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What to do Weekends #137


Good Evening, Happy Thursday and Welcome to What to do Weekends Party! Your hostesses, Theresa and Linda could not be more thrilled to have you here to kick off the Weekend and the Party!!  Thank you to all of you who come join us here with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY incredible creations with us every week~
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!
We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 

My Bonus Feature this week is from Reinvented Collection  -  DIY Wallpaper.



Please try and connect with us both in some way!
You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
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You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
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Now, let's see what Linda's up to this past week! She made an awesome Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake!



Onto these week's Features!
Theresa absolutely loved Artistic Endeavor's little Canning Lid Ring Pumpkin! Would you have thought of this??? Very creative and something we all could do.  (Love that!)


How sweet are Handmade Creation's Linen and Lace Bags?!! So adorable and from a pair of pants she had! Love re-purposing that turns out as beautiful as this!
Okay, so we rarely ever Feature the same blogger two weeks in a row.......BUT, Theresa just could NOT resist A Peek Into My Paradise's Caramel Toffee Pound Cake!! I mean, just LOOK! Well, maybe we shouldn't....but, oh my goodness!!
 Okay, so if we are going to eat that cake, why not start the meal off with Culinary Flavors Yummy Stuffed Chicken Rolls?! Another great recipe! Thanks you, Ladies, for sharing them with us!
Now onto Linda's Features for this week!
First up,  Linda truly enjoyed Crafty In Crosby's Fun Fall Pumpkins with that Sweet Black Cat!! Aren't they adorable?! 
Then, onto My Sweet Things awesome re-purpose of a Kitchen Cabinet Door (Hack) Doesn't look like a hack job to us!
As for Linda's Recipe Features, she truly enjoyed Down Sprigg Lane's Best Zucchini Relish recipe!
Then, did you all get a chance to see Living the Gourmet's Recipe for Pecan Pie Spiced Latte??!! With Harvest Stick Cookies to boot!  We're looking forward to Fall, too! And, to trying out this delicious drink. 

Be sure to pop over to Theresa's blog now

 to see  if you were her Bonus Feature!


If you were featured, help yourself to our Feature Button!


Before we move on, most of you, if you have been blogging or reading blogs for any length of time, have undoubtedly read and enjoyed Katherines Corner or joined one of her wonderful parties or maybe won one of her giveaways! Well, this week, Katherine shared with us some personal news. If you have not had a chance to go over and read All Hope Is Not Lost, yet, please do and keep her in your prayers as she is adjusting. What good are we if we cannot lift each other up in our hearts and prayers?! With that said, the party is open! Please join in and have some fun and pop around, visit, even share some "Bloggy" love with your fellow bloggers. :) 


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Super Scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

Pumpkin Cheesecake CAKE!!

It's almost pumpkin time, people, and this is the MOST super scrumptious pumpkin dessert I've ever made!! This recipe is adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction. The cheesecake part of this cake is divine. You couldn't go wrong with serving this awesome recipe!!



There are three parts to this recipe: The cheesecake part, the pumpkin cake part, and the cream cheese frosting part. It's well worth the time, people. Well worth the time. You could always use a prepared cream cheese frosting and that shouldn't make a big difference to the taste


Here are the recipes.

The cheesecake recipe:

2 - 8 ounce pkgs of cream cheese
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour
3 large eggs

Cream the cream cheese until fluffy. Add sugar and beat. Beat in sour cream, vanilla, and flour. Add in 1 egg at a time. Set aside.

Pumpkin cake recipe:

1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 c. pumpkin puree
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda 
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
dash of salt

Cream oil and sugar. Beat in eggs, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree.  Put dry ingredients in a bowl and stir. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.

The cream cheese frosting:

Cream 4 ounces of cream cheese. Add in 2 tablespoons of butter/margarine and 2 c. powdered sugar. Beat until creamy.

Oil an 8" springform pan. Pour 1 1/2 cups pumpkin cake batter in the bottom of the pan. Pour 1/2 of the cheesecake batter over the pumpkin cake batter, adding it here and there, putting more in some areas. Add the rest of the pumpkin batter and then finally the rest of the cheesecake batter but not evenly. Do not swirl together. 

