Country Fair Blog Party: September 2016

It's another great blog party starting!  This is a month long link up. Come on and join us!
 Here are your hosts for the month:

                       Jan                               Nicole                              Laurie                                Val

           Tip Garden          A Kansas Farm Mom         Country LINKed       Corn, Beans, Pigs, Kids


Our First Place Winner from last month:
Oak Hill  Homestead

This post was the most viewed/read post from last months link up!

Country Fair Blog Part

Congratulations Kathi!
Feel free to grab a Ribbon!

Also your post will be shared 
on my social media pages
and pinned to our Pinterest Board!

 Country Fairs are full of food, crafts, cooking, gardening, farming, animals, family, and community

 So is our Country Fair Blog Hop!

Have you seen my "Non Coffee" Steamer Recipes? 
Today I am sharing my Pumpkin Steamer  Recipe with you 
and giving you the link to get my Caramel and Vanilla Steamers too!
Link to post with all recipes: http://ow.ly/1wSr303yF8X
Pumpkin Steamer

1 cup milk
1/3 cup pumpkin puree(canned is fine!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons sugar (or adjust to personal preference)


Whisk all ingedients together in a small saucepan until heated through and mixed well.  Adjust seasoning and sugar to taste. Remove from heat. Pour into mug. Top with whipped cream  and sprinkle with a dash of  pumpkin pie spice.(both of which are optional but super yummy!).

Now It's Your Turn

Come Share what you are up to this month!

  • Link up to 3 of your best posts!
  • Visit a few other party goers and let them know you stopped by to see them!
  • Grab the button below and post it on your blog, so others will be invited too!
Country Fair Blog Party

Ready? Get set... Go!


Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad: For a Crowd

photo credit: allrecipes.com

Need a dish to bring to feed a crowd? This Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad will do just that!
Now... feel free to play around with this one, but this base recipe is great as is, but certainly has plenty of room for you to make it "yours"!

I found it over at PBS.org, hey they have more than cookies for cookie monster over there! They have a great resource of tested recipes!  here is the link to the original recipe

Serving size for this recipe is hard to pin down depending on if you are serving it as a main dish or side dish. I am putting it as serving 10-12, but that could go up or down depending on serving size and type of pasta you choose, size of chicken chunks, etc.

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Salad

servings; approx: 12


  • 2 16-ounce bottles Italian Dressing
  • 2 boxes penne pasta
  • 8-10 chicken breasts cooked and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cans black olives sliced
  • 2 cans marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 container cherry tomatoes (approx. 20-25)
  • 1  8 oz. container crumbled  Feta cheese
  • Season salt to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, and drain.
  2. Place pasta in large bowl or pan such as a turkey roaster pan.
  3. Add the cooked, diced chicken to the pasta
  4. Add in the sliced onions
  5. Open the olives, drain and add to bowl.
  6. Open artichokes, drain, and place on cutting board. Roughly chop into bite sized pieces. add to bowl.
  7. Rinse tomatoes add to bowl.
  8. Add feta cheese.
  9. Mix all ingredients together. 
  10. Add season salt to taste.
  11. Stir in Italian Dressing. Mix well.
  12. Store in refrigerator till serving.


How to Cut Down Recipes

How to Cut Down Recipes

Need to cut a recipe or a measurement down by half or more?
Here is a handy guide from Taste of Home to help you out.
Print this and keep it taped inside your cupboard door.

1 cup1/2 cup1/3 cup
3/4 cup6 tbsp1/4 cup
2/3 cup1/3 cup3 tbsp + 1-1/2 tsp
1/2 cup1/4 cup2 tbsp + 2 tsp
1/3 cup2 tbsp + 2 tsp1 tbsp + 1-1/4 tsp
1/4 cup2 tbsp1 tbsp + 1 tsp
1 tbsp1-1/2 tsp1 tsp
1 tsp1/2 tsp1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp1/4 tsp1/8 tsp
1/4 tsp1/8 tspdash

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon

Measurement Amounts
Here's a listing of how many tablespoons and teaspoons are in larger measuring cup amounts. This may make it easier for you to downsize your recipes by one-half or one-third.

