Monday, August 11, 2014

It's Time To Move!!

I have a new site called Chocolates and Crockpots! Way more fitting with all the great recipes I'm serving up! Come on over and check it out! http://chocolatesandcrockpots.blogspot.com/

See you there!

Time For Turn It Up Tuesday

While my heart is heavy for the loss of the great Robin Williams, I pray he is no longer sad and is resting peacefully with the Lord. He was a wonderful actor who brought joy into the homes of many. He will be dearly missed.

Even though I am sad, I still want to see an amazing party here tonight! I recently shared some amazing news myself...I started a new blog! It's called Chocolates and Crockpots! Makes a ton more sense for the content that I'm serving up. Speaking of Chocolate, in case you missed it on the new site here's my newest creation: Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza!
Come check me out whenever you can over at my newest location! Wish me luck! Now on to the partay!

Welcome to the 47th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
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This week's topic is "Back to School". Share your back-to-school posts here (and your non-back to school posts - no one is excluded) this week! Each of the hosts and guest hosts will be selecting 2 posts this week! That means you'll have double the chances to be Featured and win Best of the Best!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

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"Heartbeats Soul Stains is a place I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences on being a woman, wife, a mother of 7, friend and survivor of many different obstacles, challenges and tragedy. I will share the good, the bad and the oh so ugly things that happen in a family our size. Life is hard for all of us, we all have those crosses to carry. Life is also very beautiful and precious and I am determined to never take the amazing blessing I have been given for granted."
Stop by and check out her blog...it's definitely a great read!
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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The 'Fix It' Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Elie from Chocolates and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kelly from Making-More | Sandy from Being Content Where You Are | Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife | Becky from bybmg | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Kelly from Patient Resilience | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting guest hosts for September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Katy chose The Ultimate Zucchini Recipe Roundup from Mommy on Demand. "I have been on the hunt for new ways to get my toddlers to eat zucchini during their veggie strike. This round up has some great recipes that I know they'll love, and a few fancier options that I can make for the adults!"
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Cindy chose Blessing Bags - Keep on Hand for those in Need or Donate to Homeless Shelter from Thrifty NW Mom. "I love this! Our old church had a large outreach to the homeless community and even a Saturday night meal and church service for them. Throughout the year we would gather items similar to these bags to reach out to people we saw on the streets...and invite them to church. Now that we are at a different church, I still need to be reaching the homeless and needy of our community in a tangible way and this post reminded me of that."
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Victoria chose I Can't Take It Anymore! Tips to End Baby Daddy Drama from Epic Mommy Adventures. "I chose this post because it is something that I can personally relate too. When reading the post I could see that there was real life experience put into the post and those are the posts that I really love to read."
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Becky chose A No-Stress Attitude About Potty Training from Fruitful Families. "I loved this post because it is totally how I feel about potty training and we only trained one. I didn't let it stress me out, and we really just waited until our son was ready. This post is a great read for moms!"
Jillian also chose this post. "I chose this post because we are reaching the time when we'll be needing to potty train my son and this has great ways to keep it a stress-free experience."
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Sandy chose Homemade Freezer Biscuits from Ten At The Table. "I think having these freezer biscuits on hand will make our busy school morning a little bit easier. Just put them in the fridge the night before and pop them in the oven while we are getting ready. I can't wait to give them a try."
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Rhonda chose I Can't Take It Anymore Tips to End Baby Daddy Drama from Epic Mommy Adventures. "As a single mother who has raised a daughter and dealt with baby's daddy drama, the tips are very insightful and will help eliminate unnecessary stress. Great advice."
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Kelly chose My Five Camping-with-Littles Must-Haves (And ONE thing you'll never need!) from Mommy Life after PhD. "I chose this one because I think it is wonderful for everyone to be out in nature and enjoying time with their families, but many people wait "until the kids are bigger". I think these suggestions are helpful to show that you don't have to wait."
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Stacey chose 14 Tips for Coping with Depression while Raising Children: Guest Blogger Jenessa from Mothering {In Real Life} from Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy's Survival Guide. "Jenessa wrote such a beautiful and heartfelt post! Struggling with depression myself, she offered many wonderful ideas to help muddle through those difficult times, especially when trying to raise healthy and happy children. Our children still need us no matter how we feel, and so many of her tips were completely spot on in coping with depression and raising children."
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Kimberly chose 10 Funny Marriage Proposal Disasters from A Kaleidoscopic Dream. "I am a sucker for a unique marriage proposal story. The ones that turn out opposite of how they were planned are the best. The ladies at A Kaleidoscopic Dream did not disappoint with these picks. Hilarious!"
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Jessica chose No, He Doesn’t Wear A Ring. from Blessed in Alabama. "How true! My husband and I have been married 4 years August 9th and I can happily say that he does not wear a ring,,, and surprise! Neither do I. His reason is because of his job. My reason? I lost weight (LOL!!). However, we are still happily together and the ring does not define our marriage - our trust and love for each other does. Thanks for the post!"
Chelsea also chose this post. "I chose this post because I think it really proves a point. People get so caught up in appearances and what others think of them. It was a nice refresher to know that someone out there is living freely, and doing what works for them. I especially liked it because I can certainly relate. Although I am not married as of yet, my boyfriend of 6 years obviously does not wear a ring. I do, but it's a promise ring. Hah! I always get shade from people saying that it's not equal for me to wear a ring (and say I'm off limits) but he is not. So, I was happy to see what she had to say."
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Kelly chose You’re Going to Love This! from Woods of Bell Trees. "This was my favorite because I love the whole "Swap and tell" idea. It is a great opportunity for business owners, like me. It sounds like a really fun concept."
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The post with the most clicks is Back to School Blog Hop: 15 Back to School Ideas from Curly Crafty Mom.
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And the Best of the Best is...

