My Favorite Recipes for the 4th of July

4th of July Recipe Favorites

The 4th of July isn't a holiday that we typically go all out for. It's a casual holiday where we enjoy some good food, some time together as a family and finish off the night watching fireworks. This year we have a little extra fun thrown in the mix because my mom brought back a few bags of fireworks from Missouri. Now we just need to make it through the night without getting caught while lighting them. Before that, we're going to enjoy some of … [Read more...]

4th of July Flag JELLO Fruit Dessert Recipe

4th of July Flag Fruit Dessert Recipe

About a week ago, my mom came back from Missouri from a river trip with my son. Along with them, they brought back two big bags of fireworks. I'm sure glad they did because I just didn't feel like making the out of state trip to get some myself. There was a time when you couldn't go more than a few miles without running into a fireworks stand but those days are long gone. Now you need a permit to get the good stuff, or have to go out of state. … [Read more...]

#EasyToMake Rice Krispies PEEP’S EGG NEST Easter Treats

#EasytoMake Rice Krispies PEEPS Egg Nests Easter Treats #Peepsonality

*Partnered post for Rice Krispies brand. When it comes to baking and treat making during the holidays, there's one treat we are sure to make every single time. Rice Krispies Treats! They're so fun to work with, versatile when it comes to shapes and flavors and the best part, they're so easy to make. Some of the Easter goodies I make for my family aren't always kid friendly when it comes to preparing them but not Rice Krispies Treats. Kids of … [Read more...]

Frozen Yogurt PEEPS Bunnies & Chicks for Easter Breakfast #WiltonTreatTeam

Frozen Yogurt PEEPS Bunnies and Chicks for Easter #WiltonTreatTeam #Peepsonality

*This is a partnered post as part of the Wilton Sweet Treat Team of brand ambassadors. These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of doctor appointments, cold bugs and just way too much going on. Before any big holiday, the last thing I want is to be bogged down by so much stuff that it leaves us with no time for fun Easter activities. Stress = NO FUN! That's why we're taking it easy this week, at least trying to. I have even more doctor … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe for Easter

Lightened Up Carrot Cake Cupcakes for Easter

I am a compensated member of the Truvia network of Honestly Sweet Bloggers. Product has been provided but opinions and product usage are based on my own experiences. I won't claim to be a carrot cake expert. In fact, I've only tasted carrot cake a handful of times in my 31 years and most of those experiences weren't pleasant. That all changed today when I whipped up a homemade carrot cake that is not only insanely delicious, but it's lightened … [Read more...]

PEEP-A-BOO Bunny Cupcakes and PEEPS Impostors #WiltonTreatTeam

PEEP a Boo Coconut Cupcakes and Impostor Chicks #PEEPS #WiltonTreatTeam

PEEPS are one of those holiday candies that you either really love or really hate. Personally, I ADORE them. They're so simple and so cute for decorations. I don't eat many of them just because it's pretty much a guaranteed sugar overload but I'll indulge on a bunny here and there once in awhile. You may remember I first announced the new line of PEEPS baking products from Wilton last week. Well, I've got another fun baking project idea … [Read more...]

NEW Wilton PEEPS Baking Products & PEEPS Chicks & Bunnies Cookies for Easter #WiltonTreatTeam

PEEPS Chicks and Bunnies Cookies #WiltonTreatTeam #peepsonality

A few weeks ago I was browsing through Micheal's Craft store, like I often do, and found a whole display filled with new PEEPS products from Wilton. How absolutely cute are these???? Well, as part of the Wilton Sweet Treats Team, the company was kind enough to send me a whole package of the new PEEPS products. (P.S. I've only seen these products at Michael's, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart and they are flying off the shelves. So if you want … [Read more...]

Lucky Lime Leprechaun Party Punch Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Lucky Lime Leprechaun Sherbet Party Punch Recipe for St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day isn't a big holiday for our family. None of us are Irish or have any idea what the holiday is actually about. My history of this holiday involves my grade school classroom covered in paper foot prints, desks knocked over and the classroom "trashed" by those pesky Leprechauns. We don't do corned beef (that stuff looks raw), we don't drink alcohol but I can certainly appreciate a potato or two. So our holiday usually involves some … [Read more...]

Spring Flower Pot Cakes with Double Blooming Sugar Cookies #WiltonTreatTeam

Double Flower Cookie Pops with Cake Flower Pots #WiltonTreatTeam

I've never been much of a hobby person but there is one hobby that I've loved since I could reach the table and help my mom with in the kitchen. BAKING! I'm probably a little weird just for the simple fact that I actually love the process of baking more than eating the end result. And that's why I'm so happy to partner with my all-time favorite baking brand, Wilton, for another year of baking fun. I've been part of the Wilton Mom Brand Ambassador … [Read more...]

King Cake Icebox Cake Recipe for Mardi Gras

King Cake Icebox Cake for Mardi Gras

I must admit, I don't know much about the history of Mardi Gras or why it's even celebrated. Growing up in central IL, it's really never been much of a holiday in these parts. My first and last experience of this holiday was from about 10 years ago when my husband took me down to the streets of the Soulard Mardi Gras celebration in St. Louis. Apparently, it's a pretty big deal there. Unfortunately, the focus seemed to be on alcohol and foolish … [Read more...]