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Springtime / Easter Facebook Cover Photo

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I have a fun new Facebook cover photo for you, just in time for spring and Easter!
*Sorry, Bloglovin readers... I don't know why you get that yucky looking picture instead of the super cute cover photo I made. Once you click to open the post, you'll see the cuteness ;)


My Facebook followers were the first to get this! If you want to be first in line to get new cover photos when they come out, just "like" my Facebook page! www.facebook.com/aprons.n.pearls 

(I'll have a special Easter cover photo for you next week!)

To use this photo... 
Open the photo by clicking on it.
Right click and click on Save Image As.
Save it to your computer. (I save mine to the desktop.)
Upload it as the cover photo on your timeline. 

Rice Pudding

Monday, March 18, 2013


Rice pudding is one of those scrumdiddlyumptious comfort foods that my family really enjoys throughout the year, whether it's winter, summer, or somewhere in between. Funny thing is - I hate rice. Won't touch the stuff. But in rice pudding? Love. Then there are those who like rice, but hate rice pudding. Well, all I can say is I've made a few converts with this recipe.

Ingredients
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • a mixture of ground cinnamon and sugar
  • Reddi Whip or light cream (optional, but yummy!)

As you can see, there are no raisins on my ingredient list. I like raisins. Not in my rice pudding. We have a no raisins in the puddin' policy in our house, which is strictly enforced. Moving on...

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F.)
  2. Combine eggs, milk, rice, sugar, salt, and vanilla in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Bake in an 11×7 baking dish for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven. Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Stir well.
  5. Return to oven and bake for another 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Put into individual serving dishes. Chill well in the refrigerator.
  7. Before serving, sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar. You may also top with Reddi Whip or a little bit of light cream.

I think this is going on the Easter menu this year, and whoever gets the almond in their pudding will get a jar of jelly beans! Allow me to explain... 

My great-grandparents came here from Norway, so I like to keep Norwegian traditions alive and well in our home. One tradition we keep is to serve rice pudding on Christmas Eve. An almond is hidden inside one dish of pudding, and the lucky person to get the almond gets a marzipan pig. It’s a fun way to create memories, remember our heritage, and enjoy this yummy dessert at the same time! I don't think the family will mind a bit if I tweak it just a bit for Easter. Rice pudding AND jelly beans? That's a win-win in my book! 



Goodbye Google Reader - How to Make the Move to Bloglovin

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Do you follow this blog {or any others} with Google Reader or Google Friend Connect?


It's official: Google Reader will cease to exist as of July 1st. (Source)

So, what do you do now? It's actually super simple. I've been toying around with Bloglovin, and I have to admit... I love it just as much as more than I loved Google Reader. And Bloglovin makes it ridiculously simple to make the move. I was shocked. And here I was, all worked up just thinking about how long it would take me to visit each blog and re-subscribe. Boy was I wrong! 

If you already use Bloglovin, just click HERE. Click "Import from Google Reader," then click "Allow Access." That's it! Just two clicks, and every blog you were following with Google Reader will be magically imported to Bloglovin. How's that for easy?!

If you're new to Bloglovin, it's easy to sign up using your email or Facebook. Just click HERE.

One of my favorite features is the ability to "like" a post. Bloglovin saves your likes, so you can easily revisit your favorite projects, tips, recipes, and other posts. 

Oh, did I mention there's also an awesome app for the iPhone? There is, and I love it! 

If you're a blogger, it's easy to "claim" your blog. I claimed mine and installed the "follow this blog with bloglovin" button in less than 5 minutes. After you sign up for a Bloglovin account, just click on your name at the top right of the page, click "My blog," and click "Claim blog." The prompts were very easy to follow! 

If you're following Aprons 'n Pearls using Google Reader or
Google Friend Connect, I encourage you to make the switch today...  Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

Liebster Award

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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I have a different kind of post today, as I have some exciting news {and if you stick around, you'll learn lots about me!} This week, I was nominated three times for the Liebster Award! I am humbled and honored to accept the award, and pay it forward! I thank the following three ladies for thinking of me...

I'm Co-Hosting the Pinterest Power Party!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Welcome! So glad you're here! I'm excited to be co-hosting this week's Pinterest Power Party! There's always a ton of inspiration here, so get comfy and let's get this party started!

A Fun Thursday Pinterest Power linky Party with recipes and crafts
Welcome Back to our weekly Pinterest Party! Every Thursday we will be hosting a linky party that focuses on YOU, the readers! Do you have an amazing DIY project, a frugal gift idea, or even a delicious recipe

Oh, How Pinteresting! Endless Love

I'm linking up again this week with The Vintage Apple for Oh, How Pinteresting! and am sharing pins from my "endless love" board. Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated the third anniversary of the day we met. "Endless Love" (the Luther Vandross version) is the first song we ever danced to, and it played during our wedding ceremony. "Then" by Brad Paisley and "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley are our other two songs. This week is all about love and marriage. 

Is there any better place to be?
Source: https://www.facebook.com/timewarpwife via Darlene Schacht  on Pinterest

Love is acting silly together.
Being married to your best friend is amazing!
Source: https://www.facebook.com/timewarpwife via Darlene Schacht on Pinterest

Don't I know it!
Source: http://media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com/originals/f7/11/d4/f711d4a32c2c1b3f7f384cfec605e4db.jpg
via Courtney on Pinterest

Remember when Jesse sang this on Full House? *smile*
Source: http://laauurreennn.tumblr.com/page/5 via Lauren on Pinterest

I really want to make one of these with Illinois, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
Source: http://minimozblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/love-map.html via Kayla on Pinterest

This has been my rule since day one. No exceptions.
Source: http://www.mamahall.com/ via Unveiled Wife on Pinterest

These are so cute, and I want them!
Source: http://weheartit.com/entry/12536038/via/Chelsiesinlove via Laura on Pinterest

This isn't a nerd fact... it's a great marriage.
Source: http://nerdquirks.tumblr.com/page/69 via Derrilyn on Pinterest

Ephesians 21-33. Amen.
Source: http://unveiledwife.com/marriage-requires-submission/ via Unveiled Wife on Pinterest

The Toby Keith concert where my hubby proposed the first time.
{I got THREE proposals, y'all! Just because he wanted to outdo himself.}
Source: http://www.army.mil/article/41978/toby-keith-fans-brave-rain-for-concert/ via Shandy on Pinterest

Not on Pinterest {lol} but this was taken at the concert, right after he asked me to marry him.

Anyone else get all sappy about love stories? I sure do! :)


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