4th Of July Cake

This weekend marks the start of summer but also Memorial Day where we need to remember our country and those who have fought for it.  Not only do the soldiers themselves suffer from their deployments etc but also the families they leave behind.  Show some patriotic spirit this weekend, by making this Red, White and Blue Cake, or what my family as renamed Bomb Pop Cake. Read on to find more patriotic crafts and recipes for Memorial Day, Fourth of July or even Labor day....more

NO Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

Several Super Bowls ago I made a Chocolate Éclair Cake for a party we were hosting.  One of the kids at the party raved about it for years after.  When his mom had surgery recently I thought it only appropriate to make a Chocolate Éclair Cake with the dinner I was providing them....more

Easy Halloween Decoration- Mantel Cover

Sometimes I am not completely original and find an idea in a catalog and know I can make something similar.  I was browsing the GardinRoad Catalog a few weeks ago and pulled out the picture of a decorated Halloween Mantel and set out to replicate it for a lot less.  I say no sew but there is a few straight lines  that I made with our machine but you could probably just glue them together with a strong fabric glue if you really do not want to sew these DIY Halloween decorations. ...more

Kid friendly recipes ideas using baking cups


DIY Father's Day Gifts

www.stayingclosetohome.blogspot.comHand Print Plaques:  I never made a post about these as they are 5 years old but I just purchased wooden plagues from the craft store.  Painted them and then painted my children's hands and allowed them to stamp onto the wood....more

re-purpose a milk or OJ container into a planter for Earth Day

In theme with Earth Day today I thought I would share this fun activity that turns into a child's master piece that any teacher, grandmother etc will enjoy getting.  I just bought a six pack of flowers at Tom Leonard's for 1.79.  Talk about a great present that is inexpensive but very personal....more