Happy 4th of July and my Smores Dip Recipe

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Happy 4th of July … hope you have some super fun plans to celebrate this great holiday weekend.

We are enjoying fireworks tonight in our neighborhood and a block party tomorrow night on our street. Our french foreign exchange student is looking forward to taking part in the activities.

Tonight we will enjoy an All American Dinner of Fried Chicken and Homemade Mac n Cheese (recipe to follow). Tomorrow night it is hot dogs and we will be bringing a side dish to share at the street party. One of our new favorite recipes for summer is Smores Dip! It is so super simple and it saves us from being eaten alive outside at night during the summer while roasting marshmallows.

All you need is two ingredients (semi-sweet chocolate chips and mini marshmallows), some graham crackers for dipping and you are set.

Smores Dip

Smores Dip

– Preheat your oven to 450 Degrees.

– Butter a large non-stick frying pan or cast iron skillet.

– Place a bag of chocolate chips in the bottom.

– Cover the chocolate chips with mini-marshmallows.

– Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes.

– Pull the pan out once the marshmallows are toasted to a perfect shade of brown.

Smores Dip CloseUpRemember, before scooping out a huge helping, to let it cool for a few minutes.

Have a safe 4th of July!

30 Days Until Christmas – a plan for the holiday season

30 Days Until Christmas I know many of my friends probably laugh when I start counting down the days and planning for Christmas 100 days out but, for me it makes the Christmas season so much easier. It allows our family to really focus on the true meaning of the season when all the busy work (ordering Christmas cards, gathering gift ideas, shopping) has been done!

I have used the 100 Days to Christmas eBook for several years … I love all the planning lists. One of my biggest problems in the past with doing things in September or October was forgetting what I had finished or what still needed attention. One year I bought several gifts in September from American Girl for my daughter, during a great sale. I hid them as soon as the boxes came in … unfortunately, I hid them too well. Two days before Christmas I was still searching closets and attic spaces trying to figure out where I had stuffed them. And, those were big boxes … don’t even get me started on stocking stuffers I pick up for the months leading up the Christmas. Having a binder with all my “to do’s” has been a life saver. I even have a place on my “Gifts” checklist that I write where I placed the item – no more digging through closets trying to find my awesome hiding spots!

30 Days to Christmas

So, I have great news … for those of you who like to wait until around Thanksgiving to even think about Christmas there is a great new resource from the same people who made 100 Days to Christmas and recently I had the opportunity to preview a copy of 30 Days to Christmas – the Procrastinator’s Guide. Just like the 100 Days to Christmas eBook, this book is full of checklists and ideas to make your Christmas season stress free!

Just click on the book above and take a look! Look forward to counting down those 30 days to Christmas! What’s a tip you have for Christmas planning?

100 Days to Christmas {one of my favorite holiday resources ever}

One way I have found to stay completely sane during the holidays … taking those 100 days leading up to Christmas to craft, shop, and make plans for the holiday season. It really makes for a more relaxing, less stressful, holiday time.

I know there are tasks that you can not complete until December and, there are always parties to attend and a last minute gift or two to purchase but, to have the bulk of the planning and purchasing done before December 1st is the best feeling in the world. It allows for a true Advent season where the focus is on Jesus.

So, today I am sharing with you a resource I started using five years ago … what a blessing it has been!! I love all the lists and those daily email reminders. 🙂 Join me this season and have the most relaxed holiday season ever!

Look at what all is included, for just $8:

This eBook is a journey that begins on September 16, and leads you day-by-day toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday season. This manual is 145 pages of holiday tips and ideas, reminders, and activity suggestions. Also included are calendars and a companion workbook of 31 lists from ListPlanIt.com for

  • holiday planning (including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)
  • gift planning,
  • budgeting for the holidays,
  • holiday meal planning and preparation,
  • holiday party and event planning,
  • holiday details, such as cards, travel, gift wrap, stockings, and
  • more!

It is all you need to make this your best holiday season yet!