Friday, March 1, 2013

"Five Fabulous Finds Friday" and a Big Announcement!!!

Hi everyone!  

How are you doing?  This week has just flown by for about for you?

Hard to believe it's already Friday...and you know what that means...


Also, stay tuned at the end of this post for a


But first, I'm gonna take you back a bit with a wonderful site to give some inspirational ideas for Winter Tablescapes (it's not Spring just yet, so if you have one or two more winter tables left in you, you can check here for some neat inspiration!)

1.  Ok, I know Spring is just around the corner.  But it's not here just yet, and if you're looking to squeeze in ONE or TWO more wintertime tables or decor updates before the weather starts warming up, you might want to check here for some inspiration!  

All Photos in this segment courtesy of Minimalisti.

These wintery tablescapes and decor images range from New Years Eve Stunners, to the winter greens tables that just make you melt!  

So much great inspiration from some gorgeous, glamorous tables!

If you've not heard of Minimalisti before, you should definitely check it out.  It's an online magazine that shows off "the very latest and most exciting works and trends in Interior Design, Modern Architecture, Decoration and Furniture Design."

So far, everything I've seen that they've done is exquisite!!

That's why my first FABULOUS FIND is.... New Years and Winter Tablescape and Decor Ideas by Minimalisti!

2.  Yvonne from Stone Gable has one of my favorite blogs in the blogosphere.  Her decor and tablescapes are impeccable!   In fact, I recently hosted a Prayer Breakfast for some friends and one of her tablescapes was the inspiration for it!!  Here's a link to that Prayer Breakfast Table!

She did a recent post on creating casual tablescapes, and showed this adorable "pocket napkin" which held the knife, fork and spoon! It was so cute!

All photos in this segment courtesy of Stone Gable

Then a few days later, she posted a tutorial on how to make that pocket napkin! It was awesome!  

She walks you step-by-step through the entire process and posts pictures along the way!

That's Why my second fabulous find is...

  Napkin Pocket Fold Tutorial by Stone Gable

3.   Stephanie O'Dea took a challenge back in 2008.  To make 365 recipes in one per day....IN HER CROCK POT!   

All photos in this segment courtesy of Stephanie O'Dea

 She made everything from spicy artichoke dip....

And Veal Piccata.....

To Play Doh for the kids!!

And all 365 of her recipes are here on this post!!!

If you've kept up with my blog for any length of time, you know how much I'm LOVIN' my Crock Pot these days!   And in this post, Stephanie posts all 365 of her recipes for that year of Crock Pottin!  

You KNOW I'm going to be trying a few of these recipes!  haha!

That's why my third fabulous find is...
  A year of Crock Pot Recipes by Stephanie O'Dea!

4.  I found this awesome recipe this week at a link party and thought I'd share it.   I'm hosting an outdoor movie night next month with some of our homeschool families and I am TOTALLY going to make for my next party! 

These have only 4 ingredients and they look so incredibly delicious!  

"Just Us Four's" Spicy Sausage Pinwheels!  (drool, droool!)

All photos in this segment courtesy of Just Us Four!

According to Shannah from Just Us Four, who posted this awesome recipe, all you need is..

-1 lb spicy ground Italian sausage
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 tube Pillsbury pizza crust
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1) Cook your sausage in a skillet stirring with a spoon to crumble. Drain WELL  (get all that grease outta there). Shannah used a paper towel to sop up even more grease after she drained.
2) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
3) Mix the well-drained sausage and the cream cheese together and stir well

4) Roll out the pizza crust and spread the sausage mixture in an even layer on top.
5) Roll the pizza dough up into a log. Slice horizontally into 1-inch slices and place on ungreased baking sheet. {Optional: Shanna said she wrapped her log in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to make it easier to slice.}
6) Sprinkle slices with cheddar cheese. Bake in 375 degree oven for 15-17 minutes.

These look absolutely amazing and I can't wait to try them....yummmm!

Shannah's website has some great recipes along with some wonderful crafts and DIY's as well!

That's why my Fourth Fabulous Find is....

Spicy Sausage Pinwheels by Just Us Four!

5.  The Bible is a VERY important book to me. 

It's God's love letter to us, teaching us His character...His likes and dislikes, The amazing things he did through ordinary people who messed up a LOT, and His strong love for His creation.....strong enough to be willing to sacrifice His only Son to die a terrible death at the hands of the very people He was trying to have a relationship with...Including ME!  (Feel free to message me and ask if you're wondering what in the world I mean by that.) 

For me, my schedule gets very hectic, and even though I want to spend time hearing and studying the Bible, I admit that there are days where I don't get a chance to have that time. 

Now, I have a quick and easy way, on those super busy days, to take a few moments and connect with God.   I just get in front of my computer or smartphone, and listen to an "ON THE GO DEVO" from The Active Word!  
All Photos in this sement courtesy of the Active Word

Pastor Bob Coy, Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, and nationwide speaker, daily shares the wisdom of the Bible in a short, powerful audio devotional full of inspiration from the Word of God.  It's just a few minutes long, but I usually come away with at least one great truth that gives me strength to face whatever that day's got coming!  =D

On their site, they also have written devotionals, full sermons if you have time to listen to more, and so many other great resources!

That's why my fifth and final FABULOUS FIND is....

The Active Word - "On the go Devo" - Daily Devotionals!

Thanks so much for joining me today!  

Now...on to the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Beginning next Friday, March 8th, I will be hosting my very first Link Party....the "FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA!" 

This will be replacing my FIVE FABULOUS FINDS posts each week....instead, I want to see YOUR Fabulous stuff!  

Feel free to link up Crafts, DIY, Tablescapes, Recipes, Fashion, Makeovers, Befores and Afters, Tips...anything that's family friendly and fun for everyone! 

This weekly Fiesta will be open from 8pm Eastern Time on Thursdays to 12pm Eastern Time on Sundays!

The following Friday I will Feature the three most viewed links as well as a few of my personal faves/features!

I can't wait to see everyone's great ideas, recipes, crafts, tablescapes, tips, etc!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Can't wait to see you next week for the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA!!! 


  1. I must be the last person the planet that has not heard of this site, thanks so much for sharing.. you rock girl. hugs ~lynne ~

    1. Hey Lynn! Thanks so much! Which site were you referring to? I was so happy to find all of them! It's been so much fun to do these. I hope you'll link up some of your gorgeous tables to my "Festive Friday Fiesta" next week! =D You rock too, you know! Been loving your creative vignettes and tables! =D

  2. Five great inspirational finds...thanks! 365 days of crock pot recipes...I'm impressed! I look forward to linking to Festive Friday Fiesta. Sounds like fun! Cherry Kay

    1. Thanks Cherry Kay! I know, I was amazed that she was able to make one EVERY day for 365 days! That's creativity right there! lol I hope to see you at the "FFF" next week! I always love looking at your gorgeous creations! =D

  3. The chandeliers are so classy. Unfortunately, their price will be the same. The napkin pocket fold is a great idea. Poor me, why haven't I thought of that.. Impressive! I would certainly have such the next time I host a dinner party. The food is delicious, no need to comment.

    1. Thanks Home Cleaner! So glad you stopped by! Have a great day! =D