summer

Homemade Fudge Pops

by Kristin on August 14, 2013

The dog days of summer are upon us. With the sun high in the sky and pavement hot, frozen treats and cold lemonade are one of the few things that can help beat the last of the heat. Fudge pops are a cross between popsicles and ice cream. The treat is made by boiling milk […]

I’m thrilled to be guest posting over at the Reading Rainbow blog, yes, that Reading Rainbow! Did you grow up watching LeVar Burton on PBS showcasing all kinds of new and exciting books to read? I loved it. I had the whole intro memorized. In fact, I think I can still sing it all today… “butterfly […]

I started swimming competitively when I was ten years old.  Twenty five years later–after Country Club Meets, swim team in high school and a few triathalons in my history–I can also add more than 10 years teaching swim lessons as part of my resume. During that time, I’ve seen first hand how water independence can […]

With a simple Google Search for “Best Sunscreens” I find fashion mag “Allure” saying: “SPF is just one factor in choosing (and wearing) a sunscreen. How a sunblock smells, feels, and works with your makeup determines whether you’ll actually rub it in” and lists their “ten dream creams to try this summer.” Personally I look […]

My girls always want to have a craft project at their birthday parties. Since we usually have boy and girl guests of various ages at our parties, the craft needs to be simple and doable for multiple ages and interests. It’s always a bonus if the finished product is something the kids can take home […]

With summer in full swing and barbecue weather upon us, my grill has been getting quite the workout. Even so, the ultimate barbecuing holiday is only a week away, and I can already smell the scent of burgers and corn on the cob wafting through the neighborhood. Though I have yet to start planning the […]

Watermelon is a big hit at potlucks and parties for summer. I thought it might be fun to crochet a few watermelon coasters to add to the summer mix and use as we sip on our lemonade. Supplies for Crocheted Watermelon Coasters: red yarn cream yarn green yarn crochet hook size H scissors yarn needle […]

We’re down to just 3 weeks of summer at our house, 3 weeks!! Although I know some who are already back to school. But if you’re like me and trying to squeeze in every last ounce of summer fun into your days, here are 6 perfect projects to plan I’ve found from over at the […]

We’re big fans of water! Even in the cold, sometimes breezy winds of Seattle, we’re getting out the mini pool to play outdoors. So we’re making a few fun washcloth pom pom water toys to splash around with in the pool, very similar to our wet water sponges we’ve made before. Supplies for Washcloth Pom […]

It’s officially the first day of summer! Wahoo!! Many kids are already out of school, but my littles are finally done on Friday. FRIDAY! I’m both excited and scared. What are we going to do? Do you plan your summer? I need to plan my summer. So to help, here’s a few posts I’ve written over […]

It’s too hot to turn on the stove or oven.  So we’ve been eating a lot of salad this summer.  This one is one that my husband and oldest daughter really love–Antipasto Salad. We’ve enjoyed antipasto platters at various restaurants.  Every corner pizza parlor or deli in our neighborhood in New York had their own version of […]

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer officially begins this Wednesday. We love to plan a special craft and snack to celebrate the summer solstice. This year we made some cheery sunshine monoprints to help us welcome summer. Making monoprints is one of my girls’ all-time favorite art techniques! You won’t need a […]

Ahh watermelons! They just speak summer don’t they? Summer days are hot and muggy and sometimes you need a little help cooling off. Make this fun fan from a paper plate and a jumbo craft stick to keep yourself cool in summer style. A great craft project for a watermelon themed birthday party! To make […]

With a few weeks of summer still to go, it’s hot and time for some treats to cool us off. Here are a few fun frozen treats from over at the M&T Spotlight. **Next week: I’ll be featuring your dough recipes. Whether it’s bread or cookies, submit your ideas and recipes to the Spotlight.  Mango […]

One of my favorite things about summer is ice cream. Not just any ice cream, but homemade ice cream. Ice cream is the perfect summer treat and homemade is the best. I love experimenting with new flavors, but Blackberry Ice Cream is one of my all time favorites. This is the perfect ice cream for […]

Summer is here and it is hot, hot, hot! I wish I could lounge at the pool every day to cool off, but unfortunately I have work and other things to do:( Instead, I cool off by making smoothies. My favorite summer time smoothie is this Pineapple, Banana, and Coconut Smoothie. This tropical smoothie is […]

I’m super excited to announce a new series coming your way this summer to Make and Takes! It’s a Summer Camp for Kids. We’ll be sharing all kinds of crafts, activities, and recipes to help keep you busy this summer. I’ve asked some of my favorite kid craft bloggers to join the fun in sharing […]

During the spring and summer months I love eating salads. I try to mix up the ingredients so I don’t get bored with the same old salad every day. One of my new favorite salads is spinach salad with mango, avocado, jicama, and pepitas. This salad is very refreshing and fun for spring and summer. […]

I was inspired to create some cute cookies from my neighbors sunflowers that are growing bright and yellow. Doesn’t this image simply spell s-u-m-m-e-r?! Here are the cookies that came from the inspiration, even though it might be a little bit of a stretch. But we get to use candy corn (one of my favorite […]

I’m not sure what fruit says summer more than the Watermelon! Amanda from Crafts By Amanda shares this fun Watermelon Picnic Caddy, perfect for a summer setting. And Amanda also shares these Watermelon Cookies from Amanda’s Cookin’, which are the perfect touch for a picnic snack.

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