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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kool-Aid Fruit Pops from Juice Drinks

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The warmer weather has finally arrived!  At least in my neck of the woods.  :)  Which means lots of fun outdoor activities followed by cool beverages and refreshments! Yay!
When feeling parched, a nice tasty Popsicle always sounds amazing to me.  How about for you? 

It's no secret that I love fresh fruit, so I combined the two in an incredibly delicious and unbelievably simple Kool-Aid Fruit Pop for a perfect treat after being active outdoors.  

I've talked about how I look forward to my run around our community every day.  The treadmill is certainly not for me.  But the hubby loathes jogging, so I fly solo, while he keeps busy on the street in front of our house on his ripstik.  He got the brilliant idea from my 12-year-old brother.  Shocking, I know.  But the only way to keep from getting older is to stay young at heart, am I right? :)  He's very proficient at it and hasn't taken any major spills as of yet, knock on wood.

And he doesn't complain if his awesome wife brings him a jug of Mango Kool-Aid to help him #KoolOff afterwards. :)

But to make the evening even better, we went inside for a Kool-Aid Fruit Pop.
These are a must make!  They're mouthwatering-ly good!  The frozen fruit chunks add a wonderful sweetness and texture!  Not to mention their gorgeous color!

Here's what you'll need to make your own Kool-Aid Fruit Pops:
A 96 oz. ready-to-drink bottle of chilled Tropical Punch Kool-Aid.  I love that it's a large, convenient size for outings and gatherings too!  I grabbed some, along with a few Kool-Aid Mango packets, on my last trip to Walmart.  

If you'd prefer, make a pitcher of Kool-Aid from the packet, following the instructions on the back, then follow the same method as detailed below.

You'll want some fresh fruit.  Trust me...it makes the pops a million times yummier and helps them hold together better!  I used pineapple and strawberries.  To form the pops, you can either use molds, as shown above, or simply use disposable cups, because the fruit chunks will keep the sticks in place. 

Dice your fruit into very small pieces. 

Next, layer the fruit in the mold, filling nearly to the top.  Transfer Kool-Aid to a pitcher and pour into molds.  Insert sticks, then freeze until firm.  Gently jiggle the mold to ensure that no air bubbles remain.

To remove pops from molds or cups, run cool water over the outside while gently pulling on the stick.

Then hurry and enjoy before it melts!  Yum!

Who knew homemade Popsicles could be so easy?!

Kool-Aid Pops are a wonderful thing, but so is the fact that Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart to help promote the new 96oz Kool-Aid bottles! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!

Here are the lucky locations:

Friday May 30th 5-7pm:
13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 3-5pm:
3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 6-8pm:
517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
Friday June 20th 5-7pm:
1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 3-5pm:
1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 6-8pm:
809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th  3-5pm:
1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:
2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

I hope you love these Kool-Aid Fruit Pops!  I was selected for this fun opportunity through #CollectiveBias.  All opinions and ideas are my own.


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So, I have to know...what's your favorite Kool-Aid flavor of all time?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY Burlap Wreath

My friend Michelle is back with another fantastic DIY home decor project...a pretty Burlap Wreath!  Again, I'll throw it out there that I love when readers submit their amazing projects! :)
She made this wreath to match the cute yellow Welcome Sign from a Cabinet Door that was featured a little bit ago.  If you missed it, be sure to check it out! 

She drew inspiration from this picture on Pinterest.  Sorry-original creator unknown.

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

{SUPPLIES}

Burlap ribbon (she used two varieties-solid and chevron)
Coordinating Craft Paint
Wood Letter, if desired
Wire Wreath Form

She found everything at Hobby Lobby.


Here's how to put it together:

 Simply loop the burlap through the holes in the size you want. Hot glue the ends down like she did, or use pipe cleaners to attach it.  After it's all looped around, hot glue your wood letter on and you're done! 

Easy peasy!!


And there you have it! Isn't it pretty?  Such a perfect way to add color and life to an otherwise ordinary front door!  The monogram letter adds an important touch as well!

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us today, Michelle!  I hope there will be more awesome reader submissions to come.  Hint, hint. :)  If you'd like to see your fabulous idea featured here on I Dig Pinterest, please email me at idigpinterest@gmail.com.

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For another great project by Michelle, be sure to check out this how-to for a DIY Welcome Sign from a Cabinet Door


And for more great wreath ideas, go HERE

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop {Co-Hosting}

It's time for another Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!  I love seeing all the amazing ideas that are linked up here each week!  You are all so talented!  Please don't forget to follow your host and co-hosts as a thank you for this great party!  Don't forget to have fun and meet new blogging friends!
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Welcome to our 70th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!
Spring break, for many families, has come to a close and life is returning to "normal" ...whatever that is! LOL  

I am challenging myself and you, too, to visit many posts this week. Make a little time for our friends. Leave nice comments, follow, tweet, and pin (from the original source) Take time to enjoy the view, so to speak. 

