tantalizing trifles

With summer winding down, it’s a great time for trifles — delicious layered desserts, most of which don’t take much work at all. Whether they be for your family or the dessert at a cookout, all of these tried and true recipes are sure to please!

black forest cherry cake trifle

Who doesn’t love cherries and chocolate? Best served chilled, this decadent trifle can be made with any fruit (but we think cherries are the best choice, too).

lemon and blueberry pudding trifle

Lemons and blueberries are a favorite combination of ours, and this pudding-based trifle looks delicious. And at only three steps, it’s hard for dessert to get easier than this!

coconut cream trifle

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try to tackle this coconut cream trifle — everything is made from scratch, and the end result is unbelievably delicious!

strawberry and key lime trifle

This strawberry and key lime cheesecake trifle is sweet and tart, perfect for summer. We can’t wait to try it!

peach vanilla cheesecake trifle

Peaches and vanilla are another classic combination, and this trifle (a more sophisticated take on the “dirt cup”) is sure to please adults and kids alike.

summer berry trifle

Just like the rest, this sweet and fresh summer berry trifle is especially good on a warm day. Try it before the summer is out — you won’t regret it!

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zucchini seven different ways

great zucchini recipes

Whether you’re making lunch for your little ones or dessert for your family, these zucchini recipes are sure to please, even for those who don’t want to eat their vegetables!

cheesy zucchini tots

These cheesy zucchini tots are loaded with shredded zucchini, bread crumbs, and cheese, which makes them the perfect appetizer. Serve with marinara sauce for an extra kick.
cinnamon swirl zucchini bread

Loaded with garden fresh zucchini, and a cinnamon sugar swirl, this incredible zucchini bread will have you coming back for seconds!
chocolate zucchini cake

This Death by Chocolate Zucchini cake is full of chocolate and so easy to make! It’s healthier than your average cake, but it tastes just the same.

blueberry lemon zucchini cake

Here’s another cake recipe: blueberry cake with a lemon buttercream frosting! We can’t wait to try this one.
zucchini fritters

Crisp and soft at the same time, these zucchini fritters are sure to please the whole family.

baked parmesan zucchini

Simply slice your zucchini up, rub it down with olive oil, and sprinkle on garlic and parmesan! We love how easy this recipe is to make, and how delicious they turn out!

zucchini lasagna

Here’s another healthy alternative: lasagna, made with zucchini slices instead of pasta. From start to finish it takes less than an hour, which makes this recipe irresistible!

 

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we love michigan yes we do

It’s no secret we love our great state and these are just a few goodies that show it off.
 

Mitten Style

1. Take your  happy place wherever you roam with this adjustable Michigan bangle $24.95
 
2.  Add a little rustic beauty to your nest and place the heart wherever you wish $13.95
 
3.  Goals… filling up up this cool beer cap trap with different beers from the mitten $38.95
 
4. Have you hit all of these marvelous Michigan breweries yet?  $21.95
 
5.  Where does your heart belong? $28.50
 

In The Kitchen

1.  Bake up a batch of state shaped sugar cookies for you next road trip up north. $4.95
 
2.  Let’s toast to terrific tasting Michigan wine $10.95
 
3.  Splice and dice your Michigan produce on this beautiful bamboo cutting board $21.95
 
4.  Get a geography lesson while you’re baking a batch of cookies $12.95
 
5.  Dry your hands on our hand shaped state with this cute kitchen towel $18.95
 
6.  Did you know that iced tea tastes better served in a Michigan themed glass? $13.95
 

Books, Puzzles and More

1.  Looking for some interesting stops to see on your next Michigan road trip? $19.95
 
2.  Get the conversation rolling around the campfire with these cool convo starters $10.95
 
3.  It’s never too early to teach your little ones about our great state $9.95
 
4.  ABC your way through what Michigan is most known for $17.95
 
5.  Go on an adventure with these silly mice to see what makes Michigan so nice $14.95
 
6.  Unplug and have some ole fashioned fun with this cool collaged puzzle  $16.95
 
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serve up crowd-pleasing hot dogs

Whether you are planning a cookout or just need an easy dinner idea, try a twist on a regular hot dog recipe that is yummy and will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

 

Carolina style hot dogs are covered in a beefy chili, creamy homemade cole slaw, and onions. Ketchup and mustard are optional.

 

Dallas is the home of the chicken fried steak, and we couldn’t resist this recipe with the same technique on hot dogs.

 

This jalapeno bacon wrapped hot dog also make an awesome party food idea plus you can make ahead of time and reheat the bacon dogs right before serving!

 

These hot dogs are grilled to perfection, then topped with jalapeno peppers, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and avocados.

 

Another twist is a hot dog bun sprinkled with crumbled bacon, within it is a nestled crispy chicken tender layered with shredded cheese and topped off with some drizzled honey mustard. Yum!

