Link Party Palooza #77

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 on Sunday afternoon to see if you were featured! :D

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Make sure you check out last week’s features HERE. We’ve got 20 DIY Valentine’s Day ideas for you and your kiddos to pass out to friends and neighbors!

20 DIY Valentine's Ideas

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If you still need to get some more Valentine’s decor in your home, check out this awesome mantle from The Diary of Daves Wife. I love the marquee letters and the little trees!

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Here are some favorites from I Heart Naptime this week:

Chocolate peanut butter buckeye brownies

Buckeye bars recipe

Organizing cupboards

Organize kitchen cupboards

Spinach and Artichoke French Bread Pizza

Spinach and Artichoke French Bread Pizza by Kristin of Yellow Bliss Road for I Heart Nap Time.

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip meets crusty french Bread. It’s the perfect combination!

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I have had a slight obsession for the spinach and artichoke combination for quite a while now. My Spinach Artichoke Dip is positively my favorite dip ever. Since we are kind of obsessed with French Bread Pizza too, I thought why not marry the two and create a delicious and savory Spinach and Artichoke French Bread Pizza!

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It’s also incredibly easy to make. I always have these ingredients on hand so that I can make this for a meal or appetizer when I get the craving. You’ll need frozen spinach, a can of marinated artichokes, cream cheese, Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and some spices. And don’t forget the bread – I actually prefer to use a French Baguette rather than a larger loaf of French Bread; with the larger loaf it’s just too much bread and the spinach and artichoke flavors kind of get lost. But you could just as easily use the larger loaf if it suits your fancy.

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Doesn’t that look just amazing? Ok, so back to the recipe.

You’ll start by sauteing some garlic briefly in a pan to bring out the flavor. Then remove the pan from the heat and add in the remaining ingredients, except the bread.

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Spinach and Artichoke French Bread Pizza on iheartnaptime.com

Slice the baguette in half vertically and brush the halves with olive oil. Divide the spinach and artichoke mixture onto the bread halves and top with a generous amount of Mozzarella cheese. Place the pizzas under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly. Let them cool slightly before cutting or you’ll end up losing the cheese.

Slice into small pieces for a delicious appetizer, or serve them whole for a nice cheesy lunch or light dinner.

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Spinach Artichoke French Bread Pizza

Ingredients:

1 Baguette, cut into four pieces, then sliced vertically

Olive Oil

1-14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

1-8 oz. cup chopped spinach, drained and chopped

4 oz. package light cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1 cup shredded mozzarella, divided

Directions:

Heat olive in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute in the pan for about 30 seconds. Watch carefully that it doesn't burn. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the remaining ingredients, except 1/2 cup of Mozzarella and the bread. Stir until all is well combined.

Brush the baguette halves with olive oil. Divide the spinach and artichoke mixture onto the bread halves and top with a sprinkling Mozzarella cheese.

Place the pizzas under the broiler set to high until the cheese is bubbly.

Slice into small pieces for a delicious appetizer, or serve them whole for a nice cheesy lunch or light dinner.

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If you enjoyed this recipes, I’ve got lots more delicious appetizers over at Yellow Bliss Road!

Hearty vegetable soup

One-pot hearty vegetable soup. Easy to make, healthy and completely delicious!

One of my all time favorite things to make during the winter is soup with homemade rolls. Perfect on a cold snowy day. This soup is filled with tons of veggies and my kids even love it. The best part is the leftovers freeze beautifully. Just place in a zip top bag and then when you’re ready to eat, thaw and reheat.

One-pot hearty vegetable soup. Easy to make, healthy and completely delicious! Also a whole 30 recipe!

PS -This soup is also whole 30 approved. It is one I made often when I was doing the whole 30. It’s still one I make today because it is just that good!

One-pot hearty vegetable soup. Easy to make, healthy and completely delicious! Also a whole 30 recipe!

Hearty vegetable soup

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can rotel
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tomatoes, diced

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute. Next stir in the ground beef and cook until browned. Drain any remaining fat.

Stir in potatoes, celery and carrots, rotel, tomato sauce and water. Bring to a light simmer and then stir in the balsamic vinegar, chili powder, salt, pepper and tomatoes.

Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Top with fresh basil if desired.

This soup freezes great!

Enjoy!

Looking for more soup recipes? You’ll love these too:

Asian Stuffed Mushrooms

Asian Stuffed Mushrooms by Karen of The Food Charlatan for I Heart NaptimeAsian stuffed mushrooms on iheartnaptime.com

Hi! I’m Karen, and I’m a recovering charlatan.

Years ago, a few months before our wedding, my husband Eric and I decided to do a wedding registry at Bed Bath and Beyond. The trip was quite revealing. Eric wanted to register for practical things, like waffle-irons and olive oil dispensers.

Me: “What would we even use that for??”

Him: “Um…to cook?”

Me: “Preposterous.”

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When we got married I think I was pretty good at making hot dogs. Oh and chocolate chip cookies, an essential life skill.

As time went on though, I did pick up an awesome knack for fooling people into THINKING that I could cook. Turns out all you have to do is read a recipe.

