Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

10 Savory Summer BBQ Recipes + Merry Monday Link Party 158

It’s time again for the Merry Monday Link Party! You guys are so awesome and creative. Every week I find at least 10 new projects to go on my list of things that I want to make or try. That includes tons of delicious recipes to try. With Father’s Day coming next weekend I am passing some of the deliciousness onto you. Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes!

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Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Sweet and Spicy Chipotle BBQ Ribs (Erin at Delightful’E’Made)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Char Siu – Chinese BBQ (Erlene at My Pinterventures)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Bacon-Wrapped Crock Pot Chicken (Lois at Walking on Sunshine)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Sweet and Smoky Barbeque Sauce (Kendra at A Proverbs 31 Wife)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

The Best BBQ Dry Rub (Amanda at The Kolb Corner)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Cheesy BBQ Sausage Bites (Kim at Kiss My Smoke)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Homemade BBQ Sauce for Dad (Brandy at Gluesticks Blog)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

3 Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings (Shirley at Intelligent Domestications)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Smoked Chicken Bomb (Steve at The Black Peppercorn)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

Bacon Paste BBQ Chicken Kebabs (Leigh at Don’t Sweat the Recipe)

 

Get ready to fire up the grill to try out these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes! Then stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

How mouthwatering are these 10 savory summer BBQ recipes? They all will be making an appearance on our dinner table this summer! Don’t forget, after you’re done getting your BBQ on, to link up at the Merry Monday link party below. See you down there!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

11 Frozen Treats to Cool Down With This Summer + Merry Monday Link Party 156

I hope you’re having a fantastic holiday weekend so far. We have been busting around the house to get ready for little man’s 3rd birthday party tomorrow but we are getting super excited. In addition to celebrating our youngest’s birth I, personally, am also celebrating the start of our summer! I am so ready for sunshine and heat. Unfortunately sometimes that heat comes with cranky kiddos. That part is less exciting. To help combat the crank here are 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer. These delicious desserts will get you ready to party at this week’s Merry Monday Link Party below!

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

 

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Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

S’mores Fudge Popsicles (Sarah at Bombshell Bling)

Who doesn’t love s’mores? Answer: no one. These popsicles will cool you down while enjoying your favorite flavors.

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

No Churn Key Lime Ice Cream (Amanda at The Kolb Corner)

Key lime absolutely screams summertime and this no churn recipe is the perfect way to enjoy it.

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles Recipe (Keri at All Because She Saved)

Watermelon is another iconic flavor of summer. That’s why these popsicles are a must-have treat to cool down with.

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

Patriotic Popsicles with Summer Berries (Ronique at Stagetecture)

Not only are these a delicious dessert but they are gorgeous to look at too. That makes them a double winner in my book!

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

No Churn S’mores Ice Cream Recipe (Sarah at Bombshell Bling)

So much yes to this amazing s’mores ice cream. Skip the fire and still enjoy this iconic flavor.

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Popsicles (Angie at The Country Chic Cottage)

Peanut butter is another one of our family’s favorite flavors. In fact, it kind of scares me how much food my husband and kiddos will eat peanut butter on. Surprise your family with this delicious frozen treat this summer to get their peanut butter fix.

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream (Gina at Kleinworth and Co.)

Celebrate summer birthdays with a special ice cream. Your guests will thank you for it!

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

Strawberries and Cream Shake (Jen at Cincy Shopper)

Get all of the yum without the melt with this delicious shake.

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

Cookie Butter Crunch Ice Cream (Liz at Eat, Move, Make)

Can’t pick your favorite flavor? Get them all with this delicious recipe!

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

S’mores Push Pops (Sarah at Bombshell Bling)

How do you make s’mores ice cream even more amazing? You put it in a push pop of course! Get the recipe now. Thank me later (and Sarah) later.

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

Healthy Raspberry Pops (DIY Adulation)

Want to splurge on a treat without totally blowing your diet? These pops are your answer.

 

 

Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.

All of these are fantastic desserts for the upcoming break. Which of the 11 frozen treats will you choose to cool down with this summer? I can’t wait to chow down on any of the s’mores ones because, hello!, s’mores! There is so much deliciousness to enjoy. Now, it’s time to get on to the party! Share your awesome ideas with us at Merry Monday!