 

This one is for meat-lovers for sure!

 

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picture perfect picks

So many memories made are during these laid back summer months. Remember them all year long with one of these handmade photo frames.  These are some of our team’s favorites.

My parents always say “all they want are pictures of their angels” (only a grandparent would refer to kids that way) as presents. This frame is perfect because it is big enough to fit a larger photo and easy to change as they grow.  $35.95

I love this sweet frame to remind my mom that I love her! The soft colors fit into any room and the style of the frame is unique. This is a great gift any time of the year for that special mom! $29.95

I love my dog, but she -is- a puppy, and sometimes…

This little photo block is a fun way to check up on how my dog’s been doing! Not that we’re serious, but how funny is it to come home to see “good dog” or “bad dog” with your pup’s picture? This tiny block fits anywhere, and holds the perfect sized pic of your pup! $12.95

I find the average picture frame to be REALLY frustrating. This isn’t like those ones. The clip on this, and so many of the other rustic frames is perfect, easy! I can change the picture whenever I want (partner, aunt, mom, friends), and the background (which I love) is versatile enough to go with pictures of various color schemes. $21.95

I love the earth tone colors and simplicity of the message on this handmade ribbon frame. $37.95

Everyone has their own special story about their relationship, whether its how how they met, dated, traveled or married. And, for some, the story of kids fits into the “us” part of the story. So whether you switch out the picture with new adventures or keep a special photo in this frame to forever admire, the “story of us” is a special one! $29.95

I bought this frame as a thank you gift for a friend who had a new baby boy. She loved the quote from Winnie The POOH! $37.95

This frame is perfect, not only because the colors are simple and lovely, but because it sums up family perfectly. They are everything. I love, love, love this frame. $35.95

..because some of our oldest friends are our best friends ❤️ I love this reversible photo block because you can choose whether you want to be silly or sweet – either way it’s a perfect choice to celebrate treasured friends. $13.95

I went to Ireland with a friend and afterwards I gave her this frame! She loved it and it will always highlight that great trip. $37.95

This frame is perfect for a childhood friend of mine. The color scheme will go perfectly with her neutral decor and the sentiment describes what we’ve been for many years. Of course we have many photos that will be perfect for this wonderful gift. $14.95

This frame is simple but beautiful, which makes it very versatile and perfect for anyone. It can be easily switched up for different photos if you’re indecisive like me, and the classic style looks wonderful anywhere. $21.95
 
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pears are perfect with everything

Step outside the apple box – try pears in scones, tarts, crisp, and more recipes instead! You’re sure to find a favorite pear recipe in this collection, and when you do, you’ll be thinking “apple who?”

 

Here are a 4 ingredient super simple maple vanilla baked pears that are cooked until warm and soft, completely infused with maple and vanilla, and topped with crunchy granola.

 

Loads of fresh pear is speckled throughout to ensure you get some in each bite and chai spices make these scones great for breakfast!

 

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to put bacon, brie, and pears on two pieces of sourdough bread and sandwich them with some caramelized onions and grill?!!

 

A yummy way to use up a few leftover ripe pears…make a quick small batch of stove top pear butter.  It’s basically like apple butter — but with pears!

 

Your life will not be the same until you make this Caramel Pear Crisp! It has the perfect ratio of sweet, caramel-covered fruit to crumbly, buttery streusel.

 

Keep things simple for this dessert by using store bought frozen puff pastry. If the pears are juicy and soft they will pair deliciously with the warm honey flavored goat cheese and rosemary.

 

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kid-friendly frozen drinks for summer

Keep cool with these kid-friendly slushy recipes that are perfect for sharing with friends & family on hot, sunny days.

 

This simple two ingredient recipe combines frozen watermelon and lemonade for a delicious, refreshing frozen beverage!

 

You can use whatever frozen fruit you like for these. Get a bag of three different kinds of berries or even a tropical mix of fruit. Pick your favorite kinds and you’ll love the result!

 

Use frozen iced tea cubes for this slushy recipe. Add some lemon sherbet and fresh strawberries and of course, more sweet tea to get the right slushy consistency!

 

This recipe for tropical slushy’s is so healthy and full of fresh fruit juice and frozen fruit.  No need for added sugar which makes this recipe a real winner!

 

This slushy can last a couple of days. Tastes like the classic popsicle, but a healthier and drinkable version!

 

This drink tastes like summer in a glass. Between the sweet coconut, tart lime, and the slushy consistency, it will have you feeling like you should be sitting on a beach somewhere.

 

The secret to this fabulous slushy? Just blueberries and kiwis, a splash of water, and a tiny bit of sugar too.

