Friday, January 30, 2015

BEST OF THE NEST LINK PARTY {DECEMBER/JANUARY}


We're baaaaaack!  After taking a little break for the holidays, we're back today to see the best of YOUR nest.  And, we're kicking off this new year with a special new addition to our link party... keep reading!




As always, I'm honored to host this little party with three of the most talented, sweetest ladies around.  Here are our best projects from December or January:

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I sure was thrilled to put my freshened up kitchen to work!  



Pam kept a HUGE secret from everyone, but finally spilled the beans about her Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot and the published 8 page(!) spread that appeared in the January issue of BHG Refresh!  Those eight pages were packed full of photos of her home's breathtaking exterior.  And, the best part is, the inside of her home will be in a future issue.  Can't wait!


Pam @ Simple Details

Kris claimed a portion of her counter as a designated coffee station, and it just couldn't be any better.  I'm glad she doesn't live closer or that darling little trophy cup might just disappear...  Having a spot this cute might *almost* convince me to try to like coffee.
Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor


Lisa has worked off and on in her living room for years, but recently made a focused effort to finish it up before the holidays.  It's full of some marvelous DIY projects and is a perfect, functional, comfortable space for her family to gather and enjoy.

Lisa @ Shine your Light 

Now to the little surprise.  Each month we'll be including a fellow blogger to share the hosting duties with us!  This time, we're pleased to welcome Becky from This is Happiness as our Guest Host.  She's sharing a sweet "new" tradition that her family has started in order to foster quality family time together, a good ol' Sunday Dinner.  While you're there, be sure to poke around Becky's blog a little bit.  You're sure to love her fresh, clean style!


Becky {This Is Happiness}
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Now, you have two months to choose from, so let's see your best project!


And don't forget, even if you aren't a blogger you can still participate.  Just post a photo on Instagram and be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag #bestofthenestparty.

There are just a few guidelines to remember...
*Link to your specific post, not your home page.
*Please make sure that your project is from DECEMBER or JANUARY.
*Only ONE link per person! If more than one link is added, all but your first link will be deleted.
*Please link back to one of the hosts in your post.  
*Spread some comment love - please visit and comment on at least two other links in the party.


Feel free to grab a button for your post!




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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

4 INGREDIENT CREAM CHEESE SUPER DIP


There's lots of hype going on about the big game this week. Although I could almost care less about the game, my family enjoys the evening and I enjoy making some special snacks while they're watching the hoopla.  


This is one of our all time favorite dips- for church fellowships, dinner appetizers, Christmas Eve snacks, VBS treats- everyone loves it! And, it couldn't be easier to make.  There are only 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and two of those are cheese.  How much better can it get?

Here's what you'll need-


1 block of cream cheese, softened (low fat is ok too)
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of Ro-Tel tomatoes (I usually use regular, but Mild is all I had on hand)
8 oz. Cojac cheese

To assemble, spread the cream cheese onto the bottom of a pie-plate sized dish, or a 9x9 would work also.  Then, layer the drained Ro-Tel, rinsed beans, finishing off with a layer of cheese on top.  If you want to make a larger amount, use a 9x13 dish and double all of the ingredients.


But don't stop there... heat it up!  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.  Serve warm with tortilla chips.


I promise, this dip will be a TOUCHDOWN for whoever you make it for, and YOU'LL be the winner regardless of the score board.  What's your favorite game snack food?


Happy cooking!

For more great party food ideas, try these recipes:






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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DIY POM POM COASTERS


Before Christmas, my girl really wanted to know what she could get for me.  Considering her limited budget and that fact that I'd rather have something hand made by her any day, I thought about what she could make for me.


I'd had these fun coasters from Inspired by Charm pinned for a while hoping to make my own, and I knew that this would be the perfect project to pass along for her.   We altered our supplies a bit from Michael's inspiration and I rounded up some things so we could make our own version.


After a quick trip to the craft store, we had some cork circles and a variety of pom pom colors.  You could choose any color combination you like, but I really just wanted a crazy multi-color variety.

This could not have been a simpler project, and with a low-temp glue gun she was completely fine to do this project all on her own.  She started in the center with one dot of glue for each pom and worked her way out, varying the colors in random patterns.


That's all there is to it!


These are my new favorite accessory.  Cute AND useful... what could be better?


They remind me of something that would fall in the "Sunday School craft" category, and I kind-of love that.


We have a BUNCH of pom poms left over, so I'm already dreaming up another project to use them on.  Can't get enough!

Do you have a favorite gift that a little person has made for you?

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