Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July! What do you have going on today? I'm planning to sun on the beach and dive into a book.

Happy Fourth of July! What do you have going on today? I’m planning to sun on the beach and dive into a book.

Happy Independence Day! Happy 4th of July!

I hope wherever you are, you’re getting a day off to spend relaxing or however you choose.
I will be at camp on Toddy Pond, barbecuing, dipping my toes in the water, lounging on the sand and reading! I haven’t had nearly enough reading time this summer.

What are your plans? Tell me in the comments :)

Have a great holiday weekend,

 

Jennifer

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No Bake Cake Recipe, Patriotic Pumps + Peek at a Stranger’s Journal

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See #48

Hi friend, I hope you’re having a great and short work week if you’re here in the U.S. I am anticipating a three-day weekend and I can’t wait!

We’re going to go to camp, make s’mores, swim, read, sun on the beach, perhaps hit a farmer’s market or two and possibly pick strawberries. Oh yeah, and watch fireworks, if it’s not foggy and cloudy. What are you doing over the long weekend?

Food:

Is it hot where you are? Try this frozen watermelon recipe.

Or this no-bake S’mores Chocolate Crackle Cake from the Sugar Hit. Check it out, the cake looks even better than it sounds.

Are you going to be out at the beach all weekend? You need to start this recipe before you leave in the morning and you need this drink to come home to.

And for dessert post-beach, let’s have Bake Play Smile’s Classic Lemon Tart.

I’ve got several weeks to go yet before the annual glut of zucchini but I’m arming myself now with new recipes like this one.

Do you grow herbs? I’ve gotten to a late start on them this summer but I do have a patch of mint under my rose bushes. There’s nothing more refreshing than fresh mint in a glass of lemonade or a mojito. I’d like to try a few of these tips to save some mint for later.

I need this snack in my life right now.

Inspiration:

You’ve got to see how this girl paid for college.

Do you like to peek inside other people’s journals? Of course you do, especially when said journals are as artsy and stylish as this one. Go peek and be inspired to pick up blank book and colored pens.

File this artist under sweetly talented.

Beauty:

My hairdresser  just hacked off quite a bit of my hair but if he hadn’t, I would totally try this summer braid hairstyle. Do you ever braid your hair?

Too Cool For School:

How amazing do these Urbanog patriotic pumps look? If only I could walk in a heel, I would be all over these bad boys :)

4th of July Shoes

Tell me what you’ve gotta share and I’ve gotta see in the comments. Have a happy 4th of July,

Yours truly,

Jennifer

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11 Ways to Make S’mores Without Graham Crackers

11 Ways to Make S'mores without Graham Crackers

11 Ways to Make S’mores without Graham Crackers

No doubt about it, s’mores are addictive. You can’t eat just a couple s’mores without craving more ooey gooey roasted marshmallow chocolatey goodness. Inevitably, we run out of graham crackers before we run out of marshmallows and chocolate. But, who wants to leave a campfire mid evening? Plus, you might be several miles away from a store if you’re actually camping out.  Here are 11 alternatives to using graham crackers when you can’t or don’t want to go to the store. Bonus, I think all of these alternatives are much more delicious than graham crackers. Graham crackers are great for making a pie crust but the plain versions are low on flavor, in my opinion.

11 Ways to Make S’Mores without Graham Crackers:

  1. French bread (my favorite, think of a low budget version of a chocolate croissant with roasted marshmallow. You can toast the bread or not. Butter optional. We made these last weekend. Mr. 46 thought I was nuts until he ate one.)
  2. Cookies (chocolate chip would be great, I’ve used Nutter Butters quite successfully, homemade gingersnaps, Anna’s Ginger Thins, sugar cookies.)
  3. Brownies (two slices of brownie melded together with marshmallow and chocolate might be too much of a mouthful. You could just use one brownie as a base)
  4. Broken ice cream cones (waffle or sugar cones would work best)
  5. Saltines or Ritz crackers
  6. Pretzel crisps
  7. Pretzels (messy)
  8. Potato chips (think chocolate covered potato chips. Potato chips with ridges would probably be best.)
  9. Strawberry slices (use a large or jumbo-sized strawberry and slice it vertically. This might be messier than most versions.)
  10. Pound cake slices (like with brownies, two slices of pound cake glued together with marshmallow and chocolate might be too big of a mouthful but you could always use one slice for a topless s’more.)
  11. Waffles (homemade or frozen, just toast first. I haven’t tried this yet but it sounds really good).
French bread slices are my favorite alternative to graham crackers when making s'mores.

