All Things Thursday Blog Hop #30 and Features

Welcome to another week of our All Things Thursday Blog Hop! So glad you are here to party with us, whether it's your first time or 30th. Can you believe this is the last party in January? Wow! The month really flew by! I loved seeing all the fun link ups this week. Here were some of the ones that tickled my fancy ;-)
Clockwise from Top Left
French Toast Roll-Ups by Daily Leisure
Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Salad by Organizer by Day
Crochet Fox Hat Free Pattern by The Stitchin Mommy
DIY Valentine's Day Burlap Gift Bags by The Casual Craftlete

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies
You know how there are some recipes you just know are going to be winners? Well, this recipe for Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies is definitely one of them. Brown sugar, butter and oatmeal...what's not to love? It's a cookie that will leave you begging for more...and I ate plenty more than I should have ;-) 
If you follow me on Instagram (If you don't, I'd be over the moon if you would!), you probably saw that my kiddos had a piano recital this past weekend. Will you allow me to brag on them for a moment?  They've been taking piano lessons for about 4 1/2 years and I couldn't be more pleased with their accomplishments on the piano. They have already exceeded the number of years I played an instrument (violin -3 years), and I don't see my daughter stopping anytime soon. My son is reluctantly still taking the lessons, but would much rather learn guitar...I might give in next year and let him switch. Still, they both work hard during the year and it shows on recital day. I don't know where they got their nerves of steel in front of crowds, but it wasn't from me...it must have been from their grandparents, or other relatives. Have I mentioned Josh Groban is a distant cousin? 

So, back to the cookies...Their teacher invited some of the parents to bring cookies for a small reception after the recital. I knew these would be the perfect ones to take along with us. Soft and chewy, these babies were bursting with flavor and proved to be a big hit.
Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies
Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies (from package of Hershey's Cinnamon Chips)
(makes 4 dozen cookies)

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 (10 oz.) bag Hershey's Cinnamon Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, brown sugar and white sugar together until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and baking soda; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in oats and cinnamon chips. Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute before moving to wire rack. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

If, for some reason, you aren't able to find Hershey's Cinnamon Chips, these cookies would probably be delicious with just about any kind of chip in them. Do you need to bring treats to Super Bowl parties this weekend? These might just get you an MVP!

Need more cookie inspiration?
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel

Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Let me just start off saying that I don't normally do a lot of decorating for Valentine's Day. Last year, I did much more than I usually do because my daughter wanted a Valentine's themed birthday party. This year, I just didn't have the heart to get rid of my beautiful red poinsettia plants after Christmas, so they became the starting point for my Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Now, I know I may get laughed right out of the blogosphere for using poinsettias to decorate beyond Christmas, but I am a "make do with what ya got" kinda gal. The poinsettias are a gorgeous deep red and still looking relatively healthy. There is no need for them to go by the wayside. After I made my Paper Strip Heart Garland and put it up on the mantel with the poinsettias, it just kinda came together from there.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
I used some heart themed tissue paper from the dollar store to wrap the pots of the plants and flanked them on either side of the large round clock. On one side, I placed a cute little white lantern that my mom brought to us just before Christmas filled with yummy candies. The candy is long gone, so I put a couple of our puffy fabric hearts inside that we made last year and topped it off with a red gingham ribbon.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Along with my "Delight yourself in the Lord" board, I placed some faux branches to fill in some of the space in the middle.
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
On the other side of the mantel, I went with a simple red pillar candle on a silver holder. Did you notice that my Valentine Stamped Shim Markers are making an appearance here too?
Thrifty Valentine's Day Mantel
Of course, draped along the front is the Paper Strip Heart Garland I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

Finally, on the hearth, I placed a basket of the Drop Cloth Heart Pillows and more of the puffy hearts from last year. (Scamp thought he might like to be in this shot too. How could I refuse that face?)

So, basically, this mantel decor cost me $1.00 and some change...and that was just for the tissue paper. Everything else was shopped from the house, except the poinsettias, of course, but they were left over from Christmas. I don't know what I'll do if these plants make it past Valentine's Day. A dear friend of mine has kept hers alive from last Christmas and it is a beautiful green plant...maybe all the red leaves will fall off of mine in time for spring decorating ;-)

Do you go all out for the Day of Love? Or just put a few Valentine touches here and there? Thanks so much for stopping by! I love it when you visit with me!

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Food for the Soul ~ Psalm 62:11

Hello, Friends! I hope you have had a great weekend so far. I just wanted to share this little bit of encouragement from God's Word with you today. When I took this picture, it made me think of how desperate we feel sometimes, perhaps even forgotten by God. In our anxiousness or even debilitating loneliness, it can feel like our very soul is dried up and broken. Take heart, my friend.  God has not forsaken you. He longs to quench your thirst with Living Water and wants to supply all your needs.

