Link Up #59

It’s time for another Link Party! :)

Now is your chance to link up your favorite blog posts of crafts and recipes!  :)  I hope to see some awesome projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, I really hope all of my readers will participate and help us spread the word!  :)

If you are at all interested in co-hosting upcoming Link Ups, please contact me!

Now, let’s get to the Link Up!!

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Plucky is Looking for Guest Bloggers and Contributors!!

Guest Bloggers and Contributors

Guest Bloggers and Contributors

Since I started this blog in September of 2012, I’ve had almost a good handful of Guest Bloggers that I was PROUD to feature!!

I enjoyed working each of them and am now looking for more!

Whether you would like to contribute just ONE post or sign on for a SERIES of posts, we would be glad to have you!  :)

I’ve always been one that likes to help out the “little people;” so if you have a blog or don’t have a blog and you would like to show off your crafts, writing skills, etc., then this opportunity is for you!  :)

We don’t discriminate at Plucky’s Second Thought.  :)

We are seeking creative posts specializing in recipes, crafting, DIY, travel reviews, etc.!!

What do you get out of the deal?

  • If you’re a blogger, your photo will be featured on our sidebar off to the right that will give my viewers some more information about you.
  • You’ll receive exposure!  Our stats are increasingly going up each day, therefore each time you submit a post, it will be seen by a wide variety of viewers, shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!!

So you want to apply?

  • Contact me via THIS form.

Make sure you include the following info:

  • Your Name
  • Your Blog Address (if applicable)
  • A few sentences about yourself as well as why you’d like to be considered as a contributor/guest blogger.
  • Mention your ideas for post submissions!

What is Craftsy?

What is Craftsy?

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?

Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.

With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.

Craftsy
 

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In GCFL every experience feels like a small-town adventure.

Around every corner in GCFL there is an easy adventure. Explore the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve and see over 20 different species of rare, protected plants – and an occasional alligator! Build a bonfire on the beach and gaze at a million stars. Fish off a pier or with a charter captain at the tip of the Cape. Then, learn how to cook your catch that night. Quietly kayak on the Dead Lakes and be amazed at what you’ll find around the next Cypress tree. Hike through St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and see pristine white sand dunes as tall as a house.

Every moment is a new discovery. Connect with nature and make new friends. During January through March, GCFL brings everyone together by hosting get-togethers big and small. Take a sunset cruise from Port St. Joe Marina with a handful of other nature lovers. Or, visit the GCFL Welcome Center for a cocktail-hour reception where you’ll meet other winter guests and make lifelong friends. The calendar of events is always changing so be sure to check out gcflwinterfun.com and see our small town hospitality in action!

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Winter Fun Events in GCFL is an equal mix of peaceful solitude and friendly camaraderie. Memories aren’t always made from big, fancy productions. Instead, connect over the small, happy accidents. Be open to wonder. Explore GCFL.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Pie French Toast Casserole

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Last Thanksgiving was a little weird for us as we didn’t go anywhere on the day of (last minute plans changed); so we had already had our meal a week before and didn’t exactly want to have more turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.  However, how do you not spend Thanksgiving Day without having ANY Pumpkin Pie at all?  Therefore, this recipe filled that void for us!  :)  It’s SO delicious and the leftovers are JUST as good!  ENJOY

Ingredients:

  • Loaf of French Bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 pint of half and half
  • 1 c milk
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 plus 1/4 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/22 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp butter, cold and cut into small pieces

Directions:

  • Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and place cut 1 inch cubed bread into bottom of dish.
  • In a large bowl beat eggs with a whisk; then add half and half, milk, pumpkin puree, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, and salt.
  • Pour egg mixture over bread pieces and gently press down on the bread making sure all the pieces are wet and soaked with mixture; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl combine the 1/4 cup brown sugar, white sugar, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg for the topping; stir well.
  • Mix in the butter pieces with the topping to create a crumbly mixture; sprinkle over top of the bread pieces.
  • Bake uncovered for about 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the middle is solid.
  • When serving, drizzle with maple syrup and top with walnuts and powdered sugar.

source: http://www.justusfourblog.com/2013/10/pumpkin-pie-overnight-french-toast-recipe/