A Simple and Fun Way to Bring Your Family Together: DIY S’mores Maker

Hello everyone! How has your summer been so far? Are you ready for school to start? Yeah, me neither. We are trying to get every last ounce of fun out of summer while we still can. And making s’mores is one of the best ways to savor summer. But between thunderstorms, bugs, and no place for a fire pit, I created a portable s’mores maker (or a mini fire pit) that can go indoors and out.

Indoor-Outdoor S'mores Maker - Fun and Easy DIY to Bring the Family Together

Using lava rock and canned heat, you can make this tabletop s’mores maker. The lava rock keeps the container from heating up and is lightweight. So you can take it anywhere. The canned heat is easy to use and replace. And there’s no sparks or ash to worry about. The s’mores maker is perfect for indoors, tiny decks, or even taking on a picnic.

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A Berry Delicious Recipe for Raspberry Jam Cake

Hello, isn’t summer just flying by. I can’t believe it’s already the end of July. But there is still plenty of fun and sunshine. Our extended family has decided to get together once a month throughout the summer for dinner and a bonfire. It’s great to stay in touch over the busy summer months and enjoy each other’s company. Everyone brings something to share. So I decided to raid the recipe box again. I found a simple recipe for a delicious jam cake.

Raspberry Jam Cake Recipe

This cake is light and moist with a tremendous amount of flavor. It has received rave reviews from family and friends. So I know yours will love it too. You can even try changing it up with different flavors of jam. It’s the perfect refreshing cake for summer get togethers.

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Summer Fun and Fashion 2017

Enjoy Summer to the Fullest with Fashion and Fun

It might look like summer has reached the halfway point, but there are still plenty of hot days to enjoy. Here in the land of 20,000 lakes we can’t get enough of the water, whether it’s swimming, boating, or just walking by the shore. I’m fortunate enough to live a few blocks from a beautiful lake. I love to walk by the lake and dip my feet in if I can. Minnesotans love to get outdoors and soak up all the summer fun while we can.

To get the most out of summer you will need some good shoes and sandals. Not to mention products for summer nights as well. I put together an assortment of summer footwear and evening fun from Heartland America. When you find something you like get it while you can. Supplies are limited so the faster you order the better. ­čÖé

Splash into summer fun with these stylish sandals.

Splash into summer with stylish and comfortable sandals and shoes.
Realtree Blue Women’s Sandals, Realtree Gray/Mint Women’s Sandals, Bearpaw Women’s Sandals, Women’s New Balance Revive Thongs,┬áRocsoc Women’s Land & Water Shoes

Spending time outdoors demands quality, stylish sandals. The strap sandals from Realtree are built for comfort and durability. The bright blue goes well with jeans and the subtle branch camouflage pattern gives them outdoor style.

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4th of July Flair: DIY American Flag Infinity Scarf

Happy (nearly) 4th of July! This year it’s a little odd that the 4th is on a Tuesday. But it certainly doesn’t damper Independence Day activities; it just makes the fun last longer. ­čśÇ I’m looking forward to the fun, food, and fireworks. There are some fantastic fireworks displays around Minnesota. The ones on and around the lakes are especially beautiful. There’s nothing quite like picnicking with your family and having a great time while waiting for the fireworks to start. As we head out to the festivities this year, I wanted to add a patriotic flair to my outfit. I love scarves, but the middle of summer is not the time to add something warm around your neck. So I created a light infinity scarf with jersey knit fabric that looks adorable. It turned out so well I wanted you to be able to make your own Independence Day accessory too.

American Flag Infinity Scarf DIY

Since this light knit fabric is prevalent in most summer fashion, it makes a perfect scarf during the already hot days. The only sewing on this scarf is to attach the adorable buttons. In one afternoon, you can create your own fun infinity scarf for your Independence Day celebrations.

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Delicious and Easy Father’s Day Recipe: Peach Pie

Hello there! Summer is definitely here according to the weather if not the calendar. I have turned on the air conditioning in my home while the oven is only used when absolutely necessary. With Father’s Day coming up, it’s going to be necessary. But who wants to bake in ninety degree weather? Not me. So this year I want to keep the baking quick not to mention easy. In my vintage recipe box, I found a recipe for peach pie. My dad loves peaches, and the recipe was really easy. So it is perfect for Father’s Day.

