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.
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.
I hope you have had a great summer so far. It’s hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through summer vacation. But thankful there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy. I’ve been enjoying time outside and time with my family, and I’m always on the lookout for new things that will help my summer go even better. I decided to look through what Heartland America has to offer and I wanted to share some of the great products that I found with you.
Keep enjoying your summer with some great shoes for all your warm weather fun.
Earth Origins Tessa sandals are sure to be your favorite summer sandals. The white dual leather straps are adorable and adjustable with metal accents, and the cushioned insoles offer comfort and support for summer fun.
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.
These soda floats are fun, festive, and seriously yummy. If you have a cooler, you make these right at your 4th of July picnic.
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.
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.
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?
Summer’s nearly here, and that means it’s time to plan for…road trips! I have many fond memories of road trips, mostly heading up to the north shore of Minnesota on Lake Superior. This is a nice three hour road trip, but my family has also made the big road trips to places like Yellowstone National Park and Orlando, Florida. Those trips involve at least a couple of days when you have kids in tow.
Family road trips can be wonderful, but also quite challenging with kids. But planning ahead and being prepared can make all the difference to make your travel time as smooth as possible. I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks for surviving the long car ride together.
Long or short road trips can be tough on kids, but these easy and inexpensive tips can make the time pass as smoothly as possible.
First things first, make the car as comfortable as you can.
In just under 2 weeks, football players will be taking the field for the last time this season. Homes will be packed with friends and family to cheer on the players or just to enjoy the commercials. Whether your party is full of football fans or casual commercial viewers, a fully stocked snack table is an absolute must and the more the better. But if your home is anything like mine, space is at a premium, and I’m a big fan of making everything I do as cool or cute as possible. So in order to utilize space and coolness, I decided to make a Snack Stadium.
If you have perused the web for football party inspiration, I’m sure you have come across those amazing (practically scale model) snack stadiums. I loved the idea, but I didn’t have quite that much space…or patience. Also it seemed difficult to actually grab the treats because you have to reach over the sides of the stadium. I made mine a sort of half stadium or even more like bleachers. It is so much easier to snack from and refill because watching the big game is usually an occasion to graze throughout the day. If you can get your friends and family away from the TV during the big game, kudos to you! For the rest of us who can’t tear ourselves away, much less our family, then snacking is the only viable option.
The stadium turned out great and will be perfect for my big game party. If you are looking for a fun way to display your game day snacking extravaganza, you can make one for yourself. Let me show you how.
So you have your table decoration plan, the dinner all set, and the rest of the house ready for Thanksgiving. The feast is all planned out, but what about after? Granted the turkey induced coma will keep your guests occupied for a while but if your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving is an all day affair with leftovers offered later because there is always a mountain of food after the Holiday feast.
So instead of sitting around chatting in little groups, why not bring everyone together for some family fun?
Here are a few games that can be enjoyed by the whole family throughout Thanksgiving Day.