Link Party Palooza #142
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!
Here are some of our favorites from last week’s link party. There were so many fabulous projects and recipes shared!
Strawberry Hibiscus Sparkling Water from A Houseful of Handmade
Whimsical Little Girl’s Room Reveal from Design, Dining and Diapers
DIY Replaceable Photo Collages from Simple as That
Grilled California Club Sandwich from Home.Made.Interest
Zucchini Pizza Boats from Living La Vida Holoka
Here are some favorites from I Heart Nap Time this week:
Almond Joy Cookies
Almond Joy Cookies – a rich coconut cookie dough, packed full of coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, and Almond Joy pieces. An over the top indulgent treat!
If I had to name my top ten favorite foods in the world, cookies and Almond Joys would both definitely be on the list. Almond Joys are always the first candy I pick out of my kids’ buckets at Halloween, and my favorite treat for turning around a rough day. What could be better than adding them to a soft, buttery, rich cookie? These Almond Joy cookies are quick and easy to make, and so flavorful too!
I’ve tasted a lot of cookie dough in my time, and this Almond Joy cookie dough is some of the best I’ve tasted. The combination of coconut and vanilla with all the delicious mix-ins is incredible. As hard as it is to stop nibbling on it, though, be sure to save some for making the actual cookies! :)
I rolled my dough into golf-ball sized balls, which made for big, fat, soft cookies. It’s important to give them plenty of space on the cookie sheet, because they will spread quite a bit. I love to sprinkle a little extra coconut on top of each cookie so it can get golden and toasted in the oven.
These cookies smelled so good while baking that my nine year-old said she could smell them from outside the house. She came running in after school, sniffing and asking, “Where are the cookies, Mom?” If that’s not a ringing endorsement of their deliciousness, I don’t know what is! When we finally tasted the cookies, it was love at first bite. The coconut adds great texture to the cookies, and the gooey chocolate, crunchy almonds, and sweet Almond Joy pieces make every bite delicious.
I make a lot of cookies, but these are definitely some of the best I’ve ever made. Four out of 4 people living in my house agree, these cookies are fantastic!
Almond Joy Cookies
Yield: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup shredded coconut, divided
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
6 snack size Almond Joy candy bars, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and coconut extract, and beat until smooth. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and mix until combined. Gently fold in 1/2 cup coconut, and the mini chocolate chips, sliced almonds, and Almond Joy pieces.
Roll the dough into golf ball sized balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake 9 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
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EASY Fajita Salad Recipe
EASY Fajita Salad Recipe… done in 20 minutes or less. This salad is packed with flavorful chicken, veggies and green salsa. Perfect for a quick dinner or lunch!
One thing I love about this salad is how much veggies is packed into it. It is very filling and also super healthy. I usually end up doing a no-carb cleanse once or twice a year, and this is always my go-to salad when I am up to such craziness. It’s always rotated into the menu once or twice a month as well. My whole family loves it. My kids eat everything separate of course. ;)
The fresh avocado, lime and cilantro really make this salad, so don’t skip out on those. The Old El Paso fajita seasoning also gives the chicken the perfect flavor! And the dressing couldn’t be any easier with the green salsa. I make this salad with a cilantro lime ranch dressing when I have extra time and that tastes amazing as well. Adding tortilla strips adds a great crunch to the salad as well if you have those on hand.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 to 8 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 4 chicken breasts, pounded and trimmed
- 2 to 3 Tablespoons Old El Paso Fajita seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 (4-ounce) can Old El Paso chopped green chiles
- 1 of each: red, yellow, orange bell pepper, sliced
- 1 small purple onion, sliced thin
- Lettuce (about 8 to 10 cups)
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Fresh cilantro
- Green salsa
- 2 limes, cut into wedges
Place the chicken on a plate and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub the seasoning on both sides of the chicken.
Place 1 tablespoon oil and butter into a frying pan over medium heat. Once it has warmed up, place the chicken into the pan and allow to cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until the center is cooked through and the edges are golden. Remove chicken from the pan and allow to cool slightly. Then cut chicken into strips.
Place another tablespoon oil into the same pan. Then cook the peppers, onions and green chiles for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender.
Next place your lettuce into a bowl and then layer with the chicken, bell pepper mixture, avocados, tomatoes, cilantro and limes. Then just before serving squeeze the lime over the top and drizzle the green salsa on top.
During the summer we love to grill the chicken and bell peppers. We are counting down the days until summer and weekly BBQ’s. Can’t wait!
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Meet My Friends Gift Card Giveaway!
Meet My Friends Gift Card Giveaway! Join me in some fun and meeting some amazing peoples!
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Easy Colorblock Family Photo Collage
Easy Colorblock Family Photo Collage – this treasure is easy and fast to make, and will brighten the day for the lovely moms in your life!
Mother’s Day is approaching and it’s time to start planning your DIY gifts.
Hey everyone, it’s Kara from A Kailo Chic Life. I am so excited to share this colorful DIY with you today. Now, we all know that moms love handmade gifts, especially if they are made by their loved ones. What better way to show mom you love her than to make and give her an easy colorblock family photo collage?
The process is so simple that you only need a camera phone and a few pieces of colored paper.
This easy colorblock family photo collage is quick and simple to make, it just takes a little planning ahead (to find the perfect photo backdrop) and a bit of cutting a gluing. Following along below for the full tutorial.
- Colored card stock in several colors from the craft store
- Printed colorized family photos (instructions below)
- Large picture frame (this one is an Ikea Ribba frame)
- Acid free glue for photos
- Large piece of white backing paper that will fill the opening in your picture frame.
I will give you the details on how I went about taking my pictures, editing them with color effects, and arranging them in the frame, but note that they process may differ slightly depending on the number of family members or your the camera on your phone.
I began by finding a solid colored brick wall to pose in front of for photos. Luckily one of our favorite pizza restaurants has the perfect blank slate. Using your camera phone on the square setting, take a photo of each member of the family. Once you have your pics, use a colorful photo app like Color Story by A Beautiful Mess to add a color fog on each side of the family member.
Or if you are really lucky and have a colorful wall available to you in your city, you can just use that! Now that you have your photos taken and edited, use a photo printing program like Social Print Studio or Mixbook, or send them to your home computer and print them at home. You just want to make sure that you get appx. 4″ square prints.
Once you have your photos printed, it is time to begin to assemble your color-blocked collage. Begin by measuring the opening of the mat in your picture frame. The mat opening was 11.25″ by 11.25″ for my frame and when I divide that evenly I could get three 3.75″ wide by 3.75″ high photos in each row with three total rows. So in my picture frame I had space for 9 total squares. Three of these were family photos, so the other 6 needed to be colored paper. You will need to adjust the number of color squared depending on the number of family members in your family.
Cut your photos and colored paper to the height and width you determined (3.75″ square for me) and then glue onto your large piece of white paper in the grid pattern you like best.
Once the glue is dry, simply place your mat, glued color-block family photo collage, and picture frame baking into place and secure. Then wrap it up to give to your mom on Mother’s Day. If you can wait that long!
Now that wasn’t too hard, right? And I am sure your mom will just love having a colorful collage of her family. If you think this collage is a little too colorful for your mom, simply use more neutral colored paper (shades of gray, white, cream, etc…) and color fogs when editing your photos to create a more subdued but still unique and easy colorblock family photo collage.
I hope you enjoyed this colorful craft. Please feel free to check out my blog, A Kailo Chic Life, for even more colorful craft and DIY ideas.
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