While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don't get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there's no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!
I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!
A quick visit to Pinterest will remind you of the fall season in a heartbeat, and one of the things that I love most about the fall season (and holidays) are all the great pumpkin recipes. So, to get a head start on all the cooking and baking coming up, I thought I would share a handful of yummy pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes to inspire you in the kitchen.
Your taste buds don't have to suffer just because modern conveniences aren't available in the woods... you'll want to go camping every weekend after you try some of these amazing recipes!
In case you hadn't heard, Halloween is right around the corner! We've decided to eat our way to the finish line with some of these sweet and savory -- and oh-so-spooky -- treats! Happy haunting!
Mmm... fruit leather. This healthy snack is a cinch to make at home using whatever fruit floats your boat!
Instead of battling weeds this growing season, how about eating them? Care2 has a list of seven fairly common weeds we might have growing in our yards right now. They include:
- Yellow Dock/Burdock
- Lamb's Quarter
If you thought Christmas was the highlight of the baking year, just look at these Easter treats! Colorful and full of life, I can't think of a better way to usher in the season.
Pops...is there anything cuter? Certainly not if we're talking about Bakerella's sweet creations. Start
Getting the laundry room ship-shape for spring will be a SNAP with these very clever hacks. There's something for everyone too. Woodworkers can go all out with Ana White's Laundry Basket Dresser plan, pictured above.
If you'd rather keep your tools in their chest, check out this super simple idea from Craft Blog. A 'blob' of hot glue was used to attach clothes pins to a tiled wall to hang dry those little items that get stuck in the dryer...
First: three cheers for peanut butter! (Because it's awesome.) Also, let's throw in an extra cheer for the fact that making this delicious spread is insanely easy. Want to learn how?
I was thinking long and hard about how to work a Wizard of Oz/Lollipop Guild pun into this post, but I gave up. Instead, I'll throw out a lazy "Tra la la la la la la", hope you make the connection, and follow it up with this exclamation: making your own swirly lollipops is fun and awesome! Here's how.
First, Honey Caramel
Whether you're on a chicken budget or filet mignon budget, we've wrangled up a plethora of romantic recipes for two that will surely lead to a very amorous Valentine night.
From a appetizer to wine selection, All Recipes enters the fray with their charm on the cheap menu. The Cherry Tomato Toasts are
Okay, first, this how-to comes from a blog called "Delectable Deliciousness", which is totally my kind of alliteration. Secondly, um, HEART-SHAPED MACARONS!
Nothing like a little skin pampering mid-winter, I say! At least in these parts--surely I'm not the only one whose hands appear a bit, um, "mummy-like" this time of year, right? Best treat those puppies right with a nice homemade, all-natural citrus scrub!
Okay, true story: I was invited to a White Elephant party last weekend and, in the spirit of absurdity, I brought a giant cheese ball in the shape of a Christmas tree. It was rolled in parsley, with almond slivers as garland, and red bell peppers as ornaments. It was a hit. It also looked like it was ripped straight out of a Betty Crocker magazine from the 1950s--oddly reproduced (and incredibly unappetizing) colors and all. THIS Christmas tree-shaped treat looks incredibly delectable on the other hand.
Who doesn't want to eat a party mix filled with adorable Santa hats?? That is, if you aren't making one of these edible Santa bread heads... which isn't to say you can't do both, because you totally can. The more Santas the merrier, yes? Anyway, party mixes--filled with Santa hats!
It's been a regular ol' glitter fest up in here recently, so I thought it only appropriate to extend our new obsession into Foodie Fridays!