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Star Spangled Berry Cake

4th of July will be here soon, and many of us love to host parties and get-togethers to celebrate. These parties always include beer, festive cocktails, BBQ, yard games, desserts (my favorite), and, of course, our family and friends. Summer brings high temperatures (especially in the South!), so eating a heavy or rich dessert can I leave you feeling sluggish. I love summertime for a number of reasons, but one of my main loves is that so much fresh produce is available. I LOVE fresh fruit and vegetables, and then making yummy dishes and desserts with them.

So, I’m going to share one of my favorite summer desserts that is perfect for your 4th of July party! It’s super light, delicious, and will keep you and your guests coming back for more (without feeling completely guilty!). Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to make! Thank you guys for helping me name It on Instagram!!

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can totally make your own angel food cake using a bundt pan. However, I have found It much easier to just go to the bakery and find one already made! Also, if you can, grab your berries from the farmer’s market to support and shop local businesses! Besides, they taste much better in my opinion! I really hope ya’ll like this recipe! If you give It a try I’d like to hear about It and see some pics!

Star Spangled Berry Cake

Ingredients:

Angel food cake

1 (large) tub of Cool Whip

1 can of crushed pineapples

Raspberries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Steps:

1. Drain the can of crushed pineapples (you don’t want your filling to be runny!)

2. Scoop about half of the tub of Cool Whip into a bowl, then fold the pineapples in (add more Cool Whip to your desired ratio!)

3. Cut the angel food cake in half (I’ve also seen It cut into thirds!)

4. On the bottom half, spread your pineapple filling onto the cake (use half of your filling that you have made)

5. Cover your filling with as many berries as you can use or want

6. On the bottom of the top half, spread a thin layer of your filling, then place on top of the bottom half

7. Spread the remaining filling on top of the cake

8. Get creative and make a cute pattern with your berries on top!

9. Keep the cake chilled in the refrigerator

10. Serve and enjoy!

Cheers,

Kelly

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Painted Cooler Tutorial

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CLICK HERE FOR AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE PAINTED COOLER TUTORIAL!

I decided to paint a cooler! Everybody in a frat/sorority or just in college needs one! Here is the tutorial how I did it!

Materials:

Cooler

Paint (acrylic)

Paint pens

Spackling

Sandpaper

Plastic paint primer

ModPodge or sealant

I went and got the cooler from Walmart and the first thing you are going to do is fill in the labels and indentures with spackling. It takes 24 hours to dry and then after than you can sand it down.

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Once it’s dried, sand it the whole thing down. It’s better to use an electric hand sander than doing it all by hand (besides, it’s really hard to take a picture and using a sander at the same time!). And then take a wet paper towel to wipe of the dust.

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Dry your cooler and then spray with plastic paint primer

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Once the primer dries, then it’s time to start painting! It’s best to go ahead and paint the base coats for each section of the cooler first and it also helps to use a hair dryer to speed up the process if you’re impatient like me!

There were a few logos and such that I wanted to be JUST right so I transferred it by first printing out the image then I placed it on top of newspaper. It’s best to use carbon paper, but if you don’t feel like going to the store, newspaper is your next best bet. (It’s best to cut out a section of the paper that has a lot of black ink on it like a picture) I taped it to the cooler and then traced and pressed down on it with a pen.

Once you have all of your ideas and logos down, time to paint away! It’s best to use paint pens for lettering and outlining! Once you are all finished (I said I was finished about 7 times but I’m such a perfectionist I kept fixing things!)

Also, every time you finish painted a section or side, I would HIGHLY recommend lathering it with mod podge. This will help your work STAY and reduce the risk of it getting scratched!

To finalize the cooler, coat the cooler in ModPodge or sealant to assure that your hard work doesnt scratch off!!

I’m so proud of the finished cooler!

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DIY Fall Wreath

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Our door has been needing a wreath and Fall is my favorite season of the year, so I decided to make a fall themed wreath! My roommate and I have different last names, so instead of using a letter for our initials, I just used our house number instead. Here is how I made it.

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