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No, He Doesn’t Wear A Ring. from Blessed in Alabama
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  • Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.
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Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza

Hey Y'all and happy Monday to ya! Hope you had an amazing weekend! There's been some big changes around here! First, I changed the name of my blog!!! I was super nervous to do it, but seeing as my blog started off as a way to show people how to organize and is now solely devoted to all things food, I figured the change was necessary. So I am formally known as Organizer By Day, but now go by Chocolate and Crockpots. And I changed my layout. Feel like it's a little cleaner looking than before. I like it!

Well around here we've been having a wonderful summer and even though I'm sad to see it go I'm totally looking forward to Fall. Growing up I was obsessed with summer, but at my current age my new favorite is this coming time of year. That time when it's still warm enough outside at night where you only need a light jacket and comfy jeans and can get away with just a t shirt during the day. The leaves are about to turn their beautiful colors and I swear the air smells like bonfires and cinnamon. It's awesome. 

But until then, I will keep enjoying my warm days and long nights. A couple nights ago we went to the Indiana State Fair and had a blast. They had a donut burger! Yes, you heard right. A donut burger. Picture a burger but instead of a bun...there's two donuts! I didn't try it, but one of the people we were with did. He didn't have too many great things to say :) 
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I played some kind of BB gun shooting game, too. I'm not the biggest fan of fire arms, but this game was pretty harmless. To win you had to shoot out the entire red star. I almost won...almost! There was barely any of the star left, but that's how they get ya :)
At a game night recently I wanted to make something new...even though I made it with chocolate and peanut butter. If you know me, you know I've had this crazy obsession of making all things with chocolate and peanut butter lately. I thought there's no way I have more combination possibilities, but oh was I wrong!

I pulled out some pans and got inspired looking at my 9inch round. I decided I would make a pizza-like brownie, and immediately followed that with wanting to put peanut butter on it. So I combined my brownie bites with my peanut butter frosting and voila!! Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza!
Caution: This pie is rich! I honestly didn't mean to make it as sweet as it was, but I really didn't mind. I'd say if you aren't the biggest fan of super sweet stuff, half the peanut butter frosting recipe. 
Or make it all and just knock off what you don't want! This may be pretty far off from your ordinary pizza, but it is absolutely delicious! Sometimes it pays off to think outside the box...or in this case brownie pan. :)
Ingredients (this recipe cut in half):
1/2+1/3 Cup sugar
6 Tbsp butter, melted (3/4 stick)
1 Tbsp water
1 egg, room temperature
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup+2 Tbsp flour
1/4+1/8 Cup baking cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Frosting:
1/4 Cup butter, softened
1/2 Cup peanut butter
1 Cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp milk

Chocolate chips for topping

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch round pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and butter. Stir in the water, then the egg until fully mixed together. Add the vanilla.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir this into the wet ingredients until there are hardly any clumps left.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 16-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool a little on a cooling rack.

For the Frosting:
Beat together the butter and peanut butter in a mixer. Add in the sugar until completely mixed together.

Add in a tablespoon of milk one at a time until the frosting is nice and thick. You might not need all the milk, so make sure to stop as soon as it's all combined and easy to work with.

Crank the mixer up to high and beat for about three minutes. Spread the peanut butter mix on top of the slightly cooled brownies. Top with melted chocolate and chocolate chips.

Don't have a mixer? Amazon is a great place to find one!

Kitchenaid 5 quart mixer

Need a 9 inch round? Here's some great ones!
OvenStuff Non-Stick 9 Inch Round Cake Pan Two Piece Set
9 inch round pan

So do you have any advice on things I need to do that I might not know to do when changing the name of a blog? Do you like the new name?!