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Sometimes summer heat comes with cranky kiddos. Help combat the crank with these 11 frozen treats to cool down with this summer.


Merry Monday Link Party #156 – Pinterest Follow Month

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  • Patio/outdoor projects & decor
  • Landscaping Ideas
  • Patriotic ideas/projects/crafts/decor
  • Father’s Day crafts, ideas, food
  • Summer games/activities
  • Recipes – focus on patriotic themed foods

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

10+ Summer Breakfast Ideas for Families + Merry Monday Link Party 154

Happy Mother’s Day to my favorite moms in the world. I hope your holiday was full of love and pampering. Now it’s time to get to this week’s link party. First, here are ideas to make summer break easier for you. The last thing you want to do during the summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get breakfast on the table easily. Once you’ve got your morning meals taken care of stick around for the Merry Monday Link Party!

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

 

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The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Hash Brown Egg Nests (Karyl at Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade)

These are a delicious and easy breakfast that you could totally batch freeze for summer mornings.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Easy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie (Erin at DelightfulEMade)

Smoothies are a great way to start you morning and this one is super refreshing.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie (Lydi at Lydi Out Loud)

If you are looking for something less fruity then this smoothie is perfect for you.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Ham and Cheese Quiche Recipe (Ronique at Stagetecture)

You know I’m a huge fan of quiche. They are easy to make and delicious. This one is no exception!

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Bacon and Gouda Frittata (Stacie at Simply Stacie)

A warm frittata is another great way to start the day. The addition of bacon is just fantastic!

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Dark Chocolate Granola (Lolli at Food Fun Family)

This granola is so delicious you’ll want to take it along for snacks on family outings too.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake (Mindi at Moms Need to Know)

How do you make mornings amazing? Make cake for breakfast, of course. This blueberry lemon cake will have your family scrambling to the table!

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Pina Colada Overnight Oats (Randa at Bewitchin’ Kitchen)

There’s nothing more summery than these overnight oats. Whip them up the night before and rock breakfast the next morning.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Homemade Baked Kahlua Donuts Recipes (Brandie at Home Cooking Memories)

My kids never say no to donuts for breakfast. These are a delicious option when you’re feeling generous.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Sausage and Red Pepper Frittata (Stacie at Simply Stacie)

Mix up the breakfast routine with another yummy frittata recipe.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Lemon and Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins (Annie at Annie’s Noms)

Muffins are always a fun breakfast idea and these ones won’t disappoint.

 

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Quick and Easy Sausage Quiche (DIY Adulation)

Here’s another easy and delicious quiche that can be frozen for warm breakfasts later.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Protein-Packed Breakfast Burritos (DIY Adulation)

Last, but not least, are these freezer-friendly breakfast burritos. Microwave for 2 minutes and you have a fast breakfast on busy mornings.

 

The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

There you go. Now you can rock school break with these summer breakfast ideas. Many of these can be frozen for grab and go breakfasts. Now, let’s get on to the party. Link up your awesome new posts below and see what your friends have been creating.

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The last thing you want to do this summer is spend all of your time in the kitchen. These summer breakfast ideas will help you get food on the table easily.

Merry Monday Link Party #154

Meet the Merry Monday Link Party HostsMerry-Monday-Link-Party-Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim Made In A Day Amanda ⋅ The Kolb Corner

Shirley ⋅ Intelligent Domestications Emily Two Purple Couches

Chelc ⋅ Inside The Fox Den Sara ⋅ Twelve on Main Marie ⋅ DIY Adulation

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Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from this week’s party for a themed feature round-up on next week’s Merry Monday party. What we’re looking for this week:

  • Patio/outdoor projects & decor
  • Gardening Ideas
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
  • Mother’s Day & Graduation ideas/projects
  • Recipes – focus on summer cocktails & sangrias, summer fruit salads & salsas, and all things cold!

Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

10 Delicious Desserts for Chocolate Lovers + Merry Monday Link Party 151

Summer is on its way and that means barbecues, late nights by the fire, and more family time. It also means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers. Whether you have a family pitch-in or are sharing stories around the fire pit in your backyard, there are ideas here for you. After you’ve checked out your favorites stick around and link up at the Merry Monday Link Party! We love seeing your posts each week!

