Category Archives: America

Fun Treats from the Past

I love making treats that are cute and tasty! 

In the past year I have begun to appreciate the Fourth of July a little bit more.  I have always loved all the holidays…my favorite being Valentine’s Day (yes insert some comment here about how it is a holiday made up by Hallmark, or how I must always have a boyfriend on this day and that is why I love it so much.  Well that is false.  There has been plenty of Valentine Days without a boyfriend, and each time I am as happy as I am with one.  I don’t have to have someone giving me gifts or extra attention to feel loved and happy.)  I love to decorate.  I have items to set out for every holiday, and I wish I could have these awesome decorations out year round 🙂

So this year for the Fourth of July I thought it would be fun to create something I first saw from Pinterest.  Where would we be without that website??  I saw this treat months before July, but I thought it would be something easy and adorable to make for my family and friends.  I took some photos of them while I was making them, and then after I was done, and posted them up on Facebook.  I received a lot of comments about them, and those who ate them fell in love.

Ingredients needed:

  • Strawberries (as many as you would like to use)
  • White Almond bark
  • Blue sprinkles
  • Wax paper

The how to’s:

  • Start by washing the strawberries and let them air dry, or dry them off with a paper towel or kitchen towel
  • Pour the blues sprinkles into a bowl
  • Put out wax paper
  • Melt Almond bark (put in up to four squares and melt for 30 seconds and then stir, continue this process until it is all melted)
  • Dip strawberry into the Almond bark, leave about a half an inch of the strawberry at top (this will be the red of the flag treat)
  • Then roll the end of the dipped strawberry into the blue sprinkles (this is the blue of the flag treat)
  • Then carefully place the strawberry on the wax paper to dry
  • After they are completed, keep them stored in the fridge (they will start to melt if they are out in the heat)
  • Then enjoy!

I think these are a wonderful treat to make and eat!  They could be made for any holiday, just change the color of the sprinkles and maybe use chocolate Almond bark 🙂

And the final product!  Maybe I should make some more…they do look pretty good!

Until again, alc


Separating the Time

My first 4 1/2 years of college were spent with friends, learning how to drink coffee, working, dating, studying, trying to have a “normal” sleep schedule, and of course counting down the days for those glorious breaks. After I graduated in December 2009 I have tested my career opinions as: bartender. waitress. restaurant manager. insurance agent. artist. babysitter. Honda front receptionist. parking cashier. Then I decided I wanted to go back to school once again to become an elementary school teacher. So now I am in my last year of the program at The University of Iowa, and instead of counting down the days for my breaks to begin….I am counting the days for them to end and classes to start up again. During this break between my summer and fall courses, (which is a whole 24 days long) I have found myself trying to fill my time with different activities. I didn’t realize how much I relied on my crazy school schedule, and how my days truly revolve around my classes.

One of the ways I have found to pass the time, and to actually relax my always spinning brain is with embroidering. I made my first pillow in 8th grade home ec. It was a rectangle shape (different than everyone else’s square pillows which in 8th grade meant way cooler) and it had little kittens all over it. I traced around every light brown kitten with tiny stitches, and it took me hours to complete. That wonderful pillow was loved over the years, and it now resides in the truck of my car…I have used this pillow many a times when I have worked way too many hours at the parking ramp. I usually zombie walk out to my small two door Honda Accord, grab my pillow, curl up in the back seat (thank goodness I am short and I can fit back there comfortably), and then drift into my kitten nap. Currently I have set my sights higher with a more “mature’ fabric, and I have even set my goal at making more than one pillow! I have once again spent hours working on these stitches, but instead of sewing these new pillows like my old kitten one, I found the most wonderful invention of fabric glue. Where would the world of crafts be without hot glue guns, duct tape, and other fine adhesives?

One flower completed and other one to do…. I do love this fabric, which was 30% off at JoAnn Fabrics. One pillow for myself and one pillow for mama


This amazing piece is not my own, but from a sweet website I found while doing what I do best, using Google. The website it came from is and I highly recommend this site for anyone who would likes hand embroidery.

One of my classic rituals to fill my time is to paint. I haven’t actually completed a full series in years. And it seems like even though I paint with fast drying acrylic, I still end up losing my attention span on any given painting. I began a new triptych honoring our country. I started it right around the 4th of July, and even though I have a long way to go in order to complete this piece I think there is some potential shinning through the waving red, white, and eventually blue.

Updated photos to come for this blooming piece.

Until again, alc