Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party (and $100 Shabby Apple Gift Card Giveaway)

 Thanks for coming to party with us!  Hope you have had a great week!
I have spent the last week relaxing at home with two cute boys!

Our sweet, little Parker joined us Sunday morning!  He is such a good baby and his big brother, Camden, won’t leave his side.  Thank you so much for all the kind words and prayers.
It means the world to me!

We have a big surprise for you today:
Today we are giving away a 
$100 Shabby Apple Gift Card
 to a lucky reader!
Shabby Apple is one of our favorite go-to shops for beautiful (and modest) dresses, skirts, tops, swimwear and accessories. They also have a maternity line (some of our favorite maternity clothes have been found here!) and a darling kids and preteen line.
Their “Twin Palm” line is one of my favorite collections ever- it has such a fun vintage kick, but is so cute and modern! Check out some of my favorites from that line:

1. Racquet Club Navy and White Dress 
This dress is my favorite- I love the colors, the stripes, the nautical feel . . . and that red waistband looks amazing!

2. Twin Palms 
The color of this dress is perfect for summer . . . and I LOVE those big white buttons!

3. Rhapsody Dress
To me, this dress looks like something Princess Kate would wear . . . it’s sexy and sophisticated. And I love all the colors it comes in!

Shabby Apple sent our sister Camille this amazing Serenade dress . . . I love that maxi dresses are in style right now (they should be a staple in your wardrobe whether you are pregnant or not!). Don’t you just love that bright color?!
Camille said that this is by far her favorite dress that she has ever owned- the fit is fantastic (she says it will be perfect after she is done being pregnant . . . only 11 weeks to go!), the quality is amazing, the fabric is soft and incredibly comfortable, but still dressy enough that it looks good and she gets comments on it everywhere she goes. The colors that it comes in are PERFECT for summer. It really is the cutest dress!

Want to pick a dress of your very own?!
You have to enter to win the $100 Gift Card!
Required entry:
“Like” Shabby Apple on Facebook (you must do this to be entered to win).
Leave a comment below to let us know.

Additional entries:
-Head over to Shabby Apple and leave a comment below telling us what you would pick if you won.
-Share the link to this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment below to let us know.
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The winner will be announced at next weekend’s link party!

Now onto the party!
Your amazing links have kept me company while I am up with a baby at all times of the night, so thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful recipes and ideas!

Here are some of our favorites from last week:
These Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts from a Pumpkin and a Princess would be perfect for your 4th of July breakfast (or dessert)!

These 4×4 4th of July Firecrackers from The Happy Scraps
are so cute!  What a darling way to make your home feel a little more patriotic for the 4th of July!

Looking for a light, summer dinner?  These Veggie Tostadas from From Valerie’s Kitchen would be a healthy, delicious choice!

It’s Overflowing shared these Simple Cheesecake Tarts that are made with only 5 ingredients!  A refreshing dessert for a hot summer day!

My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home so I am always on the lookout for ideas.  I absolutely love this tutorial for DIY Wainscoting from Southern Lovely!

Thanks for sharing!
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Now onto the party!
Link up YOUR recipes, crafts, ideas, projects or fun posts to share.
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Slow Cooker Pepper Steak


I know that a lot of people use their slow cooker mainly in the winter for warm comfort food, but I almost use mine more in the summer because the last thing that I want to do on a hot day is turn my oven on to cook dinner. I made this for dinner a couple of weeks ago and my husband has been raving about it ever since! The meat is so tender and full of flavor . . . definitely a slow cooker keeper!

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
2 lbs beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips (I also have used 2 lbs of stew meat and it works great!)
Garlic powder to taste
1 cube beef bouillon
1/4 cup hot water
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup onion, sliced
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 large green bell pepper, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place beef on bottom of crock pot and sprinkle with garlic powder.
Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
For the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the sliced peppers and turn heat up to high (if it wasn’t on high already). If you add the peppers any sooner, they become pretty mushy. I also added a tablespoon of cornstarch (mixed with 1 Tablespoon cool water) just before serving to the drippings left in the slow cooker, which made a yummy gravy that was perfect over rice.

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes

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Roasted Garlic Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe

I love trying all kinds of pizza.  I don’t think I’ve ever met a pizza I didn’t like!  This was so delicious and is so much cheaper than going out and ordering a gourmet pizza at a restaurant.


Roasted Garlic Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe:
(Makes 2 pizzas)
Perfect Pizza Crust Recipe:

1/2 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
1 1/4 cups water, at room temperature
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Olive oil or non-stick cooking spray for greasing bowl

Measure the warm water into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup.  Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until the yeast dissolves and swells, about 5 minutes.  Add the room temperature water and oil and stir to combine.
Place the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Briefly combine the dry ingredients at low speed.  Slowly add the liquid ingredients and continue to mix at low speed until a cohesive mass forms.  Stop the mixer and replace the paddle with the dough hook. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.  Form the dough into a ball, put it in a deep oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Press the dough to deflate it.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Divide the dough into two equal pieces.  Form both pieces of dough into smooth, round balls and cover with a damp cloth. Let the dough relax for at least 10 minutes, but no more than 30 minutes.
Working with one piece of dough and keeping the other covered, shape the dough and transfer to a pizza stone or baking pan dusted with flour or cornmeal.  Top as desired.

