Festive Fourth of July Recipes

The Fourth of July is the perfect reason to bring together friends and family for a good old-fashioned backyard barbecue.  Celebrating our independence is a pretty good reason to gather 'round the picnic table, too!  Today I'm going to give you eleven recipes {or how-to's} that are as delicious as they are beautiful.Let's start with a few beautiful appetizers./1/ Patriotic Dip - Turn your ordinary dip dish into a festive masterpiece with just a few simple steps./2/ Summer Fruit Wands - While your guests wait on their juicy cheeseburger to come off of the grill serve them these super fun Fruit Wands!/3/ Cheesy Star Chips - These are easy and cute! Add a dish of salsa for dipping to complete this appetizer. Moving on to the main course, shall we?/4/ Aloha Burgers - … [Read more...]

Graduation Party Appetizers, Finger Foods and Desserts

Graduation season is upon us and if you want to do something special for your graduate at their party celebration check out these amazing graduation party recipes. Some of these are simple, some are more complex, all are sure to please and catch the eye at a graduation celebration!Diploma Sandwiches from Taste of Home - What a clever way to serve a traditional sandwich platter with a graduation twist. Fun!Graduation Fondant Cupcakes from Glorious Treats - This DIY will show you the step-by-step process of making these adorable fondant cupcake toppers for your graduation party.[sc:adsense ]How to Make Graduation Cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle - This in-depth tutorial tells you how to do the icing on both a diploma cookie and a graduation hat cookie. Perfect for … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Desserts for Every Mother

Most every woman enjoys desserts. This Mother's Day choose from this wide variety of desserts every mother will love! There's a dessert for every mother. Which one will your mother love most?First, we have the a wonderful variety of cakes, from fruity to chocolaty:1/Ultimate Chocolate Cake by Drizzle & Dip 2/Coconut Cream Cake from Kiran Tarun 3/Pineapple Caramel Hummingbird Cake by Pidge's Pantry 4/Six Layer Chocolate Cake from Brown Eyed Baker Next up is for the strawberry lovers! Nothing says 'I love you' like fresh strawberries from the season:5/Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Blissfully Domestic 6/ Strawberry Short Cup Cakes by Blissfully Domestic 7/Strawberry Pie from Chocolate & Carrots [sc:adsense ] Finally, for the extra special women who will be amazed … [Read more...]

Easter Entertaining and Decor Ideas

Hop In, it's going to be fun.Get your home ready for Easter with these simple and charming decorations that will bring joy and festivity to your home.Are you getting ready for the Easter Holiday?  We've found a few decorative details that will create a festive mood and add the finishing touches to a wonderful day of memories.  Entertain your guests with this selection of decorative accents and springtime treasures. Greet your guests and neighbors daily with this festive Easter wreath on you front door. // Easter Wreaths 14” Tissue Paper Pom Poms: Add a DIY touch of whimsy to your celebration with these tissue paper pom poms.  The scale and bright color choices offered make this a party essential. Consider hanging them from branches and ceilings, or … [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...]

9 Fun and Easy St Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

Having five kids forces me to get creative with keeping them busy each day. One of my most favorite ways to do that is to have them help me with decorating the house for each holiday. We decorate for Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas and even St. Patrick's Day! Why would you NOT add a few rainbows around your home to help brighten your day? {Trust me, they'll make you smile!}Today I have 9 St. Patrick's Day crafts that you can do with your kids that will have your home leprechaun ready in no time! And, there's even a couple crafts for gift-giving and wearing./1/ Rainbow Pots O' Gold - A simple terra cotta pot, a rainbow of paint colors and a bag of candy will make the perfect gift or table place setting!/2/ Lucky Clover Patch - Make this craft now and add a clover each … [Read more...]