Archives for June 2017

DIY Wooden Firecrackers: Summer Front Porch Decorating

Many moons ago, we purchased a set of wooden firecrackers that I have been using for my 4th of July Decorating ever since. Even though the original set of Wooden Firecrackers had been repainted, it was time to give me a fresh look again.

But this time, we decided it would be fun to share the instructions with you so you can make your own. And since it was time to do a little Summer Front Porch Decorating, it was perfect timing. [Read more…]

4th of July Table Decorations

Thank you to Duck Tape for sponsoring this project. As always, the opinions are our own.

It’s time to celebrate our nation! These 4th of July Table Decorations are fun and simple! The kids can even help make them.
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Ice Cream Sandwiches Cake

This fun red, white and blue Ice Cream Sandwiches Cake is super easy and really fun for your 4th of July Celebrations! Just 5 simple ingredients and you have a show-stopping dessert!  [Read more…]

4th of July Jello Shots

Make these 4th of July Jello Shots kid friendly or add alcohol for the adult crowd, either way they are sure to be a hit for your 4th of July Cookout.
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How to Make a Wooden Flag

Learn how to make a wooden flag and decorate your home. The American flag means so much to me- and showcasing it in my home decor makes me so happy!
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Easy Berry Mini Cheesecakes

Last weekend while making some treats to take to a friend’s daughter’s graduation party, I searched Hoosier Homemade for the Mini Cheesecake recipe that I’ve made over the years, and quickly realized that I never shared it.

With Fourth of July right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy these Easy Berry Mini Cheesecakes to take to your Celebration!

The Mini Cheesecakes are simple, easy and can be topped with any fresh fruit, canned pie filling, or even chocolate. To make them festive, I added some whipping cream, a sliced strawberry and a couple blueberries.

Love cheesecake? I bet you will LOVE these recipes!

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Easy Berry Mini Cheesecakes

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Make these quick but impressive desserts for your next party. Recipe from

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 dozen minis


  • 12-18 vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 packages {8 oz. each} cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toppings: fresh fruit, whipping cream, canned pie filling, etc.


  1. Fill a mini cupcake pan with liners, foil are best for these
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  3. Crush vanilla wafer in the food processor or resealable bag
  4. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of crushed wafers to each liner
  5. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until fluffy
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to beat until smooth
  7. Add about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture on top of wafers
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  9. Cool completely and add toppings

Stay tuned each day as I shared yummy desserts, crafts, decorations and party ideas for your Fourth of July Celebration!

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4th of July Dessert: White Chocolate Fudge

Whip up this Patriotic White Chocolate Fudge with simple ingredients in about 10 minutes and add a festive touch to your 4th of July Dessert. It’s so easy and fun to make that the whole family can do it together as you get ready to celebrate July 4th.  [Read more…]

4th of July Party Ideas: Firecracker Favors

It’s time to celebrate with these 4th of July Party Ideas! These SUPER fun Firecracker Favors are really easy to make! The kids can help too! Fill them with small toys, candy, glow sticks and more for a fun 4th of July Party Idea!
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Father’s Day Dessert Recipes

It’s time to whip up a special Dessert for Dad for Father’s Day! Whether he likes Pies, Cakes, Cobblers or Cookies, there is sure to be one or more of these Father’s Day Dessert Recipes that he will love. [Read more…]

How to Build and Plant a Succulent Garden

Succulent Gardens are becoming more popular every day and for good reason! They are some of the easiest plants you can grow, indoors or out. Succulents come in more than 20,000 varieties, such as cacti, agave and aloe to name a few. They are also very easy to care for, requiring little water and almost no maintenance. Let me show you how to build and plant a succulent garden. [Read more…]

Finger Jello Recipe

Do you ever eat Jello with your fingers? I think it is a regional trait- some of my friends have never heard of such a thing, but here in the midwest, we do it all the time! Whether you are a pro or a newbie, you can add a little jiggle to your 4th of July with a fun and colorful Finger Jello Recipe!
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Garden Swing Plans for the Backyard

A while back, when we were discussing how we were going to update our garden swing, we were also considering adding an arbor to the backyard. Then we thought, let’s combine the two together! And so we designed our own Garden Swing Frame. It is now a functional and beautiful part of our backyard!
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Grilled Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

There are endless options of food that you can cook on the grill. But what about dessert? I have only grilled dessert a few times, and every time I wonder why I don’t do it more often. It really makes perfect sense, you know? You still get to enjoy a delicious dessert – the best part of the meal as far as I’m concerned – and you don’t have to heat up your kitchen with your baking.

I’m sure you are familiar with the traditional cobbler made with fruit in a baked crust and seasoned with cinnamon and sugar. Well this Grilled Peach & Blueberry Cobbler is actually even easier than the cobbler you have been making.

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Last week I shared with you the table we put together for Summer Entertaining. It’s bright and beautiful and goes together in minutes. We also created a really cool video to share with you that shows me making this cobbler, we would love for you to pop on over and check it out.

Along with the Grilled Southwest Chicken Wraps and a salad, we served this Grilled Peach & Blueberry Cobbler.

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Peaches are one of my favorite fruits. There is nothing like biting into a juicy, sweet peach and having the juice run down your arm. When choosing a peach, be sure it has a little give to it, unless you like your peaches firm. As with most fruits, smell the peach – if it smells sweet, it should be perfect. Walmart has a great selection of fruit, including these peaches and blueberries.

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We chose to cook the cobbler in the Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet. There is really nothing that beats cooking in cast iron, and while many are expensive, there is a 12 inch skillet for less than $30 on Amazon!

After the skillet is heated on the grill, melt the butter, then pour in the dough mixture; Bisquick, sugar and milk. Then top with the blueberries and peaches. Any type of fruit is fine though, pick your favorite.

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Then a good coating of sugar and cinnamon mixture gets sprinkled over the fruit.

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Now it’s time to enjoy a special drink on the deck and let the cobbler cook. Close the lid to the grill and let it cook for about 30 minutes until bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

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Straight to the table from the grill and serve with big scoops of vanilla ice cream.


Grilled Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

Enjoy fruit cobbler without heating up the kitchen. Recipe from

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup Bisquick mix or Homemade Baking Mix
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 medium peach – about 1 cup sliced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat, then place cast iron skillet on grill to heat
  2. In a small bowl, combine Bisquick, 1/2 cup sugar and milk, beat 30 seconds
  3. In small bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon, set aside
  4. Melt butter in skillet
  5. Pour in dough mixture
  6. Top with fruit
  7. Sprinkle fruit with cinnamon/sugar mixture
  8. Cover grill and cook for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  9. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired


Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker


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