"One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: 
that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord are loving."
Psalm 62:11

No matter what you are going through, no matter how bleak things look, the Lord your God is willing and able to carry your burden. He is mighty and He loves you so much. Will you take Him at His Word?

Nutter Butter Love Bugs

Here we are...another weekend is upon us and January is drawing to a close. I am always amazed at how fast the weeks fly by. You may be starting to get ready for Valentine's Day parties, so I thought I'd share an easy little treat for your funny Valentines...Nutter Butter Love Bugs.
Nutter Butter Love Bugs
I will admit to you that I had great intentions of making some cute Nutter Butter treats in the fall and then again over Christmas, but they just didn't happen. There were so many cute ideas out there too...reindeer, snowmen, and even polar bears were made out of Nutter Butter cookies. I just wasn't on the ball enough to get it done. So, this week I started thinking about what to do with these packages of Nutter Butters I had sitting around. As I held up the cookies and examined them, the Love Bug idea came to me.
Nutter Butter Love Bugs
To make your own Love Bugs, here's what you'll need: Nutter Butter cookies, almond bark, food coloring, sprinkles, candy eyes, mini chocolate chips and thinly sliced Craisins (for the antennae). I am the queen of "making do", so I just looked through the pantry to find the items I needed to make these little critters. You could also use pretzel twists for the "wings"...just an idea. For each Love Bug you will need 2 cookies, one for the wings and the other for the body. We dipped the "wings" in pink almond bark and decorated them with sprinkles while they were still wet.
Nutter Butter Love Bugs
The bodies were dipped in plain almond bark and decorated with candy eyes and thinly sliced Craisins for the antennae, as well as a mini chocolate chip for the nose.
Nutter Butter Love Bugs
I thought they looked a little plain, so I added some stripes with the pink almond bark.
Nutter Butter Love Bugs
When you have the two parts ready, simply attach them with a little more almond bark and allow to dry completely. That's all there is to it. Have fun with them...use what you have to give your Love Bugs some personality. Sure, they are a little quirky, but the kiddos will love them. Have you used Nutter Butter cookies to make holiday treats?

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All Things Thursday Blog Hop #29 and Features

Welcome, welcome! So glad you are here to party with us this week! We love to see all the projects you've been working on! Here are some of the posts that caught my eye from last week's party:

Clockwise from Top Left
Button Trimmed Dishtowels by Pink Polka Dot Creations
Broccoli Cheese Soup by 550 Westmount
Frozen Green Cubes of Power by Go-Go Mountain Girl
Button Heart by Creative Home Expressions
A Knitter's Dream Basket by Made by Chrissie D
Winter Energy Cookies by Yesterfood

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Valentine Stamped Shim Markers

Happy Hump Day! Hope your week is going well. I've been dealing with some nasty seasonal allergies, as well as computer issues. I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Anyway, we're coming up on Valentine's Day in a couple of weeks and I've been doing a little dabbling in the craft department. Remember way back last year when I shared the Shim-tastic Box? Well, I had lots of leftover shims from that project. The ones that were painted white, I turned into these sweet Valentine Stamped Shim Markers. 
Valentine Stamped Shim Markers
Nothing fancy, they are an easy way to convey a little message of love and appreciation to someone special in your life.
Valentine Stamped Shim Markers
I simply spread acrylic paint onto the alphabet stamps with a foam brush, and then pressed the stamps onto the painted shims.
Valentine Stamped Shim Markers
I chose some letters that spelled out "love", "hugs" and even "xoxo". (I was inspired to do this while I was stamping the Drop Cloth Heart Pillows.)
Valentine Stamped Shim Markers
You don't have to be limited to Valentine's Day phrases for these markers. You could stamp "Thank You" or "Congrats". How about markers for your indoor herb garden? There are so many possibilities for this simple craft. Get the kiddos involved and let your imagination go wild!