Bake 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. There will be some cracks and settling but it does NOT affect the taste.  Make or buy frosting and cover 






I'm looking forward to an awesome Fall. How about you?

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What to do Weekends #136


Good Evening, Happy Thursday and Welcome to What to do Weekends Party! Your hostesses, Theresa and Linda could not be more thrilled to have you here to kick off the Weekend and the Party!!  Thank you to all of you who come join us here with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY incredible creations with us every week~
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!
We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 

My Bonus Feature this week is Hoopla Palooza's Positive Pencil Pretzels!! DARLING. Are these wonderful or what? Lots of work but super!!!



Please try and connect with us both in some way!

You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
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You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
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Want to see what I've been up to this past week?
Some adorable little Bookmarks from Old Book Bindings, they are quite cute, be sure to check them out!

As for Theresa, she is moving out of her lovely little home this weekend, Sunday at Midnight, to be exact! She's moving everything into her Mum and Dad's garage, for now, and may have a new place within a couple weeks. Nothing for certain, yet. :/  She says she'll try and keep you up-to-date as to how she's doing. Please keep those prayers coming for Theresa! We want to see her settled and happy in her new home SOON.

Well, that enough of that. back to the Features!
 In a very close tie for Theresa's Bonus Feature, was the Charm Bracelet Diva's adorable Mason Jar Summer Bunting! Just look at how adorable this turned out! Love it~

Her 2nd Feature should be NO surprise to anyone who knows how much Theresa loves everything Ruffles!!
Sara from Thrifty Treasures transformed and made to pieces of furniture beautiful with the addition of Ruffles!! Check out her post,All About the Ruffles!! (Great title, too!)


As for Theresa's Recipe features this week.....did you all get a chance to see Christina at Penny Wise's
Summer Sweet Watermelon Meringues
? Just too cute for words and Yum!
I'm also a sucker for any good recipe that includes Blueberries and Lemon! So, I had to include A Peek Into My Paradise's Ooey Gooey Lemon Blueberry Cake! You have to check this recipe out! Oh my!


Now for Linda's Feature for this week!

I love Shabby UK's Bathroom Cabinet Makeover. What a difference!

My next pick was a great tutorial from made by ChrissieD.  She did a great job on this Selvedge Zippy Pouch!


I was quite taken with Born Again Farmgirl's Blueberry Buckle Coffeecake!

My 2nd Recipe was Jenn's Random Scraps' Cherry Clafoutis.  I know we are both happily anticipating the return of the Autumn weather, for sure! This is a great recipe to start with, when your ready to turn that oven on again. :) 


Be sure to pop over to Theresa's now, to see  

if you were her Bonus Feature!


If you were featured, help yourself to our Feature Button!



*Disclaimer: Please note, by joining What to do Weekends and providing a link to the party you are giving us permission to use our photos to promote the party on all Social Media Outlets, as well as, here on the Blog. All links and/or photos shared will be linked either directly back to the original Blog or to the Link Party.*





Awesome Bookmarks from Old Books

What to do with old books? Why --- make some awesome bookmarks, of course, and just in time for school starting soon!

Isn't this an awesome way to use old books?

UPDATE: My dear readers, as usual I was in a hurry to get this posted and omitted some very important information about where you can buy these wonderful bookmarks. These bookmarks were made by Maureen Ryan LaBoa for the express purpose of raising funds for injured Marines. Her Facebook Page is Painting for Patriots, supporters of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. If you would like to support this wonderful cause you can contact Maureen and see all the other gorgeous bookmarks she makes for only $6. All funds go to the Marine Semper Fi Fund. How awesome is that? While you are on her page give a LIKE so you can follow the news about the other things she makes.... all for the soldiers.

If I caused any confusion as to the source of these bookmarks, my sincerest apologies to Maureen LaBoa. I'm so happy to correct this and now offer you a link where you can purchase these beautiful bookmarks and help our wounded soldiers at the same time! Go to: Bookmarks Made from Books Beyond Repair to look at the complete assortment available. 


