Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders – Christmas in July

These candle holders aren’t really stained glass, instead they are made by covering the candle holders in colored tissue paper. But they look like stained glass, especially with a candle flickering inside them!

Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders - Christmas in July

These were the perfect Christmas in July project for us, because I bought the supplies for this 2 1/2 years ago, and then never found time to do the the project!  So my kids and I found making them in the summer a great solution.  I don’t know why we waited so long for this project, because it was very easy to do and not time consuming at all. [Read More...]

Nutella Snowball Cookies – Christmas in July

When I suggested to the kids that we do some Christmas crafts for Christmas in July they insisted we had to include baking cookies!  So we made these Nutella Snowball Cookies, and they taste just as good in July as they do in December.

Nutella Snowball Cookies - Christmas in July

Snowball cookies are tasty because they are coated in lots and lots of powdered sugar.  You actually roll them in sugar twice, once right after they come out of the oven and again after they have cooled.  This lets the first layer of powdered sugar soak in and flavor the cookies. [Read More...]

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Summertime Savings with Walgreens Paperless Coupons

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I used to clip coupons all the time.  I had a whole binder full of them, sorted by type.  But about two years ago I just gave up, because it was too confusing to keep track of everything.  Things were expiring before I used them, and matching up coupons to the right stores was time consuming. But now that I have a smartphone I have realized that paperless coupons are much, much easier to use, and I have started couponing again!  The paperless coupons at Walgreens could not be simpler to use, and they help me save money every week.

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These coupons are manufacturer eCoupons, just like the ones found in newspaper inserts.  But instead of cutting them out you just clip them to your Balance Rewards account, using the Walgreens Mobile App.  When you get to the store the cashier can scan the coupons either from the app on the phone or from your Balance Rewards card.  The coupons are well organized by type, so it is easy to scroll through and pick the ones you want.  Best of all there are no little pieces of paper to keep track of, everything is on the phone.  The app even keeps a running list of how many coupons you have clipped and how much you will save. [Read More...]

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments – Christmas in July

I love the idea of Christmas in July!  The winter holiday season is always so busy it is hard to get everything done.  So this month my children and I spent some time making Christmas crafts and recipes that we never got around to last year.  This craft is one we have been meaning to try for a while – melting crayon wax to decorate Christmas ornaments.

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornament - Christmas in July : Upstate Ramblings

The ornaments came out looking very pretty, and will be lovely on our Christmas tree next year. They are fairly easy to make too. [Read More...]

Blueberry Zucchini Bread with Kefir

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I love cooking with fresh summer produce!  Using fresh, healthy ingredients makes everything taste better.  This week I made this delicious quick bread combining two of my favorite summer flavors, blueberries and zucchini.  I also used Blueberry Lifeway Kefir to enhance the blueberry flavor and keep the bread nice and moist.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread #KefirCreations  #shop - Delicious quick bread combining zucchini and blueberries with tangy Kefir

I have bought Kefir many times in the past, but this is the first time I have tried using it in a recipe.  Kefir is a drink that originated in Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago, and it is a cousin of yogurt, although it has a much thinner consistency since it is a beverage.  Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that help support the immune system and balance digestive health.  It is one of my 18 year old daughter’s favorite beverages, because she can drinking a smoothie without having to actually get out the blender and make a smoothie! [Read More...]

Chimichurri Burger

Burgers are a staple food in my house and many others in the summer time!  It is quick and easy to grill some up and have dinner ready, but without variety burgers can get boring.  Here is a fun variation I made this week, using a traditional Argentinian Chimichurri sauce to spice up the burgers.

chimichurri burger

Chimichurri sauce is a garlicky sauce made with fresh parsley and oregano that is very easy to make at home.  I have lots of parsley growing in pots on my deck, and Chimichurri sauce is one of my favorite ways to use it.  The sauce is traditionally used on grilled steak, but it works well on burgers too! [Read More...]

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