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...]

Easy Brownies – Great Summer Dessert for Picnics and BBQs

Have you ever picked a recipe simply because you had all the ingredients it called for in your kitchen but then felt so smart when it turned out fabulous?  That's the case for me with these easy brownies.Needing a quick crowd pleasing dessert to take along to a picnic, the plan was brownies. Easy to make, quick to bake and great for transport - plus these don't require cocoa powder - just melting chocolate chips you probably have in your pantry.Easy Brownies - adapted from AllrecipesMakes 8-10What You'll Need:1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs 2/3 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt[sc:adsense ]How to make these easy brownies:Preheat oven to 325 … [Read more...]

National Picnic Day!

Happy National Picnic Day!Picnics are one of my favorite things this time of year. I love when it's just me, my husband, my dog, and a lot of delicious food!We'll spend a few hours in the park just talking, eating, reading, and/or napping. Well, I guess until our little dog, Leland, starts to get on impatient and we'll play fetch for a while...then it's back to napping for the three of us.Picnics are also a great way to spring clean your marriage and connect with your young children too. So, go on a picnic!Our Picnic Menu:pimento cheese sandwiches lemonade in jars fruit saladPimento Cheese adapted from Chocolate & Carrots Ingredients1 pound (about 4 cups) of reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese 7 ounce jar of diced pimentos … [Read more...]