The hardest part is cutting the spline off the book.... it's not physically hard, no. Cutting up a book is difficult!


Directions:

Cut the spline off a book. Glue the vertical edges toward the back. Punch a hole near the top of the bookmark. Insert eyelet. Cover the back with a matching color felt or pretty cardstock paper. tie ribbon through the eyelet. Voila! Bookmark!



Enjoy!!


What to do Weekends #135

Good Evening, Happy Thursday and Welcome to What to do Weekends Party! Your hostesses, Theresa and Linda could not be more thrilled to have you here to kick off the Weekend and the Party!!  Thank you to all of you who come join us here with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY incredible creations with us every week~
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!
We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 

My bonus feature this week is this accidental smores fudge recipe from Laina Turner. Wow.




Please try and connect with us, in some way!
You can find Linda Blogging here @ Crafts a la Mode
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
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 How To Make a Paper Boat Bowl






Now, Theresa's Features for the week! I have to admit I just adored Redo It Yourself Inspirations adorable Tuna Cans Turned Pin Cushions!


As well as, Vintage Paint and More's Wonderful Welcome Sign from her junk revision! 
As for the Recipes this week, Theresa added Study at Home's adorable BeeHive cupcakes to her recipe box! Aren't they too cute?!  
And, she loved Uncreative Mommy's way of making these effortless Chicken Enchiladas!

Now onto Linda's Features for the week!
Linda's Features included Exquisitely Unremakable's Easy Wooden Sticker Sign and Howling at the Moon's Beach Bag for her DIY's this week!

Linda's favorite Recipes for the week included:
Nancy on the Home Front's Favorite Blueberry Jam
And, Drugstore Diva's Bacon Weave for her yummy Bacon-Spinach-Tomato Sandwich

Be sure to pop over to Theresa's @ Shoestring Elegance, now, to see  if you were Theresa's Bonus Feature!

If you were featured, help yourself to our Feature Button!

*Disclaimer: Please note, by joining What to do Weekends and providing a link to the party you are giving us permission to use our photos to promote the party on all Social Media Outlets, as well as, here on the Blog. All links and/or photos shared will be linked either directly back to the original Blog or to the Link Party.*








How to Make a Paper Boat Bowl

I love working with paper! It's amazing! I also love sewing on paper. With paper there are no raw edges to deal with like with fabric so it's easier to make paper look finished. 


Here is a pretty little paper project that can be useful, also, for summer parties as a candy or not bowl.


But first, maybe you would like to see some
Summer Delights


Lemon Curd BarsBlueberry CheesecakeDetox Water
 Nutter Butter S'MoresPicnic Party Cart
Cupcake Paper Fun


When I saw these paper boats I knew I needed to make some and, of course, it's a great excuse to buy pretty papers. I still wanted it to be useful so I'm using it as a candy bowl right now. What could be more summery than a sailboat candy bowl?



This would be so fun for a party or gathering and would be a great ice breaker and conversation starter, don't you think?

This is where I learned to make a paper boat. It's a little tricky but very doable. Any 12 x 12 inch piece of scrapbook paper is perfect and makes the perfect sized bowl for candy.



See the tassel on the top? I'm into tassels right now so I popped one of them on the top of the boat instead of another flag. 

How to make tassels the fast way.


How to make:

Once the boat is made using an 12" x 12" piece of either scrapbook paper or card stock. I glued a wooden skewer in the center of the triangle in the center of the boat. This is the mast. I cut squares out of paper and punched holes in them at the top and bottom of each square. I put the skewers through the holes so that they look like sails on a sailboat. Two other skewers which I cut down by 3 inches, are glued to the front and the back of the boat. A string connects them all as shown in the picture. I used hot glue to hold them together.
I cut little flags out of paper and glued them onto the string.You can cut out a larger flag for the top of the mast or you can glue a tassel on the top. If you don't want to make them, you can buy them at Michael's in the jewelry section. :)


I bought the mini Swedish fish to fill the boat and have some on the "water". I had a piece of blue corrugated scrapbook paper and cut it into an irregular shape to resemble a body of water.



Best wishes for a wonderful summer.....