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Best 10 Jello Shots!

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1. Raspberry Lemonade Jello Shots

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Double the flavor in just One bite! At the bottom, a tart lemony coat and a sweet Raspberry gel on top. It gives you an amazing combination. Check it out at DIY Ready!

2. Vodka Sunrise in Orange Wedge

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Who would have ever thought you could use an orange peel in such an awesome way? Check it out at Kirtsy.

3. Strawberry Margaritas Jello Shooters

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Little stuffed strawberries. They look pretty and they are delicious, what else cPina   you possibly ask for? You can find how to make these at Bakers Royale.

4. Pina Coolada Jello Shots

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If you like Pina Coladas then these are for you! Get the how to over at That’s So Michelle!

5. German Chocolate Cake Shots

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Cake infused vodka with butterscotch pudding and rum. If these sweet treats sound like something you would like head on over to The Jello Mold Mistress

6. Blackberry Gin & Sour Jello Shots

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With an unexpected dash of gin, not much can go wrong when sweet meets sour! Check them out at My Thirsty Spot.

7. Watermelon Mint Jello Shot

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Watermelon with a fresh taste of mint, combined with citrus infused vodka. Perfect for a hot summer day. Find it at E is for Eat.

8. Salted Caramel Jello Shot

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Sweet, salty, creamy, and boozy. Another one from That’s so Michelle

9. Caramel Apple Jello Shots

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Definitely one to try! Thank you to Food.com

10. Guiness and Baileys Jello Shots

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St. Patrick’s Day may have come and gone already, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try these out now! Brit + Co has the how to on these!

 

 

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Frozen Spiked Bomb Pop

I don’t know about you, but when I was younger I absolutely loved Bomb Pops. It was the perfect cold treat to have in the Summer. Now as a mother I find myself buying these for my kids, and occasionally I’ll take one for myself and enjoy it with them!

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But sometimes, grown ups need well… Grown up drinks. And what’s better than an adult drink that brings up happy childhood memories, and tastes amazing? Nothing, I can’t think of one thing. Beware, these go down super easy!

What you need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4-6 cups ice
  • 4 ounces blue raspberry vodka
  • 3 ounces cherry vodka

What to do:

  1. To make a simple syrup, combine sugar and water and heat in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves. Cool completely in refrigerator.
  2. In a blender add clear vodka, lime juice, 2 ounces simple syrup, and 1½ cups of ice; blend on high until it reaches a “slush like” consistency, adding more ice if necessary. Pour into a container and place in the freezer.
  3. Next, in the blender add blue raspberry vodka, 2 ounces simple syrup, and 1½ cups of ice; blend on high until desired consistency is reached, and pour into a container and place in freezer.
  4. Then, in the blender add cherry vodka, 2 ounces simple syrup, and 1½ cups of ice; blend until desired consistency is reached and place into a container and place in freezer.
  5. Let chill in freezer until ready to use.
  6. To “assemble” drink layers, spoon some of the blue in the bottom of a glass, then white, then red on top.

** You may add less or more alcohol to taste.

** If needed add more ice to each layer.

** You can freeze this until it’s ready to use, but the consistency will change a bit.

** To make a faster simple syrup: place sugar and water in a sealed container and shake well until sugar is dissolved.

Like the glass in the picture? You can buy it on Amazon!
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Sidewalk Chalk Art

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My kids absolutely LOVE playing with chalk, and I love to see the smiles on their faces when they are outside and using their imagination. So here are 4 sidewalk chalk activities that I hope your kids will love as much as mine did!


1. Sidewalk Chalk Paint  – (This is different then my previous post as that was a spray and this one should be used with a foam paint brushes.)

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What you need: 

Water

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Liquid Watercolor Paint or Food Coloring

** Liquid Watercolor is a fabulous substitute for food coloring. They are WASHABLE, they are more vibrant, they are easier to use, and cheaper! **

What to do: 

Fill your container of choice halfway with cornstarch. Muffin tins from the Dollar Store are my favorite for homemade paint. Then add you choice of colors. Add water to the colored cornstarch and stir. And you really can’t go wrong with the ratio, if it’s too thick add water; too thin add cornstarch. It’s super simple.


2. Erupting Rainbow Sidewalk Chalk Paint


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What you need: 

Cornstarch

Baking Soda

Water

Liquid Watercolor Paint or Food Coloring

Squeeze Bottles

Vinegar

Spray Bottles

What to do:

Again, super simple. I mixed 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup cornstarch, and 1/3 cup baking soda for each color. The more color you add, the more vibrant the color will be. I found it easiest to mix the ingredients in a measuring cup with an easy pour spout then put it into the squeezy bottle.

After the kids have used all their paint, give them Spray Bottles with the vinegar in it and let them spray over their creations! My kids call it magic and they get so excited! 🙂 Just use the hose for easy clean up!

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3. Chalk Bombs: Water Balloon Fun

What to do: 

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(Cornstarch, Water, Liquid Watercolor Paint/Food Coloring)

Then refer to my earlier post (click here) on directions on how

to fill up your water balloons!

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4. Frozen Popsicle Chalk

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What you need & need to do:

This time I used half cornstarch, half water, and washable tempura paint instead of food coloring.

If you choose to use food coloring, add a few drops of dish washing liquid to make clean up easier!

Make your different colors, and then poor them into your Popsicle molds. (You can use regular ice cube trays, I just think these are easier because they are on the stick.) Freeze then play!

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And even though they look good, I don’t suggest letting your children eat these!

