DIY Wooden Firecrackers: Summer Front Porch Decorating

By | 4th of July, Crafts, Decorating, DIY Projects, Home DIY, Home Page Categories | 49 Comments

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

Easy Berry Mini Cheesecakes

By | 4th of July, Baking, Cooking, Dessert, Holidays, Holidays, Home Page Categories, Home Recipes, Mini Desserts | 13 Comments

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.

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Easy Berry Mini Cheesecakes

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 Food, Dessert and Cupcakes

By | 4th of July, 4th of July Cupcakes, Cooking, Dessert, Holidays, Holidays, Home Page Categories, Home Recipes, Main Dishes, Salads, Side Dishes | One Comment

4th of July is a time for families to celebrate our country – a time to gather, enjoy family time and make memories. Part of those special memories is the 4th of July Food and Dessert. Are you heading to a Cookout? Maybe hosting a Potluck? I’ve gathered up some of my favorite recipes for you to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday!
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