Editor's Pick is a new guest. Please stop by her blog and give her a little love! She shared a delicious Lemon Angel Pie.

Now, for the most popular posts from last week.  
Here are our features:

MOST VIEWED

EDITOR'S PICK



Simple Guidelines:

  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • Thanks for joining us!

Love this party?
Tell people about it!
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Teacher Appreciation Gift {Free Printable} & Kindle Giveaway!

The other day I shared a great roundup of Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas from the land of Pinterest.  However, I wanted to put together something fresh and one-of-a-kind to give to my daughter's teacher on May 6th.  So I whipped up a cute tag and grabbed some mini jars from Hobby Lobby at half price.  I love it when that happens!

In keeping with the color scheme, I filled them with Twizzlers Bites.  So delicious and addicting!  I know, you're gasping because I didn't include chocolate. :)  Twizzlers are a close second.

Any treat will do, though.  I'm just OCD about matching.  

Then, tie with baker's twine, ribbon, jute or whatever you fancy.  Such a heartfelt way to say "Thank You" to a wonderful teacher!

Download your free printable Teacher Appreciation Tags HERE.

I can't believe the school year's nearing an end!  My daughter will be a big second grader next time around.  There's something about not being in school myself that makes time really fly.  :)

I love that this gift is simple and very inexpensive, so if you have multiple children in school, it won't take all day to put together or break the bank!  The student can even write "From: ....." on the bottom.  So personal and fun!

Do you have a special teacher to thank this year?
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Decadent Turtle Brownie Trifle

Layers of chewy, fudgy brownies, chopped pecans, caramel and chocolate topping and cool whip make this Turtle Trifle oh-so-decadent and completely irresistible!  It's a must make!
Probably my most favorite thing about trifles, besides the fact that they're delicious, is how they look as if I spent hours preparing it, when in actuality, it took just minutes to throw the layers together.  If you're bringing dessert to a potluck, barbecue or other gathering, trifles never fail to impress!  They're simply gorgeous and they feed a crowd!

Some friends invited us over for dinner the other night and asked if we'd bring the refreshments.  Let's just say no one needs to ask me twice to make something sweet, so I just about screamed, "Yes!!!"  

I love TURTLES (ever had one?), and I'd been dreaming of them in trifle form, so I decided to finally bring those fantasies to life.  The result is nothing short of divine!  Seriously.  I just want to face plant in that bowl right now!

I was considering just sharing the pretty pictures and leaving the rest of this post blank, because there are almost no words for something this good.  But, when I write about food, it's almost as if I were tasting it again.  Almost.  So I opted to tell you about the delightful layered confection so I could, in a way, re-live the experience I had while enjoying it.  But without the calories this time.  :)

The kids came back for second and third helpings.  We adults were slightly more controlled, but I was secretly wanting to devour the entire thing and lick the dish clean.  Ah, if only manners didn't matter.  :)

{DECADENT TURTLE BROWNIE TRIFLE}

1 box chewy fudge brownies, prepared and baked according to package directions (I used Duncan Hines)
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) chocolate instant pudding and pie filling, (prepared according to package directions)
Caramel Syrup Topping
Chocolate Syrup Topping
1 container (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1 c. chopped pecans, plus 1/4 c. for topping
1 chocolate bar for shaving (optional)

Prepare the chocolate pudding according to package directions and let set in refrigerator.  Prepare and bake brownies according to package directions, in a 9"x13" metal pan.  Let cool completely.  Cut into mini squares, separate, and put half the squares in the bottom of a trifle dish.  

Drizzle caramel syrup and chocolate syrup over brownies generously.  Spread half the container of cool whip over brownies.  Sprinkle with 1 c. chopped pecans.  Spread all of the chocolate pudding over the pecans and cool whip.  Layer with the last half of the brownie squares.  Drizzle brownies generously with caramel and chocolate syrup.  Spread the remaining half of the container of cool whip on top.  Sprinkle with 1/4 c. chopped pecans and chocolate bar shavings, drizzle with caramel and enjoy!  Store in refrigerator.

My mouth is watering, how about yours?

Our friends said we are more than welcome to come over any time as long as we have this Turtle Trifle in hand.  I think they might just like us for our food. :)

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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For another great Turtle dessert, try these amazing Ghirardelli Turtle Cheesecake Squares!



