Wednesday’s Goody Bag – Link Party #8
We’re back from a little Hurricane Sandy hiatus. Thankfully, everyone we know seems to be back in their homes, power is on and school is back in session. Which is good because there is a small snowy Nor’easter expected north tonight. Although we’ll only get some snow showers (I’ll take what I can get on the snow front), they’re projected to get a little more than that.
Unfortunately, I’m sure everyone has watched the news, there are many, many people still displaced from this storm and clean-up efforts seem to be going very slowly. Just a quick reminder on how to help. The Red Cross is assisting with direct relief efforts to the victims and you can donate here. Any amount helps, especially with the holidays coming up.
Now, on to some more fun stuff – our Wednesday’s Goody Bag winners from two weeks ago. Thank you to everyone who participated and sorry about the delay. There were some really yummy ideas this time. Here are the top five posts of the week:
Having spent many a summer on the Jersey shore simply sniffing the fudge, I love any recipe involving this thick chocolate concoction. This recipe is great because you can use up your left over candy corn, which if you like me, I always buy it enthusiastically at the beginning of the season, but have a ton left over by the end. I found really interesting that Kaylee melts the candy corn to make the butterfinger part. I tried this recently and ended up with sugary, crusty mess. Her secret, though, is to mix in the peanut butter, which seems to successfully melt with the candy corn together. I’ll have to try it!
I’m always looking for delicious appetizer recipes for parties and this one has definitely hit must try list. I love pretzels and will be the first to order bite sized ones in restaurants. Unfortunately, I find them really hard to find in stores to buy. These look so yummy. Although you still have to use yeast, most of the dough does the work for you. You just need the time to let it rise for an hour or so. And who doesn’t like their pretzels with a cheese sauce? Can’t wait to try for our next football afternoon or other sporting event!
Having a toddler at home means keeping a lot of art activities around. I have been planning on making Little Bug a set of playdough for Christmas. When your little one is so small, homemade playdough is the way to go so it remains edible. Edible doesn’t mean that it’s going to taste good, just that when she nibbles on it, I don’t have to worry. I love how this version of playdough smelled amazing with the addition of pumpkin pie spice. Stacey’s son seems to really like it too! I might have to make some of this playdough for Thanksgiving so everyone can play together.
I’m always looking for easy hostess gifts to make at home that are sophisticated and small enough to keep on hand for the holidays. One day I plan on creating a closet or shelf to store them during the year. Then, you’re always ready when you pop on by someone’s house. I love this chalkboard coaster idea. It’s really simple, using chalkboard paint (which I love) and you’re guests can play tic tac toe on them. How fun would these be to bring to a holiday party or Thanksgiving event? I could even see them included in a wine gift basket. And you can never have enough coasters!
And the post with the most click throughs two weeks ago was….
Shelley has gotten very creative with her free printables this Halloween and offered many fun and cool options on her website. She created these adorable bat cookies and fun tags to go with them. What a fun treat to hand out to trick or treaters! I’m definitely going to remember to try this next year. Shelley also gave a few hints on how to get your icing just right when using pre-made royal icing. My goal this holiday season is to try decorating cookies the “right” way. Definitely going to keep these hints in mind as I go forward. Shelley’s post will be featured in our next shop newsletter.
So are you ready to get started this week? I can’t wait to see all of the amazing ideas and inspiration that everyone has been working on. Let’s review the rules… Link up your ideas in the link party below. They can be DIY projects, recipes, parties or anything else you think will inspire our readers. My goal is to grow this party as big as possible, so feel free to share it with your friends too. At the end of your post, make sure to provide a link back to our site.
The party will have a little contest involved. When you see a post you like, click on it and visit that person’s site. Even leave a comment or two to let someone know that you’re listening and inspired by their work. It’s such nice touch when you show some love by sharing and commenting on other people’s work.
The links with the most click throughs will be featured in next week’s link party. But even better yet, the top post each week will be featured in our shop’s, Katarina’s Paperie, monthly newsletter. If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to sign up for our newletter at the bottom of the page. You’ll get a set of party ideas, recipes, tips and free party printables delivered to your inbox every month. And if your link is the top post of the week, it will also be featured!
Can’t wait to get started? Click the link party button below to link up your post. I can’t wait to see what creative projects everyone is up to this week! Let the inspiration begin! Oh, yeah, and by the way, thanks for coming and sharing such wonderful ideas.
I’m off to work on some Thanksgiving designs. I can’t wait to share them soon! Have a wonderful week and thanks for sharing your work with us.