Is it apple picking season in your neck of the woods? Picking apples is so fun.  Really what's easier? There's nothing like going home with a bushel of apples and plans to make lots of apple treats. Just in case you need a few new ideas... we've got you covered.  The Project Inspire{d} team is drooling over these super, can't wait to make, yummy apple recipes! So... get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great Ideas...   30 Yummy Apple Recipes   Apple Cinnamon Roll by Dukes and Duchesses Apple Smiles by Just 2 Sisters Apple Monkey Bread Muffins by Upstate Ramblings Back to … [Read more...]

Even though we haven't flipped the calendar to fall yet, our calendar squares are quickly filling up with all kinds of activities. It's a sure sign that summer is on her way out. When the calendar is filled, we often stress out about what to serve for dinner. This week we had an incredible number of terrific dinner ideas at Project Inspire{d}. You'll want to use these recipe ideas to help your plan your September menu. And if you've never done that before... do it! It really does make weeknight dinners easier! I'd love to hear which recipes made you drool. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these Great … [Read more...]

Salad! It's summer and there's nothing better for lunch or supper than a delicious salad. If you've run out of ideas... you are in for a treat!   Today we've collected some truly must have summer salad recipes from our weekly link party that are sure to please your taste buds and be a hit on your table or buffet. I know your "pinning finger" will be busy  pinning these refreshing and delicious summer salad recipes.     14 Must Have Summer Salad Recipes   Spiralizer Recipes You Need To Try from Home. Made. Interest. Broccoli Salad Recipe Ruby Tuesday's Copycat from Sweep Tight Summer … [Read more...]

Chocolate! Just the mention of chocolate and I saw your ears perk up! Dark, Milk, Bitter, Semi-sweet... it all calls my name. Everything except white.  (And in my book white chocolate is not chocolate.) If you've got a chocolate tooth (which is NOT the same as a sweet tooth) or if you'd prefer to call yourself a chocolate lover or maybe even chocoholic... then you're in for the biggest treat today! I know your "pinning finger" will be busy  pinning these scrumptious dessert recipes for chocoholics.  Just sayin'!    10 Scrumptious Dessert Recipes for Chocoholics   Extra Fudgy KitKat … [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July! Today we plan to hit the beach for a little while, enjoy a little family time, and relax. Whatever you have planned... have an extraordinary time and take a few moments to give thanks for the USA and pray for our country and her future. May the stars and stripes ever fly and may we enjoy freedom, truth, and liberty. Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!    12 Delicious Recipes in Jars Smores Smoothie Recipe from Must Have Moms Red, White and Blue Patriotic Pops from Oh MyCreat ive Fresh Strawberry Lemonade from Spaceships and Laserbeams Tangelo Mint Iced Tea … [Read more...]

  What could be a more perfect finish to your 4th of July dinner or cookout than a red, white, and blue dessert? How about an American flag dessert? Even better....  an American flag PIE!   This stars and stripes American flag pie is quick and easy to create and it's delicious too! Shall we make one now?   Stars & Stripes American Flag Pie   Assemble the following... Contains affiliate links* Pie Plate Large Mixing Bowl Pastry Blender Rolling Pin I love Pizza Cutter Small Star Cookie Cutter or Knife & Star Pattern Measuring Cups … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was filled with patriotic creativity! So many mouth-watering treats were shared... just perfect for the 4th of July. Whatever you're doing to celebrate... there's something here that's sure to please your crowd! Now get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great Ideas!  Sweet and Tasty 4th of July Treats Watermelon and Blueberry Straws from Simply Suzanne's Sweet Cream Berry Shortcakes ~ I Should be Mopping the Floor Red, Blue and White Chocolate Mousse from Sweet and Savory by Shinee 4th of July Marshmallow Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories Patriotic … [Read more...]

Fourth of July is probably my favorite holiday to celebrate.  More likely, it's the height of summer and I want a reason to party and celebrating our country's independence is the perfect excuse.  Then again, what other holiday has flags to wave...  or even a theme, design, and colorway all its own? Today I thought I would put together a few ideas to help you throw your own 4th of July bash... simply, beautifully, and easily.   Most parties are all about the food. But, I confess... I am usually about the presentation. The two can easily be melded together.  The key is to have fun prepping … [Read more...]

This week's Project Inspire{d} party was so much fun! There were so many fabulous ideas for summer living shared this week. Lots of you a finding the perfect way to cool off and wow your guests with delicious and refreshing summer drink recipes. Many of us are enjoying the start of summer. But as much as we are relishing the beautiful weather, we are painfully aware that many of you have had too much rain and flooding and cannot wait to see the sun shine again. Our prayers are with you for relief and a speedy clean-up. And now onto the features... Get your pinning finger ready for this week's Great … [Read more...]

