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Create a 4th of July Candle Urn

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Create this 4th of July Candle Urn

A beautiful DIY layered sand candle urn mimics the red and white stripes of the flag. It’s easy to create, just pour white sand into a clear urn or hurricane lamp, followed by a thin layer of red sand. Repeat until the sand is at the desired height, then insert a candle into the center of the sand.  Source: BHG

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Lemonade Cake Recipe

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Lemonade Cake Recipe

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of foods created with lemons. From lemonade to this yummy lemonade cake, it always tastes like summer with the smell and taste of lemons! Great, refreshing recipe to take to a Memorial Day or 4th of July cookout.

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20 Birthday Questions as They Grow

Monday, May 21st, 2012

20 Birthday Questions to ask as Your Kids Grow

As soon as children start talking, they are full of questions and usually, adults are doing all the answering.

A fun idea to do with your children is to ask them questions as they grow. Starting at age 3, and then every year on their birthday, ask them the same 20 questions and see how their answers change over the years!

This would make a great video as a collection of the answers each year to see how they’ve grown and matured. You could also take photos and make a book with your favorite photos and their answers through the years.

20 Questions on Your Birthday:

1. What is your favorite color?

2. What is your favorite toy?

3. What is your favorite fruit?

4. What is your favorite television show?

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?

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What Came First? Electric Appliances Timeline

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

1905 Electric Toaster had open design with heating coils in the middle. Toast had to be turned by hand to brown both sides. It would cost $150 in today's dollars.

Electricity is something most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about, unless your power goes out. Why am I writing about electricity?


While waiting for my toast to pop up this morning, I was absently thinking of appliances. WOW, imagine a time when there were no appliances?

How did Thomas Edison’s 1879 invention of a reliable, long-lasting electric light bulb bring electricity and the invention of appliances into homes?

Small electrical stations based on Edison’s designs were in a number of US cities by the end of the 1880s but most Americans still lit their homes with gas light and candles for another fifty years. By 1930, the majority of people living in larger towns and cities had electricity but only 10 percent of Americans who lived on farms and in rural areas had electric power.

To bring electricity into households, Edison thought of a system that used the home’s existing piping as its framework. But, with this system, there was no convenient way of tapping into the power for anything other than light.

Light Socket Adapter

Harvey Hubbell designed a “Separable Attachment Plug” that was wired to an appliance and homeowners didn’t have to deal with connecting live wires from the home to the appliance. He later improved his design by making it with one portion that could be left in the socket and the other was a two-prong plug that was attached to the appliance and could be separated from the socket plug. His plug also let you “leave the lights on” while using your appliance. Light-socket connections for appliances persisted into the 1920s. I remember seeing these sockets in the ceiling light sockets in the basement of my grandparents house.

An article by James Ryan published in October 1929 included an itemized list of the 7 to 11 electric appliances commonly found in homes. These were: washing machines; vacuum cleaners; refrigerators; flat irons; toasters; curling irons; percolators; heating pads; corn poppers; vibrators; and manglers (used to iron sheets)


Summer Strawberry Pie Recipe

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Strawberry Pie Recipe

I love this Strawberry Pie recipe my mom makes. The filling is so good I could make a dessert of it poured over vanilla ice cream and topped with sliced strawberries.


1 pie crust shell, baked (9 – 12 inch pie pan)


  • 1-1/2 c water
  • 1-1/2 c sugar
  • 4 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 small box strawberry jello
  • 2-1/2 qt strawberries, fresh (or more!!! for taller pie!!)
  • Optional whipped cream or Cool Whip for topping or serve with vanilla ice cream


  1. In a saucepan, whisk together water, sugar and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  2. Add the strawberry Jell-O and whisk and stir until well blended and jello is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool (don’t let it get set, just cooled).
  3. Wash the strawberries, pat dry, remove the hulls. Depending on how you want your pie to look, cut strawberries in half  or leave them whole. Gently fold the strawberries into the Jell-O mixture.
  4. Pile the strawberries up in the baked pie shell to look like a hill.
  5. Refrigerate at least an hour.
  6. Serve as is or top with whipped cream, Cool Whip or vanilla ice cream.

Can I’ll Have Another Win the Belmont Stakes for the Triple Crown?

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Congratulations to I’ll Have Another, the 2012 Kentucky Derby winner who won the Preakness Stakes on May 19, 2012.

I'll Have Another Wins the 2012 Preakness Stakes

Can I’ll Have Another make racing history and capture the Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes on June 9th? If so, he will be the first to win since Affirmed won the title 34 years ago in 1978.

There have been 12 horses who have won the first two Triple Crown races since 1978 but have failed to win the Belmont, the final race of the Triple Crown.

2008:  Big Brown
2004:  Smarty Jones
2003:  Funny Cide
2002:  War Emblem
1999:  Charismatic
1998:  Real Quiet
1997:  Sunday Silence
1987:  Alydar Foal Alysheba
1981:  Pleasant Colony
1979:  Spectacular Bid


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Edible Teacups are Fun Party Treats

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Edible Teacups

How cute are these Edible Teacups for a tea party or an Alice in Wonderland party?

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Summer Corn Chowder

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Summer Corn Chowder

Sweet summer corn, buttery Yukon Gold potatoes and smoky Canadian bacon are a tasty combination in this flavorful soup. Feel free to substitute your favorite fresh vegetables like asparagus and broccoli for the red pepper. Or to save time, substitute 2 cups of frozen corn and 1 cup of frozen, diced bell pepper for the fresh corn and red pepper.


Patriotic Candle Decorations for 4th of July

Friday, May 18th, 2012

4th of July Candles

These simple candle centerpieces are  easy to create for 4th of July or Memorial Day. Start with a small hurricane for individual one candle centerpieces or a large hurricane to hold several candles. Fill the hurricane with a single color or any combination of red, white or blue beads, sand, marbles or pebbles. Add a votive candle in white, red or blue in the center of a single hurricane or add several to a large hurrican. Embellish with white star beads or cutouts. Source: bhg

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4th of July Wreath

Friday, May 18th, 2012

4th of July Wreath

We’ve been designing patriotic themed Memorial Day and 4th of July party invitations so we’ve been on the look out for anything red, white and blue. When we discovered this 4th of July Wreath, we had to pass it on. Get how-to-tutorial here.

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