Friday, August 22, 2014

The Chain "Linky" CLIMB @ Sew Crafty Angel

God’s Growing Garden
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Please welcome The August 2014 Chain "Linky" CLIMB 
week#4 co-hosts: 

April from "100lb Countdown"
(Click on the blog button below)

100 lb Countdown

 April is our permanent week#4 co-host.  Checkout what's been happening on "100lb Countdown" lately:

Creative Style Link Up 11
8 Ways to Make It Easier to Share Your Posts
Remembering the Blessings with Turn It Up Tuesday
Kelly Michelle from "The Beauty of Resilience"
(Click on the blog button below)
The Beauty of Resilience

Kelly Michelle's blog truly is beautiful!  It is also so inspiring overflowing with Godly wisdom.  And don't forget to check out Kelly Michelle's amazing artwork in her Etsy shop!  This is how she describes herself & her blog:  "I am a Christian, writer, teacher, and artist. I am a loving, caring, compassionate person, who has a love for God and for people. I am a firm believer in the beauty of life.  Other than blogging, I also work with children in education. I love spending time with friends and family. I am very talkative and love a good conversation. Overall, I just love sharing encouragement with people and sharing the love of God."
We are looking for wonderful Bloggers like YOU to cohost the August & September CLIMB!!
(please sign up in the "linky" at the very end where it says "sign up to cohost HERE")
It's the month long Networking Blog Hop
With our 10th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky") 
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Paypal Cash
- $15 Starbucks Coffee Card

- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $15 value
- 1 Ad Space on Oh My Heartsie Girl - $15 value
- 1 Ad Space on Heartbeats~Soul Stains - $20 value
- 1 "Bottled Blues" Pendant/Keychain
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BOTTLED BLUES - Lake Michigan Rare Bluestones in Glass Bottle, Real Cork on Silver Bead Chain Pendant or Keychain by ShorelineDesigned
Total prize value over $120!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST live in the lower 48 of the USA to win the "Bottled Blues Pendant" (otherwise this will become a second place prize) 
- This Giveaway is open from July 31st, 2014 until August 29th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - AUGUST 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- Paypal Cash will be delivered by Angie.  All other prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be promoted on social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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Social Media Mixer @ Sew Crafty Angel

Are you ready to mix up your week a  little?
Come on over and get social with us at week 11 of our Social Media Mixer.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Week 10 - we had 135 blogs and numerous social media link-ups!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #30

               Welcome to the 30th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

31 Blogs  -  1 Party

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  437 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on these different blogs

Your link will appear on the blogs of


Interested in Co-Hosting Wake Up Wednesday?
Fill out this form and Angel will be in touch with you?

This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Today I want to share my front porch with you. My accessories have both complimenting and contrasting colors in them. I wanted them to work with my house color (Cabot exterior latex stain in Spruce Blue.) and not clash.

Glass Insulator Lights

Glass Insulator Lights
Today, I thought I would share with you some of the lights what we installed in our new house! 

Carrot Orange Bread

Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze
Created a special treat today that I know you will love.  I’m calling it my Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze.

Even though my Peach Cobbler was a failure this week, living in Georgia: I HAVE to can peaches each year. Now, we have a ton of Summer Georgia Peaches for the next few seasons thanks to successful canning. 

Whipped Feta Dip from The Pink Recipe Box

Whipped Feta Dip |

Sometimes I feel like the recipes I share with you guys are too simple and too fast to 
call them recipes. Today is one of those days. 

Thrifty Thursday...Glass Mushrooms for the Garden
from Artistic Endeavors Inc 101
A trip to the thrift store with my daughter yielded supplies for a quick garden project.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
from Upstate Ramblings
Slice of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too.  But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings.  A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe
from A Mom's Take
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
While I grew up eating what I now refer to as the American version of a beef taco, I found as an adult that I much prefer the milder flavor and taste of a traditional shredded beef taco.

DIY Citrus Avocado Face Mask
from Robyn's View
Citrus Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are rich in moisturizing oils and healthy fats that you skin will adore. When you combine avocados with the skin brightening properties of citrus, you have a face mask that can’t be beat!

DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels
from Living Frugal with Erika
I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? Not only is this perfect for relaxing at home, it also makes a wonderful frugal gift idea! Take an afternoon and create this easy DIY Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

 Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub
from Living Chic
I have been obsessed with Homemade Body Scrub recipes lately. I decided to whip up a Coffee Sugar scrub recipe of my own this morning. It is so easy and very inexpensive.

Funfetti Cake Bites

Funfetti Cake Bites
We love dessert at the Smith House, and though I’m obviously not a professional baker, I still enjoy whipping up some sort of sweet treat to share after dinner.

How-to: sew a soft ball
from  AppleGreen Cottage

soft toy ball
Another baby boy was born on the very day I posted a picture of a home made soft ball  I had sewn for my nephew. A perfect opportunity to sew another one, don't you think? This time, I added several loops.

Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

from Cooking with K
Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread
Have you every heard of yellow squash in a quick bread recipe?  I was first introduced to it last summer  by my daughter.  I love to bake with zucchini in bread, but never had made any with summer yellow squash.

The Last Wall in my Kitchen!!

from Debbie Dabble

Finally, I would like to share with you the last wall in my Kitchen......
And wrap up my Series on my Kitchen where I shared One Wall at a Time......

Every weekday I get an email from Short Daily Devotions, this one yesterday really touched my heart and spoke to me. I really want to share it with you today.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Little Blue and A Lot of Chocolate

I got the urge to change up my china hutch treasures and add a little blue.  I just love collecting all these little treasures.
I also added this adorable sundae set I found a few months ago.

I had to try out the little sundae bowls and chocolate sounded good.
With an extra helping of cherry vanilla frosting of course.

Passed the taste test, lol.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Chain "Linky" CLIMB

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How To Make Chocolate Dessert Bowls

Ever wonder how to make those cute little chocolate dessert cups?  They look so adorable and you can fill them with anything you like.  Well, me too.  So I thought I would share what I found.  

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  • Chop or break up the chocolate into small pieces before melting. This aids the melting process and reduces the chances of burning the chocolate.

  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. This step requires constant supervision, as chocolate burns easily.
  • Stir the melting chocolate often. If you're melting it in a pan or double boiler, stir constantly on low heat until the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Check the melting chocolate every 30 seconds. If you're melting the chocolate in a microwave, set it to cook for 30 seconds. Check and stir before returning it to cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Remove the melted chocolate from the heat source when it has a smooth, silky consistency. Now it's time to quickly create your cups.

  • Dip blown-up balloons in the batch of warm chocolate. Cover the balloon three quarters of the way with chocolate.  Buy the size of balloons that fits the size of the cups you want to create.

  • Create a thin layer of chocolate around each balloon. Avoid making it too thick; a thin covering works well.
  • Place the chocolate covered balloons on a sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Allow them to dry/cool. for up to 30 minutes. Alternatively, place the balloons in the refrigerator for faster cooling time.

  • Pop the water balloon once the chocolate has cooled and has set. Make sure a full 30 minutes has passed if you're unsure whether the chocolate is ready.
  • Gently prick the top of the balloon with a thin needle to release the air; do this carefully so the balloon doesn't explode.

  • Allow the balloon to deflate and line the bottom of your cup. Wait for all the air to be released before proceeding to gently remove the balloon from your chocolate cup.

There you have it.  Now fill with whatever goodie you like and EAT!


(found on Wikihow and Google)