Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Welcome! Wake Up Wednesday Linky 27 & July Giveaway

WELCOME to another wonderful #WakeUpWednesdayLinky !!
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               Welcome to the 27th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

30 Blogs  -  1 Party
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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  410 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!

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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

How to Stay Inspired to Blog

How to Stay Inspired to Blog
If you are a blogger you have most likely had that moment when you opened up a blank  post and that little cursor stairs at you.  The little blinking line taunts you, “write something…anything!” 

Owl Smash Cake (Updated) from Frugal Mom Eh!

Owl Smash Cake

I decided to redo my Owl Smash Cake tutorial with better pictures and fix the mistakes I made the first time.  This Owl Smash Cake really is so easy to make that I just made it again to redo the pictures

Turkey and Brie Grilled Cheese

from Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Turkey and Brie Grilled Cheese | DizzyBusyandHungry.com #grilledcheese #turkey #brie
Grilled cheese is definitely a favorite in my house.  How can you not like toasty, crunchy, cheesy hand-held sammies? I love finding new and delicious ways to make grilled cheese, from varying the type of cheese, to incorporating meats or vegetables, and even adding spreads or other condiments.


quick berry crisp
I make a lot of recipes that call for different pie fillings! Depending on the season they can be hard to find and some are more expensive then others. With berry picking season in full bloom, I thought I would try making my own! I was surprised at how simple it is to make and after adding a little bit of this and that I created this thick, warm, sweet, bursting with fresh blueberries pie filling! With only 6 ingredients this blueberry pie filling was less expensive and made more than store bought. Ready your mason jars and get ready to can some amazing pie filling!

How To Freeze Fresh Farm Eggs

This time of year is just crazy in my neck of the woods. Between everything in the garden ripening at the same time, the chickens laying eggs like it’s going out of style and it being our favorite time to go camping I am BUSY! It is a given that household chores have been pushed to the waist side. I am trying to be ok with that. But canning and preserving foods in a messy house drives me nuts! Ok let’s be honest here, being in a messy house no matter what I am doing drives me nuts!

If you're like me, I hate to look for stuff in my pantry. Not sure if I have it there or not, missing it and purchasing more only to find it again and notice it is out of date. aughhh!!!

My old Dodge pickup is rusting. Trying to restore the rusting parts piece by piece, hoping to keep it in good condition, my handy husband went to his favorite salvage yard in search of a fender. He called me when he found one and said, "I've got a fender and there is an old kitchen step stool seat thing here that is getting thrown out. It's really rough. Is it something you are interested in trying to fix up?"  I said "YES! Please and thank you!"

Look What's New


A couple of weeks ago I was browsing on ebay and I found this cute
gingham pitcher by Crown Burslem.  It is still wearing it's little
 Union Jack sticker which I plan to peel off but thought it would be
 fun in the pic.  I love gingham and can never pass it up.  It was
a bargain too which always seals a deal.


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In Greece, we buy our desserts mainly from pastry shops that carry a variety of sweets mainly influenced by the French and the Italian ones. Of course they sell traditional Greek ones, but the majority of people prefer to buy the ones that are made according to French or Italian standards.

Today I am delighted to present my 1st refashion a real adventure! 
I love jeans and have long wanted to make a very practical bag. Some time ago, a friend gave me a pair of jeans speckled with small beads. So, from a pair of pants were born a bag with wicker handles, a purse and still have leftovers fabric. Frogged, I did some tests, I lined with polka dot fabric, made a sprig of flowers and loved the result! 
And what do you think? 

I hope you have been encouraged to slow down a bit and consider the blessings of life all around you. It's a constant struggle for me to slow down, and I have to remind myself often to refocus my mind.

I hope you have been encouraged to slow down a bit and consider the blessings of life all around you. It's a constant struggle for me to slow down, and I have to remind myself often to refocus my mind. I'm grateful for the opportunity to do that here, and to share it with you. 


We are really blessed in our house to have the space for a playroom. It’s a first floor master bedroom with a bathroom and small walk-in closet. Since we wanted to be on the same floor as Carl, we opted to stay upstairs. The only problem with our playroom is it is completely bare (except for the billions tons of toys). 

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)

Yes, it is another Kennedy Bag!  I just love this pattern by Sarah Lawson from Sew Sweetness.  It is actually a free pattern she offers, so check it out!  I always feel so satisfied when I am finished with one of these bags.  The buckles still frustrate me a bit, but it is all worth it! 




Photo Chore Chart
I am a firm believer in teaching kids responsibility and that can be done from a very young age. My little guy is three and we have just started introducing jobs to him. He has been expected to do them for awhile now, but I really wanted to create a visual reminder for him. He can’t read yet, so a typical chart was out of the question. I started with clip-art but it just didn’t seam specific enough for me!


