19 October 2014

Beer Marinated Chicken

By Sinea Pies

grilled chicken; beer marinade recipe #grilling #recipes #cookout

Getting a tired of chicken with barbecue sauce? I am. Oh, don't get me wrong. When I'm in the mood for barbecue, chicken is my first choice. But when I came up with this recipe, it was simply time to try something new. 

I had a can of beer on the shelf -- it was left from making Belgian Brisket -- so I looked up recipes online that contained beer. None of them exactly fit what I had on hand, so I made up my own and it tasted great. 

If you like yours spicier, increase amounts and play around with it. My hubby likes his food "uneventful" so I kept the spices on the lighter side. 

The process may sound labor intensive. Really, it is not. The reason I started in the oven and moved the chicken to the grill is because of me! I am notorious for starting something on the grill and getting caught up making sides indoors only to return to the grill and find it burned beyond recognition. Rather than messing this up, I opted to reduce the outdoor cooking time. Everything came out great. Delicious!

 Beer Marinated Chicken

6 bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
1 12 oz can of beer
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and add the raw chicken. COver an marinate in the refrigerator 1-5 hours, prior to cooking.
Preheat oven at 400 degrees
Remove the chicken from the bowl (saving the marinade in the refrigerator) and put it on a foil-covered jelly roll pan.
Precook the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes.
Heat the grill for 5 minutes on high, before the 30 minutes is up.
Move the chicken to the hot grill.
Turn the pieces often to prevent burning.
Each time you turn the chicken, spoon a little marinade over it.
Test the chicken using a meat thermometer. 
It is done when it reaches 190 degrees F.
Serve with salad & corn on the cob or any delicious side your family loves!

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18 October 2014

Happiness Is Homemade #42

Welcome back to another great week at Happiness is Homemade!!! Thank you all for coming back each week and making this party bigger and bigger!!


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17 October 2014

Quick Way To Find The Very Best Followers on Google+

By Sinea Pies

How to find great followers on Google+ #socialmediatips

Google+ is fast becoming my favorite social media platform. Not only is it an excellent way to meet others who share the same interests as you but you can promote your work -- posts, photos, businesses - on it, too. A huge additional benefit is that you gain search engine status on Google+ when you write your posts with keywords in mind (we'll discuss that in a future chat.)

Having lots of Google+ followers is a good thing. Having lots of ACTIVE followers is so much better! I accidentally "tripped" over a convenient feature on Google + that makes it quick and easy to add followers to your circles, the BEST followers.  These are the people who have shown an interest in the things you love. They are the ones you especially want -- the ones engaging in the ongoing conversation, not just bystanders.
Google Plus

Here is how it works:

When someone gives you a 1+, comments or shares their post, a tiny icon (often their photo or logo) shows up. If you have had a lot of activity on that post, you will see several little thumbprint photos. 

Those photos are not just there for decoration. They are there to be USED.  They are a gateway to finding out "who did what" and whether you are already following them. If you are not following them, you can add them immediately. These people are active on Google+ and they are the ones you want to follow and support. 
Friends helping friends!


  • Go to your G+ profile page where your posts are displayed.
  • Look at your posts.
  • Do any have small thumbprint photos of other Google+ users?
  • Hover the mouse over those photos and a bubble will appear over them that says "Activity On This Post
  • Left-click your mouse.
  • The photos swivel into a list of all who interacted on that post. Wow!!!
  • You will see:  their names and what they did (1+, comment, share) 
  • Now, hover over their names. It will tell you if you already follow them.
  • If you do not follow them, an "ADD" button will appear.
  • Add them! I highly recommend adding them there and then!  They promoted your post. They are great people to have in your circles!
  • Isn't that easy? Yes, it is!

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Stop by Ducks 'n a Row every Thursday for our Google+ party: #growingcircleshop

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16 October 2014

C is for Caterpillar Craft

By Sinea Pies

This marshmallow craft is so much fun for preschoolers, kindergartners, older kids ... even moms! 

I love marshmallow art and this craft is so easy to do. The photo below is the sample I made to show my preschoolers what it should look like. Afterward, I took pictures of a few of theirs  to capture the preciousness of art done by 3 and 4 year olds. Adorable!  Interestingly, none of them tried to eat the marshmallows! That was a surprise. 

