Sunday, June 18, 2017

10 Family Traditions For The 4th of July With Free Printable!


10 FAMILY TRADITIONS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY
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The 4th of July means doing fun family activities!
Even back in the prairie days, families would gather in the town square to enjoy some 4th of July celebrations. Watching the parade, listening to the band play, picnicking, drinking lemonade, firing the canons, waving the flags and having bonfires. Though we still enjoy these traditions today, we have some new ones made possible by modern conveniences. 

Our family traditions grow a little every year, but we always make it fun.


1. MAKE RED, WHITE & BLUE WIND SOCKS AND BOHO FLAGS!

TO MAKE THE WIND SOCKS:
1. Let the kids pick out either a red, white or blue piece of construction paper.
2. Glue one inch strips of corresponding color construction paper on the top and bottom of their original paper.
3. Then let them paint with stamps on their paper using red, white and blue kids paint.
4. Allow to dry; then staple into a round tube.
5. Hole punch two holes on the top to add your string or ribbon.
6. Staple long strips of tissue paper or ribbon to the bottom of the tube.
7. Hang outside to enjoy!



HOW TO MAKE BOHO FLAGS:
1. Using a craft stick, staple large ribbon and lace in red, white and blue colors around the stick.
2. Tightly tie a string or rope to both ends of the stick to hang. 
OPTIONAL:Hot glue the string on the ends so they won't slide off.


2. MAKE CONFETTI POPPERS!

HOW TO MAKE CONFETTI POPPERS:
1. Decorate a toilet paper roll; you can use wrapping paper, markers, paint, crayons... whatever you wish!
2. Tie a knot on a  balloon that has not been blown up. 
3. Cut off the tip; stretch the balloon to fit over one side of the toilet paper roll.
4. Use tape to keep the balloon on the roll.
5. Fill the inside of your toilet paper roll with confetti or tiny pieces of paper.
TO USE:
*Gently pull on the balloon knot with the opening of the toilet paper roll facing the ceiling...and let go! The confetti will come flying out!! Fill back up and reuse.

3. MAKE AN AMERICAN THEME WINDOW CRAFT!

 




HOW TO MAKE AMERICAN THEME WINDOW CRAFT:
1. Give the kids one laminate sheet. 
2. Have them open the laminate sheet.
3. Let them use a black permanent marker to write a festive word or two.
4. Give them pieces of red, white and blue colored tissue paper... star confetti... glitter and pieces of lace to decorate.
5, Carefully laminate the sheet and hang in the window!

4. MAKE A BLUE AND RED FRUIT SALAD!

*Make a fruit salad using strawberries, blueberries and bananas!

5. MAKE CROISSANT WRAPPED HOT DOGS!

*We live in an apartment and we can't grill here. So we were so delighted to have a fun alternative! 
Buy refrigerated croissant dough. Wrap the dough around the hot dogs and bake on 350 degrees for about 8-10 mins. Fun and delish!

6. MAKE A 4TH OF JULY CAKE WITH WHITE FROSTING AND FRUIT -OR- M&M'S!

HOW TO MAKE WITH FRUIT:
1,Use a vanilla cake mix or pound cake mix, make as directed. 
2. Frost with whipped white vanilla frosting.
3. Decorate with fruit to look like an american flag!


HOW TO MAKE WITH M&M'S:
1. Use a chocolate cake mix; make as directed adding some m&m's to the batter.
2. Frost with creamy white vanilla frosting.
3. Sprinkle the frosting with red, white & blue m&m's!

7. MAKE 4TH OF JULY PUNCH!

HOW TO MAKE 4TH OF JULY PUNCH!
1. Fill glass 1/3 full with cranberry juice.
2. Add ice cubes.
3. Add 1/3 full with lemonade.
4. Add blue kool-aid to fill to the top!

8. WATCH THE FIREWORKS & PARADE!

9. DO SPARKLERS, POP-ITS AND GLOW STICKS!

*Of course always be safe and have fun! We enjoy having glow parties before bed on the 4th of July. We put a fun concert on our dvd player and we all dance around with our glow sticks...so fun!
Btw- Katy Perry concerts is one of our favorites...especially the 'FIREWORKS' song!!

10. GO TO THE BEACH, GO CAMPING OR HAVE A BONFIRE!

*Plan ahead and do something adventurous! Leave early in the morning for the beach. Reserve a camping spot a few weeks ahead of time. Or just enjoy a local bonfire at night. Many farms and some state parks have a fun bonfire going on with s'mores for dessert!

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HAPPY 4TH...HAVE FUN!
XOXO,Arianne










Homemade Glazed Strawberry Tart With Free Recipe Printable!

HOMEMADE GLAZED STRAWBERRY TART
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Every June we leave our house early in the morning to go strawberry picking.
We arrive in our hats and grab a basket to fill with strawberries. Everyone can't help eating a few as we go. Strawberry juice falling down our faces and a special strawberry induced smile appears. We head to the farm stand to pay for our strawberries and grab a couple goodies on the way...a fresh baked cookie, flowers for the porch, a handmade item. We head home and our van is filled with the sweet smell of strawberries. I can't help but think of all the delicious strawberry recipes I can make.