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Superhero Wall Display

I mentioned last week that my son is obsessed with superheros.  Little boys are so fun!  He tells us often how he wants to be Batman when he grows up.  How cool would that be?  I would be one proud mom. :)

It's always a highlight of my day watching his imagination run wild.  He suits up (changes capes and masks) about a zillion times each day.  He flies (jumps from couches and beds), he re-fuels (scarfs down crackers for a quick snack), and occasionally crashes (drops in place and involuntarily succumbs to sleep).  Superheroes need "power" naps too.  Where do you think all those muscles come from?

But when he's awake, in true superhero fashion, he's a certified go-getter!  After all, the world isn't going to save itself. :)

So I wanted to come up with some cute decor for his room that would capture this fun phase of life that he's in right now.  Nations Photo Lab made it happen.
I gathered some of my favorite photos of him in superhero attire and put together a floating gallery block in the theme of "A Day in the Life of a Superhero".

I love how the images really pop and the comic book background perfectly plays into the overall effect.  The image wrapping adds a unique component as well!

{HERE'S HOW I ACHIEVED THIS SUPERHERO WALL DISPLAY}:

  • Edit photos to give them a comic book look (I did this in Picasa, but PicMonkey is great too if you're going for free)
  • Head to Nations Photo Lab and download ROES (their ordering program).  If you've already got ROES on your computer, call it up and add your pictures. Then arrange them in a floating gallery block in a way that they tell a story (I used the Showoff template).  If you have any questions throughout the process, their customer support via Live Chat are so helpful!
  • Select a background from those offered or add your own.  I did an online search for "superhero wallpaper", selected the perfect one, then re-positioned it until it was to my liking.  
  • Add the completed design to your cart, check out and wait for the exciting package to arrive at your door!
  • Next, I made a sign using a scrap piece of wood laying around in my garage.  Just sand, paint (I used Lemon Custard by FolkArt), then add vinyl.  Apply decorative knobs if you'd like (I found my star knobs at Hobby Lobby).  We used a Dremel to make indents for the knobs, then super glued them inside.  I purchased the vinyl call-out designs from the Silhouette online store.  I used the "Mensch" font for "A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A" and then the "American Purpose Casual" font for "SUPERHERO".
Ta da! My son can't get over how "awesome" the room is now.  :) Every little boy deserves a space like this.

 The gallery block is solidly built and is sure to last a life-time.  So my son can pass it down to his own little superhero in the future. :)  

I couldn't be happier with how it turned out, and now we have a perfect wall display to commemorate this fun chapter of life.  Because I'd hate to forget how cute he looked all suited up in Batman attire. :)

If you'd like to create a floating gallery block or experience the wonder of Nations Photo Lab in some other way, you're in luck!  Receive a new customer discount of $25 off your order with code "SUPER" at checkout.  (This code is good for new Nations Photo Lab customers only and expires 5/15/14). 

I love Nations Photo Lab and am excited to be a Nations Photo Lab ambassador.  I was provided with free product in exchange for this post, but, as always, all opinions and ideas are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting my wonderful sponsors who allow me to create great content here on I Dig Pinterest. 
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For more great superhero ideas, check out this Superhero Party on a Budget!


For more ideas using Nations Photo Lab products, go HERE.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

12 Perfect Fruit Dips

I've been pining after so many fruit dips circulating around Pinterest and blog land lately, so I wanted to compile some in a yummy "Fruit Dips" roundup.  I love fresh fruit, and now's the time when many begin coming in season.  There's always been a very special place in my heart and tummy for the colorful, delicious stuff.

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the island of Kauai, Hawaii with my family.  I'm still dreaming of the fresh pineapple that I ate in bulk while there.  Each morning for breakfast at the hotel buffet, I'd pile my plate high and eat little else.  My mouth is literally watering while typing this, just remembering how juicy it was.

I never tire of dunking fruit in creamy goodness.  This list encompasses a great variety of dips, but all look absolutely incredible in their own way!  With the summer months quickly approaching, I hope you make use of this list of 12 Perfect Fruit Dips! I certainly will.


Dreamsicle Fruit Dip @ My Baking Addiction

Butterfinger Fruit Dip @ Buns in My Oven

Creamy Vanilla Fruit Dip @ Love, Pomegranate House

Creamy Citrus Fruit Dip @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy

Honey-Yogurt Dip @ Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Citrus Fruit Dip @ Thirty Handmade Days

Caramel Apple Dip @ Chef in Training

Cheesecake Fruit Dip @ Lil' Luna

Hawaiian Fruit Dip @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy

Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip @ Our Best Bites

Strawberry Cream Cheese Fruit Dip @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip @ Chef in Training

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Which fruit dips in this list call to you?

What's your favorite fruit?  Let's take a vote!

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