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A Little Red, White & Blue Project

Necessary Supplies:

One sweet little hand

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A really cute chubby little foot

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White paper, a paintbrush, and  blue & red paint

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Finished product

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You can put this masterpiece on display

at your Memorial Day/4th of July/Labor Day Party

Another option is to take a photo of the finished project and upload it into your computer. 

You can resize the photo and make cards for your family and friends.

Let me know if you do this project.  I would love to see your photos!!!

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Memorial Day Yummy Stuff ~

All American White Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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  • Be sure to clean your strawberries before dipping, and buy organic if you can afford to. Make sure your strawberries have dried completely so that the chocolate doesn’t seize up on you.
  • Put chunks of white chocolate in a small bowl (white chocolate candy wafers are easy to work with). Melt in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until completely melted.
  • Fill a second small bowl halfway with blue sanding sugar.

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  • Dip strawberry into chocolate, leaving about 1/3 of the strawberry uncovered.
  • Before the chocolate sets, dip the bottom third of the strawberry into the sanding sugar.
  • Place on waxed paper.

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  • You can pop them in the refrigerator if you’re serving them later in the day, but don’t make these more than a day in advance.

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Red, White & Blueberries

Red, White & Blueberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound large strawberries, washed and cored
  • 1/4 pound washed blueberries
  • whipped cream (store-bought or homemade)

Method:

  1. Wash, hull, and core strawberries (a melon scoop works nicely). Make sure to find large strawberries to use to make it easier.
  2. Fill each strawberry with whipped cream (if homemade, pour whipped cream into a pastry bag).
  3. Top with washed blueberries and serve immediately.
  4. Tip: These are best served right away since the whipped cream will melt. If making for later, prepare fruit and then fill with whipped cream just before serving. You can try refrigerating these for a short time before serving to keep cool too.

Red, White & Blue Cupcakes

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You can make these red, white, and blue cupcakes in two different ways. I like the layered look above the best. I love how the color seeps through the white cupcake liner, enticing you to peel off the cupcake wrapper. You can also make them by adding spoonfuls in three different sections of the cupcake liner.

1. Bake up your favorite white cupcake recipe. Divide batter into three bowls. Use blue and red gel food coloring in two of the bowls

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2. For the layered cupcake, spread a tablespoon of one color of batter into the bottom of a cupcake liner. Add a second tablespoon in another color on top. Be careful when you spread it around so that the two colors don’t mix. Do the same with the final color. The other option is to place spoonfuls of batter into three different sections. Again, doing your best not to mix the colors.

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3. Bake, cool, and decorate!

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Just add Red, White & Blue sprinkles

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American Flag Fruit & Chesse Tray

berry-cheese-flagYou can decorate your try in different variations.  Shown in the photo above are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cheese.  You can use bananas or pineapple instead of cheese if you are looking to use all fruit.

Breakfast for your little ones 

breakfastToast your child’s favorite bread, spread cream cheese, strawberry jam, bananas & blueberries.

A yummy start to a fun filled day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain America Cocktail

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1 1/2 oz. Amaretto

1 1/2 oz. Captain Morgan’s spiced rum

1 1/2 oz. Wild Turkey bourbon

3/4 oz. cranberry juice

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into glass.

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50 Shades and …

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Happy Friday to all!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend.

I am going to try to finish 50 Shades Freed!

I am still keeping my fingers crossed that Alexander Skarsgard gets the role as Christian Grey for the movie.  Who would be your pick????

xoxo Mel

 

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Makeover Monday…

With trips to the spa costing as much as a couple hundred dollars simply for a facial; more and more people are finding ways to save money and get the same benefits from items they have stashed in their refrigerator.

But because you don’t want to stick just anything on your face, here are a list of some of the most beneficial ingredients for your specific skin type that will help revive your skin so it will look and feel healthier than it ever has before.

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Oily Skin

A moisturizing mask like one with avocado or olive oil in it is the last thing you want to spread on your skin. If you have oily skin it is best to look for one that will absorb natural oils without over-drying your complexion.

Banana Mask: This mask is the perfect way to take advantage of bananas that are too ripe to eat, but a soft consistency to spread on your face. Just mix a bit of honey and a couple of bananas into a blender or a food processor and then spread onto clean skin. Keeping this mask on for 10-15 minutes will help absorb oil.

Aspirin Mask: Not only can aspirin help your headache feel better, but it can also help dry up pimples that have been caused by too much oil blocking your pores. Simply crush up some aspirin and mix into a little bit of water and honey for a mask that will dry up your skin.

Strawberry and Lemon Mask: As natural astringents, these two fruits work well as natural cleansers that won’t irritate your skin. Mix some lemon juice, 1 cup strawberries, 2 egg whites and a little bit of honey into a blender. Leave this mask on your skin for at least ten minutes and then rinse your oil and bacteria away.

Dry Skin

Unlike oily skin, you’re looking for masks that not only help you keep your own moisture in, but will add a little extra moisture while they’re at it. Even though you’re not going to want to sleep with moisturizing masks on, it’s best to keep them on as long as possible in order to quench your skin’s thirst.

Milk Mask: Surprisingly, milk works great as a moisturizer as well as a soothing agent for skin that might be so dry it’s chapped. Mix some powdered milk with honey and aloe vera gel. Because this mixture can get a little runny, it’s best to use powdered milk if you have it, but if you need to do regular milk simply use less aloe.

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Avocado Mask: If your skin is in desperate need for some moisture, try this ultra-concentrated mask. Mix some very ripe avocado with a little bit of olive oil and egg whites in a blender. Spread onto clean skin and let it rest as long as you can. In fact, it’s best to put this mask on before you get into a bath so that your pores can be open and the moisture can sink beneath the surface level.

Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a facial even if the spas will make you pay a fortune for one. Find one that will work best for your skin type to make the most of your skin, as well as your groceries!

I have dry skin so tonight I will be applying the Avocado Mask :)

Enjoy your night!

xoxo Mel

 

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Welcome!

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I hope you enjoy following my new blog…

Please always feel free to participate by adding comments, suggestions or asking questions.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!!!

xoxo Mel

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