Quick & Easy Game Day Decor

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Football season is here, and with it, countless Sundays spent gathering with friends for viewing parties. I’ll admit, I’m in this sport for the socializing and snacks, but not the work of prepping treats.

Today, I’m going to show you ridiculously easy ideas for showing up with the most team spirit at your next viewing party. These game day decor ideas are so simple, even the least skilled crafter can pull them off like a pro!

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Ultimate Apple Themed Round-Up

The best of apple Recipes, Crafts, Activities & More!

It’s finally time for me to admit that fall is here. The cold snap of the season started this week, and while I’m mourning the short-lived Midwest summer, I am looking forward to the tastes and activities of the season.

Last week I shared my Salted Caramel Dip recipe. This week, we are excited to share with you this collection of amazing Apple themed posts from the talented and creative Social Fabric community.

You’re going to want to Pin or bookmark this post for later, so you don’t miss out on these amazing apple recipes, crafts and activities for fall!

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School Night Hustle

Mom Hacks for a Stress- and Clutter-free After School Routine

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Things around here have been a little insane. With the kids back at school and more activities than ever, we were legit struggling there for awhile. Between homework, extracurricular activities and informational school meetings, we had to get organized, and fast.

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite mom hacks for school nights. These tips help keep my family on track so we have more time to do the things we love.

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Easter Lunch Tablescape for Kids

There are only two weeks until Easter, and I kicked off the season with a casual Easter lunch for the kids.

The menu was very fancy: PB&J, applesauce, string cheese, and milk.

The table was a little fancier. We used their Easter baskets as centerpieces, and filled them with some Easter things we bring out each year: books, little stuffed animals, bunny ears, and some (empty) plastic eggs.

Simple Easter Tablescape for Kids | Five Marigolds

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Make Your Own Custom Cookie Cutter for less than $1

Today I’m sharing how I made my own DIY custom cookie cutter, for my daughter’s Peppa Pig birthday party, for less than $1.

I’m planning a Peppa Pig birthday party for my youngest, and knew she would get a kick out of themed cookies. There are some great Peppa cookie cutters online, but I didn’t want to pay for a cookie cutter I planned to use just one time. Instead, I decided to make my own DIY custom cookie cutter.DIY Peppa Pig Custom Cookie Cutter Tutoral $1 | Five Marigolds

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Simple Skinny Granola Recipe

Today I’m sharing my very favorite granola recipe: sweet, slightly crunchy, and very addictive, you’ll find yourself making this again and again.  I’ll show you how to make it with, and without oil.

I started making this recipe after combining a variety of my favorites over the years. My favorite use of granola is with milk as a cereal or to top my yogurt, and the sweet flavor of this recipe is perfect for either use.

But the texture. I love the texture of this granola! I hate the too-crunchy store-bought variety. This recipe is somewhere in between – just the right amount of crunch.Simple and Skinny Granola Recipe With or Without Oil | Five Marigolds

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So Fresh and So Clean: Healthy Recipes My Kids Actually Like!

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It’s that time of year again – when bathing suit season looms a little closer and we start resolving to treat our bodies a little better. I like to have lots and lots of recipes in our rotation because we I get bored easily, so I’m always on the hunt for new, healthy recipes our whole family will enjoy. In that spirit, I’m sharing a round-up of some of our family favorites. Enjoy!

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Snow on the Mountain Recipe – Lightened Up Using Turkey Leftovers

I have to admit, versions of this recipe sat in my cookbook unused for years. This was one of my husband’s favorite meals growing up, and my mother-in-law had provided me all his favorites years ago. However I never made it, mostly because anything that uses coconut as a key ingredient is not edible, in my book.

Recently, however, I relented. We were in a meal rut, and I was looking for ways to lighten up some of my existing recipes. Plus, my mother-in-law  had never led me astray before! I’ve seen many versions of this recipe online, and I have to say her’s is the best I’ve found. However, I adjusted the recipe just a bit to suit our tastes and using what we had on hand.

So Fresh; So Clean: A Round-Up of Healthy Recipes my Kids Actually Like! | Five Marigolds

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Halloween Treats Round-Up

Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

Halloween may not be my favorite holiday in the world, but I do love getting festive with my food! Here is a round-up of some of my Halloween treats and recipes.

Mean, Green Halloween Punch with Spooky Skewers This refreshing punch with fun and spooky drink stirrers is sure to please at your Halloween gathering!

