Make Halloween Classy with this Mini Top Hat DIY

Happy October everyone! I am thoroughly enjoying sipping some hot tea while looking at the beautiful fall leaves outside my window. It may seem early in October, but I’m starting to get ready for Halloween. I really want to get a head start this year; so I can enjoy time with my family. Costumes may be the most time consuming of my Halloween preparations. I’m not into scary or creepy stuff, but I do love my tea as much as any Victorian. So I decided to embrace my inner Mad Hatter and create an adorable mini top hat as part of my costume this year.

mini-top-hat-diy

One of the many things that I love about this mini top hat is that it doesn’t take much fabric or trim to make. It turned out so well. So I just had to share it with you. Because who doesn’t need a mini top hat this Halloween? 😀

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Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake: a Delicious State Fair Treat

One of the best things about the end of summer here is the Minnesota State Fair. Otherwise known as the “Great Minnesota Get Together”. Through the twelve days of the fair, there are animals, concerts, activities, and lots of food. You can pretty much find anything on a stick and many things deep fried. Most Minnesotans eat their way through the fair walking it off as they go. I must confess I am one of these people. French fries, cheese curds, and all you can drink milk for $2 are always on my list of what to eat. Also on my food list are deep fried Oreos® and funnel cake. So yummy!

I wanted to be able to enjoy and share a sweet, fair treat throughout the year. So I decided to not only make these desserts but combine them into a decadent dessert. This recipe for Cookies ‘N Cream Funnel Cake is a sweet tribute to delicious the State Fair food.

Cookies 'N Cream Funnel Cake

These are actually easy and quick to make. Depending on how big you like your funnel cakes, this recipe will make a enough for at least 4 people and easily 6 people. The crushed chocolate cookies in this funnel cake adds yummy, rich flavor.

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Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe: 4 Ingredient Summer Treat

Summer is winding down, and it’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school. But before that happens, my extended family has an annual family reunion. Despite the fact that fall is just around the corner, the weather is still hot and sunny. So I volunteered to bring a cool, summery dessert for the whole family to enjoy. I looked through my great grandmother’s recipe box and nothing seemed to fit. So I asked my mom and as always she had a fun and yummy recipe for a Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe.

Watermelon Ice Cream Bombe Recipe

It is super easy to make, and it only uses four ingredients. You can make it days ahead of time and leave it in your freezer until you need it. My family loved it, and I’m sure yours will also enjoy this clever play on a favorite summer melon.

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Cute Cookie Tray: an Adorable DIY for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Did you know that August 4th was National Chocolate Chip Cookie day? I’ve been researching fun and weird holidays lately, and I used this opportunity to bake some delicious chocolate chip cookies. While no one actually needs a holiday to make cookies, especially when you make these cookies, it is fun to know that there is such a holiday. After baking up some cookies, I wanted to display my yummy treats for all to enjoy, but I just wasn’t in the mood to throw them on a regular plate. So I made a cookie tray that is just too adorable, and you can easily make one too.

Kawaii Cute Cookie Tray

Isn’t it just too cute? A giant cookie to hold other cookies for all to enjoy. I even made a template with three options so you can choose which adorable face you want on your cookie try.

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Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

National Cheesecake Day is this Saturday the 30th. What better excuse to enjoy a delicious dessert? In honor of summer, I made lime cheesecake with strawberry sauce and strawberries on top of course. I also diverged from the normal graham cracker crust and made mine with a yummy pretzel crust. It adds a nice sweet change with a hint a salt. The fresh lime taste in the cheesecake with the sweet strawberry sauce hits all the right notes for summer.

Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce and a Pretzel Crust

Cheesecake can seem a little intimidating but don’t let that stop you. This recipe isn’t difficult and is very worth the effort to make.

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4th of July Twinkle Light Mini Shades DIY

Hello everyone! Are you ready for the 4th of July? I am nearly ready: just a couple of things left to finish up. I’m looking forward to the parades, fireworks, food, and patriotic fun with my family. Have you been enjoying the red, white, and blue soda floats from last week? I have soda and ice cream stocked in my fridge for the fourth. But as I was looking around my home, I discovered it needed a bit of American flair. I really enjoy twinkle lights and have them throughout my home. I decided to make mini shades for them and they turned out adorably!

