Homemade Rock Candy

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Here’s a fun summer project to make with the kids and they will love the end result of this science experiment! To make Rock Candy you need:

  • sugar
  • water
  • glass jars, small jelly jars worked the best for us
  • food coloring
  • skewer  or lollipop sticks
  • flavoring (optional)
  • clothespins or something similar to hold the stick in place

Head over to Pam’s Party and Practical Tips for the instructions!

Strawberry Lime Popsicle Recipe

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Time for a new summer treat recipe! Keep cool and refreshed with this Strawberry Lime Popsicle Recipe! To make these you need:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/3-1/2 cup local honey
  • 3 tablespoons key lime juice
  • zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Head over to My Blessed Life for the full recipe!

5 Minute Coffee Cup Cake

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Want a snack but don’t really want to make anything or heat up the oven? Try this recipe for 5 Minute Coffee Cup Cake! To make this you will need:

  • 1 standard 10 oz coffee cup
  • 1/2 stick (4 TBS/ 57 grams) butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs mayonnaise, light mayo works too
  • 1 egg 1 pinch salt
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1 handful bittersweet chocolate chips

Head over to Baking with Michelle for the instructions!

4th of July Marshmallow Pops

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Here’s a fun and easy treat you can make for your 4th of July celebration this year! To put together these 4th of July Marshmallow Pops you will need:

  • Red Jell-O 6 oz Box (Strawberry, Cherry or Raspberry)
  • Blue Jell-O 6 oz Box (Berry Blue)
  • (1) Bag of Large Marshmallows
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • 2 Gallon Size Ziploc Bags (or sandwich bags for smaller quantity)

Head over to The Dealyo for the instructions!

4th of July Recipes

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Are you ready to celebrate the 4th of July in style? This year is your year to shine and really impress your guests. I’ve complied a list of some wonderful recipes that will really win your guests over this year. All of the recipes listed below are pretty easy to make and most you can do on a budget!

10 4th of July Recipes

1. Red, White & Kaboom - Such a unique treat for the 4th of July. Kids will love helping you make these and really enjoy eating them!

2. Crockpot Chilli - No 4th of July celebration is complete without some good ol’ homemade chilli! Best part is this is done right in the crock pot, giving you time to entertain your guests.

3. Flag Cake – If money is tight but you still want something creative for the 4th, this is the recipe for you!

4. Pretzel Flag Pops - Pretzels and chocolate? Yes, please! These look so festive and I’m willing to bet they are pretty easy to make.

5. Star Spangled Rice Krispie Treats - Perfect idea for a centerpiece at your 4th of July party yet they work as a snack as well.

6. Grilled Balsamic Steak - Steak is a popular choice at any barbecue. Steak can get pretty expensive if you are feeding a lot of people. This recipe uses a less expensive cut and gives you a great marinade.

7. Patriotic Punch - You really can’t have a good 4th of July party with a good drink. This family friendly drink looks festive and is something just about everyone will enjoy.

8. Red, Hot & Blue Wings - Wings are the ultimate party food and these will fit in perfect at your 4th of July celebration.

9. Flag Cheese Spread - This almost reminds me of a 7-layer dip but in the form of a flag. Super creative!

10. Healthy 4th of July Cake - Fruit and vegetable trays are popular at summer parties. Take your fruit tray up a notch and really let your creativity shine!

10 Amazing Watermelon Recipes (+ Link Up Your Recipes!)

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There isn’t much better than a nice piece of watermelon on a hot summer day. Most people just slice up a watermelon and enjoy, but there are several other ways to enjoy watermelon. Today’s post will give you 10 different ways to enjoy watermelon! Using some of these creative recipes is a great way to get your family eating more watermelon this summer.

10 Amazing Watermelon Recipes

1. Watermelon Juice - Perfect recipe for a hot summer day! Cool off with a nice glass of watermelon juice, this is perfect for summer barbecues.

2. Watermelon DIY Fruit Bar - This would be a great way to serve fruit at the beach or on a camping trip. It looks pretty too!

3. Watermelon-Cantaloupe Popsicles - Not only do these popsicles sound amazing but the kids would love them! This could be a wonderful summer activity to do with the kids.

4. Watermelon Feta Avocado Salad - When I came across this salad, I knew it had to go on this list. You hear about watermelon drinks and smoothies but not to often do you hear salad. This recipe sounds perfect for summer.

5. How to Pick Watermelons - Okay, so this one might not be a recipe but it’s a must read! If you are going to enjoy watermelon you need to know how to pick the right one. I never realized how in-depth picking the right watermelon could be. Great read!

6. Watermelon Fruit Bowl - The watermelon fruit bowl is beautiful! I think I would just want to leave it out as a centerpiece. Then again it looks pretty tasty.

7. Watermelon Cake - Super unique watermelon cake! I hope it taste as good as it looks. This cake would be perfect to bring to a party or even a kid’s birthday.

8. Watermelon Frosty - Sometimes my family likes to indulge in a chocolate or strawberry frosty but I’ve never had a watermelon frosty. This will definitely be something we make this summer.

9. Watermelon Pudding Pops - If you love pudding, you are going to love this recipe! The kids are going to love making it with you. Best part is it looks very easy to make.

10. Watermelon Jello - I’ve been seeing a lot of jello recipes the last few weeks but this is my first time running across watermelon jello. I’m really thinking about giving this on a go!

Do you have any favorite watermelon recipes? I’m really excited to find some more watermelon recipes!

Homemade Protein Bars

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Now that summer is here and we are on the go more often than normal, a good Homemade Protein Bars recipe is a must because who likes the flavor of those store bought protein bars? To make these you will need:

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 1/2 cups dry oatmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons flax seed, ground
  • 2-4 scoops protein powder
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large chocolate bar  or 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Head over to Money Saving Mom for the full recipe.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups

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Here’s a recipe that I haven’t seen anything like it before. These Cream Cheese Roll Ups would make a fun dessert, fancy snack, or a sweet addition to a brunch. To make them all you need is:

  • 1 loaf (16 ounces) thinly sliced white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted

Head over to Rindy Mae for the recipe and more mouthwatering pictures!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles

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Here’s an awesome twist on regular popsicles. I would never have thought of making Chocolate Covered Strawberry Popsicles. They definitely sound like a summer treat! To make them you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh whole strawberries
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 cups of magic shell

Head over to Chocolate and Carrots for the instructions on how to put these together!

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

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Don’t these look amazing? I think these Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles would make a great cold summer snacks. To make them you need:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 6 large fresh strawberries, chopped or ¾ cup frozen strawberries
  • 6 standard sized graham crackers
  • 1 tbs melted butter

Head over to Domestic Fits to find out how to put these together.