Category Archives: Holidays

Ghost Halloween Craft

Hey hey…happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. It’s that time of year where we have a ton of extra candy in the house….send me some will power would you? My friends at Hershey’s sent a ginormous box of candy asking me to share with you a fun Halloween craft idea. Of course my kids think that I must realllllly be important now—since Hershey sent me candy…#ornot.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Firecracker Smores (Summer dessert recipe)

I’m so excited to be participating in the 100 blogger round up Ultimate Red White and Blue celebration again this year! It is a great way to celebrate all the colors of summertime. A ton of craft, recipes, projects all sorts of fun things that have to do with summer. It is your one stop shop for any summer party that you’re having. I wanted to share a really easy dessert that you could whip up for your summer picnic. It is a red white and blue version of the fireside classic dessert the Smore. Instead of regular milk chocolate I used white chocolate along with some fresh blueberries and raspberries. What’s great about this dessert is you can bake up quite a few at one time and serve them altogether. Of course if you wanted to do it over a campfire you could do that as well. They look so pretty on a plate! It just screams summer time!

Red White and Blue Food Decor and Craft Ideas

 

Be sure to check out all the festive projects and recipes by following our Pinterest board….you will be blown away at the creativity!!

 

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Firecracker Smores (Summer dessert recipe)
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers
  • 1 bar white chocolate
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425
  2. Foil line a cookie sheet, place rack on top.
  3. Place squares of graham cracker, place white chocolate square on top, cut raspberries, cut blueberries and marshmallows.
  4. Bake for 2-3 minutes
  5. Top with other graham cracker

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Serve it up! Happy summer friends!

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You can search #redwhiteandblueblog on Instagram and Twitter to see the explosion of inspiration:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Father’s Day Muffin Breakfast (Father’s day Breakfast)

I am popping in from sunny North Carolina to share a fun Father’s day breakfast….

 

If there’s one Dad that I know who deserves a long sleep in breakfast in bed kind of a Father’s Day it is definitely my husband! He is in construction and so since we graduated in 1995 he has worked for his family’s construction business. This job requires him to wake up at 5:30am….many times 6 days of the week. Because of this he has a hard time even trying to sleep in anymore even when we’re on vacation… so for him to be able to sleep in and not wake up with an alarm clock is a real treat. This inspired this breakfast in bed for dad kind of a morning.

 

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You can whip up these mini muffins ahead of time then on Father’s Day morning the kids can arrange them on the tray. Sprinkle on top some fresh fruit along with a super easy glaze that calls for just 2 ingredients! Serve it up with a cup of his favorite coffee and you will get his Father’s Day off to a perfect start!

 

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International Delight Creamer
makes a vanilla flavored creamer that creates a perfect base for this sweet glaze. Add in a bit of powdered sugar and you’re set to go! (here is a quick Vine to show you just how simple it is). It’s just the right amount of sweet topping for these mini muffins. There are many items in the dairy aisle of your grocery store that can make your life much easier and this glaze, made with help from coffee creamer, can be used for any sweet roll recipe as well. You can customize the muffins by using an array of creamer flavors from cinnamon to hazelnut or seasonal flavors during the holidays. All you do is arrange the mini muffins on your favorite festive scrapbook paper (for Father’s Day, we are using a blue striped piece to resemble a tie) on top of a cookie sheet. I crafted the white color out of some white cardstock. You can add mini muffin liners that match your paper for an extra festive pop of color.

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I found the template for the collar online…just trace and cut it out on cardstock.

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Place 2 large pieces of scrapbook paper on a cookie sheet. Use double sided tape to secure. Cut “sleeves” from the top two corners. Place your collar on top. Arrange the mini muffins to mimic a tie:) Drizzle with your glaze! Check out my vine….I’m techy like that:)

 

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Here is the recipe for the muffins
• 2 C flour
• 1/3 C sugar
• 1/2 T baking powder
• 3/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 C canola oil
• 2 egg whites or 1 whole egg
• 1 C skim milk
• 3/4 tsp cinnamon
• 1 C raisins
• 1/2 C powdered sugar
• 2 T International Delight French Vanilla Creamer
• Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
• In a small mixing bowl combine the oil, egg whites and milk, mixing well.
• Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients.
• Mix with a wooden spoon just until moistened.
• Gently fold in the cinnamon and raisins.
• Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
• Spray a muffin tin with a nonstick cooking spray.
• Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling them 3/4 full.
• Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of a muffin.
• In a squirt bottle combine powdered sugar and milk. Shake until smooth.
• Allow the glaze to thicken slightly.
• Drizzle the glaze over the tops of the cooled muffins.

