Link Up #55

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Pumpkin Card design idea

Pumpkin Card

Pumpkin Card

One weekend, mom and I literally popped out like 6-10 different card designs for the upcoming fall holidays, and this Pumpkin Card was one of them!  Isn’t it cute?  Literally all we did was cut out ovals and put them together to create three different sizes of pumpkins,  Mom also used her embossing tool to create the black background behind the pumpkins.

…and then of course no card is complete without a ribbon attached!  :)  What a neat little gift to send to someone!

Guest Blogger: Pria – DIY Party Drinks that Will Never Make You Tipsy

Party Drinks

There’s a growing population of adults who have committed to permanent abstinence from alcohol. This is because trends about health and eating healthy and clean are getting popular and hence are followed. Drinking booze that makes you intoxicated does not help you deal with day-to-day reality as some might actually believe. Becoming drunk and high won’t make one attain real happiness, but in most cases only makes things worse. In this article, we will give out suggestions on how to make party drinks that won’t make you tipsy.

DIY Party Drinks that Will Never Make You Tipsy

Coconut with Strawberry Smoothie

This smoothie is made with the combination of strawberries, coconut water, almond butter and stevia blended on high. It’s easy to make, only consisting of the following:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon creamy roasted almond butter
  • 5 drops vanilla stevia
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 3 ice cubes

Greens Colada

We’re all grown too familiar with piña colada. For cleansing, know that there’s another variety called the greens colada that’s made with refreshing greens and pineapple chunks. Blend everything below together until smooth then serve.

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 5 drops stevia
  • 4 ice cubes

Kale and Orange

Some people might not like the taste of kale, but if you mix it with a strong citrus fruit such as orange, the mixed juice can taste wonderful. For anyone in the party that needs a little tart sweetness in a drink, they have to try this concoction:

  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 whole orange, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Coconut and Watermelon

Newly introduced in some debut catering services, the coconut and watermelon combo is a cool party drink. Packed with an essential amino acid known as L-citrulline, watermelon when mixed with any drink is great for recovery. Mix together watermelon and coconut water and add a dash of salt as you want to bring out the sweetness of the fruit. Serve this party drink with a sexy glass and awe your guests.

  • 1 cup of cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 lime (optional)

Rosemary Lemonade

If you dig something unique, go for rosemary lemonade. The taste of this DIY drink is not too sweet, but one that just has a tad punch of savory from the rosemary. Combine the following and don’t forget to discard the rosemary sprigs after the flavor is absorbed by the water.

  • 5-6 lemons
  • 3-4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water

To add to the excitement, you can always choose to swap out rosemary for other spices like thyme or basil.

Conclusion

These DIY party drinks are not only delicious but are also healthier than most booze available in bars and clubs. When you make it on your own, you become more aware of the ingredients and also their health benefits. Realize that you don’t need to always have alcoholic drinks in a party for any celebration.

About the Author:

Pria Luz is a full-time mom to her two year old darling angel. A passionate homemaker, event organizer and DIY enthusiast. Follow her on in twitter @PriaLuz.

Cardboard Boo Halloween Decoration idea

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This Cardboard Boo is another little fun craft decoration that we made a few years ago and I think it turned out nicely!  :)

Cardboard Boo

Materials:

  • Cardboard letters to spell out the word of choice
  • patterned scrapbook paper (3 different kinds)
  • modpodge
  • scissors
  • ribbon to match paper
  • embellishments (if desired)

Directions:

  • Trace your letters onto the back of your paper and then cut the traced shape out.
  • Modpodge the paper to the cardboard letters.
  • Take your ribbon and attach each letter to each other, vertically so they can hang somewhere.
  • Embellish as desired!

source: http://www.thenshemade.com/2010/09/boo-sign.html

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins recipe

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I actually didn’t start eating zucchini up until about 5 years ago.  For whatever reason I thought I didn’t like it.  I’ll 100% admit though, that it doesn’t have much of a taste, so you really have to pack in the flavor when using it in recipes!  We first started using it in our Lemon Zucchini bread, and then I found this recipe!  These Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are super delicious that it really doesn’t matter how old or young you are, you’ll love this healthy snack!  ENJOY!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 2 and 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 c shredded zucchini
  • 1 c chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a muffin tin with liners, then lightly spray with nonstick spray; set aside.
  • Beat butter, applesauce, and sugar in a large mixing bowl; mixture will look curdled, this is OK.
  • Add eggs then mix to combine; then add vanilla and buttermilk then mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 3 batches, mixing until just combined before adding the next batch.
  • Them add zucchini and chocolate chips then mix until just combined.
  • Scoop batter into liners filling 3/4 of the way full; bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in muffin tin for 3 minutes then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

source: http://iowagirleats.com/2013/09/11/healthier-double-chocolate-zucchini-muffins