15 Tasty S’mores Recipes

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National S'mores Day is right around the corner - August 10. I'm not one to pass up any opportunity to celebrate food, especially food with chocolate, so you know tracking down good S'mores recipes is something that's been on the calendar for a while. I know there are a lot of S'mores purists out there who want to simply smash chocolate and charred marshmallow between some graham crackers, but here's the thing...I DON'T like to smell like a campfire, not even for a chance to eat chocolate. I am angling for a fancy gas fire pit to take care of this little issue, but in the meantime I am … [Read more...]

Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Bars Recipe

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I have been cleaning and tossing like a mad woman for the last month or so. If you follow me on social, you may already know that I have donated about 20 bags to the local thrift outlet. I am trying so much harder to use what I have, as opposed to hitting the store. I have two areas in my house left to tackle - my kitchen and my craft studio. Yikes! You can imagine why they're the last on the list... I am working through the kitchen one cupboard at a time. I just tackled my baking cupboard. Overall it was more a clean-up and organize than a toss, but I did find a cake mix just about to … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Copycat Recipes

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There's a Chick-Fil-A down the road. I don't get there often...unless I am in the midst of planning for Snap Conference. During planning season, I sneak away. All alone. At odd hours. I grab some takeaway in the car and sneak bites in between calls. My love for Chick-fil-A is a bit of a secret obsession. I've never taken my family. It's time I share, but going out with kids is expensive! I've hunted down some of the very best Chick-fil-A copycat recipes that can be made at home. I've tried several and I can't wait to get to the rest! I thought it high time I share my secret and thought a … [Read more...]

Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe

Jalapeno popper dip recipe Feature

Today I am sharing one of my favorite appetizers - jalapeno popper dip. Holy delicious. This one is a real crowd pleaser. Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe There's so much to love about this zippy recipe. The cheese provides a nice creamy base, while the bread crumbs and chopped jalapenos provide substance and texture. BUT. Hands down my favorite part of this recipe is the ability to turn the spicy heat up or down depending on your audience. The key to adjusting heat is the jalapeno seeds. The more seeds you include, the spicier the jalapeno dip is. I am a spice wimp. Really. I generally … [Read more...]

Honey Mango Shrimp Taco Recipe

Honey mango shrimp taco recipe. Made in just minutes, this is the perfect summer recipe.

It's summer. We've ditched schedules for lazy days and casseroles for just about anything that doesn't need to be baked in the oven. Nine times out of ten, that means we MIGHT be eating out. However, the other magical one percent of the time, I make this super-yummy honey mango shrimp taco recipe. I first whipped up these tacos in a rush when I updated a little corner of the deck and had some friends over. I hadn't planned on taking quite as much time "decorating" the space and was in a bit of a rush to get something cooked and out for guests. Necessity is the mother of all invention and … [Read more...]

Fourth of July DIY Paper Party Cups

Great idea for updating basic white paper party wear for holidays and events.

I love the on-going relationship we have with many of our Snap Conference sponsors. Today I am sharing a fun Fourth of July DIY paper party cup idea using products from American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers, who always have a fun presence at the event. This is not a paid post, but it features the We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile prominently. This is one of my favorite crafting tools. It can punch through nearly anything - from paper to thick chipboard, wood veneer and metal. It also works as an eyelet setter. If you don't have a Crop-A-Dile yet, I'd recommend purchasing one. Speaking of … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Thank You Tags [Free Printable]

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Toward the end of the year as we draw closer the some of the more "traditional" holidays, my feed is flooded with sweet little hostess gifts and party gifts. However, we actually tend to attend more events with friends in the summer. Often summer parties are far more casual, but that doesn't always mean the host doesn't put in a lot of time preparing...I always like to take a thank you. Today I am over at The Idea Room sharing a quick tutorial on this fun Fourth of July hostess gift as a part of her summer series. Pop over to check out the details. In the meantime, I thought I'd share the … [Read more...]

10 Delicious Drinks for Summer

10 delicious family-friendly drink recipes perfect for summer.

Each week I co-host a fun link party with a few of my friends called Show + Tell. We invite our readers to share their latest and greatest projects. It's a treasure trove of great ideas. Over the years, I've learned that checking out Show + Tell when I am a big hungry is a HUGE mistake. There are always so many great recipes. This week, there were a lot of great drink recipes and today I am sharing 10 delicious drinks for summer. Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie via Homemaking Hacks Pineapple Mint Smoothie via Upstate Ramblings Cucumber Basil Infused Water via Krystal's Kitsch Three Suns … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Maker Giveaway!

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Remember earlier this week when I shared these fun ice cream cone paper boxes? Well, we're finishing out the week with a super-fun ice cream themed giveaway! We have the best summertime giveaway for you today! We have teamed up with some amazing blogs this week to kick off the Mother Hen's Summer Survival Guide on The Crafting Chicks. They are also joining us for this fun givaway today...an Ice Cream Maker! And 4 packages of polka-dot ice cream bowls from Bake it Pretty! You can kick your summer off right with a fun ice cream party at home! Giveaway brought to you … [Read more...]

World Market Outdoor Living Update

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This outdoor living update is brought to you via a collaboration with World Market, who provided product and financial compensation. All opinions are my own. Unless we're closely related (and by closely related, I mean unless you're my Mom), you're not likely to have seen some of my earliest blog posts. I'd link you, but really, all you'd see is a few poorly photographed projects squished in between chatter about my favorite HGTV shows and personalities. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I learned World Market had teamed up with HGTV Designer Sabrina Soto to provide tips for … [Read more...]