Blueberries – Celebrate All Things Blueberry + HM #192

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Blueberries – Celebrate All Things Blueberry + HM #192

Blueberries — such a wonderful summer fruit. These little berries burst with sweet, delicious flavor, are vesatile to work with, and are good for you too. The gals at Home Matters have some fabulous blueberry ideas for you so hop around to see them all. Enjoy!

 

No-Bake Frozen Blueberry Pie from Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table

 

Homemade Blueberry Syrup with Honey from Rachel @ Grow A Good Life

 

How To Freeze Blueberries from Missy @ Graceful Little Honey Bee

 

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad Recipe from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

Blueberries – Celebrate All Things Blueberry Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: Picnics – A Relaxing Summer Pastime

Next Week’s Theme: BBQ – Barbecue – Grilling – Get Smokin’



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Sticky Chicken Wings from Claire @ Claire Justine

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Our New Bedside Table Ikea Hack from Tania @ Run for Radiance

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Best No Churn S’mores Ice Cream from Jas @ All That’s Jas

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Time Management Time Blocking Worksheet from Susan @ Crafting a Family

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Summer Backyard Camping Party from Bird @ Bird’s Party

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Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas + HM #182

Show mom just how special she is with these fabulous Mother’s Day celebration ideas. Make mom feel like a queen! Plus, link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #MothersDay #HomeMattersParty

Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas + HM #182

Mom, what sweet memories come to mind when you think of your mother. Remembering back to childhood and how mom was always there for you, always on your side —  even when she had to be tough on you. What a lovely day to celebrate the mother’s in our lives, mom, grandma, mother-in-law. The gals of Home Matters have put together some fabulous ideas to help you celebrate Mother’s Day. Hopping around to see the entire roundup and enjoy!

 

The Best Easy DIY Gifts for Mom and Grandma from Dreaming in DIY

 

10 Lovely Free Mother’s Day Printables from Dawn @ Dawn Nicole

 

10-Minute DIY: Citrus Fizz Bath Bombs from Heidi @ Happiness Is Homemade

 

12 Pastry Recipes Perfect for Mother’s Day Brunch from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Last Week’s Theme: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Ideas

Next Week’s Theme: Get Ready for Summer!



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Thrifted Christmas Treed Dish to Woodland Decor from Angela @ Simply Beautiful

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Mudroom Makeover Reveal from Nikki @ Sweet Parish Place

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Galaxy Brownies from Wendy @ The Monday Box

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Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos from Kit @ The Kittchen

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DIY Solar Mason Jar Lantern from Brett & Kelly @ North County Nest

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17 Star-Spangled Recipes For Patriotic Holidays

A roundup of patriotic-themed food. Find savory foods, sweets, and drinks great for celebrating the holidays with star-spangled recipes. #PatrioticHolidayFoods

 

17 Star-Spangled Recipes

For Celebrating Patriotic Holidays

 

Don’t you just love all those summer barbecues? Getting together with family and friends to celebrate, relax, and have some fun is always something  to look forward to. And with summer, comes the start of the patriotic holidays season. That means it is time to pull out your red, white, and blue — in decor and food!

Today, I’m sharing some fantastic ideas to carry the patriotic theme through the food you will be serving. These make great additions  to any BBQ or party. You will love these delicious star-spangled recipes.

Star-Spangled Recipe Roundup

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad from Life With Lorelai

 

Summer Berry Pitcher Mojitos from Erica @ The Crumbly Cupcake

 

Patriotic Cones from Cathy @ Noble Pig

 

4th of July Firecracker Dogs from Angela @ Handmade In The Heartland

 

American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

 

Red Whit and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles from Sue @ The View From Great Island

 

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries from Christin @ Spicy Southern Kitchen

 

Red, White, and Blue Rice Krispy Treats from Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

 

Fourth of July Dessert Dipped Pretzels from Jill @ The 36th Avenue

 

 

Red, White, and Blue Pinwheel Icebox Cookies from Kelly @ Just A Taste

 

4th of July Scones Recipe from Amy @ The Idea Room

 

Red, White, and Blue Frozen Bananas from Nancy @ Two Sisters Crafting

 

Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries from MelanieMelanie Cooks

 

Buzzed Cherry Bombs from Laurie @ Frosting And A Smile

 

Fireworks Cookies and Cream Cookies from Jocelyn @ Inside BruCrew Life

 

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Salad from Donna & Chad @ The Slow Roasted Italian

 

Red, White, and Blue Layered Drink for Kids from Carrie @ Eating On A Dime

 

 

There is something for eveyone, right? Kids and adults alike will enjoy these patriotic food ideas. They are perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, or anytime. Celebrate America and Old Glory with these red, white, and blue star-spangled recipes!

