Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Yes…another ice cream post. Now that it’s August and the days of summer feel marked, we’re wondering how much longer we can get away with eating ice cream for dinner. Thank goodness National Ice Cream Sandwich Day came along! This treat is typically made with chocolate chip cookies or those soft chocolatey cake-cookie hybrids found in ice cream trucks across America. And both are divine. But if you’re looking for something a little unique or international, check out these four alternatives!…

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Tricky Ice Cream Cones

Tricky Ice Cream Cones

Photo and recipe courtesy of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Not that we could ever get tired of ice cream, but the cleverness of these rice krispie treat cones are too good not to share. Make them for a party or snack and watch the kids delight in the secrets they hold inside! Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 4 cups mini marshmallows 6 cups Rice Krispies Cones Candy melts in the colors of your choice Sprinkles Small candies to put inside the…

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Beautiful Dutch Babies

Beautiful Dutch Babies

Photo and recipe courtesy of Choosy Beggars Pancake: a thin, flat cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. Dutch Baby: A custardy German version made by baking eggs, flour and milk in a metal pan and served with fresh squeezed lemon, butter, and powdered sugar or fruit toppings or syrup. Ten times tastier than a pancake, as far as we’re concerned. There’s very little one can do to improve a crispy-on-the-outside, eggy-on-the-inside Dutch Baby….

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Vive Bastille Day!

Vive Bastille Day!

Photo and recipe courtesy of The District Domestic On the anniversary of France’s independence, why not make some fresh, flaky croissants? From the country that brings us foie gras, brie and macarons comes what is arguably the most recognizable gastronomical breakfast pastry! Delicious both alone or with almond or chocolate paste inside! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups whole milk, heated to warm (105°F–110°F) 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 tbsp plus 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 3 3/4 to 4…

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Bottling Up Summer: Watermelon Syrup

Bottling Up Summer: Watermelon Syrup

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cupcake Project The first and last watermelon of the summer are always a memorable occasion. If you love a refreshing slice as much as we do, you probably also always have one or two globes lying around! We’ve never seen this kind of watermelon syrup before – it’s so unique but it just makes sense! Capture the sweet essence of this seasonal fruit in an elixir that can be used even when it’s not summer! Use…

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Catch A Rainbow!

Catch A Rainbow!

Photo courtesy of Whisk Kid We’ve discovered the recipe to happiness! Take equal parts butter, sugar, and rainbows, pop it in the oven, and watch your day brighten instantly! Each of these gorgeous Technicolor cakes are different, but we guarantee that no one turn down a slice. The one above features six layers in different colors, with a plain white buttercream in between to highlight the bold colors. (We recommend using gel food coloring, as it comes out much brighter…

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DIY Travel Map!

DIY Travel Map!

Photo and instructions courtesy of Design*Sponge Have you been hit by the travel bug? Here’s an easy but brilliant craft that will help you keep track of all your trips – past, present, and future! Your trips in America, at least. Of course, you can totally make your own templates for other countries! We think color-coding the flags would also be a great idea. Tools bandsaw (optional) Xacto knife and blades scissors tape wood glue drill and drill bit computer…

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Red, White & Blue: What to Wear On July 4

Red, White & Blue: What to Wear On July 4

A patriotic floppy hat (Forever 21) A sweet peasant blouse (Arden B.) Trendy cut-offs shorts (Delia’s) Fun striped wedges (TOMS Shoes) And top it off with a lovely DIY brooch (instruction at Design Sponge)

Be Our Guest (or Host)!

Be Our Guest (or Host)!

Image courtesy of Pure Style Home Everyone should be lucky enough to take a summer getaway once in a while, whether it means jet-setting to another country or road-tripping to a neighboring city! With so many occasions to celebrate this summer (almost time for fireworks!) many people are visiting friends and family. Staying with loved ones is always a special, personal and affordable experience, but it might not be the most relaxing! Here are some tips to make everyone more…

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Sippin’ on Summer!

Sippin’ on Summer!

Photo courtesy of Tender Crumb Break out the sunscreen, beach towels and bikinis, because summer is officially upon us! It feels like we’ve been partying all month – who knew June would be filled with so much celebration? The 20th is National Ice Cream Soda Day,  so before the rest of the month flies by, take a moment to concoct one of these cool, creamy floats that will surely hit the spot on a hot day. Photo and recipe courtesy…

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Father’s Day Breakfast Cake!

Father’s Day Breakfast Cake!

Photo and directions courtesy of Savory Sweet Life Want to make something special for Father’s day but can’t choose between sweet or savory? Or maybe you already plan to cook all his favorite breakfast foods, but haven’t thought of a good way to present them? A leaning tower of pancakes might be the answer to all your problems! Of course, there’s always room to add in other layers, like waffles or sausage. Not only do these breakfast foods combine deliciously,…

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DIY for Dads!

DIY for Dads!

Photo courtesy of Someecards Sure, a tie is nice, but if the Father in your life already had a closet full of them, why not take his least favorite and turn it into something awesome, like this eyeglasses holder! Or, of course, if he loves all of them, you can also pick up a new tie from the store, thrift shop, or even make your own! Photo and instructions courtesy of Make Digital Materials Necktie (preferably not too skinny) Sewing needle…

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Roll Up Your Bacon!

Roll Up Your Bacon!

We first heard about “meat glue” from foodie friends at Momofukufor2, who used it to make the sleekest looking BLT in history! Finally, a way to get the perfect amount of B, L, and T in one bite, without having to deal with all those messy strips! Since summer and Father’s Day is right around the corner, it seemed like the perfect time to share this slightly bizarre yet awesome high-tech kitchen ingredient with you! Not saying that only fathers…

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Chocolate Grad Caps!