C is for Caterpillar, caterpillar craft, kids crafts #crafts #preschool #kindergarten Ducks n a Row
Craft Made By Mrs. Pies

caterpillar marshmallow craft #kidscrafts #preschool #caterpillars Ducks n a Row
Craft Made By My Sweet Little Kiddos

This craft was part of a C is for Caterpillar lesson. We read the ultra popular book by Eric Carle, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"   that day, as well.

The skills our students used in making their craft include: following directions, cutting paper, gluing with glue sticks and Elmer's glue, using dot markers and waiting (patiently waiting) when help was needed! That last one is a biggie. 
13 students and 2 adults = learning to wait your turn.  They did well!

Caterpillar Marshmallow Craft

You will need:
  • White (or light) C is for Caterpillar blank sheet printed on card stock or cover stock (free printable below)
  • Green leaf, printed on green copy paper (free printable below)
  • 5 large marshmallow halves*
  • Dot markers
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Stickers (flowers and/or bugs) 
  • Pipe cleaners cut in 1 - 2 inch pieces
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Elmer's glue
  • Black Sharpie pen or felt tip marker
  1. Start with a C is for Caterpillar page -- print it on cover or card stock and you'll need a Leaf page printed on green copy paper. 
  2. Cut the marshmallows in half using scissors.
  3. Cut out the leaf.  
  4. Glue-stick the green leaf to the center of the C is for Caterpillar page.
  5. Make a big letter "S" on the leaf using Elmer's glue.
  6. Lay the marshmallow pieces in a chain on the "S"
  7. Press the marshmallows down GENTLY
  8. Put 2 drops of Elmer's glue on the front marshmallow and place the googly eyes on them.
  9. Using your pen or marker, make dots under the eyes in the shape of a mouth.
  10. Color the other marshmallows by gently stamping the dot markers on them.
  11. Insert pipe cleaners for legs. No glue needed. They just stay put naturally.
  12. Add flowers and bugs to the leaf using self-adhesive stickers. I bought my stickers and googly eyes from my favorite thrift store, Dollar Tree!
  13. Take a picture!
C is for Caterpillar Marshmallow Craft made by a 3 year old!

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Free Printables for Caterpillar Marshmallow Craft:

Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything that you purchase from Amazon through Ducks 'n a Row will result in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you" ...Sinea
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Google+ Growing Circles Hop with a Twitter Linky Too!

Welcome to Growing Circles Hop!
We're switching it up again this week.
We're adding a Twitter Link Up!

Time to share your awesome content.
Use our party hashtag and let's party!

Our Party Hashtag Feature Post will return next week. Link up AND use our party hashtag for your chance to be next week's feature.
All weekly features are randomly chosen using Random.org.

Co-Host with us.
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


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. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.

An InLinkz Link-up

Now you can link up your twitter URL! Please follow all of our hosts and at least two other partiers. Tweet that you're following from #GrowingCirclesHop and tag everyone that's new to your feed. =0) Have fun!!!

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14 October 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #95

Thank you so much for taking time to come to our party. You won't be disappointed! Last week we had over 400 awesome posts that appeared on 14 exceptional blogs. 

Each week we feature the posts that you, the readers, viewed the most plus one Editor's Pick selected from the posts that were some of the last to be included -- often they do not get the views so we look for a special treasure to share with you!

Our co-hosts often pick some favorites of their own so try to get over to check out their blogs, you may be in the spotlight.

Most Viewed

Very Popular 

Editor's Pick

Our Hosts

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 Simple Guidelines:
  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. ♥
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥
  • Thanks for joining us!

Follow our hosts as you can.

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row 

Tammy of Creative K Kids

and… Tammy of The Ultimate Linky

Kim of 2JustByou

Alexis of Mom2MyCrazy2

Leanne, Colleen and Erin … The Sugar Aunts

Elie from Chocolates and Crockpots

Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four

Lynn from Turnips 2 Tangerines

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

CD of CD's Country Living

Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

Janine from Confessions Of  A Mommyaholic  
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