Celebrate Your Story Link Party # 51

Happy Monday friends and I hope all is well with you. Today I was anxious to get in the kitchen and do some more fall baking. Sadly, it didn’t turn out well. Naturally, this isn’t a first. Lots of sweet treat haven’t made the blog but were tolerable for consumption. This cake was absolutely wretched and it immediately went down the garbage disposal.

Thanks so much for linking up again this week at Celebrate Your Story Link Party.
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Celebrate Your Story Link Party

Happy Monday friends! I hope Mother’s Day was perfect for all of you that celebrated. We have something new at different for you at Celebrate Your Story Link Party. Beginning this week Chloe, Jenny and I will choose an entry from the previous week’s party to feature. So please share those links! Here are our faves.

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I am a fan of dessert any time of the day and my favorite foodie feature, came from Jenna at The Painted Apron. Her Breakfast For Dessert Pie looks like it could easily become a family favorite.

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Chloe’s choice is the beautiful Outdoor Bliss citrus inspired Tablescape from Pam at Everyday Living. How bright and cheery is this!

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Please check out Jenny’s Favorite. I have the perfect spot in my home for this. My Antique Painted Dresser with Bird Motif. Rachel over at R2B Painted did a beautiful job.

Remember, the links you submit can be recent or older ones, we’d love to see them. So without further ado it’s time to party!

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The rules for participating in Celebrate Your Story! Link Party are simple:

  1. Follow your host blog.
  2. If you are participating in Celebrate Your Story!, please be sure to add your permalink, and not your general blog address.
  3. Do not add your post name/blog name IN ALL CAPS.
  4. Please include a link in your post back to the party.
  5. No Etsy shop links or similar, please link to original content on your blog.
  6. Show a little love to those sharing their stories by leaving a comment on their post!
  7. Please limit your shares to only 3 per week.

Please note: by joining the Celebrate Your Story! Link Party you are giving your hosts permission to share your content on their site and social media platforms. Any photos used will be appropriately credited with links directing readers to your site.

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How to Beat The Winter Blues

Beat the winter blues by throwing an impromptu party.

Beat the winter blues by throwing an impromptu party.

Now that the holidays have passed the general mindset is to hunker down for a bit and wait for spring. The cold and dreary days of winter are no reason to just sit on your couch and brood. It’s the perfect time to throw a party!

The Invitation
This party is the epitome of laid-back. A simple phone call or online invitation is acceptable and appropriate. Also consider having guests bring a game or at least an idea for an activity. I love this selection from Evite:

The Music
To offset the doom and gloom of cloudy days and sometimes chilly temps, keep the music upbeat and lively. Online music stations like Pandora, that allow you to choose several genres is perfect for this type of party.

The Games
If you, or your guests have Wii or Xbox Kinect, the fun meter at your party will skyrocket! These interactive games are not only fun, but can also help you burn off any excess calories you may consume.

Beat The Winter Blues Menu

One of the most memorable parts of any party is the food, and comfort food rules during winter. Here are a few suggestions:

Chili and Cornbread/Crackers
Macaroni and Cheese
Mini Meatloaves
Hot Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Pie

Beat the winter blues by throwing an impromptu party.

This is one of those dishes that is hard to resist when it’s placed before you. The temptation is to keep taking a little sliver here and there. It is also a good go-to or party recipe. Extra seasonings aren’t needed because of the saltiness of the cheese. Even though this dish has a crust, the inside would be good to scoop up with pita or tortilla chips, and sprinkled with lots of hot sauce.

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Hot Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Pie
1 (22 oz) bag Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips
1 (8 ounce) pkg 1/3 less cream cheese, softened
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
½ cup onions, finely chopped
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
¼ cup shredded Colby jack cheese
2 frozen ready-made pie crusts, thawed

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, Colby jack cheese, and mayonnaise. Gently stir in artichoke hearts and spinach. Divide mixture and chicken strips between both pie crusts. Top with grated parmesan. Bake in the preheated oven 40-45 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned.

You know how much I love to party and I think this is a fantastic way to combat the dreariness of winter. What are some of your ideas to beat the winter blues?

Don’t forget to link up any current or past posts and our link party that is now open. We’d love to see what you’ve been working on. Have an awesome week!

Link Party

The rules for participating in Celebrate Your Story!Link Party are simple:

  1. Follow your host blog.
  2. If you are participating in Celebrate Your Story!, please be sure to add your permalink, and not your general blog address.
  3. Do not add your post name/blog name IN ALL CAPS.
  4. Please include a link in your post back to the party.
  5. No Etsy shop links or similar, please link to original content on your blog.
  6. Show a little love to those sharing their stories by leaving a comment on their post!

Please note: by joining the Celebrate Your Story! Link Party you are giving your hosts permission to share your content on their site and social media platforms. Any photos used will be appropriately credited with links directing readers to your site.

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