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Melon Layer Cake Recipe

During the warmer summer months, we find ourselves craving sweets that are a little lighter and more refreshing. Though there’s nothing quite like Mile High Chocolate Cake when we’re craving sweets with substance to warm us up on the inside, the heavier cakes and pastries of the cooler months, simply don’t sit as well with […]





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Melon Layer Cake Recipe

How about a layer cake made entirely of melon? You get the same beautiful layered reveal, without all the heavy cake layers. If you’re looking for a gluten-free cake, this one’s for you!

Melon layer cake recipe by Katie Brown

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Prep Time 30 minutes

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Course Dessert
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Prep Time 30 minutes

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Melon layer cake recipe by Katie Brown

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Instructions
  1. Slice 5 rounds of melon from the “fattest” part of the melons. You want two watermelon cross sections, and then two honey dew and one cantaloup (or if you like orange more than green, two cantaloup and one honey dew).

  2. Level the cross sections using your chef’s knife to make sure that when you stack them, they create a level tower.

  3. Using your large circle cutter (we used a vase, but you could use a cake round), punch the rounds so they are all the same size and without skin.

  4. Using the smaller circle cutter, punch out the centers of the seeded melons (honey dew and cantaloup). You will be left with 3 rings and two circles (watermelon).

  5. Pat the melon rounds with paper towel to remove excess moisture.

  6. Place one watermelon round on your cake plate. Top with a honey dew ring, then a cantaloup ring, alternating until all your are left with is the other watermelon round.

  7. Fill the cavity with whipped cream/topping.

  8. Top with remaining watermelon round.

  9. Gently frost “cake” with buttercream using offset spatula. This requires a little patience, but once you have a thin layer established, it gets easier.

  10. Top with fruit to decorate.


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Pool Noodle craft and DIY that bring new life to recycled summer favorite

Those long, bright and foamy noodles that spend their summer days floating around your pool, can be used for so much more than you give them credit for! They’re spongy, firm and best of all, inexpensive. You can cut them up, carve into them and repurpose them for all kinds of nifty uses. So if […]





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4 hacks for Pool Noodle DIY

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  1. Open box cutter so the blade is extended out about 3-inches and cut a piece of pool noodle the same length as the short edge of a Painters Roller Tray.

  2. Use the box cutter to slice along the length of the piece, deep enough to cut through to the hollow center.

  3. Place the noodle over the swallow edge of the Painters Roller Tray.

  4. Lie full-length paint roller in tray to note where handle will fall. Evenly space other painter’s accessories along noodle.

  5. Use the box cutter to slice into noodle a divot to hold each accessory in place and at an angle to prevent them from lying in paint when paint tray is full.


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Arnold Palmer recipe, Basil Lemonade recipe, Lemonade Ice Cubes, and some other great DIY Lemonade ideas.

Arnold Palmer recipe, Basil Lemonade recipe, Lemonade Ice Cubes, and some other great DIY ideas for your next glass of Lemonade. Print Recipe Arnold Palmer recipe, Basil Lemonade recipe, Lemonade Ice Cubes, and some other great DIY Lemonade ideas. There’s no better time of year to indulge in a nice, cold glass of lemonade. It’s […]





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Arnold Palmer recipe, Basil Lemonade recipe, Lemonade Ice Cubes, and some other great DIY Lemonade ideas.

There’s no better time of year to indulge in a nice, cold glass of lemonade.
It’s sweet, tangy and refreshing, and it’s a summer staple we look forward to sipping on all year long.
Though there’s certainly nothing wrong with a classic, we think it’s time to up your lemonade game just a little.
From the ice you serve it with, to the flavors you put in it, lemonade can be so much more than sugar, water and lemons. With these simple hacks, you’ll be sure to impress friends and family all summer long!
Make Lemon Ice Cubes

Lemon ice cubes are a great way to use up leftover lemons, and an even better way to chill your lemonade. They’re pretty and tasty, so make a whole bunch and keep them at the ready.

Katie Brown lemonade ice cube recipe

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Katie Brown lemonade ice cube recipe

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Instructions
  1. Slice half your lemons thinly.

  2. Squeeze the juice of the other half into the holes of a mini muffin tin and zest the peel into the juice. Fill to the top with water.

