Time to Sparkle Link Party #71

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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S’mores Pancakes by The Recipe Critic

S’mores Bars by The Gunny Sack

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Oatmeal Bars by Inside BruCrew Life

Apple Pie Bars by Love Grows Wild

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Tonia: [Read more...]

30 Minute Fresh Tomato Marinara

By Samantha of Five Heart Home

You’re just 30 minutes away from a delicious Homemade Marinara Sauce, brimming with ripe, juicy tomatoes, savory garlic, and fresh herbs.

30-Minute Homemade Marinara Sauce ~ made with fresh tomatoes | FiveHeartHome.com for LoveGrowsWild.com

Hello there, friends! It’s Samantha from Five Heart Home, and I’m happy to be back at Love Grows Wild today with a new recipe. I hope you’re all having a fabulous, fun, and relaxing summer!

Summer is my favorite season for a variety of reasons, but one of the things I love about it the most is all of the amazing fresh produce. From zucchini to cucumbers to peaches to tomatoes, I tend to incorporate the spoils of my generous in-laws’ garden into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But can I share a little secret? Tomatoes are my favorite, and as much as I enjoy popping cherry tomatoes raw or turning jumbo tomatoes into salsa or a nice, thick-sliced tomato sandwich, sometimes it’s fun to cook with them as well!

30-Minute Homemade Marinara Sauce ~ made with fresh tomatoes | FiveHeartHome.com for LoveGrowsWild.com

If you’ve made homemade marinara sauce before, you know that it typically involves blanching and peeling tomatoes and slowly simmering them for hours to develop a deep, rich, mellow flavor. Well, this is not that marinara sauce. I like to think of this 30-Minute Marinara as a quick and easy, fresher-tasting version of your Italian grandmother’s family recipe. [Read more...]

Canvas Scroll Wall Art

Any Nashville fans out there? If so, you’ll love today’s project! As I mentioned in my last Little Bits of Love post, I’m obsessed with this sweet little song from the show called, “A Life That’s Good”. If you could hear me through your computer screen, I’m totally serenading you right now! It’s one of songs that just speaks to your soul, and I honestly get a little misty-eyed every time I hear it. I wanted to turn the lyrics of the song into some kind of wall art, and I came up with this simple yet bold canvas scroll.

Hang a canvas scroll with your favorite quotes or song lyrics for instant wall art! Details at LoveGrowsWild.com

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White Office Update and Mega Paint Project Giveaway

Remember when I finished decorating my living room and told you I’m moving on to start my office makeover? Remember when I showed you the pathetic “before” photos of my office and the insane amount of dated wood tones going on in that room… Well folks, I’m happy to check in with an office update today! Say goodbye to all that dark wood in the room and HELLO to beautiful white!

White Office Update | LoveGrowsWild.com

Please take a moment to squeal with joy with me!! This past week, I’ve been working on painting all the wood in my office (minus the lovely wood floors… more on that later!), and I am thrilled to finally be done with the fourth and final coat of paint. Painting trim and doors is definitely not the most fun DIY I’ve ever done, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much it has changed the entire look of the room already.

As if the lighter, brighter color change wasn’t enough, then I re-installed the original glass doorknobs… [Read more...]

Apple Pie Bars

Reality just hit that we are officially four weeks away from the first day of school. Four weeks. Where the heck did summer go? I feel like I’m finally just getting a chance to slow down and enjoy the sunshine, but before you know it, the kids and I are going to be knee-deep in math homework, spelling quizzes, and sports equipment, so I guess I better enjoy these last few weeks while I can!

I was in the mood to do some baking the other day and found inspiration in a big, beautiful bag of Granny Smith apples that I had just picked up from the store. The boys and I love snacking on apple slices and peanut butter (creamy for them, chunky for me!), but I couldn’t help but crave a giant slice of warm, fresh apple pie after spotting those apples in my fridge. I needed some apple pie. ASAP.

So I pulled out my baking ingredients and got to work. As I started chopping up those bright green apples, I started thinking… what if I turned my regular apple pie into bars? Little individual, handheld bars that you could easily pack up for a picnic or the school lunches that will soon need to be packed every morning. I loved the idea and loved the amazing results of this glorious baking creation even more! So today I’ll show you how to make my Apple Pie Bars with a fresh apple filling, homemade double crust, and a sweet vanilla glaze drizzled on top!

These Apple Pie Bars are the perfect handheld dessert and SO delicious! Made with a fresh apple filling, homemade crust, and sweet vanilla glaze! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Time to Sparkle Link Party #70

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

Time to Sparkle #70

Grilled Corn Guacamole from The Recipe Critic
Twix Fudge from Inside BruCrew Life
Ham and Cheese Croissants from The Gunny Sack
Coconut Shrimp from Love Grows Wild

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Jocelyn: [Read more...]

Twine Wrapped Bottles

By Rachel of Maison de Pax

Hi, Love Grows Wild readers! It’s Rachel again from Maison de Pax, and I’m excited today to share with you one of the world’s easiest projects. All you need are some wine bottles, jute twine, hot glue, and a little creativity. ;)

These Twine-Wrapped Bottles are inexpensive to make and the perfect easy DIY decor project! Use them as a centerpiece, vases, bookends, and more! | LoveGrowsWild.com

I chose to go light and simple with my home this summer (you can tour it here), and since nautical accents always seem appropriate in the summer, this textured jute twine seemed the perfect neutral compliment.

rustic, nautical, versatile wine bottles wrapped in jute twine at maisondepax.com... use them as centerpiece, bookends, vases, or accents!

I wanted a little variety in my bottles, so I made three different designs. I’ll show you how I did mine, but you can certainly create yours however you please! [Read more...]