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My Features this Week are:


1. "Attack of the Cucumbers" by Wandering Springs Ranch
2. "Prayer in Marriage" by Satisfaction Through Christ
3.  "Searching for the Perfect Shutter for a Head-Board" by Simple Nature Decor 




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Monday, July 28, 2014

Other BERRY Week - Featured Recipes & Tips

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Other BERRY Week - Features & Tips

I have decided that July is BERRY month & each week I will be featuring a different berry.  So, this week is a miscellaneous BERRY week.

Below you will find my 7 favorite Cranberry, Mulberry, Blackberry & Goji Berry creations &/or tips  (all recipes & pictures are the creation of me - Angie Ouellette-Tower - click on my copyright/disclaimer at the end of this post)

To view the entire post please click on each title - ENJOY!
Cranberry & Sweet Potato Muffins

Cranberry Walnut Smoothie
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Arugula, CRANBERRY & Cashew Salad
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Finally, the Goji Berry - also called "Wolfberry".  A few months ago I had a quiz asking you which plant this blossom belongs to .........well, the answer is the GOJI Berry plant! 



This berry originated in China and is one of the most healthy berries around.  Goji's are helpful in treating diabetes, fever, high blood pressure, eye problems & it is also a sleep aid (NOTE - I am NOT a doctor - this information is from my own online research - please read my disclaimer below)

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The True Vine and the Father Gardener

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"I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself;  it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." John 15: 1- 4

Jesus is the True Vine, we are the branches and God the Father is the gardener and owner of that vine.

Whenever I prune my grapevines I always worry that I have cut too much off and that I might have ruined the vine.  The more I prune the more fruitful each branch becomes.  The "Caretaker" always knows what is best for the vine; what branch must be totally cut off and what branch must be kept but trimmed down.  And so it is with our Heavenly Father - He is taking care of us (the branches).  We all must undergo our own personal "pruning" and it is a lifetime cycle.  Sometimes I have noticed that my actions and my life seem to be so fruitful and then other times nothing seems to go right and it is so painful and frustrating.  These painful frustrating times are part of the "pruning" cycle that is necessary for a fruitful life.  



I looked up the meaning of the word "remain" - to continue in the same state or condition, to stay in the same place, linger, persist.  We are to stay with Jesus, to continue with Him - in good times and in bad times - we are to "continue" and "stay" with Jesus Christ.  "Remain" has no time limit, it has no ending - it is forever!


It is interesting that the word "True" is used in front of vine.  There are many plants that resemble other plants but are not actually the same variety - for example:  Poison Oak has  Oak shaped leaves and when it has just sprouted it really does resemble what a tiny newly sprouted Oak Tree looks like.  This is why there is only one TRUE vine - showing that Jesus is the only way.  It is Jesus talking here in John 15 and I believe that he is saying that nobody can get to the Father except through Himself (Jesus).  He is also separating himself from any poisonous counterfeits.

Also, the word "clean" is significant - I believe it symbolizes the purifying action by Jesus.  We are clean because Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross at Calvary.

Each branch can only receive sap from the vine when there is constant never-ending contact with the vine.  Any branch that even has a crack in it will not produce any grapes or it will produce a very little amount of deformed grapes.  If we are to live a fruitful life;  if we are to truly live - then we must be in constant contact with our Lord and Savior.  Numerous times a day we can talk to Him, share our feelings with Jesus- our struggles and our joys.  Even when we are not consciously talking to Jesus or praying - just know that He is always there and that the "sap" is always flowing.  The Holy Spirit will intercede - the "sap" is the symbol for the Holy Spirit and the "vine" symbolizes Jesus and the branches symbolize us (all of us Christians).  That "sap" is then sent out through the "vine" (through Jesus) into each "branch" (each of us). 

Let us draw from that vine daily, many times a day.  Let us also pray for endurance during the pruning seasons and for wisdom during the fruitful seasons.




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Saturday, July 26, 2014

#ChainLinkyCLIMB (blog hop) - Call For COHOSTS!

God’s Growing Garden
We are looking for wonderful Bloggers like YOU to cohost the August & September CLIMB!!
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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WELCOME!

It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 

With our 9th 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:
- $25 Paypal Cash

- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- 1 Ad Space on Leapfrog & LipGloss - $20 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value

- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $7 value
- 1 Ad Space on Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos - $15 value
- 1 Sidebar Ad Spaces on God's Growing Garden - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $15 value
- "My Cookie Creation Countdown" ebook by Angie Ouellette-Tower
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Total prize value over $120!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account & a blog to enter
- This Giveaway is open from June 30th, 2014 until July 30th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - JULY 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.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:
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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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