Find Your Voice Friday #4

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Oh my gosh - I've done it now!  I forgot about my own party!  It's like a bad dream - but, I didn't wake up to find that everything was okay and I did post on time!!!  I'm so sorry!  Today was my dad's 84th birthday and we took him out to dinner and I simply forgot!  

I have to admit that I'm a little discouraged that only a few people are linking up each week!  I promise that I'm visiting each of you and do look forward to seeing what you are sharing here!   I'm going to do a lot of promotion on all social media to try to get the word out, because I really want you guys to have the same kind of opportunity that I did when I started blogging - a place to make friends with other new bloggers, learn from one another, and grow!  

Here are the features from this week - 

Patti from Garden Matter shared wonderful information on drying hydrangeas!   I use a lot of dried hydrangeas on my decor - they are beautiful!

Erin from Magenta and Lime  had a great post on what she buys at the dollar store to save money!  Her tips are great and I'm gonna give some of her recommendations a try.  

Here are the party rules:

  • This link party is for new bloggers with 200 or fewer followers or have been blogging one year or less.

  • Follow and/or subscribe to Hymns & Verses.  You can do this by entering your email address in the subscribe box below this post or near the top of my sidebar.  Or, you can  choose to follow by bloglovin' - that link is also in my sidebar.

  • Be sure to include the Find Your Voice Friday button found below or a text link to your linked post .  .  .  this is mandatory to have your blog featured the following week.  

  • You may link up to 3 different projects.

  • By linking up, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that I may use those photos to feature your project in a blog post, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog, of course.

  • Please go to the source of a photo to pin it to Pinterest so that the originator of the post gets the credit.

  • Please visit and comment on at least 3 other links!  This is where you will make connections with other bloggers!  

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    Autumn in the Kitchen

    Popping in today to share my kitchen dressed up for Autumn. 

    This year I decided to keep things simple in the kitchen and dining room and used mainly pumpkins and produce found at the local farmer's market. 

    The flavors of fall - pumpkin, apple, pecan and more - can be summed up in one word - YUM!

    Baby boo pumpkins fit perfectly on the window sill.  

    My vintage ironing board found a new home in the kitchen.  I moved the antique bucket bench to a new space and will share that soon!

    I picked up the blue Hubbard squash, Snow Ball pumpkin, and a pale green and cream gourd because I thought they looked so pretty together.  I'm sure I looked strange to the other shoppers as I held up various gourds and pumpkins to see which I liked the most!!!   

    I featured some of my favorite Mary & Martha items in this post -  the Acts 2:46 Tea Towel that I framed, and the Grace & Gratitude Pitcher & Platter.  I'll post the links to these products below.

    Thanks for stopping by today to see my fall kitchen!  I'll be back soon to share the rest of my fall home - see you then!

    To order the Mary & Martha items from my online shop - click the link below, click SHOP at the top of the page, and enter the item number  of the item you would like to purchase.  You can also shop the online catalogue while there.  Thanks so much!

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    Honey Bee Themed Bridal Shower - Part 3

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    This is the final post from the Bride to Bee bridal shower I hosted last weekend !  If you missed the first post, you can see it HERE.   You can find the second post HERE.  Today I'm going to share the fun dessert I made and a few other details!  To keep with the theme, I saw this bee hive cupcake pan on Pinterest and had to get one to make mini bee hive cakes for the shower!  

    I made a lemon cake with a lemon glaze and a few fresh blueberries added on the plate.  The cakes were the perfect single portion size and were delicious!  

    I'll share the recipe at the end of the post!  

    Another thing that I just had to purchase for the shower is this bee hive shaped beverage dispenser!  I saw it at TJ Maxx one day and quickly put it in my cart!  I already have a large jar beverage dispenser that is green glass, so this one coordinates nicely!  I used it for lemon water and the larger dispenser for a citrus punch.

    Finally, I did a few special things for the little girls who came to the shower.  They each had their own special drinking jars and striped straws.  The jars are recycled Starbucks beverage jars that I had saved.  I also made bumblebee headbands for the little girls.  I found the sparkly black headbands at JoAnne Fabric for $1 and then used two black pipe cleaners, twisted together for strength, to make the antennas.  A hot glued sparkly yellow pom pom on each end was the finishing touch.  The little girls really liked them and I wish I had gotten some photos of them bopping around with the springy headbands!

    Can you tell I had soooo much fun planning this shower!  It's a great theme that could be used for a baby shower as well - Baby to Bee!

    Here's the recipe for the lemon cake I used for the mini cakes.   It's so easy because it starts with just a box mix, but gets that something special with the addition of sour cream and pudding.  This cake would also be good in a simple bundt cake pan!

    Moist Lemon Cake

    1  box lemon cake mix
    1 3 oz. box instant lemon pudding
    4 extra large eggs or 5 large eggs
    1 cup sour cream
    2 teaspoons lemon extract
    1/2 cup oil

    Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.

    Lemon Glaze

    1 1/3 cups powdered sugar (or more)
    3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

    I'll be back later this week to share some fall decor! 

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