Roasted Garlic Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe: 

1 perfect pizza crust (recipe above)
1/2 cup prepared pesto (store bought or homemade)
1 bulb of garlic
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
Mozzarella cheese (approximately 2 cups, shredded or sliced)
Parmesan cheese


To roast the garlic:
Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic. Place the garlic heads in a baking pan (muffin pans work well for this purpose).  Drizzle a couple teaspoons of olive oil over each head, using your fingers to make sure the garlic head is well coated. Cover with aluminum foil.  Bake at 400°F for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.

Remove garlic gloves and smash with a fork.  Spread roasted garlic over pizza dough.  Do this to taste. I used almost the whole (small) bulb, but I LOVE roasted garlic.  Spread the pesto on the pizza.  Add the sliced, cooked chicken.  Sprinkle with mozzarella (as much as desired, I used about one cup on each pizza).  Top with fresh grated Parmesan.
Bake on pizza stone or baking pan at 500 degrees F for 8-12 minutes.

(Recipe adapted from Sugar Cooking)

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Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe

I love going to fairs in the summer and sitting down with a piping hot funnel cake buried in powdered sugar.  I don’t know if there is anything better!  This recipe tastes just as good as any funnel cake I’ve ever had!  We had these for breakfast and they were so quick and easy that we will definitely be making them a lot more around this house!

Homemade Funnel Cake Recipe:

2 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) melted butter
Powdered sugar, for topping

Combine milk, egg, vanilla in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar and gradually add to wet ingredients.  Beat with a mixer until a smooth batter forms.  Fold in melted butter.  Pour batter into a funnel or squeeze bottle while using your index finger to stop the flow of the batter.  Bring the funnel over the hot oil and release your finger to start a stream of batter while moving the funnel in a circular motion to create spiral-like shapes.  Fry for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown and slightly puffed.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

(Recipe from Food Network)

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The Magic of a Marshmallow Brownie

When we were growing up, we must have seen our mom bake her famous Marshmallow Brownies at least a thousand times. The smell of chocolate baking in the oven would waft through the house and you knew exactly what she was making . . . and you knew that they were not going to be for you.

You see, our mom’s brownies were magical (or so we thought) and whenever she made them, it was to share their magic with someone else. When someone was having a rough day, these brownies could make it better. When someone in your family passed away, these brownies would arrive on your doorstep to help with the grieving. When your husband lost his job, this brownies somehow helped you see the light at the end of the tunnel. And when it was your birthday, these brownies made it the best day ever.

My mom was known throughout the neighborhood for these famous brownies. When people would talk about her brownies, they would get this nostalgic look in their eyes and talk about how they were the best brownies they had ever had.

As we grew up, we realized that while the brownies are absolutely delicious, the magic was not in that family recipe. The magic was was coming from my mom- people knew that they were loved and that she cared for them through the simple act of making a pan of brownies and sharing it with them. When someone was having a bad day, my mom would pick up on it and pop in to say hello, brownies in hand. When someone had passed away, my mom would run by the brownies and sit with people as they cried and grieved. When someone lost their job, my mom would casually stop by and be a listening ear as someone shared how they were feeling, over a delicious plate of brownies. And of course, if it was your birthday, my mom would always remember and stop by with her brownies to let you know that she was thinking about you.

My mom never once has told us that we need to serve people or listen to those promptings to let you know who needs you; instead she shows us everyday through the life that she lives, even if it is as basic as making brownies.

 (I bet that you can’t even tell which one is our mom! She could seriously pass as one of the sisters!)

You can find the recipe for these Marshmallow Brownies here.

Camille blogs over at with her five sisters. They share easy family recipes (and lots of their mom’s famous recipes!) along with fun crafts and other ideas for making your house a home. Camille currently lives in Utah and is married to her husband Jared. They have two darling children, Brynlee and Mason (with another one on the way!). She loves her family, escaping to the gym for a quick workout, and marshmallow brownies.

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A few of our favorite blogs . . .

