Today's Feature of the Day is fun craft that also has a purpose. I think these Funny Mini Scarecrows by Wesens-Art are just adorable. They do not look like traditional fall scarecrows, but their sweet faces and ribbons keep the birds from eating her granddaughters flowers. Be sure to stop over to Wesens-Art to see how she made her mini scarecrows. Thank you so much Wesens-Art for linking up this great craft to Dare to Share!
This has been a season of firsts. Earlier in the summer I made strawberry jam for the first time, because we had picked several pounds of strawberries. This week I tried my hand at pickles, because I have picked 8-10 cucumbers in the last two weeks. .
Today's feature is one that you can have fun making and eating. Teri from The Freshman Cook shared a tutorial on how to make Chrysanthemum Cake Pops, which are a mix of cake, chocolate, nuts and popcorn. Yum! I love the mix of sweet and salty together. These would be great to serve at a garden party, baby shower, or just because. Thank you so much Teri for sharing your yummy cake pops on Dare to Share!
Disclosure: I am a Purex Insider. I was not compensated for this post, but I will be entered in a giveaway for a gift card for sharing the promotion.
I have posted before about my love of the Target cartwheel app. I also love using Purex on my family's laundry. Now through August 30th, you can save 10% off Purex with Cartwheel, which makes me very happy.
If you are not familiar with Cartwheel, it is an app that you can access through Target.com online, or through your smart phone. There you can download a lot of extra savings that can be used in addition to Target store coupons and manufacturer coupons. Once you have selected your savings either print out, or show the special barcode on your phone to the cashier. It is that easy! The more you use the app, the more savings your can earn. I have already saved about $100 using the app.
This week we have been busy with back to school activities. Both of my older kids had their high school registration days where they got their schedules, and I got to pay fees. This week we also had time to do something special...
Did you know that Pinterest recently started a new feature where you can now send messages? I had heard about it, but I admit that I had not taken the time to try it yet. Bonnie from The Pin Junkie shared a great post explaining this new feature and how to use it. If you would like to learn more about this new feature, stop over The Pin Junkie for an easy to follow tutorial. Thanks so much Bonnie for sharing this great tip on this week's Dare to Share!
Today's Feature of the Day would make a great dinner for the family, especially on those busy school nights. Maria from Ten at the Table wanted a recipe that her large family would love, while staying on a budget. She found a winner with this Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I know my family would love it. Stop on over to her blog to get this recipe and see her other budget friendly family recipes. Thank you so much Maria for linking up to Dare to Share!
Have you even wanted to make your own mosaic items, but were not sure how. Brooke from Artistic Endeavors 101 shared a wonderful step by step tutorial on how to make these pretty bottles, and many other items for your garden and home. Her post is definitely worth checking out, as many of the items in her post would make excellent gift ideas. Thank you so much Brooke for sharing your mosaic tips and tricks to Dare to Share!
Today's Feature of the Day are Pizza Cups by Life with Garnish. They would make a great appetizer for any party, or a fun dinner with the family. I know my kids would love them. Be sure to stop over to Life with Garnish to see how to make them. Thank you so much Adrian for linking up to this week's Dare to Share.
I have been wanting to share my butterfly pretzels for a few days now. We are starting to be very busy with the back to school rush (appts, registration days, picking up supplies etc..), and the last two days we have had torrential rain. I live in metro Detroit, and you might have seen the horrible flooding on the news. While I personally was not affected, it was so dark and dreary outside. that I had no natural light. I have a light box, but I was concerned the heat from the light box would melt the chocolate. Do any other bloggers out there postpone projects for rain too?
There are still a few more weeks in August, which will hopefully bring a few more weeks of beach weather. I adore these Beach Fun Cupcakes shared by Sweet Pennies from Heaven. The candy flip flops and beach balls are super cute on her beach themed cupcakes, which are perfect for a late summer party. Be sure to stop over to Sweet Pennies from Heaven to see how she made them. Thank you so much Racquel for linking up to this week's Dare to Share.!
Another week has come and gone.. So you know what that means..
It is time for Dare to Share.
