Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Recipe Club and EXCITING news for 2015

Happy Wednesday, girlies!

Today is the LAST Recipe Club of 2014!!! How on EARTH did that happen?!?!  I have had SUCH a blast checking out all of your recipes and getting some great ideas.  I haven't tried as many as I would have liked, but I have LOTS bookmarked for this upcoming year.  ANNNNNND..... I think it's been so much fun I want to continue for 2015!!!

The recipe that I'm sharing today is a PERFECT last minute appetizer (hello NYE Party tonight!).  My friend Jeni brought these to Shay's recipe party and it was instant love.  I am a total pesto girl so these were right up my alley.  I don't have the typical "step by step" pics that I usually do because 1) I forgot and 2) I forgot  But it's super easy, so no worries.

Here's what you'll need....
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons jarred pesto
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 packages spinach tortellini, cooked and cooled
2 pints cherry tomatoes
12 ounces fresh mozzarella, cubed
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Step 1:) Mix together the olive oil, pesto and vinegar in a bowl.

2) On small skewers, thread 1 tortellini, 1 cherry tomato and 1 mozzarella cube per skewer. (I did 2 of each).
3) Lay the skewers on a platter and lightly drizzle the dressing over them with a spoon.

4) Serve immediately or refrigerate. Sprinkle on the minced parsley just before serving.

SIDENOTE: I prepped all of mine EXCEPT FOR THE DRESSING, put them on the platter and covered with saran wrap in the morning . When I was ready to serve them, I drizzled them with the prepared dressing and parsley.  Mine tasted DELISH the next day as well (the tomatoes just weren't quite as crisp). 

Next up is one of those ideas that popped into my head randomly a few months ago and I've been tweaking it ever since. I've loved the "Come On In!" and "What's On" series, and I wanted to continue sharing glimpses into our homes, but expound on it a bit to include some topics that I think would be fun to share about.  Which brings me to...

Now's the time  go grab your fancy pens, ladies!  

You can right click on the image below, save it and print it out for reference if you're a dweeb like me :)

The topics are totally open to your interpretation!  Have fun!  I have so appreciated your sweet words of encouragement and support this past year of blogging - I've mentioned it before - but the community that this has created has been so much fun and totally worth the time and effort to keep it up.  Y'all are seriously the best!!!  And now I can't wait to get to know all of you a little bit better over the next year!

I hope that y'all have a fun and safe NYE!  We have family-friendly plans with our kiddos and several other families and we're so excited!

See you in 2015, peeps!


  1. Love this new link up!!!!!! Can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us all!!!!!

  2. I was just thinking how things get kind of dull in cold MN after the holidays and now I am excited to read your blog (as always) all year to read about these fun topics. Thank you for your creativity!!

  3. I have really been enjoying all of your link up's-its been great to get other ideas off of.

  4. Happy New Year! I just love reading your blog every day and I agree about the community - I have never met you and yet I feel like you are a friend!

  5. Love the linkup! Excited to participate next year! :)

  6. LOVE, LOVE LOVE the link-up!! And yes, I printed this out!! I need a blog calendar too! I've had so much fun linking up with you this year! Can't wait to continue!! THANK YOU!! Happy New Year to you and your sweet family. Have fun!!

  7. I'm so excited for this link up! Is it sad that I struggle with blog posts other than about my kids? lol I'd love to see how you organize, create and share your blog posts. I see you use a calendar to stay on track but is there any other tricks (or a previous post) that you can share?

    Best Little Moore House in Texas

  8. What a fun link up idea! Game on. :) And have a great NYE - we host a little party at our house for families and we play games all night, and then celebrate East Coast NYE. (We live on the Pacific Coast.) It is perfect for us, and everyone gets to have fun and then get a good night's sleep. :)

  9. So Fun! I need to get back to blogging! I'm such a slacker with it lately! Love the new series!!

  10. I generally use fancy olives for the tortellini (that's what my recipe says) but I love anything pasta so I'll be giving this a try.

  11. I forgot to add that my recipe suggests loading everything onto a rosemary stem. It's gorgeous and delicious.

  12. Yay for more linkups! Thanks for doing this and Happy New Year!

  13. The Recipe Club link up wasn't working for me, so I'll just post my link for Avocado Blueberry Muffins here!

    The new link up looks great! I really enjoy your blog and connecting with other women through your link ups. Your list for 2015 looks so fun - I'll be looking forward to it. Annnnnnnddddd...we are starting a new Tuesday link up on January 6th as well - we'd love it if you'd stop by and join us! (Any post, every Tuesday at 8am EST!)

    Happy New Year!

    -Jess @ /

  14. I'm sorry....I can't see any recipes anyone has linked it just me?

  15. I love to see all the things that are to come in 2015. Prayers for you and your family this new year!!!!

  16. What a FUN new series!!! I already had plans to share some of these topics so it's perfect :) Happy, happy 2015!

  17. I'm excited for the link up. 2015 is going to be great. Can't wait to see what's in store for us.

  18. I need to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing! And I so looking forward to all the fun link ups this year :)

  19. That recipe looks delicious, I can't wait to try it! I'm fairly new to writing my own blog and I'm so excited to add these topics to my blog calendar!

  20. That recipe looks delicious! I've also been on the hunt for a great basic monthly planner, and I love the look of the one you're using... do you remember where you bought it? Thanks!


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