Moon and Stars Magic

This week we celebrated the anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, so today I thought we’d take a look at some celestial inspired decorations and crafts, and a couple of treats too.

Art and decorations:

‘Reach for the Stars’ plaque

Phases of the moon wall art

Galaxy star

Star tree

Winter star garland

Shooting star wall art

Astrology sign wood disc

Illuminated zodiac constellation wall art

Galaxy terra firma luminaria

Moon phases wall hanging

Button moon collage

Moon dreamcatcher

CD mosaic moon

Constellation lit jar

Textiles:

Star shaped crochet blanket

Crochet blanket with stars

Star pillows

Star crossed afghan

Embroidered zodiac pillow

For the kids:

Moon and star fairy tale finger puppets

White moon pinata

Multi-hued moon pinata

Children’s moon and stars banner

Constellation flashlight disks

Star ribbon wand

Star shaped glitter crayons

Even more:

Galaxy necklace

Spray dye galaxy t-shirt

Celestial necklace

Food: 

Galaxy moon pops

Galaxy bark

Stars and moon cake

Linzer stars

How do you celebrate the moon and stars and all things celestial?

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Merry Mangoes

One of my favorite things about summer is all of the food!  Yes, we have food for all of our events throughout the year, but summer is about destinations and the food that we bring along to those destinations.  I also love how much fresh food is available in the summer, both local and from around our country.  One of those delicious summer foods is the mango.  Let’s look at some ideas on how we can add mangoes to our summer menus.

Savory and Sauces:

Mango sauce one, two

Mango puree

Mango salsa

Mango guacamole

Mango chutney

Chipotle mango BBQ chicken

Mango salsa chicken

Shrimp mango lettuce cups

Red quinoa and mango salad

Sweets and Treats:

Mango tart

Mango napoleons with caramel and cream

Mango float

Mexican mango cake

Upside-down mango cake

Toasted coconut mango bars

Mango and macadamia nut bread

Kona mango cream pie

Mango brown betty

Cool Treats:

Mango gelato

Mango sorbet

Creamy mango pops

No churn mango, coconut and lime ice cream

Drinks:

Mango lassi

Mango spritz

Mango mojito

Mango and yogurt smoothie

Mango bellini

Mango-rita

Mango, yogurt and white rum smoothie

What are your favorite mango recipes?

The Choice of Chocolate Cake

It’s summer and one of the fun ways to pass the time is by cooking, decorating or making food.  One sweet treat that invites lots of creativity is chocolate cake, so today I thought I’d share some chocolate cake recipes.

Fudge:

Fudge birthday cake

Chocolate fudge bundt cake

Chocolate fudge blackout cake

Double fudge chocolate cake

Sweet additions:

Chocolate mousse cake with raspberries

Peanut butter fudge buckeye cake

Chocolate zucchini cake

Chocolate beet cake

Chocolate meringue cake

Salted chocolate cake

German chocolate cake with coconut and pecan filling

Dark chocolate cake with coconut macaroon filling

Triple chocolate tres leches cake

Chocolate peppermint mini bundt cakes

White chip and coconut chocolate swirl cake

Peanut butter cup and Oreo cake

Snickers candy bar dump cake

Chocolate carrot cake

3 nut upside-down cake

Flourless:

Flourless chocolate cake

Flourless chocolate cake 2

Flourless chocolate espresso cakes

Mini flourless chocolate cakes

Even more Chocolate Cake:

Chocolate stout cake

Chocolate loaf cake

German chocolate mini cakes

Chocolate cassata

Mississippi mud cake

Chocolate lava cakes

Hot cocoa brownie cake

Bourbon chocolate tipsy cake

Double fudge poke cake

Gluten Free & Vegan:

Gluten free chocolate cake

Gluten free chocolate chip cake

Vegan chocolate cake

What is your favorite chocolate cake?

Magical Mermaids

In honor of summer, today we’re looking at the mysterious mermaid, and all the fun and festive summer things we can do and create.

Whimsy Wearables:

Crochet wearable mermaid tail

Mermaid costume

Mermaid tail blanket

Mermaid quilt and baby outfit

Mermaid tail necklace

3-D mermaid tail painted t-shirt

Mermaid crown

Mermaid tiara

Mermaid costume

Magic mermaid tail

Mermaid earrings

Mermaid skirt

Decorations and Fun:

Mermaid slime

Mermaid beadboard sign

Mermaid sequin pillow

‘Mermaids Welcome’ poolside sign

Mermaid journal

Mermaid beach frame

Mermaid plush dolls

Mermaid mason jar light

Mermaid makeup brushes

Mermaid vase

Crochet Amigurumi mermaid doll

Mermaid soap

Mermaid hand puppet

Mermaid tail chapstick holder

Mermaid greeting card

Treats and Treasures:

Mermaid cupcakes

Mermaid tail treats

Mermaid tail cake

Mermaid candy bark

Mermaid ice cream

Are you a mermaid fan? If so how do you decorate and celebrate them?

Summer Sandals

With the official start of summer just a couple of days ago on Friday, today I thought we’d take a look at creative ways to celebrate something iconic to summer: sandals!

Not your ordinary sandals:

Tassel sandals

Tribal sandals

Scarf sandals

Macramé gladiator sandals

Ribbon flip flops

Embellished sandals

Pom pom flip flops

Decorative straw slippers

Ribboned sandals

Embellished chain sandals

Braided flip flops

15 more ways to update and decorate sandals

Sweet sandals:

Flip flop cake

Nutter Butter flip flop cookies

Dipped Nutter Butter flip flop cookies

Fruity flops treats

Flip flop cupcakes

Frosted flip flop Milano cookie treats

How do you enjoy to decorate with sandals and flip flops?

Donuts for Days

Today in thinking both about Father’s Day as well as those cute little shops along the beach, I thought we’d look at donut/doughnut recipes.

Simple Donuts:

Old fashioned cake

Yeast raised

Biscuit dough donuts

Old fashioned sticks

Chocolate:

Chocolate glazed pumpkin

Chocolate fudge cake

Boston cream

Devil’s food

Chocolate with coffee glaze

Fruits:

Apple cider with maple glaze

Salted caramel apple

Lemon cake

Other Flavors:

Pumpkin cake

Coconut donuts

Vanilla Chai

French donuts

Butter pecan

Baked with blood orange, rhubarb and blueberry glaze

Donut Holes:

Jelly donuts

Chocolate cake

Cinnamon baked

Pumpkin donuts

Chocolate caramel

Orange sugar fried

Gluten Free or Vegan:

Gluten free classic baked 

Gluten free pumpkin cake

Gluten free baked coconut

Vegan baked banana donuts

So what’s your donut preference?

Plate of Potatoes

With Father’s Day in the US next Sunday I thought we’d take a look at something that’s really very stereotypical regarding men, the idea that all they eat is meat and potatoes.  I’ve done a potato salad post in the past, so today I’ve got some other potato recipes to try and bring some variety to the table.

Crunchy potato puffs

Braised potatoes

Potato galette

Lemon potatoes

Potato pave

Duchess potatoes

Lemon fingerling potatoes

Potato casserole

Spiced potato stuffed pastries

Potato basil frittata squares

Loaded baked potato casserole

Potato and chorizo enchiladas

Mashed potato skins

Crispy potato stacks

Mustard roasted potatoes

Molten mashed potato bites

Cheesy sausage and potato breakfast casserole

Curried potato fritters

Potato leek soup

Baked potato soup

Chorizo potato stew

Potato seafood chowder

Smoky roasted potato soup

What are your favorite potato recipes?