We are SO excited to share our latest Blog Land adventure with all of our FABULOUS readers! It combines two of our FAVORITE things – creative blogs and PINTEREST! Who out there is a Pinterest-aholic like WE are?  Whew!  Glad to see so many admitting it!  That’s the first step! Well, we are going to help you become even more of a Pinterest fan . . .
We KNOW how crazy life gets and you don’t always have time to check out the newest posts on your favorite blogs… so we have done all the work FOR you!  After jumping on the Pinterest Train, as did many of our blogger friends, we all hit upon a GENIUS idea – why not gather our FAVORITE blogger friends, share a board, and pin the BEST of the best from all of our sites once a week?  {Told you it was genius!} The best posts featuring DIY crafts, photography, beauty secrets, yummy food, fashion tips, creative date ideas, party themes and SO much more!
It’s your “One Stop Shop” for all things creative!
We are calling it the, “Top 12 Websites To Follow” Board.  We aren’t kidding… we HIGHLY suggest that you immediately start following ALL of these talented bloggers Pinterest boards!  WE sure are!  We love looking through what they pin every week… they have some pretty good taste!
…and you should all DEFINITELY start following our “Top Twelve Websites To Follow” board!
You will definitely want to repin all the FABULOUS pins that are already on there! Ready to meet the other bloggers that we so HIGHLY recommend? You just might see a familiar face {AKA yours truly} in the bunch…
Six Sisters’ Stuff is a website written by six sisters full of easy family recipes, fun crafts, family ideas, and so much more! Busy moms and dads love the kid-friendly and fast dinner ideas using real ingredients you always have on hand. New recipes and ideas are added daily! Be sure to stop by and join the sisterhood! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken}

I’m Jen. Welcome to Tatertots & Jello, where I love to share creative tutorials and inspiration every day. I’m a busy mom of 4, and you can usually find me knee-deep in my latest project. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Nautical Teen Room with Rustic Beach-Inspired Weathered Wall}

The Dating Divas provide ALL sorts of creative ways to spice up your marriage!  A website that posts FUN & creative date ideas {that are budget-friendly}, super cute DIY crafty presents, ideas for THAT room… and much, much more! Your marriage will be rockin’ in NO time at all! This website has quickly become the #1 “Go-To” marriage resource for couples everywhere! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Love On The Run}
My Sister’s Suitcase is a website created by two sisters, currently living 462 miles apart, who share a love of all things creative! You’ll find lots of inspiration here, from home decor, DIY projects and creative upcycling, to simple kids activities, budget-friendly gift ideas, and darling printables. There’s a little something for everyone in My Sister’s Suitcase! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Spring Globe Upcycle}


Jamielyn runs I {heart} Nap Time, a creative lifestyle blog sharing easy recipes, DIY projects on a budget, holiday crafts, tips and techniques. I Heart Nap Time was recently honored as the top 20 craft blogs on Babble. Her days are filled with lots of snuggles, crafts, e-mails, avoiding the ever-growing pile of laundry, play dough, sneaking bites of chocolate and wondering, “Is it nap time yet?!” {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Jello Cookies}


The Letter 4 is an inspiration blog. We have a love for creating beautiful things whether it be a craft, recipe, hair tutorial, or tons of free printables we share! We love to laugh and have a passion for giving back. Come get your inspiration fill and laugh along with us over at The Letter 4. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Make Your Own Photo Props}


We are awestruck by all the amazing women around us do. We always seem to be asking, “How Does She do this, or How Does She do that?” While none of us is perfect, we all seem to be striving to become better. We are constantly gathering inspirational women together to search and share for ideas to make us all better mothers, better wives, and better women. Join us for recipes, crafts, fashion tips, holiday ideas, party decor, budgeting ideas, and much more at HowDoesShe! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Summer Reading Star}


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Inside BruCrew Life is a fun baking blog shares a love of desserts through cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more. Here you will find creative and simple recipes to recreate in your kitchen using baking mixes and sprinkles. Come on over and Bake. Eat. Repeat. as we share life with you. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Tiramisu Brownies}

 Somewhat Simple is the place to get creative inspiration for your home and family – featuring DIY projects, simple crafts, and yummy recipes. Somewhat Simple is also the home of Strut Your Stuff Thursdays, one of the hottest blog link parties full of fabulous inspiration and amazing giveaways. Be sure to visit {} and get ready to be inspired. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Dry-Erase Glass Calendar}


Healthy Mom’s Kitchen is a resource for moms who want to feel empowered and full of energy each day! Nisha and her team of guest bloggers provide natural health and weight release solutions, from relaxing homemade bath salts to delicious healthy food your dinner guests will RAVE about! Don’t worry – you won’t be spending all your time in the kitchen.  HMK gets real about balancing healthy lifestyle with hectic mom schedules. {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Healthier Tuscan Multigrain Grilled Cheese & Sprouts Recipe}
Kara’s Party Ideas is THE place for all things party! Search through thousands of party ideas and party theme categories {and even submit your own parties to be highlighted and featured}, purchase all the party supplies you will ever need in one place via Kara’s Party Ideas online shop, see how to create amazing parties and follow easy party tutorials as you watch the Kara’s Party Ideas Show, download the Kara’s Party Ideas App for on-the-go party planning needs, and flip through the pages of the brand new Kara’s Party Ideas Book {hitting shelves this fall} – All in one place at! {A “Pinterest Worthy” Post: Princess Party}

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