Link Party Palooza #155

Welcome back to the Link Party Palooza! I hope you all had a wonderful week! I can’t wait to see your ideas and feature YOU! Check back next Friday night to see if you were featured!

Features

Here are some of our favorites from last week’s link party. There were so many fabulous projects and recipes shared!LPPJamielyn

Smores-Bites-Recipe

Yummy S’mores Bites from Suburban Simplicity

front view of table, MyLove2Create

Rustic Industrial Table from My Love 2 Create
LPPDesiree

Painted-Cane-Chairs

New Blue Cane Chairs Plus How to Use a Paint Sprayer from The Painted Hive

LPPKristyn

Succulent-Ruler-Planter

DIY Succulent Ruler Planter from Giggles Galore

LPPSteph

Blueberry-French-Toast-Muffins-Pin

Blueberry French Toast Muffins from The Many Little Joys

Here are some favorites from I Heart Nap Time this week:

Mexican Chopped Salad with Chipotle Dressing... an easy and delicious summertime meal!

Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing

Easy Cookie Decorating... the perfect back-to-school gift for teachers, and kids of any age can help!

Easy Cookie Decorating

Roadtripcarkit_IHeartNaptime

Road Trip Games + Mom’s Car Kit

Strawberry Burrata Salad with a Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry, pistachio, and burrata salad with a poppyseed dressing …super fresh, flavorful and satisfying!

I’m super excited to share this new salad recipe with you today. It’s perfect for summer, or anytime really. I recently discovered my love of burrata cheese after trying it in a salad at a local restaurant and have been putting it on everything ever since! It is so good. Why didn’t anyone tell me about it sooner? I’ve definitely been seeing this cheese as a new trend for salads and it really is amazing. It tastes great in salads, on top of pizzas and toast.

The inspiration to my Strawberry Burrata Salad... these delicious Curate bars!

 

I’ve partnered with Curate for this post and the Curate Irresistible Dark Chocolate (my favorite snack bars) inspired this recipe. The main ingredients in the bar that I wanted to incorporate in my recipe were the strawberries and pistachios. Such a delicious combination and the flavors blend so well. There really is so much flavor in this salad.

Strawberry, pistachio, and burrata salad with a poppyseed dressing ...super fresh, flavorful and satisfying! A beautiful salad for anytime!

I introduced the Curate Snack Bars here and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. The Irresistible Dark Chocolate includes: Dark chocolate, pistachios, and strawberries to make the perfect trio. The berries add a bright note to rich toasted oats, quinoa, and almond butter. They are available at retailers nationwide. Have you tried them yet?

These Curate bars are delicious and come in so many different flavors!

Okay, back to this delicious salad. I wanted to share this trick I recently discovered on the cooking channel for keeping your dressing smooth and creamy. All you need to do is place an ice cube in the salad dressing and whisk (or shake in a jar) for 30 seconds. Then remove the ice cube :)Strawberry Burrata Salad... making the Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Burrata Salad Ingredients

All you need for this burrata salad is a spring mix/and or kale, strawberries, avocados, pistachios and burrata cheese. Then layer it all in a large bowl, drizzle the poppyseed dressing over the top of the salad and toss it all together.

Strawberry Burrata Salad... adding the delicious Poppyseed Dressing

Thinking I need to make this salad again for lunch. SO so good and easy to make!

Strawberry Burrata Salad with Poppyseed Dressing... this salad is delicious!

Strawberry Burrata Salad with a Poppyseed Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Salad ingredients:

  • 8 cups Spring salad (could also use spinach or kale)
  • 1 to 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 to 2 avocados, sliced
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 ball burrata cheese, sliced (could also substitute with mozzarella or feta)

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Shake of salt

Directions:

Place the spring salad in a large bowl. Layer the strawberries, avocados, pistachios and burrata cheese on top of the lettuce. You can use a pre-made poppyseed dressing, or place the dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake together. Add an ice cube and shake around for 30 seconds and then remove the ice cube. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss together.

Strawberry, pistachio, and burrata salad with a poppyseed dressing ...super fresh, flavorful and satisfying!

ENJOY! :)

This post was brought to you by Curate. All opinions are 100% my own. Find more information about their products on their website or connect with them @curatesnacks. #TasteCurate

Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers – bring authentic cooking home with a simple marinade, tender chicken and colorful vegetables. It only takes a few minutes to make this meal – and is sure to become a family favorite.