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

 

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Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Derby Day Truffles with Candied Bourbon Pecans (Quinn at Dad What’s 4 Dinner)

These may be called Derby Day truffles but I will be eating these babies all summer long.

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Fireless Simple S’mores Snack (DJane at MommaDJane)

No fire pit? No problem with these delicious fireless S’mores.

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Fudge Pie (Stacie at Simply Stacie)

How do you make chocolate even more amazing? You put it in a pie of course. This one definitely won’t disappoint.

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Milk Chocolate Cake Pops (Jennifer at Busy Being Jennifer)

These cake pops are perfect for those summer birthday parties. The best part is that there is no cake-cutting required!

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies (Kit at The Kittchen)

These brownies are decadent to the extreme. I totally recommend surprising your husband on the next date night with this amazing recipe!

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Chocolate Almond Joy Poke Cake (Erin at DelightfulEMade)

Get your favorite candy bar flavor in cake form with this yummy recipe!

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

New Zealand Fudge Cake (Stacie at Simply Stacie)

There are no words for how amazing these look! You will just have to check them out.

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

 

Caramel Chocolate Chip Butter Bars (Andrea at Living on Cloud Nine)

These delicious bars have it all: caramel, chocolate, and cookie. They are the perfect dessert for a BBQ.

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares (Paula at Virginia Sweet Pea)

I love chocolate and peanut butter together. Throwing pretzels in puts this dessert over-the-top in deliciousness.

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Brownie Batter Milkshake (Erin at DelightfulEMade)

Cool down on those hot summer nights with this amazing milkshake recipe. So good, you’ll be sad when it’s gone.

 

Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.

Seriously, how can you pick just one of these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers? Luckily you have all summer to give them all a try without totally blowing your diet. Now, it’s time to get on to the party. Link up your latest and greatest with us so we can be inspired. Don’t forget to check out what your friends have been up to as well!

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Summer means more excuses to make and enjoy delicious desserts. That’s why I’ve rounded up these 10 delicious desserts for chocolate lovers.


Merry Monday Link Party #151

We have a new guest host! Kimberly from A Wonderful Thought will be joining us for the entire month of April! If you haven’t had a chance to visit her blog, head on over and check out her crafts, recipes, and Disney posts!

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Erlene My Pinterventures Kim Made In A Day Amanda ⋅ The Kolb Corner

Shirley ⋅ Intelligent Domestications Emily Two Purple Couches

Chelc ⋅ Inside The Fox Den Sara ⋅ Twelve on Main Marie ⋅ DIY Adulation

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Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from this week’s party for a themed feature round-up on next week’s Merry Monday party. What we’re looking for this week:

  • DIY projects – patio/outdoor projects
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
  • Mother’s Day & Graduation ideas/projects
  • Recipe focus

Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

Crazy Easy Homemade Freezer Bagel Pizzas

If you read Why You Need a Grocery Freeze then you know that I am super frugal when it comes to our food budget. Freezer recipes are a big part of that. They save money and make meal time a breeze. Another way to save money is to make your own “convenience foods” at home. You know the ones. These are your Pop-Tarts, Go-Gurts, and frozen pizzas. Making these at home will save you a fortune. One of our favorite homemade convenience foods is these homemade freezer bagel pizzas. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

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Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

These are great for lunch time. We love to throw them in the oven on Saturday game days because the kids love them and it keeps us from hitting a drive-thru. A bonus tip to save you even more money: only buy the mini bagels when they’re on clearance. You can get an entire bag of them for under $2. Since you will be freezing the pizza you don’t have to worry about the freshness not lasting.

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Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

Ingredients

  • Bag of Mini Bagels
  • Jar of Pizza Sauce
  • 12oz Bag of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

 

Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

Step 1

Open your bag of mini bagels and split each of them.

 

Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

Step 2

Fill a baking sheet with a single layer of bagel halves.

 

Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

Step 3

Next, cover each bagel half with a tablespoon of sauce. Use 2 tbsp. per bagel half if you like them saucier.

 

Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

Step 4

Sprinkle some cheese over each bagel half.

