The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Easy Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights & Weekly Link Party

Looking for quick and easy dinner ideas for your busy weeknights? Here are some delicious options to serve up! These recipes are bursting with fresh ingredients and flavor, but they are simple enough to pull together even on your busiest evenings. And many of them are perfect make-ahead meals!

We started back to [home]school last week! I think I forgot over the lazy days of summer how much of a time suck homeschooling can be. Don't get me wrong! I love our home school journey, and I wouldn't make any other choice during this season of life. It can be time-consuming and exhausting being both mom and teacher, though.

When the day has exhausted me, the last thing I want to think about some evenings are dinner preparations. Can anyone else relate? I want my family to enjoy the benefits of nutritional, homemade meals, though. The solution? Well, these recipes are a good place to start. Featured below you'll find 10 delicious recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. I can't wait to start trying some of these for our weeknight meals! Which do you think your family would enjoy most?
1. Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli / Brooklyn Farm Girl

2. Easy Baked Chicken Cacciatore / The Kitchen is My Playground

3. Italian Pasta Salad / Simply Stacie

4. Mediterranean Chicken and Rice Bowl / Simply Stacie

5. Homemade Pizza Rolls / Somewhat Simple

6. Quick & Easy Quinoa Tostadas / Strength & Sunshine

7. Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin / Marilyn's Treats

8. Broccoli Salad with Bacon / 5 Minutes for Mom

9. Chicken Penne Alfredo / The Kitchen is My Playground

10. Easy Homestyle Goulash / The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Monday, August 14, 2017

Road Trip Printable Activities for Kids

Bye bye boredom in the car! These fun and colorful Road Trip Printables will help keep the kids occupied on the road! With these road trip activities and a few delicious, kid-friendly snacks, you'll have the kids happy and entertained for hours. And that will certainly make car trips more enjoyable for everyone!
Before having kids, traveling required a lot less preparation! My husband and I would do some last-minute packing, get in the car, and complete a 6 hour trip to the beach with only one stop for gas. We were in a spontaneous pack and go season of life.

How things have changed! Kids add more complexity to travels and trips, but they also add a whole new element of fun! I've learned that as long as my kids have a few activities and snacks, they are happy traveling companions. That's not to say we don't still experience the occasional, "Are we there yet?" or "She took that from me?" Anyone who has traveled with kids knows what I'm talking about. Bwhaha!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Modern Farmhouse DIY Projects & Weekly Link Party

If you love the Modern Farmhouse Style as much as I do, here are some easy ways to bring it into your home. DIY your way to farmhouse charm with painted signs, magnolia wreaths, rustic cabinets, benches and more! They're all in this round-up! If you're looking for a fun DIY project to try this weekend, there's plenty of inspiration below. Which would you want to try first?
1. Welcome Sign / Muchmore Creative
From unfinished cabinet to finished painted sign, here's a fun DIY project to try! And it's a beautiful way to welcome guests into your home.

2. Farmhouse Bench / Abbotts at Home
Need a bench for an entryway or table? Why not build your own? This lovely bench is the perfect way to add farmhouse charm.

3. DIY Bathroom Cabinet / Lolly Jane
Need more storage space? This chippy wood cabinet is a charming and functional option!

4. Board and Batten Walls / Repurpose and Upcycle
Do you love the look of board and batten but fear it would be too costly or hard to add it to your own home? This post is proof that it's easier than you might think.

5. Painted Burlap Signs / Live, Craft, Love
The sky's the limit with this simple painted sign! I'm loving the Farm Sweet Farm quote on the one pictured, but you could add your own personal touch with any sayin' or quote.

6. Magnolia Wreath / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Do you love Magnolia Wreaths but not their price tags? Here's a super simple way to make your own!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Back to School Ideas & Weekly Link Party

Our homeschool co-op and the local school system all start back to school on Monday. Yes, that's right! Monday, August 7 is coming at us way too fast. Wow! Where did the summer go?

When do your kids start their school year? Even if your kids aren't going back to school just yet, it's never too early to start planning and preparing. Inject some fun into this busy time of year with these super cute back to school ideas! There are teacher gifts, back to school snacks, organizers, printables, and more! I'm sharing them with the hope that you and your kids have a very happy start to the school year.
1. Chocolate Apples / The Country Chic Cottage
These apple-shaped chocolates give an apple for the teacher a whole new meaning. They make a sweet teacher gift for the first day of school or a fun after-school snack for the kids.

2. Faux Concrete School Organizer / The Country Chic Cottage
How neat are these? They're a decorative way to store school supplies for a homework station, desk, or homeschool room. They'd also make a fun teacher gift!

3. Back to School Candy Gram / Somewhat Simple
Sweeten the teacher up with this fun printable and all the candy that's intended to go with it. It's sure to brighten their day!

4. Ruler Frame / Dazzle While Frazzled
These adorable, school-themed picture frames make fun teacher appreciation gifts! They'd even be great for displaying those back to school photos of your kids. For home or for school, they're super cute!

5. Smart Cookie Gift Tag Printables / Somewhat Simple
Settle those first day jitters and give the kids a confidence boost with these encouraging tags. They're the perfect addition to a batch of homemade cookies!

6. The Wheels on the Bus Sentence Strips / A Little Pinch of Perfect
Add music and song to your first day of school with these fun printable sentence strips. These are, of course, intended for your younger students. ;)

7. Double-Sided Tissue Pouch / Gluesticks
These handmade pouches hold tissues on one side and sanitizer and chapstick on the other. They also tuck in nicely in a backpack or desk making them a portable and easy way for the kids to keep these essentials handy.

8. Back to School BINGO Checklist / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Ditch the boring to do list for this fun BINGO Board Checklist. The goal? A BINGO Blackout and a successful start to the school year!

This was another hard week to choose features! There were sooooo many excellent posts shared during last week's party. Keep an eye on Facebook for some of the posts I didn't feature here to be shared on social media. If you aren't following me there, this would be a great time to start.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

5 No-fuss Desserts & Weekly Link Party

Are you looking for a decadent dessert that is simple and easy to make? Each one of the desserts in this collection is a no-fuss solution to summer entertaining.  Make one of these and you'll have guests thinking you spent hours in the kitchen. You'll know better, though. (wink, wink) Summertime should be all about simple. From flavorful parfaits to enticing treats, any one of these would look stunning offered up on a cake stand or serving tray! Which do you think your friends and family wouldn't be able to pass up? Be sure to pin this post, so you can eventually make them all!
1. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Parfaits / Live, Love, Texas
Key Lime desserts are perfect for summer! And what's better to cool off with on a hot summer day than an ice cream parfait?

2. S'mores Parfaits / Live, Love, Texas
It just wouldn't feel like summer with s'mores. This treat has all the flavors of the classic treat in the form of a decadent parfait!

3. Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies / Brooklyn Farm Girl
These cookies are bursting with the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but they also hold another little secret. They're packed with protein!

4. Chocolate Confetti Bars / Simply Stacie
Wow! These chocolate bars are stunning! And they only require a few ingredients to make.

5. Homemade Samoas / From Playdates to Parties
Samoas have always been a favorite of mine. With this recipe, you can make the beloved chocolate and caramel cookie from scratch. Does anyone else feel like homemade is better? I sure do! And your guests will, too!