Archives for January 2014

The Weekend Retreat Link Party #52

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We are rocking it!!   We blew right through our record last week!   I know it’s not just me, but we had some amazing links this past week.   It was hard for me to pick a few to feature.  Thank you for coming back each week and helping us share the word. I’m looking forward to this week to see what you have all been up to.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

My work always has these contests on who can make the best whatever.   This times the challenge was cookies.  Of course being me I forgot about this challenge and started looking around to find the perfect recipes.  I saw these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and I thought they were going to take a long to make.  After I looked at the recipe, I thought is this really it.  Only 4 ingredients!!

Well I gave them a try.  The Cool Whip gives them this amazing fluffy and airy texture with a pow of chocolate yummyness.   The only bad part about these cookies.    It is very hard to hide t

he evidence that you were eating them without getting powdered sugar all over you.   Another great thing,  This recipe is made for any kind of cake mix you desire.  I’m thinking some re velvet cookies are in my future really soon.


These are the type of cookies that as you are taking pictures you have to keep sampling them.  Or that bite looks to big or that big looks to small.   Okay okay maybe I was just making an excuse to keep eating them.

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It’s a Boy! Virtual Baby Shower prizes worth $3,000!!!

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I’m so excited for Shauna and her family!!   There is nothing better than having a sweet new little baby!   I can’t think of anyone more deserving, then Shauna.   She has been a great friend to me and great resource when I have some basic blogging questions.   Shauna spends countless hours helping us all out!  
I know this pregnancy has not been and easy one and I can only imagine being on bed rest for the majority of it has to be hard, especially with a toddler running around!  I wish we could all see her reaction when she hears about this great Surprise these lovely ladies have lined up!  
I’m lucky enough to know Shauna and I’m glad I can call her a friend! 

Happiness is Homemade #4

We had an amazing party last week!   There were so many links that got tied!  Which means we had some really good stuff shared with all of us.  We really appreciate all you coming back each week and sharing with us.  We keep continuing to get bigger and bigger, which we are all excited about! 
H is H #4

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Classic Funeral Potatoes

I have grown up on Funeral Potatoes also know outside of the state of Utah as Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole.  I’m still not sure as to why they call them Funeral Potatoes.   I assumed its because when some passed away in our church the members would always serve lunch to the family after the services and everyone brought these potatoes.  Nor do I want or need to have a funeral to make this classic casserole dish.

There are so many different varieties of Funeral Potatoes out there and everyone makes them a little bit different.    You can add crumbled corn flakes on top or use potato chips.  You can even add a variety of vegetables.  Or my favorite bacon!  You can even spice it up with some pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar.  Either way it doesn’t really matter, everyone will enjoy this recipe.

 This Classic Funeral Potato recipe we have been using in my family for a fairly long time.  To this day Grandma still always makes it better but that’s just how it goes.  Everything tastes better when you don’t have to cook.  Don’t you agree?

Classic Funeral Potatoes

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

I actually had to use Lay’s Original potatoes chips for my recipes this time.  I didn’t realize I didn’t have any Corn Flakes.   Like I said you couldn’t even tell a difference it was still just as tasty.

Classic Funeral Potatoes
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  • 2 packages frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup green onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup corn flakes, crushed
  1. In a sprayed 13x9 casserole dish, lay hash browns out. In a bowl combine sour cream, Cream of Chicken soup, salt, cheese and green onion. Stir until well combined. Pour sauce on top of potatoes and gently mix into potatoes. In a small bowl melt butter, add to the crushed corn flakes. Sprinkle corn flakes on top of casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

The Weekend Retreat Link Party #51

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Sweet Firecracker Chicken

This dish is Panda Express inspired!  I have never really been a fan of Panda Express until they got their Sweet Fire-Cracker Chicken.  It is has became my all time favorite dish that they offer.  So what is a girl to do, start looking around on the internet to find an awesome copy-cat recipe.  