Step 5

Place the baking sheet in the freezer until frozen.

Step 6

After the pizzas have frozen, remove the tray and transfer the pizzas to a freezer bag.

Step 7

Label your freezer bag and return it to the freezer.

Step 8

Repeat steps 2 through 7 until all of your bagels are done.

 

Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

When you are ready to cook your pizzas place the desired number of bagel pizzas on a baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. It doesn’t get easier than that. These homemade freezer bagel pizzas are a perfect convenience food to have on hand. Pull them out any time you need a quick meal. If you want even more easy freezer meals, check out these delicious homemade freezer chicken nuggets. They are a much healthier alternative to drive-thru chicken nuggets and your kiddos will love them!

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Making these homemade freezer bagel pizzas at home saves you money and time. They’re easy to make and delicious; perfect for busy families.

 

Crazy Easy Homemade Freezer Bagel Pizzas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients


  • Bag of Mini Bagels

  • Jar of Pizza Sauce

  • 12oz Bag of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions


  1. Open your bag of mini bagels and split each of them.

  2. Fill a baking sheet with a single layer of bagel halves.

  3. Next, cover each bagel half with a tablespoon of sauce. Use 2 tbsp. per bagel half if you like them saucier.

  4. Sprinkle some cheese over each bagel half.

  5. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until frozen.

  6. After the pizzas have frozen, remove the tray and transfer the pizzas to a freezer bag.

  7. Label your freezer bag and return it to the freezer.

  8. Repeat steps 2 through 7 until all of your bagels are done.

  9. When you are ready to cook your pizzas place the desired number of bagel pizzas on a baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

10 Easy Meals for Busy Moms + Merry Monday Link Party 149

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. That’s why meal planning is essential. It makes life so much easier when you can cross one thing off of your to-do list at the beginning of the week. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week. They are all super easy and delicious. There are even a few delicious breakfast ideas to make your mornings easier. After you’ve checked them out, stick around and link up at the Merry Monday Link Party!

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Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Five Can Dump Soup (Marilyn at Merilyn’s Treats)

It doesn’t get much easier than this soup. It’s a great go-to for the nights when time gets away from you.

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Easy Taco Salad (Meagan at Just 2 Sisters)

How do you make tacos even better? Turn those amazing flavors into a salad! This one definitely delivers.

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Ginger Soy Chicken Stir Fry (Shannah at My Suburban Kitchen)

Don’t spend money on expensive take-out. Instead make your own stir fry at home with this delicious recipe.

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Sourdough and Sausage Tuscan Egg Bake Recipe (Camille at Growing Up Gabel)

This is a super yummy warm breakfast idea! It is so good your family will be begging to have it for dinner too.

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Casserole (Erin at Delightful E Made)

Fit more taco goodness into your meals with this casserole! No worries about fighting with your kiddos to eat this dinner!

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Breakfast Bread Boat (Kit at The Kittchen)

This is another hearty, warm breakfast. It comes together quickly and fuels the rest of your day.

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

One Pan Pork Marsala (Shannah at My Suburban Kitchen)

Enjoy a fancy Italian dinner in the comfort of your dining room with this delicious recipe. Everything about this dish screams decadent except the ease of making it!

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Ranch Chicken Cobb Salad (Kit at The Kittchen)

No boring salad ideas here. This one is so full of flavor you won’t mind making it the main dish for dinner.

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Sweet Tomato and Broccoli Rabe Baked Penne (Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine)

Broccoli Rabe is one of my favorite ingredients. If you haven’t given it a try yet, this is the perfect recipe to do so. You won’t regret it.

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

Quick and Easy Sausage Quiche (From here!)

Not only is this is a super easy recipe, it’s freezer-friendly. Make up a huge batch when eggs are on sale and stock your freezer for weeks!

 

Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!

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Meal time can be hectic for busy moms. Check out these 10 easy meals for busy moms when creating your meal plan this week to make life easier!


Merry Monday Link Party #149

We have a new guest host! Kimberly from A Wonderful Thought will be joining us for the entire month of April! If you haven’t had a chance to visit her blog, head on over and check out her crafts, recipes, and Disney posts!

