Saturday, September 24, 2016

BLOGGER OPP - You're the Star Monthly GIVEAWAY!

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As many of you know we started a new blog hop in September called: "You're the Star"
Well, starting in October we will also have a "You're the Star" GIVEAWAY.   Even though there will be a link and mention to this giveaway in the "You're the STAR" BLOG HOP - this Giveaway will be a totally separate post/event.

* This will be the first "You're the STAR" Giveaway. 
* It will be open for entries all month long - beginning on Saturday October 1st and ending on Monday October 31st, 2016.  *
* All Cohosts will have a link to their blog within the Giveaway post
*To become a Cohost you must contribute a prize valued at $5 minimum (see prize/link schedule below)

Prize/Link Schedule/Options (whatever your prize contribution is worth will determine how many links in the raffle):
a) total prize value totaling $5        =   2 links in the rafflecopter (& a link to your blog within the Giveaway post)

b) total prize value totaling $10       =   4 links in the rafflecopter (& a link to your blog within the Giveaway post)

c) total prize value totaling $15       =   6 links in the rafflecopter (& a link to your blog within the Giveaway post)

d) total prize value totaling $20       =   8 links in the rafflecopter (& a link to your blog within the Giveaway post)

For options a, b & c you may choose from: twitter follow, Pinterest follow, facebook visit, Bloglovin follow, Instagram follow, Networked Blogs follow, Tumblr (Google+ is NOT allowed)
For option d: on top of all mentioned above you may also add an Etsy (or other shop) like/follow, or a comment on one of your blog posts (you choose which family-friendly post) &/or a tweet about one of your blog posts (you choose which family-friendly post)

*All Cohosts agree to:
1.  Post this GIVEAWAY on your blog by 8am eastern time on October 1st, 2016 (I will be providing you with the code for this Giveaway).
2.  Promote this GIVEAWAY on your social media sites at least twice a week for the entire month.
3.  You will be responsible for delivering any prizes that you contribute to the Giveaway (except for cash/PayPal prize - that will be delivered by me)
4.  Prize contributions may include: Paypal cash
, Ad space on your blog, gift card (e.g. Amazon, Starbucks etc.) , other prizes (e.g. items from your online shop, ebook or handmade items etc)
5.  (Cohosts will not be allowed to enter this Giveaway)
If you are interested in becoming a GIVEAWAY Cohost then please click HERE to fill out the FORM.  (Please note - there will be a new Giveaway each month)

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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Deformed Produce Hall of Fame - 2016

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Tomato Heart
"Deformed Produce" HALL OF FAME - 2016

Every year I look forward to finding unusual veggie & fruit formations but in the past it seems like I have only been able to do this every other year.  However, this year we have changed from that cycle.
Please click on past HALL OF FAME posts below:
2011 Deformed Produce
Deformed Produce of 2013
2015 Deformed Produce

Harvest always brings beautiful, abundant and sometimes deformed produce.  Everyone sees something different in misshapen veggies and fruit.  Seeing images in unusual garden produce is just like looking at a spectacular cloud filled sky and creating what you see in each cloud.

All pictures were taken by Angie Ouellette-Tower and all produce was grown in my garden.
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Blue Potato Snowman
This little guy was just staring up at me from my compost potato bed (click HERE to read about my blue potato patch).  If you look closely you will see that he is smiling.

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 Green Pepper with a Tongue
This one is my favorite for this year - it looks like this green pepper is sticking it's tongue out at us.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #32

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#32 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge back in November so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for the last summer heat and humidity (well, I think it is the last heat wave) and I am just as thankful for the beginning of Autumn.  Most importantly I am thankful for God's healing touch.

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"Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."  1 John 2:15 - 17

"The world" can be very tempting and as technology grows, the world seems to ignore God more and more.  Technology will pass away as we read in the scripture passage above and most importantly - technology can NEVER give you eternal life.
Read: Love The Father NOT the World

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Almost everything has been harvested - we still have two of our potato patches to dig up and of course in a few more weeks we will be harvesting our sweet potatoes.

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,270
Bloglovin - 4,157
Twitter - 6,121
Pinterest - 5,533
Google+ - 2,299
Facebook - 4,396

Linky Followers - 108
Networked Blog - 1,212

Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 26,670 followers in some form or another (that's up 45 from last week!).

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Four years ago I had a weekly series called "Frank's Flowers".  This series featured some of my dad's beautiful roses that he starts from a rose cutting.  Please enjoy the "Rolly" Rose:
Frank's Flowers - The "Rolly" Rose

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This week is FAMILY feature week - click HERE to LINK UP & to see who was featured!

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Take Up The THANKFULNESS Challenge!
I challenge you to thank God for something everyday for one year!  Either write it down in a diary OR share with us on a blog.  If you have a blog & would like to share your THANKFULNESS posts with us, then please fill out this form: 365 Days of Being THANKFUL form - click HERE and you will be added to the THANKFULNESS page.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Welcome! Wake Up Wednesday Linky #139

Welcome to another Wonderful #WakeUpWednesdayLinky! #139
FYI - Next week Wake Up Wednesday Linky will be taking a vacation.  See you again on October 4th!

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party

@ Sew Crafty Angel


We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Check out this weeks Featured linkups.

Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party. 

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

Your link will appear on the blogs of

Please take time to visit your hostesses.








This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Decorating Ideas for Small White Pumpkins
Petticoat Junktion

Small white pumpkins are one of my favorite pumpkin types. There have been a lot of new varieties show up lately at the local vegetable/flower market. The bumpy ones called peanut pumpkins are kind of cool. I bought this bunch of white pumpkins at a local pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago.

The mangos have been plentiful this year and I have been enjoying them every chance I get. I made this Sweet Chili Mango Sauce to go with some grilled chicken I was making for dinner one night.

Easy Pumpkin Cheeseball
Crafts a la Mode

The Fall season for food has started.

I saw a this darling pumpkin cheeseball over at Family Fresh Meals and decided I really had to make this for a family gathering (it was a BIG HIT - how did you do that?). This is a variation on a cheeseball that I have been making for years with softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. The orange color? It comes from crushed up Doritos.

This peanut butter chocolate banana bread is made with Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spread and a whole lotta deliciousness. It’s a pound cake worthy of the name.

I really thought that this cold winter would be really hard on me (I recently moved from Las Vegas to Northern Utah). It kind of has, but the cold is VERY inspirational! I have needed to take extra measures to stay warm, and arm warmers were a cozy and cute way. I really like how these turned out, and they are pretty simple to make, too.

This fall decorating couldn’t be easier. You’re pretty much just going to paint everything white. That’s right, it’s like skill level zero. You can do this!

Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, crafts, decorating, fashion, makeup, health & fitness, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly.  Please visit some other bloggers and make some new friends and say hello to old friends..
  • Please leave me a comment , I love to hear from you.
  • Please Link to your family friendly post 
  • I'd love for you to grab my party button for your blog party site but it's totally optional
  • Please No adult content blogs
  • Please do not add links to shops or selling websites (they will be deleted from the party)
  • Giveaways are always welcome.. Add your giveaways to Sew Crafty Angel's Pinterest Community Giveaway Board too.  
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party.

Sparkle & Shine because "You're the STAR" blog hop! 
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