Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Link Party 2017

Welcome to our 2017 Holiday Link Party! We are so excited to have you join us! We've joined a group of our blogging friends to bring you a month long holiday party. Along with eight other bloggers, we’ll be sharing ideas for holiday decor, crafts, cards, tree trimmings, recipes, holiday traditions, activities, and more! We invite you join us and share yours, too. There is no limit on the number of links as long as they are family friendly and related to any of the December holidays. We welcome your older holiday posts, too.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Crunch Candy

Yes, tis the season for shopping, wrapping, decorating, and goodie making!  Of course, easy is great, right?  This recipe is simple and is also very tasty.  We make a couple of batches every year to include on our goodie plates for neighbors, etc.

Christmas Crunch Candy

Wilton Candy Melts, one bag (White or Vanilla)
**you can also use white almond bark
Fruit flavored cereal, such as Froot Loops
Chow Mein Noodles--the dry ones!
Mini colored marshmallows
Cashew pieces or slated peanuts, if desired
***Instead of the chow mein noodles, you can use mini pretzels broken into smaller pieces

Place candy melts or almond bark into microwave-safe mixing bowl.  Melt for 60 seconds, then stir.  Melt for additional time (in 30 second increments) until majority of melts are melted.  Stir until smooth.

Add the chow mein noodles (I break mine up a bit with my hands before adding them to bowl) or mini pretzels.  Stir in fruity cereal, marshmallows, and nuts.  Stir till coated.

Using a smaller spoon, place spoonfuls of the mixture onto wax paper or parchment paper placed on counter.  Allow candy time to harden and set up.

 Time to eat up!  Don't forget to share with your neighbors!

Thanks for visiting! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Ideas and Snickerdoodle Create Make Bake Link Party 11/18/17

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Beverly and Gloria Across the Blvd (G+ / Pin / Twitter / FB / Instagram)
Please let us know you’re following from Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make. We’d love to follow you back!
We're happy to announce that we will be featuring even more of your wonderful posts. Each week, on all five blogs, you'll find the co-hosts' selections for featured posts in the following categories: Crafts/DIY, Recipes, and Crocheting/Sewing. We will each include the Most Clicked as featured post as well. In addition, you may find other posts being featured, too.
While you're here, we'd love for you to grab our new party button.
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I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving (and safe one).  We are thankful that you enjoy our blog and hope that you will share it with your friends.  Thanks for linking up at Snickerdoodle Link Party!

Here is a post from our blog with several Thanksgiving recipes and a cute banner to print (for free).  Our family Stuffing/Dressing recipe was a hit at our Pinners Utah class!  Find the info on recipes HERE. 

~On to the Features~
All Features will be pinned to the Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make Features Board. We would love for you to pin the features, too. Please pin from the original source!

Thanksgiving Week Features:

Tureky Treat Cups are sure to be a hit with the kids at dinner!

From Playdates to Parties shared Thanksgiving decor ideas using nature's beauty.
You don't have to get all fancy to create a STUNNING table. By using natural elements, and items from around your home, you can create casual, budget friendly Thanksgiving tablescapes that will be both easy and gorgeous. 

If you have time, these cute Velour Pumpkins by the Apple Street cottage are lovely for decor!

Most Clicked:
One of my favorite bloggers, Looney for Food, shared Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving!  We all need tips, yeah?

Party Guidelines for Snickerdoodle Party
Thank you for partying with us!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Funtastic Friday 153

Funtastic Friday Poster


Happy week before Thanksgiving!  Do you have your dinner plans and menu ready?  I technically don't but I do have it planned out in my mind....does that count?


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Cranberry Chia Seeds
Simple and Delicious Caprese Quiche //
Sherry's favorite - Simple and Delicious Caprese Quiche @ Pretty Extraordinary
Square grateful wall hanging with pumpkin.
Quick Chocolate Chip Skillet Dessert, simple recipe and top a la mode for the full effect!
Cristy's favorite - Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet @ Lolly Jane

Debra's favorite - Herb Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms with Goat Cheese @ Living La Vida Holoka
These Smashed Sweet Potatoes are the perfect side dish for any occasion.  The sweet potatoes are roasted with cinnamon, a bit of chili powder and topped with toasted maple pecans!
Heidi and Lacie's favorite - Smashed Sweet Potatoes @ Cooking on the Front Burner
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All features are pinned to Olives & Okra’s Funtastic Friday board.
We will also share your post on social media if sharing buttons are readily available in your post. Help grow the Funtastic Friday link party.

Disclaimer: By submitting a link to this blog hop, you are giving me permission to share and/or feature your blog post and image on social media and on my blog, Olives & Okra. All links shared will either link back to the blog hop (link party) or to your blog.


  1. Post as many links as you like
  2. Family friendly posts only
  3. Old posts are welcome
  4. Comments are greatly appreciated
  5. Show fellow bloggers link love

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Party in Your PJs and Holiday Recipes

Howdy and welcome to Party in Your Pjs for this week!  Are you preparing for Thanksgiving?  I have actually found a couple of new recipes I am considering trying out.  If I leave out an old favorite though, my kids tell me about it!
Here is a a popular recipe from my husband's family that I have been making for most of our married life: Old-fashioned Stuffing.

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Features (each host chooses their own Features so stop by each blog to see if YOU were featured):

Turkey Handprint Cookies!  Such a cute idea from A Fireman's Wife.

Velvet Pumpkin Place Cards by Building Our Hive.  Lovely!

Our own Nina from Grandma Ideas has a fun game for Thanksgiving fun. 

Get your free printable for this Thanksgiving I Spy game. 

Grab a button if you were featured!

Thanks for joining us!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Old or New Favorite Family Recipe Blog Hop November 2017

Hello and Happy November!  This month our blog group is sharing more recipes with you--even if you have been hosting Thanksgiving for years it is nice to try something new!

Your hosts (besides us lol):

Stop by each blog above to see what recipe favorite they have to share!

My recipe is one I found in a Parents Magazine years ago, when my boys were young.  It is one sure to please for the pumpkin and chocolate chip lovers.  If you are looking for a new dessert this year, give this one a try!


This recipe is a must during the holidays at our home, beginning in October.  It keeps well and we even believe it tastes better the next day after baking!  
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
**You could also use pumpkin pie spice if you don't have the other spices**
4 eggs, lightly beaten (I use liquid pasteurized)
1 can (16 oz.) canned pumpkin (NOT pie mix)
1 cup salad oil (vegetable)
One 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional--1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and spices.  Add eggs, pumpkin, oil and mix by hand or electric mixer set at medium-mix till well blended.  By hand, stir in chocolate chips (and nuts if desired).  Pour into well-greased 12 cup Bundt pan. 
Bake for one hour and 15 minutes or till wooden pick inserted in middle comes out clean.  **Judge your oven temp-- my cake is usually done in less than an hour**
Allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes in pan, then turn onto wire rack to cool completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Enjoy with a cold glass of milk--just a suggestion.

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