 

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Beer Rice With Cilantro And Lime Recipe + Mini Piñata Garland DIY

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Mexican style #CervezaCelebration with Cilantro and Lime Beer Rice! Grab a Corona or Modelo, and start the fiesta with a quick and easy recipe plus a fun DIY craft.

Beer Rice with Cilantro and Lime Recipe

DIY Mini Piñata Garland Craft

 

What do you think of when Cinco de Mayo rolls around? Around here, it is just another reason for a Corona to get its lime! So, we are throwing a fiesta with great food and some festive decorations. Saber Vivir (knowing how to live) and making the most of every moment.

In the spirit of keeping things light-hearted and easy, I’ve got a couple of things to share with you. The first is a super simple and tasty recipe — Beer Rice with Cilantro and Lime. Oh, YUM! Then, I’ll show you how to make the cutest mini piñatas that can be used in several different ways.

Beer Rice with Cilantro and Lime Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups – Rice (I used a quick or instant rice)
  • 1 Bottle – Corona or Modelo Beer
  • Water
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • 1-2 Lime
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Pour the bottle of Corona Beer into a 2-cup measuring cup
  2. Add enough water to the beer to bring the measurement to 2-cups
  3. Place the liquid into a medium pot
  4. Toss in several full sprigs of Cilantro (I used about 6-8 sprigs)
  5. Squeeze the juice from the Lime into the pot
  6. Bring to a boil
  7. Add Rice and salt to taste, mix well
  8. Remove from heat
  9. Cover the pot
  10. Let stand for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice (or follow directions on your box of rice)
  11. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges

Notes:

This unique rice recipe is perfect as a side dish or used as an ingredient for tacos and burritos — ¡delicioso!

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Type: Side Dish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Rice (I used a quick or instant rice)
  • 1 Bottle - Corona or Modelo Beer
  • Water
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • 1-2 Lime
  • Salt
Directions:
  1. Pour the bottle of Corona Beer into a 2-cup measuring cup
  2. Add enough water to the beer to bring the measurement to 2-cups
  3. Place the liquid into a medium pot
  4. Toss in several full sprigs of Cilantro (I used about 6-8 sprigs)
  5. Squeeze the juice from the Lime into the pot
  6. Bring to a boil
  7. Add Rice and salt to taste, mix well
  8. Remove from heat
  9. Cover the pot
  10. Let stand for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice (or follow directions on your box of rice)
  11. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges
Notes
Corona Extra or Corona Light will add a light refreshing taste
Modelo Especial or Modelo Negro will provide a richer full-flavored taste
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If you are having friends and family over for your fiesta, check out this super cute, super easy decoration. This DIY craft makes a fun decor, or you can even use them as party favors.

Mini Piñata Garland DIY Craft

Supplies:

  • Tissue Paper (I used Red, White, Green, Yellow – 2 sheets each)
  • Empty Tissue Paper Tube
  • Clear Glue Pen
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (smooth or ribbed curling ribbon works well)
  • Candy – Individually wrapped pieces that will fit inside the tube

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Instructions:

