Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bikini Bites

It was an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini….. that she made in her kitchen. With strawberries. And candy coating.

O.K. I know. I'm not a songwriter. Obviously. But I found inspiration in that classic, 1960's summertime tune and created these fun bikini bites. (Amazing how two, upside-down strawberries can look like a certain female body part, huh?)

Make some for your next beach or pool-themed party. I guarantee people will be smiling and singing the Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Bikini song. (See…. you're doing it right now, aren't you?)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ice Cream + Imagination

I had some fun with frozen treats last week, making ice cream cone bumblebees, ice cream bar penguins and ice cream sandwich lions. And if I'd had a larger freezer, I could have made an entire zoo. (Which would have resulted in a larger pant size too! I have a difficult time resisting frozen novelty treats of any kind.)

These clever ice cream characters would be a great dessert to serve at any animal-themed birthday party or zoo event. Just make them ahead of time and keep them in your freezer until you're ready to serve up a smile.

You can find my simple, step-by-step instructions for fun frozen treats at Handmade Charlotte.

Hope your summer has been sweet!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Simply Summer

Just taking some time to have fun in the sun lately. Hope you are too!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fabulous at 50!

My sister-in-law, Jaton, turned 50 on Saturday and we celebrated BIG! Literally, the party was held in Kansas' largest barn: The Cooper Barn in Colby, Kansas.

It was an evening filled with great food, tubs of cold beer, buckets of old-school candy, and the warmth of family and friends. (It was also a little warm in general. Just FYI… Kansas' largest barn is not air conditioned.)

What a fabulous night to celebrate a fabulous gal.

Happy 50th Birthday Jaton!


And then I let Bea take the camera around the barn. Funny, people don't seem to mind when a 7-year-old wants to take their photo.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Rabbit Rocker

Eric built this wooden rabbit rocker for some friends of ours in Illinois who had a sweet little baby girl in February. Anna's only 4 months old right now, but soon enough she'll be able to balance on her bunny and go for a ride. (Or at least grab ahold of the furry cottontails.)

This is just one of many fun baby gifts that Eric's created in his "workshop of wonderfulness" (as I like to call it.) Here are some of my favorites:

Big Ball Rocker

Ride 'em Kitty Cat

Owl Bookcase

Bird Rockers

Wiener Dog Rocker

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Yankee Doodle Dessert Cups

Uncle Sam never looked so sweet! 

These clever butterscotch pudding cups — with Oreo cookies hidden inside the hats — are the perfect patriotic and portable treat for your 4th of July celebration. Kids will have fun making them, and everyone will enjoy eating them. Bonus: No baking required. Because who wants to spend hours in the kitchen during the summer? Not me!

For instructions on how to make this easy, holiday food craft, check out my She Knows tutorial.

Happy Fourth of July feasting!


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