To celebrate my blogiversary this week, I'm giving away the fabulous book, "Love the Home You Have."  Be sure to enter my GIVEAWAY.   Plus... there's still time to enter the GIVEAWAY for the colorful Ball mason jars and craft supplies. Mother's Day is only a week a way!  I can hardly believe it! If you're looking for some wonderfully refreshing salads and appetizers to serve for Mother's Day Brunch, these will surely a delicious addition to the menu. This time of year I love a great salad and can't wait to give these yummy looking recipes a try. Refreshing Salads and Appetizers   Please … [Read more...]

What's your favorite sweet treat? If you're like me and a gazillion others... there isn't much better than a chocolate chip cookie.  Unless it's a chocolate chip cookie with a cup of cocoa.     Recently on Facebook I shared a recipe that looked really good and one of our An Extraordinary Day readers mentioned that she had a similar tried and true recipe that she LOVED.  I asked if she might share it with me.  Last night I whipped up a batch and shared them with friends and they were a hit. And because I can't keep all good things to myself... I had to share it with you.  Thankfully, … [Read more...]

  Wow!  So much St. Paddy's Day inspiration at last week's Project Inspire{d}. Here is just a wee sampling of the magical St. Patrick's ideas you shared with us! 17 Magical St. Patrick's Ideas   Shamrock Cookies from Christianity Cove Rainbow Jello Snack from Christianity Cove St.Patrick's Day Thread Spools from Kaleidoscope of Colors Dollar Store Decor to St. Patrick's Day Pillow from Virginia Sweet Pea Cupcake Liner St. Patrick's Day Trees from Little Miss Celebration Mason Jar Tea Lights from Upstate Ramblings Shamrock Shake from 3 Kids and a Fish Lucky Charms Popcorn Balls from 3 … [Read more...]

Wouldn't you love to make a sweet treat for family or friends that looks like you slaved for hours in the kitchen?  I've got just the dessert.  I'll keep how easy it is to make a secret if you will, too!  While browsing Pinterest for pink flower arrangements, the cutest little pastry caught my eye.  Of course I pinned it.  And then I forgot.  I'm so glad I remembered the dainty envelope fruit tarts, just in time for Valentine's Day.     These dainty envelope fruit tarts are super simple and easy to create.   And best of all... they'll be the talk of the town!  Okay... the … [Read more...]

Are you a chocolate lover? There's a saying I've seen floating around the internet for quite some time... Chocolate makes everything better. Today I'm here to tell you that chocolate hot fudge sauce makes everything better. Okay, maybe not everything.     But surely, it's the finishing touch to a brownie and ice cream sundae. I have to tell you, I'm a recent convert to hot fudge sauce. Recently my friend made it for my husband's birthday.  And as you might have guessed...I was skeptical. Why?  Because I was always disappointed whenever I ordered a dessert anywhere topped … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for football fans, food lovers, and viewing super expensive TV commercials. I'm good for a little football as long as the game is exciting.  Of course I like to nosh with the best of them and enjoy catching a few commercials.  But, I have a hunch that it will be hard to top this commercial. What are you looking forward to doing? If you're hosting or attending a party, you'll want to check out the ideas curated by me and my Project Inspire{d} co-hostesses.... Follow Diane :: An Extraordinary Day!'s board Super Bowl :: Game Day Food & Favors on Pinterest. One of the pins … [Read more...]

I'm super excited about this week's features!  But, before we check them out, I want to remind you to check out the fabulous.... As a gal who loves to create, I think The Ultimate DIY Bundle is a truly fabulous library of eBooks & eCourses for anyone who wants to dabble or get serious with sewing, photography, baking, painting, doodling, home decor, writing, and more.  Plus... you must check out all the FREE bonuses.      This amazing deal ends in just… Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.   Now on to our features! This week there were lots of … [Read more...]

I'm so excited you can join us for the follow-up to our Christmas Sweets & Treats Blog Hop. Yesterday, I joined with 33 super talented bloggers to bring you my Snowman Sundae and a fabulous round-up of Sweets and Treats from each of them. If you missed it... click here for a plethora of delectable delights. Christmas Sweets and Treats Linky Party   Brought to you by... My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia :: Domestically Speaking Cupcakes and Crinoline :: Yellow Bliss Road :: Setting for Four Stone Gable :: A Pumpkin & A Princess  :: ‎An Extraordinary Day Twelve O Eight :: A Night Owl :: At … [Read more...]