July 4th Treat Ideas

Fireworks CookiesPictured here are my July 4th Fireworks Cookies.  Of course, I got the idea from Martha Stewart’s Fireworks Cookies – she’s amazing.  Hers are more delicate, done using a pastry bag for the red and blue, whereas I am partial to using the Wilton squeeze bottles I buy at Michael’s, so my lines end up being thicker.  I may try Martha’s way next year.

They are fairly simple to create, using either method – after covering your sugar cookie with your white Royal Icing, you then make a bulls-eye type design with the red and blue (dot in the middle, then alternate colors with circles around the dot) – all while the white icing is still wet.  Then, using a tooth pick, you start at the center and drag the colors to the outer edge.

Here are two of the other fun patriotic treats I came across.  You can find these, and a bunch of other cute ideas, on my July 4th Pinterest Page.

July 4th Dipped Strawberries




Strawberries dipped in white chocolate with blue & red drizzles; or dipped in dark chocolate, then rolled in patriotic sprinkles.





July 4th Strawberry & Cake Kabobs



Kabobs with Strawberries, White Angel Food Cake squares, and Blueberries.  Super simple – yum!






Happy 4th of July!

Welcome to Summer

Welcome to Summer PicFor the last day of school, I came across this fun banner idea for my boys to see when they arrive home on the bus at the end of the day.

One version of this idea is to have the banner stretched across a gate or sidewalk opening so that your child can run and break through it.

Now, that would be super fun, but we don’t have a sidewalk, only this railing at the top of the steps leading to our front door.  Plus, I have four boys and wasn’t about to make four banners – so I added the balloons to make it more festive.  I think they really got a kick out of it.


Happy Summer Cake - this+is+happiness

This year, I’m thinking about doing a fun but simple cake for dessert on the last day of school – something like this great cake created by Becky and featured on her This is Happiness blog . . . I love it!


Welcome to Summer!