Summer is almost here… I can feel it! School is almost out, the weather is getting warmer… it’s time to have some fun with the kiddos! We’ve gathered 15 of our favorite summer ideas for you today. There’s a little something for everyone. What’s on your summer list?
15 Fun Summer Ideas
40 Indoor & Outdoor Summer Boredom Busters from The Crafting Chicks
Nature Explorer Journal from The Crafting Chicks
DIY Summer Tent from The Crafting Chicks
Summer Picnic Blanket from She Wears Flowers
DIY Library Bags & Tags from The Crafting Chicks
Build Your Own Drink Stand/Puppet Theater from Dream Crafter
DIY Rain Stick from The Crafting Chicks
Grandma’s Camp from The Crafting Chicks
Summer Cloud Paintings from Simple Simon and Company
Summertime Scattergories from The Crafting Chicks
Summer Fun Chart from The Crafting Chicks
Summer Fruit Garland Printable from Kiki and Company
Summer Activity Jars and Grab Bags from The Crafting Chicks
How to Ride a Bike from The Crafting Chicks
Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops from The Crafting Chicks
Recipes for Ripe Bananas
I always seem to have a few ripe bananas sitting on my counter. That leaves me with the challenge of continually finding yummy recipes to make with my ripe bananas. Let me tell you, these are some of the best! Banana pancakes for breakfast, banana smoothies for busy mornings, cookies for after school, pies for dessert and of course banana bread for anytime!
Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins from The Crafting Chicks
Sour Cream and Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes from The Crafting Chicks
Banana & Sour Cream Cake from The Crafting Chicks
Vegan Banana Bread from The Crafting Chicks
Monkey Banana Muffins from Craftaholics Anonymous
Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes from The Crafting Chicks
Banana Bread Granola from The Casual Craftlete
Banana Mango Smoothie from Family Fresh Meals
Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Six Sisters’ Stuff
Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie from Yesterfood
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake from Cooking Classy
Slow Cooker Banana Pecan French Toast from Skinny Ms.
Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups from Organize Yourself Skinny
Apple Cinnamon Banana Bread from Just a Taste
Banana Coconut Cream Mini Pies from Carlsbad Cravings
Strawberry Banana Bread from Deliciously Sprinkled
Banana Mug Cake from Chocolate Covered Katie
Banana Blueberry Bread from Jo Cooks
Banana Oat Blender Pancakes from Kim’s Cravings
Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread from Averie Cooks
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Gimme Some Oven
Hey everyone! I’m over on Oriental Trading’s blog, Create Fun, sharing the recipe for these yummy Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops. These pudding pops are fast and easy to make, and lots of fun to share with friends and family.
This recipe has been one that we’ve had in our family for a long time. I’m sure most families have recipes similar to this. I love how easy and fast these Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops come together. Making up this recipe with your kids is a great way to teach them about cooking and preparing food without using the stove or oven or any heat source. They’ll love crushing the cookies, mixing the pudding, and layering everything to make up the popsicles. It’s great for budding chefs or anyone who wants to make a yummy treat.
These are the perfect treat for those hot summer days.
Cookies and Cream Pudding Pops are always a hit at our house with kids and adults alike. I’m sure that they will become a favorite summer treat at your house too.
You’ll find all the information over on, Create Fun. Stop by over there to see all the other fun projects, parties and activities.
Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever – made with just 3 ingredients, in one pot. This small batch, no-pectin strawberry jam is delicious and super easy to make!
Hello there! This is Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog. Today, I am very excited to share one of my favorite jam recipes. This Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever recipe really does live up to it’s name. It’s made with 3 simple ingredients and is so fresh and delicious. Strawberry season will be soon and you will want to save this recipe. This jam is perfect on toast and bagels in the morning, yogurt for a snack, or on top of ice cream for dessert. There really is no wrong way to eat strawberry jam. Sometimes I just dig in with a spoon.
The three ingredients you will need for this jam recipe are fresh strawberries, granulated sugar, and fresh lime juice. Start by washing one 16 oz container of fresh strawberries. Then hull and dice the strawberries into large chunks. Add the prepared strawberries into a medium size sauce pot. Next, add granulated sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice into the sauce pot with the strawberries.
Stir ingredients over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes). Increase the heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir and mash strawberries frequently and continue to boil, until jam has thickened (about 10 minutes). I like to use a potato masher because I think it is easier to mash the strawberries, but you could also use the back of a wooden spoon. Then transfer the jam to a clean mason jar and cool to room temperature. Seal the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator up to 10 days. My jam never lasts that long because I eat it up in just a couple of days.
Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever
- 16 oz strawberries, washed, hulled and coarsely chopped
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- Juice from 1 lime
- In a medium sauce pot, add prepared strawberries, granulated sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice.
- Stir ingredients over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes). Increase the heat and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir and mash strawberries frequently and continue to boil, until jam has thicken (about 10 minutes).
- Transfer the jam to a clean mason jar and cool to room temperature. Seal the jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator up to 10 days.
Thank you for letting me share my Easiest Strawberry Jam Ever recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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Classic Homemade Strawberry Pie
Lemon Blueberry Chia Jam
Salsa recipes are some of my very favorite! Tomato season is just around the corner and I can’t wait! Today we’ve got some of the very best salsa recipes for you. There’s a little something for everyone. Avocado, Peach, Mango, Cilantro, Corn, Pineapple… oh I can almost taste them!
Okie Caviar from The Crafting Chicks
Easiest Fire Roasted Green Salsa from Latina Mama Rama
Avocado Salsa from Cooking Classy
Fresh Mango Salsa from Cookie and Kate
Greek Salsa from Two Peas & Their Pod
5 Minute Restaurant Salsa from The Chunky Chef
Pineapple Salsa from The Gunny Sack
Peach Salsa from The Pioneer Woman
Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa from Little Broken
Rainbow Salsa from Gimme Some Oven
Tomatillo Salsa Verde from She Wears Many Hats
Chipotle Copycat Corn Salsa Recipe from Bright Green Door
Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa from Laylita’s Recipes
Blueberry Pineapple Salsa from Carlsbad Cravings
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips from Spend with Pennies
Salsa Verde from Frugal Coupon Living
Fruit Salsa from Know Your Produce
I LOVE banana baked goods. I’m sure you can tell by all the yummy banana recipes that I post. I think I buy bananas just so I can bake with them. Don’t tell my husband. 😉
These yummy Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins are amazing, and if you can believe it, pretty healthy too. There is no oil or flour so they make for a great snack or even breakfast. But you wouldn’t be able to tell by the taste. I had my girls fighting over these.
I like to throw all my ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, into my Blendtec and hit the batter button. It comes out so nice and smooth, you’d never know that there were oats in there.
Banana Oat and Greek Yogurt Muffins
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned or quick)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400F. Place muffin liners in muffin pan and spray with cooking spray. Remember there isn't any oil so you'll need to spray so they don't stick.
- Add all the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, into a blender or food processor and mix on high until the batter is smooth and creamy.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each about ¾ full. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top of each muffin. You can also mix them in prior to this, but I like to sprinkle so I can control how many are in each muffin.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of your muffins are set. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before removing. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
I love having these to grab on my way out the door running carpool in the morning. Who couldn’t use a quick grab and go healthy snack or breakfast option?
I think you’ll enjoy these as well.
With bright eyes, a sweet pink nose and mischievous whiskers, these Bunny Face Strawberries are the cutest no bake Easter treat ever!
Hi everyone! If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, I’m Keri from Shaken Together!
So, now that the introductions are out of the way – is anyone else sort of stunned that it is already March? And Easter is right around the corner? Well, if your life has been on fast forward like mine, then you will love this super easy Easter treat!
I mean … look at those sweet little faces?! Chocolate covered strawberries have never been cuter!
Bunny Face Strawberries
With a few supplies from your kitchen, you can make a whole herd of these Bunny Face Strawberries in no time! And just in case you are wondering, Google confirmed that a group of rabbits is called a herd 🙂
Anyway, here is what you need:
- Ripe strawberries
- Vanilla Candiquik or white candy melts
- Flat candy sprinkles – blue and black for eyes
- Chocolate jimmies – these are the whiskers
- Mini pink Sixlets – or any other small pink candy for a nose
- A large baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Food tweezers (optional but a set makes placing the sprinkles easier)
I like to set up a dipping station right on my baking sheet so everything is close at hand. It also helps keep drips on the parchment paper and makes clean up a breeze!
Once you have your dipping station ready and you have melted your Candiquik or candy melts according to package directions, get ready to dip!
- Dip the strawberry in the melted Candiquik, allow some of the excess to drip off and move it to your parchment lined baking sheet.
- Allow the Candiquik to set just a bit and add the pink candy nose. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds so it doesn’t slip down the strawberry.
- Add two flat sprinkles for eyes. I used both black and blue sprinkles.
