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Friday Finds Linky Party #11

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It’s the last link party before Christmas! Show us what you’ve been working on and have a lovely Christmas with family and friends! We’ll see you next year!

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Recycled K Cup Snowman Hat Ornaments from Pitter and Glink
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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Christmas Tour from Little Brags
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Gossip Bench Makeover from Shaken Together

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Snowmen Cookies by Crystal and Co
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Homemade Puerto Rican Coquito by Dreaming of Leaving
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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook
Pom Pom Christmas Trees from The Ribbon Retreat
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Brown Paper Packages from Delineate Your Dwelling

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!

Rules for Friday Finds:
1. Link to a specific post on your blog
2. Limit 3 Links per person
3. Comment on at least 2 other blogs from the linky party
4. Please do not link to any giveaways, other linky parties or products that are for sale
5. By linking here, you give us permission to post your picture on our blogs (with full credit!)
6. Link back to this blog with a text link.
7. Starts Friday at 2pm and ends Wednesday at 2pm.

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Herb Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

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This recipe for Herb Chicken with roasted vegetables is the perfect winter night dinner.

It is hearty and you can throw just about any vegetables you have on hand in it.

I used all the veggies minus zucchini, my store was out that day, but next time I make this I will for sure add it.

 You can even dice up some potatoes and through those in too!

You will have to marinate the chicken in a garlic/basil/mint/thyme  mixture, you can do it in a little as 30 minutes or you can marinate it all night long. 

I chose the latter and I highly recommend going that route, the chicken had an insane amount of flavor from all the herbs!

 

 

After the chicken has marinated, the vegetables are chopped, toss them all in and pour a little oil over top of them.

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Once the chicken reaches 165 F, then pull it out and at this point it will be juicy, flavorful, and all the veggies will have roasted.

The tomatoes are my absolute favorite, i sprinkle a little salt on them, and Oh! *died and gone to heaven*. 

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I served mine with baked potatoes and a side salad.

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Herb chicken with roasted vegetables
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Ingredients
  1. 2 garlic cloves
  2. 1 cup fresh basil
  3. 1 cup fresh mint
  4. 8 fresh lemon thyme sprigs
  5. ΒΌ cup evoo
  6. 4 whole chicken legs (drumsticks & thighs) or 1 package boneless, skinless breasts
  7. 1 small eggplant, chopped
  8. 12 baby plum tomatoes
  9. 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  10. 2 zucchini, sliced
  11. Juice of 1 lemon
  12. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Put the garlic, two thirds of the basil and mint, and the leaves from 4 lemon thyme sprigs into a food processor and mix.
  2. Gradually add half the oil until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  3. Rub the paste over the chicken, then put into a bowl.
  4. Cover, then chill and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  6. Put the eggplant, plum tomatoes, red bell pepper, and zucchini in a large roasting pan with the remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  7. Add the chicken and roast for 30-40 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Squeeze the lemon juice over the chicken and stir in the remaining herbs.
  9. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Keep calm and slow cook
Adapted from Keep calm and slow cook
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

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Amazon Teacher Christmas Gift

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As my boys and I sat thinking about Teacher gifts this year, I asked them What is the perfect gift?

And my six year old promptly said, “I don’t know, but can I go on the computer and look at Amazon?”

This is a newfound love for him.

He asks to go on Amazon and then he peruses the pages looking at toys and adding them to his “wish list”.

I think it’s cute and helps me out when I’m busy trying to make dinner, but MORE than that…

my son has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and will lost handwriting capabilities and will need to work on the computer and other assistive technology in the upcoming years.

So, while he thinks he’s just looking at toys, I know that he is learning how to type, where the buttons are, and how to control the mouse.

All key things for his development, so win-win for both of us!

Anyway, after talking with him it HIT ME.

Of Course!

Who doesn’t LOVE AMAZON?
I mean they have EVERYTHING!

seriously.

I get my soup, food, juice, toys, books, cleaners, clothes, and home improvement things….heck I EVEN just bought my kitchen sink off there!

So…I’m sure there is something that they would want.

So, we found these ADORABLE printable Amazon cards from The Creative Mom and put together a little gift.

It took a few seconds, 

all you need to do is go here and order an amazon gift card. You can print them at home, send them via email, or request an actual card to me mailed to you.

Then go HERE to print out the card, cut it out, add the giftcard, and you’re finshed!

One happy mama and one happy teacher!

 

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Friday Finds Linky Party #10

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Hi everyone, we had such a great time at last week’s Friday Finds Linky Party! Such great holiday inspiration you guys whipped up. Check out our featured posts and enter your new creations below. Don’t forget to share the love and visit a few of the other links. You’re going to love the amazing tutorials, I promise!

