rice krispies cake + free printables

rice krispies cake

My kiddos love Rice Krispies Treats… okay… I love Rice Krispies Treats too… and I really wanted to try my hand at a Rice Krispies Cake.

So with Memorial Day celebrations and Fourth of July parties and picnics just around the corner, I decided to make a patriotic red white and blue themed Rice Krispies Cake plus FREE printables for my latest contributing post at Red Barn Blog.

Hop on over for all the details and the freebies!

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outdoor furniture {red, white and blue}

Outdoor Furniture

This weekend is Memorial Day, the kick off to a summer of patriotic holiday celebrations. My hubby and most of his family members served in the armed forces so we’re big on celebrating in red, white and blue!

I keep my outdoor furniture in basic/rustic hues so that I can brighten things up with pops of reds! Today I’m sharing a few fun and festive patio and outdoor furniture finds from Kohl’s to get you ready for the upcoming outdoor party season.

AND, I’m sharing my FREE backyard BBQ Party Printables (see more pictures of the feature in Mom magazine) in coordinating colors! DOWNLOAD MY FREE SUMMER PRINTABLES and get shopping!

As always, I hope your inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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a berry inspired 4th of July party

I’m gathering the last minute items for our 4th of July picnic tomorrow and wanted to share some of the fabulous berry inspired recipes I collected from Southern Living. Being a southern girl myself, I was drawn in by the Lemon Blueberry Sweet Tea! And I think I’ll try my hand at the Red Berry Velvet Cobbler too!

See other 4th of July recipes and crafts I rounded up on my Patriotic Holiday Party Pinterest board. 

And if you’ve not downloaded my FREE patriotic printables (banner, cupcake picks and food labels), hop over and grab them up!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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easy 4th of July picnic treat

Serving patriotic inspired treats doesn’t have to be hard… it doesn’t even require baking if you don’t want to! {grin}

One of my boys’ absolute favorite treats is the marshmallow. So when we saw these at the grocery, we grabbed a bag for our 4th of July picnic on Wednesday.

 

We plan to serve them two ways. On lollipop sticks, embellished with USA (food safe marker) and in these adorable little baking cups. With several kiddos under the age of 8 in attendance these yummy Jet-Puffed Star Shaped Marshmallows won’t have a chance!

All supplies, except the marshmallows, can be found at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, including the red and white checkerboard fabric!

And if you’ve not downloaded my FREE patriotic printables (banner, cupcake picks and food labels), hop over and grab them up!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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patriotic party finds

I’ve been shopping around for goodies for my little guys upcoming birthday and ran into World Market late last week (photos taken with my iPhone) to see if they had any rustic items I could use for his camp party snack table.

I found some things for his party and these lovely patriotic items perfect for my 4th of July picnic:

  • The soda crates sold me! I love the vintage look to display old fashion creamsicle drinks and Coke bottles.
  • The stripe drink dispenser will be great for sweet tea… remember… I am a southern transplant to Ohio.  
  • The metal picnic basket might double as a chip bag caddy.
  • The American flag throw pillows will go perfectly on the swing.
  • The popcorn bowls will grace our blankets while we watch fireworks.

And when I hop over to World Market to link to their homepage, lookie what I saw! A picture of my favorite finds on the homepage. Lovely when styled isn’t it?! Can’t wait for my picnic!

Oh how I love summer! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create. And maybe shop a little! {smile}

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DIY patriotic monogram wreath

Summer is heating up and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. So my girlfriend Becky, creative mom and fabulous art teacher (and non-blogger), created this simple DIY door decor monogram and is letting us share her creativity with our readers. 

Becky describes how she created this flag-inspired craft:

With a large paper mache’ C from a craft store, I spray painted the whole thing white. I then taped it off with painter’s tape for the red stripes, and spray painted it again with a high gloss red paint, then removed the tape. The stars were cut individually out of painter’s tape and placed on the C. I then spray painted once more in blue. A bit of touch up with craft paint and TA DA!! I love anything monogram, and plan to add to my collection for every holiday!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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patriotic cake + FREE printables

With Memorial Day only a few days away and summer about to kick into high gear, I wanted to create a super simple red, white and blue patriotic cake that you can put together in a snap! The first thing you need to do is:

DOWNLOAD my FREE Patriotic Party Printables

The set includes cupcake rounds (the circles embellishing this cake), a four pattern pennant banner and dessert tags (seen here with other holiday recipesthat you can edit within the file before you print!

