Celebrating the Red, White and Blue

This Monday in the USA we’re celebrating Independence Day.  Thursday I shared some red, white and blue inspired recipes, today I’m sharing some fun decorations and projects you can try.

Craft stick flag

Stars and stripes grapevine wreath

Patriotic tank top

Stars and stripes crochet coasters

Sparkler wands

Bandana t-shirts

Patriotic bunting

Patriotic votives

Paper wind streamer

Flag log candle

Patriotic shutter

Patriotic clothespin wreath

Pledge of Allegiance patriotic sign

Denim flag wreath

Patriotic paper flowers

Patriotic mason jar luminarias

Patriotic bingo

Red, white and blue tin can luminarias

What will you be making for this 4th of July?

Food For the Red, White and Blue

Coming up on Monday we’re celebrating the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, here in the US.  To celebrate here are some patriotic recipes to try!

American flag pie

Flag cobbler

Star inside cake

Red, white and blue cherry pies

Fruit tart flag

Crispy treat cheesecake bars

Red, white and blueberry trifle

Start studded berry tarts

Blueberry buttermilk bundt cake

Raspberry watermelon terrine with blueberry sauce

Stars and stripes cupcakes

Red, white and blue cake roll

Red, white and blue stars

Fireworks cookies

Star tart

Red, white and blue parfait

Sprinkle stripe cake

Sparkler cupcakes

Doughnut hole pops

Cheesecake stuffed strawberries

Patriotic fruit pizza

Firework pie fries

Firework cookie cups

Vanilla cabinets with fresh fruit

Red, white and blue smoothies

Firework red, white and blue daiquiris

Firecracker shot

What will you be serving this Fourth?

Celebrating St. Patrick’s

Next week we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s day again and so today I’ve got recipes to make this St. Patrick’s day special.

Breads:

Irish American soda bread

Limerick soda bread

Pistachio chocolate chip pound cake

Gluten free Irish soda bread muffins

Four leaf clover rolls

Currant orange Irish soda bread

Scones

Dinner:

Irish blue cheese fondue

Colcannon

Smokey cheese potato soup

Beef, mushroom and onion tart

Pan roasted Brussels sprouts

Mustard herb beef stew

Braised greens

Garlicky steamed mussels and littleneck clams with pesto toasts

Wild rice stuffed cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage

Vegetable shepherds pie

Beef potpies with cheddar stout crust

Irish potato cakes

Corned beef and cabbage rolls

Guinness and onion soup with Irish cheddar croutons

Dessert:

Irish cream cupcakes

St. Pats green cupcakes

Chocolate stout cake

Green velvet layer cake

Pistachio cookies

Pistachio shortbread

Lime squares with pistachio graham cracker crust

Lime poke cake

Rum raisin rice pudding

Mint shakes

What are you making for this St. Patrick’s Day?

More for Mardi Gras

Today we’re taking a look at some recipes, crafts and activities you can do to celebrate Mardi Gras even if you can’t get to New Orleans.

Food:

Corn, crawfish and andouille chowder

Shrimp and crab gumbo

Hot shrimp dip

Cafe au lait pie

Mardi Gras king cake

Mini king cakes

Mardi Gras king cupcakes

Chocolate praline pie with bourbon whipped cream

French quarter beignets

Mardi Gras jam buns

Ginger margarita

Hurricane cocktail

Mardi Gras cocktail

Fun:

Simple beaded mask

Advanced beaded mask

Handprint mask

Flowered mask

Peacock feather mask

Colorful mask

Crepe paper rose mask

Clay masks

Beaded peacock frame

Bead mosaic

Beaded cluster rings

Are you joining the Mardi Gras party this year?

Football Foods

With the Superbowl coming up in just a few weeks today I’ve got some football inspired snacks to create along with some other game worthy treats!

Football treats:

Pastrami football finger sandwiches

Football shaped zucchini fritters

Touchdown mini meatloaf and buffalo chicken bites

Football pizza pockets

Football pretzels

Bacon cheddar beer bread footballs

Football cupcakes

Fudgy football brownies

Pumpkin football cakes

Football scotcheroos

Strawberry footballs

Chocolate oatmeal cream pie footballs

Passion fruit football bars

Double chocolate football cupcakes

Other great snacks and drinks:

Snacks and appetizers:

Spindle rolls

Tube steaks with pickled onion topper

Chicago style dogs

Cheddar bacon loaf

Chinese coca cola wings

Buffalo chicken drums with blue cheese

Asiago artichoke dip

Mexican seven layer dip

Hot wing dip

Classic soft pretzels

Spicy Italian meatballs

Chorizo pepper hand pies

Spicy chicken pot stickers with ginger and green onion dipping sauce

Pork and sweet potato empanadas

Baked ziti with three cheeses

Simple Stromboli

Salted peanut bars

Pecan crusted mojito bars

Drinks:

Razzy lager

Raspberry champagne fizz

Dandy shandy

Apple cinnamon winter sangria

The porcupine

Cucumber sangria

Spicy beer Mary

Aztec hot chocolate

Vanilla coffee white hot chocolate

What are you making for the Superbowl?

Hanukkah Happenings

Today we’re taking a look at some Hanukkah holiday traditions with some foods and crafts.

Food:

Classic challah

Harvest apple challah

Cinnamon apple raisin challah

Whole wheat challah

Challah french toast

Chard and caramelized shallot noodle kugel

Potato latkes

Roast vegetable tsimmes with apricots

Beef brisket with dried fruit

Roast chicken with wild rice dressing

Sephardic chicken soup with sofrito and herbed matzo balls

Sweet and sour short ribs

Apricot glazed chicken with dried plums and sage

Challah bread pudding with chocolate and raisins

Apricot gelt

Marhsmallow dreidels

Holiday pistachio cutouts

Sufganyot

Cherry nut rugelach

Crafts:

Stripes and stars card

Invitation for Hanukkah gathering

Hanukkah slider card

Embossed stars card

Layered star card

Party place cards

Napkin rings

Menorah hanging

Starry stamped table runner

Star punched paper hurricanes

Wooden block menorah

Yarn ball wreath

20 more Hanukkah crafts and decorations

How are you going to celebrate Hanukkah?

Creepy Cupcakes

Today I thought I’d share an easy and creative, but creepy, activity: decorating Halloween cupcakes!

Monsters and Bugs:

Spider cupcakes

Devil’s food

Helping hand monster

Pudding filled cupcakes with worms

Mini monster cupcakes

Frosting monsters

Pretzel and chocolate spider cupcakes

Witches:

Chartreuse witch cupcakes

Melting witch cupcake

Tall hat witches

Cute witch cupcakes

Black cauldron cupcakes

Ghosts and graveyards:

Graveyard cupakes

Graveyard scene cupcakes

Tombstone cupcakes

Ghosts and candy cupcakes

Ghost cupcakes

Body and blood:

Mini eyeball cupcakes

Battle ax cupcakes

Even more creepy ideas:

Mummy cupcakes

Vampire cupcakes

Pumpkin patch cupcakes

Candy corn frosted cupcakes

Spiky candy corn cupcakes

And even more creative ideas

What creepy cupcakes are you going to create?