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February 27, 2013

Sprinkle Shakes

Shakes are delicious and tasty. But in February, I like to give them a special spark. Take this ordinary vanilla shake, for example. Ho. Hum.

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Add some sprinkles...

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And stir.

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It's like a tasty fireworks shake. Shake! Shake! Shake! Shake it up!

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Note:

To make the "fireworks, you'll need to make sure to use the teeny tiny dot sprinkles available at most supermarkets.

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And that's how you brighten up a gray, February day.

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February 26, 2013

Sprinkles

This time of year I begin craving color, light, and happy things. What can you find around the house that can add a little cheer?

How about sprinkles? This week, I'm going to show you some happy little things you can do with these sweethearts of the pantry.

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Sprinkles make pretty confetti. Sprinkle them all about the table.

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It's like an instant party. Just because.

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And that makes me happy.

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Sources:

Star sprinkles can be found in most supermarkets.

Jar: Walmart

Tablecloth: Pottery Barn

Pink Dotty Paper Cup: Bake it Pretty

Letter Candies: Hope and Greenwood

Pink Square Plate: Martha Stewart, Macy's

White Square Plate: Target

Button Candies on plate: Jean Philippe

Miniature Plastic Fork: Target

February 25, 2013

The Farm Chicks Antiques Show 2013 Poster

I'm starting to get butterflies for the show. It's coming up in June.

Come forage for finds!

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You can RSVP for the show here on Facebook or invite your friends! 

February 20, 2013

The Mountains

We went away to the mountains. How lucky are the cousins who can putter around and be pals?

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Sunny days covered in snow. We soak in what mother nature sends our way.

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A walk in the woods, where winter is slowly giving way to spring.

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And then like magic, a winter playland appears. She seems to say, Come play on my ice! So we do.

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A hockey game...

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A twirl, a swirl.

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And then we're off to explore. Wild strawberries are found.

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A forest playground.

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February 05, 2013

Making The Most Out Of Pinterest

You're probably one of the many millions of people using Pinterest. And probably using it for a way to keep ideas cataloged or just to find inspiration. But it actually has another really great use for you if you run a creative business, blog, or website.

Just as with all social media, you can use these platforms to better what you're doing and better connect with your audience. Wouldn't it be great to know what content you put out really resonates with your readers? Pinterest is a great way to gauge that and here's how:

In your web browser, simply type in http://pinterest.com/source/yourwebaddresshere  For example, to see what's being pinned from my blog, here is what I'd type in: http://pinterest.com/source/thefarmchicks.typepad.com

Today, this is what comes up. I can scroll and scroll to see what is being pinned from my site:

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One day, I was surprised to see my How to Make a Cloud project pinned a huge number of times and proceeded to have more than 10,000 visitors to the blog in a few hours. Other days I can see that readers are enjoying what I posted that day. The more interesting to my readers, the more pins I see.

Of course, I'm always going to post about what interests me, but it's helpful to know what my audience enjoys as well.

 



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