Next, bake a cake and flat ice it with buttercream. (Tip: If you’re in a hurry, or just not confident of your icing skills, order one from your favorite bakery.)

Now, punch out the cupcake rounds with a 2.5″ circle punch. Hot glue the circle to the end of a lollipop stick (cut in half) and insert the stick into the cake. (Tip: See pictures of how easy this is in my Robot Birthday Party Cake post.)

Finally, edge your cake with red sixlets found at most any candy shop. I picked these up at Party City. (Tip: If you love the cake plate, it’s from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s.)

Hop over to Snackpicks.com to see more Memorial Day recipes! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Memorial Day recipes with Kellogg’s

For my latest project with Snackpicks.com, Kellogg’s and Tastefully Simple teamed up for the perfect combination of Town House Sea Salt and Olive Oil Flatbread Crisps and a Smokey Cheddar Cheese Ball, among other fabulous summer recipes.

With Memorial Day coming and summer BBQs on my calendar, I decided to serve them in mini cups (clear plastic found at most grocery stores) for outdoor events and easy cleanup.

I also chose to bring some color to an otherwise rather dull plate, by trimming and inserting a fun patriotic polka dot pattern under my cups. This sheet and the dessert label in the first image, are both part of my latest FREE printable, along with cupcake rounds and a four pattern banner.

Download my FREE Patriotic Printables now!

And as a bonus, you’ll find my FREE Teacher Appreciation candy bar wrapper printables at the end of the file too. Each can be edited directly in the document with Adobe Reader. No special application or version necessary!

More to come on my easy, ready in five minutes, red white and blue patriotic cake in my next post! In the meantime, hop over to Snackpicks.com for several more fabulous  and “simple” Memorial Day recipes that will have your guests coming back for more! 

Enjoy the FREE patriotic printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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free patriotic party printables

I’m giving away some new freebies today! I’ve been working on some new craft and baking projects using these patriotic inspired party printables and of course want to share with all of you. Plus, I’ll share all the projects very soon!

The freebie includes four red, white and blue pattern pennants, dessert table tags (or placecards!) and round cupcake picks (also great as favor tags).

Download my patriotic party printable freebies now!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!  (By the way, I hosted a link party yesterday. I’d love for you to share your latest creation.)

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honey mustard chicken bites

My two boys are the pickiest eaters ever. EVER! Okay, my youngest will at least try new things from time to time, but my oldest only eats five things. Nope, I’m not teasing. He eats peanut butter, cheese, honey and bread/crackers/cereal and apples. Thank goodness for the apples!

Don’t yell at me yet. I DO try. I swear I do, but my oldest is stubborn. I can’t imagine where he gets that from. {grinning smirk}

So recently I hosted a small dinner party and I took the Hellmann’s® Chicken Change-Up picky eaters challenge! Hellmann’s® “Chicken Change-Up” aims to help parents manage dinner dilemmas in kitchens across America – and they’d love to know what’s happening at your house!

For the kids menu I had my boys help. I started off by showing them all of the ingredients before mixing/preparing. They were on board with the cornflakes, the chicken, the Hellmann’s® Light Mayonnaise, but then I got a “nuh-uh” look when I brought out the Hellmann’s® Honey Mustard. Then my oldest saw the word “Honey,” and we were back on again. {wink}

I find that letting them help, makes them more likely to try new things too. So I let them crush the cornflakes. That’s the most fun anyway! Right?!

It’s really super simple. Just mix 6 tbsp of Hellmann’s® Light Mayonnaise to 1 tbsp of Hellmann’s® Honey Mustard. Split your mixture into two bowls using  half to coat your chicken and saving the other half for dipping later. Once coated in mixture, bread in crushed cornflakes and then bake. Its as simple as 1-2-3. For full ingredients for this recipe, steps and cooking instructions, visit Hellmann’s.com. 

They were a huge hit! And not only did we make these fabulous Hellmann’s® Honey Mustard Chicken Bites,  

I served cake (decorated with printables that you will soon be able to download for free!),

and s’more brownie bites! YUM! I hope you’ll plan some of these fabulous recipes for your next family gathering! 

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Visit and like Hellmann’s® on facebook to see what other moms are doing and to enter your reviews and advice!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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I received compensation from Hellmann’s for this post. But you ladies know me, all opinions stated are my own. I would have it no other way!

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