25 July 2014

Today's Facebook Boosting Extravaganza is LIVE NOW!

This is the Friday July 25th edition of our Ultimate Facebook Party (featured Tuesdays) and we invite you to come over and add YOUR links to the DUCKS 'N A ROW FACEBOOK PAGE.

Share your FACEBOOK post links please (just click on the image of your FB link and use that URL) in the comments. 

Keep coming back and checking out our fabulous finds. Comment, Like and Share many and we will do the same for you. 

#theultimateparty

Here is a Facebook post from this Tuesday's  that I really liked. These delicious Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were made by Lisa of Sweet2Eat Baking! Be sure to boost this post for her, OK?  

I will be looking for a new post to feature on NEXT TUESDAY'S party so give us your best!!!

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24 July 2014

Blog Hop List Re-Do For You!

By Sinea Pies
blog hop and link party list #bloghops #llnkparty Ducks 'n a Row



Yes, I'm cleaning up my PARTIES page. There are many bloggers who have changed, cancelled or postponed their blog hops and my parties page has become very, very out of date.  I had considered deleting the ones that no longer exist but it will take so much precious time that I have decided to wipe them all out, instead.  

Yes, I am "pulling the plug" and starting over.


So, if you currently have a weekly party, I would LOVE it if you would add yours to my new page. 

Pick the right spot: I would suggest entering it on the day that your party is scheduled for even if you have an early-bird start the night before -- unless the NAME of the hop indicates the day of that early start 
i.e. I will be putting my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop in the Wednesday party location though we do go live at 7:00 pm ET on Tuesdays.

TIP: please use the homepage URL when you link up. That way each time you publish a new hop -assuming they visit you on the right day- your guests will find your party with one simple click. 

Thanks so much for your help and please spread the news to others who host weekly parties. 
I want this page to be a very useful resource for us all!



Photo credit:
Benjamin Earwicker on Freeimages dot com


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Google+ Day Has Arrived! #GrowingCirclesHop is LIVE now!


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


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.




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22 July 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 83

Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #83! You all had so many interesting posts. Just amazing. Let's take a look at some of the most popular and then get right into our party.

The most viewed links both had to do with Google+! 
Obviously, we are not the only bloggers who are fascinated with the possibilities of Google +

Most Viewed 

Tips on using Google+ #socialmediatips #bloggingtips #Google #SEO


Very Popular


Editor's Pick
Using pennies to decorate a cabinet #DIY #homedecor

Editor's Note: This post was number 346 of 394 entries --- so close to 400 but so far away. That's OK...this will be the week! Now, here is why I had to select this post for Editor's Pick...
Check out the pennies! She has decorated the side of the cabinet with over 1000 PENNIES!!! What a neat idea. I just love it!

Love this blog hop?


So let's party!  Simple Guidelines:

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The Ultimate FACEBOOK Party Starts NOW!!!

We have made it to our fourth week of The Ultimate Party on Facebook!
The Ultimate Party on Facebook

Last week we had 39 different Facebook statuses linked up to the party!

Here was my favorite share of the party!
It is a tickler Facebook post by Paula of Keep It Simple Make It Great asking us if we have ever made a project that we found on Pinterest! The photo above is the project that she really made!

To participate in today's party:

  • First follow your hosts and co-hosts on Facebook.

Hosts:

hosts facebook
  1. Tammy from The Ultimate Linky -- Follow The Ultimate Linky on Facebook HERE.
  2. Tammy from My Life Abundant -- Follow My Life Abundant on Facebook HERE.
  3. Kim from Kid Pep -- Follow Kid Pep on Facebook HERE.
  4. Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row -- Follow Ducks 'n a Row on Facebook HERE.

Co-hosts:

cohosts facebook
  1. Crystal from Finding Crystal -- Follow Finding Crystal on Facebook HERE.
  2. Paula from Buenos Aires --Follow Paula -- Buenos Aires on Facebook HERE.
  3. Amber from Snapshots and Snippets -- Follow Snapshots and Snippets on Facebook HERE.
  • Go to The Ultimate Party's page on Facebook HERE.

