Treasure-Trove Thursday {Bloggers}

Bloggers are awesome people!  They care about themselves enough to write about their lives.  They care about the readers they write for.  They do this by sharing ideas, photos, podcasts and videos.  Comments are exchanged and relationships are formed.  Oh how I wish there was blogging back when my children were younger.  As a full time family manager, I would have benefited greatly from them.  When you work from your home, it can be isolating and lonely.  To be able to share ideas, struggles, passions, etc. would have helped to lessen the isolation some.  It does for me now.  Even with my children home, yes, I’m not entirely alone…they are my children.  Adults need interaction with other adults.  And I’m not talking about conversing with the person who checks out your food at the grocery store.  Better yet, you want someone who has the same interests as you.  This way you have something in common to talk about.  This is where blogs & bloggers come in.

I have made some very special friendships with other bloggers.  I want to share a few with you today.

Pam from Random Pocket Notes

Last week my blogger friend Pam surprised me in such a fantastic way.  She wrote a post expressing her gratitude for me.  Blush…  She is super sweet and I’m extremely grateful to have met her.

Laura from Our House of Joyful Noise

I found Laura’s blog by googling “Tuesday Link Parties.”  I knew the instant I saw her blog, we had lots in common.  I decided to link up to her newly introduced link party.  The rest, they say, is history.  We began commenting on our posts and twitter.  She became my very first guest post writer for Family Brings Joy.  Remember her beautiful post about 4th of July treats?  You can read it here if you missed it.

Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea


I don’t remember how I found Ange, but I am so glad I did.  She has been visiting and leaving me messages of joy since the beginning of April.  Her family is in the middle of a move right now.  She still finds time to comment and give me encouragement.

Bloggers bring Joy,

Guest Post from Our House of Joyful Noise

My friend, Laura, from Our House of Joyful Noise is guest posing today on Family Brings Joy:

3 All-American Treats

4th of July will be here soon.  I thought I would share 3 very easy red, white & blue treats, that are perfect ideas for your all-American weekend celebrations and gatherings.

BOWL OF STARS

This is more than an easy, refreshing, cool treat. It’s a decoration, and a festive item on the menu your family and/or guests will be impressed with!

All you do is cut the watermelon in 1/2 the long way, completely cut up one half into thin (about 3/8″) slices, and cut out stars with any star shaped cookie cutters!  I had stars in 3 sizes.   With the other 1/2 of the watermelon, scoop it out as much as a whole piece as you can.  You should then be able to cut that into a few more slices too, and get more stars out of it.


When the 2nd half is all scooped out, you use it as your bowl for all of the stars!

I put a few stars on bamboo forks, to stand up.  You can also use skewers, if you lop off the very sharp end, and cut them to a good size. I stuck some stars on sticks, into the bowl edge/rind, and even stuck in other pieces in the bowl.  Kids love them on a stick!  I had some on a stick too.
So put some star-spangle in your summer!
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Red, White & Blue Fruit Parfait

Here’s another fresh idea, I pulled from our archives.

It couldn’t be any simpler to make:
1) Rinse some strawberries and blueberries in the sink.
Last year, since our strawberry bed was new, we had to use store bought berries. But this year, with our strawberries established, we’ll be getting them from our garden!

2) De-stem and slice the strawberries.

3)  Go through the blueberries real quick , just to make sure there are no smooshy ones, : ) , and also take off any tiny stems still on.

4)  Get out your can of Redi-Whip.

5) In clear cups, layer strawberries, whip cream, blueberries, and more whip cream on the top.

It’s perfect ‘light-little-something’ to hold every one over until dinner.  Or have it breakfast!  Or dessert!
Sprinkle some Grape-Nuts cereal, or granola, on the top, for some crunch!
Simple. Pretty. Tasty.
And simply pretty tasty.
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American Sparkle Cone

This one is an ordinary treat, with a couple special twists.

Scoop some vanilla or chocolate chip ice cream, onto a sugar cone.  Sprinkle on some red and blue sugar crystals.

What kid…..errrr, ….person….doesn’t love ice cream?  Nothing creates quiet, like ice cream cones,….on a warm day.  Know what I’m saying?  Silence I tell you. ; )   Just a whole lot of rapid licking going on!
I’m full of tricks.   And I’m not afraid to use them!
Here was a surprise, no one was expecting….

I put an upside down Hershey Kiss, in the bottom of the cone.   Because I’m the coolest mom on earth. ; P

(Not counting yourself, of course.)

As they were out on the deck, licking up a storm, Michael was peeking out the window at them. I said, “What are you doing?”  He answered….”I don’t want to miss it when they get the Hershey Kiss in the bottom.”  I said…”Are you kidding?  We’ll HEAR it, when they find the Hershey Kiss.”

Sure enough, the whole neighborhood heard their cheers!

I hope these ideas add a little eatin’ fun to your celebrations!  I know when I think of long summer-like weekends, I think of FOOD.  Ohhh….just add some protein and veggies here and there, and you’ll be all set too!

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Thank you Laura for these 3 beautiful and appetizing ideas!  Isn’t her photography gorgeous?!  I think so. 🙂  All of her info is below, including her Tuesday Link Up party.

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