I LOVE to bake. The hot temperatures of summer stop me from heating up the house even more with heat from the oven! This is one of the reasons I look forward to the cooler weather in Fall. I can once again bake to my heart’s desire. For now, I am looking for new recipes to try. Midwest Living has helped with this collection of Fall cookie recipes, including these incredible caramel apple cookies. Can’t wait!
Even in Southern California, we get to experience beautiful fall colors. The liquid amber trees lining the streets in Old Towne turn brilliant shades of orange & red to our neighborhood. While our fall colors aren’t as expansive as the rest of the country, they are still wonderful. How great is it that you can now bring those fall colors into your home with these craft projects from All You? People will be amazed you use leaves to create them & you will feel oh so clever for having made them. That sounds like a big win to me!
If you have been following this site, you know I LOVE my slow cookers. I love them so much that I have THREE of them! I am always looking for new recipes to try in my slow cooker. Preparing dinner in my slow cookers allows me to make great meals early in the day & then focus on other tasks. too many times in the past, I have gotten wrapped up in what I was doing only to realize it was close to dinnertime & I hadn’t planned anything! Anyway, Betty Crocker offers me (& YOU!) some fabulous recipes to help you plan & prepare meals this Fall. Enjoy!
Getting the kids out the door on school mornings can be a struggle to say the least, Good Housekeeping offers tips to make the job easier & your day better!
Kids are often anxious about the new school year. While they are excited to begin a new adventure, there are many unknown factors that scare them. PBS Parents offers tips to help you prepare your child for the new school year without the anxiety… for either of you!
Kids no sooner go back to school than they are already complaining about being bored with the lunches you pack. You go to the grocery store & your kids are begging you to buy those expensive prepared lunch kits. Sigh! Help is at hand! Good Housekeeping has put together 30 ideas for school lunches. That’s enough lunches for over a month, in case you are too tired to do the math! Get ready to pack & amaze!
The Child has been out of school for a number of years now however, I still remember the pain I would get in my wallet every year at this time as I shopped for Back-to-School! We only had one student to send back into the classroom. I don’t know how parents with multiple children handle it without taking out a second mortgage! Plus, trying to budget for BTS can cause extreme Mommy Guilt! You always feel you should be doing more & this often causes us to spend $ we don’t have. Let’s break that cycle this year!
You don’t have to break the bank to prepare your kids to go back to school. Good Housekeeping has tips to help you get the best deals on all your BTS needs! Whew! That’s a simple joy!
This summer, enjoy a patriotic themed party any day, any time. Decorations are simple. The menu is even simpler. Just focus on summer favorites and fresh food and you have a winning event every single time.
- Hot Dogs
- Potato Salad
- Cole Slaw
- Corn on the Cob
- Baked Beans
- Crudites with dressing
- Ice Cream
You can add and subtract dishes as needed depending on the size of the crowd at your event. The beauty of the menu is how easy it is to make more if late arrivals show up. Just keep the grill fired up and you can have fresh hot food ready in minutes.
Extra salads and desserts never go to waste. They make great leftovers following your event.
Decorations are even easier. A trip to The Dollar Tree offers you a variety of red, white & blue tableware & decorations. I found plates, napkins, tablecloths in all three colors. I also found the same items in solid colors. You can mix & match items to make things more interesting. I also found red, white & blue leis, beads, centerpieces, balloons and more. The hard part was stopping myself from buying more than I needed.
While at The Dollar Tree, I also found games that can be played during your event. These include things for the kids to play with during the party. They also had plenty of condiments and snacks that can be used during your event.
Need lots of products for your event? Buy in bulk at the Dollar Tree website.
Every mommy should know the first rule of entertaining is “Attend Your Own Party!” With this incredible menu and products from The Dollar Tree, you can be the #1 guest at your events all summer long!
The school year begins soon but you can still have plenty of fun with your kids this summer! Especially with these ideas from Good Housekeeping.
Entertain your family & friends this summer, including Memorial Day & Independence Day, with these tips & ideas from BHG. I REALY like the buffet table in the photo above.