Link Party Palooza #95

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Features

This Kiwi Mint Lemonade from Liz on Call just screams summer! I can’t wait to try making this!

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If you’ve got a graduation party coming up, this Graduation Marquee Sign from The Happy Scraps would be the perfect decoration.

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Here are some favorites from I Heart Naptime this week:

Homemade tortilla chips

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DIY marshmallow shooters

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Patriotic photo booth printables

Patriotic Photo Booth Printables

Free Summer Bucket List Printable

Free Summer Bucket List Printable by Melissa of Design Eat Repeat for I Heart Naptime.

Here in the Midwest, our nice summer days are limited. And every year around this time, I start thinking of all the activities that I’m going to do that summer. And every year, August somehow rolls around and that summer bucket list is crinkled up in the desk drawer with about 2 out of the 10 things crossed of. So this year, I decided I either need to move somewhere with 24/7 summer or actually hang that summer bucket list somewhere I can see it daily. And because I don’t feel like moving anytime soon, I’m going with the list option. And lucky you, because I’m sharing the free printable so you can create your own!

Free Summer Bucket List Printable

After printing it out on 8.5 x 11 paper, fill in each circle with a fun activity you would like to do this summer. For me, that’s simple things like going to weekend farmer’s markets, local baseball games, and maybe even taking some time off work to go on a short weekend trip. The thing I have found with summer bucket lists is to keep the activities realistic. While I would ideally like to jet set off to the tropics, the reality is that it probably won’t happen this summer. So if I can plan ahead, I can avoid the disappointment of an unrealistic, uncrossed off list at the end. Self mind trickery at its finest.

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After filling it out, pair it with your favorite clipboard or pop it onto the refrigerator for prime exposure. After completing each activity, cross off with a marker or sticker! I used simple gold stickers I had laying around and drew on a checkmark with a Sharpie.

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Free Printable

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Download the Free Summer Bucket List Printable by clicking here.

For more free printables and party ideas from Design Eat Repeat, visit my blog. And for witty kitchen art, party printables, and paper goods hop on over to my shop!

DIY Antique Window Picture Frame

DIY Antique Window Picture Frame -great use for old windows!

One of my neighbors was getting rid of some old windows a few months back and asked if I wanted some. Umm.. YES! I’ve seen so many fun ideas on Pinterest using old windows and knew I could figure out something to do with them. I finally decided on printing these HUGE photos and backing them behind the windows. This was seriously one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done and everyone who comes over always asks how I did them. So I figured I better post it in case you come across some old windows too.

DIY Antique Window Picture Frame... great use for old windows! Cost less than $5 to make!

Supplies needed:

  • Old window
  • Printed image (approximately the same size as window or bigger)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • (2) Sawtooth picture hanger (if hanging on wall)
  • Hammer and nails (if hanging on wall)

Instructions:

1. Clean your window really well and set aside to dry.

2. Print your image. I printed one huge photo at Office Max (I think you can do this at Staples too). Just tell them you want to print a black and white engineer print and it will cost you less than $5! I printed my picture a little bigger than the outside edges, to make sure I could move the picture around, so faces weren’t cut off. Then I just trimmed the edges with scissors.

3. Next, I taped the print to the back of the frame.

4. If you’ll be hanging this up on your wall, hammer in two sawtooth hangers and then it’s ready to hang!

DIY Antique Window Picture Frame... great use for old windows! Cost less than $5 to make!

Easy peasy and such a fun way to make a big statement in your home!

DIY Antique Window Picture Frame... great use for old windows! Cost less than $5 to make!

I placed the window on my mantel for awhile, and then decided to print more photos and hang them up in my hall way. I love how it turned out! You could even spray paint the windows different colors for a fun pop!

DIY Antique Window Picture Frame... great use for old windows! Cost less than $5 to make!

Looking for more DIY projects? You’ll love these too:

Pepperoni Meatballs

Pepperoni Meatballs, by Karen of The Food Charlatan for I Heart Naptime

Pepperoni Meatballs

These meatballs are made with pepperoni slices that have been ground in a food processor. So the first time I tried it, I dumped the whole package in, snapped the lid on, and flipped the switch.  As I watched the blade spin I noticed something that looked like dirt. It certainly wasn’t red, which is the only color you want to see when you’re grinding pepperoni.