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Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from this week’s party for a themed feature round-up on next week’s Merry Monday party. What we’re looking for this week:

  • Gardening ideas/tips
  • DIY projects – furniture makeovers, upcycled projects
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
  • Easter – foods, crafts, and DIY projects
  • Recipes – focus on mushrooms, garlic, and jelly beans

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing Saint Patrick's Day sweet treats.

Easy Lucky Lime Punch Recipe

One of the best things about the holidays is the creative foods and drinks that come along with them. Unfortunately they can also lead to sugar overload. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for indulging in mint chocolate brownies and green cereal treats. After doing so you may want something a little tarter to wash it down. That’s what is so great about this easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe. It is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing treats.

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This easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing Saint Patrick's Day sweet treats.

To be clear, this drink is not sugar-free. It is simply packed with that tart lime flavor. Kids will still love sipping it from their crazy straws. Mine did!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 Quarts of Fat Free Lime Sherbet
  • 12 oz. Frozen Limeade Concentrate
  • 2 Liter of Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Decorative Green Sugar (Optional)

Step 1

Empty your entire container of sherbet into your serving container.

Note:

  • The container your choose needs to be large enough to hold one gallon. Most punch bowls accommodate that but if you are using a pitcher check the volume capacity.

Step 2

Next, empty your lime concentrate into your container.

Step 3

Slowly pour your 2 liter of lemon-lime soda over the sherbet and the concentrate.

Step 4

Carefully stir together until well mixed.

To Coat Glasses

Step 1

Fill a small bowl with water and a second bowl with sugar.

Step 2

Dip your cup into the water and then immediately dip in your sugar.

 

This easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing Saint Patrick's Day sweet treats.

This easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing Saint Patrick's Day sweet treats.

This easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing Saint Patrick's Day sweet treats.

This easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing Saint Patrick's Day sweet treats.

If you want you can bump the sweetness up and top your punch with some whipped cream. I chose not to because I love the tartness of the lime. The sherbet provides a nice foam on its own that I sprinkled some extra sugar on. However you choose to serve it, everyone will love this festive Lucky Lime Punch! Don’t forget to check out more awesome St. Patrick’s Day ideas like this easy Shamrock Wreath and these super fun St. Pats Party Hats!

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Easy Lucky Lime Punch Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Gallon

Serving Size: 1 Cup

Calories per serving: 185 per serving

Easy Lucky Lime Punch Recipe

Ingredients


  • 1.5 Quarts of Fat Free Lime Sherbet

  • 12 oz. Frozen Limeade Concentrate

  • 2 Liter of Lemon-Lime Soda

  • Decorative Green Sugar (Optional)

Instructions


  1. Empty your entire container of sherbet into your serving container.

  2. Note: The container your choose needs to be large enough to hold one gallon. Most punch bowls accommodate that but if you are using a pitcher check the volume capacity.

  3. Next, empty your lime concentrate into your container.

  4. Slowly pour your 2 liter of lemon-lime soda over the sherbet and the concentrate.

  5. Carefully stir together until well mixed.

  6. To Coat Glasses: Fill a small bowl with water and a second bowl with sugar. Dip your cup into the water and then immediately dip in your sugar.
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This easy Lucky Lime Punch recipe is the perfect citrus counter-balance to all of those amazing Saint Patrick's Day sweet treats.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

10 Delicious DIY Drink Recipes + Merry Monday Link Party 143

Parties take a lot of effort. Even the simplest parties have you stressing over the cleanliness of your home, accommodating food tastes, and more. Admit it. After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on. After you’ve imbibed or caffeinated, stick around and check out the Merry Monday Link Party below!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

 

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After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Delicious Shamrock Float (Kendra at Simply Darrling)

This amazing little drink couldn’t be easier to make. With only 3 ingredients you can spend less time mixing and more time with your friends!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

S’mores Mocktail (Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog)

You can’t beat a drink with that delicious s’mores flavor! These decadent mocktails are perfect for a family-friendly party!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Irish Cream and Mint Iced Mocha (Carrie at Frugal Foodie Mama)

Oh. My. Gosh! Talk about a dessert in a cup! This Irish cream and mint iced mocha gives you a jolt of sugar and caffeine to keep you going all night!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Almond Tequila Sangria (Kendra at Simply Darrling)

