Savory the Summer with a Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

Happy August! I can’t believe it’s almost fall. Although fall is my favorite season, there is still plenty of summer fun left to enjoy. One of the major local highlights at the end of summer is the Minnesota State Fair. I don’t know about other fairs, but our state fair seems completely centered around food. That’s just fine with me. 😀 I love trying out some of the new food options and walking through the exhibits. Before I start drooling over anticipated treats, I have decided to try out a dessert recipe with a seasonal summer twist: chocolate zucchini cake. While I won’t be using any blue ribbon zucchinis, this dessert is simply delicious.

Delicious Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

This cake is wonderfully moist and chocolatey without being too sweet. It is also one of those cakes that doesn’t need frosting. Just a dusting of powdered sugar, and you are ready to dig in. The grated zucchini inside keeps the cake nice and moist. Since it has zucchini in it, does it really count against you? Zucchini is healthy right?! 😉 Regardless if you are a fan of zucchini or not, you will enjoy every bite.

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12 Fantastic Summer Products for You and Your Family

Hello everyone! How’s your summer going? So far my family and I have had a great summer. But it’s been much busier than I anticipated, and there is not much left. I have to make the most of it. That’s why I want to share some products with you to help you get the most out of summer. Whether you have already worn out your summer shoes, are looking for a nighttime activity for your family, or simply need a few more ways to keep cool, I have something for you. So check out these fantastic summer products now available at Heartland America.

First we have a selection of women’s shoes to keep up with the hectic summer pace.
Women’s Fuchsia Physique Running Shoes, Women’s Silver Tempo Running Shoes, Women’s Black Volitation Running Shoes, Women’s Purple Aqua Shoes

Keep things comfy and bright with this pair of Physique running shoes from Fila. The breathable mesh and adorable color gives style and comfort to your casual summer. With interior padding and durable rubber soles, your feet will stay in peak condition whether you are out for a run or dashing around the mall. Read more

Enhance Your Summer Staycation with 3 Hammock Hacks

Hello! I hope you all are having a fun summer. It’s been a very hot, humid, and rainy summer here in Minnesota. But there has been a couple of beautiful days to enjoy the sunshine. For those of us who aren’t planning a vacation this summer, it is especially important to make the most of those perfect days. That’s right. There will be no vacation for me this summer. But there is something I’m beginning to plan for next year. This year I’ll enjoy a relaxing staycation at home. Since I want to save money for a bigger vacation, I’ll make the most of what I already have. Therefore I decided on 3 hammock hacks to savor my relaxation time.

3 Hammock Hacks

These three hacks are quick, easy, and great for any size hammock. First you won’t lose your book or your place in it with a cute book strap hack. Second you make a drink holder to keep your favorite iced beverage close and keep it from spilling. Finally the pillowcase brings it all together while keeping your pillow in place. With these hacks you can just relax and better enjoy your invaluable lounge time.

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The Perfect Recipe for 4th of July Grilling: Shish Kabobs

Hello! I hope your summer is going fantastically! It just seems like it’s flying by. I can’t quite believe that the 4th of July is next week already! But that also means it’s time for entertaining and fireworks. 😀 While my family and I haven’t decided where we will be enjoying fireworks this year, this shish kabob recipe will be great for an outdoor party.

Shish Kabob Recipe

Grilling is one of the best parts of summer entertaining. Your family and friends will enjoy these shish kabobs at your 4th of July party. There’s something delicious and iconic about grilled fresh veggies. Add tender marinated meat, and you’ve got a recipe for summer fun with your family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift DIY: Fish Family Keychain

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine. Do you have any fun plans for this summer? While my family doesn’t have any big trips planned, I’m sure there will be plenty of fun. Hopefully we will get to camp a few weekends this summer, but with moving we will just have to see. Both of my parents have been a great help during the move. Having a retired carpenter in the family helps with everything. My dad has continually gone above and beyond. Father’s Day is just around the corner. While I have already bought him a Father’s Day gift, I wanted to make something for him as well. Since I used shrink plastic for a Mother’s Day gift last year, I wanted to use it for a DIY Father’s Day gift this year. My dad loves to fish so I created this adorable fish family keychain.

Father's Day Fish Family Keychain DIY

This cute little keychain is a fun way to show some family pride. With a sheet of shrink plastic and some bright permanent markers, you can create a personal school of fish for your family. Save memories and signatures in these cute little fish. Dad will love this celebration of his favorite things: family and fishing.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Men Who Love to Work and Play in the Great Outdoors

Hello! I hope you and your family had a fantastic Memorial Day. It was an extra busy weekend for us. I just moved into a new house. As you can imagine, there are a plethora of things to do. When the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing, I escape the moving boxes and work on the new garden. My dad has been over quite a few times helping with everything. So moving hasn’t been so bad. But there’s still a lot to do and I want to show my appreciation to everyone helping out.

