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...]

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...]

Rise and Shine with Wholesome Choices!

This post was Sponsored by ShopRite but the opinions are all my own. Looking for healthy food choices?I always tell my kids that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. With our busy lives, it’s tempting to skip breakfast. STOP! Don’t do it. Instead, find ways to fill your pantry and refrigerator with wholesome choices that make breakfast easy and nutritious!ShopRite is the perfect store to help you fill that pantry with oh so yummy healthy choices. First off, did you know that ShopRite has launched a private label called Wholesome Pantry? It’s fantastic! It has a mix of organic and non-organic frozen, private, dairy and snack products. Everything has no artificial additives flavors or preservatives. The organic foods are USDA certified organic … [Read more...]

Light and Healthy Spring Salad Recipes

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warmer, and we are all excited to get out of the hot kitchen and have a much cooler, lighter fare. Spring salads are the perfect solution to your seasonal dilemma. Here you'll find a bunch of recipes that are quick, easy and will leave you lots of time in your day to lounge by the pool or do a little spring cleaning!/1/ Fennel and Citrus Salad - This salad is filled with a yummy combo of both sweet and spicy. If you're someone who eats a Paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you!/2/ Sweet Orange and Pineapple Salad - This salad would be beautiful on a plate with Simple Skillet Cooked Salmon or a roasted chicken dish./3/ Greek Green Bean Salad - Need a light and tasty dish to take to your next potluck? Voila! This green bean salad will be … [Read more...]

Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad – Great Grains!

Here's a recipe that makes a fantastic main course salad but would also be an excellent match as a side salad with grilled meats.  This salad is loaded with things that are good for you and its easy to make. Give it a try!I adapted my version from one at EatingBirdFood (and she adapted hers too!) I used a little less water for cooking quinoa and a little less oil to create what you see below.Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad is great served warm right when you finish making it, at room temperature, or straight out of the fridge (if you have any left overs the next day) Perfect for packing in a lunchbox.ROASTED BROCCOLI & KALE QUINOA SALAD   Ingredients1 cup quinoa (dry) 1 3/4 cup water (or vegetable broth) 1/2 pound broccoli cut into florets 1 medium … [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...]