Now I blog about all the fun we have in the kitchen over at The Food Charlatan, where you can read about how I do stupid things like leave trails of sugar through half the grocery store when I didn’t notice the bag split, or accidentally letting my children roll away in the cart when I’m loading the trunk. (Someday they will write on my tombstone, “Beloved Cook; Tolerated Mother.”)

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Today we are talking Asian Stuffed Mushrooms. Asian is the perfect cuisine for January when we are being all cliché and dieting and stuff. Tons of flavor, but not calorie-heavy. These mushrooms are stuffed with carrots, ginger, and cilantro, then drizzled with a 2-ingredient sauce: coconut milk and Sweet Chili Sauce (<<see photo below). The result is a perfectly spiced appetizer for game-day, or heck even an easy dinner.

Asian Stuffed Mushrooms

Yield: 12 mushrooms

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese,* softened
1 egg yolk
1 large green onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 medium carrot, shredded (heaping 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 or 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
juice from half a lime (at least 1 tablespoon)
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 large mushrooms
1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
1/2 cup coconut milk*
lime wedges and chopped cilantro, to garnish

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, egg yolk, green onion, garlic, shredded carrot, cilantro, ginger, lime juice, and salt. Stir until creamy. Set aside.
Clean the mushrooms thoroughly by washing or brushing them. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and discard. (See photos for stem removal tips).
Place the mushrooms top down in a 2-quart baking dish. Use a spoon to fill each mushroom with the cream cheese mixture.
In a glass measuring cup, add about 1/2 cup Sweet Chili Sauce and about 1/2 cup coconut milk. (Taste it to see what ratio you like.)
Drizzle the sauce over the mushrooms. Bake uncovered at 375 F for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops have started to brown.
Serve hot. Garnish with lime and cilantro.

*Low fat cream cheese and/or light coconut milk also tastes great. The cream cheese filling mixture can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for several days.

Asian stuffed mushrooms on iheartnaptime.com

Asian stuffed mushrooms on iheartnaptime.com

Asian stuffed mushrooms on iheartnaptime.com

Top 50 non-candy Valentine ideas!

Top 50 non-candy Valentine ideas -so many cute and easy DIY Valentines.

With Valentines right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to round up some Valentine ideas that aren’t all revolved around candy. So many fun and creative ideas!  I can’t wait to make some of these with my kids this year.

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

So many cute and easy DIY Valentine ideas. Click the links below to be taken to the tutorials and free printables.

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Printable love coupon book at I Heart Naptime

 

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Glad were in the same school printable at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

 Puffy Heart Tags at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

 Teacher Valentines at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You are exSTRAWordinary Valentine at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

I’d go bananas without friends like you at I Heart Naptime!

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Valentine matching game printable at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Valentine coloring printables at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Free Valentine printable at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Handprint Valentine at I Heart Naptime

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You’re the BALM at The Cards We Drew

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Printable pencil toppers at Handmade 30 Days

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Be Mine, Valen-Slime at mama.papa.bubba

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Our class would knot be the same without you at Dandee Designs

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

I’m wild about you at Crafting Chicks

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You’re a real CUTIE at The Cards We Drew

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Tiny animal at Sweet C’s Designs

 

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Blow me a kiss at Lil’Luna

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

‘Doh you want to be my Valentine at The Nerd’s Wife

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

I’ve had my eye on you at Dandee Designs

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

I’m stuck on you at Mer Mag

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Robot Valentines at Kiki Creates

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Nacho average Valentines at Just Another Day in Paradise

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Fruit printable Valentine at Craftaholics Anonymous

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You make me glow Valentine at Delia Creates

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Some bunny loves you at The Idea Room

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

The fox says… at Pink Peppermint Desgin

 

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Valentine cootie cleaner at Somewhat Simple

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Valentine Envelopes at Nest of Posies

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Printable Valentine lunch jokes at Capturing Joy

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Thanks for sticking with me at Lil’Luna

 

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You amaze me at U Create

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

I can SEA that you are a great friend at Haley’s Daily Blog

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

So happy you POPPED into my life at Crafty Morning

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You make my heart POP at Love & Lion

 

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You’re the HIGHLIGHT of my day at C.R.A.F.T.

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!You’re the RAISIN I’m smiling at Homemaking Hacks

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You BLOW me away at Lil’Luna

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Your NUMBER 1 in my book at Positively Splendid

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

I DIG you at Skip to my Lou

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You’re my main SQUEEZE at Funky Polkadot Giraffe

 

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

 You RULE at Pretty Handy Girl

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

May the force be with you at Bargain Briana

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Glad were in the same TROOP at Armelle

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

 You make my heart BOUNCE at The Crafting Chicks

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You’re just PLANE awesome at Crap I’ve Made

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

DIY Dino Valentine at Simmworks Family

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

Color your HEART out at Northwest Lovelies

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

DIY U ROCK at Little Lovables

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!

You are ex-STRAW special at Lil’Luna

Top 50 non-candy Valentines on iheartnaptime.com -so many cute ideas!Looking for even more ideas? You’ll love these too:

20 DIY Valentines

20 DIY Valentine's Ideas