  1. Decide how many Mini Piñatas you want to make.
  2. Pull Streamer – Cut a 24-inch piece of Ribbon for each piñata.
  3. Handle – Cut a 6-inch piece of Ribbon for each piñata.
  4. Trim – Cut a 6-inch piece of Ribbon for each piñata.
  5. Take two sheets of each color Tissue Paper, open them up and stack them together neatly. (I had one color of tissue that was larger, so I used the excess for my squares — next step.)
  6. Using the excess mentioned above, or another sheet of tissue paper, cut out a 2-inch square for each piñata.
  7. Stack the squares and lightly fold them in half corner-to-corner. Cut a small slit in the middle of the fold. Then, fold the square again to the other corners and cut another small slit, making an “X.”
  8. Take a 24-inch ribbon and slide one tip through the X, tape the ribbon on both sides of the tissue. Be sure you have taped the ribbon well, so the X will rip open when the ribbon is pulled to release the candy from the piñata.
  9. Tape a square and ribbon set to one end of the Tissue Paper Tube. This will hold the candy in place. Make sure the ribbon is on the outside of the tube. It will hang down to be the pull streamer.
  10. Now, cut your stacked sheets of tissue lengthwise into 1-1/2 to 2-inch strips. (I got six strips out of my sheets).
  11. Stack strips. Cut narrow slits about 3/4 of the way through the strips to make fringe.
  12. You will use 3 or 4 fringe strips per tissue paper tube. Carefully separate the fringe strips (two piñatas at a time).
  13. Using the glue pen, lay a thin bead of glue on one side of the solid band on the fringe strip.
  14. Adhere the fringe to the tube starting at the bottom (with the tissue square and ribbon), and working your way around the tube with a slight upward spiral.
  15. Continue adding fringe this way until you get to the top, but DO NOT glue down the end of the last fringe strip. Leave enough to go around the tube a full turn, at least.
  16. Tape a 6-inch Ribbon piece to the outside top of the tube for a handle. Then, finish gluing the rest of the fringe strip to cover up the taped handle ends.
  17. Finish off the Mini Piñata with another 6-inch piece of Ribbon glued around the top edge of the tube as trim.
  18. Let dry.
  19. Fill with candies.
  20. To make a Garland – thread mini piñatas over ribbon or string. Tape in place if needed.

Time for the Fiesta!

Now that you have your Beer Rice recipe and a great decor idea, it’s time to head out and stock up on Corona and Modelo for your big fiesta! Corona Extra and Corona Light have a smooth crisp flavor with superior ingredients that is perfect for someone like you and me. They make moments more enjoyable. Modelo Especial is a Pilsner-style Lager, rich and full-flavored, and the Modelo Negro offers slow-roasted caramel malts for a remarkably smooth taste and rich flavor.

If you would like more ideas or information you can check out the Corona website and the Modelo website, or follow them on facebook — Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo.

Saber Vivir, and don’t forget the lime!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love

A collection of 9 recipes for festive Easter Cocktails that every bunny will love. Celebrate in style this spring with these fun holiday themed drinks.

9 Easter Cocktails

Every Bunny Will Love

 

I love celebrating holidays and making them special. Decorations, great food, and family traditions are always fun. But sometimes, it seems, the holiday focus is more geared around children. So, today, I am putting some adult into Easter with some fun and tasty Easter Cocktails for those who are 21 and over.

You will be amazed at how clever and simple these recipes are. I can’t wait to wow my guests.

Bunny up to the bar and give these holiday cocktails a try!

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Cottontail Martini from Michael at Inspired by Charm

Buzzed Peeps Easter Cocktail from Melissa at The Farm Girl Gabs

Cotton Candy Margarita from Darcie at Such The Spot

Speckled Egg Mimosas from Erin at Style Me Pretty

Chocolate Creme Egg Easter Cocktail Shots from Laura at Little Stuff

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails from Kirbie at Kirbie’s Cravings

Peeptini Easter Cocktails from April at April Golightly

Easy Chocolate Creme Egg Martini Recipe from Katie at A Fork’s Tale

Carrot Mimosas from Kare at Kitchen Treaty

 

There is a recipe for every bunny, whether you are looking for something elegant and stunning or sweet and adorable, we’ve got the Easter Cocktails for you. I hope you have a lovely Easter celebration!

Are looking for some other fun ideas or maybe even new traditions for your family this Easter? You will definitely want to check out these awesome Easter Ideas…

Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

 Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

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Unconventional Thanksgiving Party Ideas

 

Unconventional Thanksgiving Party Ideas

Creative Twists for an Iconic Holiday

 

Thanksgiving Day is one of the major holidays in the United States, and everyone loves it because of its well-known symbol – delicious turkey that makes your mouth water. However, if organizing a traditional party doesn’t make you happy, you should definitely try something unconventional. Here are some ideas, so check them out.

No More Turkey!

Turkey is undoubtedly a traditional Thanksgiving dish. Being an iconic symbol of this holiday, it is very hard to imagine  the celebration without it. However, there are other alternative birds that can replace turkey, and are equally tasty. For example, goose and duck, or even chicken are much richer because of their thicker layer of fat which prevents them from drying out. Even ostrich meat can replace it, and beef lovers will love it because it is very similar to red meat.

Cocktail Thanksgiving Party

Overeating and consuming too many carbs are not everyone’s cup of tea, so it would be great to throw a party where the focus is on the drinks, not the food. A mixology session is one possible solution, and it will provide both entertainment and useful knowledge of particular cocktail recipes. You can also serve themed drinks, such as cocktails based on pumpkin and apple. Of course, canapés, sandwiches and crackers are a must-have, since it is not a good idea to drink on an empty stomach. The major advantage of this kind of a party is definitely easy clean-up!