 

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battle the “I’m bored” blues

It’s been just under a month since the kids said so-long to school.  Are you hearing “I’m bored yet?”  Here are a few electronic free ideas that will help keep them happy campers.   Shop all kids fun HERE.
 

Outdoor Adventures

1. Take your sidewalk chalk to another level with these cool design tools $13.95
 
2.  Bounce away all day with this mighty powerful moon ball $9.95
 
3. Get ready for some serious bubble battles $7.95
 
4. Plan your next great capper with some help from these walkie talkies $13.95
 
5.  The fourth may be over but you can still keep the party going with these classic snappers $.75
 
6.  Join the butterflies and flutter away with these cool wings $19.95
 

Creative Kiddos

1.  Turn yarn into a whole collection of cute critters with this cool kit $19.99
 
2.  Master your marvelous letter writing skills with some help from this snazzy book $14.95
 
3.  We love new twists on old ideas… Paint by Sticker $9.95
 
4.  Catch the sun while it’s still shining with these pretty paper shapes $9.95
 
5.  Always have a rainbow of colors available at your finger tips $8.95
 
6.  Create your own movie with this way cool kit $22.95
 

Fashionistas

1.  This magic ring will reveal the color of your mood and attitude $4
 
2.  Take your fingernails to the next level with these cool tutorials  $21.99
 
3.   Get whiffs of the wonderful smell of watermelon when you use this sweet scented hair brush $12.95
 
4.  Ink some of your favorite doodles with these body pens  $5.95
 
5.  Color and doodle your way through the wonderful world of fashion $19.95
 
6.  Because glitter makes everything more glamorous $9.95
 
7.  Watch the color of your nails change in the sun with this fun nail polish set $9.95
 

Bring on the Books

1.  Q & A a day is a great way to create memories with your kid throughout the whole year  $16.95
 
2.  Give that library card a work out this summer $12.95
 
3.  We love these books for long road trips $9.99
 
4.  Learn magnificent magic tricks that will astonish your friends and family  $19.95
 
5.  Create your very own robot army with junk you find around your house $24.95
 
6.  Study the stars in this bedtime book and then spot them in the sky this summer $12.99
 
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diy backyard water games all summer long

Cool off this summer with these six water fun ideas. These easy DIY’s are sure to bring a splash to your summer!

 

Pool noodles that can shoot water over 30 feet?! Hello, summer play fun! Needless to say, your kids will LOVE this new backyard sprinkler.

 

Go fishing…with a toddler spin!  This can be a blast and it also can help focus your little one primarily on hand-eye coordination and fine motor control!

 

This kids sprinkler works great! The best part is that you don’t need to spend money on a new sprinkler and your kids will have fun creating their own!

 

How amazing is this kiddie car wash?! So bright and colorful using all those pool noodles!

 

This game is played just like normal kickball, except the bases are kiddie pools and a slip n’ slide heading into home base…great fun for your older kids!

 

For a fun time, here’s how to make sponge bombs!  Begin by cutting up ordinary household sponges into thirds, and wrapping an “ouchless” hair elastic around them.

 

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thank your summer hostess

Are you lucky enough to be spending some of your summer at a friend’s cottage or uncle’s boat?  Show your appreciation with a little something that will make them smile and hopefully you’ll score the invite again next year!   Shop all good for your host HERE.
 

party party

1. Pair this too true magnet with a bottle of grape to show your gratefulness $5.50
 
2.  Everyone appreciates a little extra help cleaning up the kitchen and this flour sack towel specializes in soaking up water like no other $10.95
 
3. Dips, snacks, berries and more will fit just fine in these pretty patterned bowls $6.95
 
4. This simple dice game is great for all ages and is guaranteed fun $14.95
 
5.  Cocktail napkins that will help get your party started $5.50
 
6.  Crack open your ice cold beverages with this fun flip flop opener $11.95
 

sunny memories

1.  Customize a handmade frame celebrating a favorite place $28.50
 
2.  This pretty porcelain ornament says it perfectly $7.95
 
3.  I think we can all agree that beach days are the best days $13.95
 
4.  Where is your piece of paradise?  We can customize this frame to say whatever you want $21.95
 
5.  Keep your happy memories in plain sight all year long with this cute magnet pic clip $7.95
 
6.  Once you’ve spent time on a lake, it’s easy to fall in love with that laid back life $14.95
 

michigan love

1.  Puzzles were made for lazy rainy summer days $16.95
 
2.  See our entire state on this colorful hand embroidered dish towel  $18.95
 
3.  Chop, chop, chop on a bamboo version of our great state $21.95
 
4.  Cheers to sipping Michigan beer on the coast of the mitten $13.95
 
5.  Start campfire conversations with these great Michigan themed chat pack cards $10.95
 
6.  Get your grill on and celebrate our hand shaped state with this cool oven mitt $12.95
 
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