There were a few different recipes on line but I choose this particular one because it sounded the most like the original recipe.  This was actually my second time making this Sweet Fire-Cracker Chicken.   The first time we had it was great.  I even brought some of left overs to my parents house for them to try and my dad actually thought it came from the restaurant.  It was pretty tasty but I decided to make a few alterations to the original recipe I found and I think it tastes so much better.  It’s still really similar

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Happiness is Homemade #3

We had another amazing week!!   In fact we out linked our very first week….WAHOO!!   I love seeing what each of you have been up to!    Hope you all had a great weekend, is it just me or do they seem to get shorter and shorter.


H is H #3

1. Creative & Delicious made this yummy looking Valentines Dessert.  I can’t wait to dive into one of these!

2. One Creative Mommy made these cute Frozen Valentines gifts for friends.   I still need to see this movie, I have herd great things!

3.  The Wordy Baker made this delicious looking Cinnamon Raisin Bread,  I love cinnamon toast!

4. With a Blast made these White Chocolate Fluff dessert.  I love white chocolate and these are on my list to make soon!


A Peek Into My Paradise

This week’s co-host!

Elie over at Organizer by Day

PicMonkey Collage profile picture in car blogElie is newly married, stay at home wife and together they have 3 fur-babies.   She loves cooking, even though she hates onions and she loves to get crafty.   So let’s make Elie feel welcomed and give her some bloggy love and follow her!

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 Interesting in Co-hosting Happiness is Homemade?

Simply fill in the Rafflecopter each week for you to enter to win a co-hosting spot with us. One lucky winner will co-host the Happiness is Homemade Link Party two weeks following; to allow time for the winner to get their information to us. As always it is free to sign up and helps bring more viewers to your page!
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Now that’s enough talking let’s get this party started!!!

The rules are really simple! Make sure you visit a few other blogs and make some new friends along the way. Feel free to link up your favorite recipe, crafts or latest DIY. We want to see it all!

As always make sure to follow your hosts and co-hosts!!

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Homemade Marinara Sauce

Who loves Italian food, I know I do!!!  I love anything Italian.   I love the pasta, the marinara sauce, lasagna, spaghetti, alfredo sauce and lets not forget the bread.  So here I am cooking spaghetti for dinner and I just realized I have no spaghetti sauce in the pantry.  I was not in the mood to go to the store in fact it was my lazy day and I don’t even think I got out of pajamas.  So I got to looking on the internet for a quick and tasty marinara sauce that I can make for dinner.

I have never been a huge fan of Marinara sauce but when I saw few recipes online they were all basically the same recipe so I thought I would give it try.   At first I thought it was a little bitter and I was slightly worried it was not going to taste good with my pasta.  But  once I added it to the pasta, my taste buds started ringing!!   It was so so good!  I’m thinking there will no longer be any jarred spaghetti sauce in this house.   This tastes so much better.


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The Weekend Retreat #50

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I’m so excited to have been ask to join The Weekend Retreat!  I came over often and shared with all of you.  The one thing I love about this party is seeing all the amazing recipes and crafts everyone come up with it!  We definitely have a some very talented bloggers.



Each week we’ll be doing a Featured Blog Spot to help introduce you guys to the different bloggers that link up with us! We’ll be including a main photo along with a few of our favorite posts w/ links back to the blog so you can stop by, check em out and say hi while you’re there! This week our featured blogger is Paula from Beauty Through Imperfection!

Beauty Through Imperfection

What I really love about Paula’s site is that it’s a great place to get some really great information geared towards bloggers!  She’s put together a series of blog posts to help not only bloggers, but mommies & families as well!  Paula also hosts a link party on Saturday’s so make sure to stop by and check it out!

Here are a few of our favorite recent posts from Paula’s blog: Blogging Secrets Revealed, 8 Ways to help a toddler adjust to the new baby & How To Save More Money in 2014!

* Featured Blog Spot will be chosen at random from bloggers that have linked up at The Weekend re-Treat!  


Awesome Features

This week are trying something new and including the features in this week’s party so that everyone gets to see these awesome posts. There were so many great ideas to choose from that it made it hard for us to choose but these were our favorites.



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