Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Carrot Cake Salad #fantasticalfoodfight

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Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, or to join the fun, check out this page!

This month, our theme is CARROT CAKE!  What's not to love here?  I am not much of a cake person (pie for me, pie all the way), but if I'm asked what kind of cake I'd like, it's going to be Carrot Cake, especially around Easter.

But here's the thing - while we are not doing Whole30 right now, my husband and I are also not going to eat a whole cake, or even a slice.  We loosened up this month so we could sanely deal with catch as catch can meals while we moved, and that means the occasional slice of bread or some cheese on a diner meal. It does not mean cake!

But that's okay, because the flavors of Carrot Cake can also be found in this simple, old school salad some of us may remember from the diner counter or a potluck spread.

My mom used to make something similar (using mayo as the dressing, and some mini-marshmallows in the salad) for Easter every year.

It's not Whole30, or Paleo - because it wouldn't be Carrot CAKE salad without a bit of cream cheese.  But it is delicious as a side dish or  a snack.  If you want to make it dairy free, I think some coconut cream along with the lemon juice would also create that creamy tangy taste we all love.

Carrot Cake Salad
makes 4 cups

3 cups carrots, shredded or fine chopped in food processor
1 can crushed pineapple, drained (reserve juice)
1/3 cup raisins (or chopped dates)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tblsp. light olive oil or avocado oil
1 Tblsp. lemon juice
2 Tblsp. reserved pineapple juice
1 Tblsp. honey
salt to taste

Combine carrots, pineapple, raisins and walnuts in a medium bowl.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl, whisking until smooth.  Add dressing to salad and stir to combine thoroughly.

Chill in refrigerator at least four hours before serving.

Check out how other bloggers are interpreting the Carrot Cake challenge!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Party in Your PJs #200!! Join our Thank You Giveaway!

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.

What are you up to in this week? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share! If your post is SPRING THEMED, we'd love if you'd also share it with our month-long Welcome Spring link up, where it will be seen on several blogs:

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

Teresa @ Aging Like a Fine Wine

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

We've hit TWO HUNDRED here at Party in Your PJs! Wow!!  We're all so happy that you come and visit with us each week, that we've decided to hold a special Thank You Giveaway!  

One of our readers in the US will receive $100 cash via PayPal from Party in Your PJs!

We'll be closing the giveaway on on April 2 at 11:59pm, so don't forget to enter! And thank you so much for stopping by each week! We're grateful for every one of you!

Lynda's Features!

 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!

All links are pinned to a Party can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiratioPn to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Welcome Spring! Link Party

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Welcome Spring! We're celebrating warmer weather and blooming flowers with a group of our blogging friends. You're invited to share your spring time posts with us from March 19 through April 19.

I'm not sure how the weather is where you are, but here in the DC area, we've been stuck in the low 40s for weeks, not quite winter weather, but hardly what I'd call Spring either.  But ready or not,  it is just a few days away, and I'm so looking forward to seeing how everyone's celebrating it!

Meet the co-hosts of our Welcome Spring Link Party

Each co-host will be sharing a spring time post to kick off the party. You'll find their links first in the Link Up below. Please visit their links and check out their posts. You're sure to find lots of inspiration!

I'm sharing a simple and delicious way I discovered for making glazed carrots something more than a boring side dish:

Ginger Beer Glazed Carrots

You’re invited to share any spring related posts: Crafts, Decor, Activities, Gardening, Recipes & More. If it’s a way to celebrate spring, we’d love to have you share it with us! We're looking forward to seeing your spring time creativity!

All of the co-hosts will be sharing a Welcome Spring Link Party features post on April 23, so be sure to check back.