01 September 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #139

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Welcome to our first blog hop of the fall 2015! 
Momentum last week was great. Over 600 posts shared and our most viewed was VERY MOST viewed! 

Before I tell you which post that might be, please welcome our two new co-hosts: 
Alli of Tornadough Alli and Emma of Adventures of Adam. 

Please take some time to follow them on social media and visit their blogs (links below.)

And now for the posts YOU liked the best last week...

Most Viewed
Pinterest tips

Very Popular

Editor's Pick
cheesecake recipes

And, our record breaking 607th entry last week...

kitchen cabinet door hack

And here are our 16 wonderful cohosts ...

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  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways, Etsy shops or blog parties please. You are welcome to share them in the comments, though.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
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  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. ♥
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  • And, thanks for joining us!
Alli of Tornadough Alli   NEW!
Blog / Facebook / Google+ / Pinterest /Twitter

Emma of Adventures of Adam  NEW!

Heather of Real -The Kitchen and Beyond

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty

Kim of 2JustByou

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

CD of CD's Country Living

Cathy of A Peek Into My Paradise

Tammy of My Life Abundant

Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Jaimi of The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

Saira from Mom Resource

Erica of eLeMeNO-P Kids

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29 August 2015

8 Things You Should Tell Your Child's Teacher

By Sinea Pies

school, teacher, parenting, family trouble, sleepless, fear, anxiety

Life at home affects us all.  When it comes to our children, it can show up in the classroom. Teachers can only guess why a child is acting differently than the norm. A usually cheerful eager learner can become sullen, irritable, withdrawn or angry. As a teacher, I can say that it is so helpful when mom or dad gives me a little clue why things may be different.

Now, we are not talking dangerous conditions. If you have a situation that is becoming volatile, get help quickly. Go to a trusted family member, your pastor or even the police but do not gamble with your family's safety. 

In this instance, we are addressing are the normal circumstances of life that will pass but temporarily impact our kids

The teacher may need to know about this:

1. Sleepless:  whatever the reason for a child not getting enough sleep, it can have an impact the following day at school. Teachers need to know! 

2. Missed a meal: getting children to eat first thing in the morning can be a real challenge. Going to school hungry, though, will impact the day. Do your best to give them a healthy breakfast (not all sugar - include some kind of protein.) At the times that they have not eaten, let the teacher know. Be SURE to send an extra snack, if that is the case. 

3. Getting Sick: parents can tell when their kids are coming down with something. I used to know when my son had an ear infection in the works before the doctor did. Teachers appreciate parental instincts and it helps to give them a clue that your child is feeling out of sorts.

4. Family Woes: financial stress, unemployment, sick family members, marital disagreements, broken down car...the list of possibilities goes on. It may not show in the child's behavior but children certainly pick up on the vibes. 

5. Loss: big changes like the death of a loved one or the family pet can have a significant impact. Moving from one house to another is another disruption, even if the move is a step up. Divorce, separation...there can be losses of many kinds.

6. Pain: headaches, bumps and bruises, allergic reactions, loose baby teeth.

7. Fear: anxiety over school itself. We've all heard of "test anxiety" but there are other kinds of apprehension, as well. When I was a little girl I had a bad experience in the cafeteria when I dropped a tray full of food. That did it for me. I was so fearful that I would never buy lunch again! 

8. Peer Pressure: children can be very sensitive about who is nice to them, whether they feel acceptance or rejection...you know the drill. If there are some hurts there (especially if your child is very young) and they don't seem to being going away, it may be something that should be discussed with the teacher. 
8 Bottom Line: Whatever the deal is, do not hesitate to mention it to your child's teacher. It will be appreciated and could make your child's day at school a whole lot better.  

 Stick and Stone
Children's book about friendship.

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Note: this author is an Amazon Affiliate. Anything you purchase from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row may result in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you." ...Sinea
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28 August 2015

Peanut Blossom Cookie Recipe

By Sinea Pies

peanut butter cookies, peanut butter and chocolate, cookie recipes

All cookies are delicious to eat but some cookies are also beautiful.
Jam Thumbprints make a stunning display and so do Peanut Blossoms

I decided to make some peanut blossoms, with a blog feature in mind, but hadn't planned on the entire batch disappearing in one day! Good thing I took my pictures before anybody found them. :)
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Peanut Blossom Cookie Recipe 

24-32 Hershey’s kisses milk chocolates
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1  egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional granulated sugar to roll the cookies in

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates. 
  • Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. 
  • Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. 
  • Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. 
  • Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. 
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. 
  • Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheets or parchment paper covered cookie sheets. 
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  • Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. 
  • Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. 
  • Cool completely. 

Makes about 24-32 cookies.

peanut blossom cookies are peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's chocolate kiss on top; cookie recipe

Adapted from the Hershey's kitchens recipe.
They estimated 48 cookies but I found it to be far less.

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27 August 2015

Buffalo Chicken Dip

By Sinea Pies

There is something about football season that inspires me to start making all sorts of salty snacks. Appetizers fit any time of year but August through Super Bowl Sunday seem to be the most popular for all types of dips, canapes and snacks.

My future daughter-in-law, Shauna, introduced us to Buffalo Chicken Dip. It is so easy to make and, for anyone who loves Buffalo-style Chicken Wings, is bound to become a favorite. 

Here's the recipe:

football food, appetizer, snack, dip, buffalo chicken

Buffalo Chicken Dip 
Serves 14-16

1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese- softened
1 large can (10 oz) chicken
Hot sauce
Blue cheese dressing (or ranch)
Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
Tostitos “Scoops” or another brand of tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350°
Spread: softened cream cheese in an oven-safe, microwavable* 1 quart baking dish.
Layer: chicken, hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, shredded cheese.
Bake: 350° oven for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbly.

*Though you will be heating the dip in the oven, you may wish to "nuke it" (reheat it) later on so, use a baking dish that is microwave-safe.

Photo credit: Buffalo Chicken Dip by Phil Denton Flickr Creative Commons

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Happy Google+ Party Day!!!

Are you ready to share your Google Plus content with us? 

Our Party Hashtag Feature for this week was really difficult to find, because there weren't too many posts found from the linky using our party hashtag, so please be sure to use it!

Be sure to visit Jenn and add her to your Google Plus circles!

Party with us and use our party hashtag
for your chance to be our next
Party Hashtag Feature!

Remember to link up your G+ profile or a G+ post you've shared publicly,
not your blog URL.

The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

Want to co-host? We're looking for awesome bloggers to help us!
If interested, send an email to Kim at 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "G+ Party Co-Host" in the subject line.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  

Take a look at the posts for our Google Plus Tips Series here: 
Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles

Plus, join us at Wonderful Wednesday this week and share your recipes, DIY crafts, and more!

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