Did you know that almond tequila was a thing? You are definitely going to want to get some to make this delicious sangria!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Ginger Pomegranate Martini (April at April Golightly)

A good martini is always the perfect party accessory. They don’t get much better than this ginger pomegranate martini.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Beauty and the Beast Punch (Olfa at Our Family World)

Celebrate your love of Disney with a delicious (and easy-to-make) Beauty and the Beast punch.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

St. Patrick’s Day Green Sangria (Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom)

Adding mint to sangria is absolutely inspired. This green sangria is a must-try for any occasion.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Irish Coffee Recipe (Nicole at Tikkido)

Follow up your green sangria with a delicious Irish coffee. It is the perfect pick-me-up after all of that party prep.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Power Rangers Fruit Punch (Olfa at Our Family World)

Is anyone else incredibly excited for the release of this movie? Make the wait seem a little less long with this delicious fruit punch!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

How to Make a Latte at Home (Shirley at Intelligent Domestications)

Sipping coffee after dinner is a tradition in our family (for the adults, I should say). Find out how to make delicious lattes at home with these easy steps!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Your next party will be a hit with any of these recipes! How delicious do all of these drinks look? You have my permission to try a few or all of them. Now that you’re hydrated, sort of, let’s get on to the Merry Monday Link Party! Feel free to link up or simply be inspired by all of the amazing ideas being shared.


Merry Monday Link Party #143

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Round-up themes for party #144

Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from this week’s party for a themed feature round-up on next week’s Merry Monday party. What we’re looking for this week:

  • Storage & organization ideas/solutions – focus on nursery room/kids room
  • Cleaning tips – focus on kitchen cleaning
  • DIY projects – furniture makeovers, upcycled projects
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
  • St. Patrick’s Day – recipes, crafts, printables, and more
  • Recipes – focus on peanuts, sauces, crab dishes, Ranch dressing dishes, and noodle
  • March Madness Ideas

Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
These grocery freeze tips will help you stretch your food to last the whole month. Rock your grocery freeze: be more successful and less-likely to give up.

Grocery Freeze Tips

Last week you learned what a grocery freeze is and why you need one. You picked your date and made your inventory. Now you’re ready to dive in deeper and be successful! These grocery freeze tips will help you stretch your food to last the whole month. They will also give you small tips that will make you more successful and less-likely to give up. If you’re ready to rock your grocery freeze let’s get to the tips!

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These grocery freeze tips will help you stretch your food to last the whole month. Rock your grocery freeze: be more successful and less-likely to give up.

Stretch Your Food

A grocery freeze will force you to stretch you’re your food, especially meats. For example, I turned 5 lbs. of ground beef into 6 meals. I mixed up and froze meatballs and baby meatloaves which gave us 3 freezer meals. Then I browned the remaining 2 lbs. and made stuffed peppers, soup, and homemade Hamburger Helper from it. This brings us to the second tip:

Learn to DIY

Your convenient meals will be the first to go during a grocery freeze. Learning how to make your own bread, tortillas, and seasonings will be imperative for success. For example, when we didn’t have any spaghetti sauce or even tomato sauce, I made my own with jarred tomatoes that I pureed and seasoned. Little DIY’s can make all the difference.

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Save Freezer Meals

Make the meals that you can’t freeze earlier in the month while your excitement is still high. As the month wears on, start utilizing your freezer meals.

Substitutes

Remember to come up with creative substitutes instead of buying missing ingredients. If you run out of milk used condensed milk and water. Don’t have any bread crumbs? Smash up some crackers for your recipe.

 

These grocery freeze tips will help you stretch your food to last the whole month. Rock your grocery freeze: be more successful and less-likely to give up.

Utilize Soup

Soup is one of the best meal-stretchers around. Above when I told you that I made soup from the ground beef? That soup was made from the excess rice and ground beef mixture that the peppers were stuffed with. Instead of having leftovers we had an entire extra meal.

Let Nothing Go to Waste

Leftovers can be turned into new meals to stretch food further during the month. Dice leftover pork chops to throw into fried rice. Toss leftover spaghetti noodles with butter and vegetables for an easy pasta dinner.

