Link Party Palooza #150

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

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Lavender Lemonade Cupcakes from The Simple Sweet Life

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Do It Herself Beverage Station from The Casual Craftlete

LPPDesiree

DIY Wood Picture Frame

Easy DIY Wood Picture Frame from Thistlewood Farm

LPPJen

S'mores in a Jar

S’mores in a Jar from A Little Clarieification

LPPKristyn

Watermelon Lemonaide

Watermelon Lemonaide from Giggles Galore

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Fourth of July Pom Pom Flag Pillow from The Craft Patch

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

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One Pot Goulash Recipe

DIY Firework Ribbon Wand - an easy DIY to do with the kids, and perfect for a safe celebration of the 4th of July

DIY Firework Ribbon Wands

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches – a perfect dinner for hot summer nights!

 Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board and easy entertaining ideas for a simple weekend gathering with friends.

I am SO excited to show you my new white kitchen table. I recently spotted the Charlotte Pedestal Table from Ave Raw and fell in LOVE! The curves are absolutely gorgeous. I knew it would look perfect painted white with a little bit of distressing. It definitely brightens up my kitchen and makes it feel more open.

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board... a beautiful new dressed table really opens up the kitchen!

I found these awesome metal blue chairs to go with the table and I think they go along perfectly. I used a Chalk Paint decorative paint to finish it and used my distressing technique. I even made a little video tutorial for you below. I used the same steps as I did on this dresser. :)

Once my table was painted, I picked up a fresh bunch of flowers for the top. I hosted a BBQ last weekend, so I knew I wanted something simple to spruce up the space.

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board -- beautiful peonies

One thing I’ve learned over the past few years, is that you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen (or on making decor for that matter) to create a nice looking spread.

Since I had a pretty new table, a vase full of pink peonies on top was a must. Aren’t they gorgeous?! Fresh flowers are a must in my book when it comes to entertaining. They are the simplest way to decorate a table.

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board... an easy cheese board is perfect for entertaining

Another thing I love to do is have appetizers set out on the table. This past weekend I created this delicious cheese board with all kind of different cheese, meats and spreads. I like to have a variety, so everyone has something they love. Here’s what I included:

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board Elements:

  • Water/multigrain crackers
  • French baguette, sliced
  • Pita bread, cut into triangles
  • Salame
  • Prosciutto
  • Pistachios
  • Cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
  • Gouda cheese
  • Brie cheese (recipe below)
  • Green olives
  • Hummus
  • Jam

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board.... drizzling hone on bree

Baked Brie with Honey

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Total Time: 8 to 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Brie cheese rind
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons of honey

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the brie in half. Wrap a baking sheet with foil and then place the brie rind on the foil. Drizzle the honey over the top.

Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the cheese has started to melt out. Enjoy with french baguettes or crackers.

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board... an easy place setting and everything is ready!

You could also set your table with a simple place setting. All I did was place the plates on top of chargers and then a napkin on top of the plate. Then for the name tag I cut off a few branches for my boxwood bushes outside and place them inside of a name tag.
DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board... the new table was so easy to DIY and have ready for a fun party

Are you swooning over the pedestal table yet? I seriously fall more in love every time I walk by!

DIY Chalk Paint Table + Cheese Board... love putting an easy cheese plate, ideal for entertaining!

So there you have it, some of my simple tips for painting a table and creating a cheese board for your friends!

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Citrus Coasters

Citrus Coasters –  a fun and summery way to serve delicious drinks to your guests!

Sometimes the special touches for your family parties and gatherings are all in the details right?!  These citrus coasters are not only perfect for the summer time but add a fun pop of color to your table!

Citrus Coasters - an easy DIY for your cool summer drinks!

You can use them for hot drinks during the cool summer nights or cool drinks during the heat of the day.  The coasters are made of of felt and can be used over and over again. I was able to make these three coasters in under 30 minutes and they are really inexpensive as well.

Citrus Coasters Supplies:

  • Felt, in the summery colors you love
  • Drinking Glass or circle template similar in size
  • Glue or Sewing Machine

Citrus Coasters Directions:

Cut out two circle shapes, making one slightly larger than the other to create a contrasting edge. Cut out 6 triangle shape felt pieces to be the “citrus slices.”

Citrus Coasters - putting them together

Lay your “citrus slices: where you want them on the main circle.  I also cut a little slit in one of my slices just for a little texture :)

Citrus Coasters - pieces in place, these are so easy to make!