  3. Place the lemon slices on top of the lemon water - one for each hole of the mini muffin tin. Freeze.

  4. Chill Your Lemonade with Iced Tea


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3 recipes to DIY in ice cube trays

An ice cube tray is good for so much more than just plain ice cubes! It’s the perfect way to portion up and freeze a multitude of liquids for all kinds of crafty creations. Getting clever with ice cubes is oh-so-cool! And you will be the coolest this summer with this ice cube tray DIY […]





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3 recipes to DIY in ice cube trays

rom frozen cubes of aloe vera gel for cooling sunburn relief, to fun water color cubes, to a tasty frozen yogurt snack, we’re all about the ice cube tray!

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Prep Time 10 minutes

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Cuisine American

Prep Time 10 minutes

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Instructions
  1. 1. Fill each cube of an ice tray with Aloe Vera gel.

  2. 2. Cover tray and place in freeze.

  3. 3. Pop a single Aloe cube out of tray and rub over sunburn.


Recipe Notes

2. PAINTING ICE CUBES

Materials:
Water color paint in tubes

Water

Ice cube tray

Craft sticks or tooth picks

Aluminum foil

Process:
1. Squeeze a small amount of watercolor paint into each cube of an ice cube tray.
2. Fill each cube of tray with water leaving enough room to mix the paint and prevent it from overflowing.
3. Use a small craft stick or tooth pick for mixing each color.
4. Carefully place a piece of aluminum foil over entire ice tray making sure it is pulled taut. Press the foil over tray to reveal the grid of the tray.
5. Carefully poke a small craft stick or tooth pick through the foil in the center of each cube to create a “handle” for the paint cube.
6. Gently place in freezer.
Related on Yahoo Makers: Coffee Cubes
3. FROZEN YOGURT SNACK

Materials:
Yogurt

Blueberries and/or Raspberries

Ice cube tray with lid

Spoon

Process:
1. Place a berry in each cube of an ice tray.
2. Spoon in yogurt into each cube with enough room to place another berry on top.
3. Place lid on ice tray and gently tap filled tray against table to remove air bubbles.
4. Place in freezer.

So get yourself a few extra trays and get to freezing - there are so many, many possibilities. How about freezing herbs to make them last, or stock cubes for individual portions of flavoring? Did you know you can freeze wine and use it to cook with later? Genius!


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3 amazing summer watermelon recipes

Summer is watermelon season! But what’s the best way to cut that big melon up? And once you do, what’s the best way to enjoy it? Print Recipe 3 amazing summer watermelon recipes Sure you can chop it in half and slice it, but how about cutting it into sticks and sprinkling it with sea […]





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3 amazing summer watermelon recipes

Sure you can chop it in half and slice it, but how about cutting it into sticks and sprinkling it with sea salt instead? Or whipping up a delicious rum cocktail? You can even serve it with a yummy honey and lime syrup!
It’s time to bring on the watermelon!

3 watermelon recipes by Katie Brown

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Prep Time 10 minutes

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Course Side Dish
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Prep Time 10 minutes

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3 watermelon recipes by Katie Brown

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Instructions
  1. With a large chef’s knife, cut watermelon length in half on cutting board.

  2. Place one half on watermelon cut side down on cutting board and slice in rows about 1 ½” apart. This will leave you with the traditional half moon slices.

  3. Rotate the sliced watermelon on your cutting board so that it is easier for you to slice the watermelon in the opposite direction, making a grid pattern. The end result is cubed watermelon sticks!

  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.


Recipe Notes

2. PEELED WATERMELON FOR COCKTAILS

Materials:
Watermelon (seedless)
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
Blender
Limes
Lime juicer
Agave
Rum
Process:
1. Place a watermelon on a cutting board and with a chef’s knife slice the two end off.
2. Flip the watermelon onto one cut end and position your hand on the top cut end to keep the watermelon in place. Begin carefully slicing down the rind. Rotate watermelon after each slice until you have removed the rind completely.
3. Chop watermelon center into chunks. Place 3 cups into blender.
4. Juice one and half limes into blender with a handheld lime juicer. Blend with watermelon in blender.