Kabobs and skewers often get a bad rap. Threading pieces of meat and clunky vegetables alternately on sticks to get grilled; then realizing your veggies are still crunchy when the meat is done. Nothing tastes just right. Well hold on to your bamboo skewers, because these little kabobs are going to knock your summer socks off.

Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers – a delicious and easy family meal, sure to become your new favorite!

I grill all sorts of things over at TaraTeaspoon.com. The meats and chicken I take the time to marinate first are always the stand-outs, like my tangy Lamb and Vegetable Kabobs. Even a quick 30 minute marinade like the Korean-inspired recipe here, impart massive amounts of flavor into the meat. Chicken especially soaks up marinades perfectly.

Easy tips to making skewers successful!

I start my Korean kabobs with flavors like garlic, ginger and soy sauce. Almost like a Japanese yakitori sauce or teriyaki sauce. I add a kick of acid from rice wine vinegar and some sesame oil for a real pop of Asian flavor. I included a splash of corn syrup because Korean kabobs are typically sweet. I didn’t want too much, but just a little helps the chicken and veggies caramelize on the grill.

Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers – gathering all the ingredients!

I cut colorful, sweet vegetables like red and yellow bell peppers and mild scallions all to the same size. My chicken gets cut to this same size as well. That way, everything cooks evenly and is done at the same time. It’s also more fun for little hands and mouths to eat if you’re feeding the kids. Feel free to experiment with other vegetables, just remember to cut them to this same size.

Getting the Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers prepped - this is so easy!Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers are incredibly easy to make!

Once the chicken has marinated, only about 30 minutes, it’s ready for the grill. Discard the marinade and thread the colorful veggies and chicken onto your soaked skewers. I soak the skewers so they don’t burn on the grill. They only need a few minutes of cooking. Everything is cut so small, that 2 to 3 minutes on each side is all it takes.

Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers – your new family favorite dinner! Tips for making successful skewers that cook uniformly, too! The kids will love eating their own skewers with some rice. I love to make sticky sushi rice, but long grain white rice or hearty brown rice is just as tasty. If you’re feeling extra authentic, serve some kimchi on the side. It’s a fermented pickled cabbage condiment that is very classic Korean.

I sprinkled the skewers with some cilantro and extra sesame seeds for garnish.

If you love a good grilled dinner, try my Sunshine Chicken Skewers as well. Also great for little hands at dinner, or beautiful for a potluck summer party arranged on a platter.

Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers

Korean bbq is flavorful and simple to prepare. Try other veggies on these skewers too, cut to the same size, such as shiitake mushrooms, snow peas and asparagus.

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • Marinade:
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Skewers:
  • 12 6-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 scallions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • Cilantro leaves
  • 1 jar kimchi for serving
  • 3 cups cooked rice

Directions:

  1. For the marinade whisk together the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sugar, corn syrup, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Set aside.
  2. For the skewers, slice chicken, scallions and bell peppers into strips all the same size, about ½-inch-by-2-inches. Add the chicken to the marinade, cover the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Thread the chicken strips onto the skewers with the scallions and bell peppers about halfway down each skewer. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Brush grill with oil and cook skewers for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until the chicken is cooked and veggies are tender.
  4. Serve sprinkled with cilantro alongside rice and kimchi.

Korean Grilled Chicken and Veggie Skewers – bring authentic cooking home with a simple marinade, tender chicken and colorful vegetables.

Thanks, Tara!

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Road Trip Games + Mom’s Car Kit

Road trip games + Mom’s car kit …the ultimate guide to helping you be prepared for your next road trip with kids.

Going on road trips is one of my favorite things to do. If I could travel somewhere new with my family every month I totally would. Recently we traveled to VA beach to visit my husbands family and had such a blast there. It was about an 11 hour drive, so with 3 young kids I had to come up with lots of road trip games and the ultimate mom car kit.

Today I am partnering with OFF!® because personal repellents are among the essentials in my car kit. There’s nothing that can ruin a vacation more than being bit by a dozen mosquitoes! Am I right? ;)

I think the ultimate key to a successful road trip is to be prepared. Here are 3 things we do to try and make sure we are covered.Fun road trip game ideas + 7 FREE printable kids worksheets

Road trip games

One of my kids’ favorite things to do on road trips is to make up different games or play some of the classics. Here are a few of my family’s favorites:

  • I spy with my little eye something that is ___ (then you name a color and everyone guesses)
  • The license plate game …basically all you do is have each person participating write down as many different states that they can. Whoever sees the most states wins!
  • 21 questions – guess what a person is thinking in less than 21 questions.
  • The counting game – see how high you can collectively count as a group, one person each taking a turn.
  • The alphabet game- try to go through the whole alphabet by finding letters on signs
  • Battle of the bands- singing your favorite songs and matching the lyrics

Kids’ Activity Worksheets

I also love to bring along a binder for each kid with coloring pages and activity worksheets. I have these fun sheets available to you for your next trip! These would even be good to have on hand for the next time your kids tell your they’re bored this summer too. ;)

  • summer word explorer
  • summer sudoku
  • tic tac toe
  • connect the dots
  • hang man
  • reading chart
  • draw & write sheet
  • summer fun list
  • sort the words
  • keen eye

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FREE PRINTABLE kids' worksheets ...perfect for putting in a binder for road trips!

Road trip car kit

One thing I love to keep in the car for road trips is a dedicated “car kit.” I don’t know about you, but when our van is packed, it is packed to the brim. So if someone needs something out of their suit case it’s going to be a process to find it. So recently I have started putting all our essentials and things we might need into this kit that is easily accessible. Here’s a few things we keep inside:

  • Towel or blanket
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • OFF!® personal repellent
  • Grocery sack or trash bag
  • First aid kit
  • Extra diapers (if traveling with a baby)
  • Flash light
  • Extra water bottles
  • Extra change of clothes

 

DIY car kit ...this list will definitely come in hand for our next road trip! I’ve always got my sunscreen and OFF!® personal insect repellent in my kit for whenever we make a spontaneous stop outdoors. I am ALL about protecting my family and myself from mosquito bites. I know it’s sometimes feels like one extra step in our busy lives, but it is totally worth the one extra step it in my opinion. I swear if I don’t apply insect repellent to myself and kids before going on walks we would get eaten alive. There’s nothing I hate worse than being bitten by mosquitoes.

I still remember visiting Bear Lake as a little girl and not wearing any insect repellent. My mom literally counted 100 mosquito bites and I remember my whole body feeling like it was on fire. My mom told me I must have really sweet blood and I’ve worn OFF!® personal repellent spray ever since! 

Heading on a road trip? Make sure to create the ultimate car kit with #OffAlwaysOn #ad

I’d love to hear what tips you have on road trips. What are your favorite road trip games?

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Teddy Bear Jello Pool

Teddy Bear Jello Pool… these little guys make a great summer treat! Refreshing Jello and a dollop of whipped cream make for a yummy treat everyone will love!

One of my favorite summer activities is baking and crafting with my little ones!

Teddy Bear Jello Pool... make this cool treat with your little ones today!

Sometimes a cool and refreshing treat is just what the hot summer days are made for.  My little guys loved these fun little teddy bear characters but you could easily swap them out for some candy fish or gummy octopus candies.

Teddy Bear Jello Pool Supplies:

Blue Raspberry Jello

Whipped Topping

Life Saver Candies

Teddy Bear cookies

Drink umbrellas, optional

Clear drink cups, small

Teddy Bear Jello Pool Directions:

Prepare your Jello according to the package and pour into  small clear cups.  Allow to refrigerate until Jello is fully set.

Teddy Bear Jello Pool... preparing the Jello cups

Place a small dollop of whipped topping on one half of the Jello.

Teddy Bear Jello Pool... adding the Coolwhip

Now this is my favorite part :)

Take those cute and delicious little teddy bear cookies and place them in the middle hole of the Life Saver candy.

Add your Teddy Bears, umbrellas and any other edible embellishments to your Jello and enjoy a cool, kid friendly treat!

Teddy Bear Jello Pool.... putting the Teddy Grahams in Lifesaver "floaties"

Teddy Bear Jello Pool

Ingredients:

Blue Raspberry Jello

Whipped Topping

Life Saver Candies

Teddy Bear cookies

Drink umbrellas, optional

Clear drink cups, small

Directions:

Prepare your Jello according to the package and pour into  small clear cups.  Allow to refrigerate until Jello is fully set.

Place a small dollop of whipped topping on one half of the Jello.

Take those cute and delicious little teddy bear cookies and place them in the middle hole of the Life Saver candy.

Add your Teddy Bears, umbrellas and any other edible embellishments to your Jello and enjoy a cool, kid friendly treat!

Thanks, Katie!

Teddy Bear Jello Pool... these little guys make a great summer treat! Refreshing Jello and a dollop of whipped cream make for a yummy treat everyone will love!

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