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Monday, March 31, 2014

A Chance to Win $650! Tax Day Giveaway!


Enter for your chance to win $650 from a great group of bloggers in the Tax Day Cash Giveaway...but hurry just like your taxes it all ends at midnight on April 15th, 2014!!

Amazing cohost are:


Linda @ Crafts a la Mode  
Mandy Jean  @  Mandy Jean chic 
Evelyn @ My Turn for us 
Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me
Anna  @ Cuddlebug Cuties
Angel  @ Sew Crafty Angel 
Katherine @ Katherines Corner 
Tiffany @ Style Honestly 
Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby
Karen @ Giveaway Hunt 
Natasha @ Serenity You 
Inspired Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer 
April @ 100lb Countdown
Myrna @ UndecidedMamas

Giant shout out to other participants 
(because without everyone we would have never reached $650)


Jackie@  Jade and Oak 
Joy @ Yesterfood 




Must be 18 years or older to participate in this giveaway. Must have a verified PayPal account for monies to be transferred to the winner. The winning entry will be verified. Once the winner is notified they have 72 hours to reply back or a second winner will be selected and the first one will have no claim to the prize.  This giveaway is open worldwide but prize money is valued on the US dollar and any taxes is at the sole responsibility of the winner and not of anyone who contributed to this giveaway.   
If you have any questions please contact Mice In The Kitchen BEFORE entering the giveaway.

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Tuesday's Table for April 8, 2014

We had a wonderful party last week. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to add your links to last week's party, and a "Welcome New Friends" to all of our new followers.








This week's feature is Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers' Turkish Rice Pudding! I am a sucker for rice pudding - AND we are going to be visiting Turkey on our cruise (we leave Friday!)  This is just the perfect feature for this week.  Delicious and getting me excited for my vacation!   You need to head over and see her site.





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And now it's time to fill Tuesday's Table.  Are you planning for your Easter celebration and have some great recipes to share? I can always use some great inspiration, and y'all always come through with it!

For this week's party, only a few guidelines:
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Tuesday's Table for April 1, 2014

We had a wonderful party last week. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to add your links to last week's party, and a "Welcome New Friends" to all of our new followers.








This week's feature is The Freshman Cook's Linzer BUttercream Cookies!  These are just darling and would be the perfect addition to my Easter table.  I can guarantee that my co-workers will be seeing these in the coming weeks!   You need to head over and see her site.





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And now it's time to fill Tuesday's Table.  Are you planning for your Easter celebration and have some great recipes to share? I can always use some great inspiration, and y'all always come through with it!

For this week's party, only a few guidelines:
  • Please share as many links as you like, but only if you haven't shared them here before
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Tuesday's Table for March 25, 2014

We had a wonderful party last week. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to add your links to last week's party, and a "Welcome New Friends" to all of our new followers.








This week's feature is My Family Mealtime's Beer Cheese Soup!  This recipe, made with New Belgium Beer, looks and sounds amazing.   You need to head over and see her site.





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And now it's time to fill Tuesday's Table.  Are you planning for your Easter celebration and have some great recipes to share? I can always use some great inspiration, and y'all always come through with it!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For My Friends - A Spring Break Giveaway!!

Spring is Finally Here!

We are SO Excited about it, that we are giving away some CASH!!

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One (1) lucky winner will win this $200 PayPal Cash Giveaway! You can use your winnings towards a day at the beach or the spa...maybe some retail therapy; whatever you like...Just be sure to Enter to Win! Plus, You Deserve a Break!

Meet the Lovely people who made this giveaway possible...

CO-HOSTS

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Natasha @ Lovely You | Mionna @ Just Mi | LaTisha @ Young Finances | Susan @ Love In The Kitchen | Natasha @ Epic Mommy Adventures

SpringRow2Linda @ Crafts A La Mode | Sherry @ The Life of the Party | Nicole @ Pharr Away | Lily @ Fun Fierce Fabulous Beauty After 50 | Christie @ A Kitchen HoorSpringRow3Myrna @ Undecided Mamas | Angel @ Sew Crafty Angel | Dee @ Ms Dee Kay

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Jamie @ Handling With Grace | Sam @ Honey Go Lightly | Liz @ The Fitness Blonde

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Lovely You Blog, Co-Hosts, Contributors and Sponsors are not eligible to enter this giveaway. The Spring Break Cash Giveaway begins March 20th at 12:00 AM EST and ends April 3rd 2014 at 12:00AM EST. The giveaway is open to Residents Worldwide with a verified PayPal account except where prohibited by law. One (1) winner will be selected by Random.org and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. No purchase necessary for entering this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Bloglovin are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me, cohosts and sponsors in order to verify your entries and name a winner. As the winner, you are responsible for any tax reporting and associated fees via PayPal in obtaining the winnings. It is the Sole responsibility of the winner and not Lovely You Blog, Co-hosts, Contributors or Sponsors.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Tuesday's Table for March 18, 2014

We had a wonderful party last week. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to add your links to last week's party, and a "Welcome New Friends" to all of our new followers.