How has your week been going.. We still have a few weeks before we go back to school, but our days are starting to fill up with back to school activities. We have been doing to dr and dentist appointments, and buying needed items.. Next week it will be haircuts and registration days. The summer seemed to go really fast this year. Have you noticed that to?
I am sharing today's feature by The Crafty Lumberjacks because their Neon Summer Candles are not only a fun craft, but one that can easily be customized for different seasons. They would also make a great gift idea for family and friends. So stop on over to The Crafty Lumberjacks to find out more how to make your own. Thank so much for linking up this great craft to Dare to Share!
This summer you may have noticed some colorful bars at the top of your favorite blogs. Those bars are called Hello Bars, and they are a free optimization tool that you can customize. Kathe from Kathe with an E shared a great step by step tutorial on how to install the Hello Bar in Blogger . I have to admit I might have even had to use her tutorial when I was trying to change my bar this week. :) If you want to know more about Hello Bars, be sure to check out her tutorial because it will make adding one quick and easy. Thank you so much Kathe for linking up to this week's Dare to Share!
Today I had planned to make a project using my Wilton candy melts. I pulled out all of my bags of candy to see what colors I had available to use. I was actually quite surprised at how many bags I had stored in my baking area. I knew I had not bought all of the bags recently, which got me wondering if any of them had expired.
I looked all over the bag, but did not see an expiration date. I did see each of the bags had a code in the lower left hand corner of the bag. The date posted though did not make a lot of sense. I was pretty sure that 14 was the year 2014, but I was not sure about the other numbers. Well it turns out that it is a date, but you have to do a little research to know what it means. ''
The numbers are not the expiration date, but the date the candy is made. It also is not based on the calendar that every one is used to, but the Julian calendar. Here is what the code 14071 means.,
The 14 means it was made this year. Yea! This is a newer bag. The next number indicates what day of the year it was made based on 365 days. 071 means it was made on the 71st day of the year. While I knew that it was would mean sometime in mid March, I wanted an easier way to figure out dates without pulling out the calendar each time. I found a Julian calendar online and copied down these numbers.
The numbers for March are days 60-90, with 60 being March 1st and 90, March 31st. Day 071 turns out to be March 12. This bag of candy was made on March 12, 2014. Unopened bags of Wilton candy melts are freshest 18 months from the date they are made, which means this bag is good until September 2015.
I went through all of my bags and about half were still in the 18 month window. I put large stickers on the bag, so I could see at a glance the date I needed to use it by. A few are getting close to their date, so I marked them to make sure I used them first.
Opened bags of candy should be stored in a air tight container or sealed plastic bag.. Some of my bags were past the 18 month window and just folded over. The rest were in plastic bags. I will be throwing those away, and buying new. I had only a couple of unopened bags that are past 18 months. According to Wilton's website unopened bags past 18 months are still okay to eat, but may be harder to melt, and not their freshest. If you have older bags, it really will depend on what you are making and what you feel most comfortable with using. If it is for an important project or party, it will not taste it's best. so in that case I would throw it out.
I am so excited to learn how to date my candy melts. It will definitely make it easier to know what to use for future projects. I hope this will help others who use candy melts too.
Today's feature is an original idea that I have not see before. Melanie from Home. Made. Interest. threw her son an adorable crab shack themed birthday party. It looks like such a fun party from the invitations, decor, and party food. This is a party you will definitely want to check out! Thank you so much Melanie for sharing your son's birthday party on Dare to Share!
Once again my sweet tooth and my love for S'mores are on overdrive. I think you will love these S'mores Bars by Life with Garnish as much as I do. It has the makings of a perfect dessert.. chocolate, marshmallow, and a lack of mosquitoes. (they are horrible this year!) You see, you can make these S'mores Bars inside in the oven at anytime, even when it is too cold to be outside. So if you love S'mores, you will want to check out this super sweet S'Mores Bars Recipe. Thank you so much Adrian for linking up to Dare to Share.
Nothing like the calendar saying that it is August 1st, to bring you down to reality that school will be starting again soon. Luckily we live in a state that does not go back until after Labor Day, but this last month will go fast. It is already filling with up with appointments, registration days and other important days. I have even started buying school supplies and clothes when I find them on sale.