With Father’s Day coming up, I have a wonderful opportunity to express my gratitude for my dad. Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without him. While getting ready for Father’s Day, I put together a variety of products now available at Heartland America for all the outdoor loving dads out there.

First we have tools for dad’s who love doing projects around the house.

Father's Day 2018 - Tools
Simoniz Telescoping Wash Brush, Tornado Tools Cordless Grass Trimmer & Edger, Wagner Power Painter Pro, Koblenz 2-in-1 Pressure Washer

If he’s got some big boy toys, help dad keep them clean with this telescoping wash brush. Just connect the brush to a garden hose and fill the soap reservoir. The soap and water will mix so he can scrub away the dirt and grime from the boat, RV, or any other big boy toys. The pole telescopes to six feet for a thorough cleaning job. Now all his fun vehicles will be ready for the next adventure.

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Enjoy a Taste of Spring with this Strawberry Bread Recipe

Hello everyone and hello summer! Okay while it isn’t technically summer yet, the weather would indicate otherwise. It has been glorious outside. This time of year always reminds me of making strawberry jam with my mom. The smell of the jam wafting through the house. She would even let me lick the spoon when everything was done. Serious I could have licked the mixing bowl clean. Homemade jam is amazing! Just thinking about it really triggers a craving for strawberries. So I decided to delve into my recipe stash, and I came up with a recipe for strawberry bread.

Strawberry Bread Recipe

This sweet bread is a delightful dessert or a perfect mid-afternoon snack. Using frozen strawberries and a longer baking time, you get bursts of strawberry flavor. The sweet cinnamon throughout the rest of the bread is the perfect pairing to this yummy loaf. This is definitely a dessert everyone will everyone and it’s wonderful to have on hand for hungry kids.

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Embrace the Dots with an Adorable DIY for Your Home: Polka Dot Rug

Hello everyone! The sun is shining, birds are singing, and the weather is absolutely delightful. It makes me so very happy! I really can’t get enough of this weather. And the weather should be fantastic for Mother’s Day which is less than 2 weeks away. My mom loves polka dots. So this year I wanted to make her something polka dot related for her home. I decided to brush off my latch hooking skills and make her this adorable polka dot rug. It’s so soft and plush and perfect for my mom. It turned out so cute, that I just might have to make one for myself.

Polka Dot Rug DIY

Big fluffy pom-poms and long latch hook hoops give an extra plush feeling. The bulky yarn creates a soft and dense texture that is a joy to experience. With the polka dot design, this rug is a darling edition to any room.

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Spring Promo 2018

Products to Relax, Refresh, and Renew this Spring

Hello everyone! I hope your spring is nice and warm. After a record breaking April blizzard, we are finally on our way into spring here in Minnesota. I’m so excited for the warmer temps and melting snow. It’s difficult to believe that we are more than half way through April with this crazy weather. But its true. Soon it will be Mother’s Day, and I haven’t been able to do a thing with my lawn. With snow still covering the yard, I have put together some spring products to relax, refresh, and renew. Because we will get there eventually.

 

First we have five great ideas to help you (or your mom) relax.
Spring Spa Gifts for Mom to Relax - 2018
Silver Finish Dual Shower Head Kit, Stainless Steel Retro-Fit Shower Panel, Blush Embossed Elephant Pattern Bathrobe, 4 Pack Feather & Down Blend Pillows, Charcoal Gray Velour Blanket

Not all of us have the time or luxury to soak in a bath tub, but you can turn your shower a place of relaxation. This dual shower head kit is not only easy to install, but it is as practical as it is luxurious. The kit comes with a standard shower head as well as a handheld shower head. Which comes in quite handy with kids and pets. The shower heads can be used separately or together for a wonderful cascade of water.

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A New Family Favorite: Pizza Rustica Recipe

Happy April everyone! I wish I could say it was spring, but here in Minnesota it still looks like winter. Rain showers have turned to snow and ice. I am quite fed up with this weather. But it is an excuse to make something hearty and delicious. Because you definitely need something comforting in a spring blizzard.  As there was a general craving for pizza at my house, I made a delicious recipe for pizza rustica.

Not only is it absolutely delicious; it looks fantastic too. This pizza loaf is filled with delightful meats and fresh mozzarella with just the right amount of sauce. Whether you make it into the loaf or go for a traditional pizza pie, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

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