Transform Produce

If you have fresh produce that is starting to wilt or go bad, transform it. You can learn to can it, add it to freezer meals, or cook it up store it in the fridge to be a side dish. You can also freeze it to add to recipes later.

 

These grocery freeze tips will help you stretch your food to last the whole month. Rock your grocery freeze: be more successful and less-likely to give up.

Temper Your Caffeine Fix

Coffee is a staple to my existence but sometimes during a grocery freeze, I run out. Crazy, I know. Since I’m not ready to give up my daily caffeine, I have found other ways to keep it coming. If you know that you do not have a lot of coffee for the month, make a half of a pot to stretch it further. You can also substitute with tea (iced or hot) that contains caffeine to get you through the month.

 

These grocery freeze tips will help you stretch your food to last the whole month. Rock your grocery freeze: be more successful and less-likely to give up.

There you have it! Now you have the grocery freeze tips you need to rock your grocery freeze. Do you have any tips that you use to stretch your groceries further? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! If you missed Why You Need a Grocery Freeze you can check it out now to rein in your grocery budget and prevent food waste.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

You Can’t Meal Plan without Knowing What You Have

Is meal planning on your list of resolutions? If not, it should be. Meal planning saves you time, save you money, and saves your sanity on busy weeknights. It can be tempting to just jump in and pick out 7 recipes for the week, write them down in your planner, and call it a day. Unfortunately if you do it that way you will never be successful. You will go to make one of your meals, realize you are all out of the milk you need to make it, and promptly call the pizza man. You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

 

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You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Create Your Inventory

 

Step 1

Print out your pantry and freezer inventory.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Step 2

Write down what you have in your pantry and freezer in the itemized areas on the sheets.

Tips:

  • Remember to include your quantities in the square provided when filling out your inventories.
  • I like to write down the number I currently have in the first box then mark it out and update it as ingredients get used. (See picture above for reference.)

Step 3

Decide on some freezer meals that you can make. Prepare those meals and add them to the “meal” section on your freezer inventory sheet.

Tips:

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Meal Planning Tips

Now that you know exactly what ingredients and meals you have, you are ready to start meal planning. There are many different ways to do this so I’ll share specifics in another post. For now, I want to share some extra tips that make meal planning easier for my family.

Breakfast and Lunch

Don’t forget about breakfasts and lunches when meal planning. Even if you don’t typically eat these meals at home they will affect your meal plan. For instance, if you don’t pack a lunch to work each day then you will need to make a plan for your leftovers. This can be as easy as planning a leftovers night for one of your dinners. You can also incorporate leftovers into a brand new meal later in the week.

Group Meal Items Together

There is nothing more frustrating than going to make a planned dinner and finding that someone in your family has eaten one of the ingredients. Prevent this by grouping meal items together in a labeled basket in your pantry. For example, if you need rice noodles, coconut milk, and peanuts for Tuesday’s dinner place them all together in a small basket labeled “Tuesday”. Next, simply let your family know that items in the labeled baskets are off-limits for snacking.

Get Creative

Instead of running out to purchase an item you’re missing, get creative. See if something else you have on hand will work as a substitute. Here is a pin with common ingredient substitutes to help you out. Also, don’t forget that most veggies can be swapped for any other with only a small change in flavor. Most proteins can also be switched (or ommitted altogether).  I substitue ground turkey for ground beef all of the time.

Pre-Portion Leftovers

I am a firm believer that the easier you make leftovers to eat the higher the probability that they will. Instead of dumping leftovers into large containers after dinner, pre-portion them into smaller containers. When you or your family members need a quick, single-serving meal these pre-portioned containers can be heated up. This will also make lunches a breeze whether you eat at home or pack them for work.

 

You can’t meal plan without knowing what you have. That is why your first step should be creating a pantry and freezer inventory. Don’t worry. I have tips and a free printable to get you started.

Now that you have your pantry/freezer inventory you are ready to save money and time with meal planning. Don’t forget to keep updating your inventory as you use items and meals. This will help you save money by keeping items from going to waste as well as keep you from eating out due to convenience. Before you go, tell me, what is the biggest money-waster for your family when it comes to food? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.