Raspberry-Watermelon Terrine with Blueberry Sauce

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How impressive is this red white and blue dessert!  It’s not hard to make – just takes a bit of time.  When I made it I doubled the amount of the blueberry sauce and drizzled it so every bite of terrine would include some and then passed around the extra in case someone wanted more!

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Food Network.

Halloween Fun!

We’ve got just over a week to finish Halloween preparations and put up any last minute decor… are you ready?  I’ve got a few ideas for you today to enhance your Halloween fun!

From Rachel Ray, 36 different Pumpkin decorating designs!!  Check out the slideshow of ideas to create the most fun pumpkins ever!

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And also from Rachel Ray, 25 MORE wacky and adorable ways to decorate your pumpkins! Many are no carve pumpkin decorations!

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From BHG, some fab DIY Halloween crafts for making your treats extra special!  LOTS of great DIY here!

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From I Wash, You Dry… a seriously cute idea for Halloween Marshmallow Pops!  I LOVE THESE!! Terrific Halloween treats to make with kids!

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And from Listotic, a slideshow of 16 awesome homemade Halloween decorations!  Using items you already have (mostly), some GREAT ideas for decorating, with or without the kids!

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Halloween DIY

It’s so time to be planning your Halloween decor and DIY projects!  (Maybe PAST time!) I’ve got some great links for you today to help you get started…or keep going!

From Martha Stewart, 46 free pumpkin carving stencils:

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Planning a party?  Spoonful has a FAB list of Halloween party games for kids!  So many great ideas…

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More incredible free scary pumpkin carving patterns from Orange and Black pumpkins:

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A yummy no-bake spider web cheesecake, from Martha Stewart:

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And from Life on Lakeshore Drive… an incredibly FAB pumpkin decoration.  You cannot go wrong with bling and more bling!

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Fab Friday – Halloween Party Ideas

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to start planning this year’s Halloween party!  I found a great article for you on Family Circle, with TONS of super ideas for Halloween party planning… this is just a fun place to get started!  (We’ll have more Halloween ideas next week too!)

Check out all the Family Circle party planning tips HEREThere are free Halloween printables and templates, recipes, decorating ideas and MORE.

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And get the Halloween Party recipes HERE

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And one more cute recipe… from Taste of Home… an owl “tree”:

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Giveaway Winner, and Last Minute 4th of July Recipes for FUN!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Rachael Ray Cookware set giveaway… and the winner is….Diana C!  Diana, you will get an email from Diva Entertains today

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And because we still have a little time before the 4th of July, I thought I’d share a few more ideas for making the holiday fun!  (You can read our other 4th of July posts HERE, HERE, and HERE).

From Tasty Kitchen, a great tutorial and recipe for making Star Ice Cream Sandwiches!

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From Pam’s Party and Practical Tips, a cute idea for making 4th of July Rice Krispie and Oreo POPs!

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And from Number 2 Pencil, a super, SUPER cute idea for making Uncle Sam Mustache Pops:

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4th of July Printables

Quick post today, but seriously good stuff to share!  You need to click on over to Tom Kat studio and check out their FREE 4th of July Printables… AND check out the “blog hop” with links to a bunch of OTHER free goodies for the 4th of July.

 

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National Candy Month

Did you know that June is National Candy Month?  I didn’t know either, but I’m totally up for it!  Check out the various ways YOU can celebrate National Candy Month!

Food.com has a great list of links to recipes using candy.  Milky Way shake?  Yes, please!

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From Quirkbooks, learn how to make Rock Candy!

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OR, how to make gumdrops!

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From Bubble and Sweet, learn how to make Marshmallow Ribbon Candy:

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And be sure to check out our Candy Land centerpieces in the Diva Entertains shop!

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4th of July Favors

My only serious complaint about summer is that it goes TOO fast!  (Well, that, and the 115 degree weather we sometimes get in Las Vegas).  I just can’t believe how quickly the days go by, and the 4th of July will be here before we know it!  SO, today… some crafts for July 4th that will result in awesome favors!

From Martha Stewart, a tutorial on making Rocket Favors!

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From the Hostess blog, a 4th of July photo album of red, white, and blue inspiration!

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From Something Turquoise, super cute flag inspired favors!

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And from Kara’s Party Ideas, check out the super fab POP Party favors!  Great tutorial and free printables are included! Push pop containers are now available at craft stores at at Kara’s.

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And we’ll leave you with a fun kids activity: making 4th of July cake pops.  Cooking With Sugar shows you how to do it with a step-by-step photo tutorial:

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Memorial Day Printables

We talked about some Memorial Day DIY projects just a few days ago, and I have a couple more for you… this time, FREE printables!

From Tom Kat Studio, free printables for cupcake toppers or favor tags:

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From the Sweet Peach Paperie, get some adorable free printable Napkin Ring wraps:

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And from Homespun with Love, free Memorial Day printables for your water bottles and more!

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Memorial Day DIY

Memorial Day is next weekend, and we are planning a simple backyard BBQ with family… but for those of you who have grander plans, I’ve got some fun Red, White, and Blue DIY ideas AND recipes for you!

From BHG, a very simple idea for turning a red, white and blue crepe paper streamer into a table trim.  Love it!

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From Better Recipes, a yummy Red, White and Blue Dessert Pizza. (Yes, this is definitely on our family BBQ menu now!)

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From the Hostess blog, check out the amazing Americana 4th of July Block party post – lots of great ideas for red, white and blue that will work just as easily for Memorial Day!

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From Capital B, a ruffly patriotic wreath tutorial – perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July!

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What will you be doing for Memorial Day?  We’d love to hear about it!