Co-Host: 83rd Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

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

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Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow
Danielle of Sew Much Crafting

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread
Shari of Pure Grace Farms

Tammy of Creative K Kids
and… Tammy of The Ultimate Linky

Marcy of Day2Day Supermom
Jessica of Plucky’s Second Thought
Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row 
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Recipe: Garden Veggie Rice with Pesto


It’s time for another QUICK lunch idea!  :)  I love to make this when I want something fresh and delicious for lunch!  It’s SO good and pretty good for you!  :)  ENJOY!


  • 1/2 c white/brown microwaveable rice
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1-2 stalks of green onion, sliced
  • 4-5 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp pesto
  • pepper


  • Add rice, water, green onion, and tomatoes to a microwaveable bowl and heat in the microwave for 3 minutes; let sit in microwave for 1 minute.
  • When done, remove and add dash of pepper and pesto; stir and enjoy!

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Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Green Beans


Are you like me and simply get tired of the same old veggies for dinner?  I especially get bored with green beans.  I mean…they’re green beans!  :)  Therefore I’m all for jazzing up those boring beans into something a little more enjoyable.  And this recipe is JUST that!  ENJOY!


  • Fresh Green beans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • garlic salt to taste
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Heat your oven to 350; wash your green beans and cutting off the ends.
  • Lay the green beans on top of a piece of tin foil on a baking sheet.
  • Spread olive oil over the top of the green beans, then sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Wrap the tin foil around the beans and bake for 20 minutes.
  • When done, open the tin foil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.