Sunday, January 5, 2014

Making Monday [21]


Welcome to the first Making Monday party for 2014.

We hope you each had a wonderful year in 2013 and that it holds many fond memories from all of the experiences, accomplishments, challenges, and joy that daily life offers. And we hope that 2014 will be a year filled with peace and happiness, even through trials that may come your way. We're so glad you're a part of our lives and look forward to another year of blogging friendships with each of you. As always, it's so fun to see what you share with us each week.
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along!
This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:


Gracie is kicking off the year with Monthly Giveaway #4. You won't want to miss out so click on over to Kitchen Table Art and enter to win some fabulous prizes.

Banana Nut Muffins

Lori's first post this year is the very moist and flavorful Banana Nut Muffin ~ her husband's favorite muffin!

These are the feature for this week, chosen by Lori:


#1. Mayen Designs over at SewsNBows is sharing her adorable Coco Jacket. The pattern is available for sizes 12 months to 12 years. #2. Molly from Just a Little Creativitiy shares her 8 Mom Tested Simple Organizational Tips ~ click on over to discover some you may not have thought of yourself! #3. This super cute DIY Faux Chalkboard Menu Board was linked-up by Melissa and Stephanie at 2IY. They share their tutorial for making it using pic monkey. $4. What a fun gift to give {and receive}: A Birthday Gift Card Book. Cathy at A Peek Into My Paradise shows us how she made one for her daughter.

#5. Yum. This Applebee's Chicken Cheese Tortilla Soup that Jay from Jay Tried and True… shared looks creamy and delicious. #6. I'm always looking for delicious dip recipes, especially ones like this for cold winter Saturdays. Kathy from Melding Magic shared her long forgotten Hot Chili Dip recipe. #7. Winnie from Something Sweet/Winnie's Blog linked-up her Date Shortbread Cookies. If you've never visited her site you're in for a real treat. Everything she makes looks delicious as well as beautiful. #8. OK. I just can't pass up a yummy-looking soup. This Sweet Potato Sausage Soup looks so hearty and good for a cold winter evening ~ visit Phyllis at Grandparents Plus for the recipe.

If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.

A Bright and Beautiful Life

If you didn't make it as a feature this week remember to check out the Pinterest board and keep linking up ~ next week could be you!

A Bright and Beautiful Life

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  1. Thanks for the party and have a Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

  2. Happy New Year Ladies! Wishing you lots of happiness and success in 2014! Thanks for hosting always a great link up!

  3. Thanks for hosting and Happy New Year~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. Happy New Year! Thanks for hosting and including my 8 organization tips in your features :)

  5. Happy New Year Gracie and thank you so much for featuring my Date Shortbread Cookies

  6. Love the new look and format! Thanks for the party!!!
    Carrie, A Mother's Shadow,


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