What's your favorite time of year? Do you fall in love with fall every year like me? Or are you more of a spring/summertime person? Hope you have had an amazing summer full of wonderful memories. I'll be doing a post soon to show you all the happenings around here from the past few months. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Time for Turn It Up Tuesday

Welcome to the 46th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!
Welcome our August team...
As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic...and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments -- anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

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"Heartbeats Soul Stains is a place I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences on being a woman, wife, a mother of 7, friend and survivor of many different obstacles, challenges and tragedy. I will share the good, the bad and the oh so ugly things that happen in a family our size. Life is hard for all of us, we all have those crosses to carry. Life is also very beautiful and precious and I am determined to never take the amazing blessing I have been given for granted."
Stop by and check out her blog...it's definitely a great read!
Are you interested in having your blog or website featured in this spot? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month! Click here! It's only $5 for an entire month!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

 
(from the top - left to right)
TUT Hosts 7.20.04
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where's My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The 'Fix It' Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Elie from Organizer By Day | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | Kelly from Making-More | Sandy from Being Content Where You Are | Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife | Becky from bybmg | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Kelly from Patient Resilience | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We're now accepting guest hosts for September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Ashley chose Blog Tracker { FREE Printable } from Budget Girl. "Thank goodness for Chelsey at Budget Girl! She created a Blog Tracker FREE printable for all of our social media and posts statistics. It's a perfect way for a blogger to keep track of all our blog's numbers."
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Cindy chose Freezer Crockpot Meals – Prepare a Week of Meals in 1 hour from Sidetracked Sarah. "I'm a wanna be freezer cooker and I think my picky family would actually eat most of the meals she has listed here."
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Alycia chose 25 Life Lessons I Want My Daughter to Know from Seven Graces. "I love this post. I have been thinking about a post like this for Palmer for quite some time now. Kristy touches on all the points I think are important. Raising a child can be difficult at times, and teaching them life lessons can be equally as hard. As a parent, all you want to do is instill great qualities in your child; these points are perfect! A must read!"
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Katy chose Pom Pom Pets from The Pinterested Parent. "Something so simple, yet makes me giggle every time I look at them. Such a great family project with super cute results and the "buggy" theme will be a big hit for my boys. Can't wait to spend a Saturday afternoon creating our own little pack of pom pom pets!"
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Victoria chose Ten Tips for Tired Moms from Balm to My Soul. "I chose 10 Tips for a Tired Mom because I am that mom. I constantly feel tired every day of the week. This post provided me with the reminders that I desperately needed."
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Jillian chose 6 Life Lessons I've Learned from My (Almost) 6 Year Old from Working Mom Magic. "I really love how genuine this post is. Lauren shares how her life has changed for the better since having her son. It's such a heart-warming read!"
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Cathy chose S’MORE BROWNIES from Mommy on Demand. "These look amazing! My favorite camping treat 365 days a year!"
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Stacey chose Homemade Dill Pickles-2 ways- no canning required (unless you want to)! from Random Reviews. "My mom always canned pickles, but there was always some part of them that I just did not care for. Reading that Lindsay thinks that Claussen are the best, and my family would agree, I plan to try out this recipe for the refrigerator pickles once my cukes come out in my garden! Thank you so much for sharing!"
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Tara chose Oreo Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes! from What Rose Knows. "Oreo's, Peanut Butter, and Brownies are some of my favorite dessert/treats, so when I saw this recipe it made my mouth water! Looks delicious! Going to be making some of these for sure :)"
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Katie chose 7 Tips to Being a Better Stay-At-Home-Mama from Seven Graces. "With a third little boy in the house now, my job as a Stay At Home Mom has become a lot more challenging. I loved this post because it's 7 good reminders and simple tips to make everyday as good as it can be. These really are the best days, and I don't want them to pass by in a swirl of chaos and exhaustion!!"
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Tenns chose Better Blogging: Blog Post Must-Haves from Chaos & Kiddos. "Better Blogging: Blog Post Must-Haves was an excellent breakdown of post must-haves. As bloggers, I know we’re always looking for better ways of improving our posts. I’ll definitely be keeping this post on hand as a reference and useful resource."
This post also received the most clicks.
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Rachel chose Home Office Reveal from Melanie Gets Married. "I chose this post because I love her graphic simple design. The little details really shine and those shelves are great for organizing and showcasing what is really important to you."
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Jessica chose Letter to A Friend... from My Silly Little Gang. "Wow! I wanted to cry!! I am slated to go to my 25th high school reunion in a few months. I am really excited to see everyone again since we all live so far away from each other. However, the letter is also spot on for some I haven't spoken to in awhile. It makes you realize that the older one gets, the more important relationships are in the end :)."
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Natasha chose Baby #2 from All of Life's Little Adventures. "It's amazing how others are so interested in whether or not you will have children! People were asking me if I would have a second since my son was born, even though I wasn't in a relationship! I agree with you - expand your family when you want to, not when you're supposed to. Wishing you the best!"
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I'm sure they'd all appreciate it!
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And the Best of the Best is...

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Home Office Reveal from Melanie Gets Married
Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
As the Best of the Best, you win free ad space on Epic Mommy Adventures for 30 days! Please showcase the badge below with pride on your blog!
Please send an e-mail to Natasha at 1EpicMommy@gmail.com and she will provide you with all the details!
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So now that you've met our sponsor of the month, our hosts and co-hosts, and the Featured and the Best of the Best...

let's get started!

  • Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.
  • Link up as many posts as you'd like! The more, the merrier!
  • Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!
Grab the button below and showcase on your sidebar! Invite your fellow bloggers to join the fun!
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