffed full of diced chicken and piled high with avocado and salsa. Serve these to your family and friends for a unique take on an old favorite!
Southwest Deviled Eggs 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Celebrate It! Blog Party #5

It's time for the Celebrate It Blog Party!  Link up any recipes you made, crafts you created, photos you took, DIY projects for your yard or house, back to school activities, end of summer parties, stories you told or heard, or anything that shows how you celebrate everyday life! After all, we celebrate life everyday! Link up and show us how you celebrate it!

 My first feature this week is this Garage Door Makeover
from Little Bitty Damn Houze
I love how simple this project is and how the garage
doors transform into carriage doors.

The second feature is from  Ten at the Table. 

Refried Beans are a favorite of mine and cooked
in a slow cooker makes them so much better!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.
I appreciate each link up!
Every link will be shared in social media and pinned to the Celebrate It!
pinterest board during the week. Thanks for sharing!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Honey Bunny Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers

When I found out I would be making a bundt cake this month with honey in it for the Bundt Bakers group the honey bun popped in my mind, and I couldn't get rid of it. I don't really know why. I have eaten my share of honey buns, but not since I was a little girl. So as not to drive myself crazy, I made this Honey Bunny Bundt Cake to satisfy whatever this craving was. And now I know. My brain wanted my mouth to have this truly tasty experience.

 Honey Bunny Bundt Cake

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Tall Stack of Shortcake

How are you set for shortcake this summer? Are you getting your fill or are you wanting more? When it comes to shortcake, I am always wanting more. I like to change up the way I eat it, but every style has to have the essentials: strawberries, pound cake, whipped cream and milk. This Tall Stack of Shortcake has all the requirements, and it looks pretty too! I baked the shortcakes in a pan with lots of small squares, but you could also make a large square shortcake, and just cut it to size.
A Tall Stack of Shortcake

Friday, August 15, 2014

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!! #4

Celebrate It! blog party is now open for link ups! Thanks you to every single one of you that linked up last week. Each week more and more bloggers are linking up, and I appreciate it so much! 

Let us celebrate with you!
Link up anything you want as long as it is family friendly.
All links will be shared on social media throughout the week and the 
following week one or two will be featured.
The party begins on Friday at 12:00 am EST and ends on Monday night at midnight.
So link up and have fun!