- Use the tweezers to place three chocolate jimmies on either side of the nose to create whiskers.
- Allow the Bunny Face Strawberries to set. You can speed this up by popping them in the fridge.
These are best served within a day and can be stored in the fridge until you are ready to serve these sweet little berry bunnies. If you ask me, these Bunny Face Strawberries are almost too cute to eat.
How about a few more sweet treats for Easter?! Snack mix, cupcakes and cookies cups!
Easter Bunny Snack Mix
Easter Basket Cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cookie Cups
Sharing a fun little treat mix for spring. Bunny Treat Mix. This is a fun treat to take to those Easter or Spring gatherings. We also love making treats for neighbors or friends and this Bunny Treat Mix makes the perfect one! Plus, Easter candy is just so pretty. I love the colors of the white snacks mixed with the colorful candy. Perfect to display in pretty clear jars around springtime.
What you will need to make this Bunny Treat Mix:
-Easter Candy Corn
-Small or Large Jellybeans (we used the mini size)
–Chex Mix Muddy Buddies
Mix the ingredients together. The muddy buddies, the candy corn (bunny ears), the jelly beans (bunny noses), and the mini marshmallows (bunny tails), to make the yummy Bunny Treat Mix.
Check out these other fun Easter treat ideas on The Crafting Chicks:
Some”bunny” loves you Easter Treat tag
Tie up a treat with this cute bunny tag. Share with someone you love this spring!
Peeps Bunny Bouquet
This fun treat is also a pretty bouquet. Make one for your favorite Peep Lover!
Easter Peep houses. This is a fun spin off of the classic gingerbread house. Let your little ones create a graham cracker bird house for their Peeps family.
Easter Basket Cupcakes
Turn those cupcakes into mini Easter baskets….add a handle, a bow and some Easter eggs on top!
St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday! Our kids just love getting ready for that little leprechaun. We’ve got a round up of our favorite printables, treats, games, and activities. So much fun all in one post!
St. Patrick’s Day Favorites
St. Patrick’s Day Printable Pack from The Crafting Chicks
Modern St. Patrick’s Day Wreath from Or So She Says…
Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt from Simple Simon
Pot of Gold printable from The Girl Creative
Rainbow Kids Snack from Capturing Joy
You’re As Good As Gold Service Project from Or So She Says…
Lucky Coin Printable from The Crafting Chicks
St. Patrick’s Day S’more Snack Mix from Creations by Kara
Paper Strip Garland from Eighteen25
Pinch Protection printable from Eighteen25
Shamrock Garland from The Happy Scraps
Crossword Puzzle from Tastefully Frugal
Word Search from Lil’ Luna
We love a good Copy Cat recipe! Sometimes you want the taste of your favorite restaurant dish in the comfort of your own home. Today we’ve got over 25 of our favorite copy cat recipes for you! There is something for everyone. Drinks, appetizers, side dishes, entrees, desserts and we’ve even got a few Disneyland copy cat recipes for you! Enjoy!
1 – Starbucks Caramel Apple Cider from My Frugal Adventures
2 – Cherry Limeade from Classy Clutter
3 – Copy Cat Red Robin Freckled Lemonade from Cincy Shopper
4 – Frosted Lemonade from Your Homebased Mom
1 – Avocado Egg Rolls from No Biggie
2 – Texas Roadhouse Rolls from The Slow Roasted Italian
3 – Honey wheat Brown Bread from Kitchen Trials
4 – Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
1 – Toasted Ravioli from Frugal Coupon Living
2 – KFC Coleslaw from Gonna Want Seconds
3 – Ruth’s Chris Copy Cat Sweet Potato Casserole from Noshing Nolands
4 – Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole from Cakescottage
1 – Chick-Fila-A Chicken Salad Sandwich from The Frugal Navy Wife
2 – Copy Cat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce from Raining Hot Coupons
3 – Panera Mac & Cheese from Food, Folks and Fun
4 – Chipotle Copycat Barbacoa from Foodie with Family
5 – Applebee’s Oriental Salad from Lil Luna
6 – Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copy Cat from Damn Delicious
2 – Copy Cat Girl Scouts Thin Mints from Frugal Coupon Living
3 – Cheesecake Factory’s Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake from Food, Folks and Fun
4 – Copy Cat Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts from Cooking Classy
1 – Dole Whip from The Crafting Chicks
2 – Monte Cristo Sandwich from Family Food Fun
3 – Mickey Mouse Beignets from Chef in Training
4 – Mickey Mouse Rice Krispies Treats from Mom Endeavors