Summer
Take advantage of long summer days with an easy project that'll keep the kiddos entertained — not to mention teach 'em a little somethin' somethin' about sunlight. All it requires is a bit of patience and a burst of creative mojo.
Victoria Hudgins
The Fourth of July is all about having fun in the sun, but you've also gotta keep cool. And these ice cream-cupcake treats make it so easy to do. The best part? You can make 'em well ahead of time, so you can spend the day-of enjoying time with friends and fam.
Kris Galicia Brown
Fourth of July celebrations are usually an explosion of red, white and blue — and not just with the fireworks. Go all-out with your decor and drinks with these festive cocktails.
Nicole Weston
Show off your stars and stripes this Fourth of July! These fondant toppers make it easy to transform any cupcake and buttercream concoction into the perfect Independence Day dessert.
Lynlee North Beckett
Whether you're spreading it on homemade tortillas or dipping chips into it, guacamole is a must-have for any Mexican meal. And while the classic recipe is mouthwatering, you can turn this salsa on its head by adding two more ingredients: berries and goat cheese.
Ashley McLaughlin
Nope, we're not talking about that kind of fruit cake. These beauties are covered in buttercream and, in one case, potato chips! Whip one up for your next backyard party and get ready for the "tricked ya!" jokes and "so cute!" compliments to roll in.
Beginner
Dining al fresco is one of the best parts of summer — especially when everyone shares the job of cooking. Just throw down some blankets, chill the wine, and ask your friends to bring their fave dish. And if you need ideas... we've got 'em:
Bluprint
We'll say it: A chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich is probably the most wonderful indulgence of the summer. Or winter. Or whenever — there's really no bad time for these. And this recipe lets you mix and match flavors to create ice cream sandwiches that are even better than the ones you remember eating as a kid.
Nicole Weston
So you wanna grow your own veggies, but you tend to be... super impatient. We get it. The good news is, you don't have to wait all summer to score homegrown greens for your dinner table. Here are our fave fast-growing vegetables you can harvest in less than two months.
Melissa Willis
Let’s be clear: knitting is a year-round sport, and we're in favor of always having a little something to stitch on no matter what the weather. But if that cabled wool sweater you were so gung-ho about when the snow was falling is suddenly making you sweat, these are the alternatives that'll keep you busy — and cool.
Bluprint
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