That was when I realized that I had forgotten to take out the little paper package that says “DO NOT EAT.” You know, the stuff that keeps your pepperoni nice and fresh. SUPPOSEDLY. It looked a lot like dirt to me.

Pepperoni Meatballs

I highly recommend taking this little package out so that you don’t poison yourself or at least so that you’re not eating dirt. It’s lucky I’m a pepperoni addict (you never know when you’re going to get a homemade pizza craving) and had more pepperoni in the freezer to use.

So, when you make these meatballs (you really should), make sure you take out the dirt pack in the pepperoni.

Pepperoni Meatballs

This recipe was born out of desperation. I was having a meatball craving, and didn’t have any ground pork in my freezer, just ground beef. I don’t love all-beef meatballs, so I decided to branch out (mostly because pepperoni was the only other meat on hand.) Turned out awesome though. It’s like eating pizza meatballs. What’s not to love??

Pepperoni Meatballs

Pepperoni Meatballs

Combining pizza and meatballs to make the ultimate comfort food!

Ingredients:

1 (6 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
8 ounces mushrooms
1/4 of a medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 pound ground beef
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs or quick oats
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Add the pepperoni to a food processor.* Pulse thoroughly until it is ground completely. Add to a large bowl.
Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic to the food processor and pulse until ground. Ignore the fact that this mixture looks extremely questionable and add it to the bowl.
Add the ground beef, eggs, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika.
Line a large baking sheet with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
Use your hands to combine the mixture. I know it feels gross, but it works better than a spoon and makes the meatballs more tender.
Form the meatballs into balls a little smaller than a golf ball. (Or any size you want, as long as they are uniform.)
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until browned on the bottoms.
Serve with pasta and marinara! Makes about 25-30 meatballs.

*Make sure to take out the fresh pack thing that says not to eat it. If you blend it up with your pepperoni you will have to throw the whole thing out. Not that I would know.

You might also enjoy these meatballs!

Pepperoni MeatballsSlow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs           //          Easy Baked Meatballs          //          Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

Homemade tortilla chips

Homemade tortilla chips -3 different ways. So delicious and easier than you think to make!

Homemade tortilla chips -3 different ways. So delicious and easier than you think to make!

One my of my big time pregnancy cravings is chips and salsa. I could eat it all day, every day! Well… what’s a girl to do when she’s all out of tortilla chips and finds a stash of tortillas? Make them, of course! They came out so light, airy and crispy.

These homemade tortilla chips, made from Old El Paso flour tortillas, are a wonderful addition to any Mexican dish. They can be made on the stovetop or baked in the oven for a lighter chip.

Homemade tortilla chips in 3 easy steps!

Homemade tortilla chips -3 different ways. So delicious and easier than you think to make!

Homemade tortilla chips

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 large Old El Paso flour tortillas
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • Salt, to taste

Directions:

Using kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter, cut the tortilla into 6 to 8 triangles.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the tortillas and cook one minute per side, or until lightly browned.

Remove chips with tongs and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle salt on top of the chips immediately and allow to cool.

Serve with your favorite dip.

 

To make baked tortilla chips preheat oven to 350°F. Brush each side of the tortilla with oil and then place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips:

To make baked tortilla chips preheat oven to 350°F. Brush each side of the tortilla with oil and then place on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Homemade tortilla chips -3 different ways. So delicious and easier than you think to make!

Homemade Tortilla Strips:

To turn these into tortilla strips (perfect for soups and salads), just cut the tortilla into 1/2 x 2-inch strips and then cook for about 30 seconds per side.

Homemade Tortilla Strips

Decorative tip:

Looking for a fun way to serve chips at a party? All you’ll need is a brown paper lunch bag. Then for a fun decorative touch zig zag scissors and a stamp.

Looking for a fun way to serve chips at a party? All you'll need is a brown paper lunch bag.

All I did was cut 2 inches off the top of the bag with the decorative scissors. Then I added a fun stamp to the front of the bag. You could also tie it with ribbon, jute or twine. Easy peasy and inexpensive! Two things I love!

Looking for a fun way to serve chips at a party? All you'll need is a brown paper lunch bag.

Looking for some yummy dips for your homemade tortilla chips? You’ll love these :

This post was brought to you by Old El Paso. All opinions are 100% my own. Find out more about their products here and find more recipes on their blog