This week's feature is Gigi Eats Celebrities' Frosted Mini Shepherd's Pie!  I love shepherd's pie, and these mini concoctions look divine.   You need to head over and see her site.





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And now it's time to fill Tuesday's Table.  Are you planning for your Easter celebration and have some great recipes to share? I can always use some great inspiration, and y'all always come through with it!

For this week's party, only a few guidelines:
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cajun Jambalaya


New Orleans is famous for a lot of different meals – chief among them is the traditional rice dish known as Jambalaya.  There are a wide variety of ways to make jambalaya, with chicken and sausage, or shrimp, or ham, or even duck or alligator. Some involve tomatoes and tomato sauce, some use chicken or beef stock instead.



Jambalaya originated in the Caribbean Islands. The Spanish culture mixed with the native foods created what is known as Jambalaya. Jambalaya is traditionally made in three parts, with meat and vegetables, and is completed by adding stock and rice. It is also a close cousin to the saffron colored paella found in Spanish cuisine.









Cajun Jambalaya

by Susan Zentmyer
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Ingredients (serves 8)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 pound Cajun-flavored or smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 5 cups cooked rice
Instructions
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell peppers; sauté until tender.
Add chicken, sausage, and next 4 ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
Stir in rice, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes over low heat.
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Jambalaya works especially well at family gatherings, since it’s very easy to alter the recipe in order to accommodate large numbers of hungry guests.  Make this at home, and I promise, you’ll love it! Throw in different variations of seafood, sausage, spices or hot sauce to make it truly your own.








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Friday, March 14, 2014

Mini Cherry Hand Pies


You won't need a fork for these Mini Cherry Hand Pies.  And you won't get any complaints that the servings weren't the same size.

You will, however, get a most delicious cherry hand pie - not too sweet and with the flakiest butter pastry imaginable!




Mini Cherry Hand Pies

by Susan Zentmyer
Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Ingredients (about 18 hand pies)
    For the dough
    • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) very cold butter, cut into pieces
    • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice cold water
    For the filling
    • 2 cups sweet bing cherries, pitted
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
    • pinches of salt
    For the pies
    • 1 egg, beaten with a bit of water
    • coarse sugar for sprinkling
    Instructions
    Add the flour, sugar and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it forms a sandy crumb.
    Starting with 4 tablespoons, sprinkle the water over the flour-butter mixture and pulse until it forms a ball, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add another tablespoon or two of water if necessary.
    Dump onto an unfloured counter and form into a flat disc. Wrap in plastic or waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    Preheat oven to 400ºF.
    Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
    For the filling, combine the cherries, sugar and all purpose flour, or tapioca flour if using, and salt. Stir to mix well and set aside.
    On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 to 1/16-inch thick.
    Cut out 4-inch circles. (You can re-roll the scraps so that you can use all of the dough)
    Place cut circles on the parchment-covered baking sheets.
    Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of filling into the center of each circle. Fold over, making sure the filling is not spilling out the edges, and crimp the edges with a fork.
    Pierce tops with a fork to create steam vents. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using.
    Bake for 15 minutes, until golden. Let sit on sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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    Monday, March 10, 2014

    Tuesday's Table for March 11, 2014

    We had a wonderful party last week. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to add your links to last week's party, and a "Welcome New Friends" to all of our new followers.








    This week's feature is Our Mini Family's St. Patty's Day Waffle Cake with Mint and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream  Just the thing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!  And you'll be surprised to see how easy it is to make.   You need to head over and see her site.





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    Monday, March 03, 2014

    Tuesday's Table for March 3, 2014

    We had a wonderful party last week. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to add your links to last week's party, and a "Welcome New Friends" to all of our new followers.








    This week's feature is Ma Niche's Butter and Rum Crepes  Today is Pancake Day - these look like a perfectly yummy and definitely elegant way to celebrate!   You need to head over and see her site.





    Please grab a button  - and thanks so much for sharing!

    And now it's time to fill Tuesday's Table.  Do you have a great St. Patrick's Day receipe?  Something for a Lenten Friday? I can always use some great inspiration, and y'all always come through with it!

    For this week's party, only a few guidelines:
    • Please share as many links as you like, but only if you haven't shared them here before
    • Add a link back to Tuesday's Table (or grab a button above!) so others can join in the fun
    • Follow me via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, RSS or Bloglovin (see my sidebar!)
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    And now, for this week's link party!



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