French bread slices are my favorite alternative to graham crackers when making s’mores.

Leave a comment and tell me how you like to make your s’mores. Plus, how do you like your marshmallow? Shall I roast it until it’s charred black on the outside and a puddle of goo on the inside? That’s how I like mine. Or shall I just lightly toast your marshmallow a golden brown?

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Atlantic Pie, Skinny Jean Dangers + A Free App

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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See #47

Dear friend, how are you this day of June? I am well.

Foodies

Do you need another summer salad recipe? Of course you do, especially this one, which has Italian flavor and includes quinoa, America’s answer to everything right now.

Something about summer, perhaps the fresh fruit, makes it the ideal pie-baking season. In fact, I’ll tell you a secret. I only like to eat fruit as is or in pie crust. Forget about those buckles, betties and flops. Forget fruit on the bottom of my yogurt, not interested. I like my fruit unadorned or wrapped in flaky pie crust. I am psyched to try this new recipe for pie but of course I’m already dreaming of a way to tinker with it.

File this tip under Ick but if you like chickpeas (I abhor them, I think I’m allergic) and you run out of eggs and you need some eggs for a recipe and it’s the middle of a blizzard or some such act of God, maybe this egg replacement tip will be useful for you.

Have you read any of Jane Green’s novels? I don’t think I have but they do have the loveliest covers. Anyway, she’s a publishing success yet she’s taken to kickstarter to publish her first cookbook. If you cook or have any interest in the power of social media, click over and read it.

Yoga

Who are the yogis among you? Take a look at how far yoga has “strayed” from its Indian roots. I think all the straying is great. Whatever brings more people to the yoga mat is a good thing.

You’ll stop feeling guilty about your obsession with yoga pants after you read this frightener.

Atlantic Pie, Dangers of Skinny Jeans + A Free App

Independence Day Decor

I’m not all “decoratey” but these 4th of July mason jar candles are super cute and a craft that even I , all thumbs mccoy, could manage.

Freebie

Are you looking for something, anything, to occupy your child’s time during summer break? They, and maybe you too, need the free Doodle.ly app for iPhone or iPad. (This is an affiliate link.)

Grow

 

Lavender Fields Forever

Have you tried and failed growing lavender? Read tips from a Maine lavender farm.

Tell me what stuff you’ve gotta share and I’ve gotta see. Leave a comment.

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Free App Alert Snore Lab: Make Him Stop Snoring

Free App Alert

Snore Lab, the Snore Management Alert App is free right now in the App Store, it’s regularly $4.99.

Help your husband or whoever is keeping you up at night stop snoring while allowing him or her to continue living, with the Snore Lab app, which will help you track the snoring patterns as well as how well remedies are working.

Help your husband or whoever is keeping you up at night stop snoring while allowing him or her to continue living, with the Snore Lab app, which will help you track the snoring patterns as well as how well remedies are working.

The app description sounds promising:

SnoreLab has monitored more than 3 million nights of sleep and has helped 100,000+ people to manage or even eliminate their snoring problem.

I’m downloading this one as we speak. I have a husband who snores loudly and I just want to smother him with a pillow when he’s waking me up at night. Whoops, maybe I shouldn’t have said that in print! Don’t tell okay?

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Do you have a snorer in your life? On a scale of one to a million how loud is he?

What’s the latest app you’re loving? Share in the comments.

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