Easy Peach Pie Recipe

Using premade pie crust and frozen peaches makes this pie a snap to make. The rich cream and cinnamon filling is delicious and versatile. Just switch out the peach for apples, pears, or whatever fruit you want for a delicious pie in no time.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas 2017

Great Gift Ideas for the Dads in Your Life this Father’s Day

Hello there! How are you? I’m doing well. Memorial Day was a great time to relax and enjoy the day. Now┬ásummer is officially right around the corner. The next┬áholiday that is just around the corner is Father’s Day. With a little over two weeks until Father’s Day, right now is a great time to order gifts online to make sure they get there in time. Then the only problem is deciding what to get the fathers on your list.

This week I’ve got some great ideas for Father’s Day gifts to give those wonderful men in your life. Whether they are┬áa golfer, car enthusiast, or geek, you are sure to find something each of them will love. All of these items are available at HeartlandAmerica.com right now. So find the perfect gift and place your order before it’s gone.

First are some great gifts for the fathers who love to unwind at the golf course.

Father's Day 2017 - Golf Gift Ideas
24 Pack Recycle Golf Balls: Titleist, Bridgestone, Callaway, Taylormade, or Nike; Collapsible Chipping Basket, Heavy Duty Turf Mat, Black/Green TriLite 3-Wheel Push Cart

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Weekend Family Fun: DIY Bubble Wand and Bubble Recipe

Hello! Are you looking forward to this Memorial Day weekend as much as I am? Hopefully your family can enjoy this three day weekend together. Also remember to spend some time honoring the brave men and women who have sacrifice so much for us. If the weather cooperates, I suggest taking a picnic basket and enjoying the outdoors. While you are soaking up the sun, keep your kids entertained with bubbles. This week I created a bubble wand and some bubble solution you can enjoy with your family.

Bubble Wand DIY

Using a dowel rod and some cotton yarn, you can create a wand for making lots of bubbles. The single handed design makes it easy to walk around and create bubbles. Creating a web of loops in your bubble wand makes it easier to create bubbles. Which makes this project great to do with your kids. And they will have a blaster making bubbles with their own bubble wand.

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Soft and Chewy Homemade Caramels with Crushed Pretzels

Hello! I hope your Mother’s Day was fantastic. My family and I spent the day enjoying some of my mom’s and my favorite treats. It was filled with fun and delicious treats. Fresh from my culinary adventure, I wanted to make something I had never attempted before. First I tried to make taffy, but that did not turn out well. Instead of soft, stretchy taffy, I got rock hard unicorn horns. So I decided on something slightly less ambitious; homemade caramels. At least there’s no pulling hot sugar with this recipe.

Homemade Caramel Recipe with Pretzels

It is surprising how simply this recipe is. With a bit of patience and a lot of stirring, you can make this soft, buttery caramel. Adding the pretzel gives this super sweet candy a bit of salt and crunch. Homemade caramel can be intimidating, but this recipe breaks it down step by step. So you can treat your family and friends with homemade candy.

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Quick and Easy Mother’s Day Wrap Bracelet DIY

Good day all! Hasn’t the weather been just glorious? It’s lovely to get outside for a walk without getting carried away by mosquitoes. I’m looking forward to speeding more time outside with my mom this weekend. That’s right Mother’s Day is this weekend! While I’m not completely unprepared, it would be nice to add a little something extra to my mom’s gift. Checking my craft closet I found some sheets of Shrinky Dinks┬«* plastic. I’ve loved this stuff ever since I was a kid. So I decided to give this kiddie project some grownup elegance and create a wrap bracelet for my mom.

Mother's Day Wrap Bracelet DIY - Easy, quick, and super cute!

With a bit of ribbon and some jewelry supplies, this wrap bracelet DIY is elegant and easy to make. It’s also a great project to do with your kids which makes it extra special for mom. In an hour or less, you can create a unique bracelet that mom will love to wear.

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A New Take on a Classic Family Dinner: Mom’s Mexican Lasagna

Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow everyone! I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Mexico. Perhaps I’ll be able to sneak in a little siesta. ­čśÇ This week I wanted to make something delicious and easy not just for Cinco de Mayo but for any day. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did what I always do. Called my mom and asked for her opinion. My mom is the best cook I know. I might be biased, but she did┬áhave┬áher own catering business. Just saying, seriously delicious family dinners. She is amazing┬áand so generously sharing one of her recipes: Mexican lasagna.

Mom's Mexican Lasagna

This is seriously simple and delicious. Full of cheesy goodness and not spicy for all those true Minnesotans like myself. Using tortillas instead of noodles is brilliant. This recipe is fantastic for dinner, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or Tuesday.

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