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Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day Dessert Ideas



Valentine's Day is a little less than two weeks away! If you are scrambling to put together some sweet surprises, we have a few dessert ideas for you! Nothing says "I love you!" quite like a surprise made from the heart!

http://artfulparent.com/2013/02/cherry-hand-pies-for-valentines-day-or-anyday.html

Cherry Hand Pies have love written all over them! The Artful Parent's Recipe looks easy enough while sure to wow!

http://www.createcraftlove.com/red-velvet-cake-truffles/


Looking for a no bake yet romantic solution? Create, Craft, Love's Red Velvet Cake Truffles are just what you are looking for!

http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/2016/01/chocolate-peanut-butter-lava-cakes.html

Peanut butter and chocolate! The perfectly decadent marriage! Lemon Tree Dwelling's Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes will surely impress on Valentine's Day!

http://cakescottage.com/2015/12/14/hersheys-secret-kisses-cookies/

For a 'secret surprise,' try Hershey's Kisses Secret Cookies by Cakes Cottage!

What are your ideas for a Valentine's Day dessert? Any favorites?

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Monday, December 14, 2015

10 Quotes for Christmas Time


At Christmas time we relish in giving our loved ones that little something extra. A little something special to show our appreciation. One simple way to add that personal touch is to inscribe your own Christmas card! We have collected a few quotes to help you add this special touch to your holiday gifts:

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small. ~Eva K. Logue

A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year… These make a
Merry Christmas! ~John Greenleaf Whittier
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. ~Dale Evans Rogers
Keeping Christmas is good, but sharing it with others is even better.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other ~Burton Hillis
A joy that is shared is a joy made double. ~ John Roy
Christmas is a spark that ignites in someone's heart.
At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~ Marjorie Holmes
 
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. ~ Margaret Thatcher
 Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. ~ Charles Schulz 
At loss for cards? We have a wide selection of boxed and single cards made here in the U.S.A!
http://nortonsusa.com/Cards_c99.htm

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Spooktacular Halloween Craft Ideas

Looking for some inspiration to add a little more craftiness to your Halloween fun? Here are some of our favorite discoveries:

Ghost Frames:

http://www.bhg.com/halloween/indoor-decorating/diy-ghost-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.555132&esrc=nwcu101811&email=3603614000#page=1

Make your own little ghost family picture gallery with this simple ghost frame craft idea from Better Homes and Gardens!

Shocking Silhouettes:

http://www.bhg.com/halloween/indoor-decorating/diy-ghost-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.555132&esrc=nwcu101811&email=3603614000#page=1

Set a shocking scene with these frightening candlelit creations by Martha Stewart.

Halloween Garage Door Silhouettes:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Halloween-Garage-Door-Silhouette/


This illuminated spooky Halloween scene over at the Instructables is the way to welcome little ghosts and gobblins!

Chickenwire Ghosts:

chicken wire ghost

How about creating some specters to walk across your yard? Love this craft by Slim Jim from Wacky Archives!

These ideas will help you set a Spooktacular Scene!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer Flavors Bucket List {Treats Not To Miss Before Summer Ends}

Corn on the Cob Image via Delish
Summer....we wait for you all year long for so many reasons including enjoying those familiar summer treats that were equally enjoyed in childhood as they are in adulthood! Here are five of our favorite summer indulgences not to be skipped. What are yours?

1.) Corn on the cob! Who can get through summer without savoring some corn on the cob! Since we are in Illinois, we can enjoy wonderful, freshly picked ears! Want to change it up? Delish has some unique combinations to try out including wrapping in bacon!

2.) Watermelon! A hot summer day just begs for a cool wedge of watermelon! Sitting at the edge of a dock, feet dangling in water, savoring a slice of watermelon--divine! Looking for a switch-up? How about grilling watermelon like Serious Eats did!

3.) Tomatoes! It took us awhile to experience real summer weather. Now that it is here, those tomatoes in the garden should be ripening up! Great on sandwiches and burgers and in salads too! Need inspiration? Southern Living has quite the collection of recipes including Fried Green Tomatoes, of course!

4.) Grilled Food! Doesn't matter if it is barbecue chicken, burgers or portabella mushrooms--grilling in the summer is a must! Looking for an interesting grilled combo? Delish has some interesting ideas including Grilled Chicken Mac and Cheese Pizza!

5.) Ice Cream! Enough said........

We hope that you are having an amazing summer!

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