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Beaded Yarn Tree and Ball by Tinsel + Trim
 
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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 
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Santa’s White Chocolate Popcorn from Gluesticks
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
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Olaf Cake by Amy’s Confectionery Adventures

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 
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DIY Peppermint Soap by A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 
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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls by Twelve O Eight
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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook
 
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Chicken Tortilla Soup from A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
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Balsam Fir Sachet by Tinsel + Trim

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Merry Little Christmas Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
 

Post your favorite link from this week to have a chance to be featured in our post next week or to get pinned to our Friday Finds Pinterest Board!

 
Rules for Friday Finds:
1. Link to a specific post on your blog
2. Limit 3 Links per person
3. Comment on at least 2 other blogs from the linky party
4. Please do not link to any giveaways, other linky parties or products that are for sale
5. By linking here, you give us permission to post your picture on our blogs (with full credit!)
6. Link back to this blog with a text link.
7. Starts Friday at 2pm and ends Wednesday at 2pm.
 

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Cookie Teacher Gift

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My son is REALLY into the “If you give a mouse a cookie” book series, so for a Teacher Gift this year we made these cute cookie/water bottle gifts.

They are these cute IF YOU GIVE A TEACHER A COOKIE, SHE WILL PROBABLY WANT SOME MILK tags.

All you do is attach them to a water bottle and add some cookies and you are all set!

You could even attach the actual book with it to use in the classroom!

Here is the book and you can order it here.

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To make this adorable gift you will need:

cardstock

print out of tag found HERE

bakers twine

water bottle

homemade or store bought cookies

scissors

 

Huge thank you to Kristy of Diary of Dave’s Wife for making these and to Eighteen 25 for putting up this adorable post!

 

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Stuffed Tomatoes

 

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I saw these in Martha Stewarts magazine and they look oh-so-good.

I made them for dinner on a night that we had a HUGE lunch and we were not that hungry.

They were the perfect blend of veggie and cheese. 

Putting them in the broiler for a few minutes at the end makes ALL the difference. The cheese melts over everything and browns a little at the top.

Serve these as an appetizer, light dinner, lunch, or a side dish!

 

 

 To Make:

Preheat broiler with rack 8 inches from heat sauce. 

 Toast bread on a rimmed baking sheet, stirring once, until crispy, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.

Scoop out seeds and flesh from each tomato into a bowl; reserve. Arrange tomato halves in a broiler safe baking dish; season with salt and pepper. 

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 In a large skililet, heat 1 TBSP oil over medium heat. Add pepper flakes and shallot; cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to high, add reserved tomato flesh and juice. Cook, stirring, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add corn and greens; cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 2 minutes. Season with 1/2 tsp salt. 

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Fill tomato halves with vegetable mixture, dividing evenly, then sprinkle with toasted bread, drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp oil, and top with cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden in spots, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately. 

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Stuffed Tomatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 inch slices rustic bread, torn into small pieces (3/4 cup)
  2. 4 medium size ripe tomatoes, halved
  3. coarse salt and fresh pepper
  4. 2 Tbsp evoo
  5. pinch of red pepper flakes
  6. 1/2 shallot, thinly sliced
  7. 1 cup corn kernels (from 1 ear)
  8. 3 cups packed baby spinach
  9. 3 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced (1/2 cup)
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler with rack 8 inches from heat sauce.
  2. Toast bread on a rimmed baking sheet, stirring once, until crispy, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven; set aside.
  3. Scoop out seeds and flesh from each tomato into a bowl; reserve. Arrange tomato halves in a broiler safe baking dish; season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Add pepper flakes and shallot; cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Increase heat to high; add reserved tomato flesh and juice. Cook, stirring, until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Season with 1/2 tsp salt.
  5. Fill tomato halves with vegetable mixture, dividing evenly, then sprinkle with toasted bread, drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp oil, and top with cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden in spots, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Martha Stewart Magazine
Adapted from Martha Stewart Magazine
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

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Starbucks Teacher Christmas Gift

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The Christmas season is upon us and if you’re anything like me then you want to make sure you get your children’s teacher a wonderful gift.

Something that they will REALLY love.

You’re over the cookies, statues, pencils, candy, and baked gifts gift that typically are given.

Who doesn’t LOVE a Starbucks gift card. I don’t even drink coffee and I LOVE starbucks. They have SO many delicious things from hot cocoa, steamed apple juice, and their baked goods…..yum! My favorite is their iced lemon pounds cake! 

So here are the directions to make a fantastic Teacher Gift this year!

You will need:

cardstock

starbucks gift cards

scissors

pen or ink pad with name stamp

tape

 

All you do is go to Mandy’s website HERE and scroll down until you see the 2 empty pictures of the image and click on that. Go ahead and print it right from there!

Cut it out and I had my son stamp his name on because the handwriting would have taken too long, then just tape the gift card on the bottom and you are all ready!

 

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