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If you’re buying candy, don’t miss THIS candy from @LovelyCandyCo

This post about natural candy and better Easter basket options was brought to you by The Lovely Candy Company, who provided a media sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest.

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Still looking for new ways to stuff those Easter baskets? Well, it’s time for the chemical and dye-laden jellybeans and other junky stuff to move over and make room for the newest candy in town. Made with all natural ingredients, Lovely Candy is one option that you just might not want to part with when it comes time to play Easter bunny. Continue reading

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Fresh, handmade scrubs and butters from Moody Sisters Skincare

This post about handmade fresh and affordable skincare was brought to you by Moody Sisters, who supplied the sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Looking to eliminate toxic ingredients from your daily skincare routine? Moody Sisters Skincare wants to help you do just that. Continue reading

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How to Make a Dye-Free Pink Ombre Cake

I’m a little behind. My baby girl’s first birthday was over a month ago, and I still haven’t written a thing about it here! I’m blaming the snow that threw off our party schedule for 3 weeks.

I did post some photos, though, and I got more than a few questions about her pink ombre cake, so I thought I’d share how I made it. So many parents are avoiding artificial food dyes these days, and it’s so important for us all to know that giving up those chemicals doesn’t mean we have to give up the fun of a brightly colored birthday cake!

For my wee one’s first, I settled on a pretty pink cake in graduated ombre tones, colored entirely with the juice of a beet. Here’s how to do it (it’s easy!) along with some of my favorite cake decorating tips that I picked up throughout my years as a cake decorator. I hope you find them helpful!

Dye Free Pink Ombre Cake

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Dye-Free Red, White and Blue Recipes

Oh, say can you seeeeee….

past the blinding dye-filled flag cupcakes at the local grocery store?

Ew.

After nearly 20 years as a professional cake decorator, I’ve seen (and worn) my fair share of food dye. But, that’s all in the past and we avoid that stuff like whoa now, especially for the kids. That can sometimes put a damper on party foods, since bright colors are usually part of the holiday fun. (Thanks to Easter for making it easy on us!) But I’m here to tell you that when it comes to patriotic celebrations, there are plenty of dye-free red, white and blue recipes out there that will help you keep that colorful spark on your table (and they taste better than those dyed-up floozy cupcakes, too.)

Here’s a compilation of some of my favorite dye-free RW&B recipes this year, each one linked to the fabulous blog that created it. (Just click for recipes and original blog posts.)

Which one will you try?

A blast from the past! Berry Bliss Rocket Pops

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

For the adults, Red, White and Blue Sangria

 4th of July Fruit Pops

Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Tutti Frutti Popcorn

Red, White and Blue Salad with Beets, Blueberries and Goat Cheese

The same ingredients (as above), in a stack!

Dye-free Red Velvet Cake, just top with blueberries for a patriotic flair!

Red, White and Blue Salad with Quinoa and Berries

Remember, there’s more than one way to include those bright colors on your party table! Why not incorporate most of the color into the things you don’t eat? Invest in a few bright patriotic decorations and break them out every year to help bolster that all-American spirit!

Table settings from Stone Gable

Happy celebrating!

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Ten Easy Ways with Rhubarb

Oh, rhubarb. Poor, misunderstood rhubarb. Food that ranks right up there with butterscotch under “Things Grandparents Like.”

 What is it but that weird fruit (vegetable?) that your mom, neighbor, mailman always has too much of. That leafy thing that looks like celery, but not quite, and only ever tastes good buried under pounds of strawberries inside a pie crust.

Sad, sad, rhubarb.

Hey, wait a minute! This is the year of using what we have. No, this is the year of LOVING what we have! And we have rhubarb, therefore we LOVE rhubarb! Continue reading

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