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DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs {Homemade Gift Idea!)

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Homemade Peppermint Bath Bombs with Essential Oils: these bath bombs are SO easy to make and they smell amazing; great DIY gift idea too!

I have a treat for you today... a recipe for a homemade gift you'll that's perfect for pampering the ones you love-- Peppermint Bath Bombs! These little treats pack a powerful punch when added to a warm bath. Place them under running water and they'll dissolve and fizz and create a wonderful soaking environment. Best yet, you can add whichever scents you choose. I used peppermint because it's seasonal and invigorating, but add lavender for calming, rosemary for energizing, RC or eucalyptus for … [Read more...]

25 Delicious Puff Pastry Ideas and Recipes

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25 Delicious Puff Pastry Ideas and Recipes

You guys, as someone who tries to eat gluten-free this one was torture to round-up, TORTURE! All those layers of soft, flaky puff pastry surrounding everything from Nutella to brie to pepperoni, and all I can do was dream. But with the holidays coming, I knew I had to take one for the team and gather the BEST, most DELICIOUS puff pastry ideas because you deserve them. Puff pastry is one of the easiest ways to create swoon-worthy appetizers and desserts that will have your guests raving about … [Read more...]

Cake Decorating Made Easy {& Thanksgiving Cake Idea!}

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Cake decorating made easy, plus a tutorial for a super cute Thanksgiving cake!

Cake decorating has always intrigued me-- it seems like a handy skill to have, the power to create a design to match any occasion using the simple canvas of a caketop. Plus it serves as a front to my serious addiction to buttercream frosting. And I mean 'hide-in-the-pantry-and-eat-all-the-frosting' kind of issues! What better way to feed the addiction than learn easy ways to decorate cakes? via Making Lemonade on Instagram However there's that little issue of skill. It takes time to learn … [Read more...]

25 BEST Bake Sale Treats and Recipes

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25 Best Bake Sale Treats and Recipes

With all the fairs, holidays, church and school events going on right now we're smack dab in the middle of bake sale season. You know at some point you'll have to face the bake sale table so might as well be prepared. Here's a host of ideas that range from 'I only have 10 minutes to whip up some insanely clever treats' to 'I worked on these for 3 hours and wanna ROCK the bake sale this year!' Choose the one that works best for you, and happy Bake-Saleing! How to Have a Fabulous Bake Sale from … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe (in your Slowcooker!)

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Delicious Homemade Applesauce Recipe-- in your slowcooker!

If I had known making homemade applesauce was this easy, I would have been making it ALL THE TIME. So, okay, it takes a few minutes to peel and chop the apples but other than that the slowcooker does all the work, quietly and competently. Plus the house smells amazing, and after a few hours you have delicious chunky applesauce that everyone will love. And LOOK, only TWO INGREDIENTS are needed unless you want to add a teeny bit of extra spice or sweetness. All natural, all … [Read more...]

“Hamburger” Cupcakes {Fun Food Hack for Tailgating or Bake Sales}

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Shhhh... these burgers have a secret. They're not burgers! They're delicious cupcakes!

My neighbor stopped over yesterday with the cutest little cupcakes I ever did see-- miniature hamburger cupcakes!  Not only would these be adorable party treats but also a kickin' tailgating snack. Turst me, make these and they'll declare you WINNER of the school bake sale. They were so lifelike that at first my son, who's very anti-hamburger, said "no thank you".  But once his sister dove in and started eating layers of cupcake and brownie he soon changed his tune. While they look super … [Read more...]

Oatmeal with Quinoa Breakfast Recipe {Gluten-Free}

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Breakfast Oatmeal with Quinoa-- delicious, gluten-free, and healthy too!

I've been on a gluten-free journey for a year and a half now. I say 'journey', because I sure haven't been perfect with it. The truth is, when I'm eating a gluten-free diet I feel great and when I'm sneaking in gluten I fee terrible. The evidence is pretty clear: for me, gluten-free is the way to go. Perhaps the meal that's most difficult to tailor to my diet (I'm also egg and dairy free, sadly) is breakfast. So when I was challenged to come up with a recipe using Udi's new line of Ancient … [Read more...]

EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Freezer Meals

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EVERYTHING you need to know about freezer meals! Tips, recipes, lists, and more!

Cooking meals this summer was easy. I basically stocked chicken, fish, sausage and veggies in the fridge and we grilled out every night that we were home. All the other meals were eaten out-- usually by the pool, and for me through a straw (cocktails, y'all). ;-) All that's about to change as school starts up and seasons change, and to be honest, I'm kinda glad-- for now. However, this fall is proving to be no less busy than summer was so I need to get my ACT together. The idea of prepping my … [Read more...]

Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Salad {Summer Salad Series}

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I can't believe the summer is winding down and we are near the end of the Summer Salad Series. And guys, this next recipe is going to make you run to the store RIGHT NOW to buy some shrimp and cook them up! I mean, look at this tortilla full of deliciousness! I'm so glad that Shannah of Just Us Four  is here to share her creativity and this amazing treat with us. Welcome, Shannah! Hi everyone! I am Shannah from the blog, Just Us Four. I am so excited to be here sharing one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Classic Greek Salad with Feta Greek Vinaigrette {Summer Salad Series}

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Classic Greek Salad {Making Lemonade Summer Salad Series}

Have you been over to visit my friend Lauryn at The Vintage Mom? You are going to love her down-to-earth ideas, and the way she incorporates timeless family traditions with modern day flair. Today she is sharing her Classic Greek Salad with us in the Summer Salad Series! And as you may know, because of my heritage I am particularly biased towards all things Greek {wink}! Welcome, Lauryn! Hi, this is Lauryn! When the opportunity to participate in Making Lemonade's Summer Salad Series arose, I … [Read more...]