1 cup = 16 tablespoons
Half of 1 cup = 8 tablespoons
3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons
Half of 3/4 cup = 6 tablespoons
1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons
Half of 1/2 cup = 4 tablespoons
1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
Half of 1/3 cup = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons
Half of 1/4 cup = 2 tablespoons
1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
Half of 1/8 cup = 1 tablespoon
1/2 tablespoon = 1-1/2 teaspoons


Walmart Online Grocery Service: My review and $10 off

I just tried Walmarts online grocery service and can I tell you how much I love it and how convenient it is?  If you have a Walmart that offers online grocery service, you should really consider trying it out.
 I am not getting paid to  review this. I tried their service based on a friends recomendation and used her referral link myself, and now I am sharing mine with you!

The link below will save you $10 off your first order! (A referral by Tip Garden)

 Once you order, you arrange a pick up time, and then they just simply bring the groceries right to your car. That's it. No getting out of your nice air conditioned or heated car, no hassle getting your children out of their car seats, or in my case, if my arthritis is really flaring up, no endless walking around the whole store shopping. Just pull up, pop the trunk, let them load everything for you, and then drive home.
Jan's Experience:  
Customer Service: Ms. Sharon at my local store, was so nice! She wouldn't let me lift a finger to help load my bags! She said it was my "day off of shopping". She opened my eggs for me, at my car and double checked them before loading them in my car. All my fragile items such as my bread, had red tags on the handles so they were easy to identify and were careful placed in my car, separate from the other bags, to ensure "unsquishability".
Items not as ordered: Lets talk about my bacon. I ordered a small package of Wrights brand thick sliced bacon. They didn't have the package that I ordered, so Ms. Sharon, who was concerned I might be needing it for breakfast that morning, upsized me to the double sized package at no cost to me! She was so kind, and courteous, and concerned over my order. I felt like I had met a new friend!(and  I think I have!).
She made sure we felt taken care of , and I can assure you I WILL be making this a regular way of grocery shopping. They were quick, accurate, kind, and conscience of pleasing me and concerned about my filling my needs.
Here's how it works:
To Order:

  • After creating or signing in to your Walmart account. 
  • You immediately can start shopping and filling your grocery cart
  • Once you are done shopping you arrange for a pick up date and time. 
  • Then you pay for your groceries and receive your order #.

To Pick up:
  • 30 Minutes Prior to the prearranged pick up time, Walmart should call you with a reminder.
  • You can expedite the delivery to your car, by calling them 10 minutes prior to your arrival that you are on your way.
  • Pull into one of the designated parking spots, and call the phone number on the sign posted.
  • They will bring the groceries to your car.

Want to get started?
The link below will save you $10 off your first order! (A referral by Tip Garden)


Friday Feature: Jansport BackPacks.. Why I am a loyal fan

Friday's Feature is where I share products that I love and make my life easier! Today I am sharing my love for Jansport backpacks.

 I am not getting paid by Jansport to tell you this, I happen to really love them! But, because I do love them,  I am running a sale for an affiliate today that I will get a small portion of every sale. I will ALWAYS tell you when I am endorsing a product and money is involved!!!
photo credit; Jansport

As you head to do your back to school shopping, you may want to consider which backpack to buy. Do you go with the cute one, that won't hold up till the end of the year, or do you choose quality that can actually carry you through not only 1 year but EVERY year?

All 3 of my children used them all through school and continue to use them in college, I stand by their quality and so does Jansport!   They have a LIFETIME Warranty! Yes they do!
Here's what they say from their site (that I linked for you by clicking on the Lifetime Warranty words):
"If your pack ever breaks down, simply return it to our warranty center. We'll fix it or if we can't we'll replace it or refund it."
Because of this Warranty, and the fact that I need my money to stretch as far as possible, I did not want to buy backpacks over and over again. So when I learned of the reputation for quality that Jansport has and the lifetime warranty, I knew it was worth my initial purchase to invest in them. I bought my children Jansport backpacks for Kindergarten... they are still using them in College. The very same ones!!!!   They have held up through endless disasters, and wear and tear that only kids can come up with, dragged them to summer camps, hiking and camping trips, and more.

Using That Warranty:
2 years ago, my daughter, called from college. The strap on one side, the clip had broken that held the 2 pieces together, and the strap needed to resewn around a new clip. So we downloaded the warranty form from the website, shoved the pack and form into a padded envelope and mailed it off. Within 2 weeks she got her backpack returned good as new in the mail. No hassle, no questions asked.

My one time approximate $20 purchase more than 20 years ago for each child was well worth it! I know it may seem like alot of one pack initially, but think about it... it's the ONLY one you'll need to buy them!


$26.50 + free shipping right to your home!

Link to Shop:  http://prch.it/aDgMK
 Consider looking into a jansport backpack for yourself, and enjoy having it shipped right to your door!

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