Easy Fourth of July Crafts for the Entire Family

In most areas around the country school is out for summer. For me, when school is out I need lots of activities to keep the idle hands of my little ones busy. What better way to do that than to decorate your home with red, white and blue!? After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner!Today you'll find a craft for all ages. And ALL in preparation for our nation's Independence Day!/1/ Pop Rocks Marshmallow Pops - Pop Rocks were such a fun candy when I was a kid! Who am I kidding? I still love them! Combining Pop Rocks and marshmallows just seems genius. See for yourself!/2/ Hidden Flag Cake - Don't be intimidated by it's complicated appearance. This Flag Cake is really simple. What's more? Ice this cake with plain white icing, light some sparklers on top {like … [Read more...]

Easter Cake Recipe

 I still can’t believe that Easter is in March this year, I always think of March as the month of Women’s day in Italy (8th of March) and it’s a way too early for Easter eggs and bunnies! So I decided to decorate my traditional carrot Easter cake with mimosas (typical flowers women are given on the 8th of March in Italy) to bring together the two celebrations! This cake is extra light and moist and it’s perfect for family parties. The frosting is very simple but blood orange juice pairs really well with the carrots, I also don’t add any butter because I like my frosting light, but you can use your usual cream cheese frosting recipe if you wish to. I used two 6 inch round pans  (plus a 7 inches square pan for the extra batter) but I think it can be baked in two 8 inches round … [Read more...]

Moist Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

I never would have dreamed that sour cream could make chocolate cake so amazingly moist. This sour cream chocolate cake is just that. The cake almost melts in your mouth, it's so moist.Coincidentally, this is the cake I always request on my birthday. You should too![sc:adsense ]Sour Cream Chocolate Cake from Chocolate & Carrots Ingredients2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup light sour cream 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup boiling waterHow-ToPreheat oven to 325°F. Grease a tube or bundt pan. Coat the pan with an even layer cocoa powder. Tap out the excess. Beat the butter and sugar in your stand mixer … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Desserts the Kids Can Help Make

With Father's Day just days away, it's time to get to the store to gather the ingredients to make Dad a special dessert for his special day. While most men like sweets in most any form they come in, we thought it would be fun to gather some desserts that are made especially for Dad! From bacon to candy fire we've got you covered./1/Maple Bacon Cupcakes - Did somebody say BACON? Every man loves bacon. Add a bit of maple to it and it becomes heaven in his mouth!/2/Campfire Cake - I can think of a few dads in-particular that would LOVE this cake! Any dad who loves to camp or is involved in scouting with his boys, to name a couple./3/Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl - Does Dad have an enormous sweet tooth? This cookie bowl {filled with chocolate chip cookies, of course} is … [Read more...]

Michelle’s Flourless (Gluten-Free) Chocolate Cake Recipe {for Passover}

Passover, the history-filled Jewish holiday that takes place in spring, is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a delicious dessert to share with your family and friends, your search has come to an end. Not only is my friend Michelle’s unique recipe rich and overflowing with chocolaty goodness, but it’s KOSHER, GLUTEN FREE, and with the addition of another special ingredient, HEALTHIER than any flourless chocolate cake that has passed your lips in the past.Made with finely chopped pecans instead of flour (making it gluten free!) this masterpiece is perfect for Passover. We used Earth’s Balance vegan shortening (or you can use pareve margarine), which keeps it kosher. And we added flaxseed, which is full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans, and fiber, to keep it … [Read more...]

Easy Squash Spice Cake

Turning a boxed cake mix into an easy semi-homemade squash spice cake, makes for a delightful autumn treat! This squash cake is packed with spices of the season. Top it with some salted caramel sauce and you'll be ready to go jump into a pile of freshly fallen leaves.Nothing is easier than beating the cake mix with these few ingredients. The hard part is waiting for it to bake, while your nose goes on an autumn trip down spice lane. It'll be hard to resist slicing it fresh out of the oven![sc:adsense ] Easy Squash Spice Cake adapted from Super Sweet LifeIngredients15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 cups butternut squash puree 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 4 eggsHow-ToPreheat the oven to 350°F. Beat all of the … [Read more...]