On the top of my list is this amazing recipe for glazed strawberry tart!
It melts in your mouth and gives you a strawberry induced coma. Not only does it smell good while it's baking, but I actually love the way the bowl smells while I'm making the tart. The sweet smell of flour, walnuts, lemon and vanilla altogether smells heavenly!!

(This recipe contains walnuts: nut allergy warning.)

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INGREDIENTS:
1-1/3 cups of flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup finely ground walnuts
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 egg
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup seedless strawberry jam
1 teaspoon lemon juice 
2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced

DIRECTIONS:
1. Stir together flour, walnuts, sugar, lemon rind and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 knives, until coarse crumbs form. Whisk together egg and vanilla in a small bowl; stir into flour mixture until a dough forms. Shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. 

2. Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Grease and flour a baking sheet. Place dough on baking sheet; pat dough into a 10 inch circle; forming a high edge. Pierce the dough all over with a fork. Bake until slightly brown, about 25 minutes. Place baking sheet on wire rack and cool for about 10 minutes; transfer shell to rack to cool completely.

3. Melt the jam with lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat until spreadable. Spread 1/2 cup jam mixture on top of the shell. Arrange the berries on the top; brush remaining jam mixture on top. Serve with whip cream if desired.



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Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Pretty Summer Table With The Wonderlust Collection From Wedgwood!

A PRETTY SUMMER TABLE WITH THE 
WONDERLUST COLLECTION FROM WEDGWOOD!
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I bet you are already in love with this collection!!
One look is all it takes to fall in love with this beautiful dinnerware & home decor!
This collection has oriental flowers with a pop of bright colors.
Preparing for Summer has never looked so pretty!
There is so much to choose from...you will be crazy about it.

30 Different pieces to look at...in 6 different themes: Camellia, Rococo, Yellow Tonquin, Crimson, Blue Pagoda and Oriental Jewel.
Oh yeah...and don't underestimate the beauty of mix and matching!!;)

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*Symbolic of love, peace, sensuality and fertility, blooming in the springtime, the Apple Blossom pattern represents a time of transformation, rejuvenation and rebirth. Morning, afternoon or night, enjoy every sip with the enchanting Apple Blossom Teacup & Saucer Set. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.



*Camellia offer the Chinese tea plant, camellia sinensis, at its rapture. Its allure enwrapped in this delicate blend of its own flowers and leaves with a sweet note of soothing aloe vera. Sprinkled with rose petals, this is a gift waiting to be savored. Includes twelve pyramid teabags.


*Native to Eastern and Southern Asia, Camellias found their way into Europe on a large scale through the East India Company, and are the key component in the production of tea. Perfect for holding jewelry and trinkets, the gorgeous Camellia 5.7" Tray is an ideal gift for any occasion. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.


*Native to Eastern and Southern Asia, Camellias found their way into Europe on a large scale through the East India Company, and are the key component in the production of tea. Display favorite memories in the gorgeous Camellia 4x6" Frame. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box and an ideal gift for any occasion.



*Encapsulating an art form originating in 18th century Paris, the Rococo Flowers pattern features an array of florals such as peonies, jasmine and primroses. A perfect catchall, the elegant Rococo Flowers 4.3" Bowl is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, making an ideal gift for any occasion.
*Inspired by the French's ideal of grace and feminine beauty, Rococo Flowers is a white tea blend laced with rare ingredients like bamboo leaves and Asian ginger galangal for its sweet nuances. Perfumed with gentle floral notes of orange blossoms and ylang ylang for finishing touches. Includes twelve pyramid teabags.
*Encapsulating an art form originating in 18th century Paris, the Rococo Flowers pattern features an array of florals such as peonies, jasmine and primroses. Display favorite memories in the elegant Rococo Flowers 4x6" Frame. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box and an ideal gift for any occasion.



*Encapsulating an art form originating in 18th century Paris, the Rococo Flowers pattern features an array of florals such as peonies, jasmine and primroses. Perfect for holding jewelry and trinkets, the elegant Rococo Flowers 5.7" Tray is an ideal gift for any occasion. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.


*Symbolic of innocence and youth, the Primrose pattern combines oriental florals with a pop of bright colors. Morning, afternoon or night, enjoy every sip with the vibrant Primrose Teacup & Saucer Set. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.



*Celebrate a new start with invigorating ingredients from the garden. Yellow Tonquin is comprised of herbs, basil, citrus peels, and beautiful chrysanthemum flowers to create a caffeine-free blend. A dash of Echinacea uplifts the body for care free days. Includes twelve pyramid teabags.



*The Yellow Tonquin pattern travels from the town of Xiaolan China, now known as the City of Chrysanthemums. Display favorite memories in the vibrant Yellow Tonquin 4x6" Frame. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box and an ideal gift for any occasion.



