Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Top 14 Blog Posts From 2014

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Top 14 Posts from 2014

Highlighting my favorite 14 blog posts from 2014 - ENJOY!!

(click on each title below to view the entire post)

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Prayer Warrior - Persistence

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5 Fantastic Flowers for Mother's Day

Our Dog Gourdon by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2009AnimalKids_zps1df99435.jpg
My Hubby Makes Me Laugh - Our Dog Gourdon

Blizzard of 78 Replaced by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo IMG_0022_zps9b65a76c.jpg
Blizzard of 78 Replaced by 2014

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Cheeky Squirrel Posing for Pictures

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Living a Childless Life - Dealing with Jealousy

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Photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
"Prado" Sunflowers

Chili Pepper Chocolate Creme Brulee by Angie Ouellette-Tower photo 007_zpsbece2a2b.jpg
Hot Chili Pepper Chocolate Crème Brulee

Easter Eggs by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo IMG_5740_zps3574b863.jpg
Easter Egg Decorating - Electric Tape Stencil Method

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Comforting Green Pastures & Quiet Waters

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My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

Tie Dye by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 2014-08-06_zps8f1993bd.jpg
Tie Dye Back-To-School Clothes

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Triple Celebration Giveaway

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The Great Blog Train Christmas Cookie Bar

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Look Where We Have Traveled in 2014!! #GreatBlogTrain

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2014 was a GREAT year for The Great Blog Train!!
I'd like to thank all of you - the passengers for travelling with us each month!!
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We are looking forward to 2015!! - Join us on Wednesday January 7th, 2015!!

Checkout where we have visited this year (and click on each to view the entire post):
The ADIRONDACKS, NewYork state
DISNEYLAND, California
Cruisin' ALASKA
ALBANY, Georgia

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365 Days of Being THANKFUL - DAY#35

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A few weeks ago I decided that I would start a new series on this blog called: "365 Days of Being THANKFUL".  The more I thought about it the more I felt led by God but then at the same time I started wondering if I would be able to do this for a whole year!  One month of being thankful is measurable let alone hundreds of days!
So, I'm now in the second month of my challenge - I must be able to find something each day that I am thankful for since I am so blessed.
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DAY#35 - Today I am thankful for reminiscing

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Welcome! Wake Up Wednesday Linky 49 & Giveaway

Welcome to another Wonderful #WakeUpWednesdayLinky! #49

               Welcome to the 49th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party


We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had  266 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
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Oh – you know that I am a fan of truffles! We make my Oreo Truffles year-round and love making my Peppermint Oreo Truffles at Christmastime and Pumpkin Truffles for Thanksgiving and Halloween, but these gingerbread truffles are just out of this world!

Benefit's Rockateur Box o Powder will help you "pick up the beat with a rush of heat! This rockin' rose gold cheek powder gives famously provocative flush that turns heads on stage and off. The crowd will go wild for it's sexy, faceted design, accented in luxe gold!." Rockateur is the newest addition to Benefit's Box o Powder range. 

Cuban Slider Sandwiches are the perfect little sandwiches to serve for get-togethers and parties or even game night and they are super easy to make! These delicious little sandwiches are loaded with ham, roast pork and swiss cheese, then topped with mustard and relish! You better make an extra batch because they are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Want a yummy dip recipe to go with them?

A Southern staple, you'll see Pimento Cheese prepared in almost every variation possible. It goes with ease from the simplest lunch table to the most elegant party.

I made this smoky version for a recent family get-together, and it was a big hit. Those people know pimento cheese, y'all, so I know it was good.

Colorful Christmas in The Guest Bedroom
Debbie Dabble

I Will Honour Christmas In My Heart
I will honour Christmas in my heart, 
and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!

This Silly Girl's Life

Oreo cookie balls have become a classic dessert that looks super impressive but are the perfect go-to dessert or snack! Also great for parties, they are super cute! I love this version I made because it looks like a classic chocolate covered cherry but when you bite into it you get a yummy Oreo surprise!

Waffle Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Southern Krazed

Breakfast foods are my favorite foods! I may not always eat them at normal breakfast time, actually I prefer them for supper. Is anyone with me on this? Normally, when you think of a breakfast sandwich, ideas of biscuits, eggs and bacon may come to mind. But, have you ever thought about using waffles instead of biscuits? Check out this easy recipe for a Waffle Breakfast Sandwich! Same egg and bacon, but with a twist of a waffle. And, you can even add the sweet taste of some syrup if you want! 

8 delicious winter soup recipes
dreaming of leaving
the first day of winter is officially upon us and that means soup in this house! soup is a staple in my home now, but growing up that wasn’t really the case. currently i am a huge fan of saving money [who isn’t??], easy and cost effective is best for me! snuggling up to a fire with a warm, delicious bowl of soup is definitely my favorite thing to do on a cold winter night. there is just something so comforting about a big pot of soup, wouldn’t you agree??

DIY Burlap Stockings
Sunshine and a Summer breeze
I feel like my blog has been a little bah-humbug, Christmas is just 1 short week away and I haven't had a chance to do much!
It makes my heart happy to finally get my butt in gear and bring you a cratfy Christmas related post!
I was contacted a few weeks ago by a representative of a company called to see if I would like to receive some of their products to review.
(Ok, you HAVE to go check out their website, they have so many types of burlap to choose from!

Beautiful Christmas Crafts
The Pin Junkie
Need some fresh ideas for Christmas decorating?  Check out these beautiful Christmas crafts.  Don't worry if you're running short on time this year, you can always pin your favorite ideas for next year. (Just be sure to pin from the original source!)  Merry Christmas!

Cozy Felt Pine Cones
Posed Perfection
Are you feeling the Christmas crunch yet? Well, to take your mind off of all you still need to accomplish, I have a quick little craft for you today. I had several readers ask about these Cozy Felt Pine Cones when I posted my Holiday Home Tour and it just didn't seem right to wait until after Christmas to share how to make them.

Fabulous Five Minute Fudge

The Culinary Mama

I’ve seen some people make fudge in the slow cooker, but honestly, who has time for that! This recipe takes only 5 minutes to make and requires NO preparation and the great thing about it is you can make any variations you like to the standard recipe. I made classic chocolate topped with Jaffas and double layer white chocolate with sprinkles.

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