5. Add rum and agave to taste and blend again.
6. Serve over ice and a garnish with a slice of lime.
Related on Yahoo Makers: Genius! Turn Your Watermelon into a Drink Dispenser
3. CUT AND SLICE WITH HONEY & LIME

Materials:
Watermelon
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
Serrated knife
Honey
Lime
Lime juicer
Mint
Saucepan
Grill or stovetop
Process:
1. Place watermelon on cutting board, with a Chef’s knife, cut watermelon in half length-wise.
2. Cut each half in half length-wise to make wedges.
3. With a serrated knife, carefully slice the rind of each wedge off.
4. Slice the rind-less watermelon wedges into slices. You should wind up with triangles slices.
5. To make honey and lime simple syrup, juice ½ cup of fresh lime and combine with ½ cup of honey in a saucepan.
6. Place saucepan on grill or stovetop and bring to boil. Let boil for 2 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and chill.
8. Place watermelon on serving platter and drizzle with honey and lime syrup. Garnish with mint.


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DIY a Solar powered S’more oven

Who needs electricity, when you have the power of the sun! Believe it or not, you can create your very own Easy Bake Oven with little more than a cardboard box and some warm rays of sunlight on a summer day. Print Recipe DIY a Solar powered S’more oven And what better snack to stick […]





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DIY a Solar powered S'more oven

And what better snack to stick in that oven than some yummychocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker treats! You don’t need a campfire, or an outlet for that matter, which makes whipping up a melty, chocolatey snack super quick and easy.

With Easy Bake Ovens selling at around $50, this DIY is a great way to cut costs while having fun.

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  1. Place cardboard box on a cutting mat. Using a ruler and pencil, draw three sides of a square on your box lid leaving about an 1 ¼” border from the edge of the box around the square. The fourth side of the square is the hinge of the box.

  2. Use a box cutter to cut the three sides of the square, leaving the hinged side attached.

  3. Fold the flap back so it stands up when the box lid is closed.

  4. With double sided tape and aluminum foil, line the lid flap with the shiny side of the foil facing out. Smooth out foil and trim any excess with scissors.

  5. Line the entire interior of the box with foil, adhering the edges with double sided tape. Smooth out and trim excess with scissors.

  6. While box lid is open, place double-sided tape around the perimeter of the cut flap inside the box lid. Stretch cling wrap and adhere to close the off the lid hole.

  7. Repeat with cling wrap on the top of lid, giving the hole a double layer.

  8. Hot glue wooden knobs to the front flap of box lid.

  9. Place snores inside box and bake in the sun.


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How to make 5 fun games for your kids with this Paper Plate DIY kids craft

Who knew the humble paper plate was so versatile? That little round of paper is the key to lots of summer fun! When you use it to create a host of creative and simple games and activities for young and old, you’ll be reminded that it’s capable of far more than simply serving food. This […]





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How to make 5 fun games for your kids with this Paper Plate DIY kids craft

Here are five quick and easy crafts you can create using little more than paper plates!

DIY paper plate games kids craft by Katie BRown

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  1. To make a frisbee, place a paper plate on a cutting surface. Place a bowl or a quart sized paint container in center of plate. Trace around with pencil to create a circle template on plate.

  2. With a craft knife, carefully cut out circle template. Repeat on multiple plates. You will need two plates for each Frisbee.

  3. Squeeze hot glue around the perimeter of one plate, and carefully place another plate face down on top, adhering the two together. Repeat to create a few Frisbees.

  4. For the Toss Stand, place a paper towel roll over the neck of an empty plastic bottle.

  5. Wrap colored duct tape down paper towel roll and continue down bottle to secure the two together. Repeat to make a few toss stands.

  6. Place a vinyl number sticker on each toss stand.

  7. Place a funnel at the top of each toss stand and fill with sand so that it is weighted.


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2. BALLOON RACKET GAME

Materials:
Paper plates
Tongue Depressors
Hot glue
Colored tape
Balloons
Process:
1. To create a plate paddle, hot glue a tongue depressor so that it is centered on back of paper plate, half on and half hanging off. Use colored tape to add color to the back of plate. Repeat.
2. Blow up balloon and you are ready to play!
Related on Yahoo Makers: How to Make Charming Paper Plate Angels
3. TIC TAC TOE BOARD
Small paper plates (2 colors)
Colored tape
Artificial grass rug
Scissors
Tape measure
Process:
1. Measure and cut an artificial grass rug to 30 inches by 30 inches. Use a tape measure to size and scissors to cut. Cut along the grain line of grass to achieve a straight line.
2. Mark with a small piece of tape 10 inches and 20 inches on each side of the grass rug.
3. Run one length of colored tape from your 10 inch mark vertically down to the opposite 10 inch mark. Do the same for the 20 inch mark, then the 10 and 20 inch marks running horizontally. You should end up with a tic tack tow grid!
4. Use one colored plate as your O and a different colored plate as your X. For the X plate, simply, create an X on the plate with colored tape.
4. PAPER PLATE GOLD METAL