Pin - Twinkle Light Mini Shades

I love them and I am planning to make more to go with my everyday decor. They are really easy and cheap to make for any decor or celebration.

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4th of July – Red, White, and Blue Soda Floats

How is your summer so far? With kids home from school, I’m looking forward to the next holiday on the calendar. Can you believe that the 4th of July is less than two weeks away? I know right?! It seems like May was just yesterday, but I must say I am looking forward to the 4th of July. With parades and fireworks, it’s going to be a busy day.

Treats are not only necessary, but my family really looks forward to them. Since it’s highly likely that my family and I will be out in the park for most of the day, I wanted to make a quick, cool treat that we could take with us. Root beer floats are always a fun treat, but I decided on creating a new twist by making red, white, and blue Soda Floats.

4th of July Soda Floats

These soda floats are fun, festive, and seriously yummy. If you have a cooler, you make these right at your 4th of July picnic.

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Thrift Store Makeover – Chic Picnic Basket DIY

Not only is Father’s Day this Sunday, but International Picnic Day is this Saturday! So why not celebrate them both with a fun picnic for Father’s Day. Ok so a Father’s Day Picnic, great idea right? Just one small problem…I don’t have a picnic basket. I don’t want one of those tiny baskets either because it doesn’t leave room for a blanket or more than two beverages. So I do what I usually do, head to the thrift store to find one. While I didn’t find a picnic basket, I found what I need to make a picnic basket just the way I want.

Chic Picnic Basket DIY

Just by using a bit of spray paint and some belts you can turn a bland but nice sized basket into a charming addition to any picnic.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Beyond the Necktie

I can’t believe that Father’s Day is less than two weeks away! Sometimes it is difficult to decide what to buy for my dad because he has so many skills and hobbies. I get my creativity from both my parents, but I think the urge to “just go for it and make things happen” comes from my dad. 🙂

With so many hobbies and pastimes to choose from, I made some inspiration boards from items offered by Heartland America. There is so much to choose from that finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day will be easy.

By using these boards, I hope you can find great gifts to celebrate the dad’s in your life this Father’s Day as well.

Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas for those dads who love playing in the great outdoors.

Father's Day Gift Ideas - Outdoors Fun
Stansport Privacy Shelter, TrekHD Underwater HD Camcorder, Coleman 1080p HD Sports Action Camera Kit, Maxam Tarp, Cobra 23 Mile Gmrs Radios, Hailey’s Optics 12-100x70mm Binoculars

Perfect for privacy when your family is camping or a place to change at the beach, the Stansport Privacy Shelter is wind and rain resistant and sets up in just minutes.

The TrekHD Camcorder is not only great at capturing outdoor memories but it’s waterproof so he can record the fun not only on the water but in the water as well.

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Enjoy Memorial Day with a Scavenger Hunt

It feels like summer has already arrived here in Minnesota, but the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, Memorial Day! While I can’t wait to enjoy the day off with my family, it’s important to remember the true meaning of this important American holiday.

Starting as Decoration Day after the Civil War, it didn’t become Memorial Day officially until after World War II to honor all the fallen men and women of America’s Armed Forces. In cemeteries all across the nation, graves will be decorated with flowers and flags to honor those who gave everything to protect the freedom we all enjoy. Flags will also fly at half-staff to remember the sacrifice of those brave soldiers and raised at noon to remind us all that it’s up to us to make sure that their sacrifice wasn’t for nothing.

While this is a sobering holiday, it’s also important to enjoy the freedom that American soldiers have been protecting for over 230 years. Awesome parades and family fun will be happening all over America.  Even if you don’t have a big parade near you, it’s always great to get outside with your family. Have a picnic, play some games, and enjoy the day off.

If you need an idea for a fun Memorial Day activity to do with your family, why not have a scavenger hunt?

I have two scavenger hunt options for you. 🙂

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