For The Birds — Bird Feeders

Easy Craft Bird Feeders

As cold weather hits, remember our little feathered friends outside and help them out by making some cute bird feeders. Slathering a big pine cone with peanut butter or lard and rolling it in bird seed is always fun and easy idea. Here are a few more ways to decorate the trees outside and help our little bird friends during the winter!

Crafty bird feeders

Click on the links below to find directions for:

Bird Seed Mold (from Saltwater Kids)

Bird Food Strands (from Minnie Co)

Bird Seed Wreath (from Jaderbomb)

Your feathered friends will think you’re “tweet”!

Healthier Super Bowl snacks — Are you ready for some football?

It is Super Bowl weekend.  Here are four healthy options for your game time snacking!

Healthier Super Bowl Party Snacks

I just made a trip to the grocery store for dinner tonight, and couldn’t believe the displays of potato chips and soda pop beckoning soon-to-be Sunday Super Bowl watchers. Are you looking for something with a little more flair for the big game? Want some healthier Super Bowl snacking ideas that will keep the gang satisfied? Here are three great recipes that are sure to score this Sunday!

Here are some Healthier Super Bowl Snacks



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We’d love to hear from you, and share with our readers, some of your healthy Super Bowl snack recipes for the big game! Please feel free to comment below and share your favorite recipes for game day.

football party ideasWant some more great game day party ideas? Be sure to take a look at our Football Party page!

Winter Bonfire Party

host a winter bonfire party

Looking for a hot time?  Build your next winter party around a bonfire. Whether you are planning a cozy night for two or inviting the neighborhood, here are some ideas for a blazing good time!


Party Plans

  • Pick a spot for your party.  It could be your own backyard, a local park, or a nearby beach.  Check to see if you need to reserve a site.  Review local ordinances for outdoor fire regulations.  Make sure your bonfire area is free of debris and other hazards like dry brush and electrical sources.
  • Check the weather forecast.  A night with wind and rain will dampen the mood!
  • Set the date.


Whether you phone your friends or send invitations make sure you tell them these important details:

  • Dress warmly
  • Bring a blanket and a camp chair
  • Suggest or assign items to bring  to share like marshmallow roasters, s’more supplies, food or beverages.

Food Ideas

  • Make a soup, stew or chili and reheat in a Dutch oven over the fire embers.
  • Pre-cook baked potatoes in your oven.  Wrap in tin foil and heat over the fire. Prepare fixings for a baked potato bar.
  • Have an old fashioned hot dog roast.
  • S’mores—need we say more.



Fireside Play List

(compiled by Real Simple Magazine)

Light My Fire, The Doors

Burn Away, The Foo Fighters
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Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash

She’s on Fire, Train

On Fire, Van Halen

Burning Down the House, Talking Heads

Eternal Flame, The Bangles

I’m on Fire, Bruce Springsteen

The Roof is on Fire, Bloodhound Gang


Potato Bar for Super Bowl

A Super Bowl Potato Bar

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Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year? A baked potato bar can be a great Super Bowl menu idea that both pleases everyone and actually allows you to relax and enjoy the game (and the commercials!) Add a few other make-ahead snacks such as chips and dip, buffalo wings,  a salad, and some brownies, and you’ll be all set before kickoff!

Here are some items to include with your spuds:

  • Butter or margarine (roasted garlic butter is an especially yummy option)
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa or pico de gallo
  • Taco sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Chili
  • Taco meat or shredded chicken
  • Bacon bits
  • Cheese — shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or even gorgonzola
  • Broccoli
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Chives

Want some more Super Bowl party food options? Take a look at for a great list of amazing recipes.

Also, be sure to check out our Creative Party Themes football party page for loads of Superbowl party ideas to help you  host an amazing event.