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Sunday, October 8, 2023

No 500 on Happiness Is Homemade

Welcome to Happiness Is Homemade

Holy Moly, today is the 500th episode of the Happiness is Homemade Link up. How crazy is that? Fun fact if you are interested, I started participating back in 2015 as a "Guest Co-Host". Originally the three bloggers that started this fun link up would have a Rafflecopter giveaway" each month to allow a few guest hosts for the month. Fast forward to January 2016 and they invited 9 of the past guest hosts to join as full time hosts.

Overtime hosts came and went and sadly the original three are no longer around but Ducks in a Row, Love my Messy Mess, The Eclectic Red Barn and I have stayed the course. And now we are joined by Decor Craft Design and Life as a Leo Wife. 8 years, almost 9 if you count the guest spots that a few of us have been doing this, episode 103 was January 2016 when we joined permanently.

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A Little History of HIH

I love this weekly link up. I know many think they are passe or out of date but to me it is a way of discovering not just new idea but new blogs. I went back in my archives as that post is no longer live on my site to check up on all my previous hosts. And it was great to see who is actually still around, Sadly two of the three originals are no longer blogging.

Well enough of a history lesson lets get into the special features for our 500 addition. Selected by each of us this month not just one host, how fun is that. Another fun fact, original the "features" were Most viewed posts not just our favs.

Fab Features for Happiness is Homemade 500

DIY Yarn Pumpkin

Remembering that this weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving you will see a theme from my features this week. Lets get started with an adorable DIY Yarn Pumpkin Craft from Must Have Mom. These yarn pumpkins will go perfectly on the tiered tray and anywhere else you want a fun pop of color. I am thinking of making these for my name cards for my Thanksgiving Table.

Weight Watchers Pumpkin Soup

So many of us focus on Left over Turkey Soup but how about a tasty calorie friendly Pumpkin Soup. Midlife Healthy Living has shared a Weight Watcher Friendly Soup that I know I will be attempting to recreate. This Weight Watchers pumpkin soup recipe is so easy to make! My WW pumpkin soup recipe is rich in vitamins and minerals while still being low in points.

Air Fryer Pumpkin French Toast

And lets follow the calorie friendly recipe with a decadent yet delicious Pumpkin French Toast Dish from Air Fryer Fanatics. Make the perfect fall breakfast with this Air Fryer Pumpkin French Toast! If you are dreaming of that cool, crisp fall air and the smells of pumpkin and apples drifting through the air, then you are my kind of person. This Air Fryer Pumpkin French Toast will be perfect for your breakfast routine!

Gold Leaf For Fall

And from our very own Craft Decor Design this stunning DIY Fall sign. My first Fall project for this year is DIY Fall Sign Gold Dried Leaves. I made a Fall sign out of used MDF board and some dried leaves. Super easy to make and great looking! 

And my bonus feature because I cannot share a 500 anniversary post without a Tablescape. I love my tables that is for sure. I was a little sad that there were no Thanksgiving "scape" ideas this week but recognize a lot of you are Halloween focused already.

Bone Appetit Table

Halloween is fast approaching and this bone appetit table design from Masterpieces of my Life is the perfect setting for a fun dinner with family and friends. It’s a simple design with a bony theme and a black & white color palette.

rice krispie candy corn

Candy Corn Rice Krispies

Catching Katie's eye this week is the fun Candy Corn treat from Organized Island. Perfectly capturing the look of everyone's favorite Halloween candy, these crispy, chewy, and delicious candy corn treats are not only easy to make but also a festive addition to any spooky gathering. 

Last Shout Out for 500 Episodes of HIH

Just for fun I want back to my Jan 2016 post when the party changed so here is an excerpt for fun:

MEET YOUR NEW HOSTS (2016 edition)

Happiness is Homemade Hosts Collage

Row One:

Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise

Brittany from Mommy on Demand

Lisa from Blogghetti

Row Two:

Michelle from The Painted Hinge

Anne from Upstate Ramblings

Krista from While He Was Napping

Row Three:

Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row

Katie from Love My Messy Messy Mess

Linda from A Labour of Life

Row Four:

Nicole from The Lady Prefers 2 Save

Bev from Eclectic Red Barn

Audrey from That Recipe

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Now Let’s Get To Todays 500th Party!

Did you know we have a Pinterest Board where all features are saved to?  Save our pins to your own board for your future reference, easy peasy!

Thank you for joining us this week whether you are a blogger sharing your latest posts OR a reader enjoying all of the inspirational shares!  

Don’t forget to drop by and say hello to all our hostesses, they always appreciate your visit!

Here are all of our hostesses at Happiness Is Homemade!

This party is published on 6 different blogs so, bloggers, the posts you share get lots of exposure! Many thanks to our hosting blogs for giving us all this opportunity every week!

Linda @ A Labour of Life

Sinea @ Ducks ‘n a Row

Beverly @ Eclectic Red Barn

Katie @ Love My Messy Messy Mess

Mel @ D├ęcor Craft Design

Niki @ Life as a Leo Wife

Would you like to be a part of Happiness Is Homemade? We are looking for hostesses to join our team. If you are interested, please email any one of the Happiness Is Homemade hostesses and let them know. We would love to have you join our party!

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  1. 500! Wow that's amazing - congrats! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your week!

    1. Shelley,
      It's hard to believe that there have been that many parties. It makes me feel old. lol!
      Have a wonderful week ahead.

  2. Bev,
    I was able to comment using Google Chrome...
    Thanks again for hosting this wonderful party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it I truly appreciate it!! I hope you have a great week!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  3. 500! That's a huge milestone- congrats! Thank you so much for featuring my bone appetite table. I did link a Thanksgiving table post this week. lol. Hope you like it. Thanks for hosting. XO- MaryJo

  4. Congrats on 500 link up posts! What a wonderful party and opportunity you and your cohosts provide! So glad that we've been able to participate in the last few link ups and we look forward to many more!


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