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Monday, May 25, 2015

Two Cup Tuesday Linky Party No.125

If this holiday weekend is indicative of days to come this summer, I'm so screwed. I really need to teach my daughter some independence to manage her time. Putting this post together took over six hours to finally get done. That's just crazy! I was interrupted every 5 minutes with "Ma, can you help with...?" "Ma, can we play with the...?" "Mom... !!!" Ugh! I just can't take it. This is going to be a long, tough summer.  

So, I'm going to leave you with some ice cream recipes from Dieter's Downfall. Peanut Butter chocolate chip, Peaches and Cream, and Key Lime Pie Ice Cream. I love ice cream! I need to go make some more ice cream.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Easy Candy Flower Cake Pops

Color your candy flower cake pops any way you like. It's easy to do with great Wilton products.

It's time for another Wilton Cake Pop post! I found a fun candy flower kit at the store and I thought it would be perfect for a cake pop decoration. The kit was labeled for cupcakes, but whatever, they were the perfect size for a cake pop. The candies are plain white which if fine, but I added some color to my petals to really make them pop! The kids are going to love these easy candy  flower cake pops. Have them help you make them this weekend!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Puff Pastry Snail Cookies

Have some fun with the kids in the kitchen making some Puff Pastry Snail Cookies. They are sure to be a hit at your garden party!

Do you ever play with your food? These little Pastry Puff Snail Cookies are a result of me playing in the kitchen. I had some extra puff pastry left over from another recipe and I didn't want to just throw it away. 
I was really just going for round cookies; however, after baking them, I saw little snails! So I got some eyeball candy and little bow stickers and I went to town! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Two Cup Tuesday Linky Party No.124

Did everyone have a good weekend? I had a great weekend home alone! I treasure these weekends when the husband is away working and the kid is off to grandma's house. It's just me and the cats. Sometimes my friend Captain Morgan comes over, sometimes it Jack Daniels. There's no cooking and usually no cleaning, just a whole lotta relaxing! Sometimes as a mom, I feel like the Disney genie - Poof! whadda ya want? Poof! whadda ya want? It can all be so tiring! So, almost 48 hours of not having to do a single thing for anyone else was bliss! I know you mama's know what I'm talking about!

Did you see the cake I made for Dieter's Downfall? It's an Orange Lane Cake with orange, blueberry walnut curd filling and an orange cream cheese frosting. It was amazing! Seriously, one of the best cakes I've tried - and I've tried a lot of cakes!

I'm also in the process of planning the 2015 Online Blog Conference! Have you registered yet? It's an amazing online conference that you attend from the comfort of your home. It's totally affordable and the best part is that you'll be part of an amazing group of bloggers who are here to help and support each other. 

Tickets are on sale now for the September conference. I'd love for you to join us! 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Online Blog Conference 2015

Big News!! 

Have you heard about the Online Blog Conference? No? Well, let me tell ya all about the Online Blog Conference for 2015! 

First off - It's for bloggers. This conference is for bloggers who have been active for at least a year and have a basic understanding of blogging. This isn't a beginners conference. 

Second - It's all online. No travel, airfare, hotels, or making arrangements for the family. You participate when you can. The videos will be available for you to watch at your convenience. 

Third - It's a year long community of blogging help in a great community. We are here to answer your questions along the way and help you with whatever you need.

Fourth - You're going to learn a TON!  We are going to give you great information about making money, using affiliate sales, writing an ebook, filing your taxes, your photography equipment, getting the most out of Pinterest, and working on growing your email subscription list. 

Fifth - There are great opportunities to make some good bloggy friends. Meet some friends, find someone local, find a pal to have a giveaway with or do a group post with others. OBC is a community.

Sixth - It's so cheap! Total out of pocket cost is under $55! With ten sessions planned, that less than $6 an hour! You can't even get a babysitter for that cheap anymore!

Seventh - There will be some giveaways. Fingers crossed for some fun freebies and extras. 

Eighth - It's open to ALL Bloggers. Not sure if I really need to specify that, but it's open to everyone. the topics we are talking about can be utilized for any blogger. 

Ninth - You won't be the same blogger after. And that's a good thing. Even if you just take away one bit of information and use that to grow, then you're doing better today than you were yesterday.

And tenth - It's just awesome. I was an attendant the first two years and I loved it so much that I started running it! 

Want to know more?? Head on over to and learn more about the conference and register. I'm looking forward to having everyone join is!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Fresh, garden grown basil and strawberries add a wonderful flavor to basic lemonade. Add some vodka for an adult beverage.

I love gardening. Getting out in the yard and working hard, pulling weeds, planting a new crop of basil, picking the fruits of my labor. I use a lot of gardening tools each year, but there are always a few go-to tools that are a must for every gardener. OXO sent me a few of their new gardening tools to try out this spring, and so far, I'm loving them for #OXOspringgardening

I planted some new basil plants for the year and my strawberries are growing like gangbusters! I can't believe that I planted just six little strawberry plants just four years ago. Now, they are all over this slope - the bad news is that so are the weeds!

Get into the garden, grow something, pull some weeds, and water those plants! #OXOSpringGardening

It's a good thing I can sit back and relax with a refreshing glass of Strawberry Basil Lemonade that I've spiked for a little adult time. Work hard, play hard. That's my motto.

It's great working with good companies like OXO. They sent me a watering bucket, a trowel, pruners, a hand rake, a hand plow, and a cultivator.

I think my favorite item is the hand plow. I have rocky soil and this tool was great for getting those little buggers out. My second favorite is the trowel. I use it more for getting those darn tap roots out of the ground. Tap roots are the worst, and it's so tough to get the entire thing pulled up without it breaking off.
So, I got my fresh fruit and fresh basil from the garden and I'm ready to relax and enjoy an adult beverage. I spiked this lemonade with a bit of vodka and lemoncello. Added a little fizz with club soda and I'm chillin' on the porch!  Yum, yum!

Now, you can make your own homemade lemonade or just buy some at the store, I'm not gonna nit pick. You can let your strawberries sit out for a few hours or just toss them in. Again, I'm not going to mandate. An you can always skip the alcohol and just enjoy the sweet flavors of the strawberries, basil, and lemon.

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

by Karyn Granrud
Prep Time: 1 hour
Keywords: beverage gluten-free basil strawberry lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 C strawberries, cut up
  • 5 - 10 Basil leaves, cut up
  • Vodka, optional
  • Lemoncello, optional
  • 7-Up, Sprite, Ginger Ale
Make you lemonade. Boil 1 cup water and dissolve 1 cup sugar to make a simple syrup. Cool.
Juice 7 - 9 lemons to yield 1 cup of lemon juice. Mix the simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add the water to dilute to your desired tartness.
Chop strawberries and sprinkle with up to a tablespoon of sugar. Add the chopped basil. Let sit out for an hour to allow time for the strawberries to release their juice.
Add some fruit to a cup, add a cup of lemonade, a shot of vodka and/or lemoncello, top with some soda. Add a lemon and strawberry garnish.
Relax with your feet up and enjoy!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mini No Bake Huckleberry Cheesecakes

Make everyone happy at the party with some Mini No Bake Huckleberry Cheesecakes. There's lots to go around.

It's getting hot and there are more and more weekend play dates happening these warmer days. I need some recipes that I can whip up without heating up. Enter mini no-bake huckleberry cheesecakes. You can make these up quickly for the kids and give them something sweet to eat. 

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