17 Fun Water Activities for Kids

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Some awesome ideas that I’ve found to get those kiddos outside and staying cool this summer! I may make everything on this list my personal summer bucket list to try and keep those whiny “I’m bored” words to a minimum.


1. Sponge Ball – One Charming Party

2. Swimming Pool Scrabble –  Toddler Approved

3. Sponge Bullseye – Mamas Like Me

4. Water Balloon Pinata – Scrap Happy Heather

5. Water Limbo – GoGo Squeez

6. Trike Car Wash – Apartment Therapy

7. Splash Volleyball – Spoonful

8. DIY Water Ramp –  Caution! Twins at Play!

9. Homemade Sprinklers – Homespun Threads

10. Ice Cube Painting – Share and Remember

11. DIY Foil River – Camo and Bows

12. Soap Boat Races – I Heart Nap Time

13. Bubble Snakes – Somewhat Simply

14. Scented Bubbles – JoJo & Eloise

15. Giant Bubbles – Tatertots and Jello

16. Water Blob – Clumsy Crafter

17. DIY Slip ‘n Slide – DigitalMisery.com

No Bake Banana Split Pie

Now, another dessert coming right in time for Summer.. Who doesn’t love the Banana Split? Well… honestly, I don’t. I don’t like bananas and I’m not a huge fan of ice cream. But PLEASE don’t let that stop you from trying this amazing recipe I have found. Just because I don’t like bananas doesn’t mean that my family dislikes them too. And this No Bake Banana Split Pie was a huge hit in my house. My husband and our two kids absolutely loved this pie!

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Since I don’t eat Banana Splits, I had to do some research on how the Banana Split became so popular. I had no idea that this widely loved dessert was created in Latrobe, Pennsylvania! And well most of you probably don’t know that I currently live in Pittsburgh, Pa and it’s not very far away from here. I also learned that it was created by a 23 year old named David Evans Strickler who was an apprentice pharmacist. He created the Banana Split in 1904 using the stores soda fountain, and it only cost 10 cents, twice the price of all other sundaes!!

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Anyways, back to the No Bake Banana Split Pie before I bore you all. Here’s what you need to make it.

Ingredients:

1 package Vanilla Instant Pudding

1 1/2 cup Milk

16 oz Cool Whip

2 sliced Bananas

1 cup Pineapple Tidbits, drained

1 cup diced Strawberries

1 prepared Chocolate Pie Crust

Chocolate Syrup

Crushed Nuts


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Directions:

1. Place a layer of sliced bananas on pie crust.

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2. Mix pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl. Stir until it begins to thicken.

3. Whisk in 8 oz Cool Whip to incorporate and then add diced strawberries and pineapples

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4. Spoon mixture into crust and refrigerate for at least several hours.

5. Top with remaining Cool Whip and drizzle with chocolate syrup and crushed nuts.

Watermelon Cupcakes

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In the spirit of watermelon season and summer not too far away, I thought I’d share a recipe I found for Watermelon Cupcakes. No, that’s not a typo! Watermelon Cupcakes. Because who doesn’t love watermelon? Wait wait wait.. The more appropriate question, who doesn’t love cupcakes? What’s better than a delicious, easy to make, pretty to look at dessert that you and the kids will love!

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This recipe will make you 2 dozen amazing cupcakes!

What you need:

1 box of white cake mix
1 1/4 cups pureed watermelon, divided
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 egg whites
a few drops of pink food coloring, optional
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 2. Line 2 (12-count) muffin tins with paper liners.  Set aside.
 3. In a large mixing bowl, beat white cake mix, 1 cup pureed watermelon, vegetable oil and egg whites with an electric mixer.  Beat in a drop or two of pink food coloring.
 4. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and bake 19 to 21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
 5. Allow cupcakes to cool in tin about 10 minutes before removing them to wire racks to finish cooling.
 6. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat butter, remaining 1/4 cup pureed watermelon and powdered sugar until blended.  Add more watermelon if the frosting is too thick or more sugar if it’s too thin.  Beat in a drop or two of pink food coloring.
 7. Frost cooled cupcakes with Watermelon Frosting.
 8. Store in the refrigerator when not enjoying.

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Or, if you’d like to make it a little easier I just came across this pre-made Watermelon cupcake mix made by Betty Crocker. I haven’t tried these so I can’t say that they’ll be AS good as the recipe above, but they could be worth checking out.
Amazon sells the mix and frosting together! You can check it out here if you’d like! 🙂

S’more Bites

These have to be THE most amazing dessert I have EVER made. I’m not joking! If you think I am, well you’ll just have to try them for yourself. Good news is, they are super easy to make.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 Marshmallows
  • Reese’s mini peanut butter cups or Hershey bars
  • Mini muffin or cupcake pan (24 count total)

Here is what you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease pan with non-stick butter spray
  • In a medium size bowl mix graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and butter with a spoon
  • Evenly distribute mixture to the 24 mini muffin cups.  Press along the bottom and sides to make a “cup”.
  • Bake for 5 minutes
  • While they are baking cut 12 large marshmallows in half
  • Remove the pans from the oven and place either one Reese’s or two sections of a Hershey bar in the graham cracker cup and cover with 1/2 of marshmallow (cut side facing down)
  • Turn your oven on broil
  • Put the pan back in and broil for 2 minutes (WATCH THEM!!)  Take them out as soon as they start to brown
  • Let cool for one hour
  • Use a teaspoon to wedge under the s’more cups and they should just pop right out!

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