  • Add one or two of your Facebook statuses that you want boosted as a comment to the top post on the page. The post says "The Ultimate Party on Facebook, Week 4!!!"
Here is how to find the URL of the Facebook post: Go to your Facebook page. Find the post you want to boost (have people like/comment/share). Click on the time under the title. I would click on "30 minutes ago." time for facebook.
Then go up to the browser window and copy the URL. It will look like this: URL of facebook post
Paste this URL as a comment on The Ultimate Party's page.
  • Go and boost at least 3 other statuses for every status you link up. Like, comment, or share the other Facebook posts. I cannot be on Facebook all day! The hosts and co-hosts will do their best to boost every post, but we need your help!
  • Please follow our Facebook page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates!
  • If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  • Optional: You can include your pin URL for that post so that others can pin it if they want to. If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  • We would love it if you grabbed our button!
The Ultimate Linky

And we would love some tweets! Thank you!

Before you link up, we have one more special feature that truly makes this Facebook party The Ultimate Party!
Every weekday except for Tuesday, you can share your posts on one of the host's pages. Go and link up one of your posts as a comment to the post on the host's Facebook page. (It will be pinned at the top or will be very close to the top of the page.)
Here is the schedule:Schedule for Facebook share days

Now go HERE to party!

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21 July 2014

Ducks 'n a Row is 4 Years Old!

In July of 2010, Ducks 'n a Row was born. The time has just flown by! Starting as a blog devoted to organizing and time management tips, we have developed into a life-style blog where we also share great recipes, cleaning tips, pet care, family fun, preschool lessons and ideas, blogging tips, blog hops and more. And we've only just begun.

In celebration of our anniversary, I thought it would be fun to see which posts of each category was the most popular. 

Here they are:



Top Recipe and Number 1 Most Viewed with 9177 unique views

Strangest Post to Be SO Popular  # 2 most viewed with 8162 unique views

Top Family Fun

Tools of the Trade

Top Tips

Top Cleaning

Top Organizing

Top Guest Post

Best Blogging Tip

Top Preschool Post

Thank you so much, dear readers, for making this blog a success. If you are new, please follow us on social media so that we can stay in touch!

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Stop by every Wednesday for 
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop
with specially featured blogs.
A treasure in every click. 


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17 July 2014

Coconut Cake With Glaze Recipe



Do you love coconut? I do! Surround it with nuts and a gooey, warm sweet glaze on top of cake right-out-of-the oven and, YUM! I won't be able to stop eating it. Will you?  :)

Grandmother's Kitchen created this luscious dessert they say to prepare and serve it right away, while it is still warm. 

Here's the recipe for this amazing cake:

Ingredients

HOT MILK CAKE
Makes one 9-inch cake
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large size eggs
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk


GLAZE
2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 – 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup shredded natural coconut
*Optional, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Directions

HOT MILK CAKE
Preheat the oven 325 degrees F.
  • Lightly butter and flour a 9" square baking pan and set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the eggs and sugar until thick, about 5 minutes the beat in the vanilla.
  • Meanwhile in a saucepan on the stove top, heat milk and butter until simmering. Stir and watch to not scorch.
  • Slowly add the egg mixture in a slow and steady stream as you continue beating until well combined.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the hot milk mixture until just combined. Don't over beat.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until golden brown and the cake is starting to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Remove from the oven and sit the pan on a cooling rack.
  • Cool cake in pan for 5 minutes. Poke a few holes in the cake with a fork and drizzle with glaze while cake is still warm.

GLAZE
  • Prepare the glaze to to be ready to drizzle over the cake while it is still warm.
  • Whisk together the coconut milk, and confectioner’s sugar,until smooth.
  • If it is too thick, stir in a little more coconut milk. If the glaze is to thin, stir in more confectioners's sugar. Stir in the coconut and chopped walnuts.
  • Serve this cake warm.
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Original Coconut Cake Glaze Recipe recipe found at Grandmothers Kitchen Recipes.

Previously on Ducks 'n a Row
Chocolate Lava Cake from Grandmother's Kitchen

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