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Homemade Super Bubbles


A great activity for the outdoors, that all ages can enjoy, is bubbles! Denise and I welcomed a large group of family members to visit this summer, adults and children. After presenting these bubbles to the troop of kids, we were entertained for hours. This super easy recipe is adapted from Economical Mommy. Supplies: • 2 cups of Dawn or Joy Dish Soap • ¾ cup light corn syrup • 6 cups water • Large bowl • Pipe cleaners • Large spoon • Jars • Food coloring … [Read more...]

Firework Cookies

Firework Cookies from My Own Ideas blog

(Used in this project: Large Labels and Scallop Labels in Allegro style with Large Glassine Envelopes.) The Fourth of July has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember! Smack dab in the middle of the best weather of the year, family and friends gathering outdoors, and fabulous food. While browsing Pinterest for my contribution to the barbeque potluck table, I came across these beautiful Firework Cookies on MarthaStewart.com. In my continuing education and practice with royal … [Read more...]

4th of July Cupcakes

With Printable Pinwheel Toppers


(Used in this project: Oval Labels in Fest style with Free Printable Cupcake Wrappers and Pinwheel Toppers.) No 4th of July party is complete without some festive, fruity treats. Cupcakes are so easy to make and perfect for entertaining. When planning a party menu, I always try to manage my time by choosing a few simple recipes that can be made ahead of time and don't take very much effort. That way I can spend more time with my favorite part of hosting a party - the decorations! For this … [Read more...]

4th of July Candy Favors + DIY Twist Ties

With Free Printable Paper Ribbon

4th of July Candy Favors + DIY Twist Tie Tutorial #printable #craft

(Used in this project: Scallop Favor Tags in Boxicle and Fest styles with Small Cellophane Bags and Printable Paper Ribbon.) Simple candy favors, for any occasion, are easy to make and always loved by guests who take them home (especially children). For these 4th of July favors, I chose to use handmade twist ties instead of ribbon to tie up small cellophane bags filled with cherry and blueberry Jelly Bellies. I first read about making twist ties here and knew I wanted to try it with our … [Read more...]

4th of July Party + Free Printables

4th of July Party Printables

(Used in this project: Beer Labels in Boxicle style, Beer Labels in Fest style, and 4th of July Printable Snack Baskets and Napkin Wrappers.) Like many American families, I look forward to our annual 4th of July get-together. Living in Portland, July 4th usually marks our official beginning of summer (no more rain!). My family has a tradition of hosting a barbecue potluck in my mom's backyard. We grill hamburgers and invite friends and family to bring their favorite summer dish and join us. … [Read more...]

Slow Roasted Tomato and Jalapeño Ketchup


(Used in this project: Circle Labels and Diamond Tags in Rustic Style.) Homemade ketchup is a recipe that shines best when made using flavorful homegrown tomatoes harvested straight from the garden. I’ve prepared it using both fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes, and tomatoes I’ve skinned, de-seeded, and stored in the freezer. Both methods work to create a delicious condiment that’s perfect for warm weather picnics and barbecues. Regarding spiciness, you can make this ketchup with or without … [Read more...]

Beer Bottle BBQ Spice Rub

Beer Bottle BBQ Spice Rub from My Own Ideas blog

(Used in this project: Beer Labels in Greenfield style.) It's BBQ season again. Finally! While some can get out and grill all year long, the real fun is in hosting a group and dining in the gorgeous outdoors. Oh, and trying new recipes! We can't forget how much fun it is to experiment with all that there is available for the grill. Veggies, grilling baskets, and even cake recipes are now commonly cooked on the deck. The old standby for me is a some BBQ chicken or ribs, with a big punch of … [Read more...]

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing from My Own Labels #recipe #salad #gift #labels

(Used in this project: Circle Labels and Diamond Tags in Royal Suite style.) Because it’s spring, and because gardens everywhere are sprouting salad greens, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite dressing/dip recipe of all-time; a homemade version of the best-selling salad dressing in the United States since 1992. I personally love bringing this dressing to lunch and dinner parties as a host/hostess gift, to picnics with friends, and to potlucks as a dip for fresh … [Read more...]

Tsatziki Salad-In-A-Jar


During the summer, I’m constantly looking for ideas that will make me more mobile. I want to have everything available to me whether I want to be on a boat, on a bike, in a field, or on the edge of a dock. Planning for food seems to be the biggest hindrance, and lacking in variety. I was stuck in a rut of cold cut sandwiches, when I saw the Salad-In-A-Jar post by Lindsay Jewell, and it sparked an idea! I’ve got a homemade recipe for Tsatziki that has never failed, and would work perfectly in … [Read more...]

Fruit Infused Lemonade

By Guest Blogger, Bobby Pathammavong


Summer is finally beginning to appear out here in the northwest and I am so excited for the fresh fruit that is ready for picking here at the My Own Labels garden. This year I plan on using the abundance of fruit to create a variety of fruit infused lemonade because as the heat begins to rise the best way to cool off is with a refreshing cold drink. I start with a basic lemonade recipe that I found on allrecipes.com Ingredients: • 1 3/4 cup sugar • 8 cups water • 1 1/2 freshed … [Read more...]