Monday, May 25, 2015

Red, White and Blue Bark

Hi friends! I hope you're enjoying the holiday weekend. Since it's Memorial Day, I thought I would share a super simple patriotic dessert. Believe me, even if you're short on time, you can easily make this Red, White and Blue Bark in a matter of minutes.  

It would be perfect for Independence Day too!

We're still wrapping up some family birthdays, and I've been baking cakes and cupcakes like crazy. So when it came time to think of a dessert to serve on Memorial Day, I wanted the easiest treat possible, and this patriotic bark did the trick.


patriotic bark made with candy melts, m and m's and chocolate

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Snickerdoodle Sunday 82 with Summer Features

Hi everyone! Welcome to the 82nd Snickerdoodle Sunday, featuring summer ideas that made me smile. It's Memorial Day weekend, and I am so looking forward to summer vacation. We have another family birthday and a party to get through, plus a few more days of school and we are done!

Are you ready for summer? here are a few ideas to get you in a happy mood, and I hope you like them as much as I do!

It's the season for patriotic recipes, and I'm loving these Red, White and Blue Frozen Yogurt Bark from Honey and Birch

Looking for a fun patriotic dessert that is a little healthier? Try this red white and blue frozen yogurt bark. It's full of berries and sweetened with honey for a perfect holiday dessert! | honeyandbirch.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Painted Laminate Bookcases

Hi Friends! Painting furniture is all the rage these days, especially if you're painting dark furniture a lighter color. I just did the opposite, and in fact, I almost titled this post Return to the Dark Side. 

Why? Well last year, I distressed two laminate bookcases with white paint, but because it was a rush job, the paint was coming off -- ugh! I couldn't stand the look anymore, so I redid them, and now you can see the new, improved painted laminate bookcases


painted black bookcase with aqua blue accessories

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Patriotic Summer Berry Parfait

Hi friends!  I can't believe that Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away. Is it me, or is time really moving faster these days?! Two of my kids actually have school the following week (boo, hiss), while the others are done, so it's hard to believe that summer is just about here! 

Anyway, I like to serve themed desserts for just about any holiday, so I'm preparing a very easy patriotic summer berry parfait this weekend.
Blueberries strawberries and ice cream layered in a mason jar

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lemon Blueberry French Toast

Hi Friends! We've been buying fruit like crazy and using it in everything from salads to smoothies. Although I love fresh fruit as it is, I thought it was time to change things up a bit. 

We bought some gorgeous organic blueberries the other day, and since we also had some leftover French bread, it seemed completely natural to pair the two of them. I made some Lemon Blueberry French Toast, and it was so good, that I made another batch the next day!
french toast topped with blueberries and slice of lemon

Monday, May 18, 2015

Easy Teen Party Ideas with TONY'S Pizza


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Hi friends! I'm no stranger to hosting birthday parties. My kids have been having them since they were little, and even though I thought I had the hosting thing mastered, it's slightly different now that the oldest two are teens. On one hand, you no longer have to provide entertainment, which is awesome, but you do have to provide more food and keep replenishing the snacks throughout the evening -- a group of teens can really eat, folks!

So I thought I'd share some easy teen party ideas, just in case you've got one of these in your future!
TONY'S Pizza served at a teen birthday party

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Easy Flip Flop Cookies

Hi friends! I've been busy making plans for my teenage daughter's birthday. She wants to keep it pretty simple and invite just a few close friends, but a party's a party, and I want the girls to have some fun snacks to enjoy. So, the kids and I made these cute flip flop cookies to serve at the party.

These sweet treats are so easy to make, and they would be perfect addition to just about any summer celebration!
flip flop cookies with skittles candy beach ball on a plate