Make this mean, green, Halloween punch with spooky skewers | Five Marigolds

Monster Mix Simply toss whatever you have on hand: I use popcorn, pretzel sticks, Cheerio’s, M&M’s, candy corn, and a few mini Oreos. Just a little effort goes a long way with this snack. I once brought it to a cross country meet in a ziplock with some plastic cups for serving, and I don’t want to brag here – but phrases like “awesome mom” and “best cook ever” got thrown around by my kids and their friends quite a bit. No need to tell them this took all of 2 minutes to pull together.
Monster Mix Halloween Trail Mix Recipe | Five Marigolds

Monster Mix Halloween Trail Mix Recipe | Five Marigolds

Frankenstein Pudding This one is as easy as mixing a few drops of green food coloring in your vanilla cook & serve pudding and crumbling some Oreos on top. Draw a Frankenstein face on the outside of your clear container with a dry erase marker.

Halloween Treat Round-up: Frankenstein Halloween Pudding | Five Marigolds

Mummy Pizzas and Hot Dogs It doesn’t get any easier than wrapping strips of crescent rolls around a hot dog and baking them, or DIY mini pizzas using string cheese for the mummy wraps, but it still gets me some serious street cred with the littles.

Halloween Treat Round-up: Mummy Mini Halloween Pizzas | Five Marigolds

I made the eyeballs for the Mummy Hot Dogs using slices of string cheese and cutting out a hole using a straw. Then, using the same straw to place a perfectly sized olive slice in the hole. I really did that. Should I be ashamed right now?

Halloween Treat Round-up: Mummy Hot Dogs with Mozzerella and Olive Eyeballs| Five Marigolds

 

Jack-O-Lantern (and Minecraft Creeper) Stuffed peppers are a regular meal on our rotation, so we love to make it a little more festive in October. We sometimes also stuff them with spaghetti when we’re trying to make our monsters a little more gory with guts.

Halloween Treats Round up: Stuffed Pepper Jack-O-Lanterns and Creepers | Five Marigolds

This year, I even made a Creeper Stuffed Pepper for my Minecraft – obsessed son!

Minecraft Creeper Stuffed Pepper | Five Marigolds

Candy Corn Jell-O Parfaits These are as easy as they look. Layer orange Jell-O over cooled, firm lemon Jell-O gelatin.  Top with whipped cream and serve!

Halloween Treats Round up: Candy Corn Jell-O Parfaits | Five Marigolds

Monster Cookies First, get these fun Wilton eyeball candies and then follow this recipe.

Halloween Treat Round-up: Monster Halloween Cookies | Five Marigolds

Caramel Apple Bar Okay this one isn’t Halloween, per say, but what a perfect treat for a Halloween Costume party or Autumn gathering? Learn more about how I pulled this together, here.

Halloween Treat Round-up: Caramel Apple Bar | Five Marigolds

Even better, make your own to-die-for salted caramel dip!

Halloween Treat Round-up: Salted Caramel Dip | Five Marigolds

Lots of ideas for fun and spooky Halloween treats and recipes | Five Marigolds

New Quaker Chewy Thin Mint Bars and Free Printable Wrapper

We’re gearing up for Back to School around here, which is why I was thrilled when BzzAgent recently sent me two free boxes of their new Chewy Girl Scouts Thin Mint granola bars. Talk about a beautiful marriage of foods! Each year we buy Thin Mints in bulk and hoard them until the next cookie selling season, so I’m thrilled to start seeing Thin Mint flavored goodies popping up in the grocery store year-round.

Back To School Granola Bar Wraps Free Printable | Five Marigolds

BzzAgent is an organization that works with brands and provides its ambassadors with samples and coupons in exchange for trying products, sharing their honest opinion, and spreading the word. In this case, the task is easy, because these granola bars are super yummy and kid-approved.  When Dub took his first bite he proclaimed it “Ahh–mazing” and asked if he could have it as his lunchbox treat at school. No problem!

I love to slip little notes and jokes into his lunchbox daily to let him know I’m thinking of him, so I made a few super simple granola bar wraps to add a special touch to his treat. Of course, I couldn’t leave Evelyn out so I made a couple of girly-girl wraps as well.

Want to try these granola bars for yourself? They can find at your local grocery store. Want the wrappers for your kid’s lunchbox? Click here to download your free granola bar wrap printable!

 

Three Refreshing Signature Summer Cocktails

A signature drink is a fun and refreshing addition to your summer soiree! We recently had a BBQ and served these three drinks that were a big hit!

Summer Cocktails | Five Marigolds

Wicked Watermelon Margaritas (4 servings) source: Bedsider.org

Mix the following ingredients in the blender and serve with a wedge of watermelon or slice of lime!

