Star Spangled Apple Pie Cake

Every year, a few days before July 4th, the neighbors line their front yards with American Flags. We invite friends over, cook out back, the kids swim in the pool and we light and watch the fireworks above. It’s always a great day! And for me, a beautiful reminder of my Grandfather. He passed on when I was a little girl, but I will never forget how much he loved this country and July 4th was his favorite holiday. I think Christmas was a close second though…

I’ll always remember the block parties, the sound of country music, the taste of the iced tea and the delightful smell of fresh baked apple pie. Oh gosh, those days were the best! Especially when they were spent on the lake with the boats, jetski’s and fishing poles. The days were warm and the nights were long. Those were some of the best days of my childhood.

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Wonton Cannoli Cups

My obsession with cannoli filling is something fierce! We can’t even go to an Italian restaurant without ordering them. And for some reason, I think the kids may actually love them more than us. Sure, Publix sells them pre-made. It’s just not the same! It took years for me to finally find a place that makes them the way I remember them tasting as a child. Oh Gosh! Just thinking about them makes me salivate. I literally licked the bowl on this one…

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Birthday Chalkboard Sign Template and Tutorial

Chalkboard signs have been all the craze lately. You literally see them in every cake smash and birthday milestone photo sessions. And most recently; baby showers, engagements and even wedding receptions. They can get pretty expensive to purchase online due to the customization, but it’s actually super easy to make your own.

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Perler Bead Bowl Craft


Perler Beads. Most of us have them. They only bother me when I step on a straggler every now and again. Otherwise, they have been pretty good to me. If I need to get something done or need a few minutes of peace and quiet, I whip out the Perler Beads. They allow my little ones to be creative and create their own masterpieces. I am always amazed at their concentration level every single time!

This craft is so simple that anyone can pretty much make it. We have buckets of Perler Beads (yes, buckets) and they’re fairly inexpensive so this is something you can do time and time again, without breaking the bank.

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Strawberry Glazed Donuts

Oh how I just love summer. Relaxing, crafting, spending time with my kids and….Strawberries! They bring back such fond memories of my childhood. I remember when I was a little girl, my grandparents would take me out to the strawberry fields every year and we would pick fresh strawberries. I remember putting them in my little green basket and how sweet they tasted. Just perfect! Theres nothing like fresh strawberries in the summer to keep you feeling refreshed.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Do you ever have such a crazy day ahead of you, that you absolutely know there is no time for dinner? Yep! That’s me….a lot of the time! Usually, we head straight for a pizza, quick sandwich or even breakfast for dinner. My crock-pot pretty much sits quietly on a shelf in my pantry, but I had to pull that bad boy out for an emergency this weekend.

My kids are somewhat picky eaters and have a limited menu of what they will eat and actually enjoy. They both love taco night and can pretty much eat chicken any day of the week. So I thought, why not combine the two?

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Now that summer is here, we need to beat the Florida heat and stay cool and refreshed. So this week, I broke out the popsicle molds! Of course the kids were excited and totally watching the clock, waiting for their chance at one of my strawberry lemonade popsicles.

We used to buy store-bought popsicles, but the amount of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and dyes really bothered us. We do our best to only eat organics and shop exclusively at Whole Foods. Don’t get me wrong, there are many conventional items we still purchase from time to time, but mostly everything in our home is Organic and GMO Free. Just like these popsicles!
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Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

Our good friends decided to take their summer vacation close to home this year. They packed the car up yesterday, left me with their dog and took off to Key West. All of a sudden, I found myself craving Key Lime Pie! So I decided to whip up a batch of these Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes; in their honor of course.

These sweet treats are the perfect blend of sweet and sour.

If you love Key Lime pie, you are sure to love these!!!
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