Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 58

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 58!
A place to share your creativity and be inspired by the talents of others.
Out and about yesterday, we heard the peepers for the first time this year. This is a sure sign that Spring has officially arrived here in New Hampshire. Last weeks party had many of us rejoicing in this fresh new season.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 57.
Spring Entryway at Vintage, Paint and More. Cathy shows us her bright and fun Spring porch that just makes you want to smile.
Simple Spring Napkin Rings at Living Frugal with Erika. I love these pretty and simple napkin rings that Erika has created. 
Celebrate Your Joys at An Extraordinary Day. Diane is challenging us to celebrate the Joys in our lives for the month of April...and hopefully beyond!
Gardening Easter Basket at Elizabeth Joan Designs. Erin shares a glammed up Easter Basket idea using simple gardening items that her kids are sure to love.
Antique Sideboard (Graphite Gray) at Urban Patina. Crystal shares her newly revived sideboard she has lovingly named 'Victor'. It took some patience and hard work to bring him back, but it was so worth it in the end.
Healthy Bites of Bliss at Simply Fresh Dinners. Robyn shares an easy and healthy appetizer made using a few simple ingredients. 
Hibiscus Tea at Natasha In Oz.  Natasha shares the many different therapeutic benefits of this herbal tea that she says has a delicious sweet and tart flavor.
Classic Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting at Yesterfood. Joy shares a classic recipe for Carrot Cake. She says it's a wonderful dessert any time of year, but is especially good at Easter.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Chocolate Haystacks aka Birds Nests. This family treat lets you know that Spring has arrived in our neck of the woods. 
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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts including:

Home Decor
Crafts
Sewing
Gardening
Recipes
DIY
Repurposing

Links are open through Friday morning.

I will post features next week to Pieced Pastimes, Facebook and Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back  to the party or on your post.
- Share your own projects - something that is made by you.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links at the top of the sidebar.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Sparks Link Party 57

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 57!
Our weather has finally turned towards a more Spring like feel. The sunny days give such a boost to my spirt. It's like embracing a long lost friend and never wanting to let go. Spring continued to be a popular theme at last weeks party.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 56.

Spring is Bustin' Out All Over at Renaissance Mermaid. Julie refreshes her living room with touches of Spring while she patiently waits for its arrival in Nebraska.
Vintage Enamelware: Perfect for Spring at Chateau Chic. Mary Alice shows us some of her vintage enamelware and the different way she is displaying them for Spring.
Spring Front Porch at Southern Seazons. Jody's plants may not be blooming yet, but her bright and fun Spring porch is the next best thing.
Jute Covered Easter Eggs at About A Mom. Laura shares the steps involved to make these pretty 'Jute Wrapped Easter Eggs.
Hello Spring Card at It's Always Ruetten. Julia was inspired by the wonderful sunny days she is having and created this pretty card to welcome Spring.
Be Happy:  Pharrell Williams Tune at Natasha In Oz. Natasha continue with her Tuesday Tune series and shares some inspirational 'happy' quotes and images along with the song 'Happy by Pharrell Williams'. You can't help but smile when you hear this song!
DIY Pallet Wood Garden Edging at Upcycled Stuff. Tricia shares a video tutorial on how she created this fun garden edging with pallet wood and soda bottles.
The Making of a Terrarium at 3GLOL. Bobbie and her daughter had a fun day of crafting and created some lovely terrariums and share the 4 easy steps involved.
Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Loaf Cakes at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina shows us that Spring finds her making fresh recipes that make her happy such as this lovely Lemon Poppy Seed Cake.
Zucchini Fritters at Southern Distinctions. Brandyn shares a quick and easy recipe that she says is great as a side dish for any meal. We love all things zucchini, so I will be giving this recipe a try.
Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Chips at Happy Mothering. Another great recipe using Zucchini is this one from Chrystal. She wants her family eating healthy snacks and came up with this delicious recipe using a dehydrator.
Easter M&M Thumbprint Cookies at Baking Beauty. Krystle has a love for limited edition candies and used some pretty pastel M&M's in her thumbprint cookie recipe. They are almost too pretty to eat.
Glistening Wedding Cookie Favors at My Sweet Mission. Heather shares her recipe for these delicious and beautiful sugar cookies she created for her nieces wedding.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Spring Mantel 2014.  An unending cold winter had me longing for warmer days, so I refreshed our mantel with some Spring decor.

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts including:

Home Decor
Crafts
Sewing
Gardening
Recipes
DIY
Repurposing

Links are open through Friday morning.

I will post features next week to Pieced Pastimes, Facebook and Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back  to the party or on your post.
- Share your own projects - something that is made by you.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links at the top of the sidebar.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Featured at A Stroll Thru Life Today

A short time ago, I received an email from Marty at A Stroll Thru Life asking if she could feature my home on her Show Off & Inspire Series. I have long admired her features and seeing all the different styles of homes that people share. I happily accepted her offer and my home is featured on her site today at Show Off & Inspire- Pieced Pastimes if you care to take a peak.
Marty's blog is a wonderful place to visit, with a warm and friendly face greeting you at the door,  beautiful home decor and inspiring DIY projects. I am sure she will quickly become a favorite of yours, too!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chocolate Haystacks aka Birds Nests

When my children were young, I would make these Chocolate Haystacks aka Birds Nests as a special spring time treat.
 There are many different versions of this recipe.
 Today, I used a very simple recipe with only 3 ingredients - well, 4 if you include the jelly beans.
Melt 2 cups of milk chocolate chips in a large bowl.  Stir in 5 ounces of chow mein noodles (the crunchy kind) and 1/2 cup of chopped lightly salted peanuts and mix until everything is coated in the chocolate.
Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Push the center of each one with a spoon to make an indentation like a nest. Leave out to dry. Add jelly beans or other small candies to mimic eggs.
Some alternatives to the chow mein noodles could be potato sticks, shaved coconut and miniature marshmallows or Fiber One Original cereal. Dried fruit such as raisins or cherries make a nice addition to these as well.
Semi-sweet or butterscotch chocolate chips can be used in place of the milk chocolate. Another change could be to melt peanut butter into the chocolate instead of using chopped peanuts.
As you can see, the sky is the limit with the variations on this recipe.

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