  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon, frozen
  • 1/4 C fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 C white tequila
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1 T sugar

Moscato Strawberry Lemonade

Mix the following ingredients in a large pitcher and garnish glasses with lemon slices.

  • 1 bottle pink moscato
  • 6 C lemonade (I used Simply Lemonade)
  • 1/4 C strawberry vodka
  • Frozen Strawberries

Popsicle Moscato

This one is super complicated: pour three parts pink moscato and one part Simply Lemonade into a cup and place an unwrapped popsicle in the glass. Drink once the popsicle has melted!

Popsicle Moscato - Signature Cocktails for Summer Soiree. | Five Marigolds

These are my three favorite tried and true summer cocktails. Do you have a signature drink? Tell me about it in the comments below!


Loving Lately

I’ve been getting lots of questions on items I’ve shared on Instagram, so I thought this week I’d share a few of my favorite things.

I adore this Sleepy Lamb Eye Mask. Price = $8. Eve sleeping in later = priceless!

Favorite Things- Sleepy Lamb Eye Mask | Five Marigolds

Our Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker gets used all. summer. long. We’ve tried and love nearly all the recipes that come with it, and also use it to whip up a few of our own exclusive homemade recipes, as well. Buy it along with the extra freezer bowl at Williams-Sonoma now for just $56 with the 20% discount!

Favorite things- Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker | Five Marigolds

 

While you’re at it, pick up one of these adorable functional Tovolo Ice Cream containers (that is, if you ever plan on having leftovers!).

Favorite Things: Tovolo Ice Cream Container | Five Marigolds

Here’s mine in action with my favorite cookie dough frozen yogurt recipe.

Favorite Things: Tovolo Ice Cream Container | Five Marigolds

Shown: Tovolo Ice Cream Container with Five Marigolds Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt Recipe

I’m also tempted to get these Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs for serving individual portions.

Favorite Things: Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs | Five Marigolds

Tovolo Mini Sweet Treats Tubs

On the topic of frozen treats, we’re big fans of these Sunsella Mighty Pops silicone popsicle molds. I like that I can make a healthy frozen smoothie that the kids can have in the car on the way to school or to pack in their lunch box. In the summers, we love to make popsicles and other frozen treats. One of our recent favorites is a refreshing Strawberries and Cream Lemonade Pops recipe that can be found here.

Favorite Things: Sunsella Mighty Pops | Five Marigolds

RMS Living Luminizer. This is the holy grail of fresh dewy luminizing makeup – perfect for your summer makeup routine.My skin is dry, and I find that when I stay hydrated and moisturized and use this product my skin looks its best. Just apply a small amount on your cheekbones, brow bones and temples.

Favorite things- RMS Living Luminzer

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ You’ll see rave reviews everywhere you look for this CC cream. It has a great medium coverage and I’m a fan of the 50+ SPF during the summer. While you’re at it, pick up the It Cosmetics Airbrush OMG! Foundation Brush. I love this brush so much, I tossed my Beauty Blenders in the waste bin after using it the very first time.

Favorite Things: It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC Cream + SPF | Five Marigolds

Old Navy distressed RockStar denim. These are part of my summer uniform lately. They are the perfect blend of lightweight, stretchy denim that look great with a casual tee or dressed up for GNO – and the price can’t be beat. Remember to size up 1-2 sizes with these!

Favorite things- Old Navy RockStar distressed denim

Here I am wearing a similar pair them while modeling my copycat Anthro tank.

Copycat Chic: Anthropologie Striped Heart Tank for less than $5 | Five Marigolds

Last but not least is the Rosy Outlook Planner. No matter how advanced technology is, I still need a paper planner to map out my lists, meetings and reminders. Once I saw this planner I was smitten. It’s only July, but I’ve already pulled the trigger on this 2016 planner laced with inspirational  messages, cute stickers and the week by week layout I prefer.

Favorite Things: Rosey Outlook Planner | Five Marigolds

Favorite Things: Rosey Outlook Planner | Five Marigolds

Thanks for stopping by to see what I’m loving lately!

My 3 Favorite Recipes for Homemade Ice Cream

3 Recipes for egg-free, no churn, Homemade Ice Cream: Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt, Malted Milk Ball, and Birthday Cake Batter | Five Marigolds

With the official begin of summer quickly approaching, we’ve been having a lot of fun making homemade ice cream again. We’re huge fans of ice cream, and even made it the central theme for Eve’s birthday party one year! My very favorite homemade ice cream continues to be vanilla ice cream with a drop or two of lemon extract, but the kids have loved creating their own ice cream recipes.

Here are our favorite egg-free ice cream recipes – no ice cream maker required!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Do any of the above three make your list?