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Take a peek at these pretty pink eats

September 17, 2014
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It’s possibly the most fun color on the planet…PINK! Add a touch of it to almost anything (including food) and the wow factor automatically kicks in.  pink eats

Here are recipes for  a few dishes that aren’t typically a shade of pink–but somehow these resourceful bloggers came up with a way to make it work.

Who wouldn’t love to wake up to this sweet breakfast treat? These Pink Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls are easy to make–Christi of Love from the Oven whips up this amazing recipe using a cake mix along with a few other ingredients.

Meet the sweet sister to red velvet cupcakes~Pink Velvet Cupcakes. Audra from The Baker Chick advises you to go all “pink and sparkly” with these. Her friends loved them!

Pink M&Ms are the top secret ingredient in Ali Bee’s Bake Shoppe recipe for Pink and White Chip Cookies. These moist and fluffy treats look too good to pass up.

Check out the Strawberry Pecan Fudge that we found on Dear Crissy. It  looks almost too lovely to eat and is made using only 3–yes 3–ingredients. It just doesn’t get much simpler than that!

KC came up with the recipe for her Pink Delight to serve at her family’s New Year’s Eve celebration–but this pretty drink can be enjoyed any time of the year. She made it non-alcoholic so the whole family could enjoy it, but says you can add to sparkling champagne to kick it up a notch for the adults.

She had me at the words “No Bake” :)  Take a look at the No Bake Strawberry Milkshake Cheesecake recipe that Lindsay is sharing over at Life, Love, & Sugar. A quick and colorful alternative to a traditional cheesecake that can require quite a bit more effort.

It’s starting to feel like soup weather around here, so I may need to try the Pink Soup with Roasted Onions and Broccoli from the Golubka Kitchen. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful soup…a feast for the eyes and the appetite!

Chocolate Covered Katie has got a great way to start off your day…raspberries reign supreme in the recipe for her Yogurt Breakfast Bowl.  Just mix up  a few ingredients in your blender and you’re good to go!

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loops of love

September 16, 2014
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Many of us know someone who has fought, won or lost the battle of breast cancer.  Our relationships with these women and men connect all of us in a unique way and we want to celebrate that with our Loops of Love campaign this October.

Loops of Love

To honor these amazing people in our lives we are linking together pink paper loops with the names of women and men you know that are fighting or have battled breast cancer. These loops of love will be displayed in all our shops during Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’ll be donating a dollar for every loop to The Pink Fund who provides short-term financial aid to breast cancer patients in active treatment, so they can focus on healing.

loops of love bracelet

In addition to donating dollars for loops, we’ll also be selling these handmade silk heart bracelets at all our locations and online now through the month of October for $5.95 with all proceeds going to The Pink Fund.  They’re the perfect accessory to wear during this month of awareness in celebration of the women and men in our lives who have fought breast cancer.

surprise snail mail

And for some extra fun, we’ll be selecting a number of our nominated names to send surprise snail mail in hopes of making their days brighter this October.

Ready to help us start making long chains of pink paper loops?  

1. Email your Loop Love name(s) to service@catchingfireflies.com with subject title: Loops of Love  (please do not leave info in the comments section on this blog post)

2. Include their full name(s) and mailing address(es) if you would like them to be eligible to possibly receive surprise snail mail.  (There will be a note explaining Loops of Love but the surprise pink envelopes will be sent anonymously)

3.  Please let us know if they are currently fighting, have won or lost the battle to breast cancer

4.  Include your full name and your relationship to the nominee.

Thank you for partnering with us to make days brighter this fall! 

8 artful ways to light up the night

September 11, 2014
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Whether it’s a twinkling string of lights or a glowing lantern, there’s just something so magical about outdoor lights.

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These unique and clever DIY Outdoor Light projects will not only light your way, they’ll add that extra special element of style to any outdoor space….

These DIY Paper Punch Luminaries would look so nice lining a porch or driveway. You will find the instructions on the Design Improvised Blog and Haeley used LED battery powered pillar candles (then you don’t have to worry about a fire hazard).

diy lighting

Now is the perfect time to score a couple of wire planters on sale that you can use to make this gorgeous glowing orb for your own moon dance this fall.  From the Blue Shed walks you through this easy process step by step.

Can you guess what Cheryl used to make these DIY Solar Lights? Spice jars and glass paint! Head over to her blog, Cheryl Style, to get the lowdown on this budget friendly project.

No need to stop enjoying dinner on the deck when the days get shorter.  Grab a bargain chandelier at a thrift shop and transform it into a stunning solar light source.  Hop over to Home Jelly for all the details.

Check out this DIY Constellation Jar . It was made using a few items that you probably already have around the house. This fun project from Design Mom is completely customizable–add your favorite constellations or come up with your creative designs.

Next time you whip up a batch of tuna salad, don’t toss that can…Diane from In My Own Style can show you how to transform it into an Outdoor Tuna Can Lantern. They’re a more refined alternative to tiki torches and come in well under budget at $2.70 each.

Here’s another spin on the can idea….this time with a coffee can. Nicole from 365ish Pins made these DIY Tin Can Lanterns with her homeschool co-op when they were studying colonial life, but we think they’d look absolutely outstanding at any outdoor party too!

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It’s really amazing how adding something simple can create a whole new mood. A perfect example is this dressed up strand of white lights that Lia created– her DIY Paper Foil Starry Lights add all kinds of ambiance to any setting. She shares all the details on her Handcraft Your Life blog.

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April McCrumb

I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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