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Happy Father’s Day!

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June 15, 2018 · 7:25 am

8 DIY Gifts for Father’s Day

There are a few things every great dad needs: a meaningful daily coffee mug, a killer spice rub, and a good quality dad joke.

This Father’s Day, treat your pop to something not only useful, but handmade! With ideas for beer-loving dads, nerdy dads, corporate dads, and fixer-upper dads, here are 8 DIY Father’s Day Gifts that are sure to get you dad’s seal of approval!

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8 DIY Gifts for Father’s Day

Beer Coasters

beer coaster

Handmade Coffee Mugs

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DIY Tie Rack

diy tie rack

Spice Rub

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Customized Hammer

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Gift Card Wallet

handmade wallet

Leather Catch-All Dish

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Handmade Lego Picture Puzzles

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12 Super Summertime Crochet Patterns

Here in the Midwest, summer is in full swing. We’ve already had 90 degree days and near 100 degree days that have made it difficult to enjoy anything outside. Couple that with some solid 100% humidity and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an indoor crafternoon!

These 12 super summertime crochet patterns are great for afternoons spent inside plopped next to your window air conditioning unit. Light and airy, these patterns can be worked up in near a couple hours, so you could be beach ready in no time.

12 Super Summertime Crochet Patterns

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  1. Pom-Pom Happiness Shawl
  2. Summer Vibes Bikini Top
  3. Watermelon Dishcloth 
  4. Crochet Flip Flop Key Chain
  5. Crochet Cover/Shawl
  6. Sweet Summer Vest
  7. Summer Clutch
  8. Granny Square Top
  9. Light Summer Necklace
  10. Crochet Tote
  11. Pineapple Washcloth
  12. Crocheted Summer Sun Wreath

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May 28, 2018 · 9:27 am

15 Sensational Strawberry Recipes

We’re (finally!) coming into some warmer months here in the Midwest…which means berries are in season!

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Whenever berries are on sale at the grocery store, I usually stock up. I love adding them to granola and yogurt, plus they’re just a healthy snack as is!

Strawberries are great for cooking and baking, as they retain their sweetness even after they’re cooked, baked, sliced or dunked. They’re durable and most of the time you can get a great 2 for 1 deal if you shop at the right time.

If you’re looking for some delicious and tasty ways to eat strawberries this summer, here are 15 sensational strawberry recipes that will have you ready for warm weather in no time!

15 Sensational Strawberry Recipes

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  1. Easy Fresh Strawberry Mousse
  2. Strawberry Almond Cupcakes
  3. Strawberry Mousse Tart
  4. Healthy Strawberry Scones
  5. Watermelon, Strawberry, and Basil Salad
  6. Strawberry Donuts
  7. Strawberry Banana Breakfast Bowl
  8. Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
  9. Poached Strawberries
  10. Strawberry Freezer Jam
  11. Strawberry Cream Cubes
  12. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Brownies
  13. Strawberry and Rose Wine Macarons
  14. Strawberry Ice Cream
  15. Strawberry Rhubarb Sweet Rolls

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10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes

Sometimes I feel that the blackberry gets a bad rap.  The seeds get stuck in your teeth, they have an edible pit that makes them somewhat tough to bake with, and they can be pricy at times…but, you guys…they’re so delicious!

Packed with vitamin C and fiber, blackberries are super healthy for you and low in calories (win-win!).  They can be eaten raw, cooked into jams and sauces, or baked into cakes and breads.  They add amazing flavors to sweet and savory dishes and can also be used to color your batter or cake icing blue or purple.

As we wrap up the end of the summer, you might find blackberries on sale at your local market.  If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to put these little power foods to good use, here are 10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes that will have you drooling in no time!

10 Stunning Blackberry Recipes

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  1. Blackberry Honey Clafoutis
  2. Blackberry Chocolate Tart
  3. Blackberry Lime Bars
  4. Blackberry and Sweet Basil Galette
  5. Blackberry French Beignets
  6. Blackberry Cucumber Gin and Tonic
  7. Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles
  8. Blackberry and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
  9. Triple Berry Couscous Salad
  10. Blackberry Buttermilk Pancakes

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9 Cool Crochet Bags and Purses

If you get bored of crochet projects or love a classic one-skein wonder or stashbuster, than crochet bags are for you.

Often easy to work up in a couple hours or less, crochet bags make shopping at stores and farmer’s markets so much easier.  Clear out your stash by making bags in various colors or just practice the basics with these simple crochet bags for “hookers” of all skill levels!

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Grey and White Winter Clutch

Granny Square Bag

Teddy Bear Coin Purse

Tapestry Bag

Fox Bag

Pineapple Bag

Pizza, Watermelon, and Candy Corn Bags

Farmer’s Market Bags

Slushee Bags

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12 Amazing Cherry Recipes

I love cherries.  I find them ‘cherry’ delicious…they’re really the ‘cherry on top’ of every dessert…not getting cherries year round is really the pits…in fact, I consider cherries ‘mon cherri’ of summer baking…

OK, I’m done.

Cherries really are a delicious fruit and can add sweetness to both savory dishes and desserts.  Now in the peak of their season, cherries are great for summer cooking and baking…or just snacking on during a backyard BBQ or picnic.

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If you’re looking for fun and clever ways to use cherries in your food this summer, here are 12 Amazing Cherry Recipes that are sure to please!

12 Amazing Cherry Recipes

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

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Cherry and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Fresh Cherry Cobbler

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Cherry Frangipane Tart

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Cherry Chocolate Shortcake

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Quinoa Cherry and Goat Cheese Salad

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Grilled Tofu with Cherry Salsa

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Cherry and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Cherry Curd Cookie Tarts

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Fresh Cherry Salsa with Goat Cheese

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Duck and Cherry Hamburger

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Cherry Bruschetta

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14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

Let’s face facts…sometimes the world sucks.

There’s no avoiding it…there’s no denying it.  But, there might be something you can do to help spread some cheer throughout the year!

Whether you want to brighten up your garden, your neighborhood, or your community, these painted rocks are sure to bring just a little joy into someone’s life.  Scatter them around your home, in your garden, or spread them around your local park or forest preserve.  A little joke can go a long way, and these painted rocks might just be the motivation your friend or neighbor needs to keep on truckin’!

14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

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  1. Monster Rocks
  2. Weather Rock
  3. Scripted LOVE Rock
  4. Heart Balloons Rock
  5. Not All Who Wander Rock
  6. Inspirational Rocks
  7. Owl Rocks
  8. Rainbow Rocks
  9. Jawa Star Wars Rocks
  10. Cactus Rocks
  11. Minions Rocks
  12. Potted Rocks
  13. Garden Rocks
  14. Gold Rocks

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12 Amazing Coconut Recipes

Are you nuts for coconuts?  Even though summer is almost over, you can still enjoy a bite of summer sunshine with these 12 delicious coconut recipes!

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12 Amazing Coconut Recipes

Coconut Cake

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Coconut Lush

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Coconut Bars

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Chocolate Coconut Poke Cake

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Toasted Coconut Pudding

toasted coconut pudding

Coconut Loaf Cake

coconut loaf cake

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

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Outrageous Coconut Cheesecake

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Coconut Oreos

coconut oreos

Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut Brownie Bites

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Coconut Ice

coconut ice

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