Potluck Thanksgiving

Hosting a Thanksgiving feast is a very challenging task that requires a certain amount of responsibility. You have to make sure that your house is clean, that there are enough chairs for everyone, and that guest towels are ready for use in the bathroom. In order not to forget something, it would be the best to organize a potluck, which means that your guests will bring food to your party. This will end up in the best possible way – everyone will get their signature dish, well-prepared and bursting with flavor. You just have to place all of those on the table, label them and serve drinks. In this way, you will have fewer dishes and bowls to clean, since everyone will take their own home with them.

Party on a Boat

Take this Thanksgiving celebration to the next level, and throw a classy party on a boat. Gather your friends and family and go river sailing, while eating delicious food and drinking some quality wine. They will certainly appreciate your creativity, because this kind of celebration is everything but conventional. However, you should know that regular boat detailing is a must if you want to make sure that your boat is functioning properly. When this is done, you can enjoy in an intimate party with your dearest guests.

Go for an International Experience

Yes, stuffed turkey and cranberry sauce are symbols of Thanksgiving Day, but switching to international cuisine can be fun, too. A big Italian party that includes several kinds of delicious pasta and tasty pizza will make your guests lick their fingers. Of course, an appropriate wine is required. Mexican fiesta would include nachos and burritos, spiced up with different sauces and dips. Margarita is a drink of choice here, and you can be sure that everyone will love it. That is called Thanksgiving with a twist!

As you can see, celebrating Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be boring at all. There are many possibilities and creative ideas, and it is up to you to choose which ones you like the best. After all, the most important thing is that your family and friends are there, because having fun is inevitable when you are with people you love.

 

Thank you, Peter, for this unconventional look into Thanksgiving Party Ideas, and how to have fun while putting a creative twist on an iconic holiday.

 

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Celebrating St. Nicholas Day – December 6th

St. Nicholas Day is a beautiful Christmas tradition that helps your family celebrate the season.

St. Nicholas Day

Celebrate December 6th

I am sure there isn’t a single one of you who doesn’t know who Santa Claus is, but have you ever heard of St. Nicholas Day?

My mother was a first generation American. Her relatives all live in Bavaria, the southeast state of Germany best known for the Alps, the Bavarian Forest, Oktoberfest, Lederhosen, the Rhine River, bratwurst, beer, and fairy-tale castles. My grandparents held on to some of the traditions of their native land to keep the heritage alive, one such tradition was St. Nicholas Day.

St. Nicholas Day is December 6th of every year. The tradition stems from a 4th century bishop who became the protector of children and sailors. It is said that he did kind deeds and secretly helped those in need by putting coins and gifts into their shoes. Over the centuries, the tradition led children to polish their shoes or boots and leave them outside the door, in a window sill, or on the hearth. Children would leave carrots or hay in their boots for St. Nicholas’ horse or donkey, and if you were good, and kind, and said your prayers, St. Nicholas would come in the night and fill your shoes with goodies.

Does this sound like Christmas Stockings hung by the chimney with care, or leaving milk and cookies for Santa? It is easy to see that the legends of Santa Claus and Father Christmas derive from St. Nicholas.

Around our home, St. Nicholas Day always brought oranges or tangerines, nuts, and a small gift from St. Nicholas. And each year on Christmas morning, our stockings held chocolate gold coins.

For my kids, The tradition was much the same, but they had two Advent calendars–one, a traditional German Advent calendar like these…

and the other, a fabric calender with pocket bags that tied shut. On St. Nicholas Day, instead of a coin or piece of candy in the pocket, they would find a note. Well, more precisely a riddle that was a clue. Solving the riddle would lead them around the house on a scavenger hunt, until they arrived at the little gift left by St. Nicholas. They too get chocolate coins in their stockings on Christmas morning.

At some point during the day, whether it was after school or before bedtime, I would read them stories about St. Nicholas.

St. Nicholas Day is a fun, low-key celebration in the beginning of Advent that reminds children to be kind, and good, and thoughtful–just another wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child.

Want some other ideas for celebrating? Check out my St. Nicholas Day Pinterest Board.

Will you celebrate St. Nicholas Day?

What special traditions of heritage do you celebrate?

 

 

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