Spangled Sandwich Pops

What you’ll need Mini ice-cream sandwiches Sprinkles or nonpareils Colorful cupcake liners How to make it First, skewer mini ice-cream sandwiches on popsicle sticks. Then, press the exposed filling into a plate of sprinkles or nonpareils. To keep mess to a minimum, serve the pops in colorful cupcake liners. Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine

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Flag Fruit Pizza

Crust: cooking spray 1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough “Sauce”: 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup powdered sugar 4 oz (1/2 an 8 oz container) frozen whipped topping, thawed Glaze: 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup orange juice 2 Tbsp. water 1 Tbsp. lemon juice 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch Pinch of salt Spray

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Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Red ripe strawberries dipped in white chocolate and blue sugar crystals. Ingredients 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and dried Ghirardelli white chocolate bar White edible glitter Blue food coloring Instructions Place edible glitter in a bowl sugar and add a few drops of blue food coloring. For a darker blue, add a few more drops. Stir

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Happy Labor Day America

Enjoy your festivities, and be safe out there!  

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Ginger and Honey Baby Back Ribs

Ribs and Marinade 2 2 1/4- to 2 1/2-pound meaty baby back pork ribs, cut into 6- to 7-rib sections 1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger 6 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons fish sauce Dipping sauce 6 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided 6 teaspoons ground white pepper, divided 3 large limes, halved Nonstick vegetable oil

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Patriotic Gelatin Salad

Ingredients 2 packages (3 ounces each) berry blue gelatin 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin 4 cups boiling water, divided 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin 2 cups milk 1 cup sugar 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions In four separate bowls, dissolve each package of gelatin in 1 cup

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Patriotic Holiday’s

Every day and patriotism go hand-in-hand in the Unites States of America.  We love our country, and pride ourselves in the spirit of American heritage. We were raised and instilled with patriotic values, and teach our children respect for our nation, veterans and the flag.  There’s not a patriotic holiday that goes without being honored

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National Park Service Offers Free Entry

A lot of time and effort can go into planning an RV or camping trip. You must decide where you want to go, what to do when you get there, what to eat, and how much it will cost. Wouldn’t it be nice if it didn’t cost so much? After food, fuel, and gear, you

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USA Flag Fruit Tray

  What are your plans this weekend?  Are you BBQ’g or ordering a pizza?  Our plans growing up was decorating the graves of our loved ones.  Do people still do this tradition?  Does anyone have family reunions any more?  Surely, they do!! Have a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

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Patriotic Punch

Easy breezy Patriotic Punch. Cranberry Juice Blue Gatorade Frost Diet 7-Up Ice cubes Courtesy of Wanderlust and Lipstick (See for complete directions)

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The Firecracker

Courtesy of Secret Life of a Chef’s Wife  (Instructions)

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DIY: Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

Decorate your door with a homemade Patriotic Wreath.             Courtesy of: Oodle Kadoodle Primitives (be sure to turn-off your sound when clicking on link)

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Summer by the Lake

Summer childhood memories by the lake.  What are yours?

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Nail Art: American Flag

For this Mani-Monday, I knew the perfect nail art to share with you…The American Flag! It’s so much fun to paint. The American flag is popping up everywhere in fashion at the moment…t-shirts, shoes, shorts. You may as well add nails to that list! In this tutorial I used Tip Top Nail Chic Nail Build

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Nail Art: Patriotic Stars & Stripes

This Americana Stars and Stripes nail design, would be flashy fun for any USA holiday, especially when you want to get your Patriotism on! See the below, easy to follow video, by Hannah Rox Nails: Sport the Red, White and Blue, Flockers! Happy Mani Monday!!

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Easy S’Mores Cookies

Easy S’Mores Cookies

Ingredients 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup each: all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp each: baking soda, salt 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 large egg 8 oz chocolate,

Nail Art: Converse Shoe

Nail Art:  Converse Shoe

Hey Flockers! I found this adorable Converse shoe nail art, and had to share it with you! Check-out the below video, and learn how to create the miniature Converse shoe sneakers on your nails, by Cute Polish!   Happy Mani

Brine Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Brine Pickled Brussels Sprouts

makes approx. 1 quart 1lb Brussels Sprouts, rinsed and halved 2 shallots, sliced thin 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional 1/4 cup fresh whey (vegetable culture - affiliate link – or an additional tbsp of salt) 3.6% salt brine (4 tbsp.

Happy Birthday to the U.S. National Park Service

Happy Birthday to the U.S. National Park Service

Fee FREE Entrance All Day Monday August 25th     The United States National Park Service is honoring a Fee FREE Entrance in celebration of their birthday, this Monday, August 25th! Egrets are part of the unique mix of wildlife

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

Hot Fudge Ice Cream Bar Dessert

 Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) can chocolate syrup 3/4 cup peanut butter 19 ice cream sandwiches 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 cup salted peanuts Directions Pour the chocolate syrup into a medium microwave safe bowl and microwave

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad

This salad is SO good. The chicken is so tender and juicy and takes what, 5 seconds to prepare? Then you throw that in with crunchy romaine, sweet red onions, tomatoes, crispy wonton strips, and feta cheese. Oh my beloved

10 Points On Aging Gloriously, by Julie Newmar

10 Points On Aging Gloriously, by Julie Newmar

Depending on your age, or your vast knowledge of films, you’re probably aware that Halle Berry was not the first Catwoman.  The original catwoman in the Batman TV series, and in my opinion, the best actress for the part, is Julie

20′s the Answer…

20′s the Answer…

That’s how many Fridays you have to prepare for Christmas!  Are you ready for the holiday season?  Like most crafty folks, I tend to be in the midst of holiday gift crafting right now; however this year is not my

Baked Lemon Donuts

Baked Lemon Donuts

A light, fluffy baked lemon donut drizzled with a tart lemon glaze. Made with whole wheat flour and lemon Greek yogurt makes me feel better about indulging in donuts in the morning. Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole-wheat

Nail Art: Removing Glitter Polish

Nail Art:  Removing Glitter Polish

I’ve gotten a lot of questions on how to remove glitter polish off my fingernails. Behold: My easy trick for removing glitter (or really dark) nail polish in just one swipe. Below, this nail is encrusted in about 8 coats of