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Trail Mix Candy Bark

Trail Mix Candy Bark

Trail Mix Candy Bark

Let it be known that I love this Trail Mix Candy Bark.

I love trail mix! I love it especially if we are going hiking, or camping, or just hanging outside on a great cool evening.

This recipe came to me one day and I knew I wanted to make it. I thought it would be pretty easy… and it was really easy!! Three simple ingredients!

Trail Mix Candy Bark

Here is the recipe…

Trail Mix Candy Bark

By Carrie Perrins

  • 1 package { 12 ounces } white chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 – 2 cups trail mix

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips and vegetable oil on medium heat for 1 minute until melted. Microwave for another 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Add trail mix. Dump onto a baking pan covered with wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 10-30 minutes.  Once chilled, break apart and serve.

Keep in fridge until ready to serve. After you served the candy bark if you need to store it, store it in the fridge in a airtight container.

Trail Mix Candy Bark

I know that candy bark is usually served at the holidays in latter end of the year… but why not switch it up and serve it all year long!

Trail Mix Candy Bark

I also think this would be a great snack to sit on the table at a family reunion when all those family members are playing games and need something to munch on!

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I was very excited to make this recipe. I was very excited because it was so simple and it was so good!

Do you like trail mix?? Do you have summer plans that include this lovely little batch of Trail Mix Candy Bark to be sitting on a table in the shade?? I know I do! ¬†Summer picnics, family reunions, camping trips… my new favorite candy bark!!

Trail Mix Candy Bark

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family did!!

Happy Summer!

Carrie

Trail Mix Candy Bark

 

Star Spangled Flip Flops

Star Spangled Flip Flops

Star Spangled Flip Flops… the simplest DIY upgrade to a pair of flip flops ever! I love flip flops. As an Arizona girl I am in them all the time! Yes… all…the…time. I hardly wear anything else. This white pair of flip flops needed an “upgrade”. This upgrade… worked!
Star Spangled Flip Flops… improved my feet by 100%! They are easy to make… frugal.. and added a little spring in my step. Independence Day… here I come!

I know you want to make your own… so here are the steps.

Star Spangled Flip Flops
By Carrie Perrins
*Inspired by The Crafty Ninja

Items Needed:

  • 1 pair of white flip flops
  • 3 yards of 5/8 inch American collection ribbon
  • hot glue gun
  • gold glitter foam stars
  • a small piece of felt
Directions: 
Take your ribbon and unroll it and cut if half. One piece of ribbon for each flip flop. Start at the bottom, but hot gluing the ribbon to the flip flop at the bottom. Then simply wrap around the flip flop to the toe insert. Hot glue to the top of the toe insert…and then continue down the other side. Hot glue down the ribbon at the bottom of this side. 
Cut a small piece of felt and hot glue the foam star to it. Once glued… glue the foam star to the top of the toe insert. 
Viola! 
Simple… Easy… Beautiful… Upgraded Star Spangled Flip Flops!

I love my new Star Spangled Flip Flops! You… must make some. They will improve your feet by 100%. 
Happy Summer! 
To see my previous patriotic posts…
Day 1… Star Dip Here
Day 2… Flag Pinwheel Hair Bow Here
Day 3… Framed Flag Here 
Day 4… Strawberry Cream Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches Here
Day 5… Salt & Pepper Shakers Here
Day 6… Father’s Day Light Switch Cover Picture Frames Here
Day 7… Chicken Pasta Salad Here
Day 8… Patriotic Peg Game Here
Day 9… Berry Slush Here
Day 10…All American Dinner Here
Day 11… Spray Painted & Bleached Cut Off Shorts Here


Spray Painted & Bleached Cut Off Shorts

Spray Painted & Bleached Cut Off Shorts

Spray Painted & Bleached Cut Off Shorts… this little project I did yesterday did turned out better than I had hoped! Yea! I made my girls and I some spray painted and bleached shorts.
My daughter Bo was in some desperate need of shorts. I haven’t been to find some shorts that fit her that are within my budget for a while and so I decided to use what I have…. pants into shorts. She had about 8 pairs of pants that I cut off for her.
At that point… I remembered this pin on Pinterest and it inspired me. I decided to make a pair for each of my girls and me to wear this independence day.
It was a fun project! I really am pleased with the way they turned out.
My girls and I like modest shorts. These are knee length.
Yea… for shorts.

Here is how you can make your own:

Spray Painted & Bleached Cut Off Shorts
By Carrie Perrins

Items Needed

  • pants-cut off to shorts
  • scissors
  • freezer paper
  • star cut out
  • red and blue spray paint
  • painters tape
  • iron
  • bleach/water
Directions:
Cut off pants to their desired length. Here is a great tutorial if you need help with this part of the project. 
After your pants are cut… cut out the stars from freezer paper. 
I used an scrapbook star punch… sized 1 1/4″ for the little star and 1 1/2″ for the bigger star. Cut strips of freezer paper for the stripes. Measure the width of your pants and then cut that size of stripe. Every pair of pants are different… that is I why I give directions this way. 
I did about an 1″ stripe. You can cut out as many stars and stripes that you prefer. I noticed I ended up liking more stripes and a little less stars. Either way… you decide. 
Iron your freezer paper stars and stripes onto your pants. When using freezer paper, iron shiny side down. If not… it will stick to your iron. 
Once.. they are ironed on, cover one part of the pants with something protective. Spray paint goes everywhere! Spray paint the stars blue, let dry. Spray paint the stripes red, let dry. Once dry… remove the star and stripes freezer paper from pants. It took me about 10 minutes for each side to dry. 
Fill tub or sink half full of a 50/50 solution of bleach and water. Set pants into bleach/water solution for a least an 1/2 hour! You can totally do longer… but the shorter time won’t bleach it. The longer you let them sit the more bleached they are. You need just enough water to somewhat dip your pants into them. My sink was perfect… it had a little ledge where I sat the top portion. You can submerge the entire pair, if desired. A bucket works as well. Just make sure it doesn’t leak… like mine did the first time I did this. I then moved to the bathroom sink. 
After it has sat for at least an 1/2 hour… transfer to your washer. Send it through a wash and dry cycle. 
*Hints: You are spray painting and bleaching. Wear appropriate clothing. If you need some spray painting tips… Go Here.  Use painters tape to tape off the back part of the shorts. You only want the front part sprayed. I still got some spray paint on places I didn’t want. So… prepare your shorts properly. 

See… some of the spray paint got onto the back of the pants. Darn! 

 Here they are: My girls Spray Painted & Bleached Cut Off Shorts.

 Here are mine!

Here is Bree modeling them for you!
I loved this project. It was work… but the finished product made me smile! Yea… for something different to wear on the 4th of July! 
Happy spray painting and bleaching!
Carrie
To see my previous patriotic posts…

Day 1… Star Dip Here
Day 2… Flag Pinwheel Hair Bow Here
Day 3… Framed Flag Here 
Day 4… Strawberry Cream Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches Here
Day 5… Salt & Pepper Shakers Here
Day 6… Father’s Day Light Switch Cover Picture Frames Here
Day 7… Chicken Pasta Salad Here
Day 8… Patriotic Peg Game Here
Day 9… Berry Slush Here
Day 10… All American Dinner Here

All American Dinner

All American Dinner

The 4 of July has some fond memories for me… of parades, picnics, barbecue’s, fireworks, and family. It is so wonderful to sit in the backyard and sense the smell of the grill being fired up!
The 4 of July has been a very popular holiday for grilling! You might… be grilling up some hot dogs for sure! But… why not change it up a little bit this year and grill some chicken. You might be even be grilling some corn on the cob… but I say boil it. For me… this all American dinner-grilled chicken, boiled corn on the cob, and baked beans… is truly a tasty, enjoyable, delicious, meal.
My family loves it… and I hope your does too.

Here are the recipes for this all American dinner:

All American Dinner
By Carrie Perrins

Grilled Lemon Chicken Here
Boiled Corn on the Cob Here
Pork and Beans Here

*Instead of having one very long post.. I have the links to these delicious recipes.

I love this all American dinner. Serve it up on the 4th of July. Enjoy a good healthy piece of chicken… a juicy sweet… piece of corn on the cob, and a yummy side dish of beans.

Please have a safe and wonderful holiday. I am very excited to spend the holiday with my family.
I am truly grateful and blessed to live in this wonderful nation. God Bless America!

Enjoy your BBQ!
Carrie

To see my previous patriotic posts…

Day 1… Star Dip Here
Day 2… Flag Pinwheel Hair Bow Here
Day 3… Framed Flag Here 
Day 4… Strawberry Cream Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches Here
Day 5… Salt & Pepper Shakers Here
Day 6… Father’s Day Light Switch Cover Picture Frames Here
Day 7… Chicken Pasta Salad Here
Day 8… Patriotic Peg Game Here
Day 9… Berry Slush Here

How To Boil Corn On The Cob

How To Boil Corn On The Cob

This is my kitchen approved method of boiling corn on the cob. We had corn on the cob for Memorial Day and will have it for Independence Day. This is the only way I will eat corn on the cob. It is very tasty! I love biting into a hot, juicy, sweet, yummy piece of corn. Oh… the sweetness. 

Here is my recipe:

Boiled Corn on the Cob
By Carrie Perrins

  • corn on the cob
  • water
  • large pot
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • piece of bread-optional
Directions:

Fill a large pot full of water and bring to a boiling point. It doesn’t really matter how much water, just enough to cover the amount of corn you have. 
Husk corn. Remove as much of the silk (the white hairy like threads) as you can… then rinse the corn under cold water, somewhat scrubbing the rest of the silk off with your hands. This is my tip and trick. I have done it for years… it helps remove the silk. Once the silk is removed… put the corn on the cob into boiling water. The water must be boiling. Boil on high heat for ONLY 7 minutes, turning the corn frequently with tongs. Turning the corn frequently allows all of the pieces of corn to cook, not just the ones on the bottom. Once the 7 minutes is done, drain water and leave corn on the cob in large pot until ready to serve. Do NOT cover your corn with a lid at any time during the boiling process. 
Serve with butter, salt and pepper. 
I have made corn on the cob like this for years. It is my tips and tricks. It makes the sweetest, most delicious, juiciest corn on the cob. Yes… it will be done and you will love it!

I use a piece of buttered bread to butter my corn. Simply… butter a piece of bread and put piece of corn on it and rotate it. Viola!

Serve with your favorite meal!

I hope this has been helpful for you. Boiling corn on the cob this way has been tried and tried here at 3595 and it truly is the only way I love to cook Corn On The Cob. 7 minutes that is all!

This is truly part of an all-American dinner.
Enjoy!
Carrie