Fresh Fruit Salad with Blackberry Yogurt Glaze {Summer Salad Series}

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Fresh Fruit Salad

Today's guest in the Summer Salad Series is the lovely Sondra Lyn of Sondra Lyn at Home! And while you are going to love her Fresh Fruit Salad recipe, I guarantee you will also love her philosophy on life: "Follow your dreams and your passions… Love people… Make things… Nurture your creative side." I couldn't agree more! Welcome, Sondra!   Happy Summer Weekend! What fun it is to be a part of the SUMMER SALAD SERIES at Making Lemonade!! I am honored to pop over from Sondra … [Read more...]

Greek Artichoke Salad {Summer Salad Series}

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Greek Artichoke Pasta Salad {Making Lemonade Summer Salad Series}

Have you met the sweet Jessica of Mom 4 Real? She's here today for our Summer Salad Series! When you look at the beautiful picture of Jessica's Greek salad below, you'll think it takes tons of prep time to create. But read on... you won't believe how quickly you can whip up this Greek treat! Welcome, Jessica! Hi there! I'm Jessica from Mom 4 Real, where I share budget friendly home decor, simple recipes and tons of easy cleaning tips and tricks! I am so excited to be over here at Making … [Read more...]

Homemade Bug Spray Recipe {& DIY Bug Repellents}

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Homemade DIY bug spray using essential oils (and which oils to use to repel various bugs such as mosquitoes, flies, ticks, lice and more!) makinglemonadeblog.com #essentialoils

Did you know essential oils are amazing for repelling bugs and insects? I'll admit I was skeptical, until my friend Beth whipped up a homemade bug spray for us while in Florida and it WORKED. And if it works on those ginormous Florida bugs, I know it'll work on just about anything! Which also proves that DIY bloggers can and will try to DIY just about anything, bug repellent included. I mentioned another version of this DIY bug spray recipe in my essential oils for summer video and got … [Read more...]

Black Bean Salad {Summer Salad Series}

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Black Bean Salad {Summer Salad Series}

Today's salad in the Summer Salad Series is from Jen of Migonis Home. I LOVE this Black Bean Salad, because it wears a lot of hats (or should I say, sombreros?).  It can be a salad, a side dish or a dip for chips! Please welcome Jen, and when you are finished making this tasty salad, go check out her beautiful home in Massachusetts. You won't recognize the "befores" once you see the "afters"!   Hello fabulous Making Lemonade readers! I'm Jen from Migonis Home. Usually you'll find me … [Read more...]

CousCous Salad Recipe with Cranberries & Lemons {Summer Salad Series}

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Delicious CousCous Salad with Cranberries and Lemon #summer #salad www.makinglemonadeblog.com

Today's CousCous salad recipe looks amazing, and it's not just because I love lemons; I adore grain-based salads because they make a terrific side dish or even main meal for lunch. Plus this version has the crunch of pine nuts-- perfection! Huge thanks to Michele from Our Rosey Life for contributing her recipe to our Summer Salad Series. Oh my gosh! The salad recipes being shared for Making Lemonade's Summer Salad Series have been awesome! Have you had a chance to make any of them yet for … [Read more...]

Ginger-Mint Melon Salad Recipe {Summer Salad Series}

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Ginger-Mint Melon Salad Recipe-- perfect summer party food! {Summer Salad Series} makinglemonadeblog.com

The weekend Summer Salad Series continues with an update on a classic fruit salad from Nicole of Confectionalism. This delicious combination of ginger, mint and melon is sure to be refreshing on a hot summer day. A perfect party dish for your next summer soiree too! Now excuse me while I head out to get some ingredients-- I could eat this all day long. Melons, oh summer melons. I love how refreshing they are. Cantaloupe is definitely my favorite, but all the melons have a special place in … [Read more...]

Tomato & Green Bean Salad {Summer Salad Series}

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Summer Salad Recipes Series-- YUM! #salad #summer

I'm super excited to welcome my fantastic friend Jessica from Decor Adventures to the  Summer Salad Recipe Series today! Jessica and I met at the first Haven and have become good friends since, I'm thrilled she's stopping over here today. And bearing food, no less. Welcome, J! ;-) Hello friends! It's Jessica from Decor Adventures. Carrie and I are buds from the Haven Conference and not only that, we got to meet up last fall when I was in Philadelphia. She is a doll and I'm glad to be here … [Read more...]

Crunchy Asian Slaw Recipe {Summer Salad Series}

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Crunchy Asian Slaw Recipe {Summer Salad Series} #summer #recipes #salad via www.makinglemonadeblog.com

Hey everyone! It's Saturday, which means another delicious summer salad recipe. Please welcome Sarah from How I Pinch a Penny with her delicious Asian Coleslaw Recipe (I've had similar versions before, it's ALWAYS a hit at parties!) Crunchy Asian Slaw If you are looking for a mayo-free delicious slaw to take to your next picnic or potluck, look no further-- you've found my favorite recipe for Crunchy Asian Slaw. A spin on your typical coleslaw, this recipe has zero mayonnaise and a surprising … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

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Delicious Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme Essential OIls Recipe #essentialoils #recipe www.makinglemonadeblog.com

If you're coming from Blessed Home Life where Larissa shared her delicious Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos recipe, welcome! I'm so glad you're here for the Essentially Summer recipe series, where I'm going to share how to make my Mom's famous roast chicken... which we've affectionately dubbed The Greek Chicken. The Greek chicken is the meal I grew up with, it's the one we serve to cure life's ills. The Greek Chicken and is our go-to comfort food and shows up in sickness and in health... and because … [Read more...]