Now you can either sew your pieces on or glue them on.  I did one of each and I like the look of each of them. However, not sewing them is a bit faster if you are short on time ;)

Citrus Coasters - stitching all the elements together

 

Citrus Coasters - lined up, ready to use!

Thanks, Katie!

Citrus Coasters - an easy DIY to freshen up your summer table, while taking care of your ice-cold drinks!

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Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game

Keep your kids entertained with this Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game! It’s easy to put together and fun for young children.

Last year, I created a fun board game to help my kids learn about emotions. It was a HUGE hit.

Keep your kids entertained with this Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game! It's easy to put together and fun for young children.

I wasn’t expecting them to be as into it as they were and they asked to play it over and over again. I can’t believe it took me a year to create another one because this is an awesome way to beat boredom in the summer!

Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game - fun and easy to print at home!

My kids are old enough that they already know all their colors and shapes, but they still like to play this game. I would recommend this for preschool age to about 2nd grade, but older kids might like it, too!

To make the Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game, you’ll need:

  • Free Printable, for personal use only
  • White card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Game Pieces (I used our Sorry game pieces)

Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game - the perfect summer boredom buster! Easy to print at home, and fun for the whole family!

Print printables on white card stock. Next, cut out paper dice, fold at each line, then glue the flaps to the inside of the box. Then you’ll cut out play cards.

To play this game, you’ll lay the cards face down; then a player will choose a card. The cards say roll a color, roll a shape, or will tell you to move forward or backward. You will either move your game piece or roll the die according to the card. If you roll one of the dice, move your game piece to whatever shape or color it lands on.

The Shapes and Colors Printable Board Game as easy instructions and free printables!

Since it’s so hot where I live, we need to have a lot of indoor activities like this printable board game. Either that or we have to go on a road trip (and of course, I have printables for that, too!)

What do you do to keep the kids busy in the summer?

Thanks, Erin!

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One Pot Goulash Recipe

One Pot Goulash Recipe – a classic favorite dish packed with more flavor! Everything is made in one pot (including the noodles) and is done in 30 minutes.

This is one of those comfort food recipes and this one tastes just like the one my mom made for me when I was a child, but packed with more flavor! I always loved when my mom made goulash growing up. She called it something else, which I can’t remember now (maybe just hamburger and noodles… who knows), but I think it’s more universally known as goulash. :)One Pot Goulash Recipe - a classic favorite packed with more flavor! Everything is made in one pot (including the noodles) and is done in 30 minutes.

The best thing about this dish is it’s made in one pot in less than 30 minutes. I love that you don’t have to cook the noodles in a separate pan. Can’t beat that! Perfect for those busy week nights. I think I need a one pot meal every night of my life. Another favorite is my one pot burrito bowls… you’ll have to give that recipe a try as well!

For this recipe, basically all you need to do is brown the hamburger with some garlic, seasonings and onion. Then you’ll add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, sweet corn, chicken broth, tomato sauce and noodles to the pot and let simmer 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are tender.Fresh cut veggies for One Pot Goulash Recipe

I love adding fresh chopped onions and bell peppers to this goulash recipe. The orange and red peppers are my favorite to use.Freshly grated cheese for One Pot Goulash Recipe

Then of course you’ll want to sprinkle cheese over top to make it extra yummy. Seriously, give me all the cheese. It’s much better when it’s been freshly grated too. There’s just something about it.

Here's my favorite One Pot Goulash Recipe ...tastes just like the one my mom used to make with more flavor!

One Pot Goulash

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or orange bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (such as lawry's)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can sweet corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups dry elbow noodles
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh chopped basil, for serving, optional

Directions:

In a large pot add beef, onion and peppers. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until brown. Drain any grease if needed. Stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce. Allow to cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sweet corn, chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a light simmer and then stir in noodles. Stir, and then cover with a lid. Allow to cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Stir every few minutes to prevent the noodles from sticking.

Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Sprinkle cheese over top and cover with the lid for one minute, or until the cheese has melted. Add fresh basil if desired. Serve while hot!

This makes a great freezer meal. Place any leftovers in a 8x8" metal tin and wrap with foil. Then place inside a ziptop bag and label with the date. When ready to eat, place in the refrigerator to thaw overnight and then cook at 350°F for 30-45 minutes, or until hot. You could also top with more cheese before baking.

One Pot Goulash Recipe, so GOOD! Everything is made in one pot (including the noodles) and is done in 30 minutes.

ENJOY! :)

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