Jun 29, 2015

Treasure Box Tuesday 78

Welcome to Treasure Box Tuesday!

We've enjoyed having you as our Bloggers of the Month for June, Joy and Jenny!

Joy from Joy Love Food is featured at Yesterfood

Jenny from Honey and Birch is featured at 

Memories by the Mile

We know you'll enjoy visiting these ladies and browsing through their lovely blogs. Just like YOU, they help make this party 
a great place to be!

Connect with us! 
And let us know so we can connect right back!

Joy from Yesterfood


Wanda Ann from Memories By The Mile


Our Most Viewed link last week was:

Detox Water Recipe by Life of a Southern Mom:

Joy's Foodie Features:

1. Patriotic Pancakes by Meatloaf and Melodrama
2. Monterey Chicken Copycat Recipe by This Silly Girl's Life
3. Snappy Jalapeno-Cheese Biscuits by Taylor-Made Ranch
4. Star Spangled Fruit Skewers by Almost Supermom

Joy's Crafty/DIY Features:

1. My Kitchen Bay Window Makeover by Crafts a la Mode
3. A Camping Birthday Party by Nifty Thrifty Family
4. Make Your Own Recycled Luminaries by Crafts Unleashed

Wanda Ann's Foodie Features:

1. Jalapeno Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes by Honey and Birch
2. Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Pops by Flour On My Face
3. Best Layered Salad by With A Blast
4. Blueberry Glazed Cheesecake by Little Miss Celebration

Wanda Ann's Crafty/DIY Features:

1. How To Make Paper Bluebonnets by The Pin Junkie
2. Build A Waterfall On A Budget by The Summery Umbrella
3. Clip Photo Frame DIY by Fynes Designs
4. Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers by Sadie Seasongoods

Congratulations to everyone who was featured!

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Now it’s time to party- link up and 
have fun

  • Yes! Link recipes, crafts, DIY, gardening, sewing, seasonal, writing!
  • Yes! Link giveaways!
  • Yes! Link your party!
  • Yes! We are virtual assistant friendly! :)

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Jun 28, 2015

Social Media Weekly 24

Welcome to Social Media Weekly!

We're here to make sure all of us have the best possible opportunities to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform. This week, it's Instagram. Link up your Instagram account, then go make Instagram connections with everyone else who's here! :)

Tweet so people can find you! :)

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Jun 25, 2015

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Fresh Orange Vinaigrette

A fresh salad sounds good on a hot summer day, doesn't it? This one is full of healthy colors and fresh, crisp, textures. I think my favorite part may be the freshly-made orange vinaigrette dressing. It compliments the flavors in the salad perfectly, and you have the added bonus of knowing exactly what's in it.

This salad goes together quickly. You can even make the vinaigrette ahead of time, have everything in the fridge ready to go, and then assemble at the last minute if you want.

Mandarin Spinach Salad with Fresh Orange Vinaigrette

For the salad:
1 (6 oz.) bag of fresh baby spinach, rinsed and spun dry
1 (14 oz.) can mandarin oranges, well drained
1 (6 oz.) carton fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
sliced almonds

For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 heaping teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon (rounded) table salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon jarred minced roasted garlic or equivalent
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Combine all ingredients for vinaigrette in a lidded jar and shake well to combine. Refrigerate until needed.

2. In a large serving bowl, combine spinach, oranges, and blueberries. Toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with almonds and serve with vinaigrette.

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Notes: I like to have the can of mandarin oranges refrigerated ahead of time when possible; just a personal preference. I tend to keep a can or two in my fridge most of the time anyway.

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Jun 11, 2015

Kaylee Rutland

I have been compensated for writing this post. All statements and opinions are my own. 

Kaylee Rutland: Billboard Country Artist to Watch

I'm excited to tell you about a talented artist in the country music scene, Kaylee Rutland. She's a Texas girl, and is known for her story-telling style of music. As Kaylee says,

"I love to write about anything that matters, to me, to you and anyone who’s inspired by a story in a song. That’s what I love most about country music – it’s all about the stories. My daily inspirations come from God, my family and friends, what I have, what I don’t have and what I dream of."

I'm even more excited to tell you that you can see her in concert this Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Levitt Pavilion ("free music under the stars") in Arlington, TX!

While you plan your evening to see Kaylee, visit her website where you can get a free download of her music and view her video, Good Day to Get Gone. 

Did you know that one of Kaylee's favorite things is a caramel frappuccino? She and I definitely have that in common. So, in her honor, I have a recipe for Caramel Frappuccinos to share with you.

It's a frosty, creamy, sweet way to get your coffee fix. Just put all the ingredients in the blender for a few seconds and you're done. And you saved yourself a few bucks, too.

Sip one on the way to the concert!

Grab a frappuccino and your car keys- it's a Good Day to Get Gone

Caramel Frappuccinos

2 cups crushed ice
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1 cup milk
1/3 cup caramel sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
whipping cream and extra caramel sauce for topping, if desired

1. Pour crushed ice, coffee, milk, caramel sauce, and sugar into blender. Cover, and mix until desired consistency (check after about 5 seconds; time needed will depend on your blender).

2. Pour into two 16 oz. cups and top with whipping cream and caramel drizzle.

Enjoy Kaylee's latest video!

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