Materials:
Gold Paper Plate (small)
Pinking shears
Stripped ribbon
Hole punch
Sticker numbers and letters
Process:
1. Using Pinking shears, cut around entire edge of a small gold paper plate.
2. Use a hole punch to make a hole on top edge of plate.
3. Feed a length of ribbon through hole and tie in loop.
4. Place a large number 1 sticker in center of plate.
5. PAPER PLATE RING GARLAND
Materials:
Variety of colored Plates (small)
Bowl to trace circle
Cutting mat
Pencil
Craft knife or scissors
Tape
Process:
1. Place a paper plate on a cutting surface. Use a bowl that is about 1 ½” to 2” smaller than the plate. Place a bowl in center of plate. Trace around bowl with pencil to create a circle template on plate. Repeat on many plates.
2. With a craft knife or scissors, carefully cut out circle template and remove from plate. Repeat with all plates.
3. To connect plates as a garland, every other plate will needs to be cut open in order to loop the next plate on. Loop together plates until desired length.
4. Use tape to close all the cuts on the connector plates.
5. Hang your plate garland.


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How to make firework inspired napkins DIY

Did you know a little rubbing alcohol and some red and blue Sharpies could create fireworks on your cotton napkins? It’s as easy as draw and spray! Print Recipe How to make firework inspired napkins DIY These firework napkins make a festive addition to your holiday table setting, without breaking the bank. They’re really fun […]





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How to make firework inspired napkins DIY

These firework napkins make a festive addition to your holiday table setting, without breaking the bank. They’re really fun and simple to make - taking your table blah to brilliant in no time at all.
Here’s what you need to know…

DIY firework inspired napkins by Katie Brown

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  1. Wash and dry napkins. Press with an iron to remove wrinkles.

  2. Stretch napkin over mouth of plastic cup and secure in place with a rubber band.

  3. Draw a firework design on stretched portion of napkin with a red and/or blue permanent Sharpie marker.

  4. Fill a mini spray bottle with rubbing alcohol.

  5. Spray design with rubbing alcohol. The more alcohol the further the ink will spread, creating a larger design. Do not over saturate or design will appear “muddy”.

  6. Repeat, so that you have several “explosions” of fireworks across each napkin.

  7. Remove rubber bands and cups and hang dry.

  8. Iron and fold to accompany your 4th of July place setting.

  9. Related on Yahoo Makers: Toast America with Patriotic Panna Cotta Shooters


Recipe Notes

This craft is great for kids and adults alike! Unwind with a glass of wine and get to doodling, or round up the kids for some good old QT in anticipation of this holiday weekend!


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This trivet DIY is a great Kids craft

The gift of a trivet that shows off a child’s work of art – because when a kid goes to town and squirts and brushes and creates something special, like a painting, you want to take a look at it daily. Print Recipe This trivet DIY is a great Kids craft One fun way to […]





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This trivet DIY is a great Kids craft

One fun way to do that is to turn it into a simple trivet - to place cold and hot items on, like your daily cup of joe
Take your work of art and cut to the size of a thick piece of tile.
Next take a square of cork and cut that also to the size of the tile. Brush on Mod Podge to stick the cork to the tile and brush on more Mod Podge to attach your art work to the other side of the tile.

DIY trivet kids craft by Katie Brown

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  1. Place tile on the cork and slice off the excess with a utility knife. Glue them together with Mod Podge and let dry.

  2. Trim the artwork to just a bit smaller than the tile, glue it to top of the tile with Mod Podge and let dry.

  3. Related on Yahoo Makers: A Luminous Craft for Your Little Artist

  4. Add more coats of Mod Podge for a seal and protection, letting it thoroughly dry in between coats.


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So simple Roasted Tomatoes and Dill recipe

This is a great roasted tomato and dill recipe that the whole family will love. Print Recipe So simple Roasted Tomatoes and Dill recipe Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Servings people MetricUS […]





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So simple Roasted Tomatoes and Dill recipe

roasted tomatoes and dill recipe by Katie Brown

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

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