*The Yellow Tonquin pattern travels from the town of Xiaolan China, now known as the City of Chrysanthemums. Perfect for tea, coffee or dessert, and beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, the vibrant Yellow Tonquin Mug is an ideal gift for any occasion.


*The Yellow Tonquin pattern travels from the town of Xiaolan China, now known as the City of Chrysanthemums. Perfect for holding jewelry and trinkets, the vibrant Yellow Tonquin 5.7" Tray is an ideal gift for any occasion. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.
*The Yellow Tonquin pattern travels from the town of Xiaolan China, now known as the City of Chrysanthemums. A perfect catchall, the vibrant Yellow Tonquin 4.3" Bowl is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, making it an ideal gift!
*Crimson Orient pays homage to Asian horticulture and the wonders of the garden; symbolizing rebirth, water lilies combine with vibrant colors for an exuberant design. Morning, afternoon or night, enjoy every sip with the exquisite Crimson Orient Teacup & Saucer Set. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.


*A harvest of red fruits from England and the South Seas, the Crimson Jewel blend brews a soulful crimson that invigorates the mind and energizes the body. Includes twelve pyramid teabags.





*Crimson Jewel pays homage to Asian horticulture and the wonders of the garden; symbolizing rebirth, water lilies combine with vibrant colors for an exuberant design. A perfect catchall, the exquisite Crimson Jewel 4.3" Bowl is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, making an ideal gift for any occasion.


*Crimson Jewel pays homage to Asian horticulture and the wonders of the garden; symbolizing rebirth, water lilies combine with vibrant colors for an exuberant design. Display favorite memories in the exquisite Crimson Jewel 4x6" Frame. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box and an ideal gift for any occasion.


*Fabled to live for over a thousand years, the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. Morning, afternoon or night, enjoy every sip with the striking Midnight Crane Teacup & Saucer Set. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.



*The Blue Pagoda pattern features a Japanese Acer garden, considered a symbol of peace and serenity, representing balance and practicality. Perfect for holding jewelry and trinkets, the striking Blue Pagoda 5.7" Tray is an ideal gift for any occasion. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.



*The Blue Pagoda pattern features a Japanese Acer garden, considered a symbol of peace and serenity, representing balance and practicality. Perfect for tea, coffee or dessert, and beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, the striking Blue Pagoda Mug is an ideal gift for any occasion.


The Blue Pagoda pattern features a Japanese Acer garden, considered a symbol of peace and serenity, representing balance and practicality. Display favorite memories in the striking Blue Pagoda 4x6" Frame. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box and an ideal gift for any occasion.




*Let your imagination wander to the shores of the orient with this Blue Pagoda blend. A tea of serenity welcomes you with oolong, jasmine blossoms, lotus flowers and a touch of ripe green mango. It promises to captivate with each sip. Includes twelve pyramid teabags.



*The Blue Pagoda pattern features a Japanese Acer garden, considered a symbol of peace and serenity, representing balance and practicality. A perfect catchall, the striking Blue Pagoda 4.3" Bowl is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, making an ideal gift for any occasion.



*Taking influences from a Tuscan tale of love, the Jasmine Bloom pattern features the ethereal Jasmine flower with rich detailing. Morning, Afternoon or night, enjoy every sip with the elegant Jasmine Bloom Teacup & Saucer Set. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.



*Imagine a walk in the woods, fresh soil crunches underfoot and fresh cold pine scent in the air. The Oriental Jewel blend is a veneration of the majestic forest with black Sencha and pine needles from the conifer tree. It is medium bodied and comforting with a roasted finish. Includes twelve pyramid teabags.


*Oriental Jewel pays homage to Asian horticulture and the wonders of the garden; symbolizing rebirth, water lilies combine with vibrant colors for an exuberant design. Display favorite memories in the stunning Oriental Jewel 4x6" Frame. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box and an ideal gift for any occasion.

*Oriental Jewel pays homage to Asian horticulture and the wonders of the garden; symbolizing rebirth, water lilies combine with vibrant colors for an exuberant design. Perfect for holding jewelry and trinkets, the stunning Oriental Jewel 5.7" Tray is an ideal gift for any occasion. It is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box for celebrating all of life's special moments.


*Oriental Jewel pays homage to Asian horticulture and the wonders of the garden; symbolizing rebirth, water lilies combine with vibrant colors for an exuberant design. A perfect catchall, the stunning Oriental Jewel 4.3" Bowl is beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, making an ideal gift for any occasion.


*Oriental Jewel pays homage to Asian horticulture and the wonders of the garden; symbolizing rebirth, water lilies combine with vibrant colors for an exuberant design. Perfect for tea, coffee or dessert, and beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, the stunning Oriental Jewel Mug is an ideal gift for any occasion.


*Fabled to live for over a thousand years, the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. Perfect for tea, coffee or dessert, and beautifully presented in a signature Wedgwood blue gift box, the delicate Lilac Crane Mug is an ideal gift for any occasion.

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Hope you have a beautiful day!
XOXO, Arianne