Chocolate Grad Caps!

Photos and recipe courtesy of Bakerella ‘Tis the season for graduations! Chances are you probably know quite a few people finishing up school and embarking on the next phase of life these few weeks. Traditional presents such as flowers and cards and cash are lovely, but there’s always room to throw in a creative sweet treat! Send them into the real world with with these chocolate graduation cap lollipops. They’re much better tasting (and more chic) than the real thing!…

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Go Nuts For Donuts!

Go Nuts For Donuts!

Photo and recipe courtesy of The Caramel Cookie Who doesn’t like a pillowy donut with a coconut cream filling, and topped with even more frosting? Now you can enjoy them from your very own kitchen, any time of day – and they’re light enough for breakfast, dessert, and a snack! These donuts are low in sugar and baked, but still bursting with taste! Ingredients Donuts 1 1/3 cups warm milk, 95 to 105 degrees (divided) 1 packet active dry yeast…

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Make Quesadillas with Memorial Day Leftovers!

Make Quesadillas with Memorial Day Leftovers!

Photo and directions courtesy of Curtis Stone When it comes to the smells of summer, a charred piece of meat on the barbie’ tops the list! We really hope you have some Memorial Day leftovers this week, because this quesadilla recipe is a breeze to throw together. The ingredients are extremely flexible, so we’re not including specific amounts – use whatever you have on hand, like salsa, guacamole, salad, etc! Of course, you don’t have to use leftovers, but for…

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Two-Step Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary!

Two-Step Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary!

Photo and recipe courtesy of Blue Kitchen Potatoes and rosemary are a match made in  heaven, and while new potatoes are running rampant at farmers’ markets all Spring, why not roast them up for a delicious side-dish tonight! They take less than five minutes to pop in the oven, and go with any main course. A crispy, salt-crusted exterior gives way to creamy innards in this tried and true recipe! We promise you won’t miss those greasy fast food fries…

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DIY Wild Violet Centerpieces

DIY Wild Violet Centerpieces

Photo and instructions courtesy of Design*Sponge Sometimes less is more, and simplicity is best. It would be such a hassle to restock your home with expensive, flower shop specimens when these beautiful wild violets from the garden can be transported to the table or counter in seconds! Dandelions, buttercups, and other under-appreciated plants right at your doorstep would all work – simplicity is key. This is a great project to recycle old and mismatched drinking glasses that you’re still holding…

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Edible Flowers for Your Vase and Plate!

Edible Flowers for Your Vase and Plate!

Photo and tips courtesy of the kitchn I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns warm I could spend a whole weekend wandering around farmers’ markets! These gorgeous photos were snapped at the one in Hollywood, where the juicy sunshine and rich soil yield some seriously gorgeous flowers and produce. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s meant for the vase and what’s meant for the dining plate! These flowers do double duty because they’re both easy on…

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Save Your Pretty Buttons!

Save Your Pretty Buttons!

Photo and instructions courtesy of Obstinate Pursuit Pick those long-forgotten buttons out of the craft box and turn them into a piece of jewelry!If you’re a crafster, you probably collect your share of cute buttons that are just sitting around waiting for a project like this. To make something that goes with any outfit, we recommend using different sized buttons but staying with one color palette, like this Victorian-inspired bracelet is truly greater than the sum of its parts! Materials…

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Mother’s Day Strawberry Shortcakes

Mother’s Day Strawberry Shortcakes

Photo and recipe courtesy of Kimberly Belle These bite-size strawberry shortcakes are the perfect celebration of Mother’s Day and sunny celebrations! Once the season’s first berries start popping up at farmers’ markets, it’ll be difficult to experiment with several varieties! Both the strawberry sauce and marshmallow frosting add layers of other flavors. The only thing that makes them hard to gobble up in one bite is how cute they are! Shortcakes bakes about 6 dozen minis 1 cup (2 sticks)…

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Mother’s Day Breakfast Waffles

Mother’s Day Breakfast Waffles

  Photo and recipe courtesy of Disgustingly Good Need an unforgettable Mother’s Day breakfast idea? Make two courses in one with these cute and creative whole wheat waffles and eggs on a waffle iron! Alternate between bites of soft egg melting into crispy, fluffy waffles with syrup, and you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it sooner! A fresh glass of juice and some flowers round out this healthy and tasty meal! Ingredients Makes 4 servings 1 egg, beaten fluffy (free range…

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Homemade Rose Lotion for Her!

Homemade Rose Lotion for Her!

Photo and instructions courtesy of Design*Sponge This homemade lotion moisturizes your skin after all those winter months, and brings you fragrance of a thousand roses at the same time! Perfect for a Mother’s Day present, all it takes is olive oil, water and a little bit of emulsifying wax to create a rich, natural lotion for a couple bucks. Both rosewater or essential oils can be used, and you can always add in a little extra sandalwood or green tea…

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Tickled Pink Cocktails!

Tickled Pink Cocktails!

Strawberries and roses infuse these pretty in pink cocktails that are perfect for Mother’s Day! Paired either with brunch or a night out, they’re light and tasty enough for any event! Rose Petal Martini Ingredients 1-1/2 shots gin 1/2 cup lychee juice Rose petal for garnish Directions Shake ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a rose petal. . . Strawberry Martini Ingredients 2-1/2 shots gin 1/2 shot strawberry liqueur (look for Volare Wild Strawberry Liqueur) Fresh…

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