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. ūüôā

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,¬†Rocsoc 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. ūüėÄ 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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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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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¬ģ 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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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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Beach Towel Bag DIY – Repurposed Summer Fun

Only in Minnesota do you get weather that is a¬†frozen tundra or¬†a hot sauna¬†in one year. This week we are experiencing ninety degree and above temperatures. That is much too hot for my family; so we will be in the air conditioning or at the beach. This is the land of 10,000 lakes and refreshing fun in the sun is never very far away, thankfully. But that does mean packing up all the summer essentials, but I didn’t have a beach bag…yet.

Beach Towel Bag Repurposing DIY

Most using things I already had around my house, I was able to make a great beach bag quickly, easily, and cheaply. I made a large bag so it will carry everything I need for a day at the beach. I even added pockets to keep everything neat and organized.

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Great Products to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

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.

Summer Fun - Outdoor Style
Earth Origins Tessa Women’s Sandals, Rimrock Men’s Sport Sandals, P.W. Minor Women’s Sofia Strap Shoes, Stacy Adams TAZ Men’s Navy Suede Wingtips

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.

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