Pinworthy Projects Party

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a fantastic week. Mine has been spent visiting the dentist more often than I would like {to be honest…once is more often than I would like but this was WAY more than I wanted} and eating lots of soft foods. Hooray ice cream!

In case you missed a few of the things happening here this week, I’ll give you a brief recap!

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Paleo Chipotle Chicken with Avocado Salsa // Father’s Day Shaving Cream Luggage Tags // Muesli Muffins // Lemon Ginger Iced Tea Mojito

Of course, equally as important is the awesome stuff shared at last week’s party. Here were a few of my favorites:

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DIY Raised Garden Bed // Creamy Chocolate Mini Pies // Cilantro and Chickpea Salad // Swiss and Asparagus Dutch Baby // Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Glaze

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Cheesy Kale One Pot Pasta

I am so excited to share this super cheesy recipe with you today. While this post was sponsored by Sargento® Shredded Cheese, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Life is crazy around here. Can you tell considering it the evening and you are getting a post from me instead of my normal 7am posting?! With school out and activities and camps starting, our schedule is kind of hectic as we try to settle into a good rhythm. That means dinner needs to be quick and easy to make sure it actually gets made versus a take out order placed. Oh, and I don’t want a lot of dishes to clean up either. I’m not asking too much, right?! This cheesy kale one pot pasta fits all those requirements!

Cheesy Kale One Pot Pasta

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Father’s Day Shaving Cream Art Luggage Tag

Hello! Jennifer from Satsuma Designs here and very excited to be back at Just Us Four blog – thank you Shannah! At Satsuma Designs, I create Seattle-made baby products and content that help make caring for kids as easy as child’s play. Click here for a fun offer to help your kiddos thrive!

Do your kids have Father’s Day gifts all wrapped up? If they’re like mine, they’ve made a cute card at school, but want to have something to wrap up for Dad to give him on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21st. I thought it would be a fun pun to use Dad’s shaving cream to make art, add a special note and create a laminated luggage tag that he can take on the road with him or wrap around his briefcase to take a little visual reminder of how much he’s loved everywhere he goes. Here’s how your kids can make a Father’s Day shaving cream art luggage tag.

This is a two-part post with the second part of the story over at Satsuma Designs. Here I’ll teach you how to make the art and at Satsuma Designs, I’ll show you how to create the personalized luggage tag to give Dad on Father’s Day.

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What you need to make your Father’s Day Shaving Cream Art Luggage Tag

  • Shallow baking pan or casserole dish at least 9″x13″
  • Spatula
  • Heavy white construction paper or card stock
  • 1 can shaving cream – get the old fashioned foaming kind, not the gel kind
  • Toothpicks or skewers
  • Food coloring
  • Washable splat mat or place mats
  • Wire cooling rack to dry paper 

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Lemon Ginger Iced Tea Mojito

Compensation was provided by Pure Leaf via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pure Leaf.

For as long as I can remember, iced tea has been a part of my way of life. Both of my grandparents, along with so many people in our town, worked for a company that produced tea when I was a child. We never had a meal where iced tea wasn’t the beverage of choice. Of course, being in the south, the tea was sweet but it was always present. Now, as I am a “northerner,” the tea might be a little less sweet than I grew up with but I still love iced tea. Pure Leaf makes it easier to enjoy that fresh brewed glass of tea taste without all the actual brewing on my part. For summer, we like to combine our iced tea into cocktails and one of my absolute favorites is a lemon ginger iced tea mojito.

Lemon Ginger Iced Tea Mojito

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Cinnamon Muesli Muffins

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I am an eggs and bacon person when it comes to breakfast. Mathlete, he loves muffins and pastries. So, I try to make sure I keep some on hand for him so he can grab one on his way of the door to work or while we are having breakfast on the weekend. He is a huge granola and muesli fan so I work those into the muffins when I can. That is how these cinnamon muesli muffins were born. 

Muesli Muffins

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Chipotle Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Mondays during the summertime are always a little tougher. We spend a ton of time outdoors enjoying the pool or just hanging with friends so it is always a little harder to get back into the grind of the office. Of course, it doesn’t help when I also have wine slushies around the house either. So, in addition to resetting myself back into work mode, I also try to reset my body back in better eating mode. In our house, we do paleo meals Monday through Friday and then allow ourselves to indulge on the weekends. To me, it really is the best of both worlds. I don’t have to give up my cocktails and nachos, but I still give my body really good, real food for most of the week. This week, chipotle chicken with avocado salsa is on my menu.

Chipotle Chicken with Avocado Salsa

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Pinworthy Projects Party

Happy Friday! Boy am I glad to say those words. I don’t know why this week felt so long but it did. Maybe it is because I was stuck inside while the sun was shining for most of the week. Oh well…at least now we can party because the weekend is here.

Speaking of parties, let’s talk about the great stuff you guys linked up at last week’s party! Here are a few that caught my eye among the sea of awesomeness

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Blueberry Tartlets // Cucumber Avocado Salsa // Triple Layer Brownies // DIY Citrus Vinegar Cleaner // Chicken Avocado Bruschetta

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9 Refreshing Strawberry Cocktails

Strawberries are at the height of the freshness right now! We have a strawberry patch that opened up just down from the road from us and it is packed all day long right now. Oh, and of course, I keep seeing tons of strawberry photos all over my social media. During summer, I love a good cocktail so I went on the hunt for some great strawberry cocktails and came up with these 9 refreshing ideas.

9 Refreshing Strawberry Cocktails for Summer

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Braised Pork Sandwich with Jicama Kale Slaw

I am excited to work with Williams-Sonoma to bring you this recipe. As always, while this post is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Father’s Day is in just a few weeks. I’ve been trying to decide what to do for Mathlete {besides sending him off flying for the day} and I instantly thought of a picnic. We did one at a local winery for Mother’s Day and it was great. One of our wineries has also opened a brewery on the property and I know Mathlete would love checking out some of the beers they offer. Of course, if we are going on a picnic, we are going to need food to take. I wanted to skip our regular choices {like balsamic chicken sandwiches} and I saw some braising sauces made with craft beers at a recent shopping trip and instantly knew I wanted to make a braised pork sandwich with jicama kale slaw.

Braised Pork Sandwich with Jicama Kale Slaw

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Tips for the Best Vacation Ever

We’re taking a little break from food and crafts today to talk about something on everyone’s minds: vacation. While this post is sponsored, all vacation dreams, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Each year, we try to take a vacation as a family {you can read about them all the way back to 2011}. Vacations have drastically changes since having kids and Mathlete and I have learned that it requires way more planning than our single days. Even though our kids are 7 and 4, they still require A LOT of stuff to travel for an extended period of time. And, since they are older, they have a lot more opinions about where we go and what we do. Here are a few of our tips for the best vacation ever based on lessons learned from our recent trips.

Tips for the Best Vacation Ever

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