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Oatmeal-Buttermilk Pancakes

Good Morning to you! Over Christmas Break, we had one of my son's friends stay the night and I asked him if I should plan on making Cowboy Coffee Cake for breakfast. His response was, "Mom, no, you always make that when we have friends stay over!" Really? He thought we'd be getting doughnuts...I don't think so Mr. Banks!{Can you name that movie?} I decided to try out this healthy recipe for Oatmeal-Buttermilk Pancakes instead, since hungry growing boys make good guinea pigs ;-)
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes
The texture was quite a bit different than what I'm used to for pancakes, but they were delicious and hearty! I added some chocolate chips to up the yumminess factor. Want to know what was music to my ears after I served these to the boys? "Mrs. Higby, can you give this recipe to my mom?" and "Mom, can I have these for breakfast tomorrow too?" Ahhh, keep singing, boys! Keep singing!
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes
Farmhouse Oatmeal Pancakes
from The Wildflower Inn (makes 10-12 pancakes)

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Combine the oats and buttermilk and let soak for 15-30 minutes. At the end of that time, add eggs and butter, stirring well. Next add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and optional chocolate chips. {note: I sprinkled my chocolate chips on the pancakes when they were on the griddle, rather than stirring them into the batter.) Stir gently. Let rise for about 10 minutes. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, ladle batter onto medium hot, lightly greased grill. Cook until golden on each side. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes with Chocolate Chips
I'd say they were a definite hit in our house. Though my son's friend was a bit disappointed that we didn't have Cowboy Coffee Cake, he was happy to down a few of these hearty pancakes. The added chocolate chips made these pancakes all the more special. Do you have a certain breakfast you serve when you have guests staying over night?

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Food for the Soul ~ Romans 5:8

I just love this verse of Scripture. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." God, in His mercy, meets us where we are...in the depths of our sin. We have done nothing to merit His good favor. He did it (paid our debt - Romans 6:23) to show just how deep and how wide His love for us really is. What a Savior! Wishing you a beautiful week of knowing just how much God loves you!

Drop Cloth Heart Pillows


Got some leftover drop cloth scraps? Don't throw them away... whip up some of these adorable Drop Cloth Heart Pillows for some easy Valentine's decor!
Wow! Where did the week go? We are steam rolling through the month of January. I've got February 14th on the mind these days and have been working with my ever useful drop cloth to create some fun Valentine's Drop Cloth Heart Pillows. Want to see how I made them?
Drop Cloth Heart Pillows
Here's what you'll need to make your own: drop cloth, red acrylic paint, painter's tape, alphabet rubber stamps, foam brush, round paint dauber, sewing machine and needle and thread.
Painting Drop Cloth Heart Pillows
I started by creating a heart shaped template, tracing it out on the drop cloth and cutting it out. I've always loved the look of the french linen pillows and wanted to make something similar. For the striped fabric, I taped off the stripes and using a foam brush, painted on the red stripes. The painter's tape worked like a charm for crisp straight lines.
Stamping Drop Cloth Heart Pillows
On one of the pillows, I used the tape as a guide to stamp the letters of "LOVE" across the heart. To ink up the stamps, I simply used a foam brush to apply the paint directly to the stamp and immediately press onto the fabric in the designated place. (If you do this, you'll want to clean the stamp immediately.)
Drop Cloth Heart Pillows
I stamped another heart with big red dots. (I think this one is my favorite...polka dots are so cheery!)

When the fabric was dry, I set to making the hearts into pillows. Using my sewing machine, I sewed some of the hearts with the right sides together to hide the seam, and others, I left with a raw edge. I think I like these best ;-) After they were sewn, I stuffed them with a little bit of poly fill.
Drop Cloth Heart Pillows
Finally, I did a little whip stitch to finish some of them off, and the ones with raw edges were finished off on the sewing machine.

This was another "no cost" project for me, as I continued using the large panel of drop cloth I purchased to make the Stenciled Drop Cloth Pillows this fall.
Got some leftover drop cloth scraps? Don't throw them away... whip up some of these adorable Drop Cloth Heart Pillows for some easy Valentine's decor!
Whether a sweet decorative touch in a vignette or a whole basket full of them, these Drop Cloth Heart Pillows are sure to plump up the love factor in your home. Imagine filling them with potpourri to give as a teacher gift or just a little something to brighten a friend's day and let them know just how special they are to you.

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All Things Thursday Blog Hop #28 and Features

Welcome back to another week of our All Things Thursday Blog Hop! We're so excited to see you here! How is your January going so far? Have you been working on projects? Making yummy dinners? We want to see it all! Before we get to the party, here are some of the projects/recipes that caught my eye from last week's hop.

Clockwise from Top Left
XOXO Anthropologie Inspired Pillows by View from the Fridge
Preserving Your Own Food: Why Bother? by Seven Springs Homestead
Cookie Dough Stuffed Brownies by Lamberts Lately
Painted Wallpaper in Laundry Room by Techie's DIY Adventures

From healthier recipes to DIY projects, homemaking skills and beyond, you all bring your best to the table! Have I told you how much you inspire me? Well, you do. If you were featured, I'd love for you to grab a button!
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