Summer Recipe: Fresh Corn Salad

summer corn salad

We daydream about good thymes in the garden every summer. :) Although we haven’t mastered many garden skills yet, we’re trying. Jenna has a strong showing of tomatoes and zucchini’s most summers. Jessica has had moderate success with spinach, herbs and radishes. Oh, and mint has multiplied everywhere. We are happy to report this year’s garden is growing, and fingers crossed we produce some actual food for our families, and the animals don’t grub on it all before we do.

With gardens, come more garden salads, and entertaining in the backyard. We hope to share more recipes with you, and heres’s the first one.

Fresh Summer Corn Salad
Recipe adapted by Cookie and Kate
serves 5-7 people as a side salad

Salad Ingredients:

  • 9 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, with seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 5 Green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 4 cobs fresh corn, either grilled or boiled and then sliced off the cob
  • 1/2 english cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic, 2 cloves pressed
  • Olive oil, 1/4 cup
  • Sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper to taste

fresh corn salad from the garden

fresh corn salad for summer entertaining

New Craft We Love – DIY Tie-Dye Coffee Filter Art

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Coffee filters don’t just come to the rescue every morning as you make your cup (or two, or three) of coffee. They can be the inspiration for DIY art projects, too. We made beautiful DIY butterflies with tie-dye coffee filters. We all loved this project – literally it was fun for my 7-year-old all to my 30-something self (and all the ages in-between). It’s so therapeutic to color various patterns and squiggles on the filters, and then watch it magically create a tie-dye pattern with water.

We shared all the details with Momtastic. Check it out here.

 

New Whipped Drink To Try: Whipped Strawberry Milk

whipped strawberry milk-whipped drink trend-pink drink

One good thing leads to another! First, we whipped our way to Dalgona, creamy coffee goodness. Now, we discovered the next whipped drink trend – whipped strawberry milk. This whipped drink is caffeine-free, pink, dreamy and delicious. It tastes like a strawberry milkshake, and it’s made with an old childhood favorite ingredient.

Visit Momtastic to learn how we made it!

 

 

DIY LaCroix Baby Shower Favors That Sparkle

lacroix cans make the cutest diy baby shower planter

We know you aren’t actually hosting a baby shower in the next month or so during stay-at-home orders, but we do know baby showers are going to happen again when we make it through this historic, difficult time. When COVID-19 does pass, and a baby shower is on the calendar, you will be ready with the cutest baby shower favors ever!! With this DIY favor, the colors pop (so it’s a decor piece as well) , you can drink ALL THE cans of LaCroix to make these DIY planters, and everyone loves a little “baby” succulent they can grow at home, too! It’s a win/win for the host and guest, and also for the mom-to-be because they can be gender-specific or neutral.

All the details are here at Momtastic.

 

Sunshine Squad Spreading Cheer + DIY Sun Craft for Kids

sunshine gift package

My creativity has been little to non-existent during this COVID-19 pandemic, and I’ve been spending time doing other things I don’t often do. My kids and I wanted to do something for our neighbors to cheer them up from a sad, or boring COVID-19 day indoors. Sunshine = cheer, so we scoured our house for yellow craft materials, and shopped for goodies on our Walmart app to add to our pick-up order. This DIY sunshine project was art class for the day, and PE, too, because we walked the neighborhood to deliver the bright packages of sunshine. This was not intended to be a post, but I thought I’d share the idea (+ free printable below) in case you all want to spread sunny cheer in your own lives, or start a #sunshinesquad too.

What’s been your sunshine during these long COVID-19 days? Between the dire news reports, economic concerns, societal shut-down, stresses at home and work (what little work there is), some days we have to hunt for a bit of that golden shine we so desperately need, literally and figuratively. My sunshine during this time has been a longer than originally planned trip, fresh air and sunshine, special time at home with family, snuggles from my kids, and perspective. Some days are dreary and anxiety-ridden. But, most days are simple and good. It may be the introvert in me, but I really enjoy being at home with my kids and my husband, and I love the slower pace of life. I know I’ve been beyond blessed with my circumstances during this pandemic. I am truly grateful for the doctors and nurses on the front lines, and all other brave Americans still working to keep American running, and to help keep us safe and healthy. Thank you!

Now, let’s get this sunshine party started…

Materials:

  • Astrobrights Paper
  • yellow paper plates, 7 inch and 9 inch
  • Sharpie or Elmer’s Paint Pen
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • yellow “sunshine” goodies that fit in a paper plate
  • scissors

Directions:

Step 1: Buy yellow plates, or paint the back of any paper plates yellow. Also, buy things that remind you of sunshine. I bought easy and inexpensive items from Walmart pick-up including yellow balloons (my kids play with balloons for hours), yellow hair ties, yellow Juicy Fruit gum, skittles (aka rainbow seeds with these adorable free labels) and also Emergen-C for an extra vitamin C boost.

yellow sunshine packages-crafts for kids

Step 2: Draw a cute face on the plates. You can use a Sharpie, or a Paint Pen. I used pink acrylic paint for the cheeks.

yellow sunshine packages-crafts for kids

Step 3: Cut colorful triangles for the rays of sunshine. They don’t have to be perfect – just cut the triangle without sketching an outline first. With a hot glue gun, glue the paper triangle on the under-side of the “face plate.”

yellow sunshine packages-crafts for kids-sunshine squad

Step 4: Fill the top of one plate with goodies, and make sure the items do not touch the rim. Next, add a ring of hot glue on the under-side of the face plate, and quickly place it on the bottom plate with the goodies.

yellow DIY paper plate sunshine packages-crafts for kids

Step 5: Add a tag so you can sign the back, and remind your friends to open the sun for a fun “dose” of sunshine. I used Canva to make a quick tag right before delivering them today. The labels are available for free here. Now, spread the sunshine. I walked the neighborhood with my favorite little sunshine squad. We can’t wait to deliver more. This is a great gift now during COVID-19, but also when someone is going through a rough time, or even a birthday any time of the year.

yellow sunshine packages-crafts for kids

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