 

 

Father’s Day Muffin Breakfast (Father’s day Breakfast)
 
Ingredients
  • 2 C flour
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • ½ T baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ C canola oil
  • 2 egg whites or 1 whole egg
  • 1 C skim milk
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C raisins
  • ½ C powdered sugar
  • 2 T International Delight French Vanilla Creamer
Instructions
  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine well the oil, egg whites and milk mixing well.
  3. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix with a wooden spoon just until moistened.
  5. Gently fold in the cinnamon and raisins.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Spray a muffin tin with a non stick cooking spray.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups filling them ¾ full.
  9. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of a muffin.
  10. In a squirt bottle combine powdered sugar and milk. Shake until smooth.
  11. Allow the glaze to thicken slightly.
  12. Drizzle the glaze over the tops of the cooled muffins.

I am positive Dad will love these!!

 

I am a brand ambassador for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association) & a member of the Cool Food Panel. I have been compensated for my time spent writing this post. All opinions, photos, and thoughts are 100% mine own.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Marbled Easter Eggs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love how colorful Easter eggs are these days. Back in my day it seems that all we had was pastels with the color kit that came at the grocery store. There are so many fun ways to decorate Easter eggs now, with paper Mache, different color food dyes, foam and paper, glitter, gold leaf and even nail polish… it really is a fun interactive craft to do with your kiddos! My friends at Bounty and Nickelodeon invited me to come up with a fun craft to do in the kitchen with your kids to celebrate the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. These Easter eggs would be a great project to do while you watch! There is a ton of other inspiring ideas out that will put your kids in the party mood. Search up #slimeon on your favorite social channel and be sure to tag @NickBreaks to show them what you have created!Head to @NickBreaks and enter #SlimeOnSweeps for a chance to win prizes thanks to @Bounty

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You will just need a few household items to create these one of a kind eggs. I would caution: these are just for display….to create these bright marbled eggs we used nail polish. Even though it is just on the shell….I wouldn’t recommend eating these eggs. You could blow out the eggs first….we just hard boiled a dozen.

Gather your supplies:

green and orange nail polish

shallow plastic container

bounty paper towels

news paper or wax paper

toothpicks

rubber gloves

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How to:

fill container 1/4 of the way with room temp water

drop in a few dots of each nail polish

roll the egg until the sides are covered

place on wax paper to dry

you can use a toothpick to swirl the colors a bit but it dries quick…so you’ll need to be quick

for every egg you will need to re-drop nail polish in the water

Play with the colors and have fun with it! Rubber gloves and Bounty paper towels will make quick clean up too…so go ahead and get slimy!Get more slime content and tweet your own with #SlimeOn

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Have a great time rooting on your favorite stars at this year’s Kids Choice Awards!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Krispie Treat Layer Cake (easy Easter Dessert)

My it was wonderful to see the sun yesterday! Everyone was out walking as if were summertime! It felt so good to get out! We have projecting lately and I have a few things that are almost ready to show you….now I just have to get my pics together and write about it:) Hopefully this week I’ll be sharing a few:)

I am thinking our last wave of winter has come and gone…which is a perfect time to share a spring inspired dessert.

I really had zero reason for making this other than I had a dream that I had made a cupcake that was a rice crispy with frosting and sprinkles and I served it on Cupcake Wars and I won. Yes that was an actual dream. Probably has something to do with the fact that the peanut and I watched Cupcake Wars for a good three hours one rainy cold Saturday. Anyway when I woke up I thought it would be kind of funny or fun to make a layer cake out of rice krispie treats.

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It would kind of be fun to serve up at Easter. I think that the trick here is to do as much as you can for preparation before your rice krispie treats are ready to be poured out. I used 3 round disposal cake pans that I greased really well. I also greased three pieces of wax paper with butter so that I could press down the rice krispie treats quickly. You could always tint the marshmallows with some food color if you want a pink cake or a green or purple. I thought it looked sweet with just a few Easter candies on the top….A sweet little banner (that you can download here) finishes the cake:)

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I decided to just do traditional rice crispy treats with chocolate icing in between. Obviously this could just have your imagination running wild and do any mixture of colors or frostings.

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You’ll need a sharp knife to make a clean cut. I made sure that the rice krispie treats were cool prior to layering with icing.

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It looks really cute on a pretty cake plate. A sweet little banner that denotes springtime finish this off the top. I just use some festive straws with twine…cut into a banner…that’s it!

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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